Thursday, February 6, 2014

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What’s for Dessert Squidoo?

Posted: 06 Feb 2014 09:06 AM PST

If you’re looking for something sweet, look no further than the pages of Squidoo where our home-cooking lensmasters are serving up yummy new dessert recipes daily.

Here’s some of our favorites from last week’s What’s Cooking at Squidoo Quest. Browse through. Bookmark the recipes you love for future use. Enjoy!

Giant Heart Chocolate Chip Cookie

1. Giant Heart Chocolate Chip Cookie

I made a giant heart chocolate chip cookie for the first time believe it not. I’m impressed it came out really great. It’s even kind of healthy; it’s gluten free. It’s a Pillsbury brand that was given to me. Not often I get those becaus…

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

2. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you would to ask me what my favorite food is, it would usually be some kind of dessert. Whether it be chocolate cake, strawberry pie or a plate of chocolate chip cookies, it really doesn’t matter because I love anything that belongs in the dessert…

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

3. Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Mom often made this simple, old fashioned apple crisp for us when we were growing up. It was always a favorite. Dad liked ice cream with it, but I like it just the way it is, especially when still warm from the oven. The flavor is delicious, the crumb topp…

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

4. Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Vegan Chocolate Truffles are made without milk products which makes them a delicious vegan treat that anyone (vegan or not) will enjoy. I like to use a good quality chocolate to give these truffles the best flavor and texture. Have fun experimenting with d…

Jello Mousse - Easy Valentine's Day Dessert

5. Jello Mousse – Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert

An Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Are you looking for a fantastic dessert recipe for Valentines day that is easy to make? Then you have come to the right place. I will share with you this recipe for Jello Mousse that I got from my sister. If you…

Sweet And Moist Chocolate Cake

6. Sweet And Moist Chocolate Cake

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Despite her busy schedule at work, my mom would whip up pastries for me to bring to school. Apparently I was an inquisitive child, and I always wanted to know how things worked or were made…

Fruit Fritters

7. Fruit Fritters

Years ago mom made what I called Apple (or Banana) fritters. I can’t remember the last time she made them and I asked her during the last snow storm (maybe week of January 20th or the wed of the week before) if we could make some. We made 2 apples wor…

Succulent Chocolate Dipped Strawberries on Valentine's Day

8. Succulent Chocolate Dipped Strawberries on Valentine’s Day

When Valentine’s Day comes around, I always want to do something special for my beloved, but I am always conscious that she is, for the most part, into healthy eating. Lots of vegetables and fruit, though she does allow herself the occasional indulgen…

Whipped Lingonberry Porridge

9. Whipped Lingonberry Porridge

Just recently I noticed, that BuzzFeed listed 42 traditional Finnish foods you desperately need in your life. I was pleasantly surprised to find out they had listed whipped lingonberry porridge, which is one of my favorites. You can eat it hot or cold. For…

Cranberry Nut Bread

10. Cranberry Nut Bread

I am a huge fan of breakfast breads: banana, zucchini, cranberry. . . They work well for me; I very rarely screw them up. I think I like them so much, because they are usually simple recipes to follow and the bread lasts all week. That means I don’t h…

Wood Fired Apple Tarte Tatin

11. Wood Fired Apple Tarte Tatin

This recipe is for the popular Apple Tarte Tatin recipe but has been adapted for cooking in a wood fired oven. By doing it in a wood fired oven, a unique flavor is noticeably given to the dish that is not provided when using your standard kitchen oven. The…

Tell us, Which recipe will you be trying first?

Ruthi is the “Books For Kids” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 06 Feb 2014 05:48 AM PST

ruthiandtidbitToday we’re happy to introduce you to Ruthi. She’s our “Books For Kids” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
For the children: I am on a mission to put them between the covers of books for kids that will take them on a magic carpet ride into unknown worlds where learning is pure and sweet, for their own sake and as an example to the adults around them.

For adults: I am on a mission to send you back in time to youthful exuberance found only in books for kids, for yourself as well as for the sake of the children in your life.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
Time after time… As a child, kid’s books were a breath of fresh air and sunshine amid an abusive childhood. As a teen, they were an escape and a rebirth. As a young adult with a child of my own, through books with my son I could capture true childhood, even if not my own. As an adult, books again became a haven from abuse. And now, older and wiser, I have books for kids to, finally, live a childhood – MINE – not a second childhood as I often jokingly say, but the one I never had. And just maybe time will be on my side and I will grow through them to become all that I can be, which is the magic hidden in the pillow pages between the covers of a children’s book in hand and heart.

Who had the most influence in your life?
Where books are concerned, I have to say my grandmother. What little time I was able to spend with her, she recited classic poems word for word, time after time. She knew the stories of old, hundreds of them, by heart. She gave me the gift of poetry and I will forever be grateful to her for that.

I need mention, too, that my mother and my son have influenced my life more than anyone on earth.

Books for kids just may have been the thing that led me to believe what I learned from the both of them. For you see, a child’s storybook, no matter its intention, opens the door to the magic of living in the light, no matter the darkness.

Now go … Read! Review! Rave!

You’ll also find Ruthi at the following sites:
Ruthi Reads!
Ruthi Reads Books For Kids on Facebook
Books For Kids Contributor on Pinterest

Ruthi invites you to stop by and share a review at her Review Books For Kids That Make A Big Difference In The Global Community.

Lens of the Day: Inspiring love for all creatures – great and small

Posted: 06 Feb 2014 05:19 AM PST

Review of the Day: Why I adore Agatha Christie’s masterpiece And then there were none

Posted: 06 Feb 2014 04:00 AM PST

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