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11  COOKING / Dessert / Angel Food Cake on: January 15, 2017 09:02:29 PM
We were tending to some chickens while their owner was away and we got so many eggs!  I had to figure out what to do with them all and one of our favorite ways to do an egg dump is with Angel Food cake!  This was so good that my family ended up eating it in one sitting.  Yikes!  Shocked

Angel Food Cake
From 1972 Betty Crocker Cookbook.

1 cup cake flour
12 egg whites (1-1/2 cups)
3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Set Oven at 375
Combine cake flour and 3/4 cup sugar.
In another large mixer bowl beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until foamy. Add second amount of sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high speed until meringue holds stiff peaks. Remove mixer bowl.
Gently fold in flavorings. Sprinkle flour/sugar mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, over meringue, folding in gently until flour mixture disappears. Push batter into ungreased tube pan. Cut through gently with spatula to remove air pockets.
Bake 30-35 minutes until top is browned and springs back when touched with finger. Invert pan over funnel until completely cool.
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Harry Potter Cards on: January 15, 2017 08:56:19 PM
Wanted our Christmas cards to be Harry Potter this year, so drew up a cute Dobby!

And after I loved Dobby so much, I decided all our Birthday cards this year needed to be Harry Potter too!  So I drew a Hagrid and his cake.

These are both hand drawn and then colored in photoshop.  Better start thinking of Valentine's!
Thanks for looking
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Peg Ornaments on: December 05, 2016 09:10:47 AM
Had some biggie pegs leftover from another project and decided to make them into a whole bunch of new ornaments for my HP tree.  I would bet each of these cost me an hour.  I always seem to be so picky with lines and colors, lol.  Someday maybe I'll be sane and take like ten minutes a piece.

Making of....



and have to paint in the new guy too!  He was a husband request since DH went as Newt for Halloween.  Cute little briefcase and shows the size too.  These are larger than the classic pegs.


Thanks for looking.  Smiley
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Salon to Craftroom on: November 10, 2016 06:33:16 PM
Moved a few months ago and have been putting my craft room together.  It started out as a salon, and gradually progressed to where it is today.  I got a challenge on a craftalong to clean out a place in your house and decided this already needed a good clean.  But I never posted the whole start to finish, thought it would be fun.

Starting as a salon, took out the cabinet, changed the sink, painted teal, put up shelves.  (As I'm looking through the board it is funny to see how many of us have teal craftrooms!)

Messy to clean

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Harry Potter Patronus Wreath on: November 08, 2016 05:55:57 PM
Have had a wreath like this pinned for a while now and finally decided to go for it.

Used a vine wreath form and wrapped black halloween netting and glittery silver tulle around it.  Made some wands with paper, hot glue, and paint.  Found some creatures at the dollar store I painted silver.  Used printable burlap for the saying and then sewed a Hogwarts keychain on.

Love the way it turned out.  I have a pretty fall wreath for my door, but can't bare to put it up right now, so Patronum is staying up until Christmas.

-For those not familiar with Harry Potter, this is a spell he uses to scare away dementors.  A silvery animal shoots out the wand and runs the soul sucker away.

16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hamster Hazards Carnival Game on: October 30, 2016 08:14:59 PM
I'm in charge of the Elementary School Halloween Carnival (again) and last year made all the games (Operation was one of them).  So we wanted to make a new game for this year and plus my daughter wanted a Hamster themed birthday party so we went with it.  Randomly found a carnival game online called hamster rumble and thought it was so fun.  But we had to take it a step further and instead of the hamsters just falling in potholes, we made them funny hazards.

Hubby made the board for me and then I painted it.

Shrinky Dink back numbers corresponded to little paddle numbers so kids can't fight about numbers.

Ended up hating the yellow and went for white.  Better, so started painting the hazards.


Hamster Balls roll around the game board and last one standing is the winner.  Hazards are aliens, poisons, Fluffy the kitty, radioactive spider, black hole, road kill, toilet bowl, and mousetrap.

Was a hit! After last year being so deserted we were swamped this year, so either I did better about advertising or word got around about our awesome games.  I wasn't part of the final total, but heard in passing that it was our best carnival yet.

17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 115 ENTRIES / Broken Candy Cotton Candy on: October 09, 2016 03:31:29 PM

Rainbow Inside Cotton Candy!

I made this cotton candy using the broken pieces of Jolly Ranchers.
Get a mallet and hammer away.  Used pink, orange, green, blue, purple.

Placed into a cotton candy maker and spun it as sugar.
See the fun colors inside?

By the way, I don't think sour apple jolly rancher translates into cotton candy well LOL.  Tart!  However the rest of the family liked it.  

Happy Challenging!

18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spinach Powder, for smoothies on: August 15, 2016 05:29:38 PM
Spinach powder.  We use it for smoothies, but you could add it to anything you want.  Muffins... breads... soups....

My girls really enjoy spinach smoothies.  .... I think it is more to freak their friends out... but adding spinach to smoothies does nothing to the flavor, but it does up the nutrition.  Their favorites are chocolate smoothies with spinach.  My picky youngest would rather eat this than a milkshake.

While it's awesome for smoothies, store bags of spinach often get bad fast.  So this is the solution!  Dehydrating it!  Then powdering and it takes up so much less space too.  Plus it is shelf stable, no taking up precious fridge room.

I can fit about 2 large bags of spinach on my dehydrator.  I just pack it on by the handful.  These will get much smaller after drying.  I dry at 135* for about 12 hours.  Probably could go less, but that works for my schedule best.

After drying.  This tray was packed full of fresh. [when I dry spinach again, I'll take a before pic of how full I get it]

Take the dried spinach off the trays and put right into a blender.  Just keep squishing until it all fits in.

Blend until thoroughly powdered.  If your blender has an open top like mine does, squish a cloth or paper towel at the top to stop powder from being thrown around your room.

Let it set a few minutes so that the dust settles in the blender.  Then pour into your container to keep it in.  This is a washed out spaghetti sauce jar (reuse!).  This amount is about 36 cups of spinach.

I didn't even clean it before I blended some blackberries for jam.

Just add a spoonful on your smoothie ingredients.  I usually add a teaspoon per serving.

Breakfast with vegetables.  Scary!

Love having this around!
Thanks for looking.
19  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Practice Makes Perfect on: August 15, 2016 07:34:35 AM
Take one of your earliest craftster images and remake the craft now.  Let's see how much you've grown.  If you're a craftster newbie, then post a picture of one of your earliest crafts and remake it.
20  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Inspired By... on: August 15, 2016 07:30:36 AM
How about take a project found on the site and use it as inspiration for another medium.

Like an embroidery hoop image?  Sew it into a stuffed animal.
Like the colors of a painting? Use them in a quilt.
Like a cake? Use the printed picture on an ATC.
Like a bracelet? Draw a picture of you wearing it.
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