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1  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Craft Shows in Cleveland??? on: March 06, 2006 10:06:41 AM
I have a friend (who asked me to post this) who lives in Cleveland and would love to find some craft fairs in the area.  They can be indoors, outdoors, at Churches, at fairgrouds.. etc. 


Amy Smiley

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Another crockpot/slow cooker thread on: February 15, 2006 08:27:58 AM
Hi all,
I have seen a number of posts on here about needing cheap meals, quick meals, or meals that don't require much attention.  Having been in college (quite a while ago), now raising three little ones, I know the meaning of no time and budgeting.

I have found the crockpot a perfect solution.  I don't use it every day, but I use it at least once a week.  I thought I'd share some of our favorite recipes.

Here is the recipe my friend gave me and swore it was delicious.
Chicken and stuffing
4-6 boneless chicken breasts
3 Tbs butter
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 c celery chopped
1 apple chopped
1/3 c applesauce
1/4 c pecans
1 box stovetop stuffing
1/2 c water
1 can cream of chicken soup
Saute all ingredients except chicken and butter.  Place chicken and butter in crock pot and pour saute mixture over chicken.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Voila.

Another Chicken Recipe
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts (can be frozen)
5-6 peeled and quartered potatoes
mini carrots (as much as you'd like)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
dried minced onion (to taste)
salt/pepper (to taste)

Place potatoes and carrots in bottom of crockpot.
Place chicken breasts on top.
Pour cans of soup on top of chicken.
Sprinkle onions/salt/pepper on top.
Cook on low about 8 hours or until chicken and potatoes are done
*this makes a lot of gravey and doesn't need to be thickened.

Chicken Recipe
4 Chicken Breast
16 0z can crushed pineapple
few squirts dijon mustard
a bit of soy sauce

Put chicken breasts in crockpot
Mix together next three ingredients and pour on top of chicken
cook on low 8-10 hrs.
cook on High 5 hours

Southwestern Chicken
5-6 frozen chicken breasts
1 can corn
1 can black beans
1 cup salsa
1 can diced tomatoes (if you want more heat you can use rotel)
Spray the crockpot with Pam
Toss in frozen chicken and other ingredients, stir it up.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours

This is sort of the same as the above
Salsa Chicken
Put 4 frozen chicken breasts in a crockpot (I Pam it first for easier clean-up)
Dump in 1 jar of salsa to cover chicken
cook on low 8-10 hours

-you can serve extra sauce from crock on side and mix it with some sour cream for a creamier sauce
-you can serve it over rice
-you can shred chicken, and 1-2 cans of corn and 1 -2 cans of pinto beans and make nachos.

Torellini stew
1 med. onion chopped
2 med. zuccini cut into 1 inch cubes
2 14 oz. cans of vegi or chicken broth
28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
15.5 oz can of great northern beans rinsed nad drained
2 Tbsp. dried basil leavves
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
8 oz. of uncooked tortellini

Put all in crock pot except for tortellini. 
Stir and cook on low for 6 hrs.
When ready to serve increase heat to high setting and add tortellini.
Cook for an additional 20 min. or until Tortellini is soft.
Some love to serve it with parmesan.

Old Fashioned Crockpot Roast
6 small potatoes
6 small onions
6 medium carrots
1 boneless beef chuck roast (approximately 3 pounds)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup water

Place all ingredients in your slow cooker in the order listed. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Coca-Cola Pot Roast  _I haven't tried these yet, but they looks good and easy
3 pounds Beef
2 tablespoons Oil
1 can Tomatoes
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 each Onions, chopped
1 package Spaghetti sauce mix
1-1/2 teaspoons Salt
1/2 teaspoon Garlic salt.

Brown meat in oil for ten minutes on each side; remove to crock pot. Drain fat. Break up tomatoes in their juice; add remaining ingredients, stirring until spaghetti sauce mix is dissolved. Pour over meat. Cover; simmer until meat is tender. Thicken gravy; serve over sliced meat.
Makes 8 Servings

Coca-Cola Chicken
4 pounds chicken, cut up
1 small bottle catsup
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 (10 ounce) can Coca-Cola (not diet)

Place cut up chicken in bottom of crockpot. Add the catsup, onion, celery seed, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Pour in the Coca-Cola; stir once. Turn pot to LOW; cook overnight or for 8 hours.

Remove chicken from bones and also remove bay leaf. Serve the chicken over cooked rice.

Makes 6 generous servings.

Hope you all enjoy! Smiley

Amy Smiley
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / PM's on: February 14, 2006 06:19:21 AM
How do you know if people are actually recieving your PM's?  I've PM'd some people on the Pen Pal thread and unfortunately, none have responded. 

I don't want to bug them or anything, but I would like to know if they at least recieved my message. ( In some ways I hope that they aren't recieving the PM's because otherwise I am going to start to get a complex.  I'll get flashbacks of school when no one would pick me for their team. LOL  Wink

Amy Smiley

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Extra Stitches, where are they coming from???? on: February 11, 2006 04:42:59 AM
I need help!  I am a new knitter and it seems like anytime I purl, I end up with an extra stitch in the row.  I cannot for the life of me, figure out how I am getting that extra stitch.  Its driving me crazy.  Undecided

Does anyone have any idea what I might be doing wrong?  Its only when I purl. 

(I did do a search before I posted this and I didn't see a question like it, if this is a repeat question, I totally apologize)

Amy  Smiley
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Another Newbie jumping on the Felting wagon on: February 09, 2006 10:01:07 AM
A couple of days ago I saw a show where they showed a woman needle felting a sock monkey.  I was HOOKED.  I wanted to do that.  So I have been scouring the internet trying to find more info. on this craft.  I don't know why I didn't think to just look it up here on Craftster. Roll Eyes

The tutorials are really great although I think I am a little overwhelmed, especially when it comes to what type of wool to work with and where to get it.  I'd like to make more of the 3D type things (like animals, fairies etc).  Also, I am new to my area so I am looking at yarn shops, but I think the internet will be the way to go for me.

Do you think it would be wise to maybe get some sort of starter kit to "start" off with?    There are so many needles and sizes and tools and wools. I noticed a lot of different site recommendations, but what should I actually buy to get started?

Anyway, you are all so talented!  I'm sure once I really get started I'll be inundating you all with questions.  Until then, I'll just drool over all your great creations.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Oreo Cookie Candy on: January 25, 2006 12:03:52 PM
I just love making these (and my family loves eating them).  This is a no cook/bake recipe that uses crushed up oreo cookies. (or any type of sandwich cookie)

Oreo Cookie Candy/Truffle
1 lb oreo cookies (3 sleeves)
8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
1 lb milk chocolate or chocolate bark
1/2 lb. white chocolate

Grind up the oreo cookies in a food processor (I tried this by hand and it took FOREVER!)
Mix/cream together room temperature cream cheese and ground up oreos.  (Make sure that the cream cheese is thoroughly blended into the cookies)
Roll into round balls and place on a wax lined cookie sheet.  Refridgerate for at least 45 min.

Line two cookie sheets with wax paper.
Melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler.
Dip balls and coat thoroughly.
With slotted spoon, lift balls out of chocolate and let excess chocolate drip off. Place on wax-paper-lined cookie sheet.
In separate double boiler, melt white chocolate. Using a fork, spoon or whatever suits your fancy, drizzle white chocolate over balls.
Let cool and store in airtight container, in refrigerator.

I have even popped these in the freezer and they did fine!

On a side note.  Try using Nutter Butter cookies and coat with the milk chocolate. 
Or try the Uh Oh oreos (the inside out ones) and see what happens.

Amy Smiley
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