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Sharp Act Knife Sharpener

Sharp Act Knife Sharpener

Kids of all ages are fascinated by magic and magicians. While the simple tricks, such as pulling a continuous row of handkerchiefs out of your sleeve, may not be all that impressive, there are some tricks that never go out of style. One of these tricks is the old “sawing a woman in half” trick, where the magician’s assistant is placed inside of a wooden ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Grilled Artichokes

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Grilled Artichokes

Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables. Not only are they beautiful to look at – cooked or uncooked – but they are delicious. I find that many people only eat artichokes when they are out, rather than cooking them at home, because they are slow to cook and can be a bit intimidating to work with when you haven’t cooked all that many. Let ... Read More »

Lemon Meringue Pudding Cakes

Lemon Meringue Pudding Cakes

Lemon puddings cakes are always a treat. These easy-to-make cakes separate into layers of fluffy cake and creamy custard as they bake, giving you two desserts in one! When my lemon tree is heavy with lemons, I tend to make these simple style of cake quite often. Like other pudding cakes, they don’t necessarily look very fancy when served by the spoonful from a large ... Read More »

The Art of Making Gelato

The Art of Making Gelato

Ice cream’s Italian counterpart, gelato, is just one more delicious frozen dessert to enjoy during the summer. While gelato shops – with their large display cases stocked with dozens of flavors – are fun to visit, you can learn to make all your favorite flavors without having top hop in the car, so you can eat like an Italian any time. In The Art of ... Read More »

Blueberry Drinking Shrub

How to Make a Blueberry Shrub - and a delicious homemade soda recipe

The next time you have a surplus of fruit in your kitchen, consider putting the extras to use in a batch of homemade shrub. Shrubs are an old fashioned way of preserving summer fruit for the off season by combining the fruit with vinegar and sugar. The combination is sweet, tart and tangy – and much, much more delicious than a drink made primarily with ... Read More »

Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Bars

I took peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in my lunch almost every day while I was growing up. While I did get bored with the combination from time to time, I still love it to this day. There is something about the savory, sticky peanut butter and fruity jelly that is magic on your tastebuds. These Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Bars are an ode ... Read More »

The Best Way to Save a Broken Cake

The Best Way to Save a Broken Cake

Every baker has had a cake that got stuck in the pan or broke coming out of the pan. Cakes – or parts of cakes – can get stuck in a pan for a wide variety of reasons. You may have forgotten to grease the pan before pouring in your batter or the nonstick coating on your pan may have begun to wear out. You ... Read More »

What is a Cherry Plum?

What is a cherry plum?

A cherry plum, as the name suggests, is a fruit that is a hybrid between a cherry and a plum. The fruits are larger than a standard cherry, but smaller than a standard plum, with a medium-length stem that resembles a cherry. The fruit can range in color from yellow-pink to deep red. It has dense, juicy flesh and a small pit at the center ... Read More »

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