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1  Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by CrochetNinja on: July 27, 2008 07:41:37 AM
Recipe #1
Spaghetti with Lemon and Basil
cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup juice from 2 lemons
2 teaspoons grated zest from 1 lemon
1 small garlic clove, minced to a paste
2 ounces parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
Ground black pepper
1 pound spaghetti
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
cup shredded fresh basil leaves

1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.  Meanwhile, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and teaspoon salt together in a small bowl, then stir in the parmesan cheese until thick and creamy; set aside.

2. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the spaghetti into the boiling water and cook, stirring often, until the pasta is al dente.  Reserve cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and return to the pot.  Stir in the olive oil mixture, butter, and basil, and toss to coat.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve, adding the reserved pasta cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce.
Tender Focaccia
2 cups boiling water
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
cup potato flour or 1/3 cup potato flakes
cup nonfat dry milk
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 to 3 tablespoons to grease the pan and the surface of the dough
to teaspoon kosher salt, sea salt, or fleur de sel, for topping

Put the hot water and 2 cups of the flour in a large bowl and beat for several minutes to develop a smooth batter.  If you have the time, add 1/8 teaspoon yeast once the batter has cooled to lukewarm, and set the sponge aside for several hours or overnight/ this helps develop flavor in the finished loaf, as well as the soft interior texture.

Whisk the potato flour with the remaining flour, dry milk, yeast, and salt.  Add this to the batter a little at a time, while continuing to beat.  Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Beat, by hand with a large spoon or with the paddle attachment of a mixer set at medium speed, for 8 to 10 minutes, changing to a cough hook when the dough begins to hold together.

After the dough has become smooth and shiny, put it in an oiled bowl, cover it with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise for 30 minutes.

Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a 12- or 14-inch round pan, or 1 tablespoon olive oil into each of two 8-inch round pans.  Place the dough in the oiled pan(s), gently stretching it to fit.  Let the dough rest for 30 minutes, then stretch it out a little more.  At this point you may refrigerate the dough in the pan(s), tightly covered, for up to 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Just before baking the focaccia, dimple it with your fingers, brush it with a little olive oil, and sprinkle it with coarse salt or a few sprigs of fresh herb.  Bake the focaccia for 25 to 30 minutes, until its deep brown all over.  Remove it from the pan(s) and cool it for 15 minutes before eating.  Serve with flavored olive oil, or split for sandwiches.
Blueberry Grunt
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice (if the berries arent tart)
1 quart blueberries (or other berries), cleaned

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup buttermilk (When I made this, it worked fine with regular milk and a tiny amount of vinegar)

Blend the water, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a skillet and stir in the blueberries.  Bring to a gentle boil over low heat.

While the blueberries are heating, blend the dry dough ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Rub in the butter with your fingertips.  Quickly stir in the buttermilk.

Drop the dough in blobs over the blueberry mixture.  Cover and cook over low heat until the biscuit dough is done, about 15 minutes.  To serve, scoop up the berries and a biscuit and invert on a plate, so that the berries fall over the biscuit.  Spoon extra berry mixture over the biscuit.

I received from lindyv321, yesterday.  I'm so happy!!  She sent a bunch of awesome magnets in a decorated tin.  Here are the pictures:

First, the tin.  I love how she decorated it  Smiley

and now, here is are the square magnets.  My favorite is the small one with the salt and pepper shakers on it  Grin.

and here are the round magnets (a couple of square ones found their way into that picture  Tongue ).  I love the variety of food-ie pictures that lindyv321 put in the magnets.  They're great!

She also sent a postcard from where she lives, which was great  Smiley

Thanks lindyv321, this has been an awesome swap!  Grin Grin

ETA: You can see some of the magnets more clearly in this photo. Yay!:
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2  Re: The Super Sea Swap Splendid Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by CrochetNinja on: June 14, 2008 10:39:38 AM
I'm so happy today!  I received my package from m8888888 yesterday, and I have just gotten the chance to post pictures today.  She says that I'm going to get another package (Yay!) that includes the big item, because it didn't turn out the way she had hoped the first time.  Two surprises!  How cool is that?

Okay, on to the pictures.  First, here is a picture of an octopus that she crocheted.  He is sitting on a book that she also sent.

She stuck three pictures that she took, inside the book.  Here are all three:

But you can get a better look at the other two that you can't see very well by clicking these thumbnails:

Along with that, she sent two necklaces.

I love both of them!  I am wearing the octopus necklace right now.
Thanks so much m8888888!  I look forward to seeing the large item.  Smiley
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3  Re: Gnome Swap Round 2 GALLERY!!! in The Swap Gallery by CrochetNinja on: April 05, 2008 03:45:08 PM
I have been having the most awesome week ever!  I got back from my awesome vacation, and saw Lapoli's AWESOME package on the table.  Yay!  Cheesy  I have been spinning the AWESOME roving she sent, too.  Here are pictures.

Here is the roving that she hand-dyed.  Lapoli named them Pisgah and Mottled Greens.  I have started spinning Mottled Greens, the one on the right.

