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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hot Dish! [Several pics of shirtless construction workers] on: July 19, 2008 05:16:15 AM
hehe! I made some quilted oven mitts for my friend in med school out of the cowboy style of this fabric! I like your dish towel idea!
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Framed vintage buttons on: July 19, 2008 05:13:05 AM
These are so beautiful and creative! I love your choice of papers and the thread on the frames! What swell one-of-a-kind art!
43  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: French memo board(s)! on: July 19, 2008 05:08:07 AM
I really like these- the aloha fabric is a great color- but serioulsy I need about 1000 of these to combat the piles of mail/ramndom papers/eveything else that accumulates around here.
44  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I made cheese crackers! on: July 19, 2008 04:47:12 AM
I'm going to try this! I actually don't like store-bought crackers because they're too salty for me, but here I could control the salt.
I'm trying to replace most of my processed foods with homemade ones. That way I know exactly what goes into it (no hidden high fructose corn syrup!), and also it's cheaper and generally tastier.
word. that's my biggest thing, finding the high fructose corn syrup. I read an article once about how the writer had this theory that HFCS is addictive.  I really think it is, even if the FDA thinks it's perfectly fine to put it in just about everything. These crackers are not very salty at all, more than anythingyou taste the cheese and the cayenne.
Yum!!  Thanks for sharing the recipe.  I'll definitely try it out.  My kids love cheese crackers, but I'm a sucker for anything with cinnamon and sugar on it.  Let us know how those turn out for you!

Oh I will. so far we've made a good dent in the cheese stars stash but there is still about 1 pound left. 
My cousins are madly in love with cheese crackers, and my aunt is totally in on the whole foods and being self sustaining movement. I'll have to make these next time I go out to visit them, they'll flip for sure!! I wonder if these would be good doggy treats too...? hm.. I'll just have to find out!
In my daydreams I'm a superwoman of gardening and canning and only buying basics ( like I'm on the Oregon trail) like coffee and flour and sugar from the co-op.  Why is it so expensive to be self sufficient ?Our dog (see my avatar) loves these crackers- as far as I know there isn't anything in this recipe that's a no-no for dogs, I'd use whole wheat flour for dogs ( and the kids, except I had only  about a cup left) to make it heartier.
45  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Canning questions from a total newb on: July 17, 2008 05:42:45 PM
I'm sorry before hand b/c this is not at all helpful in you r quest to learn more about canning- honestly I know nothing about canning, and am in the same boat as you- that is would like to make my own preserves and applesauce and salsa and can it - i just couldn't help but add this after reading the previous posts-
everytime we see my husbands grandmother ( who lives in BFE West Virginia and is 90 in a few weeks) she gives him a HUGE jar of canned bear meat. While I appreciate the resourcefulness, something about meat floating in a huge jar makes me think of Biology class and all the animals in formaldehyde.

edited to add : as it turns out I do have something useful for you, http://www.pickyourown.org/
46  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I made cheese crackers! on: July 17, 2008 05:35:32 PM
oops! yes i did use shredded cheddar. I guess i did that thing where I was thinking it but didn't actually say/type it and just sort of thought i had already. what? I'm the only one who does that?
thanks for the comments y'all- I think I'm going to try to make graham crackers tomorrow- I'll let you know how it goes!
Thats awesome! I do the same thing with my boys, pretty much everything is made at home. Except when I need a break they get some processed food.
that is awesome- I  really feel like I could make everything we like to eat, snack food wise- I mean someone was/is making the stuff, why not me? I wonder TMommy, do you ever make granola bars?
Here in Norway the cheddar is fairly "solid" and cannot simply be mixed in a dough. So I wonder if it really matters what kind of cheese you use. There's loads of other soft cheeses that I'd love to try in something like this.
yeah - in the US cheddar cheese is most definitely solid, you could use any kind of cheese i bet, as long as the pieces you mixed int he dough were small enough. I had some already shredded, so I just used that.
47  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) on: July 17, 2008 03:19:58 PM
I just wanted to share the ones I've made so far.

I even used them at the store the other day and they were so great! I felt like my groceries were so secure, if that makes any sense. I didn't add the pocket to tuck them into since I figure I'll just leave them in my car or on the same table I put my bag when I come home so I'll always have them.  I love these idea for gifts, though.  I have a picture in my head of five or so of these bags in the same color/pattern (w/ the pocket) all tied up with a pretty ribbon.
48  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I made cheese crackers! on: July 17, 2008 03:12:55 PM
Lately I've beenthinking that I could totally make all of my kids' favortire snacks- this way i could control what they eat a lot better and probably save some money in the long run.  they looovve little cheese crackers and usually I buy the Annie's Cheddar bunnies, but @ $3 a box ( a little box that they go through in less than a week), they're not so economical.I consulted the internet for ways to make my own crackers. I'm really surprised it never occurred to me before b/c it's so easy to do- and I found a few recipes.  I sort of combined a few to come up with these-

pre baking

I meant to show you the dough but completely forgot- however I have plans to make these same crackers but instead of cheese w/ cinnamon sugar, so i might remember then.

my recipe for cheese crackers-
2 1/2 cups flour ( all purpose, but next time I"m going to use white winter wheat, I just didn't have enough this time)
3/4 cup cool water
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
preheat over to 425 F
combine dry ingredients and cheese, whisk to combine.  Add all of the oil and 1/3 of the water, adding another 1/3 when the previous one in combined until the water is all gone.  Knead until it comes together to nice firmish dough.  when you have a nice dough ball, divide in 1/4 ths to make it easier to manage, roll out VERY VERY thin ( i tried my best but had some thicker than i wanted, they were just a bit chewier but still fine), cut  any way you want- w/ a pizza wheel you could make regular old rectangles  or you could use a cookies cutter like I did.  the baking time will vary depending on the shape you choose ( how large or small) but they are done when they are just barely golden on the edges.  I left mine in a bit longer than i probably should have- but I don't think it made too much of a difference. All i know is- my kids asked for more, which is more than can be said for the granola bars I made.

this recipe made more than 2 pounds of these 1 inch star shapes
49  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Boobie pillow!! :) (and I added a question..) on: July 14, 2008 01:30:54 PM
hehehe! form the thumbnail i was all,"is that a...boob?" and then I went to thread and saw that it was. in fact, a boob. nicely done. It looks very much like a boob.
Quote from: digital misfit link=topic=256941.msg2871151#msg2871151 date=1215994323
From the first pic on the main page, I thought it was a boobie HAT  Grin
some one should totally make a boobie hat; I would do it but I don't knit, I just fantasize about knitting.
50  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: my first attempt at polymer clay bottle cap. on: July 04, 2008 12:19:23 PM
ya know from the thumbnail, I thought this was a cake.  I'm more impressed that it's on a bottle cap and so tiny! very cute!
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