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What Inspires Twinkie Chan - Foodie Crocheter

Posted by Marcea
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(Images courtesy of Twinkie Chan)Twinkie Chan was taught how to crochet when she was 10 and has been making fun crocheted items ever since.  Designing and crocheting food items has become Twinkie’s signature and her work has been featured in a variety of places, including contributing designs to the Sanrio 50th anniversary art show. Although she’s never taken an official crochet class, Twinkie’s intricate food designs have taken the Internet by storm. Learn more about Twinkie, how she got her [Read More...]

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Quick and Crafty Gift Ideas

Posted by Autumn

It’s happened again! It seemed like summer only just ended, and suddenly Thanksgiving is over and now Christmas is right around the corner! October and November always seem to fly by—and if you’re like me you need some fast, crafty holiday gift ideas. And I found some great ones, by searching some of my favorite sites on the Internet:. Here are a few fun and fast projects that would make perfect presents for anyone on your Nice list:Scrabble Tile Coasters (from Domestic for Dummies)Perfect for a [Read More...]

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Crafty Thanksgiving Place Cards

Posted by Autumn

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It has all the tradition, festivities and family togetherness of Christmas, without the pressure to buy the perfect present. Not to mention the gorgeous palette for Thanksgiving decorations: scarlet, orange, brown and gold.These place cards for the Thanksgiving Day table are super-easy, made from recycled items and incorporate two of my favorite things about the holiday--they’re beautifully decorated in fall colors and they’re inspirational.What You’ll [Read More...]

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Pumpkin Soup

Posted by Autumn

This week I’m delighted to bring you a guest blog from my dear friend and fabulous foodie, Peggy Paul. Peggy has been a cookbook editor for 3 years, a foodie since she could hold a spatula, and a wonderful writer for nearly just as long.To me, fall means rich colors and striking contrast--deep ridges in the smooth, round curves of a pumpkin; crisp, bowl-of-soup, casserole-bubbling-in-the-oven weekends with the occasional Waldorf-salad-in-the-park afternoon. While summer giggles with sweetness, [Read More...]

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Playful particulars about pumpkins

Posted by Autumn

Did you know that eighty percent of all the pumpkins sold in the United States are bought in October? Pumpkins are synonymous with the fall harvest, the month of October, and, of course, with Halloween!You may already know one version or another of the story of devious Jack and his carved jack o’ lantern, but here are some things you may not know about the giant orange fruit (pumpkins are fruit, I checked), the Native Americans called isquotersquash….Pumpkins are part of the squash family, along [Read More...]

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Because deep, calming breaths get boring...

Posted by Autumn

I’m terrible at relaxation techniques. I’m more of a type A, get-things-done, move-at-the-speed-of-stress, I’ll-sleep-when-I’m-dead kinda person. So when someone tells me—a physician, for example—that I’m too stressed and need to calm down, I usually roll my eyes and keep on rolling my stress ball in front of me.Then I read an article that said eating sushi could help reduce stress in your life. Now that’s a relaxation technique I can do, I thought. I researched a couple of other ways to tone [Read More...]

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Why breakfast is champion

Posted by Autumn

While it’s status as the most important meal of the day may be debatable, the morning meal solidly owns the trophy for "most awesomest" meal of the day. I’m talking about breakfast, people! Wake up and smell the toast—it’s burning!Breakfast is the undisputed champion of meals for a number of reasons: Breakfast is unprejudiced. Breakfast accepts savory and sweet at the same time, in the same dish even. Breakfast doesn’t care if you prefer ham, turkey, steak, fish, or tofu. Breakfast loves you [Read More...]

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