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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Green bean noodles-- An alernative to wheat pasta on: August 05, 2007 12:46:29 PM
Green been noodles are a great light alternative to pasta in the summer. You can buy them at Asian food stores. They are also called cellophane noodles, dried bean thread, or glass noodles. Make sure you don't buy the opaque white kind, those are rice, not bean. Bean noodles are transparent. The recipe below is my dad's. Enjoy!

bean noodles (the flat kind like linguini, not the thin hair kind)
good olive oil
white vinegar (same amount as olive oil)
shredded raw scallions, carrots, cucumbers, whatever veggies you like
a few cooked shrimp (peeled and halved) or shredded ham
dash of sesame oil
large bowl of ice-cold water

*There is no right or wrong amount of ingredients. Put whatever amount you prefer. Just don't add so much liquid so the noodles become wet and slimy.

1. Cook bean noodles like how you cook spaghetti. Dump it into boiling water for about 4-6 minutes. When it's al dente, drain the noodles and immediately soak in ice-cold water for about 5 minutes. This will cool your noodles and prevent sticking. Drain it and put in a bowl.
2. Whisk equal amounts of olive oil and vinegar in a separate bowl with a dash of sesame oil. Pour over cool bean (haha.) noodles.
3. Add your veggies and meats. Toss everything like a salad and serve cold.
You can store it in the fridge, but the noodles will become hard Sad
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter's baby Monster Book of Monsters (with tute) on: June 29, 2007 06:31:24 PM
I couldn't find a larger piece of fuzzy faux fur fabric for a full size monster book o' monsters. This is from the bottom of my mom's coat that was too long. And the Verizon manual is the only book small enough to be covered!

Instructions: (use a hot glue gun for all gluing)
1. Cut your book to desired dimensions.

2. Cut 2 pieces of fabric about 1/4 inch longer than your book face (the side with the binding) Cut a piece of ribbon wide and long enough to cover the spine. Cut out a red tongue.
3. Draw a nice pair of disgusting teeth and gums. Make tabs on the top and bottom for gluing and the sides rounded.

4. Glue the tongue and teeth like so. Bend the gums toward each other.

5. Glue the ribbon to the spine. Glue the 2 pieces of fuzzy fabric on the top and bottom on top of the ribbon.
6. Make 4 eyeballs out of polymer clay. Or use googly eyeballs. Hot glue those on top of the fuzz. I made a pair of large and a pair of smaller eyes.
7. Bend the teeth so they jut out at weird angles.
8. This fabric was too fuzzy to embroider Angry;, But if you could, embroider 'Monster Book of Monsters' on the cover.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / English project (crafty) help on: May 05, 2007 01:40:07 PM
For my english project, I have to present a collection of about 8 pieces of writing, each about 4 pages long. Only it has to be "creative" meaning not a bunch of paper stapled together. One year, a girl made a box of chocolate with a shoe box. She made little clay chocolates and and put papers in the chocolate. Someone else made a crazy scrapbook. I probably don't have the time to top that, but does anyone have a suggestion? thanks
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 17th on: April 07, 2007 02:05:33 PM
Last year for my sweet 16, I had an Alice in Wonderland tea party, but this year I'm clueless. I plan to invite around 10 people, mostly girls but a couple of guys. It's a very mixed group of people consisting of my old friends and my friends from school who don't really know each other.

Does anyone have any suggestions for themes and activities? I asked them about a massive photo scavenger hunt, but a few are too lazy to go have a scavenger hunt. Any ideas will be helpful! Thanks.

Anything goes except:
makeup, pink, extreme girlyness
dance party
money costing things (bowling, minigolf, etc)
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded DNA with tutorial! (muchas imgenes) on: April 01, 2007 06:49:52 AM
I started this at 8 o'clock last night and finished at 11:30 with a break for dinner. I attached fishing line at the end to use as earrings, but they can be used for anything, really. I've always wanted to do this, but never found the time to. DNA is such a handsome little molecule. Enough of my rambling, here it is!

The blue is the phospho-sugar backbone;the white, orange, pink and green are bases. I used 2 different shades of blue for the backbone.

If anyone has a problem reading it, let me know.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Yucky Physics on: March 11, 2007 09:59:18 PM
I really hate physics. I hate it enough to want to craft an anti-physics thing for remembering physics formulas. Does anyone have any crafty/evil ideas? Thanks.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cheap-o Shrinky Dink alternative! (UPDATE) on: October 21, 2006 11:30:22 AM
I've heard that you can use recycle plastic number 6 to make shrinky dinks. I never found the instructions for it--


He has very good instructions and scientific explanations for those who are interested. I have yet to do it, but I'm looking foward to it as soon as I can find some plastic!

Number six plastic is the clear thin kinds. Some examples are:
-the lids on aluminum take out containers
-strawberry boxes
-yogurt lids
-some toy packaging

In the US, these plastics have a 6 inside a triangle label. I don't know about other countries.

Please try this and let me know how it goes! Caution: toxic fumes at high temperatures.

***It works! I did it this 2 minutes ago! So cool! I put it in the toaster oven for literally 5 seconds. You can also use the ridges, it bakes it flat! Don't turn your oven off till it stops strinking, which is really quick. Don't worry about the crazy curling in the begining.

Laminate the marker side with clear tape so the color doesn't scratch off.
Don't use clear nail polish, marker dissolves in that.
If you take it out and its curly, QUICKLY smash it with a cup or something. Just do it on a flat surface so it doesn't stamp a shape.
You can rebake it if you discover that it didn't fully shrink.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Piratey Sunglasses case and fairy wings (odd combo) on: September 16, 2006 11:21:06 AM
I made the sunglasses case over the summer and forgot about it till now. It's purple felt (looks black in the picture though) and costs about 40 cents:

I made the fairy wings after about a year of searching for blue tights. I couldn't find any, so what's a girl to do?

Buy white tights and spray acrylic paint on it ofcourse!
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / tooth fairy ideas? (I made the wings now. Any suggestions?) on: September 01, 2006 08:50:42 AM
I want to be the tooth fairy this year, and I'm starting early. I have a poufy tutu skirt, but no top or wings yet. Would adding a utility belt with a tooth brush, floss, coins and PLIERS be cool?

Please give me some tips and inspiration pictues! Thank you craftsters!

Wings are here:
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Hopping on to the pie/cake bandwagon--with 125% more sugar! (and tutorial) on: August 31, 2006 08:34:29 AM

Lemon Meringue and Key Lime pie

How to make a pie:
1: Make a cylinder of your filling color. About as wide as a quarter and 1/2 cm tall.
2: Flatten out a round sheet of tan for the pie crust
3: Drape pie crust sheet over the cylinder. Smooth it out and make sure it sticks to all sides of the cylinder except for one base, the top.
4: Trim the extra crust with scissors, but leave a little bit for the edge. Squish the edge until it's round.
5: Use your nail or a knife to make the lines and bumps on the crust.

How to make the meringue:
1: Put a very thin cylinder of white on the filling so it covers it.
2: Use a knife to tease and texture the meringue. Press and flick the knife in different places and directions.

How to make the whipped cream:
1: Make a frosting piping tube with a few layers of rolled up plastic wrap. Then put conditioned white clay in it.
2: Pipe a little puff of white onto a flat surface and peel it off like a hershey kiss. Stick it on your pie.

Slice your pie before you bake it! I attached them to earrings.


pumpkin pie that smells a tiny bit like cinnamon, cupcake, carrot cake
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