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11  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Four Greens Soup on: March 09, 2008 01:48:56 PM
Okay, so I got a big box-o-veggies from my CSA yesterday and I made this soup.  It was SOOOOOO good! Sorry for the lack of exact measurements, but it takes a little flexibility to make good soup.

*Note - these are the green I used, but I think you could use any kind of greens you have handy
One bunch of Black Kale
One bunch of Red Swiss Chard
One bunch of Kohlrabi Greens
One bunch of Yellow Swiss Chard
2 T. vegetable bouillon powder
1 T. minced garlic
1 cup red lentils
juice of one lemon (tip: microwave the lemon whole for about 20 seconds before juicing to get the most juice)
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, saute the garlic with a little pam.  When it gets brown, add the greens, the vegetable bouillon, and enough water to cover the greens.  Alternately, you can just add enough veg broth to cover the greens if you don't have bouillon.  Bring to a boil and then add the lentils.  Simmer until the lentils are done but not mushy, about 15-20 minutes.  Reduce to low heat.  Add the lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Let sit over low heat for about 10 minutes.

There's a lot of room for experimentation and substitution with this, but it sure was tasty!
12  California / California: South / Wanna join a Knitting/Crochet/Needlework group in downtown LA? on: March 07, 2008 02:51:21 PM
Okay, so I live near downtown Los Angeles, and I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to get together a group of knitters/crocheters/needleworkers together on a regular basis somewhere near downtown.  Is anyone out there interested?
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Basic but yummy snow scarf. on: March 06, 2008 11:50:55 AM
So this is a scarf I completed a while back but I'm finally getting around to posting.  It's a simple 2x2 rib in a chunky yarn, but I love the color and that it has little sparkles in it.  It makes me feel like I have snow wrapped around my neck.  Except warm. Smiley

14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Long-distance relationship blanket on: March 06, 2008 11:48:45 AM
Okay, so I made this a while ago, when my then-boyfriend, now-husband were doing a long distance relationship.  I'm posting it because it's the one crafty thing I'm most proud of so far.  The embroidery says "Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small and enkindles the great." and it has a little personal message at the bottom.  It's done in black and grey cotton fabric, which I naively thought wouldn't show black cat hair. Ha!  For the backing I used one of those vellux blankets that's all fuzzy and warm.  The embroidery looks white, but it's actually silver. Now, almost seven years later, it's well-used, covered in cat and dog hair, and it has a little hole, but we love it.  Please ignore the random camera spots, and copious animal hair!  Also, my embroidery looks kind of wonky in these pics because I couldn't get the blanket to lay flat on my bumpy bedspread.

The whole thing, mostly:

The front and back fabrics:

Close up of the personal message:
15  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Kohlrabi? on: March 05, 2008 04:13:22 PM
I just joined a CSA, and I found out I'm going to be getting some kohrlabi in my Box-o-veggies this week.  I've never seen, cooked, or eaten kohlrabi.  Anyone have any suggestions on what to do with it?  Thanks!
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Chickens and Celery and Gators, Oh My! Welcome to Oviedo, Florida! on: March 05, 2008 01:30:27 PM
Hi everybody!
I am representing my hometown of Oviedo, Florida, which is about 20 minutes northeast of Orlando.  Oviedo is kind of a small town, but it's growing by leaps and bounds.  I live in Los Angeles now, which is pretty dang far from Oviedo, so I wanted to make something I could see every day that would remind me of home.  I also had loads of recipes that needed to be compiled into one place.  So, I decided to make a cookbook.  I started out with one of those view-through binders, and went about looking for pictures of things that mean "Oviedo" to me.  I came up with football (home of the Oviedo Lions), Celery and Oranges (which Oviedo used to produce when it was founded), alligators (of which we have MANY), sandhill cranes (of which we also have MANY), the Baptist church (because Oviedo is a CHURCHY town!), the Little Econlockhatchee River (which I used to go play in as a kid), and the Lawton House (which is a historic house that gets lit up for the holidays every year by the city).  I took the pictures, collaged them on the computer, and added some effects to make them look illustrated.  Over the top of those pictures I put some fluorescent chickens (roosters actually) that I hand-colored.  Why chickens, you might ask?  Well, because in Oviedo, we have wild chickens that run around old town.  They actually live next to the Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits. 

Yes, that's right, our wild chickens live outside of Popeye's.

So, I put the "Oviedo Collage" in the front, added some titles - "Corinne's Recipes" over the top of names of all of the foods I love, and just "Recipes" on the side.  The back of the cookbook is pictures of sod.  That's right, like sod you put in your front yard.  This is because, in order to get to Oviedo from the highway, you have to drive through these massive sod fields on either side of the road.  So sod makes me homesick.  I know - I'm strange.

Inside the cookbook is a compilation of recipes I've gotten over the years from friends and family, as well as some of my own and some I've cut out of magazines.  Is it odd that a long-time vegetarian creates a cookbook full of vegetarian recipes and then puts chickens on the front?  I don't know, but I think chickens would like my cookbook.

