Thursday, February 13, 2014

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What’s for Dinner on Squidoo? Lots of GREAT recipes for you to try!

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 08:49 AM PST

Last week, we asked our home cooks to create What’s Cooking at Squidoo lenses about an easy dinner recipe they prepared.

Today, for your viewing (and eating) pleasure, we’re proud to present you with 22 of those super supper lenses. Take a look and be sure to bookmark all of the ones you like.

Fresh Vegetable Salad With Sweet Vinaigrette Marinade

1. Fresh Vegetable Salad With Sweet Vinaigrette Marinade

Photo and Recipe Credit: The Author, aka 1angelsbestkeptsecrets Fresh Vegetable Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette Marinade This tasty marinated vegetable salad will make a good addition to a holiday dinner, barbecue, or potluck meal. It is colorful and festive…

Chicken Almond Ding

2. Chicken Almond Ding

If you are headed over to my house for dinner tonight, and I sure hope you are, I’ll be making you my signature dish, Chicken Almond Ding. Of all the scrumptious meals my friends and family request when they visit, nothing can match this one. Deliciou…

25 Minute Baked Salmon Recipe

3. 25 Minute Baked Salmon Recipe

This is absolutely my favorite dish, it is easy, fast, delicious and so healthy too! My mom showed me this recipe, she also loves salmon and likes to season almost everything with oregano. I must say that oregano is one of the key ingredients, my favorite…

Easy Peezy Quesadillas!

4. Easy Peezy Quesadillas!

This recipe is the fastest and tastiest Quesadilla you will ever make! This is my version; I just observed the ingredients and how it was made at a restaurant and created my rendition. This has been a standby meal for my family for years. I create the basi…

Easy One Pot Spaghetti In Under 20 Minutes

5. Easy One Pot Spaghetti In Under 20 Minutes

I’ve often seen those Martha Stewart images of one- pot spaghetti meals where you just throw all the ingredients in a pan, stroll off and build a set of solar panels out of used bicycle parts, knit a sweater for a cat in need, then return to the kitch…

Onion Bomb Meatballs

6. Onion Bomb Meatballs

Onion bomb meatballs have been around for sometime and most people make these while they are camping. I only came across these when I attended a wedding lately and they were served at the buffet. This is a great idea for a different type of dinner, here in…

Pork Giniling a.k.a. Ground Pork

7. Pork Giniling a.k.a. Ground Pork

This is a recipe that I love since I was a child, my eldest cousin who take care of me back then always love to cook this, wondering why? because its to simple and easy to ready but very hard to resist. And I want to share this to all of you who might like…

Noodle Mix

8. Noodle Mix

This recipe was thought up TODAY for dinner. We are low on ingredients (at least easy ones that obviously go together), so I had to do some thinking. The process of thinking of a meal usually just consists of me adding a bunch of things together from the p…

FastDiet Dinner under 200 Calories

9. FastDiet Dinner under 200 Calories

I recently began the FastDiet. I fast Mondays and Thursdays, and eat regular meals the rest of the week. Like Oscar Wilde, I can honestly say, ‘IF I could get back my youth, I’d do anything in the world except get up early, take exercise or be re…

Flavorful Chicken & Dumplings

10. Flavorful Chicken & Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings is a delicious one- pot meal that will satisfy any hearty appetite. In times, when I’m in a hurry I have used already pre- marinated/seasoned chicken which was prepared and packaged at the store. It really adds to the overall sat…

Charlie's Game Day Chili Balls

11. Charlie’s Game Day Chili Balls

I had pulled some hamburger out of the freezer with a plan for making meatballs, but when my husband mentioned that he was inviting a couple of people over to watch a Boston Bruins game, I said, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll make chili instead. ‘ That…

Crock-Pot Beef Stew

12. Crock-Pot Beef Stew

I love to come home and have the house smell of dinner cooking! Beef stew is perfect for the Crock- Pot. You can put all the ingredients together the night before, refrigerate, and start it the next morning. You could even make up several batches at once,…

