How To: Make Your Own Peanut Butter — From Scratch!

created at: 03/08/2012

First: three cheers for peanut butter! (Because it’s awesome.)  Also, let’s throw in an extra cheer for the fact that making this delicious spread is insanely easy.  Want to learn how?   

 

You only need 2 (maybe 3) ingredients and a food processor to start making your own homemade, from-scratch, all-natural, tasty pasty peanut butter: dry roasted peanuts, salt, and (maybe) some oil depending on how fresh your peanuts are.  Elsie from A Beautiful Mess explains the steps involved AND offers up a recipe for making your own chocolate hazelnut spread, too!   Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own Swirled Lollipops!

created at: 02/16/2012

I was thinking long and hard about how to work a Wizard of Oz/Lollipop Guild pun into this post, but I gave up.  Instead, I’ll throw out a lazy “Tra la la la la la la”, hope you make the connection, and follow it up with this exclamation: making your own swirly lollipops is fun and awesome!  Here’s how.   

 

Michele Wimborough from the blog Cakewalk Baking has a super easy-to-follow tutorial and recipe for making your own hard candy lollipops that even newbies like me could understand.   Continue Reading

Recipe: 2 Extra-Special Valentine Treats Made with Popcorn

 created at: 02/07/2012

Flea Market Find guru Matthew Mead helps us get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with two darling treats made with, of all things, Angie’s Kettle Corn.

First, Honey Caramel Kettle Corn Balls (pictured above).

  • 10 cups Angie’s Caramel Kettle Corn (click here to find a retailer near you)
  • 3/4 cups butter, cut into chunks, plus more for your hands 
  • 3/4  cups honey 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • wooden sticks of the popsicle variety
  • stickers, cutouts, etc for embellishments
  • cellophane, optional 
  1.  Preheat oven to 325°.
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Recipe Roundup: Simple and Tasty Romantic Meals for Two

created at: 02/03/2012

Whether you’re on a chicken budget or filet mignon budget, we’ve wrangled up a plethora of romantic recipes for two that will surely lead to a very amorous Valentine night. 

From a appetizer to wine selection, All Recipes enters the fray with their charm on the cheap menu. The Cherry Tomato Toasts are especially Valentine-y, don’t you think?

Cherry Tomato Toasts

Show your sweetie how much you love him/her by cooking a healthy Valentine dinner. Eating Well offers up 18 chicken recipes that will help you get the message across without sacrificing flavor.  Continue Reading

Bake It: Heart-Shaped Macarons for Valentine’s Day!

created at: 01/26/2012

Okay, first, this how-to comes from a blog called “Delectable Deliciousness”, which is totally my kind of alliteration.  Secondly, um, HEART-SHAPED MACARONS!   

 

Admittedly, I’ve only had macarons twice in my entire life, but the memory still haunts me (in a good way), so the idea of making my own–from scratch–in the shape of a heart is quite… appetizing.  Jayme Michelle from the previously-mentioned Delectable Deliciousness blog offers up a really great tutorial and recipe for making your own (which, she says, makes A LOT of macarons).   Continue Reading

How To: Make an All-Natural Citrus Scrub at Home!

created at: 01/16/2012

Nothing like a little skin pampering mid-winter, I say!  At least in these parts–surely I’m not the only one whose hands appear a bit, um, “mummy-like” this time of year, right?  Best treat those puppies right with a nice homemade, all-natural citrus scrub!   

Allison Czarnecki from the utterly and completely fabulous lifestyle blog Petit Elefant created this scrub recipe for us ailing masses.  Keep it by the kitchen sink as a post-dish washing moisturizing hand scrub, or in the shower for exfoliating all over.   Continue Reading

What Foods NOT to Eat on New Years Day

created at: 12/30/2011Every culture seems to have their custom ‘lucky foods’ to consume on New Years eve/day. Epicurious has a nice selection of recipes that feature some of the biggies like greens and lentils, but did you know that there are actually UN-lucky foods that you might want to avoid on the holiday? Lobster is one as they move backward, which may lead to setbacks in the new year. Chicken too

is often avoided for similar reasons as they scratch backwards. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Christmas Tree Pizza!

created at: 12/15/2011

Okay, true story: I was invited to a White Elephant party last weekend and, in the spirit of absurdity, I brought a giant cheese ball in the shape of a Christmas tree.  It was rolled in parsley, with almond slivers as garland, and red bell peppers as ornaments.  It was a hit.  It also looked like it was ripped straight out of a Betty Crocker magazine from the 1950s–oddly reproduced (and incredibly unappetizing) colors and all.   Continue Reading

Make It, Dip It, Eat It: Santa Hat Party Mix!

created at: 12/01/2011

Who doesn’t want to eat a party mix filled with adorable Santa hats??  That is, if you aren’t making one of these edible Santa bread heads… which isn’t to say you can’t do both, because you totally can.  The more Santas the merrier, yes?  Anyway, party mixes–filled with Santa hats!   

 

This so-cute-you-almost-don’t-want-to-eat-it recipe comes from Cookies and Cups.  What you throw in the mix is up to you, but here’s what you’ll need for those sweet Santa hats:

  • Bugles corn snacks (original or “Sweet & Salty Caramel” flavor)
  • Red candy melting discs
  • Mini marshmallows
  • White sprinkles

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How To: Make Glittering Sandwich Cookies!

created at: 11/23/2011

It’s been a regular ol’ glitter fest up in here recently, so I thought it only appropriate to extend our new obsession into Foodie Fridays!   

The trick to making these glittering cookies from The Purl Bee is something called “sanding sugar”, a term I wasn’t familiar with before (I always just called it “giant sprinkles of crystallized sugary goodness” because I’m technical like that).  It comes in just about every color you can imagine, so you can go wild with color schemes for holidays, birthdays, or other events.   Continue Reading