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1  Cinnamon rolls! in Dessert by TheCraftyCat on: November 14, 2009 02:57:35 PM
This afternoon, I tried out a cinnamon roll recipe that I clipped from the Penzey's Spices catalog.

The result:

I'm afraid I didn't think to get any in-progress photos until the cinnamon rolls were already in the oven.

The recipe is probably copyrighted, so I won't post the exact recipe.  But basically you make a sweet dough with yeast, white flour, sugar, eggs, milk, and butter, let it rise, punch it down, and let it rise again.  Roll it out into a rectangle, and cover the rectangle with butter, sugar, and cinnamon.  Roll it up into a cylinder, slice it into individual circles, place the circles onto a greased cookie sheet, let them rise one more time, then bake.  The icing (which you can see in the second picture) is confectioner's sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla extract.

To lower the calorie and carb content a bit, I used Splenda sugar blend instead of the sugar in both the dough and the filling.  There's no good substitute for confectioner's sugar, though.

They are really good, and husband-approved!

Thanks for looking.
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2  Re: Stargate Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheCraftyCat on: August 11, 2009 01:28:34 PM
First to receive, last to send. Sad  Hopefully the post office won't route my package through Abydos and audio-astrophysics will get it in two or three days.  Since she's been so patient, here's a teaser pic:
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3  My veggie and herb garden in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TheCraftyCat on: July 03, 2009 04:55:38 PM
Just wanted to brag about my veggies and herbs.   Cheesy  I have to grow everything in containers on my deck, otherwise the deer will eat them.  I have 3 Earthboxes and a bunch of window boxes... and I swear by the Earthboxes.

My cucumbers are flowering, and some fruit has started to develop.

My basil in the Earthbox:

This is, believe it or not, one basil leaf from one of the Earthbox basil plants:

And for comparison, some basil plants from the same flat, that I put into window boxes:

I'm also growing tomatoes, jalapenos (which have also set fruit), rosemary, chives.  We're going to have a lot of yummy garden goodies in the next month or so!

Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: Stargate Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by TheCraftyCat on: June 22, 2009 04:54:32 PM
It seems I'm the lucky first recipient.  Check out the goodies I got from audio-astrophysics!

Jack's hat, a wristband with the Earth symbol, and a stamp with Teal'c's (ok, Apophis's) symbol:

A notebook (note the indicated planet):

And a plush Goa'uld symbiote:

(Hey... where did the symbiote go, and why are my husband's eyes glowing?)

Thank you so much!!  Cheesy
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5  Re: Bath & Beauty Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by TheCraftyCat on: May 04, 2009 10:31:13 AM
Check out the bath bombs I just received from princessketu:

Thank you so much - I can't wait to try them out!
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6  Re: Bath & Beauty Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by TheCraftyCat on: April 25, 2009 12:23:34 PM
So I opened my mailbox just now and the most heavenly scent wafted out...

Thank you so much MareMare!   Smiley
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7  Beef Wellington in Recipes and Cooking Tips by TheCraftyCat on: April 18, 2009 05:40:34 PM
My husband and I decided to make Beef Wellington for dinner tonight.  I'm the chief cook, he's the sous-chef.   Tongue

First, the finished product:

Duxelle (two types of mushrooms, onions, garlic, thyme, fresh chives from the garden (yay spring!)):

Assembled beef wellington:

And fresh from the oven - mmmmm, medium rare!

Thanks for looking!
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8  Re: Bath & Beauty Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by TheCraftyCat on: April 16, 2009 10:55:45 AM
My bath puff from faerieknits arrived in today's mail.  I also received body butter from mcook a while ago.

Here they are:

Thank you both so much! Smiley
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9  Passover matzo cover in Needlework: Completed Projects by TheCraftyCat on: April 08, 2009 07:23:01 PM
Tonight is the first night of Passover, and my husband and I hosted a seder for my in-laws.

One of the items that is present on the seder table is a plate containing three pieces of matzo, with a cover on top.  A few years ago, I cross stitched a matzo cover.  Every year, I pull it out for Passover, and I say to myself, "I really should add some flowers or something to this cloth."  And every year, after the seder, I put it back away and forget about it for another year.  LOL.  So it still just says "matzo".

Here's the detail of the cross stitch:

And here's the entire cloth.  See how lonely my stitching looks? Sad

Thanks for looking, and Happy Passover!
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10  Passover seder in Completed Projects by TheCraftyCat on: April 08, 2009 07:15:38 PM
I wasn't quite sure where to post this, as it touches on a few different crafts, so here it is...

This evening is the start of Passover.  On the first (and sometimes the second) night of Passover, families gather for a festive seder, where the story of the Exodus is recounted.  This year, my husband and I hosted a seder with my in-laws as guests.

I prepared a roast chicken and an Indian curry.  My in-laws brought matzo ball soup and a cake.  Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the food.

Here's the table, set for dinner:

One of the required items on the table is a plate holding three matzos and covered by a cloth.  Here's the cloth:

Close up of the cross stitch:

I cross stitched this a few years ago.  Every year I say to myself, "I really should add some cross-stitched flowers or something to the cloth."  And every year I put it back away, and it doesn't come out again until the next year.  So, it still just says "matzo".   Cheesy

And here is the seder plate.

The seder plate is set with horseradish, greens, a hard-boiled egg, bitter herbs, charoset (a concoction of finely chopped apples, walnuts, and wine), and a shank bone.  Note my interesting take on the shank bone, which represents the sacrificial lamb.  Last year, I was setting the table for the seder when I abruptly realized that I didn't have a bone to place on the seder plate.  I grabbed a bit of paper and drew a bone on it.  We were halfway through the service before my FIL realized that the "shank bone" was a drawing.   Cheesy  So I kept it and used it again this year.

Happy Passover to all my fellow Jews. Smiley
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