neadods: (sherdoc)
New tag! "Magpie Art" is upcycled junk to make art.

DIY beaded denim bracelet (will also work for ribbons)
http://www.usefuldiy.com/es/diy-old-jeans-bracelet/

Make easy rectangular paper beads by slathering the back of a strip of paper/fabric/tissue in glue and rolling it around a drinking straw. Cut to size. Embellish as desired. Can get a porcelain look if dipped in clear nail polish.
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/techniques-for-art-quilting/ (scroll down)

As above, consider also other forms of paper, as these stamp beads:https://www.etsy.com/listing/94571325/vintage-postage-stamp-earrings-nederland?ref=sr_gallery_32&ga_search_query=%27paper+bead%27+paper&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=handmade

Instructions for various paper bead shapes
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/basic-paper-beadsinstructions

Making your own fancy paper with watercolors, sharpie and gel pens, and correction fluid:
http://peonyandparakeet.blogspot.com.es/2010/11/how-to-make-your-own-patterned-paper.html
(Reminder from my costuming days: you can get a fabulous marbelized pattern by wetting down paper or fabric and spraying it lightly with a variety of colors, then flicking it with metallic paint using a paintbrush or toothbrush)

That kind of thing can also be used to paint these embellished corks
http://rustyroostervintage.blogspot.com/2011/10/meet-kimberly-madson-art-and-design.html

Sewn fabric beads and embellishment (not a bad craft-on-the-go project)
http://buatkalunggelang.blogspot.com/2010/09/playtime-rolled-felted-beads-tutorial.html

Quilt layout (all squares, would make a good mitered square afghan)
http://lucysquilts.blogspot.com/2009/12/denim-quilts.html

Can use the same pattern for these instructions on felted sweater throw:
http://yellowsuitcasestudios.com/2011/10/31/felted-wool-sweater-blanket-tutorial/

The original blogpost is gone, but the basic math for a roughly 60 x 60" throw still exists at:
http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/46/43/be/4643bea92a7c093abed784a2b4e14aea.jpg
neadods: (sherdoc)
White Chocolate Lemon Truffles | What Megan's Making
http://www.whatmegansmaking.com/2011/04/white-chocolate-lemon-truffles.html

Ulicam: Easter tutorial: How to color eggs with onion shells
http://ulicam.blogspot.com/2012/04/easter-tutorial-how-to-color-eggs-with.html

Silk tie dyed Easter eggs | Skip To My Lou
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2011/04/06/silk-tie-dyed-eggs-tutorial/

I should probably just set up a couple of pinterests, but do I want to wrangle yet ANOTHER online time suck board?
neadods: (Default)
Handed out at work after we all raved about these sugar bombs: repeated here so that I don't lose it.

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup crushed potato chips (crisps, y'all on the other side of the pond) (not too big of a chunk, but don't turn into powder either)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Cream butter, sugar, vanilla.
Add chips & pecans
Stir in flour

Form into 1-tablespoon balls.

Put on ungreased cookie sheet & flatten with water glass dipped in sugar

Top with sprinkles, pecans, and/or crushed dried cherries

Bake 250 for 16-18 minutes


Note from son-of-mom: Do not do more than a double batch at once or you'll blow out the moter on your mixer.



Note to self: add christmas prep and recipe tags
neadods: (christmas_elf)
LARGE BATCH
36 oz cranberries (2.25 lb)
2 oranges, UNPEELED (just cut off top and bottom)
4 apples, peeled
2 c sugar

SINGLE BATCH
12 oz cranberries
1 navel orange and zest (note: dad likes entire peel)
2 winesap apples, peeled
~1 c sugar ("to taste")


Notes to self )
neadods: (christmas_elf)
I've been surfing the web for instructions on how to make paper ornaments and bows, because why not?

Whimsical World of Laura Bird: Paper Flower Tutorial
http://whimsicalworldoflaurabird.blogspot.com/2011/03/paper-flower-tutorial.html

How To Make a Loopy Paper Flower / Bow / Gift Finish-er Off-er Thing |older and wisor
http://www.olderandwisor.com/2012/01/how-to-make-loopy-paper-flower-bow-gift.html

The Container Store - Links to videos on wrapping, bows, etc.
http://www.containerstore.com/shop/giftWrapWonderland/giftPackaging?capStore=WDC&utm_medium=email&utm_source=chth

paper pinwheel pointsettia bow--I can't find the tutorial, but the photo makes it pretty clear
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/277464027014026022/

Again, a picture and not a tutorial. I wanted to remember how they look with tassels on the bottom. (Feel free to take that line completely out of context.)
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/277464027013668913/

