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14 Mar

MMM…Mugs, Mugcakes, and Mugshots

Top o’ the mornin’, lads and lassies!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up in a few days and we wanted to help you get in the spirit with this Freebie Friday! Though we try to stick to crafts on here, this Shamrock Mug Cake from Leslie Bilderback’s cookbook was too good not to share…

irish cupcake

Image via The Cake Blog

1 large egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon liquid green food coloring
3 tablespoons buttermilk
1 drop peppermint extract (or 2 to 3 tablespoons Irish whiskey)
1/3 cup self-rising flour
Pinch of kosher salt

In a large mug, whisk together the egg and oils with a fork. Stir in the sugar, vanilla, food coloring, buttermilk, and peppermint or whiskey. Add the flour and salt. Beat the batter until smooth. Divide the batter between two mugs. Microwave separately for 1.5 – 2.5 minutes each until risen and firm.

This individual cake only takes 5 minutes to make, so you can use the extra time personalizing your own mug before baking! This craft couldn’t be simpler so feel free to use this as your go-to gift from now on – we won’t tell…


Image from The Sweetest Occasion

Supplies needed:

Mug (and/or other dishes) – plain white will work best
Oil-based Sharpies or paint pens in any color you’d like
Glass cleaner
Lint-free cloth

Since you’re going to be creating your own designs, don’t spend a lot of money on the mug. You can find plain dishes for pretty cheap at dollar stores and most craft stores – although porcelain dishes seem to hold up best in the dishwasher.

Before you get the creative juices flowing be sure to clean and dry the mug
completely so you are working with a completely smooth and shiny surface.

Image from The Sweetest Occasion

Once your “canvas” is ready, get to work! The best part of this craft (aside from how simple and cost-effective it is) is that if you mess up your design, just clean and wipe the mug to return to the blank surface.

After you have finished personalizing the mug, place it in the oven at 375° for a half hour – and you’re done! Just remember to let it cool completely in the oven before using!

This craft has a bit of a reputation online for not always working so here are some tips to help this craft goes smoothly:
~ Pay attention to what Sharpies and mugs you buy.
~Wash the mugs first (in a dishwasher if you have it).
~ Don’t write on the handle.
~ (I know I’ve already said this, but bake in the oven at 375° and let it cool completely in the oven before use.)
~ Hand wash whenever possible to ensure it lasts longer.


My TGIF Mugshot

Buy a copy of Mug Cakes and put that personalized mug to good use!

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28 Nov

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Pumpkin Pie


Anne Spieth is the Library Marketing Manager for Macmillan and loves to cook and bake. Since this is the first Thanksgiving that she’s hosting friends and family at her little NYC apartment, she decided to do a test run of pumpkin pie from the Moosewood Restaurant Favorites cookbook. She made one large pie and 12 mini pies and they look amazing (Time to crash Anne’s party!)

Bravo, Anne!

finished pumpkin piefinished-mini-pies


Yields one 9.5-inch pie and 12 mini pies

Serves 8

Prep time:

Pastry: 15 minutes (or 0 if you buy a pre-made crust like Anne did)

Filling: 10 minutes

Bake time: 55-65 minutes


One 15-ounce can cooked pumpkin puree
3 large eggs, beaten
½ cup pure maple syrup (or ¾ cup brown or white sugar)
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk (or 1-1/2 cups of other milk, such as cream, half-and-half, soy, almond milk, etc.)
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
(Anne also added a pinch of allspice and nutmeg)

But wait! Before diving in, remember the apron! 


And the potholders!


Okay, now you’re ready!


1) Make the pie crust and fit it into the pie plate
2) In a large bowl, whisk together all the filling ingredients until smooth


Ready for Oven
3) Pour the filling into the unbaked crust and bake for 15 minutes at 425 F
4) Reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for another 40-50 minutes more until the crust is golden and a knife inserted about 2 inches from the side comes out clean
5) Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until serving time

6) Enjoy!


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22 Nov

Freebie Friday: Sweet Home Potholders (Free Project Download!)


I don’t consider myself much of a chef, but when the holidays roll around I’m suddenly inspired (most of the time by gazing at Pinterest boards!). And although most of my culinary creations come out less than Pinterest worthy, I never fail to impress my guests prior to serving time. That’s right–my time to shine is when I’m reaching for my super-cute handmade potholders. Even if my elaborately styled Thyme-Roasted Turkey with Béarnaise Butter turns out to be a dud, at least I’ll look fashionable when I set it on the table.

