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21  COOKING / Dessert / Blackberry Cobbler & Chantilly Cream on: July 20, 2017 07:58:36 PM
Had toooo many blackberries from our bushes, so have been finding ways to use them like crazy.  Came across this cobbler recipe and whoa! Yum!  My hubby, who hates cooked fruit, gobbled it down and kept saying how great it was.  He had more than one serving and has asked for it again.  Told him go pick some more blackberries and I will.... he says "eh, maybe I don't want it that much."  LOL

Blackberry Cobbler
2 1/2 cup Fresh blackberries, washed
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Flour
2 teaspoons  Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Milk
1/3 cup butter, melted

Stir together just the berries and sugar in a large bowl and let it sit for 25-30 minutes. This will bring the juices of the blackberries so that they can be sweetened up by the sugar, this process is called macerating.
Preheat the oven to 375.
Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and milk with a wooden spoon. Next, stir in the melted butter and hand-mix it until the ingredients are well incorporated and you have few clumps.
Use a 8"x8"x2" baking dish.   Lightly grease the pan.  Pour in the batter and smooth it out. Pour the macerated blackberries on top with all the sugar included and evenly distribute it over the batter.
Bake for 45 minutes or until golden. Let it set up for 15 minutes and then serve with ice cream or whipping cream.

Chantilly Cream (when you want to sound fancier than sweetened whipped cream)

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Put cream, vanilla, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat until soft peaks begin to form. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

This was one hour's picking - 10 pounds!

And no need to get the house hot!  This is great baked with a SunOven.
22  COOKING / Dessert / Indoor Smores Bars on: July 20, 2017 07:47:39 PM
These are some of my favorite treats to bring when the audience is going to be teen boys.  They always get fabulous reviews, even from adults, but I usually like to take fancier treats to bigger kids lol.  I had a mom once call me and sheepishly asked "My son wants your bars for his treat at his eagle scout night... tonight.  Could you maybe...."  Needless to say I did make them and I always keep the ingredients on hand now! 

This batch in particular was made for a church's youth conference.  Three batches, made in big squares. 

Indoor Smores

8 cups Golden Grahams cereal
5 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup light corn syrup
5 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 extra cups miniature marshmallows, if desired

Measure cereal into large bowl. Butter rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Heat butter in a large pot until melted.  Add 5 cups marshmallows and corn syrup until melted and smooth when stirred.  Add chocolate chips and mix until melted through. Stir in vanilla. Pour over cereal in bowl; quickly toss until completely coated. Stir in 1 cup marshmallows, saving 1 cup for the top. Press mixture evenly in pan, using buttered back of spoon. Let stand uncovered at least 1 hour, or refrigerate for a firmer bar. Cut into 2-inch squares. Store loosely covered at room temperature up to 2 days.

23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Playhouse to Harry Potter Mural on: June 10, 2017 04:21:27 PM
Moved last year and there's a cute playhouse under the stairs.  Well, my girls are older and haven't been interested in using it so it's just been storage.  It's in the plan that this whole area will be bookshelves and become a hidden room (like our last one! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430351.0 ) but with all the other projects to get done and a year on the list already I finally got tired enough of the playhouse to bring it down.  And what better way to replace than a HP mural!  Although, again it will be covered up in whatever amount of time, so I didn't want to make it too fancy.  Saw the idea for silhouettes on youtube by ML Stein, and thought "brilliant!" So chopped the playhouse down and put up my silhouettes.  

Hagrid and pumpkins are by his hut.  Ron, Hermione, Harry, and Dobby at the right.  My girls are mad that Harry is in the trio and on the broomstick at the top.  Told them on the broom must be Oliver Wood, lol.  

Sweet little house.

In progress.
Tree in the back will be repainted.  Was going to repaint as the whomping willow, but now I've already got one, so I don't know what he'll be yet.  Probably a whole diagon alley back there.

I love it!  
DH loves it so much, he's already started to take pictures off the wall in other areas so we can repaint the entire movie room.  So maybe in a few weeks I'll show off the whole HP room.  The family room has been movie themed from before we moved, but I think we are all turning into such Potterheads that we are flipping into total HP.  My 13 year old just bought herself a $50 handturned wand!  So we are all crazies.

Thanks for looking Smiley
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Chicken Sign on: May 28, 2017 02:16:17 PM
Started raising chickens this year and they eat like vicious raptors.  So funny to watch, I started calling them the dinos.  DH suggested I make a beware sign for them and I laughed and took the challenge.  Made the stencil with my vinyl cutter and painted it on an olden wood board.  Wanted to go for a fresh off the Jurassic Park truck feel lol.  

25  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / CheeriOwls Breakfast Pack on: April 08, 2017 08:14:04 AM
Swap and Share!

*pic used with permission from FiberAlchemist*

For this challenge Im presenting the package that I sent back in the 2016 I want to live in the Burrow Harry Potter swap.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448585.msg5399089#msg5399089

Im pretty sure my inspiration started with the bowls.  I found the bowls at the dollar store and I think they had red, green, and blue.  I had been playing around with sharpie-paint mugs and went ooh! I can make these into HP house bowls! But. They didnt have yellow.  I bought what I could and went home and searched the website.  They had yellow!  I happy danced. Until I saw they only shipped in packs of 40.  I went a little bonkers on that.  I didnt need 40 yellow bowls lol.  So I proceeded to check every dollar store on a one hundred mile long path.  The store that finally had one was 80 miles away from me lol.  Now -that- was a happy dance.  

Got all the bowls home and went about paint pen-ing them and then I saw in one of the movie scenes a real cereal box and jaw dropped.  I must make!

I took a couple days to create the box in photoshop to look as much like the original box that I could.  I even made a date and price and ingredients.  (CheeriOwls is about $4.50 muggle money)  Was fun!  Modge podged it on a cereal box.

And packages are all about the details!  A local store sells cereal marshmallows, so I made a matching label and added that.  And made up a cute fast pygmy puff to rummage around in the bottom for crumbs.

*FiberAlchemists picture ~cropped*

Quick tute for paint mugs.  Make sure to use sharpie PAINT pens, not regular sharpies.  I have a vinyl cutting machine, so I used that for stickers.  But you could freehand anything you wanted.

Thanks to Fiber for swapping and Jennie for hosting that swap!
And Thanks for looking!
26  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Mantel Decorating on: January 18, 2017 06:13:32 AM
How about decorating your mantel for a holiday other than Christmas--Easter/Valentines/Thanksgiving....?  One piece (or more) of the display has to be completely homemade, but the overall look is judged. 
27  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.
28  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
29  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
30  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

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