A really pretty 3D hollow ornament idea. Can easily be done freehand although this was done with punches
http://sizzixblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/vintage-christmas-ornaments.html

Danish Christmas Hearts - including printable template (Updated)
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363100.0#axzz2kLv8Un7H

Woven Paper Christmas Heart Basket (English as a second language, but the instructions are very clear)
http://haabet.dk/users/julehjerter/making.html

I didn't know you could do so many variations of Danish paper hearts. Template included
http://haabet.dk/users/julehjerter/moenstre.html

I can't entirely figure out what this Danish heart template will make, but the page links to one that makes a T-Rex. Dude, that is so cool!
http://haabet.dk/users/julehjerter/fortaenkte.html

Links to yet more Danish paper heart templates. Can't read a word of it, but can take a good guess at "Dinosaurus, Giganotosaus"
http://haabet.dk/users/julehjerter/print.html

DIY Modular Gift Bow DIY Projects | Exactly what it says on the tin. Something of a let down after the T-Rex.
http://www.usefuldiy.com/diy-modular-gift-bow/

Construction Paper Fan Ornament
http://www.funezcrafts.com/Easy-Christmas-Crafts-Construction-Paper-Fan-Ornament.html

Scroll around on this page. I like the modular ball and the ruffled flower. Again, hand cutting will work although it's instructions for paper punch
http://www.shimelle.com/paper/859/5-ideas-for-punched-decorations/

How to Make a Paper Orchid | You can't get the template without signing up for something, but you can eyeball the shapes from this page and go for it on your own
http://www.elli.com/blog/diy-paper-orchid/

How to make recycled paper flowers
http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-make-recycled-paper-flowers.html

maya*made: how to: instant recycled paper flowers (more of a paper pom pom)
http://mayamade.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-instant-paper-flowers.html

Card and box templates
http://www.paperandmore.com/content/category/howto/templates
neadods: (sherlock)
Recipe stolen from facebook; archived here for holidays.

Apple cider sangria for Thanksgiving 1 bottle (standard size) of pinot grigio 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider 1 cup club soda 1/2 cup ginger brandy 3 honey crisp apples, chopped 3 pears, chopped directions: Combine all ingredients together and stir, stir, stir. Refrigerate for an hour or so (or longer!) before serving.
neadods: (csi_chicken)
A russett potato will bake in the time it takes a 3-lb pot roast to cook, but don't eat the pot roast with it - too greasy right out of the oven.

Large-diced bread will toast/dry beautifully in 90 minutes at 225F.

Amish market garlic herb bread dries into excellent croutons (and, to be tested tomorrow, ought to make kickass stuffing.) It takes 2 cookie trays per loaf, and two loaves for stuffing. Next time, though, don't be a dumbass and throw out most of the breadcrumbs. Toast all of them along with the bread, and collect separately for crumb topping later.

It may be worth your effort to mix up a large batch of seasoned flour with powdered rosemary for future potroasts. (For the sake of anyone actually reading this, the rosemary comes from M shaking a dead bush over a bag before we buried the trunk.)

It *will* be worth your effort to mix up individual dry-mix batches for noel chews when sugar goes on sale around Valentines/Easter.


And randomly, for anyone reading this far, I just watch someone park their car, run up to the Little Free Library, and in a single move open the door, grab a book, and pivot to run back. No looking around, just a snatch-and-grab. Until I go out to learn otherwise, I'm assuming it's the huge one on the history of the British Secret Service, as that's large enough to read the title from the street. Damnit, it was a Book of Mormon put in there! I replaced it with a copy of Robert Preston's Blasphemy. Also, when I was sweeping powdered snow off the walk, I met a neighbor and her daughter returning a book to the LFL and bringing a new one. I told them to "be greedy" and then trotted into the house to give the girl the assorted Anne of Green Gables books I'd picked up.
neadods: (Default)
(Having hosed the family cookie recipe twice this season, I am writing down the recipe EXACTLY as my mother just dictated it to me over the phone.)

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar
5 Tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped pecans
powdered sugar

8- or 9-inch square cake pan
DO NOT DOUBLE in pan or mixing bowl. DO NOT DEVIATE.

Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in an 8- or 9-inch square pan.
DO NOT USE OTHER SHAPES. DO NOT USE NONSTICK COATING.

Beat 2 large eggs and set aside.

Firmly pack 1 cup with Domino's light brown sugar - from the box, not the bag. Very product specific.

Add 5 Tablespoons of flour to the sugar.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the flour and sugar.

Mix dry materials very well.

Add 1 cup chopped pecans. Mix again.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla to eggs, stir well.

Mix the wet and dry thoroughly. Pour into buttered pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350. A knife should come out clean.

Let sit in pan for 10 minutes before cutting and turning out into a plate.

