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  • Happy 4th of July!

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    I hope you're having a wonderful holiday with friends and family.  Thanks for always stopping by for crafting ideas.  Happy holidays!

    The patterns and recipes for these pictures can be found in the following links:
    The dishcloths are in Dishcloths and the dress is the Happy Day #2 pattern
    The American flag afghan is the All American Crochet Afghan pattern
    The recipe for the berry desert is in Best of Gifts of Good Taste Everyday
    Instructions for the wreath are in Deco Mesh Wreaths

  • What’s New at Leisure Arts?

    Thought I’d share a little update about what we’ve been up to at Leisure Arts…Check it out:
    The New Knook Beginner Set & More!
    So much has been happening here at Leisure Arts that it seems like the month of September has just flown by. Our newest Knook set has just hit the warehouse, and we’re thrilled! It’s perfect for kids or anyone who’d like to knit with a big crochet hook!
    Plus our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway is well underway! Don’t miss your chance to win our Duct Tape Prize Package featuring 35 rolls of Duck brand duct tape, all three of our duct tape pattern books, and your very own Trust E. Duck! Hurry, the Giveaway ends September 30! Read more…
    eBook Fans! Check out the most recent downloadable eBooks that we’ve added to our eBooks & ePatterns category.
    And Deals…Our Duct Tape BOGO promotion is still going on till October 31, and we’re also offering 10% off on everything Plastic Canvas on LeisureArts.com!
    For more bargains, browse all the different skill categories in our Current Promotions list. For more info about what’s happening at Leisure Arts, our Facebook page and Everyday Life at Leisure daily blog always have the latest news, so bookmark those sites and visit often.
    Editor's Corner:
    Just Released—The Knook Beginner Set For Kids!
    You’re gonna want our new Knook Beginner Set for Kids even if you don’t have any kids! It comes with 2 sizes of (plastic not wooden) Knooks, 2 cords, a clip, 2 yarn needles, and a pocket-size instruction book. If you’re a fan of bulky and super bulky yarns, you’re sure to love the Knook sizes we’ve included: L-8 mm in pink and M-9 mm in purple. Read more…


    Free Project: Knitting for a Cure Bookmark!
    Knit for someone in need with our free Knitting for a Cure Bookmark pattern. Pair this easy project with a book of devotions or a daily journal for a thoughtful gift, and if you love this project, specifically designed for providing comfort to loved ones who are fighting breast cancer, you’ll find it and more in our Knitting for a Cure pattern book by designer Kay Meadors—featuring 18 designs to knit and share! Knitting for a Cure is also available as an eBook for you download enthusiasts!
    New Cooking Guides In the Spotlight!
    The holidays are quickly approaching, and Leisure Arts has the recipes you need for delicious entertaining! Four newly published, laminated food guides: Candy, Cookies, Cupcakes, and Cooking Basics — each one folds out accordion-style into 12 pages. They’ll make perfect gifts for the experienced cook, the pretty confident cook, the beginning cook, and the wannabe-cook. And are they handy? Yes! Each guide is approximately 8-1/2 inches tall x 4-1/2 inches wide — the perfect size to take in your purse when you go grocery shopping.
    Cooking Basics
    This reference guide is full of useful kitchen tips and information that every cook will want to keep handy—offering up all those little details like information on measuring, equivalent measurements, cooking terms, substitutions, and food storage tips for the pantry and refrigerator plus basic guidelines on how to boil an egg and cook rice or pasta. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    Candy
    Try your hand at homemade candy with the help of this little guide! It includes candy-making tips plus recipes for Peanut Butter Fudge, Strawberry Divinity, Almond Rocha, Gumdrops, Glass Candy, Microwave Peanut Brittle, Millionaire Fudge, Old-Fashioned Mints, Marshmallows, and Chocolate-Covered Cherries. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    Cupcakes
    Discover how easy it is to create homemade cupcakes using prepared cake mix thanks to this reference guide! Recipes include Gingerbread Cupcakes, Double Chocolate Cupcakes, Sour Cream Cupcakes with Creamy White Chocolate Frosting, Snowball Cupcakes, Chocolate Angel Food Cupcakes, Ice-Cream Cone Cupcakes, Spicy Carrot Cupcakes, Toasted Coconut-Rum Cupcakes, and Santa Cupcakes. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    Cookies
    This guide features the best of both worlds—traditional family favorites and fun party treats. Recipes include Santa Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Pecan Crispies, Mom's Sugar Cookies, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies, Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps, Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mocha-Almond Cookies, Blarney Stones, and Chocolate Malted Cookies. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    See photos on our blog... (Everyday Life at Leisure might just be giving away copies of these cool little cookbooks!)
    Current Promotions
    Be sure to check on current promotions at LeisureArts.com as new promotions will be added on a regular basis. Below are a few we are currently running.

