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161  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Any PERFECT Sugar Cookie Recipies on: June 27, 2005 10:32:09 AM
Try these...I love them...if you are NOT looking for a roll and cutout cookie...

Amish Sugar Cakes
Big, soft, Amish sugar cookies, called sugar 'cakes'.
   Prep Time: approx. 15 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 12
   Minutes. Ready in: approx. 30 Minutes. Makes 2 1/2 dozen (30
1 cup butter flavored shortening
2 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 pinch salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup white sugar

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease
   cookie sheets.
2 In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and 2
   cups sugar until smooth. Stir in the eggs, one at a time,
   then the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking
   soda, cream of tartar and salt; stir into the creamed
   mixture alternately with the buttermilk until well blended.
   Place big heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets
   about 3 inches apart. Sprinkle each cookie with some of the
   remaining sugar.
3 Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until
   edges begin to turn golden. Remove from baking sheets to
   cool on wire racks. When cool, store in an airtight container.


I actually made these on the weekend- they are quite tasty. they are super good as little "tea cakes" with coffee and tea. the next time i make them, i'm going to try making a lemon icing glaze to drizzle over top with milk, lemon juice, icing sugar and lemon zest or else add some zested lemon rind and a good hit of nutmeg to the batter to experiment.
162  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: bathroom window woes on: June 24, 2005 09:19:21 AM
what about getting an old/cheap picture frame with glass that would roughly occupy most of the space of the window, and paint a stained glass type motif on it with those paints available at the craft store? i'd attach some short lengths of chain to the frame, two cup hooks inside the corners of the window frame to hold the chains, then hang up your stained glass. it would be really pretty, and not permanent like etching.  hth!
163  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: help! sticky painted furniture! on: June 23, 2005 02:46:48 PM
thanks! did you use a specific brand? tia
164  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP!!! Awful Wood Panneling, cannot paint!!! on: June 23, 2005 11:58:14 AM
you could always go for the harem tent type effect. you would need lots of fabric, though. but you could fasten long (we're talking 15-20 feet, i'd guess, depending on how much you'd like it to swag at the top) pieces of fabric to the center of the ceiling, then swag the material to create a blousy drape, staple it to where the ceiling and wall meet, then let the rest just hang down. the finished effect looks cool, and when all covered, the ceiling actually looks like the top of a tent.
165  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polka Dotted Walls on: June 23, 2005 11:53:13 AM
instead of colors, would you consider applying a glaze, varnish, gloss, etc on top of the paint and painting the dots with that? i've seen the same thing done with a stripe motif, and it looks fantastic. it's like a detailed monotone and gives a really nice effect. hth!
166  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / help! sticky painted furniture! on: June 23, 2005 11:46:17 AM
i primed and painted two tables months ago, and the paint is latex. the paint is still sticking (i think this is called blocking) and there are deep grooves from the lamp now embedded in the paint from the sticking, as well as marks left from any objects that i put on the surface.

is there anything clear i could layer over top to stop this? would a coat of polyurethane help? tia
167  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Tacky birth control M&P soaps on: June 22, 2005 02:27:55 PM
I bought all of the molds from Streichs candy supplies in their adult section. I tinted a small portion of soap green and poured it into the condom portions. Then I sprayed rubbing alcohol over them, and poured the clear soap (with some lime scent added) over top.

lol! the "adult" section of the candy making supplies! this truly made me lol
168  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: hemp lip balm... on: June 22, 2005 02:24:12 PM
so i couldnt find any hemp oil and i am impatient...so i got beeswax,  almond oil, vit e, and honey....and i made lip balm...but it is super hard, thick, not balmy.  is it typical of it to be hard like that?  i am just wondering.  it tastes and feels ok but i dunno, i just want it to be soft and smooth!  any help/advice would be appreciated!


i would try and use a little bit more almond oil and vitamin e to make it more emollient. it sounds as if there's a too much wax to oils ratio situation happening. hth!
169  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Van Gogh Converse![updated] on: June 21, 2005 02:34:10 PM
those are stunningly beautiful!
170  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: broken beads on: June 21, 2005 01:45:39 PM
what about making resin shapes with the beads embedded in them? i saw some really nice pendants that were flat and rectangular that had a hole drilled near the top for a jump ring.

i've also seen a really cool table top that had plastic toys coins, glitter, beads, etc in it.


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