Friday, May 30, 2014

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9 Fabulous Frozen Treats To Try This Summer

Posted: 30 May 2014 08:08 AM PDT

There’s nothing better than a cool snack on a hot day and when that treat is homemade, oh boy!

Stop by and bookmark each of the following 9 frozen treat recipe lenses so that you’ll be able to find them quickly when the weather heats up.  You can thank me later.

Blackberry Mango Popsicle Recipe

1. Blackberry Mango Popsicle Recipe

The weather is getting hot and summer is almost here which means it’s time to pull out the popsicle molds. This 100% real fruit Blackberry Mango Popsicle Recipe sweetened with honey is super healthy and refreshing. The perfect frozen treat to enjoy on…

Frozen Sorrel Ice Cube Treat

2. Frozen Sorrel Ice Cube Treat

Sorrel is abundant in the Caribbean around Christmas time and then non- existent until Christmas rolls around again. So I am like the ants. I plan ahead and hoard sorrel so that I can enjoy it when it’s out of season, like now. Then the best way to pr…

Two ways to make raspberry ice cream - easy and simple

3. Two ways to make raspberry ice cream – easy and simple

Finding the perfect ice cream recipe has been a long time project for me. Something that I have not been willing to give up. Guess what! I finally made it. I found the perfect balance of ingredients, which makes the ice cream rich and smooth. I actually ma…

Popsicles- Frozen Icons You Can Make at Home

4. Popsicles- Frozen Icons You Can Make at Home

Remember being a kid in the summertime? Running barefoot through sprinklers while eating popsicles. getting the sticky Popsicle drips all over our feet. wrecking our Mothers. kitchen floors. Sheer Bliss. Today though, most of us moms are handing out popsic…

Pink Flower Berry Patch Pudding Pie - Classic Kid Cool - Quick and Affordable for Mom

5. Pink Flower Berry Patch Pudding Pie – Classic Kid Cool – Quick and Affordable for Mom

No baking, very little measuring and only a few ingredients make this a pleasing dessert for moms and kids alike. This used to be a favorite cooking activity with my students because it was fun, fast and allowed for so much expression of artistic inclinati…

Easy Frozen Cup Cakes

6. Easy Frozen Cup Cakes

MOM IN LAW’S FROZEN CUP CAKES RECIPE I found this heavenly easy frozen cup cakes recipe when I was looking through some cookbooks and came across this unique and different way of making these desserts and they came out great and the family tasted them…

All Natural Strawberry Banana Popsicle

7. All Natural Strawberry Banana Popsicle

Summer is coming, temperatures are rising, and kids are spending more time raiding the freezer for cool, tasty treats. If you are like me, you prefer your little ones shy away from all of the artificial flavorings and preservatives offered in today’s…

Avocado Ice Cream

8. Avocado Ice Cream

When I have read this quest I was very happy because it gives me the opportunity to share with you a recipe I really enjoy. The most important aspect of this recipe is that I make my daughter eat a nutritious snack that otherwise it wouldn’t be possib…


9. Jigarthanda

Jigarthanda is a recipe from Madurai. It was introduced by Mughals in ancient India which was carried forward by the Pandya kings. Today this recipe defines Madurai dessert. It is a great frozen drink for hot summer days. The original recipe uses resins fr…

Maya Angelou Remembered on Squidoo

Posted: 30 May 2014 05:52 AM PDT

Upon the news of her passing, we asked the members of our Squidoo Book Club to create new lenses that pay tribute to the brilliant work of Maya Angelou.

Here’s 5 of the lenses we received.

