Here's what I've been working on so far this week, plus my reviews of the tutorials or recipes (all photos below are from the websites I've linked to -- click to see the original sources!):
This soup. It turned out pretty great. It's not an exact copy of beef-broth-based French onion soup taste-wise, but it is pretty close and a great vegetarian substitute. A little time-consuming, just as a warning -- it took me pretty much all of the Packers game to complete it!
These cookies. I substituted 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour instead of using all unbleached white, dropped the butter down to 1 1/2 sticks, and lowered the brown sugar to 3/4 of a cup. We had orange-flavored cranberries from a bog in Wisconsin, which gave the cookies an extra kick of flavor. Amazing! I might try them with walnuts next time.
Pendant necklaces like this one (mine aren't nearly so fancy, though -- isn't this beautiful?). So far, these aren't working out perfectly -- I'm having issues with the copper of my pendant trays turning the text I'm using blue, which is sort of cool but totally unintentional. I was hoping to be able to use these in my etsy shop (if I ever get it up and running...), but so far these aren't really sell-able.
Holiday wrapping that looks like this. I scored some great red ribbon and striped red and white wrapping paper at the dollar store, and I had some kraft paper leftover from a long-ago project. I think this will be my go-to wrapping scheme forever!
And later this week, I'm hoping to make this
The local moms group I joined is having a craft night on Friday, so I should have plenty to keep myself busy. I'll report back with my progress (to keep myself honest, of course!).
Any last minute holiday crafts or recipes you've got your eye on?