Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Note About Pie Crust

Dear pre-made pie crust.
     I hate you.  You melted and fell apart in my oven causing a tiny fire.  I'm pretty sure I got some of the salt on the corner of my apple pie when I was putting said fire out (I'm sorry to whoever gets that corner).  You still puffed up even when I used pie weights when I made my pumpkin pies, and my pretty crimped edges on all of my pies fell down.  I hate you pre-made pie crust, we are not friends.
     Julia Child, I will never stray from your crust recipe again.  In all the years I have used it it has never failed me, never melted, never caused a fire.  I apologize for every going the "easy" route.

Oh and have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Three of the ugliest pies I've ever made (the apple pie is the one that melted and caught the oven on fire):

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Costume.... late late late sorry~

Okay so a few months ago a very close friend and I were talking about her halowe'en costume and she mentioned that she wanted to be Harley Quinn from Batman, but not just regular Harley Quinn, but the one from Arkham Asylum.  She mentioned that she needed an underbust corset and couldn't find any that would fit properly that was cost effective (underbusts purchased online ranging upwards of $80) so I offered to lend my sewing skills.  we drew up a pattern and experimented with some scraps I had laying around and then hacked at it.  We did learn a few things.... like don't use a sewing machine that likes to be bi-polar, and don't wait until the last second to make the costume, we were up until later than 2am multiple nights in a row.  And Orange juice bottles make awesome boning material!  But the end result was pretty sweet.  I think I actually want to make a poison ivy costume for myself now (but not Arkham Asylum I can't pull off something that skimpy) and we can run around in "Gothams Best" being complete nerds.  but I can only take credit for the underbust she did piece together the rest, and the details really do help!