Next are two gnomes that she bought for me  Grin :

Next is the gnome trinket box:

Here are the gnomey lavender sachets.  They smell so good!:

I love absolutely everything that I received.  Thankyou so much Lapoli!!!  Grin
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4  Re: Fiber Friday 3/21/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by CrochetNinja on: March 21, 2008 03:09:07 PM
This is my first time posting my handspun in fiber friday.  My roving for this came in the mail a few hours ago, and I have started spinning it today.  I bought it from Here. Here it is  Grin :

Obviously, I still have more to spin.  I think I'm going to make it into a bag once I'm done.  I love the lemonade-y colors.
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5  Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CrochetNinja on: February 25, 2008 05:48:18 PM
Yay!  I'm so glad you like everything! You forgot the magnets though . Wink I can't wait to get your tin! Smiley
Oh yeah!  Thanks  Grin  I was wearing the earrings, and I had to remind myself to take them off and take pictures of them.  I'll go take pictures of the magnets (I guess I was in too much of a rush to go and put them on the fridge)  Cheesy.  Thanks!

Do to my totally (not) professional camera and my totally (not) professional camera skills, this picture didn't turn out so well.  You can still see the two trees and the giraffe, though.  I love how they all turned out, and I am proudly showcasing them on my refrigerator door!  Thank you sooo much!
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6  Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CrochetNinja on: February 25, 2008 04:37:41 PM
Yaaay!  I am so happy that I finally received!!  That you so much Ckchan!  I was soooooo happy when I saw that the package came.  I like how it came in a little hello kitty bag (hello kitty was one of my themes), just the right size for the altoid tin.  Here is a picture:

The cover of the altoid tin looks like this:

and it the inside looks like this:

if you can't read the quote from my picture, it says "Study nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you." -Frank Lloyd Wright

Nature was also one of my themes Cheesy
In the next picture, you can see a totoro key-chain (totoro was also one of my themes), and hello kitty erasers.

Yay!  Giraffes (my favorite animal  CheesyGrin

And here is my favorite part.  In the next picture, you can see very lovely earrings.  They look much more green in person (my camera is just evil....)

Thank you so incredibly much, Ckchan!!!  I love everything in my tin, and I can't wait to show it off!  Thankyou  Grin

Thanks RiRa!  Thats an awesome tin.  The labels on the side of the tin look awesome!
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7  Re: *~Ipod Cozy Swap ~*Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by CrochetNinja on: January 22, 2008 06:30:06 PM
I'm so glad I received (again, lol)!!   Cheesy  Thankyou so much faemystique!!!
It is very creative and has awesome decorations (and awesome glitter, of course!!)  I needed the monkey to stand it up on.:

and it has a neat handle on the back:

and here is a picture of the cute dragonfly on the top, and the pink button  Grin

The pictures don't really do it justice, and I promise I will upload better ones tommorow, I'm just really pressed for time right now. I just put different ones in, so the ones that you see now are more clear.  I love how creative it is  Grin
And my Ipod fits very well, and is nice and snug.  Thank you sooo much!  This has been a wonderful swap  Grin

MEshelltakeone, did you not receive your cozy?  Shocked
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8  Re: *~Ipod Cozy Swap ~*Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by CrochetNinja on: January 16, 2008 12:23:28 PM
I received! I received! I received!  Can you tell I'm excited?? ^_^
First, thank you SO MUCH, Bugaboo1!!!  It's perfect, and everything.  I love the color, and my ipod fits just right.
Here is what it looks like:

The monkey is there because it needed something to stand up on  Cheesy
There's a long strap that connects from both sides of the top, and has a claspy thing in top of the strap.  I love the cuff at the top (if that's what it is called, I don't really know what else to call it.  Anyway, it's awesome!!) of the cozy.  It has a snap at the top so my Ipod is secure, and a hole just big enough for my charger to plug in.
Here is a close-up of the snap.  It is a bit twisted in the picture, but I didn't notice it until I uploaded all of the pictures.  It lies straight normally.

And here is a picture of the bottom:

Thank you so much Bugaboo1!  This has been an awesome swap, despite being flaked on.  I can't wait for my next swap  Cheesy
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9  Re: Scarf Crochetalong in Crochetalongs by CrochetNinja on: October 27, 2007 07:26:31 AM
RondaS, I look forward to seeing more of your scarves  Smiley.
Speaking of scarves, I finished this one yesterday.  It is made out of sugar 'n' cream yarn that has mint-chocolate-chip colors.
This is the scarf (I folded it in half):

And this is the stitch pattern:

It never got boring to make.  I used a size G hook.   Smiley
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10  Re: Stash-Be-Gone-Along? in Knitalongs by CrochetNinja on: October 20, 2007 09:35:57 AM
That is cute hat!!  The shade of orange looks lovely.
This is what I have been making:

Above, I made fetching, and a scarf from lionbrand homespun yarn.  I know you can't see most of the scarf, but I put it like that so you could see the colors.  Fetching was made out of cotton-ease.

Above, I made two scarves and a hat.  The hat was made out of sugar 'n' cream.  The light blue scarf was made out of yarn that was 5% cashmere, along with some other combination of yarn.  The other scarf was made out of cotton ease, and I gave it to my mother.

In this picture, you can't really see it as well as I would have hoped.  It was made as a gift for my friend in purple-ish sugar 'n' cream, and I didn't notice that I had a bad picture until I gave it to her.  It is edged in cotton yarn.
I have been working at my goal of only knitting and crocheting from my stash until a certain chunk of it is gone.  Then I will allow myself to buy more yarn.   Smiley  It is going along well.
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