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21  COOKING / Dessert / Re:cherry cream cheese poke cake on: November 21, 2003 02:43:25 PM
My aunt used to make a very similar recipe featuring lemon jello... this sounds better.
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Veggie Nachos on: November 21, 2003 02:42:13 PM
Now, I love meat based dishes as much as the next gal (I actually don't like beef or chicken, but fishes are so delicious!), but sometimes, I want a light, veggie based dinner. Here are my veggie nachos. The biggest pain in the butt part is the chopping of the veggies themselves, otherwise it's very simple... Here goes:

1  tbsp. olive or vegetable oil  
1  medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)  
1/2  medium zucchini, chopped (1 cup)  
1/2  cup thick-and-chunky salsa  
1  cup chili beans in chili sauce  
a couple handfuls tortilla chips  
1 1/2  cups shredded cheese (they have preshredded taco cheese, that's what I use.)
   Sliced ripe olives  

Heat oil in skillet over high heat. Add bell pepper and zucchini; stir-fry about 2 minutes. Stir in salsa and beans; cook until hot. Remove from skillet. Wipe skillet clean. Arrange tortilla chips in single layer in skillet. Spoon vegetable mixture onto chips. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook over medium-high heat about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with olives. Serve with salsa.

Super good!

23  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:vegetarian lasagna on: November 21, 2003 02:36:31 PM
In lieu of actually cooking this, I'd like to add that Stouffer's makes a sooper veggie lasagna. Hey, I love to cook, but I get home really late! So I get to be lazy somtimes, haha. If you like veggie stuff, check out my veggie nachos post.
24  COOKING / Dessert / Re:Oooh, these are cool...anyone know how to make 'em? on: November 21, 2003 02:33:36 PM
I am so loving these peppermint shot glasses... but I will probably just buy them unless someone is intrepid enough to try to make them, and posts how it goes... How perfect would these be with a chocolate liquer based shot? Yum... if someone makes these and gices me instructions, I'll post all the shot recipes...
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re:Room Before and Afters on: November 21, 2003 02:02:16 PM
Great job!!! I can't wait to see how the crown molding and backsplash turn out... If you need any tiling advice, let me know, I am practically a construstion worker when it comes to tile... I did a foyer, two bathrooms and a kitchen in my parent's last house. A word to the wise: grout color is a VERY big decision. You don't want it too light or too dark in comparison to the tile itself, or you get a window pane type of look. Which I rather like, but I have been told it's not good for reselling the house... Or! you could use an unglazed tile and paint your own designs on it. There are some stores in L.A. that sell the tiles like that, but they are soooooooooooo expensive (try $14 for a 6x6! I don't think so!) So you could get the handpainted look for a fraction of the price! Wink
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re:a new x-mas wreath on: November 21, 2003 01:55:03 PM
Two ideas that I'm loving this year are:

1. take a polaroid camera. take pictures of several other wreaths. Stick them all to a wreath frame (your basic round metal ring type available at Michaels). Variation- take pictures of lots of other Christmas type items, or cut up old Christmas cards for this image wreath.

2. mini present wreath. get lost of odd sized mini boxes, wrap in bright wrapping paper and secure to wreath frame. If you need boz ideas, try jewelry boxes, little cereal boxes, the packages that like Zest comes in, etc.

I just like the non-traditional wreath. When I was a kid, my dad used to get lots of gifts from his business associates at Xmas time, and one thing that always stayed with me was the hard candy wreath. I always thought it was sooo cool to make something out of something unexpected... plus, you get to eat it afterward.

Whaddya think? Anybody else have nontraditional wreath ideas?
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:Window Shade Pull-Down Art on: November 10, 2003 02:00:47 PM
What a super good idea! I had a pulldown calendar from a Chinese restaurant that I had in my apartment for years, but, alas, it was stained with Chinese food, and it aged poorly... (Whoda thought that soy sauce darkens with age?) Now I know exactly how to recreate it!
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:Small Cocktail Tray on: November 10, 2003 01:57:24 PM
I just had a really good idea over the weekend that I wanted to share with you gals about this kinda thing... A really good place to find images of food and drink for decoupaging is in cookbooks/bartending books. They usually have high quality photos on paper that's thick enough to with stand being glued. I work at Williams Sonoma, and they have some bee-yootiful bartending books, but they are $$$ and you can find much cheaper ones at Target, used bookstores, even garage sales. Happy image hunting!  Grin
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:Fabric Painted Picture Frame on: November 10, 2003 01:48:00 PM
At WalMart they have paint that would work... I don't know if it's specifically called dimensional, I just have always called it "puffy paint". Does everyone remember puffy painting shirts in the late eighties? Geez, I did shoes and purses, and hats... Pretty much anything you can get your hands on... So I know it'll work on just about any type of fabric. It comes in short little bottles, they are around 99 cents, and most WalMarts do have a ton of colors in their craft/fabric section.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:DeCoUpAgE dECoR on: November 10, 2003 01:44:24 PM
Steph, I like to use modpodge for my cigar box purses and switchplate covers because it gives you a thick, glossy look, and it covers the edges of the stickers/photos/whatever you're using to decorate the item with. However, it can stay tacky for a long time (found that out when a bunch of switchplates turned into a switchplate loaf...) so I'd recommend a couple of coats of acrylic gloss spray on the top after it all dries. And don't pull a Melissa and try to store freshly modpodged items by stacking them... Ha!
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