Chinese Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe

13. Chinese Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe

This is an Asian food menu, a Chinese cuisine called Kung Pao Shrimp. When I was growing up, I watch my mom cook Kung Pao shrimp every time we have friends that loves Shrimp visiting our home. This Kung Pao Shrimp menu is very healthy. Not only that it is…

Eggs Benedict with Spinach

14. Eggs Benedict with Spinach

This is one of my favourite recipes of all time and it is relatively quick and simple! One of the most common misconceptions of Eggs Benedict is that it is a meal only to be had at breakfast. Well I hope this recipes changes your opinion of that. This part…

Salmon With Ginger, Chilli, Garlic, Soy

15. Salmon With Ginger, Chilli, Garlic, Soy

The key to easy meal preparation is exactly that – preparation! Whether you are cooking for just yourself or for a ballroom of dinner guests, whatever you can do in advance will have you calm and relaxed at the appropriate time to enjoy your delicious boun…

Quick & Easy Veggie Macaroni

16. Quick & Easy Veggie Macaroni

I found this bag of vegetable macaroni while doing the grocery. Since my mom has a hypertension, I gotta be considerate with what food I’m going to serve. So I decided to buy the bag of veggie pasta and make an easy simple dinner. It doesn’t take…

Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables

17. Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables

Stir fry is such a fast and nutritious way to serve up a colorful meal. This recipe came from just that need the other night, and I had dinner on the table in less than a half hour. You can save even more time if you slice the chicken and prep the veggies…

The Warm Comfort of creating the filling meal that is my special Cottage Pie

18. The Warm Comfort of creating the filling meal that is my special Cottage Pie

On these cold winter evenings, what the body needs is food that makes the stomach feel full, but also helps, in a psychological sense, to make you feel warm, cosy and cosseted. I find, since I do most of the cooking in our house – I just love being in my k…

Aussie style lamb burgers - quick and easy

19. Aussie style lamb burgers – quick and easy

We Australians sure do love our lamb and our burgers. So one great combination that goes down well all across the land is lamb burgers, obviously. Burgers make a quick and easy dinner that are loved by many and lamb burgers make a great variation that will…

Pan Fried Steak Simple

20. Pan Fried Steak Simple

I found a video on You Tube. It inspired me to make the recipe, with a few changes. It really turned out delicious. By the way, Rib Eye steak is on Sale at Stater Brother today!

Shrimp and Sausage Etoufee'

21. Shrimp and Sausage Etoufee’

I first tasted this recipe 10 years ago in Louisiana. My grandmother; who is a true French- Cajun beauty made it for me and my family and it tasted so decadent that I sometimes dream about it. About 5 years ago I called my grandmother and asked her to send…

Steak Salad

22. Steak Salad

This steak salad is sure to please even the biggest of appetites. This recipe is from my daughter, she is just a wonderful cook, and I think she gets it from her mother. What a quick and easy meal to prepare, and it offers everything on one plate. Your gre…

Tell us. Which one will you be testing out first?

Review of the Day: Learn Counting & Motor Skills with the Ulysse Addition Table

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 05:31 AM PST

Lens of the Day: EclectiCheap Crafting and Decor 101

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 05:15 AM PST

Mickie_G is the “Glue Gun Slinger” Contributor on Squidoo!

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 04:42 AM PST

glue_gun_slingerToday we’re happy to introduce you to Mickie_G. She’s our “Glue Gun Slinger” Contributor on Squidoo!

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
Basically I will corral lenses with projects that feature GLUES of all kinds. If you look up “glue” in a thesaurus, you will find words like these: adhesive, fixative, gum, paste, cement, epoxy, riveted, and (my personal favorite) stickum. So, that means my herd might include mosaics, decoupage and book repair. If a lensmaster uses an adhesive of any kind creatively, then I will lasso it in.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
You had me at “glue”. I have learned a lot about glue in my time on this planet. It probably started when I got in trouble for eating paste in kindergarten. But seriously, I fell in love with glue when I began to repair books. I learned the different qualities that this substance possesses that are good and, yes, bad.

Who had the most influence in your life?
My husband has had the most influence on my life. I learned from him that one should remember to “think out of the box”. This gentlemen has spent a lot of time showing me how to use tools and has encouraged me to think for myself. I also appreciate it when he pays attention and takes my suggestions seriously. In other words, he won’t go to Home Depot without me.

