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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / stuffed french toast! on: November 19, 2008 01:38:08 AM
i went to breakfast and they had stuffed french toast. it was like blueberry compote & whipped cream cheese sandwiches on french toasted bread, cut in half triangle style.

unfortunately, i had a horrid stomach ache and could barely eat half. and upon ordering, i didnt know if had cream cheese, which just really threw me off. but what a great idea, like grilled cheese with breakfast foods!

i have a &%#$-ton of homemade Italian bread. and these pears that are way overripe. so i made my own.

ginger honey pear stuffing: the pears are poached in diluted honey with some brown sugar and butter, seasoned with cinnamon and ginger
cream cheese
french toast, from super scratch!


2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / my non-creative rustic kitchen adventure on: November 18, 2008 12:18:46 AM
So, I wanted to make bread. A yeast bread. My mom asked me to make her dinner, chicken parm. Introducing the perfect excuse to bake Italian bread!

found this http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/italianbread

Used 1 cup water 1 cup milk, for lack of powdered. And 5 cups certainly didn't cut it. I don't even know how much I had to add. I just kept going.

Pro's: don't have bread flour? still good to go. simple enough for a first time adventure. you end up with tons of yummy fresh baked bread! crunchy/chewy outside, nice soft dense texture inside, looks perfect for sopping up tomato sauce.

Cons: I really think there's just too many steps. The ending, I took word for word, But I'm pretty sure I should have punched down the dugh either before relaxing it or shaping it. The yield is wicked excessive. Oh, 5 cups flour? I think mine had 7 to finally take the stickiness away. Flavor is ok, not as awesome as I hoped for.

Overall, a decent rustic Italian bread. Will be perfect for your coup and sauce sopping needs. All those tiny pockets just waiting for flavorful goodness. Better than what you get in the store, simple recipe, but I'm going to keep looking for a better Italian bread.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / anthropologie wrap = starburts? pinwheels? on: October 22, 2008 01:33:30 AM

this! it's beautiful! i don't even want people to explain how to make it, i just have no clue what those little color sections are called, so i can't look up how to make it. i'm not even sure how to make the background of the scarf, actually, i haven't crocheted in years and i was a novice at most. i assume it's a crocheted piece.
 the description mentions sunburst in the title and pinwheel in the description but neither turn up anything similar on the boards. if anybody knows anything about this pretty little thing, please let me know!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / need ideas for gyped ebay jeans on: January 19, 2008 10:34:55 AM
i'm a brand whore when it comes to jeans, because only certain ones REALLY fit well. i'm a thrifty little packrat and have obtained a pair of jeans that were not only NOT the right brand, they arent even the right size AND not "like new" becasue the bottoms of all the belt loops are pulled out. so.

i need ideas for a jean recon. it cant even be the traditional shorts or skirt because they're way too small. it's horribly ironic because my mom just finished cutting all our old jeans for a quilt. they'e kind of that muddy color. i'd turn the butt part into a purse, but i'm not a purse person really -and a one-purse (aka baby duffle bag) woman at that. i never know what to do with pants!! help?

p.s. - only buy jeans on ebay with lots of photos of the tags!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / cookie jar material? on: May 04, 2007 07:23:28 AM
i do not have access to a kiln. so ceramics is out.

i want to make a cookie jar. i want to shape it, so i cant jsut pick up a glass one and decorate it. anyone have a suggestion? i was thinking a giant salt dough sculpture because i know it would be safe to actually keep cookies in.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / material for a cookie jar on: May 04, 2007 06:55:43 AM
i do not have access to a kiln. so ceramics is out.

i want to make a cookie jar. i want to shape it, so i cant jsut pick up a glass one and decorate it. anyone have a suggestion? i was thinking a giant salt dough sculpture because i know it would be safe to actually keep cookies in.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ice cream theme swap on: April 29, 2007 08:14:10 PM
hey i searched through pages of craftster to find out there was AN ice cream swap about a year ago. i want to do another swap, round two. i think it would be cute to like expand it. like all things ice cream parlor. and i'm a color scheme girl, which is how i got this idea, i wanted to make a neopolitan colored panelled dress and i didnt know what order to put the colors so i polled craftsters and one girl responed how someone should make a mint chocolate chip dress. and why not makes things based off ogf the great color combos of ice cream? or add little charms of our favorite toppins? or canvas flats with cherries and chocolate chips drawn on them for cherry garcia lovers shoes!  and all the classic appliques and crocheted wonders too. and it's almost summer!

i have no idea how to set up a swap, i'm in the middle of my first one. and if i wasnt already stealing paper/studying time right now i'd be reading up. but i'll do it tomorow. if anyone's interested though - leave a message -if i do figureo ut how to do a swap i know i cant do it alone!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / swappers anxiety on: April 29, 2007 07:59:36 PM
hey! i'm in the middle of my first swap. i've got all my materials, everyhting is sketched and i get to dive in tomorow after my first day at the new job, 2 tests in school and my final paper is due in one. do i'm noy so much nervous i wont get it done cuz i have things so clear set in my mind and i'm a quick crafter.

but it's my first swap. and there arent any regulations on how much to make in it. i'm making 5 randomly sized things. i want my partnet to like them though. haha. i dont know if you're supposed to communicate or even what to expect! any advice for a swap newb?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / color question on: April 28, 2007 02:44:12 AM
lately i've been wicked into pink. and cupcakes. and ice cream. and dresses. i'm like 2 instead of 22.

anywho. i want to make a neapolitan ice cream inspired dress. problem. i'm wierd about colors patterns, i need advice or i'll never pick one. so i got really bored on paint and made this demo of all the combos. hehe. lots of copy p sate and filling colors. so which one looks best/ would probly be most attractive and body flattering on a person?

10  COOKING / Dessert / so i came up with the perfect wedding dessert on: April 28, 2007 01:10:11 AM
i work at a banquet hall so me and all the other girls are always planning our own weddings. lol. it's fun. lately i've fallen in love with cupcakes. starts used to be my symbol, now it's cupcakes. so i'm browsing for appliques and earings all over craftser and i get linked out to this www.cupcaketakesthecake.com site and scrolling through the images i see people have poured batter into ice cream cones (sugar, not waffle, so they can actually stand up) and frost the top to look like soft serve.

my favorite cake presentation at work is when they do cake with chocolate covered ice cream truffles.
when i saw the ice cream cupcake cones i though "oh cool they put ice cream in the bottom and stick the cupcake on top where the lip widens. then i was told it's all cupcake. but now i've decided i'm going to do liek a parfait of layered ice cream/chocolate/fruit in the bottom of a sugar cone and settle cupcakes in the top portion.
i think it's great becasue it's:
1) adorable
2) all dessert inclusive
3) easy on the staff and on the guests becasue it's al in a nice clean package (cone!)

now If i ever get married i just have to match the flavors with twhatever color scheme i use.

any thoughts? I think it's adorable, but i'm kind of a nut when it comes to making work less messy and have less things to do. imagime drizzling berry coulie and adding a truffle for every single cake plate in a 230 person wedding, blah!!
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