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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Harry Potter Halloween Party (lots of pictures!) on: October 30, 2011 04:41:25 AM
Hi fellow craftsters !

Every year my family hosts a Halloween party. This year, our theme was Harry Potter, which was very exciting for me, being a big HP fan. Here are some pictures of what we did. I've been working on this for the last 3 weeks and everyone (especially the kids) loved it so it was worth it! : )

The decorations

The entrance

My front door was Platform 9

The dining room

Pumpkin lights, fallen leaves, an old candlestick and a Marauders Map that my friend brought me back from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Hogwarts and 4 houses banners

The bathroom

The bathroom was decorated in a Chamber of Secrets theme

Pigwidgeon, someones hand and Trevor; the spiders escaping from the basilisk and of course, Moaning Myrtle

The living room


Snapes Potion Cabinet: Pepperup Potion, Felix Felicis, Wolfsbane Potion, Bubotuber Pus, Veritaserum and Essence of Dittany

The food

Mummy Pigs in a Blanket

Halloween Empanadas (just some regular empanadas, the dough is like that because of food coloring)

Spiderweb Soup

Owl cookies

Chocolate and pumpkin cake

The games

The sorting ceremony

We made little house badges for everyone, which would determine the teams for the other games we played. When the guest arrived, they each drew a badge from the Sorting Hat.

Harry Potter Quiz

We asked Hp trivia questions and the team that had the most points at the end won the house cup (my sisters old cheerleading trophy) filled with galleons (chocolate-covered dollars). Fittingly, Ravenclaw won this one.

Guess the character
Guests had a characters name stuck on their forehead and they had to guess who it was by asking yes or no questions.

(Not pictured) Potion making

We had a variety of juice and alcohol on a table and the guest could mix them up to make their own potion.


-Potions kit from here
-Harry Potter banners and other printables from here, here and here
-Recipe for the cake from here

I hope you liked my pictures and Happy Halloween to everyone : )
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Jar of Easter Goodies on: April 03, 2010 08:38:25 AM
Like every year, I am in charge of planning the Easter egg hunt and buying the prizes for my younger cousins. These are the prizes for this year:

For the pink jar (from top to bottom):
-Pink Spring M&M's
-Strawberry Cheesecake Jelly Bellies
-Bubblegum Jelly Bellies

For the yellow jar (from top to bottom):
-Yellow Spring M&Ms
-Lemon Jelly Bellies
-Pia Colada Jelly Bellies

I think that it is a nice project for Easter because it is so easy to make, but it looks very neat. It took me about 2 minutes to do and you can use any candy that you have at hand.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Strangling Vine Lace Scarf on: July 30, 2009 08:55:52 AM
Hey guys Smiley

This scarf was my first lace project. At first, I had to start over like 4 times because I always get distracted very easily and then of course, do 2 yo instead of one or purl when I'm supposed to knit!

Because of this, I decided to write down the rows and different steps of the pattern on a sheet and check them as I went along. Afterwards, everything went perfectly! This might have taken me longer, but it prevented me from making many mistakes Tongue

I love the yarn I used, it's a bit itchy but the colors are gorgeous, especially with this pattern I think.

The Strangling Vine Lace Scarf

Pattern Strangling Vine Lace Scarf by Nicole Hindes
Needle US 8 / 5.0 mm
Yarn Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes)
How much? 4 skeins = 440.0 yards (402.3m)
Colorway Natural Geranium
4  COOKING / Dessert / Berry and Granola Muffins on: January 19, 2008 12:42:20 PM
Two of my good friends recently moved out into their own apartment. Being the supportive friend that I am, I decided to help them out by cooking an healthy breakfast alternative for the nachos and salsa that seem to be the only thing on their diet these days. I found the basic recipe for these in Everyday Food Magazine but changed the majority of ingredients to make them meet my friends' demands.

Berry and Granola Muffins (by Odri) makes 12
1 3/4 cup Nutri Flour Blend
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 packed brown sugar
1/2 cup strawberry low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 granola
2 cups mixed berries
Granola topping*
*In a bowl, mix together 1/2 cup granola, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup all purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter into pieces and add to the mixture. Mix with your fingertips until clumps form.

