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1  COOKING / Dessert / Cinnamon rolls! 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.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / My veggie and herb garden 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!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / What can I do with chive flowers? on: May 13, 2009 03:45:18 PM
My chives are in flower right now.  I'm trying to think of something to do with the flowers, and I'm drawing a blank (I thought of using them in a salad, but DH and I aren't big on salads).  I'd like to do something with them - they're edible and so pretty.  Any ideas?
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Beef Wellington 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!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Passover matzo cover 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!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Passover seder 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
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / When a package arrives damaged...? on: August 05, 2008 08:04:34 PM
I'm organizing a swap where the package got to its recipient in itty bitty pieces.  It was marked fragile, but apparently someone played kick-the-package anyway.  Sad  I've given the sender positive feedback.

Question: Do I call for an angel?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / A day of knitting, wasted on: July 14, 2008 08:53:22 PM
I spent a nice quiet peaceful afternoon (a day off work) getting some knitting done.

I screwed up.  Badly.  I dropped a stitch and didn't realize it until several rows' worth of decreases later.  And I messed up the decreases because the dropped stitch meant my counts were off.

My stupid husband is no comfort at all.  "Just calm down" he says.  I wanted to skewer him with a knitting needle, but I didn't want to damage my needles.   Tongue

Now I'm going to have to frog the WHOLE #@)($*_%(&#_)*$(_!#%&# THING.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Jewish Swap Gallery on: June 23, 2008 05:29:21 PM
Post 'em when you get 'em!

Original swap thread is here.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Dumb questions about swap feedback form... on: May 23, 2008 04:51:39 PM
I'm a first-time organizer, and I have a couple of dumb questions about the swap feedback form.

- When I update to add more participants, give feedback, etc., do I have to fill out all the swap info all over again?  (URL, organizer name, start date, existing swapper info, etc.)

- Can some of the older swap names be cleared out of the drop-down?  For pity's sake, there are swaps from 2006 in there!

Thanks in advance  Roll Eyes
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