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1  COOKING / Dessert / Lil Lemon Cuppycakes on: June 12, 2008 03:58:09 PM

I just got finished making some mini cupcakes this afternoon...

They are Lemon-Rum Cupcakes (made with Malibu Coconut rum) and whipped vanilla-coconut frosting, then sprinkled with coconut on top.


One Little Guy

The whole batch...

Recipe (I box recipe with pudding in the mix)

-1 box lemon cake mix
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup rum
-1/2 cup water
-1/3 cup vegetable oil
-tablespoon lemon juice

Pre-heat oven to 325. Mix all ingredients together. Place cupcake liners in cupcake tin. Fill liners to about 2/3 full. Pop in oven for 15 minutes or until lightly golden and toothpick inserted in the top is clean.

The icing was a combo of one can of pre-made whipped vanilla icing, a little splash of coconut rum, another few splashes of lemon juice, and a handful of shredded coconut. No real measurement there. Mixed it all together, spread it on the cupcakes. Then I rolled the top of the cupcake in a bowl filled with more coconut.

They taste divine, and almost tropical.
Thanks for looking! 
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Fresh Mozz Pizza on: April 04, 2008 12:52:40 PM
My boyfriend and I made our own gourmet pizzas for dinner.

I made fresh mozz pizza. I spread ready made pizza sauce on ready made thin crust. Then I chopped my fresh mozzarella into little round slices. I chopped up some fresh basil and spread it around, then added slices of tomatoes. Sprinkled with oregano and a few other spices and popped in the oven. I think it was 425 for about 10 minutes.

Jeff made a buffalo chicken pizza. He used some precooked chicken and diced it up, then marinated in a hot sauce. Then he used blue cheese dressing and hot sauce as a base. Then he sprinkled shredded mozzarella cheese over top, and added his chicken. Did some more blue cheese on top. His was also at 425 for about 10 minutes.

My only regret was that with these kinds of heavily sauced pizzas, we should have used a thicker crust. We want to try making our own sometime. But mine was still just as tasty and a lot prettier than the fresh mozz I've had at pizza places.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homebrew Beer (img heavy) on: April 04, 2008 12:46:34 PM
My boyfriend is really into beer. He loves beer. He loves to drink it, and now he likes to make it. Since that's all I hear about from him, I figured I should get interested too.

We went to a class a few weekends ago, and I actually kind of got into it, and we bought a kit together. We made a 5 gallon batch of Wildflower Wheat on our 1 year anniversary last Saturday.

I didn't get a pic of the very beginning, but first we just boiled a few gallons of water.

Then we added a lot of liquid malt extract and 1 pound of honey.

Here's the pellet hops and a cheesecloth-like bag full of chamomile flowers

Closeup of hops. Looks like rodent food.

Adding the hops...

Swirling and dunking the bag of chamomile.

The concoction had to boil for an hour or so. At this point I got bored and wandered away.

The entire house smelled really good. It smelled like sweet syrupy ness.

My boyfriend added in yeast and did some other things. Then it got put in a big bucket to ferment.

It ferments for another week or so and then we're going to do a secondary fermentation in a glass carboy. f I'm not mistaken, we then bottle it, refrigerate it, and enjoy. I'm excited to try it. It's going to be like Sleepytime Beer!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wrap Sweater on: September 17, 2007 05:13:49 PM
This was the first sweater I ever knitted. It was made with Patons Divine and was a pattern from Patons.

It knitted pretty quickly, actually. It ended up being way too small for me so I gave it away to someone who's like a size 3.


Detail of ribbon closure:

Close up of seed stitch sleeves:
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Men's Fingerless Gloves on: September 17, 2007 05:08:55 PM
Started these about two years ago. I had only finished one by Christmastime (they were supposed to be a present for my friend John). Instead, I finished the other glove for the next year. And he got them for Christmas in 2006. I never posted them on here.

Left glove:

Rock on!

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Skull Beanie on: September 17, 2007 05:04:37 PM
I saw someone else post on here who had made this hat. I don't remember the post though. Sorry.

Me modeling the lovely sucker...

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pink/Brown felted bag on: September 17, 2007 05:01:58 PM
I've just realized I had photos of some F.O.s on my computer and never actually posted them on here. This is one of them

It's just a random bag. Didn't really have a set pattern for it. I just kinda knit til I ran out of wool. It used one skein of Patons Classic Wool in a pink and brown variegated color.

8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Fit To Be Tied on: September 17, 2007 04:58:15 PM
I made this actually about a year ago and never got around to posting it.

Front View...

Close up...


Next to my cell phone for size comparisons...

9  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Big Boy Beanie on: July 20, 2006 10:11:31 AM
I crocheted this for my friend Jimmy. But as soon as he saw the picture in the book, he decided he wanted a camoflauge hat also.

This was my first real, properly crocheted FO. When I first taught myself to crochet, I was accidentally doing ribs. Thanks to this book I figured it out.

P.S. It's kinda big cuz Jimmy has a big head. But he tried it on and it fit great. He wouldn't let me get a picture though Sad

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Mini Skull Tote on: July 20, 2006 10:06:13 AM
I like/am in love with/am obsessed with things that are jolly roger/skull emblazoned. So when I stumbled across this pattern, I knew I haaaaad to do it.

It's a free pattern from Hello Yarns. Just go to HelloYarns.com and click on 'free patterns.' There's lots of cute things. I am going to tackle those skull sucks someday!

Anyhow here's the finished bag pre-felting:

Post felting:

And with a pre-existing tote bag I have for measurement:

It was my first attempt at both intarsia and felting. It was a pretty quick knit, and was very fun to see the skull take shape. Pretty easy pattern too. And the felting was fun and quick. I just plopped it a pillowcase in the wash on hot and fast settings, with a pair of old jeans. And it came out adorable!
Hope you like.
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