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Marshmallow Madness: A March Quirk Perk!

MARSHMALLOW MADNESS by Shauna Sever ($3.99)

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If you’ve never tasted a fresh, homemade marshmallow, are you in for a treat! Marshmallow Madness! shows how to whip up dozens of fluffy, puffy flavors—from Strawberry and Vanilla to Buttered Rum, Root Beer Float, Maple Bacon, and more. Author Shauna Sever also includes easy recipes for homemade graham crackers, drinks for mallow dunking, and a host of irresistible desserts, including Lemon Dream Whoopie Pies, Blonde Rocky Road, and S’mores Cupcakes.

Valentine's DIY: Pom-Pom Flower Bouquet

So you still don’t have anything to give your sweetheart for Cupid’s birthday? No problem. You can make the perfect gift in no time. Just start flexing your fingers…

And get crafting!

Everyone loves receiving flowers, but the gesture can get lost in the resulting scurry for a vase (do you even own a vase?), filling it with water (tap or filter?), and then placing it in the perfect spot (just put it down already!). Or you could just make a bouquet out of fluffy, boingy pom-poms, like the one from Pom-Poms! 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects.

Spray the poms with a little perfume so they smell as fragrant as your lover’s favorite bloom!

Valentine's DIY: Bloody Good Punch

By now your honey probably thinks you forgot about Valentine’s Day. Which makes it the perfect moment to launch your snuggle attack! But first, you might need to sweet-talk your way out of the doghouse. And who can say no to a lovingly handcrafted cocktail?

Since you’re celebrating your sweetheart and your joint cuddles, champagne is clearly the way to go. The Bloody Good Punch from Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks will put your darling in a bubbly, nuzzly mood. Also, pink!

Valentine's DIY: Making Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Feeling a little handsy—I mean handy—this Valentine’s Day? We can help!

Whether you’re trying to impress your new flame or spicing up a long-term devotion, a crafty Valentine is the way to go. But maybe you waited until the last minute (like we did with this post)! Never fear, Quirk is bringing you Three DIYs of Valentines, just under the wire.

Even in the eleventh hour, you can still whip up something sweet for your sweetie. The Red Velvet Whoopie Pies from Sprinkles: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts are a scrumptious way to show you care.

February's Quirk Perk: The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook by Lindsay Landis!

 

THE COOKIE DOUGH LOVER'S COOKBOOK by Lindsay Landis ($3.99)

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Food blogger Lindsay Landis has invented the perfect cookie dough. It tastes great. It’s egg free (and thus safe to eat raw). You can whip it up in minutes. And, best of all, you can use it to make dozens of delicious cookie dough creations, from cakes, custards, and pies to candies, brownies, and even granola bars. Included are recipes for indulgent breakfasts (cookie dough doughnuts!), frozen treats (cookie dough Popsicles!), and outrageous snacks (cookie dough eggrolls! cookie dough fudge! cookie dough pizza!).

Super Bowl Party Prep: Spicy Black Bean Dip

The Super Bowl may be America’s greatest unofficial holiday. An entire day devoted to eating, drinking, and watching TV with friends and family. Could there be a more American day?

Super Bowl Sunday is the largest food consumption event of the year, trailing only Thanksgiving. It’s so treasured that over 130 million Americans will spend over $55 million dollars on food for the Super Bowl. That’s a lotta chips and guacamole, as in over 15,000 tons of chips and 50 millions pounds of avocadoes.

A good Super Bowl party will have chips and guacamole. A great Super Bowl party will have several chips ‘n dips. One of them should be this Spicy Black Bean Dip. Here’s why: It’s simple to make. It’s vegetarian, which means you can eat more of it while still feeling virtuous. And most importantly, it’s chunky, making it supremely scoop-able with chips.

Super Bowl Party Prep: White Cheese Nachos With Black Beans, Salsa and Jalapeños

Look to the nachos, folks. Look to the nachos. This recipe makes a white nacho cheese sauce instead of the traditional yellow. Black beans add contrast, fiber and a bit more protein. Ok, the jalapenos are green and the salsa red, so there are more colors here than just black and white, but you get the point.

Crafting With Cat Hair: January's Quirk DIY Book Club Selection!

Hey there Quirk fans! Welcome to the Quirk DIY Book Club! This month's selection is Crafting With Cat Hair by Kaori Tsutaya

Same as last month, you can snag one of TEN free copies by entering the Rafflecopter below. Winners will receive a copy of the book, and will be encouraged to send in photos of their finished crafts, which we will post here on the Quirk blog at the end of the month. You'll also be invited to pin along with us on our Pinterest page.

Celebrate Winter with Six Geeky Cutout Snowflake Ideas!

