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1 Sep

Happy Pub Day! MUG MEALS


It’s the first day of September. I’m sure you’re thinking what I’m thinking: Where did the summer go? I’m less sure you’re thinking what I’m also thinking: Why can’t every meal be made in a mug?!

For all my kindred spirits out there, we have a special single-serving treat for you. Today we’re stoked to publish Leslie Bilderback’s Mug Meals: More Than 100 No-Fuss Ways to Make a Delicious Microwave Meal in Minutes, the highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Mug Cakes! Because mugs aren’t just for cakes and coffee anymore; now you can make every meal in a mug—in minutes!butterscotch pudding

Inside are over 100 mouthwatering and lightning-fast recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Whip up a mugful of Huevos Rancheros to start off your day, then lunch on a steaming cup of French Onion Soup or Pork Chops and Apple Sauce. Serve dinner to your whole family in mugs stuffed with Poached Salmon with Dill, Pasta Puttanesca, or Candied Sweet Potatoes—and finish things off right with a decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake. The options are endless, and you can’t beat the clean-up!

To kick off the party, head over to All You for ten mouthwatering recipes from Mug Meals, including one for this Coconut Shrimp, so we can all hold on to summer for just a little while longer. coconut shrimp


Order your copy today!

Mug Meals

Barnes & Noble

And don’t miss out on all these other quick and convenient cookbooks by Leslie Bilderback!

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28 Nov

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Pumpkin Pie


Anne Spieth is the Library Marketing Manager for Macmillan and loves to cook and bake. Since this is the first Thanksgiving that she’s hosting friends and family at her little NYC apartment, she decided to do a test run of pumpkin pie from the Moosewood Restaurant Favorites cookbook. She made one large pie and 12 mini pies and they look amazing (Time to crash Anne’s party!)

Bravo, Anne!

finished pumpkin piefinished-mini-pies


Yields one 9.5-inch pie and 12 mini pies

Serves 8

Prep time:

Pastry: 15 minutes (or 0 if you buy a pre-made crust like Anne did)

Filling: 10 minutes

Bake time: 55-65 minutes


One 15-ounce can cooked pumpkin puree
3 large eggs, beaten
½ cup pure maple syrup (or ¾ cup brown or white sugar)
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk (or 1-1/2 cups of other milk, such as cream, half-and-half, soy, almond milk, etc.)
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
(Anne also added a pinch of allspice and nutmeg)

But wait! Before diving in, remember the apron! 


And the potholders!


Okay, now you’re ready!


1) Make the pie crust and fit it into the pie plate
2) In a large bowl, whisk together all the filling ingredients until smooth


Ready for Oven
3) Pour the filling into the unbaked crust and bake for 15 minutes at 425 F
4) Reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for another 40-50 minutes more until the crust is golden and a knife inserted about 2 inches from the side comes out clean
5) Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until serving time

6) Enjoy!


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8 Nov

Freebie Friday: Great Gift Ideas for the Holidays (5-Book Sweepstakes)!

It’s that time of year when most of us could use a little extra help finding those special holiday gift ideas. Whether you’re a stumped daughter-in-law or thinking of what to give your best friend’s children, we have a treasure trove of DIY fun, fashionable, and yummy projects for just about everyone on your V.I.P. list. Click here and sign up for a chance to win the five books featured here:



Think hostess gift or holiday party favor: Luscious jams, juicy jellies, tangy curds, tropical marmalades, aromatic chutneys, crunchy pickles, intoxicating cordials.

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Powell’s Books


20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat, Bootie, and Mitten Sets to Knit


Kids always have the coolest accessories! The most adorable animal-themed hat and mitten sets for babies and toddlers from ages six months to three years. Kids will love them. Parents will covet them.

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Powell’s Books

SWEET & SIMPLE PATCHWORK GIFTS by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo

25 Charming Projects to Make Using Classic Quilt Motifs


Pincushions, potholders, pillows, handbags, coin purses, zippered cases.

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Powell’s Books


A Complete How-T0-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects


A laptop case. Want.

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Powell’s Books


Perfect little designs to use for gifts, jewelry, and accessories


Miniature beaded versions of cakes and treats, fruit, flowers, fast food, animals, fairies, a tiny tea service, a micro monkey, and a little ladybug.

Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books



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7 Aug

It’s Summertime, and Making Popsicles Is Easy

Top Pops (click on cover to buy)
55 All-Natural Frozen Treats to Make at Home
by Emily Zaiden

$16.99/$18.99 Can.
112 pages, trade paperback with French flaps

I don’t know about you, but when the heat hits, I’m the type of person who’s running indoors to the nearest air conditioner, sipping on iced tea, and savoring some popsicles. With our new book Top Pops, I have been on a popsicle-making spree and keeping cool in process! They are the perfect treat to satisfy my sweet tooth and refresh me on a hot summer day.

On a particularly sweltering Saturday a few weeks ago, I cracked open the pages of Top Pops and took my first stab at popsicle making. Since it was so hot out, I knew that I wanted something fruity and refreshing. Since I love mangoes, when I saw the Mango Lime pops recipe, I just couldn’t resist. I called a friend, we bought the ingredients, and whipped up the popsicle “batter” in a matter of minutes, using my trusty friend: the immersion blender.

As I was blending the mangos, lime juice, zest, water, and sugar together, my friend was flipping through the pages of the book, and discovered the Mango Chili Margarita recipe in the Tipsy Pops section of the book. It was essentially the same exact recipe as the Mango Lime one, except tequila and a dash of chili powder are added for a kick! So we divided up the “batter” and made one batch of the Tipsy version.

Mango Chili Margarita pops in their molds


Hours later, we had ourselves a popsicle fiesta! The Mango Lime pops were deliciously refreshing, while the Margarita pops were just…wow! The tequila and chili powder gave the popsicles an earthy flavor that was deceptively subtle and sweet.


Enjoying my Mango Lime pop

Since my first foray in to pop-making, I’ve since tried the Apricot Honey Yogurt, which were super simple to make and had a nice tangy flavor from the yogurt, and the Avocado Vanilla pops, which are a unique, but deliciously creamy treat.

Apricot Honey Yogurt

Avocado Vanilla

Avocado Vanilla


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3 Aug

Preserving the Summer with Homemade Preserves & Jams

Homemade Preserves & Jams (click on cover to buy)
Over 90 Recipes for Luscious Jams, Tangy Marmalades, Crunchy Chutneys, and More
by Mary Tregellas
$24.99/$28.99 Can.
192 pages, trade paperback with French flaps

One of my favorite things to do in August is visit the farmers market to pick up and sample the fresh fruits. The only problem is, I get so excited at the sight of all that abundant fruit that I oftentimes overload my shopping bag with too much, and then I can’t manage to eat it all before it spoils.

Our new book, Homemade Preserves & Jams takes care of this dilemma. It contains over 90 recipes for sweet and savory jams, preserves, marmalades, jellies, curds, chutneys, and so much more! Plus there are extra recipes that allow you to incorporate the jams into your cooking. Now, when I have a basket full of overripe apricots, I know what to do. Make apricot jam!

Apricot Jam


I’ve never made jam or jelly before, so I was pleased to find that the steps are surprisingly easy and don’t require lots of specialized equipment. All you really need is a pan, a wooden spoon, and some jars. If you want to get fancy: a scale, jam thermometer, and a funnel are helpful, too. And the jam recipes involve only about 3 or 4 steps. It’s really quite simple!

Using a jam funnel to pot herb jelly


My favorite part of the book are the main dishes and the tons of suggestions for meals that you can incorporate your jams and jellies into. For example, now’s the perfect time of year to whip up a jar of Lemon Curd, then use it as part of a batch of delicious Lemon Meringue Tarts.

Lemon Curd


Lemon Meringue Tarts


Or, everyone’s familiar with the age-old problem of having a bunch of overripe bananas. But instead of making the standard banana bread, why not make some banana jam and use it as a topping for waffles or pancakes for a tasty breakfast treat? Also, the back of the book contains an array of recipes for breads, rolls, muffins, and scones for slathering your jams, jellies, and chutneys on.

Banana Jam and clotted cream on a belgian waffle


And if sweet isn’t your thing, then no worries, there’s a plethora of savory recipes, too: Tomato Chutney, Carmelized Onion Marmalade, Tomato and Zucchini Chutney, and more.

Tante Betty’s Zucchini Pickles


The book is filled with seasonal jam recipes that you can make all year round. So I know that I’m going to reference it again and again for inspiration throughout the year, and definitely for those times that I go a little overboard on a fruit-buying spree at the market!

Seville Orange Marmalade


Pear and Ginger Jam

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!



Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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