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1  Carnitas and Tomatillo Guacamole in Recipes and Cooking Tips by skoo on: May 27, 2010 09:15:46 PM
I love Mexican Food and have been getting into more elaborate Mexican recipes.  I found these two on www.allrecipes.com.

The recipe for Carnitas is pretty simple, it just takes time (1 1/2 hours to boil, 1 hour to sit, then shred, then fry).  It was all worth it in the end.  My boyfriend moaned a lot while he ate it.

I had never used raw tomatillos before but the guacamole was really good! It did need some salt though. Oh, and I didn't have the red onions the recipe called for so I went ahead and used green onions.

Here are the links for the Recipes

Simple Carnitas

Tomatillo Guacamole
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2  Can I make this? Total rookie! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by skoo on: February 18, 2010 10:16:44 AM
I've only attempted one piece of jewelery ever, but I would like your opinions and recommendations. 

Could I make a necklace similar to this?  It's my best friend's 30th birthday AND she's getting married this year.  I told her this necklace would be awesome with her dress.  She loved it. 

I am a total rookie with next to no jewelery making experience.  Where do you recommend I start?  Or do you think it's an advanced piece that I would be better off to try to find to purchase?  I know it's a lot of questions, thanks in advance for your help!

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3  Long Burnt- Orange Dress made from Boredom- pic heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skoo on: November 13, 2008 01:43:47 PM
So, my boyfriend went out of town last weekend for two days.  Besides having a Sex and the City Season 2 Marathon, and shopping at the "Everything $5.99 store"- this is what I did:

I was so excited but had no one to tell, so and impromptu photo session was in order:

Thinkin about it, this is probably the 3rd thing I've made from scratch without a pattern.  I'm still really new to all this. I copied the chest area from a shirt I already had, then winged the rest.  I know it's not perfect but I like it!  and thank god for not having to hem it.  It took me about 2-3 hours to finish it, and I took a few breaks.
It's a little tight in the stomach area so maybe I can wear it with a little jacket or sweater.  Comments?
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4  Carameltastic Apple Pie in Dessert by skoo on: October 16, 2008 07:46:26 PM
So, I found this amazing recipe on allrecipes.com (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apple-Pie-by-Grandma-Ople/Detail.aspx?prop31=3)and tried it out last night.  It's an apple pie recipe that callls for you to make up a super simple caramel sauce and pour it right over the lattice crust of the pie & let it melt down into the pie. 

Let me say, it was SO awesome.  The crust with the caramel stuff made this amazing glaze on the outside and just tasted wonderful.  The only changes I made to the recipe is to add cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg to the apples before putting them in the pie.  Without further adieu, here are the pictures.

The only thing I would've done differently is to bake the bottom crust a little before putting the apples in.  It was a little underdone for me.
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5  First Salad of Autumn w/ Roasted Vegetables in Recipes and Cooking Tips by skoo on: October 16, 2008 07:44:47 PM
So I made this awesome salad with roasted brussel sprouts, mushrooms, and fennel.  The greens were spinach, parsley, and fennel fronds, and the dressing is a balsamic honey dressing.  Then I sprinkled with toasted pine nuts.  It was SO good.  Even my brussel sprout hating boyfriend said "yum, I guess I like brussel sprouts". The only thing I would've done differently is to leave the fennel fronds out.  They tasted good but the texture was a little stringy.  Here's the pics:

Naked Greens

Roasted Veg


Finished product with rotisserie chicken on the side

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6  First Thanksgiving, first turkey, cooking for 18 people! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by skoo on: December 06, 2007 04:26:51 PM
Well, I actually survived Thanksgiving.  We had all my boyfriend's family over, and a couple friends (my family is in Canada).  I prepared for about 2 weeks.  Here is what I made:
Homemade cranberry sauce made with Apple Cider and Cinnamon
Beans with Italian Spice, Onions, and Tomatoes
Mashed Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic
Salad with Pears and Candied Walnuts (made those too) with Raspberry Dressing
Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Double-Layer-Pumpkin-Cheesecake-2/Detail.aspx
Cranberry butter for the buns
and of course the TURKEY! recipe here http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Herb-Roasted-Turkey/Detail.aspx
and the best gravy ever!

Without further adieu here are the pics!

Plate o' food.  Other people brought stuff too- you can see the sweet potatoes on my plate.  I couldn't fit it all on one plate!

My lovely turkey

Here's me and Shawn in our cute aprons his stepmom bought for us!  (Look how hot I was from being in the kitchen!)

This one's a little blurry but you can see the aprons better.

I was mostly worried about if I would have enough food, and if it would be cooked at the right time, but we had MORE than enough, and it all was done within the time I thought. 

It really enjoyed cooking it all but alas, it wasn't as fulfilling as I thought it would be- it took me so long to prepare it but everyone just garbled it down in 5 minutes!  Either way, it was great, and I did get one "this is the best turkey EVER" comment so that made my day Smiley.   Everything was delicious.  Comments appreciated!
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7  Decoupaged Black and White Record Box in Completed Projects by skoo on: February 04, 2007 06:07:33 PM
Hello Everyone,

I made this a few years ago for my boyfriend's birthday.  He's a DJ and I thought he needed something nice to put his records in.  I had the box made to my specifications and then painted two sides black and the other two sides decoupaged black and white stuff- some from magazines, some pictures of us.  After, I put several coats of a gloss on top.  Like I said, I made it a few years ago, so if you can see dust, don't mind it!  So here it is:

Side, with handle (a kitchen drawer handle):

Other angles:

And my favorite part (and his too) is the "Cyber Love- It Works".  We met online, and we've been together for four years!

