8 No-Bake Summer Cakes

by DIY Maven

Orange-Raspberry Dreamsicle Cake

Problem: It's hot out. Damn hot. The last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. But little Johnny's birthday is this weekend and you need to make a cake.

Solution: An ice-cream cake from Dairy Queen or--better yet--a homemade no-bake, birthday cake.

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PB & J Recipe Roundup

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PB & J Recipe Roundup
PB & J. A beloved, universal sandwich. It's no wonder that people's obsession with it have lead to other peanut butter and jelly creations. In this latest Curbly Roundup, we decided to delve into the subculture of PB & J to see what's out there. Ready? Let's start the tour!

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Elegant, Budget-Friendly Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

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These recipes from our friends at SureFit put the Mmmm in Mmmmother's Day. 

The "Momelet"

Elegant, Budget-Friendly Mother's Day Brunch Recipes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup thawed frozen chopped spinach (with all the water firmly squeezed out)
  • 6 quartered grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Beat eggs in a bowl, then pour into pan and cook for 1 minute. Move the eggs around so...

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State Fair Recipes!!

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State Fair Recipes!!

Today is the first day of the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. If you've never experienced a state fair, especially of the Midwest variety, you really haven't lived. Corn Dogs, Deep-Fried Oreos, Turkey Legs and anything you can think of that can be shoved on a stick...it's that time of year when people forget about cholesterol levels and caloric intake and PIG OUT! Since many of us can't make it to these festivals of food, here are some recipes to help you enjoy the state fair experience at home.

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How To: Pie Pops.

by Chris Gardner

My recent visit to the State Fair has taught me two very important new concepts: first, everything is better in mini (mini rabbits, mini cheesecake); and second, all foods are better on a stick.

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And, oh buddy, do these Pie Pops capitalize on both. "Scoochmaroo says 'These little beauties can be assembled with pre-made ingredients or from scratch. I used this pie crust recipe and the following filling to utilize fruit in season at the time:

  • 2...

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Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

by Chris Gardner

Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don't buy them at all. Make 'em.

Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.

  • Facial Astringent
  • Facial Scrub
  • Laundry...

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Mad Scientist Mixology: Halloween Cocktail Recipes.

by Chris Gardner

A giant bowl of wispy punch is certainly festive, but a true ghost-host offers their guest customized cocktails that suit their own tastes. Here's a few ideas to get your fall festivities popping.

Garnishes: ANY mixed drink can get a scary-fun makeover with a frightful garnish. Simply mix up drinks per usual, but sink one of the following into your highball or martini glass:

  • Plastic spider rings
  • Gummy worms
  • Novelty eyeballs
  • A few drops of...

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¡Es el Cinco de Mayo!

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¡Es el Cinco de Mayo!

Here’s a collection of some great sites that are sure to make your Cinco de Mayo fiesta muy excelente!

For a history of Cinco de Mayo and a great collection of recipes, visit fabulousfoods.com

The Food Network not only has some excellent recipe offerings, but the pics of the dishes are sure to make your mouth water.

Kaboose has some fun craft ideas for kids and adults alike.

Nothing spells fun like b-i-n-g-o, Cinco de Mayo bingo that is. Go here...

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How to make knock-offs off your brand name favs!

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How to make knock-offs off your brand name favs!

Kitchen, Crafts & More has a fairly lengthy selection of copycat recipes of some of the nation’s brand name and restaurant favs. From Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia to Snapple Flavored Iced Teas to Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo sauce to the incredibly easy and yummy Poppycock Popcorn and Wendy’s Frosty recipes, there’s something for just about everyone. Defiantly worth a look-see!

Wendy's Frosty Recipe

1 c Milk
1/2 c Nestle's Quik
3 c Softened...

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FREE Gifts-in-a-Jar Recipes with FREE printable labels!

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FREE Gifts-in-a-Jar Recipes with FREE printable labels!

If you don’t know what gifts-in-a-jar are, let me explain. They’re usually consumables, like food mixes and bath salts. They make great, low-cost last-minute Christmas gifts and hostess gifts. Sounds good, huh? Well, organizedchristmas.com has twelve great FREE recipes to make these thoughtful gifts. You might even want to check out their journal-in-a-jar alternatives. When you’re done filling your jar, just go to the website’s FREE printables...

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Leftover Halloween candy? Don’t eat it, DRINK it!

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Leftover Halloween candy? Don’t eat it, DRINK it!

Typical leftover Halloween candy options: One: you could eat it yourself and run the risk of chocolate overload. Two: you could take it into the office and let your co-workers go at it like lions on wildebeests. Or three: you could make some of these drinkable alternatives.

Kit Kat Bar Smoothie

1 cup chocolate milk

1 cup chocolate ice cream

2 Kit Kat bars, chopped

Combine milk and ice cream in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover...

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Easy homemade simmering potpourri recipes.

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Easy homemade simmering potpourri recipes.

It’s that time of year when we might hanker for the scent of something warm and spicy emanating from the kitchen. If you don’t have the time or inclination to actually make an apple pie or cinnamon rolls, how about throwing together some simmering potpourri?

Spicy Simmering Potpourri

  • 1 oz. can cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces 
  • 1 (1.12 oz.) can whole cloves
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) can whole allspice

Mix all ingredients in Ziploc bag or airtight...

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Make Coffee Substitutes

by DIY Maven

whole grain barley

If you’re trying to cut down on your coffee intake, check out these recipes for coffee substitutes from make-stuff.com. The java alternatives are made from beech tree, chicory, wheat, barley, garbanzo beans and parsnip. Parsnip? Hmm, a little odd perhaps, but less expensive than coffee and I bet they won’t stain your teeth either, which means you’ll save money on teeth whitening too. Bonus!

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