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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / WIP Room Organization! on: March 03, 2009 05:18:52 PM
I cleaned out my room a bit, and discovered how much I can really do to make it... superbomb.  For example... get a hamper, instead of using my handy floor as one. 
The list is as follows, more or less
-organize/beautify desk
-Revamp dresser-space/clean out
-make my t-shirt blanket/new duvet cover
-clean up my icky "entertainment roll-y thing"
-more fresh flowers!

This weekend I want to buy some flowers and clean up my desk space, but today I did my little TV-stand-entertainment-what-have-you.

Blech!  Cords! Unimportant crud!

Oh!  Beautatious once again!  My oh my!  I filtered out the old school/show binders (finally), got around to tucking the cord in the back.  And what are those, ou might ask?  Those little purple monster?  THAT IS RIGHT.  CONTROLLER COZIES. 

Cool, or cool?  I'm REALLY not a seamstress (at all)... not enought patience.  I'm actually embarrassingly terrible at it.  So the fact that these actually work amazes me!  It's just a little less messy and took about twenty five minutes for me to do.  Plus, they look like little monsters!

Anyways, when you have to closet and a small room (damned old houses), you really need to work on your skills of "do I really need it?" or, as I do, find good places to hide things in other peoples rooms!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Birthday Card Swap on: September 29, 2008 01:07:41 PM
Hey-- this may have been done before, but I thought a birthday card swap spanning several months could be cool.  heck, ou could even do a whole year!  Thoughts?
3  COOKING / Dessert / SUPERMAN cupcakes. Just as SUPER as implied. on: January 07, 2008 03:58:48 PM
What happens when you fall in love?
With... cupcake liners...   See, guys, I really planned on saving these for a Rainy Day, and then running around and giving them away.

Instead, I tried to ignore the fact that our kitchen is being renovated, broke out the Kitchen-Aid, and made SUPERMAN cupcakes.  Pretty simple, actually. 
Yellow cake with gel-colored frosting.  I was too lazy to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream, so I found a half-container full of premade frosting, then added about a cup of powdered sugar, a BUNCH of vanilla, and a lot of milk, until I got what I wanted, and it didn't taste like the sugar was burning me.  not bad, actually.  Not swiss meringue butter cream, but, hey. 

The yellow cupcakes, I was wary about.  You didn't beat, then add something, then beat, then add in flour in parts... you poured everything in, then mixed. SO SIMPLE.  And... the best yellow cake I've ever made- really. 

Best Yellow Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups milk
3 /12 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 large eggs

heat oven to 350.  Line two cupcake pans (or grease one 13x9, two 8x8, two 9x9s).  place all ingrediants, in order, in bowl/electric mixer.  Mix on low for thirty seconds, then on high for three minutes.  Place about a 1/4 cup in each cupcake paper.  bake for about 25 minutes or until done.  Allow to cool, and frost.  I did mine with a piping bag and Wilton Star tip. 


All of them in their glory...

The Liners...

The three colors

The red was a bit redder, but I sort of.. decided it'd be pink-y, because.. honestly, I'd die if I had that much red food dye, to achieve true red. 

Also, if you're all 'No, I don't need three eggs", then... well, they are better with three eggs, but, also, if you want yellow cake, add a drop or so of yellow food dye. 

They were delicious, my book club loved them.  And I love Superman. 
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Updated Cranberry Sauce on: October 07, 2007 06:31:49 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians!
My Mother does the meal, I do the cranberry sauce. 
But why be normal? 

This year, I used this recipes, which I made up as I went along. 

Put enough orange juice, apple cider, and a little water to make one cup in sauce pan on high.  Add one cup sugar.  Allow to this to boil.  Place tea bags in.  I used Jasmine green tea and Earl gray. 
Once at a boil and sugar is dissolved, add one chopped pear and three cups cranberries.  Allow this to cook for five minutes, adding cinnamon, cracked pepper, and cloves. 

Will thicken a lot once cooled

Absolutely delicious from what I tasted on the spoon.  Tart, sweet, bergamot and jasmine with a hint of cinnamon. 
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pre-Prepared Meal Ideas? HELP. on: June 12, 2007 08:21:40 AM
Okay, we have to do a prject about food, in french.  And make a menu.  As I am a little Teacher's pet, I'd love to add to that, and thus, am planning a meal from my "restaurant" for the teacher, and two teachers of her choice.

I think I have to go cold; I can use a microwave, but i don't want anything.. icky, if you know what i mean.  It's a modern place, so i was thinking some sort of funky salad. 

Any idea that I can do for an appetizer, main, or dessert?  the meal doesn't have to be big. 

I know the teacher cannot eat chocolate, and I also know she liked brie and mushrooms (How?  I cannot say..  Huh
Anyway, so.. ideas?
The meal would take place on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.  Also, any table decoations or setting ideas.  I'm going all out, but if it could be affordable, then that is peachy!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Work-In Progress Craft Corner! on: November 18, 2006 07:42:20 AM
Hello! Well, me and my sister ove to craft.  The parents nixed doing it at the dining room table, so no, while she is away, I'm going to make a corner into the perfect Craft corner.  Watch my progress! 


Ew.  Gross, messy corner.  It's Rather small, but I'll figure that out.  My Plan today is to get into a shop and pick up plain, unused paint can and a piece of wood.  Stack the cans for table legs, collage the wood.  While I do that.. tackle the mess here.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Help Me Decorate a Bedroom Alcove? (With Pictures..) on: November 14, 2006 11:40:12 AM
Hey! Ok, OK.  I recently moved my second desk from my alcove to my computer area to create a larger space, leaving me with an ugly alcove.  I've put a chair in it.. but I want something nice, cozy.. I love reading, so I was thinking a couch.. but I mean, under 100$ and small enough?  I don't think so.  Anyway, ANY ideas?  Even just ideas for the wall?  I'm taking down the bulletin board, and the star might be going, too.. anyway, so.. any ideas?  Especially pertaining to a cheap couch or way to make it a craft corner?   ;DLove you all!

The alcove, center..

The right side

The left side

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