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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: if you like cream puffs/ Profiteroles ... on: May 25, 2008 09:43:51 AM
don't sweat them not working out the first time! i planned on making them for valentines day for my boyfriend and was smart enough to do a test run. i was so glad i did, because the first time they came out absolutely terrible! i could not figure out what i had done wrong. i followed the recipe i used perfectly, i double-checked everything i did, and they still flopped. then stubborn ol' me decided to try once more and they came out better than any profiteroles i have ever had.

the moral of my story: try again. the recipe can be frustrating but when it finally works, it is SO SO worth it.

i make them with ice cream all the time. its the yummiest way. ina garten's recipe is fantastic and she has a very simple recipe for chocolate sauce to drizzle over the top. yum.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Barbeque Menus? on: May 24, 2008 08:51:40 AM
I would love to hear your ideas for great, slightly unique
(nothing too crazy, I am surrounded by very picky eaters who are afraid to try new things) ideas for a great menu now that barbeque season is upon us.

So far, this is the plan for Monday (subject to change, especially if you guys come through with all the great ideas as you tend to):

Grilled sirloin tips marinated with a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar and tons of black pepper and garlic. Hopefully this will appeal to the carniverous folks because it is fairly familiar.

Chipotle lime shrimp skewers with lots of cilantro

A Grilled pork tenderloin probably marinated in mojo with a pineapple salsa

Corn on the cob, grilled of course, with a few different types of herb butter.

New potato salad  with roasted potatoes tossed with lemon zest, olive oil, garlic and dill.

Roasted veg salad with zuchinni, red onion, mushrooms, squash, and asparagus tossed in balsamic and olive oil.

and this may seem a bit odd, but trust me it's delicious... Tortellini tossed with roasted corn kernels, black beans, diced tomatoes, red onion, and a bit of chili pepper with a light cilantro dressing. It's a great pasta salad type thing.

I am also thinking a light and simple dessert like fresh strawberry shortcakes.

My menu is slightly less than coherent but I am going for variety without resorting to old favorites. What are your barbeque plans?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walmart throws away patterns. on: January 16, 2008 03:54:25 PM
That is true. When I worked at JoAnn Fabrics they would inventory all the old patterns, box them up and throw them in the dump behind the store. I broke my heart when I saw them doing that. They wouldn't even let the employees pick them over... trust me I asked. It is wasteful and annoying but it is the only way for them to be reimbursed for their purchase of those patterns. Not that it is forgivable or anything. Why can't they just look the other way while we reduce waste for them? ha!

I KNOW!  I worked at Joann's and it was the same way.  I couldn't believe it.  We actually did, however, donate a lot of the little toys and stuff that didn't sell after a while to foster kids, so that's somewhat redeeming I guess.

Plus their involvement with Project Linus is totally cool.  Just wish they gave discounts with donations as their way of giving back, but that's gotta go all the way up the corporate ladder and well, that'll never happen!!!

What does Joanns do with Project Linus? When I was there a few years ago the managment was constantly turning down requests for donations of fabric or discounts to people making blankets. It really sucked. Hopefully they are doing more now. I'll be glad to hear it. They have got to be one of the crappiest companies to work for and this could be slightly redeeming.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walmart throws away patterns. on: January 16, 2008 08:21:39 AM
... and magazines. And so many other things. It really is disgusting. Don't they know there's thousands of crafters who could do something nifty with that stuff! To think about how many people could be fed if every restaurant/cafe donated their leftovers at the end of the night is so sad.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walmart throws away patterns. on: January 16, 2008 06:55:48 AM
So....I need to go dumpster diving behind Joann's next time there are discontinued patterns?  Ha, awesome Smiley 

Save yourself the trouble! I used to work for a Joanns when I was a bit younger and we were instructed to pour water/bleach/dirt whatever on them to make them unusable. Riduculous. AND.... They just throw them out into the regular trash, they don't even recycle them. Super Lame.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing feet puzzle - could you tell me what they are? on: January 16, 2008 06:14:17 AM
just out of curiosity, if anyone knows... why would you need a straight stitch foot AND a zig zag foot?  every machine I've ever had that did a zig-zag just came with a zig-zag foot as the standard foot.

The straight stitch foot helps hold the fabric down flat and reduces the chance of ugly messes of thread forming on the underside of your fabric. There is no reason you couldn't use a zig-zag foot (on most machines, at least) for straight stitching.
7  UNITED STATES / Connecticut / Re: Fairfield County Craft Group on: January 16, 2008 06:10:28 AM

So basically I feel like CT doesn't host many craft fairs that support the young and emerging indie crafters/designers. So finally, YOUR opportunity is here!!!

I have just booked a Valentine Craft fair on February 9th at The Space in Hamden, CT from 12p-5p. 

I'm looking for other DIYers from all mediums. There will be more details to come in the next few days, but let me know soon if you are interested, as there are only so many slots available!!!

If you are interested in participating you can send me an email at becky@theviciouskitty.com with:

1. Contact info (email or phone, etc.)
2. Link to website or company name (tell me what you make!)
3. Any questions or comments!

I really wish we had known about this sooner!! I would have loved to do it. It's just not enough time for me to prepare. I'm bummed.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: random ring bearer idea :o on: January 12, 2008 02:54:33 PM
This is a sweet idea. I would just keep in mind that the majority of weddings have music of some sort playing while the wedding party is coming down the aisle, so it may be difficult to hear. Even if there wasn't music playing, it might be hard to hear. But I am sure there are ways to get around that! Maybe a tape of the music box type music that could be played through the speakers for the same effect. I don't know. Either way, I think the idea is charming.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing feet puzzle - could you tell me what they are? on: January 12, 2008 01:14:49 PM
I can totally answer this! I used to work for Viking.

#1 is actually not a foot, it's an ankle. It is the part that the foot snaps into. In the picture, it is upside down.

#2 is a quilting guide. It slides into the back of the ankle (the part in the middle right hand side of your picture). It's just to use as a reference when sewing straight lines for long lengths. It's length is adjustable depending on how far you push it in.

#3 looks like a cording foot. It's hard to say from the photo. Are the three ridges tubular where you could slide a fine cord through?

#4 is your button holer

#5 is a blind hemer. The white dial adjusts the guide so you can get your stitches as invisible as possible.

#6 is a zig zag foot.

#7 looks like an overcast foot. The edge of the fabric butts up against the guide and when you have an overcasting stitch selected it will form around the little bar type thing in the middle of the foot and slide off the back onto the fabric.

#8 is a straight stitch foot.

Good luck!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer ProFinish CG754 Serger Reviews, please? on: January 05, 2008 09:22:34 AM
i have sewn on it before (i used to work someplace that sold them) and it does a decent job. as you said, it's not the highest quality, but it will get the job done. it is not as smooth-running as some other machines, but since this is your first and you don't have anything else to compare it to, you don't have to worry about being disappointed. if you do end up doing a lot of serging, you will probably want to upgrade eventually. although, maybe not! i used to sew on a $1200 serger at work and preferred my $400 one at home. if it was me, i would say its safe to stick with that one for a while.
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