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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / "Mexican" Mac & Cheese on: October 22, 2007 09:08:26 PM
Hey there everyone!  I came up with this tonight for dinner and thought I'd share the recipe.  Hubby and I both love Mexican food but eventually you get sick of the same old same old, so I threw some stuff together.  We thought it was pretty good.

Mexican Mac & Cheese

1 pound (or close to it) ground lean hamburger
1 package of taco seasoning
1 box of pasta (I used shells because that's what I had)
1 jar of salsa con queso
1 medium size can of black beans
about 3/4 of a cup of frozen corn

Brown the hamburger and add the taco seasoning and water as called for on the back of the package.  Meanwhile boil the pasta until it's done.  In a colander drain the black beans and put the corn on top of the beans.  Then dump the pasta on top to drain it and heat up the beans and corn.  Put the pasta/beans/corn mixture back into the pasta pot and add the salsa con queso.  Mix in the hamburger and serve.  This made a LOT for hubby and I.  Looks like we're both having leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first sock and a psp eating monster... on: January 23, 2007 09:12:04 PM
So I finally finished my first sock, after ripping it out three times till I got the right size (apparently my mother doesn't wear woman sized socks, she wears 8/10 year old size socks).  These were made on size 7 needles (ribbing) and size 8 needles (the rest of the sock) with bernat berella 4.  I love the colors of this sock.  I can't wait to start the other one, but since I misread the instructions I need to buy another ball before I can start.  Anyway, on with the picture....

And, because I needed practice working with the dpns again after so long, I made my hubby a psp eating monster.  Size 8 needles and caron simply soft.  Oh how I love this yarn.  I just started a pair of fingerless gloves with it and my mom crocheted an afghan for me with it.

And with his "brains" poking out.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Baby Head measurements??? on: January 17, 2007 12:29:57 PM
I started a toddler sweater that I've since decided will make a better baby hat (no there are no size/gauge issues, it's worked in pieces and the front piece measures exactly the size I use for baby hats).  My question is how long should be a baby hat without a turned up ribbed brim?  The only measurements I can find are circumference or for hats with a folded up brim and that's not what I'm looking for.  All the patterns I can find only tell you circumference in the finished measurements?  Does anyone know?  Can someone measure their newborn's head for me?  lol   Roll Eyes

(Edit:  I need to know length, from crown to ear, not circumference.  I'm positive of circumference, as I've made tons of baby hats before, but all of these hats had the little rolled up brim.  I got my measurements from here:  http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html  but she says right on the page "Height includes a brim"  I'd know exactly how long to make them if she said how long of a brim, but she doesn't.  And I'd like my hat to not have a roll up brim.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.   Smiley  )
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Chico's Happy Feet on: November 14, 2006 06:43:27 PM
My furry "nephew" hates going out in the snow, it makes his feet hurt.  As soon as my sister in law Tammy told me about poor Chico and his cold feet I just had to do something.  So I made what I like to call "Chico's Happy Feet".

I'll post pics of Chico in action when I have some.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I have to knit socks or I will die!! on: November 11, 2006 08:46:26 PM
Someone please help me...  I've become fixated on the idea of knitting socks.  But I have no dpns or sock yarn and no money to buy any.  So I've been looking all over the net for a pair done in worsted weight and a pattern that is made specifically for magic loop knitting.  I cast on for a pair of socks that were done with dpns but by the time I got to the heels it just wasn't working.  The decreases weren't lining up and it was just ugly.   Embarrassed  I'm confident I could probably write my own pattern up to the point of the heel and then I'm sure I could find something online teaching me how to do the heel, but I'm wanting to have these done before Christmas.  Does anyone know of a pattern that is worsted weight and done through magic loop?  I don't need any frills or anything, these will be my first pair of socks.  Thanks

(edit:  Said pattern would preferably be online as getting knitting books out of the library is darn near impossible and if I had money to buy a book I could go and buy some dpns and be done with it...)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Cowl Neck Sweater for the Curvy Craftster? on: October 29, 2006 05:31:41 PM
So has anyone worn a cowl neck sweater?  How does it go with those of us who have, say, a chin and a half?  lol   Roll Eyes  I'm thinking of making one and I want to know if it's gonna look bad BEFORE I go through the trouble of knitting it!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / odd fabric request on: May 27, 2006 02:53:34 PM
I'm looking for a fabric and I've looked everywhere so now I'm turning to my fellow craftsters for help.  I'm looking for fabric to make one of these:  http://www.underworks.com/996.html . (It's for my fiancee and needs to be very compressing.  For privacy reasons I can't say exactly why  Undecided)  I've looked all over the net for the fabric and I can't find the kind of fabric I need.  I need a 70% nylon 30% lycra mix fabric that has a very firm stretch.  I've found a few places but they're all very very expensive and the price is part of why I want to make my own anyway.  For his size we'd end up paying $50 for just one from underworks and I was hoping to make at least two.  Anyone know of some affordable places to find this fabric or something equally breathable and compressing?  I really need your help guys.  Thanks.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Wedding Gowns for the... um.. ample? lol on: March 23, 2006 05:04:58 PM
Hey all.  So I have a question for all the bigger girls in this forum.  I'm getting married in October and I'm having a horrible time trying to find a gown that will fit me on my budget.  There is a seamstress in my hubby-to-be's hometown (where the wedding will be held) that I was going to have make a dress for me, but none of the pattern companies make a dress I like in my size.  And I've fallen in love with several only to find they didn't come in my size.  So has anyone made a plus size wedding dress or had one made for you and where did you find the pattern?  (I can give my measurements at another time if that would be helpful)  Thanks gals!
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / sticky stuff in my long hair... HELP!!!!!!!!!!! on: September 29, 2005 06:09:56 AM
Ok, so I know someone out there can help me.  You know those long, fly paper-sticky things?  I know you know what's coming... I got it in my hair.  Apparently flipping your beautiful, mid back length hair near one is a REALLY BAD IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!  I've tried canola oil, rubbing alcohol, and peanut butter.  The peanut butter was what the company that makes the things said to use.  But it didn't work.  And it's too close to my scalp to cut off.  Please someone help me!  I'm at my wits end.  I've been contemplating cutting my hair for about a month now because of dealing with horrible tangles, but I just can't afford to get it cut right now and I've kind of chickened out anyway.  Anyone have any ideas?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / big bad doggy coat on: August 16, 2005 10:48:06 PM
So I decided my fiance's dog needed a coat cause he gets cold when we go for our late night walks.  I used a combination of the doggy coat pattern in SNBN and the skull chart from the beaded wristbands.  I changed the pattern to suit my tastes a little bit too.  Ok, on to the pictures

Bear in his coat.  (ignore my so sexy pjs.  lol)

Closeup of the skull

Next time I am definitely duplicate stitching any pattern I want on because I absolutely hated sewing in all of those ends after doing intarsia for the skull.  Tell me what you think!
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