Are you stuck with the same boring potholders you bought just after college and use just as much for packing boxes as for baking cookies?

Well, I’ve got just the FREE PROJECT for you! Sweet Home Potholders from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo
(Click Image)



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17 Apr

Calling All Avocado Lovers


Hear ye, hear ye, fellow guacamole lovers! Do you make mind-blowing guacamole? Then why don’t you put your guac to the test and enter Nachos NY‘s 5th annual Guactacular? On Sunday, May 5 from 2 to 9p.m., at the Bell House in Brooklyn, this epic guacamole showdown will take place. Home cooks will be competing in the afternoon, while food industry pros face off at night. Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Then enter to achieve guacamole greatness by emailing with the subject line “Guactacular Competitor” to join.

If mashing avocados isn’t your thing, but eating delicious, creamy guacamole is, then buy your tickets here to take part in the festivities and to fill your bellies full of yummy. The Coolhaus truck will be there during the afternoon session selling their insanely-good ice cream sandwiches, and Mexicue will be slinging their tacos and sliders at night. The Sporkful will also be present, covering the day’s festivities for their weekly podcast.

Have I made you hungry? If you want to guac out in the comfort of your own home, then check out our new book from the founders of Nachos NY and the Guactacular, Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson. In Ultimate Nachos there are over 80 recipes for nachos, guacamole, salsas, queso, cocktails, and more. With this book, you can seriously eat nachos for every meal of the day with dishes like Sunny Side Nachos, Nachos with Lamb and Black Bean Chili, and Nachos Panna Cotta! The best part: former Guactacular-winning recipes are featured in the book. So you can try your hand at Ricotta and Red Onion Guacamole or Ginger Guacamole with Vegan Sriracha Mayonnaise. You know you want to!

(click on cover to pre-order your copy)

(click on cover to pre-order your copy)

9 Apr

Because There’s Always Room For Ice Cream!

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There’s nothing like a thick, creamy milkshake to make you feel like a kid again. In this book author Autumn Martin, an award-winning chocolatier and owner of Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Seattle, shares a range of 60 new and old dessert drinks that will have you salivating and ready to get your milkshake on! I guarantee you that there’s something within the pages of this gem to satisfy any sweet tooth. Relive a nostalgic moment by indulging in one of the Soda Fountain Classics like  Banana, Butterscotch, or Strawberry.

Strawberry Shake

Strawberry Shake

Or how about creating these Salted Peanut Butter Cookies Ice Cream Sandwiches that are to die for?

Salted Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

In the Modern Flavors chapter, Autumn shakes it up by adding unique twists to time-honored flavors that both kids and adults will love like Salted Caramel, Not Your Grandma’s Apple Pie Shake, Strawberry Cheesecake, and much more.

It's Peanut Butter Jelly time!

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly time!

Molten Chocolate Cake Shake

Molten Chocolate Cake Shake

Lemon Curd Raspberry Shake

Lemon Curd Raspberry Shake


Finally, the Boozy Shakes chapter is the one to turn to late at night when the kids are in bed. Sip on Chocolate Espresso Whiskey Malts, Mojito and Campari Shakes, or try the Jalapeno Tequila Shake for a kick!

St-Germain and Huckleberry Shake

St-Germain and Huckleberry Shake

Are you drooling and ready to get started making some of your own malts and milkshakes? Do you have an ice cream maker? No? Well, not to worry! For anyone without one, all the recipes in the book can be made with store-bought ice cream or using one of the three basic ice cream recipes given at the beginning of the book for chocolate, vanilla, and ginger. And for complete beginners, an overview of blenders and ice cream and sorbet makers is given, along with notes for how to choose the best ingredients for your frozen treats. Autumn also provides a host of ideas for variations and side dessert, as well as bonus recipes for mouthwatering syrups and sauces for drizzling onto your malts and shakes. With all these delicious possibilities, who can pass up a milkshake?

Author of the Month

This month, we sit down with Marisa Edghill, craft designer, washi tape aficionado, and author of Washi Style! Make it with paper tape. Marisa grew up in a house filled with glitter, pretty paper, and an inherent love of craft. Which is to say her love of all things handmade started early! Well-known for her washi tape creations, Marisa blogs about her crafty adventures online at
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Marisa Edghill author of Washi Style

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Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this Project of the Month: a little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat and Mitten Sets to Knit.In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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