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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! on: December 07, 2017 09:20:02 PM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Golden Gnome Ornaments
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: "a garden gnome... stupefied, painted gold, stuffed into a miniature tutu and with small wings glued to its back" ... I made five of these for various Christmas trees, and with so many to paint and tutu, there's lots of repetitive sections to get through. 
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Class: CoMC
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: December Birthday Table
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Time for December's bday table.  Made a vinyl sign and a big balloon centerpiece with a bright double sphere balloon topper!  Kids were amazed by it and hummed as they tried to figure it out. But all you do is roll up one balloon and push it into another uninflated.  Then inflate the middle balloon, press the nozzle out of the way and inflate the outer balloon, tie together.
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Class: Headmistress 7 ~1
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Many squares
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Made about 25 squares out of 1X2's and stained them a red tone.  Brought them all to set the scene for centerpieces at a Holiday party.
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Class: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Chocolate Frogs on parade
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: I got a ten pound chocolate bar for my bday and I've been making it into frogs.  I'm proud of myself for learning how to temper chocolate!  Quite a process.  There's about 40 frogs here.  Plan is to give some away as neighbor gifts, hehe.
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Occamy Ornaments
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: These cute occamy's are stuck in Christmas boxes!  They went through the postie service to new homes.  Hand drawn and hand painted.
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OWL Subject: Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Gemino Candy
Project Page Link (if available):  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453856.msg5471035#msg5471035
Brief Description: Needed to make 400 pieces of candy so learned how to gemino the great sizzling dragon bogies out of it.  My spells wore off after a while though and some of the candy fell apart.  So instead of having lots of little packets of candy, I gave out what was still good and made packets of cookies instead.  So my OWL failed, but hopefully I can still pull a P instead of a D, because I still put all the same amount of work into it!

22  COOKING / Dessert / Molasses Candy on: December 07, 2017 06:07:41 PM
For the local neighborhood ladies Christmas dinner, I was in charge of making molasses candy... a tie in to one of the stories we had for the program.  I was supposed to make 400 pieces.  Well, I did -make- over 500 pieces, but half of them went bad by the time the night came.  DOH.  Candy making is such an inconsistent thing!  I don't know what went wrong with those batches, I watched temperature on the candy well, I even checked humidity of the house... *shrug* candy.   Roll Eyes  What was leftover was tasty though.

Molasses Candy

1/2 cup Molasses
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 cup water

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 cup butter
1/8 tsp. baking soda

-In a heavy bottomed pot, combine molasses, sugar, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring often, until mixture reaches 255 F (or when a small amount dropped in cold water turns hard).
-Remove from heat and add butter, cream of tartar and baking soda. Pour onto a buttered, sided cookie sheet.
-When cool enough to handle, pull pieces of taffy until light in color. (Butter hands before pulling).
-Twist and cut into 1 pieces. Wrap in parchment paper.

Tips, I've learned
-the biggest one is have a candy thermometer and make sure it's calibrated for boiling point at your elevation.  For me, my boiling temp is about 9 degrees less than 212, so I stopped my candy at 246* instead of 255*. 
-use a big pot.  This stuff bubbles up.  I had to switch from a saucepan mid boil.
-I used coconut oil for oiling my hands the first batch since I didn't have any butter left and it was fine. I didn't notice any difference in taste between coconut oil and butter pulled batches.
-If you have a pastry scraper, that helps to pull the candy up from the pan.  I scooped under the candy and then let it drizzle down to help it cool faster.  You could just be patient and wait for it to cool lol
-I wore knit gloves covered with food safe rubber gloves to pull the candy when it was still too warm for bare hands.
-I've read that humidity over 35% messes with candy making, if you find your batches aren't working.
-know that sometimes candy sucks.  I had one batch that I pulled for 30 minutes and it was not setting up, finally realized I did something wrong and gave up.  Other times, the candy set and was delicious and then I popped it out later to crumbles.

All tucked away in air tight half gallon canning jars.  6 of them!

Cut and ready to wrap.

What they are supposed to look like. I wanted them super taffy like.

Here's what happened to make half bad!  They turned into brown sugar??  Huh

If you try, good luck!
23  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: A facelift for Craftster? It's been 5 years... on: December 06, 2017 12:54:56 PM
LOL at grumpy cat.  Half my image posts say "Reason for editing: Photobucket is a jerk!" 
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Kid Christmas Swap (sign up: Nov. 9-Nov 15, Send out Dec 18th) on: December 05, 2017 04:21:08 PM
My girl has both her projects complete, but she wants to make some extras.
25  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Blue Mint Ice Cream on: December 05, 2017 10:33:23 AM
I'm wondering about your cute storage container; did it come with your maker or can you share where you did get it, please?

