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07/21/2013 (12:00 am)

Low-fat Cake, Cupcake and Scone Recipes

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Deep in Michigana state renowned for its contributions to the automotive industrya dark magic lurks, bringing the dreams and nightmares of a number of literary magicians to life.  Some are well-known and critically acclaimedsome seem to have sprung full-grown from the shadows.  The place where all of this happens is a small publisher called Subterranean Press, and it’s been happening since 1995. Almost all of the publisher’s books fit in the horror, mystery, fantasy, or science fiction genres, although not always neatly.  For example, Joe R. Lansdale’s work often combines elements of fantasy, horror, mystery, and even westerns.  Lansdale publishes a number of his unreleased stories in limited editions through the press, although most titles are sold out as of this writing. [»]

05/18/2013 (12:00 am)

Boost Your Protein Intake — Baking with Seeds and Nuts

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Seeds and Nuts – Nature’s Protein Boost
Protein is an important nutrient for the body. Seeds and nuts are a good way to meet minimum daily requirements for protein. They’re full flavored and a tasty addition to baked goods. Seeds and nuts add texture to favorite recipes.

Seeds To Make Baked Goods Spectacular
Plain quick breads and biscuits come alive when caraway seeds are added. Poppy seed muffins are a big favorite at breakfast or mid-afternoon snack time. Spice up pizza or quiche with a chili [»]

03/25/2013 (12:00 am)

Sensational Seasonal Decorating Ideas for Cupcakes

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Summers in Florida are known for their hot days filled with beautiful beaches, cloudless sunny skies, and wonderful times with friends and family. What better way to celebrate the love of the summer season than with festive decorated cupcakes for your next gathering? There are many different themes and decorations that fit perfectly with any summer get together. To celebrate Independence Day, cupcakes topped with red, white, and blue are sure to be a hit. A fresh cupcake spread with creamy white icing is the perfect canvas for a fondant or gel [»]

06/21/2012 (12:00 am)

Baking with Pumpkin — Wonderful Uses of Canned Pumpkin

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Pumpkins are often associated with Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. Nothing brings the holidays to mind like a pumpkin pie, warm from the oven and laced with nutmeg and cinnamon.

But there is more to the humble pumpkin than pie. Hiding beneath its orange exterior is a nutritional powerhouse, full of vitamin C, potassium, and beta carotene. Pumpkin can be a healthy addition to any diet. Thanks to quality canned pumpkin, one need not wait until October to use it. [»]

10/17/2011 (12:00 am)

Baking for Diabetics: Sugar-free Baking with Ease

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It can be hard for those with diabetes to find yummy baking recipes that are not laden with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. However, it does not need to be so hard to make baked goods that are also diabetic-friendly. Here are some tips for making sugar-free baking easy.

1.Use a sugar substitute in place of sugar. In this day and age, there are many sugar substitutes available at grocery stores. However, make sure you read the [»]

10/04/2011 (12:00 am)

Boost Your Winter Defense — Baking with Immune Boosting Ingredients

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Winter is the season to look out for if you have young children or are prone to getting sick. Harsh weather in the winter time dramatically increases the amount of cold and flu cases. The immune system in your body was created intentionally to protect your body and heal it when you are sick. Preparing for winter may include researching baking recipes that include immune boosting ingredients. Consider the following ingredients when shopping, to get your body weather ready.
Vitamin C
Most people know that Vitamin C is good for you when you have a cold, but what [»]

09/19/2011 (12:00 am)

Baking with Leftovers — I Never Thought …

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Making dinner can be such a hassle. It is not so much the cooking part. It is figuring out what to make. Trying to please every one that will be eating and having the ingredients needed to make the meal. Sometimes, it just isn’t fun making dinner. Using your leftovers can make this process a little easier and more convenient. Besides, in this economy no one wants to waste anything.

If you had tacos and you have some leftover meat, you could use it to make [»]

08/22/2011 (12:00 am)

Florida’s Best Independent Bookstores

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Florida-s a great place to read, what with all the beaches. When you-re not watching the Bucs on Sunday Ticket on DIRECT TV get out there and peruse some of the state-s best independent bookstores. Here are a few of our favorites
Inkwell-s ” Touting itself as Tampa-s only independent bookstore Inkwells is practically an institution. The staff is friendly and the coffee-s strong and there-s no doubt you can kill an afternoon (or a weekend) [»]

04/30/2011 (12:00 am)

One, Two, Three Done: Baking for Kids

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Baking as a family can be a lot of fun and a great way to get children familiar with the kitchen. Simple steps will help children learn to follow directions and measuring ingredients will help with math skills. In addition to the educational value, you will have time to grow in your relationship. Children are also more willing to eat the food that they have created, so you may be able to get them to try foods that they normally would not try. Here is a simple, tasty recipe for [»]

04/17/2011 (12:00 am)

Baking on a Budget: Simple Ingredients

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Enjoying a home cooked meal doesn’t mean breaking the bank. A few simple ingredients combined with care will result in a satisfying and healthy day.

Frozen vegetables are the most economical way of purchasing vegetables. There are tastes for everyone, as most veggies complement any meal. Try buying in bulk as much as possible. Often you can save a lot of money on these frequently necessary ingredients.

Pasta is another great way of eating simply and isn’t expensive. Try making improvised spaghetti dishes that utilize your frozen vegetables. Use spinach, [»]

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