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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: "Buckeyes" or "Holy cow that tastes just like a Reese's cup" recipe w/PIX! on: December 08, 2009 08:01:32 AM
i am wondering if you add a tad bit of cream cheese to the peanut butter mix if it would be yummy.... like those oreo balls. it made it sooooo smooth and creamy.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Neckwarmers (lots o pics) on: December 07, 2009 01:11:21 PM
they all  vary between single and double crochets, I like the suede with the single crochets, it seems super nice at keeping the warmth in!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Neckwarmers (lots o pics) on: November 28, 2009 08:13:41 AM
i've been cooped up in the house the last couple of weeks, pregnant with the cold of Iceland outside. So I decided to start crocheting. Peaceful and soothing, I have been having soooo much fun. I have been making neckwarmers because they are always handy and I can even give them out as gifts if I like. Check them out. They aren't anything truly amazing, but I am proud regardless!

lion brand suede
left over acrylic yarn from a hat i made to match
husband modeling matching set.
lion brand suede
some super thick acrylic yarn
some alpaca yarn
lion brand suede "moonshadow"
i can never model these myself well enough to make them look good  Undecided

but regardless, i am having fun!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Sugar Scrub Crumblies on: November 13, 2009 05:33:09 AM
genius as something small to add to christmas baskets (or gift baskets in general!)
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Food Gift Ideas on: November 11, 2009 03:22:26 PM
What a lovely thread. I am making food gift baskets this year.

My ideas included
pumpkin bread
chocolate and peanut butter fudge OR bark, can't decide which.
apple butter
chocolate  & peppermint coffee spoons
mocha cocoa in a jar
and apparently these oreo balls everyone is making Wink

I can share some of the recipes I will be using, if you would like.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: November 11, 2009 02:51:05 PM
hehthur, those bottles are really cute!  Smiley

thanks so much!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: November 10, 2009 01:39:26 PM
I usually cheat and put together baskets for the adults that I have to buy for.
I am pretty similar to to this. I just moved to Iceland from the States (Cali) a little over a year ago, this will be my second christmas here. I really don't know everyone well enough to be able to handcraft or even buy things that are super personal like I normally enjoy doing, so this year I am taking on an old tradition my mom used to do of the baskets. Everyone always loved them, and this way I can kind of show off to my husband's family with my crafting and cooking skills, removing all my stress. Here is what I will be putting into my baskets (so far):

everything below is handmade
Kahlua (including handpainted holiday bottles. this recipe comes from my mom)
Pumpkin Bread
Chocolate & Peanut butter fudge
Chocolate covered coffee spoons
Apple Butter

and of course something small and personal for each specific person. Here is a poor quality example of the bottles I have already started on:

8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My very first Cinnamon rolls from scratch! on: June 05, 2009 04:13:15 PM
thanks guys! after that batch, I decided to make them again tomorrow morning!
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My very first Cinnamon rolls from scratch! on: June 04, 2009 12:24:16 PM
yeah here is what i did:

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup margarine, softened
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

I also used a random amount of chocolate chips. You can choose for yourself.


Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in margarine; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. Add water, egg and the milk mixture; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.

Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, softened margarine.
Roll out dough into a 12x9 inch rectangle. Spread dough with margarine/sugar mixture. Sprinkle with raisins if desired. Roll up dough and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal size rolls and place cut side up in 12 lightly greased muffin cups (I just put mine onto a baking tray with baking paper, laying them out like I would if I was making cookies, not touching).

Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until browned. Remove from muffin cups to cool. Serve warm.

next time I make these, I am going to use an egg wash over them. I read a recipe online that included this, and I imagine it helps keep them softer on the inside. But making them just like this was still very yummy!
10  COOKING / Dessert / My very first Cinnamon rolls from scratch! on: June 01, 2009 10:22:40 AM
Last night I had the urge to make something that I thought would be a little more difficult than what I normally make. So I looked up some recipes online for cinnamon rolls, thinking that they always looked pretty difficult to make. But they aren't at all! It was so much fun!

So here are my first ones ever, I made the entire thing, including the dough. and added chocolate chips!

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