    Duct Tape BOGO—Celebrate Halloween with duct tape! Buy our print or eBook Stick or Treat (filled with Halloween costumes, pumpkins, and more) and get the corresponding print or eBook Go Crazy with Duct Tape—free! Offer good Now through October 31!

    • Stock your pattern library with our 10% off all Plastic Canvas products promotion from now through October 10!


    • All of our Mary Engelbreit products on sale at 50% off the original retail price.

    • We have select products marked at 40% off the original retail price in the following categories: Crochet, Cross Stitch, Knitting, Painting, Paper Crafting, Quilting and Sewing.

    • Select how-to DVD Products on sale at up to 50% off the original retail price!

    Clearance Products: These products have been placed on clearance and greatly discounted from the original retail price.

  • Win It Wednesday: Cooking Pocket Guides

    Update!
    Drum Roll, Please!!! 
    Our Winner is Carmen Nuland!

    Happy Win It Wednesday! Our Leisure Arts Food Editor, Celia Harkey, is guest blogging today about our four new cooking pocket guides, and she’s got a copy of each to give away! Read on to find out how you could be a winner in our Win It Wednesday Giveaway!
    Have you looked at your calendar? The holidays are quickly approaching, and Leisure Arts has the recipes you need for delicious entertaining! Four newly published, laminated food guides: Candy, Cookies, Cupcakes, and Cooking Basics — each one folds out accordion-style into 12 pages. Check it out:

    I guess you could call these food guides the 4 Cs of recipes for all cooks: the experienced cook, the pretty confident cook, the beginning cook, and the wannabe-cook. And are they handy? Yes! Each guide is approximately 8-1/2 inches tall x 4-1/2 inches wide — the perfect size to take in your purse when you go grocery shopping.
    In fact, I am so excited about these easy-to-keep-clean laminated recipes because I know you will want them for yourself AND to give as gifts. Cooking Basics is a reference full of useful kitchen tips and information and, since each page is laminated, there’ll be no stains on your recipes! Keep it tucked close by in your kitchen drawer — I promise this will be your “go-to” resource for measuring, cooking terms, substitutions, food storage, and even basic everyday recipes. Cooking Basics makes a great gift, especially in addition to those “can’t cook without them” measuring cups and spoons for a new bride!
    Now for those holidays that make me so eager to start gathering my ingredients! The Candy laminated guide includes a helpful feature on “Using a Candy Thermometer.” This will boost every cook’s confidence for making candy that requires a more precise test for the best results. For Halloween, I have already decided to make the Microwave Peanut Brittle and the Strawberry Divinity recipes. Everyone loves peanut brittle, so I’ll have a plate of brittle and some hot apple cider for goblins and ghouls who want to stop in and visit. Now about the Strawberry Divinity (I know you have been thinking — “what the heck?”). It is a tasty, creamy divinity using flavored gelatin as the secret ingredient. So pick your flavor and get cooking! I’m choosing orange gelatin for my Halloween divinity. Won’t that look deliciously spooky with the orange candy pieces in a spider-print cellophane bag for treats?
    With Thanksgiving ahead and some menu planning required, you will certainly want to add cupcakes to your entertaining list. Cupcakes is a collection of recipes, all starting with a cake mix! But, these aren’t just a plain cake mix — they have special ingredients to enhance the flavor. In addition, you have a choice of three different icing recipes to pipe, spread, or drizzle on your cupcakes. My favorite Fall cupcakes are Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting topped with a piece of orange slice candy! Believe me, the Official Taster is very partial to the Spicy Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. These are moist and tasty with shredded carrots, sweetened coconut, and toasted walnuts with more walnuts and coconut on top of the yummy creamy maple frosting. You can’t go wrong with either of these!
    As you may know, I am a cookie junkie and there is no way for me to pick a favorite from the new collection of recipes in Cookies! The decorated Santa Cookies would be a tasty way to sweeten up your Christmas party. These butter cookies are cut into star shapes, baked, and decorated with fluffy red and white icing for a very cute presentation. Other cookies include traditional family choices like Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mom’s Sugar Cookies, and crunchy Pecan Crispies.  
    We just made it lots easier to look up easy cooking reminders and to keep your favorite sweet recipes at hand!
    Just leave a comment at the end of this post before next Wednesday, October 3, and you might win all four of our cooking pocket guides! (Please remember to give me your EMAIL address in the comment or in your profile, so I can contact you if you are the winner.) If you can’t wait to win, order your own copies of Cooking Basics, Candy, Cupcakes, and Cookies now and let the creativity begin! (All four cooking pocket guides, Cooking Basics eBook, Candy eBook, Cupcakes eBook, and Cookies eBook, are also available for all of you download fans out there!)
  • Family Living Classic Cookbooks!