In Person - Maya Angelou

1. In Person – Maya Angelou

I owned several volumes of her poetry. I knew her face from TV appearances. I recognized that unmistakable voice whenever and wherever I heard it. Then, in 2010, my friend Rita and I had an opportunity to hear her, to see this wonderful soul in person. May…

Get a Real and Rare Glimpse into History with the Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou

2. Get a Real and Rare Glimpse into History with the Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou was born the same year as my Dad – 1928 – which makes her very special to me. At this writing, she passed away on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. It is impossible to describe her in one word, since she carries many names: “one of the g…

Maya Angelou The Poet

3. Maya Angelou The Poet

Maya Angelou, the poet. Her work, saying and thoughs will live on. I alway enjoyed reading her poems and her books. If you come here looking for her work you have come to the right place. You will find wonderful gifts ideas here for the fans of this loving…

Maya,Phenomenal Woman

4. Maya,Phenomenal Woman

Maya Angelou is a great personality who has inspired people for more than four decades through her literary works and her life style. All I knew about her was that she was born during the period when racial discrimination was at its peak and she was a woma…

Maya Angelou, Caged Bird Sings

5. Maya Angelou, Caged Bird Sings

When I woke up this morning and heard that Maya Angelou passed away, I was so saddened. She was an incredible woman, author, activist, poet, and actress. I remember seeing her on the Cosby Show, and Touched by An Angel, among other guest appearances. Sadly…

Lens of the Day and Top Food Club Lens: My Healthier Candied Pecans or Candied Walnuts Recipe

Posted: 30 May 2014 05:41 AM PDT

walnutsToday’s Lens of the Day, My Healthier Candied Pecans or Candied Walnuts Recipe by lensmaster mschindel was voted “most likely to go viral” by the members of our Food Club.  You can learn all about our fun niche lensmaking clubs by visiting All About Squidoo Clubs.

These delicious nuts can be eaten as a snack or tossed into your favorite salads.  Stop by today to learn more.

Featured below are the top three runners up from the quest.

Visit the Squidoo Food Club Quest lens to see all of our entries.


Roasted Asparagus Croissants with Parmesan

1. Roasted Asparagus Croissants with Parmesan

Roasted Asparagus Croissants with Parmesan: So delicious Eight of these little beauties make a wonderful meat- free dinner for the two of us. The combination of the roasted asparagus and the light croissant, with the tang of Parmesan cheese is just, well,…

Serving Loco Moco at a Dinner Party

2. Serving Loco Moco at a Dinner Party

Most people who’ve visited Hawaii has heard and even tried the Loco Moco, which is probably one of the best- known dishes on the islands. It’s truly Hawaiian comfort food and appeals to locals and visitors alike. So what is a Loco Moco anyway? We…

I love Greek Halva, a healthy and delicious lented dessert

3. I love Greek Halva, a healthy and delicious lented dessert

In Greece when we are talking about Halva we mean two different lented, tasty and nutritious desserts. One is made from tahini and we buy it ready from the supermarket. It has a lot of variations. Simple with vanilla flavour, with chocholate, with almonds…

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Introducing MaggieMoo12

Posted: 29 May 2014 08:09 AM PDT

Meet RocketSquid MaggieMoo12, one of our many lensmasters from Australia.  Here’s what we learned about her in our interview:

How did you find Squidoo? I heard about Squidoo I couple of years ago when I was trying to get my business website to rank better on Google. I bought an affiliate marketing training course from Sarah Young. She was using Squidoo as a platform to make money without spending any. Although I learnt a lot from Sarah and had big plans at the time I didn’t really take it any further. Then, recently when I bought my Tablet I downloaded a book called “Five Bucks a Day Revisited” by Denis Becker he mentioned Squidoo again and it got me curious so I had a look and the rest is history. I didn’t want the effort that goes with my own website or blog but I was looking for an outlet for my ramblings that wasn’t work and Squidoo is perfect for that. The is a supportive vibe about it that suits me down to the ground.

Of the lenses you’ve made so far, which is your favorite and why? The lens that is my favorite is “Hello Gorgeous” it’s about a dahlia in my garden that’s called you guessed it – Hello Gorgeous. I did it as a result of a challenge to write about something red. It was one of my first lenes and it is the lens that came easiest for me. It took me next to no time to write, that plant makes me happy and I hope reading about it makes others smile as well.

