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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: HEROES- TV show swap (sign ups June 6th- June 20; send outs July 16th) on: June 11, 2007 06:38:59 PM
Okay, so if all the cool kids are doing it, I'd better do it too! Cheesy
Sign me up! Questionnaire on it's way.
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: HEROES- TV show swap (sign ups June 6th- June 20; send outs July 16th) on: June 10, 2007 10:59:35 AM
I love Heroes!  I just need to double check my schedule for the next month or so, but I think I'm in.
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bike Riding Round 2 Swap Gallery on: June 09, 2007 11:00:39 PM
Got my stuff a couple of days ago, just in time for Pedalpalooza 2007 which started this week! Yay!  Now I have new bike garb with which to impress my bike geek friends.  I'll be the talk of the town -- for good reason this time.  Smiley

But enough about me! Finally, on to the pictures!

Mezzi did a fantastic job! Here are some pics:

Here are a couple of detail shots of the cards:

And I love road signs, so these buttons are perfect:

And last but not least, a closeup of the really cool orange t-shirt:

And yes, orange is my favorite color.  This design is clever.  I do enjoy a bit of cleverness.  I think Mezzi shaped the shirt, unless that t-shirt company is making less boxy tees these days.

Oh, I'd post pics of the labels, but not only did they have my address on them, but they didn't photograph very well.
Thanks bunches, Mezzi!
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Bike Riding Round 2 Swap Gallery on: June 07, 2007 01:52:03 PM
I received my package from Mezzi yesterday evening. There I was having a completely mediocre day until I checked out the contents of the package.  Smiley It was chock full of cool stuff including bike street sign buttons, a fabulous orange t-shirt, note cards, and address labels.

I should have time to post the pics this weekend!

Thanks, Mezzi!
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Robot Messenger Bag in Glitter Vinyl on: June 07, 2007 11:44:01 AM
That is super cute!  As for pockets, I just can't get enough  Cheesy
26  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: veggie burgers recipes? on: June 02, 2007 07:42:09 PM
These were a bunch o' work, but well worth it:
Mushroom burgers

1 oz. dried porcini
2 cups water
1/3 cup bulgur
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 cup boiling water
3-4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups chopped portobello mushrooms, stems trimmed, cleaned (8 ounces)
1 medium chopped onion
3/4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup pecan halves
1/2 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
Freshly ground pepper to taste
6 oz gorgonzola
6 whole-wheat buns
1 small bunch arugula

1.  Bring porcini and 2 cups water to a boil.  Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, place bulgur in a small bowl. Pour the boiling water over, cover and set aside until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Drain in a sieve, pressing out excess liquid.

3. Meanwhile, heat 1teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add portobello mushrooms, onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Immediately transfer to a plate and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

4.  Drain mushrooms through a coffee filter, reserving the liquid.  Rinse mushrooms well and put them back in the liquid.  Put the mushroom mixture in a skillet and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Heat until liquid is reduced to a glaze, stirring occasionally. Cool.

5 Toast pecans in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring, until fragrant, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.

6. Combine vegetable mixture, porcini mushrooms, and pecans in a food processor; pulse briefly until coarsely chopped. Add egg and the reserved bulgur; pulse briefly, scraping down sides if necessary, until mixture is cohesive but roughly textured. Transfer to a bowl; stir in breadcrumbs and pepper. Mix well.

7. With dampened hands, form vegetable mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties.

8. Using 2 teaspoons oil per batch, cook 4 patties at a time in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Adjust heat as necessary for even browning.

9.  Split and toast buns. Add arugula to the bun.

10. Add 1 oz gorgonzola to each burger and broil to melt cheese.  Serve on buns.
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bike Riding Swap!! (sign ups until 4/24, SEND OUT 5/21) on: May 20, 2007 10:32:24 PM
What do do with no official deadline...  Smiley  I could mail mine tomorrow, but I think I'll finish this thing I'm working on and include that too! I love it when an experiment works out.  Plan on mailing on Tuesday then. 
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bike Riding Swap!! (sign ups until 4/24, SEND OUT 5/21) on: May 16, 2007 09:05:34 PM
I've been pretty busy, but I'm working along.  I'm planning to send on the last day, because I'm one of those people who always thinks they could to that one more thing and sneak it in at the end.  Smiley
29  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Quick and Easy Desserts? on: May 02, 2007 09:47:37 PM
It's a method of mixing a heavier liquid into a lighter whipped mixture to prevent losing all the air that was whipped in.

Basically, when you add the chocolate to the whipped cream, it's going to sink to the bottom.  If you just stir it like you would normally, you'll lose some of the air in the whipped cream.  So, to keep as much air as possible, you sort of cut through the whipped cream scrape the chocolate off the bottom and bring it up the side of the bowl to fold it back in over top.  It's kind of like stirring more vertically than horizontally.

I'm not always the best at explaining this sort of thing, but if you search the internet for "cooking terms fold" you'll find more info.
30  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Quick and Easy Desserts? on: April 28, 2007 07:08:39 PM
These aren't baked, but they make very good very simple dessert items by themselves or with fresh fruit.

white chocolate "mousse"

4 oz. white chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup heavy cream

Melt chocolate in water over a double boiler. When chocolate is melted, add the vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Whip the cream to soft peaks. Fold 1/4 of cream into the chocolate. Then fold into the rest of the cream. Chill for 2+ hours.

semisweet chocolate "mousse"
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup warm water
3 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream

Same process as above except you add the sugar in with the water and chocolate.
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