    Are you ready for a great deal on cookbooks? Check out the six newest additions to our series of Family Living cookbooks! Featuring great chicken dishes, snacks for kids, vegetarian recipes, sweets to tempt you, microwave miracles, and yummy sizzlers, each one is a handy size and filled with a variety of kitchen-tested recipes to please all tastes, plus they include metric equivalents and cooking tips! Best of all—they’re only $1.00 each!

    Family Living Classics: Chicken Snacks and Soups — Salads, Too
    Tender, tasty chicken is a favorite family food, but that doesn't mean you always have to cook it the same way. This book presents 35 recipes for a wide variety of chicken soups, salads, and snacks that make exciting choices for lunch, dinner, and informal gatherings. Snacks include Chilli Chicken Pizza, Chicken Tostadas, Tandoori Chicken Bites, Stuffed Drumsticks, Chicken Dim Sums, and Indian Chicken Wraps. Soups and salads include Curried Chicken Soup, Chicken Minestrone, Greek Chicken Salad, Julienne Chicken Sausage Salad, and Pasta Chicken Salad. Rice, bread and noodles include Chicken Fried Rice, Chicken Pilaf, Stuffed Flatbread, Chicken Dumpling Rice, and Curried Chicken Rice.

    Are you looking for children's snacks that are kid-friendly but also meet parents' nutrition concerns? Choose from 37 quick, easy, and healthy vegetarian recipes for mornings, lunches, and after school. Most are shapes and sizes that kids can relate to, with lots of finger foods they can eat fast and then rush off to play. Don't be surprised when grown-ups love these vegetarian recipes, too! Hearty snacks include Hidden Veggie Pizza, Baked Cheese Fingers, and Stuffed Potatoes with Corn. Lunch snacks include Sesame Potato Triangles, Vegetable Pancakes, Nutty Corn Burger, and Easy Cheesy Broccoli Balls. Evening snacks include Vegetable Kebobs and Mexican Antojitos Minis. Sweets include Jam Cookies, Molten Choco Cupcakes, and Mango Duet Popsicles.

    Cakes and cookies are sweet delights that help us celebrate life's special occasions, as well as to savor everyday moments. Whether it's fancy cakes for birthdays or parties, or simple desserts and cookies for snacking, the 33 recipes in this book will help you impress guests and please loved ones. Tea time cakes include Apple Oat Cake, Rainbow Vegetable Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Carrot Cake, Rich Eggless Chocolate Cake, and Cherry Almond Loaf. Party cakes and pastries include Truffle Cake, Frozen Ice Cream Cake, Chocolate Eclairs, and Mango Yogurt Cheesecake. Tarts and pies include Chocolate Tarts, Choco Nut Pie, and Fresh Fruit Tarts. Cookies include Cashewnut Cookies, Dark Chocolate Cookies, and Walnut-Raisin Cookies.

    For today's busy families, the microwave oven often saves the day. Making it possible to prepare great meals in minutes, microwaves even let you do the cooking in the serving dish, so there is less mess to clean up afterward. This book has a range of delicious microwave recipes, from starters and soups to desserts and cakes. For extra excitement, the main courses offer a selection of Continental dishes as well as Chinese, Thai, and Indian. The 26 recipes include Italian Mushroom Caps, Yogurt Chicken Bites, Chicken Mulligatawny, Rice-Vegetable Ring, Fish in Herb Sauce, Chicken Stroganoff, Glass Noodles with Sesame Paste, Thai Red Curry with Vegetables, Corn Curry, Grilled Vegetables with Tofu, Truffle Dessert, and Apple Coconut Pudding.

