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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / A Different Kind of Fry! on: April 01, 2016 06:54:40 AM
OK..now, don't get grossed out, but some of you might know that my hubby loves SPAM...I have tried to wean him off of it over the years, but every once in a while, he gets a SPAM craving.

I figured out that if I can't beat it, might as well join it!

So, I found this recipe online and made it...

SPAM FRIES!



You will need Panko bread crumbs, eggs, and the SPAM of your choice...I chose Lite:


Put your crumbs in a bowl, your eggs in a bowl, and cut up your SPAM:


You can make thick "fries" or skinny ones--whatever you prefer!


Deep fry them, because we all know how tasty fried foods are. Grin  I used a wok to fry:


I served the to him in the can, lining it with parchment paper (after I soaked off the grease)...served with sriracha ranch dressing and a nice pretty splash of sriracha since he likes it spicy!


I think it came out just like the recipe picture, don't you? 

How did they taste?  Well, you will have to ask him... Grin.
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Scrapbook what you eat! on: April 01, 2016 06:32:15 AM
My hubby's birthday is coming up May 1.  I am making him a journal of something he eats...SPAM!

I made a cardboard cover and filled it with a dozen pages using a simple binding.  I then started embellishing some of the pages with vintage SPAM advertisements and other will fill it with SPAM facts and recipes...I would appreciate any good family favorites made with SPAM to include in his book.



Here are some pages:



The vintage adverts actually have meal ideas like SPAM and eggs; SPAM and spaghetti; Baked SPAM roast; oh yummy!

The last picture shows cute SPAM musubi...I will have to try to make those for sure!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / SPAMalong - April Fool's 2016 [CLOSED] on: April 01, 2016 06:07:04 AM
Everybody likes SPAM, right?  Well, why haven't we done any swaps or craftalongs with SPAM?

Spam was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. By 2007, 7 BILLION cans of Spam were sold around the world!

Spam is the most popular in the state of Hawaii.  They created Musubi, which is a kind of sushi made with Spam.  Some of it is really cute! In Hawaii, Spam is sold at McDonald's and Burger King.  Yes, it is that popular!

What does Spam stand for?  Some people say it stands for "Spiced Ham".  Others thing is stands for "Spare Meat". It might even an acronym for "Specially Processed American Meat"...SPAM!

Did you know that there is a museum in Austin, Minnesota, the home of SPAM?  What a fun place to visit!

There are now over 39 varieties of SPAM...there is even a lite Spam for those watching their waistline!  My favorite is hot & spicy Spam...

What are some of your favorites?

Let's craft some SPAM!


Here is am using my favorite can to hold my gel pens for coloring books!  Great way to organize!


14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Don't throw that SPAM can away! I can make a Purse out of that! on: April 01, 2016 04:32:32 AM
Yep--I found this cool mirror hanging hardware and some rivets.  I lined the can with a simply fabric...but I am going to add a drawstring top, because it really is not that useful since stuff might fall out...but, I like it and will probably carry non-money things like lip balm and gun in it when I walk the flea markets this year...

I actually used a regular hole punch to get the hardware on and glue to hold in the fabric.  The strap came from an old purse.



Here is the side view showing the hardware:



All ready to go!

15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Warhol would be Proud! Another can to immortalize! on: April 01, 2016 04:27:26 AM
My hubby loves SPAM so each year for his birthday, I try to think of something to give him.  This year, I decided to give him something to hang in his studio, along with some other things I made for him.

Kinda hard to make SPAM into art, so I decided to try doing it Warhol style!  Pretty easy...find an image and use a photo editor!  PicMonkey is free and has a Warhol effect already built in!

What do you think?



Close-ups!
16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Eau De SPAM ! on: April 01, 2016 04:22:39 AM
A few years ago I was rummaging through an antique store and saw a full box of soap from a closed department store in Hershey, PA. The soap was in perfect condition...it was dated 1949!  One problem...it looked a bit faded and it smelled a bit like...SPAM!

So, I decided to go with it and package it up really pretty for any of my SPAM-loving friends!



A simple wrapper made from a printed image. I can't wait to see what they think of it!  I am sure their dogs are going to love it when they smell like SPAM! Grin
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Party Snacks That Are Always A Hit! on: April 01, 2016 02:35:29 AM
Ever been to a party and not recognize some of the food being served?  Well, I did not want that happening to my guests!  Since I like serving unusual food, I thought I would make some food markers.  I have a lot more to make, but these in particular were the ones that my friends wanted me to make the most.  I guess they really don't want to miss out on one of the best things I serve....SPAM right out of the can!  Yummy!



They were really easy to make, too.  I just found an image on the internet of a SPAM can, loaded it into my picture loader and printed it out.  I used two pieces back to back around a fancy toothpick.  I can do a tutorial if anyone wants to make these.  You can use a regular toothpick as well, but I like to spoil my guests with fancy eats and fancy picks! Grin

Here is a close-up of the picks:




And, another picture of the kind of food I like to serve...cheese and SPAM!  Happy crafting and happy eating!

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Journal Cover with a Little Help from Your Friends-TM Inspired on: March 13, 2016 02:31:19 PM
A few years ago, I started making Teesha Moore style pillows for a journal cover.  My main goal was to use up some of my scraps of favorite fabrics and some embellishments that I have been saving to make something for myself.

While cleaning up and destashing, I found a box of memories from my youth.  Inside were a few mementos of a very special time in my life.  I knew I had to make a few pillows to keep the memories alive.

I am in the current TM Patch Swap, so I had a goal of finishing the journal before getting partners (today!)...here it is!

Inside, which I love almost as much...all that wonky stitching! Grin



Back:



And, finally, the very special front:



Yep, that is a real patch that was on my blue jeans from eighth grade...a little concert called "Woodstock" in New York...*sigh*



This patch was made from a favorite shirt. The closure is from a kimono I recycled.



I added flower embellishments, because, well, FLOWER POWER, of course! Grin

I will be filling a journal with some of the other things I found, including music, flyers, pictures, and some dried mud...yep, good times!

Thanks for looking!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sheep Socks...uh, NOPE... on: March 03, 2016 01:48:15 PM
I wanted to make these for MissingWillow in the IYP Swap.



 I have never done colorwork to this extent, so it was very challenging.  I was paying so much attention to the graph, that I did not pay attention to the yarn or the gauge...I realized that I was knitting a sock that would fit Big Foot!!  The notion of starting over and then making ANOTHER was too daunting...so I turned the sock into a little pouch instead! Grin



Nice save, huh? ha ha ha

Here is the link to the socks if anyone wants to make them for free! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/far-me
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Plum Infinity Scarf Forever on: March 03, 2016 01:41:51 PM
I like to swap because it means I am forced motivated to learn new stitches or get new yarns to try.  I am a much stronger knitter than a crocheter, but I do like the ease of crochet a lot more.  My friend Missingwillow  had all sorts of Pinterest pics of plum scarves, plum mitts, plum hats, plum, plum, plum....did you know that everyone has their own vision of what the color plum is?  argggg....

I finally found this beautiful Malabrigo yarn at my LYS and snatched it up.  I found an easy but difficult looking crochet stitch and just went to town...I had heard that crochet takes up a lot more yarn, so I decided to go get another skein a week later....OUT!!!!!!!! PANIC!!!  Fortunately, the owner had a skein she was keeping for herself and let me buy it from her.  PHEW!!  Yeah, it took almost two skeins but was so worth it!  Soft, squishy and washable!



(MW's picture since I forgot to take one!)

I'll link up the pattern for credit giving as soon as I find it...I must have a few hundred in my library!
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