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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / (Spicy) Hummus -- What spices do you use? on: December 22, 2007 11:54:32 AM
I recently had a really flavorful, really spicy hummus in a restaurant and have been trying my hand at concocting my own hummus recipes.

I want to hear what kind of spices and other ingredients you clever people use to perk up your hummus!

Here's my latest take on the dish:

I used a can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 2/3 cup tahini, 1/4 cup lime juice, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1 tsp chili powder, 2.5 tsp cumin, 1 tsp dried red pepper flakes (mild), 4 crushed garlic cloves, a pinch of garlic salt, and a few roasted red pepper pieces. It was a bit thick, so I thinned it with a little bit of virgin olive oil and the liquid from a jar of olives, then garnished the finished product with dried tomatoes, more pepper flakes, and an olive. Yummy!

Now share your tips, please!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I can't read a pattern, but I can crochet an afghan! on: April 13, 2006 08:02:23 AM

The title is the truth--I really can't read a pattern. But I DID teach myself how to make granny squares from a kids craft book. Sooo, using this limited skill, I made 81 granny squares and kind of "stitched" them together. I still have no idea how regular afghans are pieced together. Here's mine:

Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I'm *NOT* Thinking Arby's on: April 09, 2006 08:53:45 PM

This weekend I finally got around to reconstructing a shirt that my parent's gave me several years ago. At the time, I hated it; why would I want to be reminded of the place that I worked?! Now, I can look back on my fast-food employment and just smile.

First, I resized it. Then, I added a little something special to the back of the shirt:

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Woven clutch and "musical" wallet on: March 12, 2006 07:13:41 AM
I had plenty of time to craft over winter break. Having being inspired by so many packaging tape wallets, I decided to make some of my own! My first decent attempt was this green and yellow wallet, which was made with alternating strips of scrapbook paper.

I also made a wallet for a friend who is crazy about bands. I printed out pictures of album covers, alternated them, and made this into a wallet, as well:

Then, to REALLY stretch my creative limits, I attempted a clutch, which actually came out much better than I would have imagined!

Inside are a zippered pouch and credit card slots:
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Huevos verdes? on: February 18, 2006 08:10:19 AM
I stayed in Mexico for a month last summer, and huevos verdes was one of the tastiest dishes I had! I would really like to make this dish sometime, BUT I can't seem to find an adequate recipe on the internet or in the books at my local library!

Can anyone help me out?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / DVD Holder Embellishments? on: December 16, 2005 10:54:15 AM
I'm trying to think of ways to embellish a DVD holder that I'll be presenting to my boyfriend for Christmas.
It's a simple wire piece, so I'm having trouble thinking of creative things I could do to personalize it.

Any ideas?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cute Pocky Boxes on: October 09, 2005 06:29:35 AM
I just wanted to share my latest decorating venture, which includes Pocky boxes! 
For those of you who don't know, Pocky is an Asian snack food that comes in really awesome boxes.  I wanted to do something creative with the containers, so I finally just decided to stick them on my wall!  I cut off the tops of the boxes, and adhered them with mounting squares.  So far I've only put filled them with fake flowers, but I have a hunch that they will be great containers for envelopes/mail, straws, tea bags, cotton balls, pencils, etc. 


Let me know if you have done something creative with containers like this!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Pocky Boxes! on: October 04, 2005 01:55:02 PM
Does anyone have ideas for how to reuse Pocky boxes and other similar containers? 

So far I've come up with 2 ideas:
1)  Using them as gift boxes.  I had a gift card for my brother, stuck it in a box, and tied it with a ribbon!  It looked really spiffy.

2) Sticking the boxes to the wall and using them as holders for envelopes, mail, pencils, makeup, flowers, candy, etc.  I adhered the boxes to my wall with ahesive mounting squares, which aren't expensive at all.  Here's a pic:    <img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y54/bronzecase/pocky.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

Can anyone come up with other ideas?
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