    There's nothing quite like the sound and smell of sizzling food to make diners sit up and take notice. With a little adaptation and a cast iron serving griddle, many of your favorite foods can be presented this way. Our 38 recipes reflect a variety of cuisines to serve as a sizzling meal-in-one with interesting accompaniments. Choices include Sizzling Bean 'n' Corn Burritos, Chicken Burritos with Red Sauce, Crispy Chicken Sizzler, Noodle Steak Sizzler, Chicken Manchurian Sizzler, Sizzling Cacciatore Chicken Pasta, Sizzling Chicken with Risotto, Chicken Steaks with Mushroom Sauce, Pasta Sizzler in Pepper Sauce, Kebob Sizzler, Thai Sizzler, Tofu Steaks on Pineapple Rings, and Sizzling Brownie 'n' Ice-Cream.

    Family Living Classics: Sandwiches and Wraps — Vegetarian
    Easy to fix, easy to eat, and easy to carry along, sandwiches and wraps are family favorites any time of day. With the huge variety of healthy breads now available, building a nutrition-filled sandwich takes just minutes. And once you know the basics of a wrap, it's fun to create innovative tastes and textures. Our 34 quick and simple vegetarian recipes include Barbecue Corn Sandwich, Tahini Sprout Sandwich, Cucumber Hummus Sandwich, Baby Corn Crostini, Tofu and Potato Sandwich, Veggie Mozzarella Sandwich, Mexican Wrap, Stir Fried Salad Wrap, Indian Wraps, and Veggie Cheese Wrap. Party sandwiches include Olive and Pinenut Wedges, Tomato Basil Bruschetta, Chilli Potato Footlongs, and Strawberry Fingers.

    If you like our cool $1.00 cookbooks, be sure to check out our entire Family Living cookbook series for more culinary inspiration! Some of the cookbooks are downloadable, so the deal's even better!
  • Memorial Day Dessert Recipes

    Got any exciting Memorial Day plans for this long holiday weekend? We’re having a picnic, and I’ve been selected by my family to bring the desserts! To that end, I’ve once again been studying dessert recipe possibilities from our Leisure Arts cookbooks!
    To go with the Memorial Day theme, I think I’ve settled on two dessert recipes from our Family Living Horray For Cookouts $1.00 cookbook—a Patriotic Dessert featuring fresh strawberries and blueberries plus our Patriotic Cake that gets its all-American flair from red and blue fruit-flavored gelatins. Yum!
    Get yourself a copy of Family Living Hooray For Cookouts! Besides my favorite dessert recipes, it has 100 recipes for everything from casual to classic and sweet to savory. Check out the details…you might find another recipe that you need for your own Memorial Day celebration:
    “Meals shared in the Great Outdoors have a lot going for them—good tastes, good friends, great atmosphere. Families and friends relish their time together, relaxing and munching on their favorite simple foods. Here are 100 recipes for sauces and sides to serve with hot dogs or steak, chicken or pork, and sweets to complete the meals. Recipes include Hubcap Burgers, Southwestern Steak, Cowboy Barbecue Sauce, Easy Hot Dog Relish, Grilled Meat Seasoning, Favorite Fish Fry Seasoning, Reuben Spread, Spicy Beer Mustard, Tex-Mex Ketchup, Lemon Pepper Basting Sauce, Black Bean Dip, Tangy Peach Salsa, Rosemary Chicken Potato Salad, Rainbow Fruit Salad, S’More Cookies, Patriotic Cake, and other favorites.”
    And the cool thing is, Family Living Hooray For Cookouts is also available as an eBook, so you can download it right now—just in time for holiday cooking—for only 50 cents! Can’t beat that!
    Happy Memorial Day, y’all!
  • Healthy Cookbook Series Helps Create A Healthy Lifestyle