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12-cup standard muffin tin with an anti-adhesive spray and line it with paper liners.
2.In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
3.In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, strawberry yogurt and butter.
4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour egg mixture into well. Mix until well combined. Fold in the berries.
5. Divide batter evenly among lined cups filling each 3/4 full. Sprinkle with granola topping. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool a few minutes before serving. You can serve these muffins the day they are made or freeze them.

5  COOKING / Dessert / Strawberry Applesauce on: October 14, 2007 11:04:26 AM
This is a nice and fast autumny recipe that goes very well with the oatmeal cookies I baked earlier. I made a gigantic batch this week and it only took me about 25 min and now I eat it with everything ^_^

Strawberry Applesauce (by Odri) My own recipe. I'm proud.
14 peeled and cut apples
1 pound strawberries
1 1/2 cup old fashioned apple juice (the brown kind)
6 tablespoon sugar
1 pinch cinnamon

1.In a pan over medium heat, cook the apples, the strawberries and the apple juice for approximately twenty minutes or until the fruits are tender.
2.Put this mix in the blender and mix until very smooth.
3.Ad the sugar and the cinnamon and let cool before serving.

6  COOKING / Dessert / Baking class *Picture Heavy!* on: September 08, 2007 06:34:57 PM
For my 18th birthday, my uncles and aunts signed me up for a pastry making course at l'Institut Culinaire (The Culinary Institute) of Montreal. I just came back from the course and I'm so thrilled! It was a 7 hours intensive course where we learned all the basics of baking from making pie pastry to cream puffs. Here are the results:

Apple pie

Boston Cream Pie

Choux la Crme/ Cream Puffs

English Cream

Hot Fudge Sauce

I'm prrrretty proud of myself!  Smiley
7  COOKING / Dessert / Fairytale castle...cake! on: August 29, 2007 06:29:59 PM
My little cousin is the number one girly girl on the planet.
(Really. She will only wear pink, always wants me to paint her nails...etc.) So it was only fitting, for the birthday party of such a princess, that I make a fairytale cake!
I took the idea from one of Ricardo's books but I changed some stuff and made it smaller because the original version could feed a family of 40. Voil.

The cake : Some jelly rolls assembled together
Icing : Pink buttercream
Windows and flags : Fruit to go snacks
Drawbridge : Pink wafers and licorice
Water : blue sugar

8  COOKING / Dessert / Smores Cupcakes on: May 12, 2007 03:56:21 PM

I made these last weekend. ^_^
I took the recipe from Sewdarncute and while they were very good, I found the icing to be a bit too buttery for my liking, I couldn't taste the marshmallow. So...here's the recipe:

Smores cupcake by Sewdarncute
The cupcake part can be any chocolate cake you like (such as Martha's One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes, which is pretty much my standby). Here's how to make the frosting:

1/2-3/4 lb. (2 or 3 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 lb. (2 cups) confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
16 oz. tub of marshmallow cream (I recommend Fluff)

Cream the butter (I love my Kitchenaid!) on high until it's light and fluffy. Add the confectioner's sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and beat until fluffy each time. Beat in the vanilla until incorporated. Then dump in the Fluff and mix it up 'til it's all creamy. Transfer to pastry bag (if desired) and pipe onto cupcakes! (You can also cut the corner off a Ziploc bag and use that instead.)

The tops are dusted with graham cracker crumbs, and each cupcake is topped with a square of Hershey's chocolate. Yes, there are fancier chocolate bars out therebut for that authentic retro campfire taste, I say you oughta stick with the classic.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Geisha Swap Round Two on: January 14, 2007 01:01:41 PM
Original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140597.msg1383020#msg1383020

Purple: Sent and received

PirateKisses   <-> lullababy DONE
SoonFamo-Artiste <-> CjSachiko DONE
Dancer4Ever<-> Kyttyee DONE
delayes_echo<-> dazedllama DONE
Odri <-> edel DONE
craving kiwi <-> tabbathehut DONE
mmd32 <-> catsjewelry DONE
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My Christmas cakes on: December 27, 2006 09:25:55 AM
No recipes this time, just eye candy:

Chocolate Christmas log with a mascarpone filling and meringue mushrooms for decoration. This one was hard to do, the cake kept cracking so I had to put a lot of icing so no one would notice  Wink

The best cake ever: Dark chocolate with a white chocolate filling and some white chocolate/almond icing.

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