He really liked it!  He mostly plays house, breaks, and electro, but he has a kick ass collection of old school and rare hip hop, and he keeps all those ones in this box.

I'm pretty proud of it, it was my first (and only actually) decoupage project.  Comments/Criticism/Questions welcome!

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8  My first pattern skirt WAS beautiful *sniff sniff* :'( (img heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skoo on: November 30, 2006 06:17:16 PM
I bought "Sew U" by Wendy Mullin and am just learning how to sew.  This is my first project using a pattern since junior high.  Its the pattern for the A-line skirt in the "Sew U" book.

Well.... scroll down for this SAD/funny story.

Found the fabric at Walmart (sorry- I don't USUALLY shop at the devil but I had a gift certificate) The shiny-asian thing caught my eye.

No alterations to the pattern, just used the "medium" size.
I thought I was super cute with my little brown knee-socks and new brown shoes.

Not perfect by any means but pretty damn good for me!

I was pretty much bouncing around the house super-proud of myself!!!  Grin

But, alas, my aversion to shiny asian stuff may have been my demise.  I noticed the fabric was quite prone to- how do you say it?- shredding?  Anyways, I wore my beautiful new skirt to work and about half way through the day...... Shocked

I couldn't believe it.  The butt seam just came undone.  I have no idea how long I was walking around with my butt out.  Of course it was a big ol' hole, and I was wearing a thong.  I work with all guys too so I don't know that if someone actually noticed if they would tell me- they might be too embarassed.  Not like a girl- she'd be sure to tell you right away.  I tied a sweater around my waist for the rest of the day.  It sucks though!!! Cry  I was soooo proud.  And I was SOOOO looking forward to wearing it through the holidays.

Funny thing is, this is not the first time I have split the butt seam on a piece of clothing  Cheesy (remember miss pisces?)

Upon closer inspection it definitely was the fabric and not the sewing.

Could you guys help a newbie out?  Any suggestions on the (obvious) fabric problem?  There's probably a way to make the fabric not do that I'm sure.  Or a way to tell if the fabric is prone to this type of thing?

Another question I had is regarding the darts.  They kinda poked out.   Any suggestions on how to prevent/fix that?

Thanks in advance!  Any comments/questions/critiques/suggestions welcome.

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9  Its Frankenskirt!!!! Ruffles!!!! (help!) Tonnes O Pics in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by skoo on: October 16, 2006 08:27:22 PM
Hi Everyone!  I made this skirt this weekend (please don't look to close the sewing is horrible) out of my boyfriend's old jeans and  2 tee shirts.  Thank god he's somewhat slim, so his jeans just fit my hips.  Gotta love that.  Here is the finished product.  I LOVE the ruffles.

Here was the process:
Took his old jeans


cut the waistband off

laid the waistband on top off an old tee to measure

cut the tee up to be a kinda skirt

sew the cut up tee into a tube

sew the tube into the waistband and ta-da! a skirt....almost

cut your jean legs into strips (length-wise for longer strips)

pin on your first ruffle

I realised I needed more fabric for ruffles so I used a couple of shirts

I found that using an ironing board for pinning on the ruffles was easier, and that way I didn't pin both sides together

here's me sewing it.  I found that it was easier sewing with the ruffles facing that way (duh, but did I mention this is my first project with my sewing machine)

so here's where I was unsure what to do.  I didn't have enough to do ruffles all the way up the back.  Maybe a couple more rows. And I wasn't sure if I wanted ruffles all the way up.  So I sewed on this flap.

So here's the finished product once again

AAAaaand the back.

This is where I need your guys opinion.  What do you think (other than needing to re-sew it so it lays better).  I saved the back pockets and was thinking of adding one or maybe both.  But my boyfriend said it looked wierd with the pockets.  I asked another opinion and was told to add one more row of ruffles so it matches the front.  What do you guys think? I really love it except the back which I'm unsure about.  I know you guys always have great insight.  I have scraps left of all the materials.  Any suggestions/ comments/ criticism would be appreciated.  Thanks for looking!

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10  Ugly pilgrim dress to cute summer dress (first post!) PICS NOW WORKING in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by skoo on: August 03, 2006 07:03:47 PM
this is my first project and i kinda just winged it!  so i got this dress at the good ol' salvation army and the waist fit me perfectly, so i saw potential.  first thing i did was to get rid of those hideous shoulder pads!

it was zipped up the back all the way to the neck.

i cut the front and back in deep v's and removed the sleeves

 it didn't fit quite right in the front, it was too long in the upper body for me (something to do with the shoulder pads) and it kept falling off my shoulders. so i added this little back thinger to pull it together at the back so it wouldn't fall off me.   had a bit of trouble with the back- i think the zipper shows too much, and i need to add a hook and eye closure.  this is my first experience with zippers. they're hard!

anyways, i quite like it (yay)!
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