Let sit about another 2-5 minutes, then dust tops with powdered sugar. Let the sugar sit for about 10 minutes, then flip over and dust the other side. Let that sit for a little while longer, then flip back and redust the top.


Hork down your body weight in those things over the next few days.

(...oh, wait, that last bit was me, not Mother.)
neadods: (csi_chicken)
Posted before I forget it!

Large-diced bread will toast/dry beautifully in 90 minutes at 225F.


Stuffing
Fry:
- 1 lb Turkey sausage. Crumble & set aside.

Fry:
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 sticks celery, chopped
(If using stuff you've fried before, 1.5 cup total, heavy on the celery.)


Mix with:
- 12 c bread cubes (1 loaf's worth)
- 1 T poultry seasoning
- 1 1/2 c chicken broth (Or more - keep adding until the bread feels moist through)
- 2 beaten eggs

NOTE: simmer the giblets in stock and wine and use that up before moving to broth to moisten. Make sure you don't accidentally cook the eggs in the hot giblet juice.

Bake in greased dish for 45 min at 325; 30 minutes covered at 350 if in with roasting chicken

ETA: Chicken is best roasted at 375. Roast stuffing elsewhere.
neadods: (Default)
I've been going through, reorganizing, and expanding my present-wrapping links.

Use a decorative punch on paint sample strips to get graduated colors of a motif.

Making Boxes/Wrappings )

Wrapping )

Writing on Packages )


Making Tags )


Bows )

Generic Topper ideas:
-- For foodies: Top with rosemary sprigs, cinnamon sticks, candies, etc.
-- Tassels
-- crackers (pull kind, not eating kind)
-- small Christmas ornaments, possibly with names written on
-- miniature cross-stitched initials or nametags (possibly in bookmark forms or miniature frames)
-- Paper christmas "lights" with name (or spelling out name, one letter per "bulb"

Woven Danish Paper Hearts )

Strip Paper Ornaments/Toppers )

Make Paper Beads )

Make Your Own Christmas Crackers )

Origami )


Knitted )

Other Materials )
neadods: (Default)
Melt:
1/4 c butter and let cool

Mix butter with:
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp almond extract

Mix in separate bowl:
1/2 c all purpose flour
1/4 c semolina flour
1/2 tsp cardamom (pumpkin pie spice nice alternative)
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 c sugar
2-3 Tbsp crushed almonds

Mix wet & dry ingredients, adding a splash of extra milk if necessary.

Cover & let sit for 10 minutes. (required to make it shapeable)

Form into small balls and top with almond.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 13-14 minutes at 350. Makes a cakey, soft sort of cookie which comes out of oven very soft & hardens as cooled. (Might be good dipped in dark/semi-sweet chocolate)

Quadruple batch makes 36 cookies with medium scoop. Maybe use small scoop in 2013?
neadods: (Default)
PREPARED/NO COOK FOODS:
panettone fingers (Panera bread)
hummis & peapods/other veg
cheese and crackers (port wine chedder, blueberry stilton, wensleydale cranberry): ritz, wheat thins, triscuit
shrimp cocktail
cold meats, esp ham & chicken (cut into fingers, not lunch slices)
snow peas and dill harvati


COLD FOOD (needs prep)
devilled eggs
sectioned clementines
dates stuffed with cream cheese and almond filling
figs wrapped in proscuitto
baugette with gorgonzola schmear and honey drizzle
cucumber, pb & j, and other sandwiches (devilled ham?)


HOT FOOD
mini quiches (from store)
soup shooters (possibly from store)
??


SWEETS (recipes needed)
Noel Chews

cinnamon shortbread

regular shortbread

chocolate chip cookies

Staggeringly Chocolate Brownies )

mini trifles

rum balls (and other flavors - try creme de menthe rolled in sweetened powdered chocolate)


PRESENTATION IDEAS
tea stand
shot glasses (soup)
teacups (soup)
martini glasses (trifle, hummis, shrimp)


WEB RESOURCES
Best Cookie Recipes

Verrine recipes, sweet and savory:
Recipe: Spiced Cream and Plum Verrines | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/dessert/recipe-spiced-cream-and-plum-verrines-032861

The Kitchen Pantry: verrines
http://kitchenpantry.blogspot.com/search/label/verrines

Dessert Recipes - Verrine of Goat Cheese and Fruit
http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/RECIPES/RECIPES/DESSERT2/verrine_gtchz_fruit.html

Tartelette
http://www.tarteletteblog.com/2008/12/banana-tatin-verrines.html

Verrine fraicheur: cucumber, yogurt and smoked salmon | La Tartine Gourmande
http://www.latartinegourmande.com/2009/08/19/verrine-cucumber-yogurt-smoked-salmon/
neadods: (christmas)
I hope the folks who celebrate Christmas have had a merry one! We've had the standard turkey and cranberries and even snow (which is now being washed away by freezing rain, but you can't have everything.)

