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1  Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by aspatria on: July 19, 2008 08:28:40 AM
CraftADDchick sent me a fabulous, thoughtful crafty package! I think she read my mind - or at least magically guessed at the state of my cookbook bookcase....

It's a cookbook/recipe review kit! I have the worst time remembering where my favorite recipes are, so this will be a HUGE help Smiley

The inside pages let me sort by category, book, author, recipe, page #, rating, and even let me include any comments (extra helpful, because I have a tendency to adapt recipes). Oh, and the rating system? 0-5 cooking pots. Awesome.

Did I mention it's organized into types of dishes? I'm in love with this!

Thanks, Craft - this rocks! Smiley

Summer Sausage/Veggie Pasta

1 zucchini, sliced thinly
1 yellow squash, sliced thinly
1 clove garlic, sliced
medium onion, sliced thinly
1 cup button mushrooms, sliced in half
3-4 links precooked chicken sausage, sliced in rounds
pint cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
cup marinated black olives, sliced in half (optional)
Olive oil (1 turn of pan)
pound penne or rigatoni pasta (cooked)
teaspoon Kosher salt
  teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
Shredded Parmesan (optional)

Heat olive oil in large pan. Saute onion and garlic for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini, squash, and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, olives, and sausage. Cook until sausage is heated through. Serve on top of pasta. Top with Parmesan if desired.

(This is also known as Whats in the Fridge? pasta around my place. Substitute nearly any of the ingredients you choose if you dont like them, and its also good without the sausage. I do like the olives, because they give a nice seasoning to the other ingredients, but marinated artichokes would also be really good. The cumin was a happy accident - I just really like it, and it added a nice depth to the other ingredients.)

Rosemary Chicken with Zucchini
(serves 4)

1 pound new potatoes
2 carrots
2 small zucchini
Olive oil
Whole-grain mustard
1 bunch fresh rosemary (or 2 pinches dried rosemary)
Kosher salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Heat oven to 400 degrees. As it heats, quarter the potatoes. Peel the carrots. Cut the carrots and zucchini into roughly 2-inch sticks. Mix them in a bowl with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons whole mustard, the rosemary, teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper. Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and teaspoon pepper.

Layer the vegetables on the bottom of a baking dish. Top with the seasoned chicken. Roast for 20 minutes. Turn the chicken and toss the vegetables. Continue roasting for 10-15 minutes.

(The recipe can also be frozen in individual-serving-size bags for nights when you dont want to deal with chopping and cooking. If the ingredients are frozen, increase the initial roasting time to 25 minutes and the post-turning time to 20-25 minutes.)

Artichoke Hearts and Mushroom Bake
(serves Cool

2 cans whole artichoke hearts
2 lbs fresh mushrooms
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
cup olive oil
1 cup flavored breadcrumbs
cup parmesan cheese

Drain artichoke liquid and slice hearts in quarters. Clean and slice mushrooms. Place 1 tablespoon olive oil at the bottom of a covered casserole dish. Arrange artichoke hearts on the bottom. Top with a layer of sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with of the breadcrumbs. Repeat the layers at least once. Finish the top layer of breadcrumbs with the remaining oil and top with the parmesan. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove cover and brown the top till golden in color. Serve. 
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2  Housewarming present! (img chubby) in Needlework: Completed Projects by aspatria on: June 22, 2008 12:52:14 PM
A friend is moving into a new place this week, and I wanted to give her something that would personalize the space and (hopefully) make it feel like home as quickly as possible. I hand drew a design inspired by some sixties fabric onto a terrycloth dish towel. The design was finished using split stitch.


I probably won't stitch on a terrycloth towel again - the loops pull too much (as you can see in the closeups). However, I'm fairly pleased with the design and the colors, and I hope she likes it!
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3  Four leaf clover from craft pad in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by aspatria on: June 22, 2008 12:42:52 PM
Good luck charms seem to be the theme of the day Smiley One of my friends recently finished her master's degree, so I wanted to make her a little good luck charm as she looks for jobs/starts a new one soon back home. I stitched up a four leaf clover from the Sublime Stitching craft pad using split stitch and satin stitch, and attached it to dark green felt backing with blanket stitch. I've framed it in a cute, fancy little frame, too. I hope she likes it!

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4  From blah white to fun purple storage in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by aspatria on: June 20, 2008 07:55:05 PM
I have no storage in my bathroom aside from a medicine cabinet, so I stuck one of those white laminate storage things from Target under my sink. Problem is, it gets splashed by water when I wash my face or hop out of the shower...so the top looks a little water-warped. Solution? Craft paper and clear drawer liner. I can splash away without worrying now - and it matches my shower curtain Smiley

(Ignore the mess - it isn't visible when the drawers are pushed back)

Action shot

Looking at it now, though, I think I want to cover the front of the drawers too (probably in a solid purple, though).  What do you all think?
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5  Easy-peasy cube/side table redo in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by aspatria on: June 20, 2008 09:10:42 AM
Inspired by a recent post from KonichiwaKay (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251701.0), I decided to re-cover a rather ugly "box" of my own...But first, a bit of backstory: My husband has had these cubes, which we use as side tables, since well before we were married. I think they were once props from a department store his mom managed back in the day. He had covered them with a bunch of old stickers and memorabilia when he was a teenager. Very cool, but it was starting to get torn and (ick!) a little moldy-looking. I'd been ignoring that by covering them with some bright green and purple fabric from my own retail days, but I couldn't stand it anymore.

First, I cleaned the heck out of it. No more moldy-looking bits - woo! Then, I picked up some cheapie Martha Stewart craft/wrapping paper in a pretty aqua color that matches our spare room, and promptly re-covered the cube. It took two rolls (it's a pretty large cube). For the top of the cube, I put a layer of aqua glassine paper over the flower-patterned paper to make it look a bit more muted. In order to protect the paper, I also covered it in some clear, sticky  drawer liner (also, apparently, from Martha) that I had in the closet. Unfortunately, I don't have any before pics (I got too excited at the prospect of redoing it), but here's the after.... 

And an "action" shot of the cube holding my old stereo:

You can probably see a few wrinkles or bubbles in the plastic. I should have worked with slightly smaller sheets, but I think it turned out fairly well despite that. Most of the seams are on the sides and back (which you don't see). At any rate, it matches the room a heck of a lot better than it did before. I heart it Smiley
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6  First Project Post - iPod cases! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by aspatria on: January 11, 2008 12:49:53 PM
Long time lurker, first time poster....I was inspired by Lubee's lovely post and tute here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42994.0. Sooo, I decided to make one for myself and for a friend:

They look so sweet and innocent, yes? Maybe not...

I couldn't resist embroidering one of our favorite words on the case for Kay.

The next time I make cases like these, I'll make them a wee bit smaller and add windows for the screen and the wheel, and I still need to stitch a bit of velcro in to fasten them. In fact, I may still add those to these versions. I do have space for the headphones to come out, though. Next up with this pattern is a bunch of eyeglass cases - this basic design works remarkably well for that.

Comments? Suggestions? Smiley
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