What one tip would you give to a new lensmaster starting out? First thing is to not use Internet Explorer. I spent days trying to figure out why I couldn’t save my work when I used one of the Recipe Lens format and was just about to totally pack it all in. Then for some reason I logged on using Google Chrome – problem solved. The other tip I have is to not think it’s hard or complicated just start – work it out as you go along. I’ve had one lens blocked, which I wrote for the something round challenge, that made me feel so disappointed at first but now I don’t care, I’ll fix it up and re publish it one day. I have had others selected for best of Squidoo which is really satisfying and I made 32 cents last month woo hoo!

Be sure to visit MaggieMoo12′s profile page, say hello, and get to know her better by visiting a few of her lenses. 

Lens of the Day: Maya Angelou, Caged Bird Sings

Posted: 29 May 2014 05:42 AM PDT

cagedbirdYesterday, the world lost a brilliant and beautiful soul.

Lucky for us, her words will live on through her books, poems and other writing.

Today’s Lens of the Day, Maya Angelou, Caged Bird Sings by lensmaster denisemcgill explores just a small portion, one book, from this wonderful woman’s inspirational work.

RIP Maya Angelou.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Squidoo HQ

RIP Maya Angelou

Posted: 28 May 2014 07:08 AM PDT

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Maya Angelou was brilliant with words and an inspiration to millions.

Remember her today by reviewing your favorite Maya Angelou book.

RIP Maya Angelou

Lens of the Day: Why The Dark Knight Is The Best Of The Trilogy

Posted: 28 May 2014 05:46 AM PDT

darkknightWhich Batman movie was your favorite?

Do you agree with lensmaster vineliner that The Dark Knight is superior?

Stop by today’s Lens of the Day, Why The Dark Knight Is The Best Of The Trilogy to read the lens and then share your opinion.

Even if you agree to disagree.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Squidoo HQ

Winner of Kiss My Aster Gardening Challenge!

Posted: 27 May 2014 11:58 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 2.56.06 PMJulie wins a copy of “Kiss My Aster” for DIY Garden of Sunflowers. Congratulations to all and happy Summer gardening.

Bunnyfabulous is the Educational Toys Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 27 May 2014 07:18 AM PDT

playmobil_pool_squareIntroducing Bunnyfabulous! She’s our "Educational Toys" Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.

Educational toys are the rock stars of the toy world. Excellent ones make learning incredibly fun, either by actively challenging kids’ minds, making learning so fun kids don’t realize they’re learning, or both. I want to explore the best of the best toys and how children learn through playing with them.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?

I loved to learn through playing as a kid, but I was completely sold on great educational toys when my infant daughter got a huge kick out of batting a toy on her baby gym around because she loved how it sounded. I wanted to help foster a love of learning and a joy IN learning in her for a lifetime.

Who had the most influence in your life?

My mom, who gave my siblings and I the run of the craft bin when we were kids. My husband, a lifelong learner himself who encourages me to keep playing and exploring. My daughter, the incredibly fun kid who loves being the guinea pig for learning toys.

When she isn’t on Squidoo, or busy playing, you can also find Bunnyfabulous on Facebook and at Living, Learning, Playing on Pinterest.

Bunnyfabulous invites you to stop by and share a review at her  Review Your Favorite Educational Toys and Games.

Introducing EmmaGraceEllis

Posted: 27 May 2014 06:02 AM PDT

EmmaGraceEllis on SquidooWe’re pleased to introduce RocketSquid EmmaGraceEllis today. Here’s what she had to share in our recent interview:

How did you find Squidoo? I found Squidoo last year when I was searching around the internet for something to do in my spare time, this was about 3 months after my twins were born.

Of the lenses you’ve made so far, which is your favorite and why? Breast Cancer, my loss, my new direction! would have to be my favorite- the content is jam packed with meaning and a cure for cancer s a passionate dream of mine – add to that, I was honored with the lens receiving a Purple Star; a momentous occasion that I am still overwhelmed by.

