Orange Cranberry Cookies – Recipes

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This cookie recipe makes festive and flavorful cookies with a touch of extra healthiness. The orange-flavoring in the cookies comes from vitamin C-rich orange juice and rind. As well, there is an abundance of fresh cranberries in there, also rich in vitamins. As I am working with a new-to-me oven today, I stuck to white […]

Easter Eggs filled with Cheesecake

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These handmade chocolate Easter eggs filled with cheesecake and passion fruit sauce make a superb Easter dessert: light, creamy and not overly sweet. They look so much like real eggs, that it puts a smile on my face. Sophisticated, but actually, not difficult at all to make!   These Easter eggs look unbelievably tasty! Make […]

Cool Marshmallow Toadstools.. Kids Can Make

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Here is a cool crafts for kids. For younger kids. In the kitchen! Something to do in the weekend. Or, during Spring break, for that sleep over party.   Festive fairy food. These marshmallow toadstools are almost too cute to eat. I can just imagine a funky fairy darting in between them, wondering on which […]

M M Rainbow Birthday Cake

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This lovely #3 birthday cake celebrated the birthday of a lovely little boy and sure made him and his friends happy. Patterns of M&M rainbows adorn a double bunt cake covered and attached together with chocolate icing. The patterning took only an hour, apparently, and I rate the design of this cake far better than […]

Cool Sushi Coasters :: Free Crochet Pattern

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  I am a sushi nut. I love the freshness and the flavor. Lots of protein. So healthy too. Although, sushi will soon be a thing of the past for me. IF  a recently  PASSED LAW in the US is not stopped by YOU, my American readers, right now: the law that allows GMO salmon […]

Best Crafts 2012

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I asked a friend what she thought were the best craft & DIY projects we posted at FineCraftGuild.com in 2012. This is what she came up with. Valentine Pop-up Greeting Cards.   How to Make Succulent Wreaths.   Cupcakes with Hydrangea Flower Frosting.   5 Last Minute Easter Ideas (incl. this delicious angel food cake […]

Roasted Beet – Squash Salad with Walnuts

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Recipe #1 for a healthier you. Am sharing this recipe with you today as it’s a perfectly light, albeit festive way of serving up vegetables. Something light to eat after overeating for weeks! BEGIN those new year resolutions today! Over Christmas we ate literally like the kings and queens of prior times: oven-roasted pheasant, grilled […]

Party 45

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Linky party 45. THE linky party for Christmas! Ayyyyyy!!! Time flies. Before I forget, let me share with you the ’00s of Christmas decorating / holiday craft projects I’ve been working on or have featured.   Further, be sure to check out this fabulous gingerbread house cookie on the rim recipe! Adorable, nah?!   Pfft. […]

Mini Gingerbread Houses on Cups

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I smiled when I saw these darling gingerbread house Christmas cookies. How adorable are these?!  Same ideas as these cup topping stars, but well, …more involved.These, for sure, make special gifts.   They are made by Caketime.  As I know you will want to learn more, and as this blog is in Polish, I thought […]

Melted Snowman Cookie

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Have a try at making this darling melted snowman cookie. How fun is this?   Here’s a variation on the theme: use a melted marshmallow for the head. Great little Christmas ‘gifts’ for XMAS for all the sweeties you know.   Photo credit | Official cookie design by: The Decorated Cookie BTW These melted snowmans […]

Linky Party 44

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Hello friends. Welcome back to the linky party! Today, I want to treat you the ‘holiday goodies’ – series that I am building this week and next of 50+ AWESOME freebies: gift tags, greeting cards, ornaments, project ideas and templates for the holiday season. Each day a series of 10+… I kicked off Monday with […]

Gift Idea: Free App for Cookie Lovers

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I am traditionally not a gadget-gal. However, I guess I have become quite a digital gal. And so, I use my iPhone and/or Kindle (whatever is at hand) in the kitchen every day. MOSTLY for recipes. This brings me on to the topic of the day. I just found the perfect gift idea for cookie […]

Homemade Jam

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I observed that Italian villagers are still doing many things the old-fashioned way. One of areas where that is most pronounced is in the area growing, handling, cooking & preserving food. i.e. They do things  the wholesome, organic and ‘slow food’-way.   An organic fruit tree on my friend’s land While North Americans may discuss […]

Olympic Cookie Recipe

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These Olympic ring cookies made me look twice! Original!!!  Get ready for the games. To organize some sweet celebrations at home, download the recipe for these festive cookies now (link below).         Image | recipe source: Olympic Ring Cookies by ‘the decorated cookie’   Why didn’t I think of this? These sugar […]

Caffe Latte Popsicles

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On a hot summer afternoon, you are likely to find Italians order cold coffee in their local coffee bars. This is not ‘day-old stale stuff’ but rather made fresh with the good stuff earlier in the day.  It’s delicious. Meanwhile, us North American folks tend to prefer a nice ice-cream or a popsicle on hot […]

