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5 Feb

Upscale Downhome GAME DAY: Recipes and Party Ideas for your Super Bowl Party!

Last minute SUPER BOWL SUNDAY party?

Whether you’re hosting or a guest needing to bring something for the potluck…

YOU’RE IN BIG LUCK.

TODAY, February 5th, before 5pm EST, pre-order Rachel Hollis’ Upscale Downhome: Family Recipes All Gussied Up and you’ll get an exclusive digital copy of Upscale Downhome Gameday, which includes five recipes perfect for your Super Bowl party, as well as some great Super Bowl party planning ideas! Three of the recipes inside are from the cookbook, which goes on sale in October, which means you’re getting a sneak peek before anyone else. Two of them are totally new and not available anywhere but in this cool download!

Upscale Downhome features recipes that are “a mix of my down-home roots and the upscale presentation I’ve learned from living in Los Angeles for the last fifteen years,” Rachel reveals. “This book is a perfect testament to my life long love affair with food. It has the sugar cookie recipe my mom made me as a child, the chicken and dumplings I craved while pregnant. It has the turkey chili recipe which was the first dish I perfected as a newlywed. And the cocktail I drank in my early twenties… it’s the story of my life, as told in food. Upscale Downhome is filled with casseroles, slow cooker recipes, desserts, drinks and there’s even an entire section on dishes you can make with the leftovers from the recipes in other chapters!”

Remember, once you pre-order, go to this page to retrieve your Upscale Downhome Game Day mini-cookbook!

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Broncos? Panthers?

Whichever team you’re rooting for…

HAVE A WONDERFUL FUN WOOT WOOT WEEKEND EVERYONE!

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1 Sep

Happy Pub Day! MUG MEALS

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It’s the first day of September. I’m sure you’re thinking what I’m thinking: Where did the summer go? I’m less sure you’re thinking what I’m also thinking: Why can’t every meal be made in a mug?!

For all my kindred spirits out there, we have a special single-serving treat for you. Today we’re stoked to publish Leslie Bilderback’s Mug Meals: More Than 100 No-Fuss Ways to Make a Delicious Microwave Meal in Minutes, the highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Mug Cakes! Because mugs aren’t just for cakes and coffee anymore; now you can make every meal in a mug—in minutes!butterscotch pudding

Inside are over 100 mouthwatering and lightning-fast recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Whip up a mugful of Huevos Rancheros to start off your day, then lunch on a steaming cup of French Onion Soup or Pork Chops and Apple Sauce. Serve dinner to your whole family in mugs stuffed with Poached Salmon with Dill, Pasta Puttanesca, or Candied Sweet Potatoes—and finish things off right with a decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake. The options are endless, and you can’t beat the clean-up!

To kick off the party, head over to All You for ten mouthwatering recipes from Mug Meals, including one for this Coconut Shrimp, so we can all hold on to summer for just a little while longer. coconut shrimp

 

Order your copy today!

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And don’t miss out on all these other quick and convenient cookbooks by Leslie Bilderback!

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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…

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Image via The Cake Blog

Ingredients
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…

supplies

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
Oven

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.

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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!

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Pie-ingredients

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

PIE FILLING

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! 

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And the potholders!

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Okay, now you’re ready!

INSTRUCTIONS

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

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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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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: SMPCraft's MAY Challenge #REDWHITEBLUE

SMPCRAFT MAY CHALLENGE REDWHITEBLUE

Okay, folks. Now through the end of the month, we challenge you to #CREATE #PAINT #CRAFT #MAKE anything with your hands that features these three colors: red, white, and blue. Rules? ZILCH. But there is a GOAL. Finish whatever you’re making by Memorial Day! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #REDWHITEBLUE!

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