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831  COOKING / Dessert / It may be a little late for pumpkin, but this one's still a keeper! on: January 17, 2008 02:26:18 PM
If there's already a recipe like this floating about, please forgive me for not looking closer!  Wink

Got this one from my sister- who got it from her boss's wife, who got it from, etc, etc.... Then, like, 6 more people asked me for a copy of the recipe at our Christmas party. This is one that definately gets passed around!

1 15 oz.     canned pumpkin puree*
1 c.            sugar
1 c.            evaporated milk
1 tsp.         vanilla
1 tsp.         cinnamon
1 8.25 oz.   butter yellow cake mix**
1 c.            chopped pecans
1/2 c.         melted butter (1 stick)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except pecans, cake mix and butter. Spread in a lightly buttered 9x13 baking dish. Distribute dry cake mix (** make sure this is a butter yellow mix, not an ordinary yellow cake mix.
They are NOT the same and it will make all the difference in your end product!!) in an even layer over entire surface of pumpkin mix. Top with even layer of pecans (I like to use more than a cup, try 1 1/2 cups for a really nutty result) and drizzle melted butter over surface. Bake for 30- 40 minutes or until top is lightly browned.
Keep a close eye after 25 minutes, the nuts can burn quickly.
*You can use a 30 oz can of pumpkin if you wish. It will give you a thicker layer of filling, and I would add a little extra vanilla and cinnamon to compensate. You don't have to add any extra evaporated milk. You can also combine one egg into the pumpkin mix if you prefer a more custard-like filling. Just make sure you bake it thoroughly to cook the egg. If the top is browning too quickly (a.k.a. burning...  Grin) cover with foil while baking.

My sister's copy says to top with whipped cream and sprinkle with ground nutmeg- I used a box of DreamWhip and mixed the nutmeg in with that. (It was like fluffy eggnog- yummy!  Smiley) and served in a bowl on the side. Super tasty!
832  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: it's been a hard day's night on: January 10, 2008 06:08:59 PM
 Shocked Shocked Grin

Wow. I would die for a set of those pillows. LOL. Incredible!
833  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tailor's Ham? on: January 08, 2008 02:26:18 PM
Awesome!  Cheesy There's so much info here- you ladies are fantastic! Thanks  Grin
834  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tailor's Ham? on: January 05, 2008 09:40:54 AM
I ran across this tool for the first time today- I've never before heard of a Tailor's Ham! I understand it's purpose, but was wondering if anyone has attempted making one before? I'm going to go search for a pattern online (preferably a freebie- after all, the purpose of making it oneself is to save a bit of money, right?  Grin ) But if anyone might, say... have a pattern they could offer...**ahem**  Wink

Seriously, though... any advice is appreciated. They look deceptively simple, but I think the key word here is "deceptively".

835  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yellow Submarine Shower Curtain on: December 26, 2007 03:11:37 PM
This is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen!!!! O My Gosh- I want one!!

I tried a yellow submarine duct tape bag, but the results were disasterous.  Embarrassed
This is so much cooler.  Grin

Great job!
836  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Dulce de Calabasas(pumkin candy) on: November 10, 2007 03:46:25 PM
Sometimes your altitude has a lot to do with candy setting to the right consistency. Weather also has a lot to do with it. The more moisture in the air, the less likely the candy will harden.

Also, I would think mushiness would actually come from not cooking long enough- the longer its on the heat, the more moisture will cook out of it- I'd try maybe lowering the temp a bit (so it doesnt burn) and cooking it a little longer. Stir often if its on the stove top so the bottom does not burn, too.

Good luck!
837  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pecan Pie with a TWIST? on: November 10, 2007 03:24:27 PM
I second the chocolate bourbon pecan pie. I made one last year for Thanksgiving and it was the first pie to disappear! Be warned though- saying it is "rich" is an understatement...

I would suggest strolling through allrecipes.com for some ideas. There will be some unique variations (and a ton of repeats under different titles too, I'm afraid. Everyone wants credit for "their own special" recipe, after all...) and they have user reviews, which often have great tips in them to improve further on the recipe.

My husbands favorite is also pecan pie, and I love the twinkle in his eye when he sits down with a slice, so I can understand the importance of a good homemade pecan pie!  Grin LOL.

Good luck!
838  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: advice on what size? on: September 22, 2007 09:35:10 AM
Thanks, ladies, so much! I will check out the suggested patterns, as well as get measurements! With the weekend here, I think we can find time to cross paths with tape measure in hand.  Grin
839  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Curvy Girls Dress on: September 10, 2007 11:58:12 AM
I second the thought of not all big girls are tall. Almost all tops, especially cotton t's, are way too long in the waist. And finding pants at the right length is a common problem as well. They're either too long, making me look even shorter, or they flood... I may be a little geeky, but I don't have to look it.  Grin I don't even own a pocket protector!

Finding plus size jeans with good shape can be frustrating unless you're willing to spend $60 a pop. Shocked

And as far as fitting the boobs into shirts, that can actually go both ways- most of my weight rest around my mid-section, but truthfully my bust isn't that big. Unfortunately, most shirts fit tight around my belly, but swim around my upper half. My poor boobs get lost in all that extra space.  Tongue LOL.

Good luck with your designs!
840  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Me Find A Pattern? on: September 10, 2007 11:48:42 AM
I can't recommend anything specific, but check out Butterick- they're bringing back several of their "vintage" patterns and you might find something similar. You might browse through sewingpatterns.com for ideas, too. The dress is super-cute!! Good luck Smiley
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