I got it from a surplus supply shop a few years back.  The company on the container is "Elements by Tovolo."  It is the 1 quart size.
 There are some Tovolo containers on amazon, but the pictures don't show the cute label this one has, if that matters to you.
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Harry Potter Advent Calendar on: December 01, 2017 08:33:26 AM
omg so clever.  We do a countdown with those basic miniature Christmas stockings.  Why oh why did I never think to use Dobby Socks and tie in HP?!?  Love this.
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! on: November 30, 2017 09:27:43 PM
Class: Detention - October
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: O to Q
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Bought new Christmas stocking this year because we loved the Molly Weasley look of the knitted background with letters.  But Ravenclaws name begins with a Q ... store had 9 Zs and just about every other letter, but that.  So we got an O and I held my breath to figure out a Q.  Im not an embroiderer so I just sewed until I felt like it looked good enough from far away, lol.  Stash to the rescue though!  Found a little bit of random leftover floss in a box from when I made some fairy wings years ago.  Um probably a decade ago.  Eeep.
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Class: Floo - Mongolia
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Aggie Blue Mint Ice Cream
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453811.0
Brief Description: Not really having anything blue in my crafting lineup, I searched pinterest for something fun.  Came across a cookie monster treat, but it sparked inspiration about ice cream the Ravenclaw and I ate all the time in college!  Aggie Blue Mint.  Tried to recreate it for him.
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Class:  Headmistress - Pastilles #1
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Banana Pie
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description:  So I really got into this pie making business for Thanksgiving.  While I like pumpkin pie, I love banana cream, so I usually bring my own.  In past years Ive just done pudding mixes in prepared crusts, but thought nope not this year.  Everything was scratch!  Almost.  I considered making graham crackers to make the crust, but figured that wed eat them all before it got to the pie anyway, lol. 
It is a graham cracker crust, pastry cream as per the recipe, however I whipped in one half block of cream cheese after the cream was cooled.  Banana slices, more pastry cream, and then whipped cream.  Yum!  When I was in the kitchen, the Ravenclaw says What are you making? I grinned and answered Creme Patissiere with Chantilly cream. And that is? Pudding and whipped topping.

Banana pie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWsBDdHIMFg&t=342s
Crust: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/05/13/how-to-make-a-perfect-graham-cracker-crust/

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Class: Headmistress - Pastilles #2
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Angel Food Cake
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451360.0
Brief Description: Time to make something just for me.  Because my birthday is always on or near Thanksgiving, it's always been "eh, PattyO doesn't need a cake when we have so much pie.  Let's just put a candle on the pie."  So I made my own bday cake!
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....and two pictures just because.
At our local second hand store I found puffskeins! My COMC teacher would be proud.  The shop owner came over and asked us about them and thought we were crazy for taking some weird fluffy puff ball, he thought he'd never get rid of LOL.  They will go nicely in my HP room!

and found this in my Gryffindor's room.  She made a manger scene with Potter pegs.  Baby Dobby and the wise men even brought potion bottle gifts.  Shepard is gathering his flock of owls, cats, and rats.  Oh that silly girl!
28  COOKING / Dessert / Blue Mint Ice Cream on: November 30, 2017 08:51:51 PM
When me and DH went to college, there was an ice cream place that made ice cream on site because of all the agricultural student stuff they had going around the county.  Their most popular school flavor was Aggie Blue Mint and was a fun date night for us as starving college students.  Aggie Blue Mint is peppermint flavored ice cream, with white chocolate chunks and Oreo bits, and colored blue for the school. Ive tried to recreate it here and DH loved it!

Blue Mint Ice Cream

2 cups milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar

2 cups whole whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp peppermint extract (or to taste, I started with 1/4 and kept adding until I thought the flavor was strong enough)
Blue food coloring to taste

cup white chocolate chips
6 Oreo cookies, broken into pieces

Beat eggs with sugar until light and fluffy, then mix in milk until well combined.  Cook on stovetop over medium low heat.  Stir constantly until mixture thickens enough to coat the spoon, about ten minutes but dont let it come to a boil.  Strain through mesh strainer and then set mixture in fridge for 8 hours.

When ready to make ice cream, pull mix out of fridge and add whipped cream, extracts and coloring.  Stir well.  Pour into ice cream maker for about 15 minutes.  After the 15 minutes pour white chocolate chips and broken Oreos into ice cream maker.  Allow ice cream maker to continue to process for 5-10 more minutes. 

Scoop out ice cream and serve right away for a soft frosting consistency.  Or place in a container and let harden until desired texture.  Can be made days ahead of serving time.

29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery on: November 29, 2017 03:51:19 PM
Love the spoon!  And the greenery makes it great as an ornament. 
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap on: November 27, 2017 10:41:48 AM
Got mine from Tapestrymlp too!  wowowow

We chose to send more ornaments as a personal swap, so I'll showcase the fwooper as the main swap to be different, but I got a demiguise too  Shocked Seriously jaw dropping awesome!

Sweet pink fwooper, needlefelted so it stands out from the hoop and gives great texture.

Next, my "ugly?"  Huh extra.  I think this is the one she was talking about hating, but I think he's brilliant!  A scarysweet, possibly stupified, grindylow in his own ball.  I love that it's like he has his own little terrarium for my tree.  He was a hard one to get a good picture of.


My personal swap with her!  Demi and Pickett!  Adore them so much.


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