What one tip would you give to a new lensmaster starting out? Best tip I can think of – remember the 3 U’s & read the learning lenses – so much advice, guidance and quality support.

I am really enjoying Squidoo lens’ and the interaction with other lensmasters. Squidoo is unlike anything I have seen before and I am so glad it crossed my path last year.

Thank you, Emma, and we’re glad you found us!

Don’t forget to visit Emma’s profile page and check out her lenses. Then, if you have fewer than 25 lenses and would like to join other movers and shakers on RocketSquids and perhaps land an interview spot here on SquidooHQ, simply fill out this form to apply.

Lens of the Day: A Himalayan Travel Memoir by Michael Palin

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:40 AM PDT

himalayaIf you’re going to travel, reading a memoir about your destination as opposed to an ordinary travel guide before you go could be the best way to help you plan your vacation.

Stop by today’s Lens of the Day, A Himalayan Travel Memoir by Michael Palin written by lensmaster rinchenchodron to see what she has to say about it and to find a great book to read if you happen to be planning a trip to the Himalayas.

Monday, May 26, 2014

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Squidoo HQ

Lens of the Day: Memorial Day – Wear a Buddy Poppy on Decoration Day

Posted: 26 May 2014 04:44 AM PDT

memdayIn honor of Memorial Day, we’re bringing back a favorite lens about this important American holiday.

So before you head to the beach or fire up your grill, spend a few moments at Memorial Day – Wear a Buddy Poppy on Decoration Day by lensmaster Pastiche to reflect on the true meaning of the day.

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all who have served.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Squidoo HQ

CherylFay is the Cross Stitch Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 23 May 2014 12:25 PM PDT

cherylIntroducing CherylFay! She’s our "Cross Stitch" Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.

My niche topic is about cross stitching. It is a needlepoint stitch that crosses over each other that looks like an X. Each stitch is done uniform one way with the cross over stitch in the same direction. Patterns can be made by scratch where you count out all the stitches of the pattern or done on a stamped background. It is an easy stitch and patterns can be easy to intricate. If you don't know how to cross stitch I hope I can help you learn. I will be giving tips on stitching and sharing patterns. I'm excited to be the Cross Stitch Contributor!

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?

It was love at first sight with cross stitching. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to learn it. I was so taken with how easy it was. There were so many patterns to choose from that I was in heaven. My first cross stitch was of a Sew in Love precious moments pattern. The little girl is sewing a heart patch on the butt of the boy's pants. From that time on I cross stitched to my heart’s content. I love to see the patterns come to life with each stitch.

Who had the most influence in your life?

I was greatly influence by a crafter friend who introduced me to the world of cross stitching. Our time together was special. We’d sit, talk and cross stitch. She showed me the ropes and to this day I am grateful for the friendship and time spent cross stitching together.

When she’s not here at Squidoo, or cross-stitching, you can find CheryFay at Cross Stitch With CherylFay on Facebook or at Cross Stitch Lover on Pinterest.

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Squidoo HQ


Posted: 23 May 2014 07:47 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 10.40.08 AMSharing is the best way to get your new lenses out into the world. So every single time you publish or update a new lens share it…

on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest Tumbler and via e-mail.

also share your new lenses with us @squidoo and use the hashtag #squidoo. I’m on the Squidoo Twitter account everyday retweeting great lenses.

So share!

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Lens of the Day: Sweet Peas Easy To Grow Fragranced Flowers

Posted: 23 May 2014 05:38 AM PDT

sweet peasIf you’re looking for a gorgeous and fragrant flower to grow in your garden, don’t miss today’s Lens of the Day where lensmaster LisaAuch shares information and easy planting tips for growing glorious Sweet Peas.

Sweet Peas Easy To Grow Fragranced Flowers
is just one of our favorite lenses from the Best of Home and Garden on Squidoo.