Minty Water: Recipe for Happiness

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Not sure if this classifies as a food recipe, but it sure is a recipe for joy: add some freshly picked mint to bubbly water from the local well, drink and smile.   Mentuccia Romana I thought this was Mentuccia Romana (Roman Mint), a wild member of the mint family that’s used in some traditional […]

Easter Brunch Carrot-shaped Treats

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These cute carrot-shaped treats are a perfect feature at an Easter Brunch table. They have been popular for some time. I have seen versions of these carrot-shaped treats with all kinds of savory fillings and topped with lettuce leaves or parsley. Beth at Hungry Happenings filled them with egg salad and added fresh dill sprigs […]

Valentines Gifts :: Heart Cinnamon Rolls :: Recipes

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Cont’ from Cinnamon rolls in various heart shapes: a Valentines Idea.   :: Recipe       Valentine Heart Cinnamon Rolls Recipe The Ingredients Dough: 1 cup lukewarm milk 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 packet dry yeast 2 eggs, room temperature 1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted 2 cups of (bread) flour Filling: 1/4 cup […]

Delicious Valentine Heart Rolls for Breakfast

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Ohhh, yummm… ! Tell me a man who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls? You might like them also. Look at all these cinnamon rolls in heart shapes, enticing you to make them as these sweet mini-cakes make great ‘lovers breakfast’ for Valentines Day. Favorite cinnamon rolls made into a heart-shape form.     Heart shaped by […]

Valentines Day Recipe : Breakfast Bars

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Want to be sweet to your loved one for breakfast on Valentines Day? How about whisking up easy love gateaux, aka instant breakfast bars ? Love it. Serve up a sophisticated slice sprinkled with some icing sugar or candied hearts for breakfast and cut up a few take-away bars for mid-morning coffee. Filled with goodies […]

Best Dinnerware at Orvieto’s New Year Umbria Jazz Festival

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Happy New Year from Italy!!! We were partying here on the first day of the New Year. Umbria Jazz Festival is held every year around this time in the gorgeous Italian city of Orvieto. As this year, New Year’s day fell on a Sunday we enjoyed the happy opportunity to actually go see it and […]

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Auguri, or Merry Christmas

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That’s Italian for "Merry Christmas", "Congratulations" and more such happy wishes. It’s my wish for you in this XMAS season.  With lots of delightfully happy & creative projects over the days to follow. On that, I’m sharing one such projects: Here’s a basket of wrapped little chocolates that just went out of the door.   […]

DIY ZhuZhu Pet Food

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Pin It : What are Zhuzhu Pets? Do you know? Zhuzhu pets are delightful little furry animals, that can race around the floor, go in all directions, make funky sounds when they bump into something (like ‘ohoh’). In short, they are adorable.  They started out as being just hamsters, but there are raccoons and all […]

Christmas Cakes & Cookies ~ Ideas, Cutters & Stencils

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: This year, I am seriously contemplating making a Christmas cake, or at least, Christmas cookies. While this is ‘normal’ for probably all of you, for me it’s a new thing.  That’s what happens if your sister in law is a pastry chef at one of the world’s best 5-star hotel chains.  There is no […]

Beautiful Halloween Food: Cakes ‘n more..

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Amazingly Beautiful Halloween Cakes and Cupcakes Today, I’m parading some of the best-looking Halloween cupcakes & cakes to stimulate your senses. Hopefully they’ll spur you on baking your own glorious or scary but scrumptious delicacies!   Happy Halloween! Halloween Central Or, visit our Halloween Central for all things Halloween (lots to howto’s, templates and ideas) […]

Adorable Italian Kid Apron Pattern

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I am not so into aprons, but what’s not to love about this adorable girl apron?  It’s meant as a  match to a mom’s apron, however, personally I’d rather opt up the size of this one if I were to make one for myself. The print and stripes are Italy – inspired, which is perhaps […]

Caviar Anyone?

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Introducing Odiot. Not sure if anyone of you is familiar with this institution, but Odiot is located on 7 Place Madeleine in Paris. A prime prestigious address, befitting for a silversmith of fame since 1690. Silversmith to the French Court In earlier times, Odiot was Napoleon’s silversmith fulfilling orders to the French court.  Now serving […]

Romantic Rose Petal Place Card

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Treat your table guests with a romantic surprise. One of those simple summer crafts that take just 1 minute to put together. A sweet thing that makes summers romantic.   :: Rose :: Name Card :: Table Setting ::             :: Craft How-to :: Pick a garden rose. Add a […]

Linky Party w. Best Fourth of July Ideas

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Today’s LINKY PARTY is themed ‘Fourth of July’ or ‘Red, white and blue’ – Party ideas. Come show off your inspirational ideas, completed crafts, home decorating results or DIY tutorials to celebrate the day of Freedom.   Best Fourth of July Party Ideas Table Centerpiece Get Flowers for your Fourth of July Party here: Best […]

DIY CRAFT TUTORIAL Linky Party :: STAIRS

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This idea of link lists instead of pages and pages of image is growing on me. Now I feel it’s time to start building some categories, so that it’s easy to find things and to borrow ideas from each other. So, as of today, we’re going to do things a bit differently, as follows: 1. […]