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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap! Sign-ups CLOSED Send by: Sept. 2 on: September 07, 2008 05:43:01 PM
Whee! Just back from my friend's wedding in Ohio, and I got my package from CraftADDChick! Love, love, LOVE what she sent Smiley Here's the link....

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: REM's Michael Stipe on: August 24, 2008 06:03:57 PM
I heart this - I have a massive fondness for REM. You did an amazing job!
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap! Sign-ups CLOSED Send by: Sept. 2 on: August 16, 2008 06:38:47 PM
Wow, you guys are awesome! Monday and Tuesday are my designated crafty days this week - I am so ready to be home after this road trip. I can't wait to have my idea completed!

On another note, were we ALL at Ikea today? I was at one in New Jersey....and I had the meatballs. Yum Smiley
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Magazines: Mini Trash Bins/Storage Containers on: July 24, 2008 10:50:00 AM
I'm also too dense, ann. The step that's foiling me (on the gman tute) is step 5 (where you turn it "inside out"). Help, anyone? I love this project, and I have tons of magazines that are dying to be turned into bowls Smiley
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap! Sign-ups open thru August 14 send by Sept. 1 on: July 19, 2008 01:41:41 PM
I just added my recipes, too - the first is one I came up with recently, and the others are edited versions of "pro" recipes. I'm really looking forward to trying out some of these recipes (especially the desserts - my husband doesn't know it yet, but he's excited about those, too) Smiley
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap Gallery of Goodies 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. 
7  COOKING / Dessert / Lazy banana pudding - seriously lazy on: July 18, 2008 06:02:52 PM
I heart banana pudding, but I'm frequently too lazy to make even the easier versions. Solution? Just combine a fresh banana (it really does need to be fresh - the overripe ones don't seem to work as well) with whipped cream (you can use the canned version, lite, soy cream, whatever's in your fridge). You don't need the pudding part at all - for some reason, it tastes the same. If you're feeling fancy, scoop up the mixture with vanilla wafers. For the sake of any neighbors peeping in the window, you should probably slice the banana, though.

Told y'all it was lazy Smiley
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap! Sign-ups open thru August 14 send by Sept. 1 on: July 18, 2008 05:54:49 PM
This swap looks sweet - I just sent in my PM Smiley Now, off to scrounge through my favorite recipes...
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My first EVER embroidery work on: July 18, 2008 05:27:13 PM
Holy cow - at first, I thought this was machine embroidery, the stitches are so pretty and even. Great job Smiley

(And I echo the sentiments of the other commenters - don't outline it. It's beautiful as it is.)
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: An Elephant For Every Season on: July 18, 2008 05:23:31 PM
I love this - so much fun!
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