    All involved in my not particularly healthy lifestyle, I spend a lot of time craving cupcakes, chocolate, bread, and other goodies which I’ve been sharing with my readers in the form of our Celebrating cookbook series...and some of you folks have been fussing! You’ve been asking for a healthy cookbook. Well you asked, and we provided! Diabetic? Gluten intolerant? Trying to avoid artificial additives and preservatives? Or simply trying to lead a more food healthy lifestyle? Check out the new Leisure Arts Deliciously Healthy cookbook series featuring—Cooking for Diabetes, Baking, Vegetables, and Sweets! Let’s hear it for healthy and tasty recipes!
    Deliciously Healthy Cooking for Diabetes
    People diagnosed with diabetes shouldn’t have to say "no" to flavorful foods! With these tasty recipes in this healthy cookbook, it is possible for them to enjoy a meal without compromising on flavor or health. There are 100 recipes for soups, salads, appetizers, main courses, vegetables and pastas, and desserts, all developed and tested by Yael Avital, an international expert on cooking for special dietary needs. Each recipe includes nutrition facts and dietary exchange information. The beautifully photographed book also includes expert advice, practical tips, meal plans, and American Diabetes Association Exchange Charts and Guidance on Carb Counting for managing glucose. Eating should be a joy for everyone in the family. These recipes make it possible!
    Deliciously Healthy Baking
    In search of a healthy lifestyle? Just say NO to artificial additives and preservatives! Every nutritious loaf, cake, and cookie in this timely cookbook is pure, wholesome, and healthy. Whole-grain flours are the staple ingredients in 80 tasty recipes for daily and special breads, morning bakes, cakes, and cookies. Tempting color photographs inspire the home baker to fill the house with the fragrance of fresh bread. Straight from the oven of a Le Cordon Bleu-trained baker, Avner Laskin, these slices of heaven taste and look fantastic!
    Deliciously Healthy Vegetables
    The exhortation to "eat your veggies" is about to become the sweetest sound a veggie-phobe can ever hear! Vegetables of all kinds are elevated to ambrosia in this book. They appear in fragrant pastry, such as focaccia with two types of mushrooms. They make a ribollita soup extra-rich with root vegetables and spinach. And they liven up the flavor of grilled sirloin skewers with sweet peppers and onions. Whether served raw, blanched, boiled, stir-fried, or baked, these 116 tasty recipes are all easy to prepare. Best of all, they make use of readily available ingredients! Culinary author Shaily Lipa delves into her cooking experience in London, Italy, and Thailand to bring an international influence to many of these dishes. Chapters include Starters and Salads, Savory Pastry, Soups, Side Dishes, Pasta and Grains, and Meat and Fish. Eat your veggies? Yes, Ma’am!
    Deliciously Healthy Sweets
    Who’d have ever thought that sweets could be part of a healthy lifestyle? The good news is that a diagnosis of diabetes or gluten intolerance doesn’t automatically put baked goods on the banned list! These tasty recipes in this unbelievably healthy cookbook make it possible to enjoy a sweet without compromising on either taste or health. Developed and tested by Yael Avital, an international expert on cooking for special dietary needs, these 99 recipes include cakes, cookies, mousses, drinks, sorbets, and desserts. More than half are gluten-free recipes, and there are also some with no-added sugar, reduced sugar, or sugar-free ingredients. Beautiful color photography is found throughout the book, and every recipe includes nutrition facts and dietary exchange information.
    If you’re all about living a healthy lifestyle just because you want to or because you have to due to diabetes, gluten intolerance, or any of a dozen other health reasons, you’re going to want to take a look at our new healthy cookbook series—Deliciously Healthy! Food can taste good and still be good for you!
  • Cupcakes for Mother’s Day

    I’ve been hinting around to my kids that I’d really like to have cupcakes for Mother’s Day. I suspect I’m being ignored even though I’ve gone so far as to conveniently leave my copy of our Leisure Arts cookbook—Celebrating Cupcakes & Muffins right in the middle of the dining table for the past week…
    Seriously, who could resist this cupcakie goodness???
    Real Flower Cupcakes
    Fresh flowers are used to mark many special occasions. Why not use them to decorate cupcakes, too? (Just make sure to use edible flowers that were grown without pesticides.)
    Bananas About You!
    This simple cupcake is sure to be a favorite. For pizzazz, use multi-colored silicone cupcake liners!
    Country Wedding Cupcakes
    These pretty cupcakes make a lovely and light dessert, perfect for capping off a big festive meal. You could make several batches for serving at an engagement party, anniversary party, or a wedding.
    Strawberry Cheesecakes
    Delight the guests at your next affair by serving them their very own cheesecakes, topped with a strawberry (or blueberries or raspberries…)!
    Little Lemon Meringues
    Treat your guests to individual lemon meringue pies with this delicious recipe! Perfect for afternoon tea, Sunday brunch, or a grand finale dessert.
    White Rose Cupcakes
    When piping the frosting on this cupcake, you start in the center and work your way outward so that it looks like a rose.
    Garden of Flowers Cupcakes
    These pretty cupcakes are easy to make if you use prepared sugar flowers!
    Cocoa Nutty Mountain Cupcakes
    Love chocolate? These cupcakes feature a chocolate base, smooth chocolatey center, creamy chocolate frosting, and chocolate-coated almond topping.
    Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
    These soft-serve style ice cream cone cupcakes are made by inverting baked cupcakes on top of flat-bottomed ice cream cones.
    Birthday Cake Cupcakes
    Stack these cupcakes in a tower to make a playful, easy-to-serve birthday or any day cake!
    Since cupcakes are so perfect for any occasion, I think they’d be especially perfect served to me this Mother’s Day! If you’re inspired to make cupcakes for your mom, get your copy of our Celebrating Cupcakes & Muffins right now! It’s available as a pdf download, so you can start baking right away!
  • Cinco de Mayo Teen Party Fare

