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51  COOKING / Dessert / Grapefruit Cake with Recipes on: September 29, 2007 04:02:56 AM
I've been wanting to make a cake for a long long time, so finally with a little time and a little thought I came up with this one.

Everything is from scratch.
Yellow cake
Grapefruit curd (obviously made the same way as lemon curd)
7 minute frosting, flavored with lemon extract and coloured

Next time i make it i'll add some grapefruit zest, a citrus extract and maybe a little food colouring to the cake.

Over all i like the way it looks, even though its a little... amature, but who cares, it taste really good and thats all that matters right now.

I tried to make it look like a grapefruit cut in half on top... but oh well. The heat and humidity ruins a lot of stuff.

Yellow Cake:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter
1 cups sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 cups milk

1. Grease and lightly flour two circle or square pans, or once 13x9x2 inch pan.
2. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside
3. Beat butter till soft, add sugar and vanilla; beat until combined.
4. Add eggs and stir.
5. Add flour mixture and milk alternating to beaten mixture.
6. Pour batter into pans.
7. Preheat oven to 375 F or 190 C.
8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
9. Cool for 10 minutes.
10. Remove from pans, let cool and decorate.

Lemon Curd:

(Substitute lemons for any other citrus fruit)

1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
cup lemon juice
cup butter
2 beaten eggs

1. In a saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch.
2. Stir in peel and juice.
3. Add butter.
4. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
5. Stir half of lemon mixture into eggs, pouring in slowly and stir constantly.
6. Pour egg mixture into the pan.
7. Cook and stir 2 more minutes.
8. Let cool.

Seven Minute Frosting:

1 cups sugar
1/3 cup cold wader
2 egg whites
teaspoon cream of tarter
2 teaspoons light colored corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla or citrus extract

1. In top of a double boiler combine sugar, water, egg whites, cream or tarter or syrup.
2. Beat with portable eclectic mixer on low speed for 30 seconds.
3. Place over boiling water, (upper pan or bowl should not touch the water).
4. Cook and beat constantly with mixer on high speed for 7 minutes or until still peaks form.
5. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
6. Beat 2 or 3 more minutes or until easy to spread.

Tell me what you think!
52  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / White halter top with Black ribbon on: September 18, 2007 02:24:24 AM
I thought of this design, made a pattern and made it all in one day... gaah. I don't really remeber how I made it, but the ribbon goes all the way through the frong like a draw string bag and there is lacing at the back for no real reason.

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53  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Ursala Costume (2006) on: September 18, 2007 02:17:32 AM
So... last minute costume thrown together for tick or treating last year... so yes October '06

Black full length skirt
Black corset
Silver fish scale fabric thrown over shoulders
Spray painted gold shell.

Tell me what you think!
54  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Medieval Cinderella Costume on: September 18, 2007 02:13:48 AM
I made this costume last year from a Butterick pattern.

In the long run I decided i was a Medieval Cinderella, it was really hot to wear and really heavy, but it's pretty none the less.

Tell me what you think!
55  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Ant Dress on: September 18, 2007 02:07:15 AM
I got the idea from https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173699.msg1786490#msg1786490

The fabric is a little strange.... oh yeah! (since everyone is telling me they love it) and yes when I wore it I got weird looks from my friends, but who cares. It still needs a little tweaking, but I like it none the less.

The waist:
I originally wanted to use a different fabric like in cheera's, but I couldn't find anything that matched. So my sewing machine has a few fancy stiches on it, so i just went over the width of it, up and down with different stiches, repeated on both the front and the back.

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56  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / News Paper Comic Earrings on: September 18, 2007 01:56:16 AM
XD I made these earrings last night just because I felt like making something. It was really easy.

I just cut out 4 different images that I wanted glued them together then used this sheet of plastic sticky stuff and like laminated it. You could just use tape.

I got a HEAP of compliments from people at school today! I'm so making more of them! and giving some to friends as well since they kind of asked.

Next time though I'll add a few more sheets of news paper in the middle glued in just to add a little more durability and weight because the blew around like crazy in the wind.

or maybe a few small beads...

Tell me what you think!
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