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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: Today at 01:33:22 PM
Thank you to everyone for  your concern about my burn. It's pretty gnarly looking, but isn't hurting too badly anymore.

gozer those necklaces are gorgeous! I can think of so many things that could perfectly fit in them.
And your un-paper towel, you'll see I think we thought alike a bit

Prompt: March Sewing v quilting
Team: multimedia
Project Name: Paperless paper towel
Brief Description: I sewed up these towels to use for cleaning without always relying on paper towels. They have a plastic canvas core (re-purposed) so I can hang them next to my sink in my kitchen
Project Picture:
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: March 13, 2018 06:04:18 AM
I have added the banana cream pie cupcake recipe. I have added a link on my project, but here it is as well
3  COOKING / Dessert / Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes on: March 13, 2018 06:01:01 AM
I am on a quest. A desperate quest to find the perfect banana cake recipe. I want it to have real banana flavor (not imitation) but I also want it to be light. These are packed with banana flavor, but I still need to adjust them because they aren't super light yet, a bit denser than I prefer. But super yummy!

2 eggs separated (whites and yolks)
Beat whites until soft peaks form, set aside.

10 T butter, softened
1 c sugar

cream together until fluffy, add
2 t real vanilla and reserved yolks

In a separate bowl sift together dry ingredients
1-2/3 c flour
1-1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt

In a separate bowl combine;
3 medium very ripe bananas*
1/2 c yogurt
2 T water

Alternate adding dry mix and banana mix until all combined don't overmix. Fold in egg whites keeping it light and airy.
Line muffin tin with parchment liners. Bake 325 degrees F 17-19 minutes or until lightly brown and a toothpick comes out with minimal crumbs. Makes about 18 cupcakes
Cool before filling. To fill I cut a little core out of the top.

*I like to toss my extra bananas that are over ripe in the freezer still in their skins. Then when I'm ready to use I microwave them on a plate until they are soft (1 minute or so depending on how many bananas I have. Then I pop off the bottom knob and discard that weird bottom dark pin like thing at the bottom. I squeeze it out like a tube of toothpaste. Don't discard the liquid, that stuff is super banana flavor gold!

I have done this 2 ways; 1 easy, 1 not as easy.
Easy way make Jello brand vanilla pudding with 1 cup milk and 2/3 c heavy whipping cream (reserve 2-3T T of pudding for frosting)

Less easy way
Creme Anglaise

1 cup whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
6 large egg yolks
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

-Combine milk and cream in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring milk mixture to simmer. Remove from the heat.

-In a medium mixing bowl, vigorously whisk the egg yolks and sugar until thickened and light in color. Gradually whisk a quarter of the hot milk mixture into yolk mixture. Return the yolk/milk mixture back to the saucepan.

-Stir with a wooden spoon over low heat until custard thickens, about 5 minutes. Do not allow the custard to boil. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, then stir in vanilla extract. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard and cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator until ready to use. I put in a ziploc and clip the end off to pipe into my cupcakes (you will probably have extra but it is so good you won't mind.
Reserve 3 T of anglaise for frosting


I like it light and simple and not too sweet.

Reserved anglaise or pudding (this helps it hold for longer than normal whipped cream)
1/4 c granulated sugar ( you can use more if you want it sweeter or less if you want it less sweet)
1 pint of heavy whipping cream

Beat this together until light and fluffy and holds a peak (if you over beat it a little it's ok, it gives it a little bit more of a butter-ish texture. If you overbeat it too much, you have sweet butter. Who knows, maybe that is what you like  Wink

You can garnish with a banana chip or whatever you like.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Banana mayo muffins. Seriously. on: March 13, 2018 05:24:53 AM
I will also have to give these a try. I am on the quest for the perfect banana cake, but I do love a great muffin! Thanks so much for sharing this.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Sarah and Duck 2nd Birthday Cake on: March 13, 2018 05:21:56 AM
This is adorable you did such a great job! And banana, your son has great taste!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: March 09, 2018 07:24:04 AM
Prompt:  March Battle Royale- Personal Swap
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Swapped f bomb
Brief Description: I did a personal swap. I made another fbomb and she made me some hair bobs for my niece
Project Picture:

Prompt: March knitting v crochet
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Dark Mark Arm Sleeve
Project Link:
Brief Description: I burned myself pretty badly on my arm, then I scratched it in my sleep. I kept getting the bandage caught on things so I crocheted myself a dark mark sleeve to cover it and protect it. My husband pointed out when he got home I could have just cut a long sock (which then made me remember we actually have a sleeve from a previous injury) but none would be as awesome as my dark mark sleeve.
Project Picture:

Prompt:  March Journaling v scrapbooking
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: recycled origami gift box
Project Link:
Brief Description: I don't really work with paper much, but I ordered some items and received them wrapped in this beautiful paper. I needed to do something with it, so I made a little origami gift box. I'm super pleased with it, but it took forever to make, so I will probably never do that again.
Project Picture:

Prompt: Red Alert- Birthday/Celebration
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454479.0
Brief Description: I baked these delicious banana cream pie cupcakes for my Step-mother-in-law's birthday. Banana cake, custard filling, whipped frosting topped with a banana chip. I need to work on the cake a bit more, they were denser than I prefer but the flavor was amazing!
Project Picture:

Prompt:  Free Range 1
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Beef Jerky
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made my hubby a huge batch of beef jerky without garlic or onion. It turned out quite well. I would prefer more spice, but he loves it.
Project Picture:
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: March 01, 2018 11:43:48 AM
Good question.  Because it's a Team event, you may only use a project to fulfill one Hunt Item.

Thank you, makes sense
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: March 01, 2018 08:24:28 AM
I have a question about the hunt (first off- awesome idea!) I have read through this but didn't see this addressed.

If your project fills more than one hunt item- can you fill more than one hunt item with the same project?

For instance- if I made something out of cardboard that is over 18" tall that has eyes and a hat and is covered in glitter do I get to fill in 5 hunt items with the one project?

Did I make that clear as mud?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Harry Potter Advent Calendar on: March 01, 2018 07:26:52 AM
So a little follow up, nearly everything went well. the last week is always more difficult because we have celebrations and such going on.

I didn't get many pictures, but I do have the new snowmen.

The one in the back left is supposed to be Chewbacca like, there is a penguin next to that, the one next to it (I'm not sure, someone mentioned fraggle rock), There is poo on the right, BB-8 next to the poo, and the front left is a snowman that has been run over by a car.

They'll be added to the ones from previous years, I keep debating if I should give them a thin layer of white paint to even them out, but my husband fears it will mute the subtle dips and grooves.

If anyone else tries this, please let me know.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2017-2018: December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 on: February 27, 2018 11:32:42 AM
Prompt:  January Battle Royale Les Miserables
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points: meme
Project Name: flat bread
Brief Description: I made some flat bread for some flat bread pizzas and gyros. They turned out really well and were super soft and pillowy!
Project Picture:

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