You can also find Mickie_G at the following sites:

A Glue Gun Slinger’s Corral for GLUE!
Saving the world, one book at a time!

Mickie_G invites you to stop by and share a review at her Join the “Glue Review” and help us all keep it together!

An Interview with Sass Cadeaux: C.O.T.S. Coalition of the Supernatural

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 10:15 AM PST

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 1.14.28 PMSass Cadeaux’s new book C.O.T.S. Coalition of the Supernatural was released on January 5th, 2014. Here’s our interview with the author. Enjoy!

MSchindel is the “Bangles, Baubles and Beads” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 05:39 AM PST

mschindelToday we’re pleased to introduce you to MSchindel. She’s our “Bangles, Baubles and Beads” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
I’m really excited to be Squidoo’s new “Bangles, Baubles and Beads” contributor! I’ve loved jewelry – and jewelry making – for as long as I can remember. I adore learning new jewelry making techniques and exploring different jewelry making materials as well as sharing what I’ve learned with others and helping them succeed with their jewelry projects. I’ve already built a widely used library of articles on making metal clay jewelry, and I’m looking forward to expanding my library of jewelry making articles to include many different types of materials, techniques, and projects.

I will be building this niche with valuable content for both new and experienced jewelry makers. One of the first things I plan to work on is creating a series of jewelry making projects that are elegant and eye-catching enough that even experienced jewelry makers will want to create them, and also easy enough for beginners to make. I’ll be providing detailed, step-by-step directions with lots of photos and sprinkling in some professional jewelry making tips to help ensure terrific results. The first of these is my Romantic Queen of Hearts Earrings Project . I’ve also written an article on Jewelry Making with Vintage Beads and Jewelry Supplies that includes not only my favorite sources for those materials but also links to some of my favorite beaded jewelry making tutorials.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
As I said, I’ve always adored jewelry! My mom had an awesome jewelry collection, and many of the pieces were gifts from my dad over the years. I first fell in love with making jewelry as a girl after my parents came back from Italy with some gorgeous lampworked Venetian glass bead necklaces. My mom took them apart, combined the Venetian beads with less expensive beads from her local bead and crafts stores and restrung them to make her own one-of-a-kind opera-length necklaces. She let me pick out some of the beads and showed me how to string them and finish a necklace (or maybe it was a bracelet?) of my own. Immediately I was bitten by the jewelry making bug, and many years later as an adult I took a one-day class in bead stringing, started reading and watching everything I could find about making beaded jewelry, began collecting vintage glass and crystal beads, and fell even deeper in love with jewelry making. When friends and colleagues at work started trying to buy my jewelry right off my body, I started designing and making one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry professionally. Later on I discovered metal clay, and that, too, was love at first try. It expanded my jewelry making options enormously. I’ve since added polymer clay and resin to my jewelry making repertoire, as well as some basic silversmithing techniques. My house is overflowing with all my jewelry making stuff! Thank goodness I have a very tolerant and supportive husband. :)

Who had the most influence in your life?

I’ve been extremely blessed to have had many important influencers in my life, including amazing personal and professional mentors. My wonderful parents definitely top that list.

You’ll also find MSchindel at the following sites:
Jewelry Making Techniques
Jewelry Design and Jewelry Making Projects, Techniques and Tutorials at Pinterest

MSchindel invites you to stop by and share a review at her Review Your Favorite Bead Storage Solutions .

Lens of the Day: My Olympic Spectator Experience

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 04:54 AM PST

Review of the Day: Introducing Singer Songwriter Stephen Cuthbert

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 04:47 AM PST

13 Valentine’s Day Craft Idea Lenses For You To Love

Posted: 11 Feb 2014 08:43 AM PST

It’s not too late to get crafty for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a selection of 13 new crafty lenses for you to check out.  We’ve got everything from paper crafts to jewelry making and more.

Browse through to find something fun for the one you love.  Then, get busy.  Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.

