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  • I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional sandwich cookies. I know that probably makes me a weirdo in your book, but two dry cookies sandwiched with a dreamy filling doesn’t make an ideal cookie to me. I’ll eat the filling, leave the dry cookies, thank you.

    But wait! An oatmeal cream pie? Now there’s a different story! There you have two soft, hearty oatmeal cookies AND the dreamy filling. Um, yes please, I’ll take the whole thing…and an extra for the road.
     
     
    That’s how I came to my Cookie Butter Oatmeal Sandwich cookies. I took the amazing cookie butter that I love (dreamy filling) and sandwiched it between to chewy but substantial oatmeal cookies. This just got serious. The perfect combo.
     
    If you haven’t tried cookie butter… get in your car and drive to the store NOW! If you’re at Trader Joe’s grab a jar of their Cookie Butter; if you’re at Target, Walmart, Kroger or wherever you happen to shop, grab a jar of creamy Biscoff spread or Speculoos spread! Now, drive home and get ready to bake (oh, go ahead and eat a spoonful to start…and resist eating the whole jar).

  • When you’re the host of a get-together, there’s nothing more reassuring than to know you’ve got a ginormously gorgeous baked ham ready to be the centerpiece of the table.

    Your guests will not be able to resist the sweet glaze that flavors each spectacular, succulent slice of this ham. Make it ahead, bake it while you’re wrapping presents or writing cards. And when you’re ready to serve, put it beside other entrees, the bread basket and wine.

    This ham’s versatility is the best part. If there are leftovers, you can have some flavorful ham sandwiches, sides, salads or whatever ham heaven your heart desires.

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    We knew you were coming. So we baked you a sampler. 

    Welcome to the first Homemade Quirk sampler. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best crafts and baked goods that Quirk Books has to offer. Tiny books from Microcrafts, cat portraits from Crafting with Cat Hair, mini homemade Pop Tarts from Tiny Food Party, bottled potions from Witch Craft, and a lot more! 

    So if you have special people on your list who appreciate cute and quirky items and edibles, use this guide to create one-of-a-kind presents that will show them just how well you know them and just how much you care.

    Just save the .PDF, and upload it to your favorite eReader. We've got the directions below. 

    Uploading a PDF to your Kindle: Connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cable. You should see the Kindle pop up as an external drive. Open it, and copy the .PDF into the Documents folder. BAM. It'll appear as an item on your Home page. Done and done. 

    You can also email the file directly to your Kindle. For information on that process and how to find your device email, visit Amazon's official website

    Uploading a PDF to Your Nook: Uploading files to your Nook Tablet is easy. Connect your Nook to your computer. You'll see it as a removable drive. Copy and paste the PDF to the appropriate Nook folder. According to Barnes & Noble's official website, you should place PDFs in the Documents folder. The same thing applies to the Nook Color and Simple Touch

    You can also email the file to yourself, and open it on your Nook. Download and save the attachment when you open it on your Nook. 

    If you need more help, check out Barnes & Noble's Nook Support section for more information

    Uploading a PDF to Your Kobo: There are different steps involved in transfering over a .PDF onto a Kobo, depending on what model you have (Wireless, Original, eReader Touch). You can get a step by step breakdown over on the Kobo website.

    If you want to share your creations or are just looking for more original D.I.Y. projects, join us online! Follow Homemade Quirk on Twitter and check us out on Facebook, where we tweet and post our favorite recipes, crafts, and more! 

  • For those that love words and those that love food, the combination is heaven. I first learned how literary food could make my mouth water and tongue slurp like Wile E. Coyote through Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham, man. Then, I remember reading how Edmund couldn’t resist Turkish Delights and loved how an author could make a sugary treat sound so tempting. I don’t need that much convincing, but it’s always pleasant to experience lovely language mixed with food. Preview: Dainty slapjacks garnished with honey and puddings made of delightful creaminess.

    In short I became very ravenous, especially for pudding, figuring out which literary recipes to present. You might too.
     
    1. Turkish Delight (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe): In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Edmund inhaled the Snow Queen’s Turkish Delight (pictured above!) and betrayed his siblings! Then, he had the gall to ask for more. Sheesh.
     
    Turkish Delight is comprised of sugar, gelatin, water, and cornstarch, and it is commonly flavored with rosewater, lemon or mint. History says a Turkish man named Bekir Effendi, who opened up a confectionary shop in Istanbul in 1776, unveiled the delicacy in his sweet boutique. Legend has it that an Englishman stumbled upon the treat and began shipping cases back to Britain calling it “Turkish Delight.”
     
    Soon, it became a ritual among socialites to exchange Turkish Delights wrapped in silk handkerchiefs as gifts. [Recipe]
     
    2. Pickled Limes (Little Women): The youngest sister, Amy, in Louis May Alcott’s Little Women was crazy for pickled limes. Pickles limes were the iPhones of today, the Tamagotchis and Pogs of the nineties.
     
    "Why, you see, the girls are always buying them, and unless you want to be thought mean, you must do it too. It's nothing but limes now, for everyone is sucking them in their desks in schooltime, and trading them off for pencils, bead rings, paper dolls, or something else, at recess. If one girl likes another, she gives her a lime. If she's mad with her, she eats one before her face, and doesn't offer even a suck."
     
    So, you see, anyone who is anyone eats pickled limes. [Recipe]

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