I, after having pulled together everything in a flurry and while aching from shoveling, have been inspired by the 8 Frazzle-Free Weeks of Christmas Prep [livejournal.com profile] tchwrtr linked. In 2010, I'm going to be trying a year-long destress Christmas project I've dubbed The 12 Days of Christmas, taking the big jobs and spreading them out to start at 12 times along the year. Not, alas, 1 per month; that doesn't quite work. )

And now, off the read the flist and spoil myself rotten for End of Time Part 1.
neadods: (Default)
NEW YORK CITY:
- Windows http://gonyc.about.com/od/christmassights/l/bl_xmaswindows.htm

- christmas markets (St. Barts, Bryant park) (NOTE: Union same as bryant w/green market added)
http://nymag.com/guides/holidays/holidayshopping/

- Christmas Tree @ met
- decorations at library

DELAWARE
- Longwood Gardens
- Winterthur
- Brandywine River Museum

MARYLAND
- Riverdale candelight tour
- Montpelior candlelight tour
- College Park Aviation Museum model train exhibit
- drive through town & Hyattsville

DC
- F-St street market (http://downtownholidaymarket.com)
- Christmas Carol at Ford's Theater
- Revels
- Norwegian Embassy model train installation at Union Station (http://www.unionstationdc.com)

VIRGINIA
- Mt. Vernon Christmas events
- ...

OTHER COUNTRIES:
- Nurenberg has a massive christmas market in December

LONDON:
- The London Eye has mulled wine flights Christmas - New Years
- The Globe has mulled wine tours Christmas - New Years
- London - major NY Parade January 1
- Fireworks along the embankment Dec 21 (shot from Eye)


ONLINE CHRISTMAS EVENTS:

Norad Santa Tracker
Garritan Community Christmas Album
neadods: (sherlock)
I had wanted to throw a virtual cookie (recipe) swap in this LJ but life got in the way.

So instead I will fantasize about the cooking that I have done/hope to someday do for the family Christmas.
:
THE BIG DINNER
I've been surprisingly successful in convincing the family to move the big dinner to Christmas Eve, on the basis that Christmas day is a heck of a lot more fun if you don't have to jump up all the time to baste the turkey and then clean up for hours on end. The traditional menu - turkey, bread-and-sausage stuffing, peas, cranberry relish is unchanged. I do keep trying to get more veggies into there, but the orange-whipped sweet potatoes and the roasted asparagus were both greeted with great skepticism the years I tried them.

The remains of the big dinner are microwaved for dinner the next day. Just as delicious, much less fuss. My plan when I get home with the leftover turkey is to turn meal #3 into Turkey Korma just for a change.


Doing the big dinner early also means that there's more room for spreading one's culinary wings on Christmas day.

CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST:
Fritatta & stollen - totally posh, totally easy. This was a huge hit last year. I'll be skipping the poached pear side dish, but we're thinking possible mimosas. If I was doing this for anyone else, I'd add broiled grapefruit (slice grapefruit in half still in rind. Spread with brown sugar. Broil until sugar melts. Eat hot.) if I wasn't the only one in the family who eats it.


CHRISTMAS LUNCH:
This is the plan that I have not yet been able to implement, but next year, there's always next year.... We traditionally eat a box of chocolates while we open presents. I want to expand that to proper food - tea sandwiches and little hors d'oeuvres, anything that can be snapped up in a single bite. (The Dickens Tea had miniature one-bite shepards pies, which I thought was just a fabulous idea.)

So - what do you do? What are your Holiday traditions (not everyone celebrating Christmas on the F-list) and what recipes are Must Dos?
neadods: (cook)
I'll be doing much of the Christmas cooking this year, so this post is for my fellow culinists.

The Questions
We usually have a sausage-and-bread stuffing for Christmas, but won't this year because Dad's on a low-salt, low-fat diet. Any suggestions for alternatives? I'd rather have a new stuffing than "ours missing stuff stuffing," y'know?

Also, we like to snack as we open presents. I'm looking for non-drippy healthy snackfood suggestions, since a box of mini-quiches is no longer an option.

Low-fat Sweets
Because it's Christmas, gotta have the cookies, and I wouldn't be so cruel as to bring ones Dad *can't* eat. So for anyone looking for low-fat sweets:
- Divinity
- Angel Food Cake
- "truffles" made of ground dried fruit and pistachio (thank you, Alton Brown!)
- dark chocolate almond clusters
- rice crispie treats
- popcorn balls

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