Make Key to My Heart Perler Beads

1. Make Key to My Heart Perler Beads

Not long ago, I made a vintage style key out of fused beads for a milestone occasion. As I was making this design, it sparked off an idea that I just had to run with for Valentine’s Day because it was too cute to pass up on. I decided to go with a Key…

DIY Heart Bookmarks

2. DIY Heart Bookmarks

A Simple & Easy Polymer Clay Craft For Valentine’s Day Instead of buying paper Valentines for your child to hand out to his or her class this year, have them make these lovely heart bookmarks from polymer clay. This is a craft that can be done…

Valentines DIY - Mini Folded Heart Envelopes

3. Valentines DIY – Mini Folded Heart Envelopes

I recently fell in love with heart envelopes and decided to create a mini version of it. After creating them I found that these adorable mini folded heart envelopes are quite versatile and can be used in many fun ways. Especially for Valentines day. Creati…

Valentine Craft--I will always love you

4. Valentine Craft–I will always love you

As you know, cards get put in a drawer, a scrapbook, or at worst (oh my) they get thrown away. Make your mark with the one you love on Valentine’s Day with a gift that says ‘I love you’ all year long and everyday. A loving reminder of you an…

How To Create an Angry Birds Valentine's Day Card

5. How To Create an Angry Birds Valentine’s Day Card

After scouring the internet for ideas on what to draw for Valentine’s Day, all I kept stumbling upon were love birds. But that doesn’t quite suit my personality. So, after some time straining my brain on love birds, it dawned on me like a wall of…

Craft Candy Hearts for Valentines Day, That You Made Yourself from Polymer Clay

6. Craft Candy Hearts for Valentines Day, That You Made Yourself from Polymer Clay

Candy hearts for Valentines Day / Make ‘em in polymer clay / A Feb 14th craft idea / For someone special and dear! Candy hearts made of candy are great for Valentines Day, but why stop there? This year, give some candy- hearts- to- nibble and some can…

Paper Silhouettes With a Modern Twist

7. Paper Silhouettes With a Modern Twist

Valentine’s day seems to bring out the Victorian romantic in even the most modern individual. Lace and ribbons, flowery prose and flowery designs combine to create a token of affection from one person to another. While most people pick up an appropria…

Decorate a Keepsake Box for Valentines

8. Decorate a Keepsake Box for Valentines

How to decorate a special heart shaped gift box for Valentines Day. I love decorated trinket boxes and it is so easy to get a whole range of preformed cardboard boxes for decoupage which are ideal to decorate in a variety of different ways. My design for a…

How to make a heart box (origami)

9. How to make a heart box (origami)

It’s almost Valentines day, the best time of the year to exchange small treats and presents. What better way than to give your chocolates this year in a cute, handmade origami heart box? This box is easy to make, slides open and closed, and adds the p…

Spool Knitting - Rubber Band Valentine's Bracelet

10. Spool Knitting – Rubber Band Valentine’s Bracelet

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn new crafting skills. A few months ago I discovered spool knitting, but it wasn’t until mid January that I finally had the chance to purchase the tools and supplies needed to give spool knitting a try….

Valentine Owl Craft an Easy DIY for Kids

11. Valentine Owl Craft an Easy DIY for Kids

Easy kid’s DIY paper craft using owls. This Valentine owl craft is made using various style patterned paper to make cute owls. I used star, leopard, zebra patterns, with solid colored wings. You can make wings that are pointy or tear drop. Eyes can be…

Making Homemade Valentines

12. Making Homemade Valentines

Over the years I’ve made a lot of valentines for my family. They look forward to my handcrafted cards because I made them with love and personalize them for each recipient. It’s a good project to recycle papers that you save up in the months lead…

Romantic "Queen of Hearts" Earrings Project

13. Romantic “Queen of Hearts” Earrings Project

Do you love heart jewelry or want to make a romantic, heartfelt gift for a woman who does? My gorgeous Queen of Hearts Earrings are a quick and fairly easy beaded jewelry project that you can create yourself with terrific results. These glamorous earrings…

Review of the Day: Pride and Prejudice: How a Classic Novel Taught a Fourteen Year-old to love Period Pieces

Posted: 11 Feb 2014 05:56 AM PST

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