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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Mmmmm Banana Bars on: September 29, 2010 05:09:33 PM
Made this Monday evening after my boyfriend went to work. I used a 9X13 glass pan; the only modification I made was two mashed bananas didn't quite make a cup so I mashed another one and added it, and then reduced the temperature to allow for the glass baking dish. I baked it longer about 35 minutes until the toothpick came out clean.

I tried a small piece Monday everning and left for work the next morning with the cake intact except for that. By the time I got home that evening the boyfriend had eaten half the cake. He confessed he stood over it with a fork and didn't even bother to put it on a plate; he states he couldn't stop himself.

This has definitely been added to the rotation. It's a great change from banana bread!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie - Easy and Orgasmically Good on: February 08, 2010 02:13:20 PM
I made this over the weekend and it was a huge hit with my guy. He even tried to sneak some as a midnight snack but he forgot and left the evidence (dirty dishes) out.

It's really subtle and yet rich at the same time. I think I like it best with some coffee to offset the richness.

I do think I'll add a little more peanut butter than it calls for next time, at the request of my boyfriend who loves peanut butter. In his opinion, this is definitely on the "you must make this again" list.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! on: March 03, 2008 04:19:55 PM
I was looking thru all the cards and felt the need to comment on a couple of them that really struck a chord with me.

The one about adoption and hoping she won't regret it: As an adopted child I feel so very blessed with the parents that I have that I don't have any regrets. Of course I will always wonder about the biological mom, but my true mother is the beautiful person who went to all my school stuff, took care of me when I was sick or sad or scared, and who I know that I can still call (and I'll be 44 years old this year!) and she will be there for me. I always knew I was adopted (I don't think that should be hidden); Mom always told me that they were so excited to adopt and that she was sure that the biological mom made the best choice she could under the circumstances and that she wanted a better life for me than she knew she could give. If you just want some moral support or a view of what it is like for the adoptee from my perspective just give me a pm.

Regarding the alcholic Mom and not being able to save her. My ex is an alcoholic and it took me a long time to realize that he didn't want to be saved. The only thing you can do is love your mom for being your mom, but accept that YOU are not responsible for her condition. Do not eat yourself up with guilt. I felt terrible about terminating the relationship with my ex but therapy helped me understand that I had to do what I had to do to save myself.

All the cards regarding Depression...please get help. You are not alone. Get diagnosed, get some medication and therapy if necessary. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Don't be afraid to ask for help. I spent years being miserable only to discover I suffered from chronic low-grade depression that is totally treatable with a very low dose of anti-depressant. I can't begin to tell you what a difference it made knowing that I was not a freak.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: More motivation dresses - very image heavy on: January 28, 2008 01:16:13 PM
Love the first one with the bordered top.

And I can really see the difference in you in the before and after photos of the vintage pattern dress. Your arms are more toned. Way to go on the weight loss! You should be so proud of yourself for taking care of yourself and becoming a healthier you!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My new BigBag on: January 18, 2008 07:56:23 AM
Love the bag. I originally thought it was a ginormous bag, but then realized that your model is quite small.
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: Youngster at heart waving hello! on: December 28, 2007 01:28:51 PM
I'm in my "early to mid forties". (Gulp!) I'm so old that Home Ec was a required class in junior high (one year of cooking, one year of sewing). Boys had shop class. There wasn't any mixing of the genders. (I'm really dating myself here Shocked).

I dabble in just about everything, too. Currently I'm teaching myself to knit and crochet. I figure if I learn both at the same time, I won't prefer one over the other, although it seems I'm picking up knitting faster than crocheting.

I've done stained glass in the past, I dabble in mosaics, embroidery, jewelrymaking, sewing...OK I have crafter ADD!

I have lurked here for over a year and I just love the energy and creativity that flows from this site! It really motivates me to try new things even if they don't turn out right.

And sadly, what the young'uns here think is vintage and retro, I'm appalled when they post pictures of stuff that I grew up with, ha ha.

I think you'll like it here.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My First Reupholster on: December 28, 2007 01:11:30 PM
I just had to delurk (my first post) and say what a great job! From the material choice to the finished chair, I just like everything you did.

I have a similar chair that I've put off reupholstering because of the buttons in the back, but now that I see you did yours without buttons, I'm now encouraged to ponder a fabric choice for my chair. I'd never thought about omitting the buttons, but duh! What a great move!
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