Visit there today to see many more.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Squidoo HQ

Lens of the Day: Curious George Goes to the Hospital-Best Medical Childhood Classic

Posted: 22 May 2014 05:36 AM PDT

curiousgeorgeAccording to lensmaster Kalafina, there’s no better classic read for children who need to visit the hospital than Curious George Goes to the Hospital.

Stop by today’s Lens of the Day: Curious George Goes to the Hospital-Best Medical Childhood Classic to find out why.

This lens came to our attention by way of the Light Summer Reading Squidoo Book Club Quest.  If you’re a member of the club, there’s still time to participate.

If you’re not a member, why not join us?  Learn more HERE.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Squidoo HQ

Lens of the Day: An Interview with Lori Majewski – Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s

Posted: 21 May 2014 05:32 AM PDT

madworldThe book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s totally rocks.

So does the author’s interview with our own Bonnie Diczhazy. That’s why we’ve given Lori Majewski Lens of the Day today.

Go read the interview HERE now and don’t miss the quest you’ll find at the bottom of the lens where one talented lensmaster will walk away with a copy of this bodacious book.

And if you truly love the 80′s, be sure to follow Mad World Book on Facebook.  The page is packed with good stuff.

Here’s a couple of the great 80′s-music-inspired lenses we’ve received from the quest, so far.  Take a peek and then go build one of your own.

ABC: Alphabet City: A Metropolis of Eighties Blue-Eyed Soul

1. ABC: Alphabet City: A Metropolis of Eighties Blue-Eyed Soul

The 1960s and 1970s had some exquisite examples of artists producing blue- eyed soul: Dusty Springfield, The Righteous Brothers and Boz Scaggs to name just a small sample recording in one of my favourite genres. Thankfully, the 1980s brought me yet more. A…

Things Can Only Get Better with Howard Jones

2. Things Can Only Get Better with Howard Jones

If I were to have a musical score made of my life, it definitely would consist of the music of the 80′s. The era that brought me through my teens into my early twenties was unforgettable in every way. From the crazy big hair, vibrant colored outfits a…

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Posted: 20 May 2014 02:22 PM PDT

5597111652_e21e20cd24Pressing that big orange “Publish” button is always exciting. The sense of accomplishment makes the tough work that goes into the process all worth it.

Selecting the right modules, video content, Amazon, eBay or Etsy products and choosing the layout are important parts of the process, but the heart of an excellent lens is still excellent writing.

Writing is a rewarding and beautiful way to express yourself, but sometimes it can feel impossible to get what's inside of you to stick to the page.

Writer's “block” is a vexing condition that everyone will face from time to time. If you’ve done the necessary research and have chosen a topic that you understand and care about, all of the challenges and creative blocks that you face are inside of yourself. This can make them hard to describe, much less overcome! Here are a few things that you can try the next time the words don't want to flow.

1. Go analog

Since most of us will be creating the written content for our lenses on a computer keyboard, you can leverage different types of thinking and make new creative connections in your mind by taking the tech out of the equation. Writing by hand activates different parts of the brain and you’ll find that you write slightly differently – for most people, it’s slower and more deliberate.

2. Create a mind map, brainstorm or try free writing

Try the technique of free writing or create a mind map of the information you would like to write about. If you’re having trouble finding a topic to write about, try an individual brainstorm session where you create a list of ideas as they come to you. These techniques won’t necessarily give usable writing, but the jump-start to your creative mind can help you overcome blocks and renew your enthusiasm.

3. Believe in yourself

Sharing your personal thoughts and feelings with the world is scary, but it's important that you believe in yourself, your unique vision, and original perspective. Don't get caught up comparing your work to others or doubting the worth of what you've accomplished. In order to move past writers block you have to charge forward, trusting that your experiences, talent and passion are more than enough to overcome any obstacle.

How do you move past writers block or engage your creativity when you’re feeling stuck? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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