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! For me, Cinco de Mayo and food are synonymous! (Truthfully food in general just works for me anytime!) In honor of this Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d share a great menu plan from our Celebrating Party Foods cookbook—the Teen Fiesta!
    Teens love to turn up the volume on everything, including taste! This South of the Border fiesta treats them to hot and spicy flavors and then lets them chill out with icy fruit punch and a cake that’s cool and creamy! The menu for this fiesta includes:
    Ice-cold, slushy Orange-Pineapple Punch, spicy Mini Beef Nachos, Cheesy Been Burritos, and Mexican Macaroni and Cheese…
    White Cheese Dip, South of the Border Salsa, and tortilla chips…
    And Tres Leches Cake (named for the three milks that make it so rich and moist)!
    This yummy party menu might be billed as a “Teen Fiesta,” but I’m pretty sure that I’d be happy eating these goodies myself to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! If this menu works for you, too…order your own copy of our Celebrating Party Foods cookbook (print version) or get the downloadable version, so you can start the fiesta right now! 
  • Super Bowl Food from Celebrating Party Foods

    Happy Super Bowl Sunday, Y’all!

    Look what the guys could be eating if only you had our Leisure Arts Celebrating Party Foods cookbook:

    You could be kicking off the pre-game festivities with Beer Cheese Spread and Savory Snack Mix!

    Be watching the half-time extravaganza while consuming massive quantities of Make-Ahead Saucy Ribs, cheesy Field Goal Potatoes, and Baked Bean Blitz!

    And all you less-than-football-fanatics out there could be rewarding yourselves at the end of the game with a slice of this Coconut Candy Bar Cake!

    Yum! Aren’t I evil to tease you like this? Better add Celebrating Party Foods to your cookbook library! Your turn to cook for Girl’s Night is coming up, and you know they’d love…

    A Pasta Party!

  • Free Chocolate Candy Recipe For Valentine’s Day!

    Happy Saturday All! One of my favorite food holidays is coming up—Valentine’s Day, so I’ve spent this morning researching the perfect candy to make this year! The Love-Of-My-Life is a raspberry fan, so, in particular, I’ve been looking for raspberry recipes, and I think I’ve found the perfect one—Raspberry Chocolates from our Leisure Arts Best of Gifts of Good Taste Everyday!

    If you like the idea of gourmet chocolates that even a novice candy maker like me can handle, check out this recipe:

    RASPBERRY CHOCOLATES
    6 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
    6 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
    1/2 cup raspberry jelly

    In separate small saucepans, melt chocolates over low heat, stirring constantly. Pour semisweet chocolate into a warm pie plate. Drizzle white chocolate over semisweet chocolate. Use the end of a wooden spoon to swirl together. Do not overmix. In batches, fill a bonbon mold half full with chocolate mixture. Using a small paintbrush, carefully brush chocolate mixture up sides of mold. Place mold in freezer 2 minutes or until chocolate hardens. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon raspberry jelly into each chocolate shell. Spoon a small amount of chocolate mixture over jelly, making sure edges are sealed. Return to freezer 2 minutes or until chocolate hardens. Invert and press on back of mold to release candies. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

    Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen 1-1/8-inch bonbons

    If you like this recipe, be sure to check out the cookbook it came from—Best of Gifts of Good Taste Everyday! This is really a pretty cool book! It pairs great recipes with crafty gifts for twice the fun, plus, it’s a flip book.

    After you’ve enjoyed Best of Gifts of Good Taste Everyday, just flip it over for Best of Gifts of Good Taste Christmas!

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