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Posted July 16th, 2010 12:46

It's no fun missing out on treats because you're vegan, luckily here's a recipe for organic vegan twinkies.

Check out the recipe from Instructables »

Posted July 13th, 2010 22:18

A Parisian indulgence, macarons are fashionable, extravagant and delicious. ♥ Macarons by Hisako Ogita will teach you how to make these tasty treats in your own kitchen.

With limitless ingredients, toppings and fillings, the possibilities are endless when it comes to macaroon flavours, toppings and fillings. Baking macarons is known for being a tricky art but this book teaches the delicate process with easy to follow step-by-step photos and instructions, offers recipes for a selection of indulgent fillings including praline cream, blueberry jam cream and match (green tea) cream. There's also ideas on how to package up your finished creations and recipes for using up the leftover egg yolks.

Bring the taste of French patisseries in to your home with macaroons fit for a queen.

You can pick up a copy of the book from Chronicle now

Posted July 13th, 2010 12:41

Turn those leftover party cans in to a pretty mobile for the garden!

Check out the how-to from Gingerbread Snowflakes »

Posted July 8th, 2010 11:17

Classy and cute, a cone of sugar cookies will add a touch of elegance to any kids party.

Check out the how-to on Prudent Baby »

Posted July 7th, 2010 14:50

Put your feet up geeky style with a Rubik's Cube ottoman.

Check out the how-to from Obsessively Stitching »

Posted July 6th, 2010 14:36

Cool down this summer with some refreshing Philadelphia-style lemon ice cream.

Check out the recipe from Not So Humble Pie »

Posted July 2nd, 2010 09:29

Make a handy fabric grocery bag by using a plastic one as a template.

Check out the how-to on Supa Fine >>

Posted July 1st, 2010 10:00

All the things that kids (and most adults) love, Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey, Treats for Kids by Jill O'Connor is filled with recipes to get your taste buds tingling.

With 30 tasty dishes to choose from, there's a treat for breakfast, after lunch treats, desserts and midnight snacks. Cook up some Banana Split Pancakes, Peanut Butter-Pretzel Bonbons, Ghostly Meringues and Wicked Good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cups.

Perfect to cook with your kids or with your fun-loving friends, it's time to "stop dreaming of plain ol' cupcakes and start getting deliciously sticky!".

You can pick up a copy of the book now from Chronicle Books >>

Posted July 1st, 2010 09:27

These double chocolate cupcakes are made with ricotta, bourbon and orange zest.

Check out the recipe from Orangette >>

Posted June 30th, 2010 09:38

I was sent an Innov-is 900 sewing & embroidery machine from Brother to take on a test drive and I was really impressed with the results. A massive upgrade to my 1960's Singer, this computerised sewing machine offers professional stitching made easy, along with an attachable embroidery unit.

The Basics

The machine is sleek and compact with a helpful LED to light up your work and an easy-to-use touchscreen for selecting your stitches, choosing embroidery patterns and setting up the machine. Threading up the machine and filling the bobbin is so simple (something that was a nightmare on my previous machine), with cleverly situated thread cutters, and a lever to thread the needle for you - so there's no time wasted fiddling around trying to slip thread through the eye of a needle.


With dozens of stitches to choose from, as well as a feature to design your own via the touchscreen, this machine can tackle virtually any sewing project. The use of a foot peddle is optional, so you can start sewing with just a touch of the button. It'll even do all the back-stitching and cutting of the thread for you, which gives your sewing a tidy finish with no loose threads!

The machine comes with a wide range of feet and attachments including, allowing you to sew in zippers, attach buttons, make button holes, set eyelets, sew appliqueing stitches, decorative edges and do blind hemming to name just a few. There's even an optional side cutter, so you can overlock and give your projects a professional finish. One of the best extras included with this machine is an attachable sewing table, which slides on to the machine and gives you extra room to sew.


With an attachable embroidery unit, you can transform the machine in to a powerful embroidery machine in a few easy steps. This model comes with dozens of inbuilt designs, allowing you to stitch monogram initials, words with a range of fonts, decorative borders and a range of other designs including butterflies, animals, crowns, flowers and many more. The machine allows you to change thread colour on the designs quickly and with additional software (such as PED) you can design your own patterns - so if you've ever wanted to sew your name on everything you own, this is the machine for you!

This may all sound way to complex for us average crafters but when you get your hands on the machine, it's really instinctive and easy to use. There's even an in-built help on the touchscreen, with animated tutorials to sort you out when you get stuck.

Instinctive, sleek and powerful. The Innov-is 900 has completely modernised the way I sew, making projects faster, easier and more professionally finished. Now my sewing project possibilities seem limitless, I can't wait to get started!

You can find out more about this machine at Brother >>

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