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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: top with stripes in empire style + Pattern on: May 24, 2006 10:54:46 AM
I really would like to know if you have the "" on your keyboard or if you had to take it from the "special symbols".   Grin

Alt + 0223

Also, is Alt + 0252

All I can remember from my German days...
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dish Ideas. on: April 19, 2006 06:52:06 AM
For the meat and potatoes guy, why not a pastie (not like the tassel-on-the-boob things, it's pronounced past-ee)?  All you really need is a sheet pan, that way, and if you are sneaky about it, you can sneak in a bunch of root veggies without anyone ever knowing. 

When I make them, I have to make twobecause my husband wont eat rutabagas (yellow turnips).  Half the time, I put them in his anyway and he never notices it depends on how yellow the rutabaga is, basically.  And if this guy has never had them before, hell never even know!  Theyre big enough to pick out if he does, anyway.

Just take the already prepared, refrigerated pie crusts (by the biscuits and cookies-in-a-tube stuff) (youll need one crust per pastie), some beef (you can get the cheapest, thinnest cuts for this and itll be wonderful), potatoes sliced somewhat thinly, onions sliced, rutabagas sliced (these are pretty hard to cut, so be prepared and BE CAREFUL!  Its a fight sometimes) all cut up and ready to go before you take the crusts out of the package/fridge.  Also get some butter and some salt/pepper/anything else you think would taste good.  I stick to the basics, but thats how my great-gram made them, so I follow hers pretty closely.

On the pie crust, on half (but leaving enough room so you can fold the other half over top and seal it at the endIm bad at this and always try to stuff it too full), start layering potatoes, rutabaga, beef, onion, butter, salt and pepper.  If you have room, do another layer.  Then fold the crust over, and just seal the edges, so it looks like a calzone (or stromboli, depending on where you liveit looks like an empanada, too, but bigger and not fried.)  Cut a slit on the top (if you havent ripped it like I do always) to let the steam escape.  You can brush it with an egg wash if you really want, but I never bother.  Do the same for any other pie crusts.

On a foil-lined pan (in case it leaks, easy clean-up), put two (thats all that fits on my pans) and put in a 350 oven for about half an hour or so.  Then, turn it down to 325 and let it cook for an hour.  If you notice it starting to get too brown, just put some foil on top of it to prevent burning.

One of these will usually serve two people, but depending on how hungry you are and how full you stuff it, it could serve one-three.  I usually make two, that way I have dinner for myself and my husband, plus lunch for both of us the next day at work.

You could also try putting other root veggies in, like parsnips or carrots, or even sweet potatoes might be pretty good.  Just play around with it!

Whew, that was long.  Now I want one of these.  Why can't it be dinner time?  Also, why can't I have all of this ready for me at home so I can make it when I get home? Grrr...
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread-NUMMYYYYYY!!! on: April 05, 2006 07:04:46 AM
It says loaf pans... how many?  Just because I really do want to make this, but I also don't want to overfill a pan (never know how much it will bake up with no dairy...) since we're moving soon.  I really don't want to have to clean the oven.

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: avocado stone on: March 31, 2006 01:13:10 PM
Is the correct side in the water?  The bigger end (that's the bottom) should be in about 1/2 inch of water.. no more.  If it starts to rot, toss it and start fresh.

I grew one of these once (or attempted, anyway, as I promptly forgot about it) and found that just planting the sucker in a pot of soil worked much better.  Just soak the pit overnight in water, plop it in some soil (same way, bottom side down) and let it go.

Just keep in mind, the plants get huge (or at least they're supposed to... again, mine just died from lack of attention), and they like tropical environments so mist it frequently.

ETA: I forgot to mention that the plant will come out of the top, roots in the water.  Once you have roots for about a week, then you can plant it in soil.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with orthodotic elastics? on: March 29, 2006 11:14:39 AM
stitch markers for knitters!

I wish I would have kept mine around, simply for that reason.  If you lose them, no biggie... you have a billion more.  And they were free!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lexie Barnes Bags? on: March 28, 2006 09:52:58 AM
Although I don't have a knitting bag, I have a diaper bag and it's excellent.  Granted, I use it to carry stuff to work in right now (as it doesn't need to hold diapers for a few more months), but I'm still in love with it.

I know a few people with them, and have only heard good things so far!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I'm sick of my food. on: March 27, 2006 12:10:38 PM
I also forgot to mention I don't really like pork.. unless it's bacon.  Mmmm... bacon.

Those were good suggestions.  Thanks!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I'm sick of my food. on: March 27, 2006 11:42:28 AM
I'm a really picky eater... and pregnant, to boot, so I have a lot of aversions lately.  I'm really sick of eating ramen, potatoes, sandwiches and salad.  I need dinner ideas!


No chicken--I can't stomach the thought of chicken lately.
No eggs--Hate them.
No milk--yuck.
No cheese--double yuck (I will eat moz sticks or pizza, as long as it's JUST mozzarella and no other stuff tossed in)
Hell, no dairy products, unless it's ice cream or chocolate milk.
No mushrooms.
No mayonnaise.
No lunchmeat (although I think I'd be okay with salami)
No fish, or anything that comes from a large body of water.
I dislike creamy sauces.
I'm sick of pasta.
I really don't like tomatoes, unless it's ketchup (or pasta sauce, but see above).
I have an extreme distaste for anything Mexican lately.  My husband is pissed about that one, haha.
I could eat Chinese until I burst.
The kicker: I work full-time, therefore have not a lot of time to prepare things.  I do own a crockpot, though.

So.. anyone up for the challenge?  I'm a pain in the ass, I know.  God forbid this child is anything like me...
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Super Easy Awesomely Wicked Pumpkin Muffins With Pic (taste like pumpkin pie) on: March 17, 2006 07:25:37 AM
I was a little leery about how they would turn out with no eggs in the recipe, but they were perfect. 

Pumpkin is kind of like applesauce--it can be used in place of oil, eggs and/or shortening/butter, with the right ratios.  It just doesn't give the lift of eggs!

My mom's old 70s diet cookbooks come in handy... the recipes pretty much all taste like crap, but they have good tips.   Wink
10  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Re: Hip places to live on: March 17, 2006 07:21:42 AM
Columbia is a planned city... it's basically a network of villages. Each has its own village center, which has a grocery store, a few other local things, pizza place or bagel place, etc. We will be moving there in June (yay!).

It's pretty easy to get anywhere in Columbia, or TO anywhere FROM Columbia.  It's got a pretty large mall (with a PF Changs, Cheesecake Factory, Chicago Uno... theaters, etc.) and a great system of fitness centers/pools (although they cost a fee, but it's a little cheaper than a regular gym, and you can go to any of them).  There's also paths that connect just about everything in some way, so walking wouldn't be all that hard.  It's spread out, a little, compared to a traditional "downtown" or college town like you were looking for.

The one real downside is the price... it's got homeowner's association (although it's really a city associaton) fees, higher taxes and higher home prices.. but if you have a family/are wanting a family, I've heard the schools can't be beat.  We just were attracted to that area before we even got down to the family part (I won't be painting or moving any boxes, haha... due in September), and now it's just a perk that I'm really happy about.

And there's a nice yarn store!  And my office!  And lots of good Chinese food.  That's important, in my eyes.   Grin
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