Now, I can display my Oviedo cookbook on my little cookbook holder in my kitchen and think of home every time I walk by.  Smiley

Front Cover:

Front, Back, and Spine:

Action Shot:

Extreme Chicken Close-up:

17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Squishy Pillow of Dreaming, AKA 6 resolutions in one... on: February 03, 2008 04:09:04 PM
Okay, so this pillow wraps a few resolutions together.
1. Enter every craftster challenge this year.
2. Save money - I really want to buy a house!
3. Get 8 hours of sleep every night. (I'm a full time fourth grade teacher and full time doctoral student.  I'm trying to remember what sleep is!)
4. Re-use or recycle as much as possible.
5. Continue with last year's successful resolution - to lose weight.
6. Take some time every week to work on crafting.

So, here's how my entry meets ALL of those resolutions!

1. Well, obviously I'm entering the challenge, so this one's a given so far.
2.  This pillow was made for less than $4, by scavenging crafting supplies and using my husband's old dress shirt for the fabric.  Since this was my first piece of embroidery in 7 years, and only my second piece of embroidery EVER, I had to spend a few bucks on supplies.
3.  Well, the sublime squishiness and dream-like patterns on this pillow definitely make me want to curl up for a good eight hours!
4.  This pillow is the first of many I plan to make to make our bed look more comfy and inviting, and I'll be using both me and the hubby's old clothes for ALL of the fabric.
5.  Why do we have so many old clothes you might ask?  Why, because last year between the two of us, we lost about 170 pounds!  I lost 34 and hubby lost the rest.  We succeeded at last years resolution, but we still have a little ways to go, so seeing all of our old clothing repurposed into something beautiful will be a great motivational tool!
6. I managed to take some time every week to work on this pillow, and since I have about 20 more dress shirts/pants/skirts to play with, I should be busy all year! 

I got the inspiration for this project, obviously, from merwing's FANTASTIC Doodle Stitching book, which I got for Christmas.  Thank you merwing!  You rock my socks!

So finally, here it is: the Squishy Pillow of Dreaming!

The whole pillow:

The whole pillow again:

Close up of the embroidery:

Antoher close up of the embroidery:

Last close up of the embroidery:

My demon tongue-beast, because he's an attention-whore like me:

Hope you all like it, and vote for me!

18  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / No pics with many threads I click on... on: January 07, 2008 07:59:46 AM
Okay, so I wasn't sure where to post this, but I keep clicking on threads and seeing the little camera and a blank box instead of photos.  I thought it was the poster's problem, but this is happening on probably 3/4ths of the threads I click on.  Also, the featured projects, hot new projects, newest projects, etc. are doing this about 3/4ths of the time.  Is there something I'm doing wrong? I keep seeing thumbnails of all this cute stuff and then I can't see it in the thread!  AAARGH!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How to knit a baby blanket... on: December 24, 2007 12:41:59 PM
How to make a baby blanket.

First, buy a whole bunch of yarn from Michaels. 
Start knitting the Big Bad Baby Blanket. 
Frog 3 rows because you messed up one stitch.
Keep knitting about five more rows, following the pattern.
Set down your knitting to stop the dog from chasing the cat.
Discover your knitting slipped off the needles.
Try in vain to get all those little stitches back on the needle.
Give up and frog the whole thing when you realize you will never have the patience to knit ANOTHER Big Bad Baby blanket. 
Go buy more yarn and bigger needles.
Find a really easy stitch pattern online.
CO 70-something stitches.
Knit 4 rows.
K3, *YO, K2tog* to last two stitches. K2.
Knit 4 rows.
Decide it's going to be too small, frog the whole thing, and CO 107 stitches.
Knit 4 rows.
K3, *YO, K2tog* to last two stitches.
Discover that somehow you now have 108 stitches instead of 107.
K2tog, K1 while muttering obscenities.
Continue alternating 4 knit rows and one pattern row.
Procrastinate finishing the blanket by studying for a final, washing dishes, and lesson planning.
Knit 2 rows.
Play with the dog for a while.
Wonder why you decided to knit a baby blanket when you work full time and work on a doctorate full time.
Have a drink.
Have another drink.
Ignore the blanket for a month.
Pack the half-finished blanket and the extra yarn so you can knit on the plane on the cross-country light home for Christmas.
Have two jack-and-gingers on the plane and fall asleep.  Do not take the knitting out of the bag.
Knit frantically for 2 days, with brief pauses for last minute Christmas shopping.
At 3 am, finish the blanket by knitting your cast on tail into the bind-off because you ran out of yarn.
Work in tails and trim.
Wash and dry the blanket.
Lay it on the floor to take a picture of it, realize you left your camera in LA. 
Discover that now it's covered in cat hair.  Mutter obscenities. Eat a piece of fudge.
Try in vain to fit it in a gift box or gift bag.
Give up and tie a ribbon around it and throw that sucker under the tree.
Have a drink.
Vow to never make another baby blanket.

See?  Easy as pie. Wink
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitters in L.A.? on: November 24, 2007 04:25:18 PM
So, I'd love to find some other knitters in L.A., but those SnB groups are kind of far from me (I'm downtown).  Does anyone know of any other knitting group out there in the L.A. area? Or, is anyone interested in creating one?
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