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A Homemade Snacks How-To

No, I’m not actually going to tell you how to make some of your favorite store-bought treats, but I am going to give you some ideas for who can and will.

This Saturday, March 9th, we are pleased to have Casey Barber, blogger and author, for a special Saturday session of our Hands-On Workshop Series. She will be demonstrating how to make marshmallow fluff, selling and signing copies of her book, and there will be FREE SAMPLES!! Unlike our other HOW workshops, no pre-registration is required for this event. So, we hope you’ll stop by for what promises to be a fun and tasty presentation.

If you’d like to cure your junk food cravings with something homemade instead of brought home, try one of these books from our extensive cookbook collection:

Fast Food Fix: 75+ Amazing Recipe Makeovers of Your Fast Food Restaurant Favorites by Devin Alexander – You know you want it. Now you can have it, but it will be better for you!

Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Snacks by Casey Barber – This is the one our Saturday presenter wrote (pictured above). Did you ever think of making funyuns or peeps at home? Well, you can!

The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila – I’ve talked about this one before, but it’s worth repeating…

Unjunk Your Junk Food: Natural Alternatives to Conventional Snacks by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer – This is an Eat This, Not That for snack foods and drinks only. If you’re going to buy your treats, buy the best and healthiest treats you can.

Vegan Junk Food: 225 Sinful Snacks That Are Good for the Soul: No Meat, No Dairy, Lots of Love! by Lane Gold – For those who are following a vegan diet, lots of snacks foods to satisfy your sweet, and salty, tooth. Vegans need great treats too!

Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites by Cynthia Nims – When you make your own treats at home, you can control the ingredients. This means less preservatives and chemicals. They’re healthier and often tastier too!

America’s Most Wanted Recipes: Delicious Recipes from Your Family’s Favorite Restaurants by Ron Douglas – These recipes may not be the most low-calorie, but they’ll be cheaper, and probably better for you, than going out. There’s also More of America’s Most Wanted Recipes and America’s Most Wanted Recipes Just Desserts from the same author.

Remember to stop by the Main Library on Saturday at 11:00am for Casey’s homemade treats presentation. We’ll be in the Quiet Reading Room on the First Floor. I’ll be introducing her and then hanging out in the back row. I hope to see you there!

Happy Snacking!
-Melissa M.

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Where’s the Love?

Are you ready for it? That most pressure-filled of holidays? No, I’m not talking about Thanksgiving or the winter holidays that require you to spend time with your family. I’m talking about Valentine’s Day. Either you’re in a relationship and you feel you have to be romantic and do something “special,” like make a commitment. Or you’re unattached and every blessed thing around you says you’d be so much happier if you were in a relationship. Trust me, that’s not always the case.

Maybe you’re looking for a way to give someone a gift that you made with love with your own two hands. (Read: cheap!) Or maybe you want to give yourself the gift of learning to do a craft you’ve never done before. Either way, you should plan to join us on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00 PM for the first Hands On Workshop of the new year – Valentine Crafts with Alicia. Pittsburgh Craft Collective member and co-author of Microcrafts, Alicia Kachmar will help us make a few Valentine-inspired items. We bet you will LOVE trying something different and taking the time for yourself to be creative.

HOW is a series of hands-on workshops for adults and teens. You will learn from skilled craftspeople. Dig in and try things out in a creative, supportive environment. Previous HOW programs have included Bookmaking with Hannah, Creepy Crafts with Lynne and Cardmaking with Julie.  At these workshops, instead of sitting quietly, being lectured to, you will participate in making your own projects. At the end of the evening you get to take your project home with you to give to that special someone, even if it’s yourself. Take some time out to learn to do something new or to rediscover an old favorite hobby. You won’t be sorry you came!

Most materials are provided. Registration is required. To register, email us at newandfeatured@carnegielibrary.org or call 412-622-3151 and ask for Julie or Melissa.

We’d LOVE to see you on February 7th! 
-Melissa M.

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