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Paper snowflakes are a winter staple, and there's really no easier way to make the season of warm drinks, big fireplaces, and family baking more festive. But even though the holidays are usually all about Christmas trees, stars, and menorahs, there's no reason why you can't indulge your nerdier side with this easy craft.

How to Throw A Pride and Prejudice Birthday Party

It is a truth universally acknowledged that some of the best parties are birthday parties. Since Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is celebrating 200 years of publication, now seems like a great time to throw a literary birthday party—for the book or for yourself! 

Holiday Beverages for Bookworms

The holidays are finally upon us! This hopefully means you have some free time to relax in your favorite reading chair and read a book by candlelight. To make your holiday reading even more special, pour yourself a glass of the perfect beverage to go with whatever genre your heart has chosen.

All Four Craft-A-Day Apps Discounted For The Holidays!

Hey crafters! Did you know in addition to being an awesome book, Craft-A-Day by Sarah Goldschadt is also an app? Well, some of it anyway.

There are special seasonal apps that tie in to Sarah's book, like how seasonal flavors compliment a delicious cup of coffee. Think pumpkin spice, but for your iPad. 

We've discounted the seasonal apps for the holidays, each of which is loaded with a number of fun projects. Go ahead and head over to the App store and pick them up for just 99 cents! Links are below! 

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Rainbow Sprinkles Blog Tour Roundup

Some of the best bloggers from around the web made recipes inspired by my new book Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts. One of my favorite sprinkles inspired quotes came from We are not Martha who said, "sprinkles are one of the happiest things in all the world. They’re on the same level as glitter… except they’re edible. So, they automatically win. "

Thanks for participating everyone! It was a ton of fun and I got to meet some tremendous blogger/bakers.

Adventures in Book Arts: Three Places To Buy Beautiful Handmade Notebooks

Though I have probably a dozen blank notebooks in varying sizes and styles, I cannot resist buying more. The ability to create one's own journal or project portfolio is a skill that I've always wanted to develop, but until I do, I will continue to covet others' handmade gems.

The Quirk D.I.Y. Holiday Gift Guide!

Welcome to the annual Quirk D.I.Y. Holiday Gift Guide!

Below, you'll see a number of picks from our quirk-tastic catalog. From cookbooks to craftbooks, apps to free eBooks, there's a little bit of something for everyone in here. Click away to learn more about the books!

Interested in featuring one of these on your blog, for your holiday roundup? Email eric@quirkbooks.com with your requests! Happy Holidays!

Deck the Halls with Book-Inspired Holiday Decor

(Image: Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe)

'Tis the season for hanging, spangling, sparkly things in the house! But why buy when you can make, and why make out of anything ordinary when you can make out of books? Here are my favorites: easy to make at home, and perfect for whatever you want to celebrate!

Let's Have A "Little Women" Christmas!

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without at least one viewing of Little Women.  Even though this isn't your typical Christmas movie, the 1994 version has some of the best Christmas scenes full of food, family, and laughter.  And, don't even get me started on the book. Making something out of nothing is what the March sisters do best, and Christmas is no exception.  Carols will be sung.  Gifts will be exchanged.  Food will be eaten, and the poor will be helped.  Even times of upheaval cannot dampen the girls' holiday spirit. Here's how to celebrate the March family way!

Bookish Crochet for Lazy Days

While there is nothing better than a day spent reading, sometimes my fingers have a mind of their own and insist on being kept busy. To keep your own digits occupied, pop in an audiobook and try out some of these crochet projects.

Harry Potter fans do not need to be limited to crocheting scarves. (1) The Golden Snitch from Inner Child Crochet is unexpected and is great for the advanced beginner.

If you are looking for something a little more eye catching (2) Luna Lovegood's Earrings from Thread-Bear are just the thing.

Twilight lovers will appreciate (3) the Bella Swan La Push Crochet Hat from Jenn Likes Yarn. This cute topper will keep your head warm while you study up on vampire lore.

Star Wars obsessives must check out (4) the Yub Nub Scoodie from Tiny Purrs. Channel your inner Ewok with this project that is part hoodie, part scarf, and completely clever.

The Cookiepedia: November's Quirk DIY Book Club Pick!

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Hey there Quirk fans! Welcome to the Quirk DIY Book Club! This month's selection is The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando

Same as last month, you can snag one of TEN free copies by entering the Rafflecopter below. Winners will receive a copy of the book, and will be encouraged to send in photos of their finished crafts, which we will post here on the Quirk blog at the end of the month. You'll also be invited to pin along with us on our Pinterest page.

How to Make a Glitter Pom-Pom Ornament

Use leftover cupcake liners and gold glitter to create an easy ornament that will add sparkle to your holidays. 

Winter Cocktails: A Fun Video From Cookin' & Shootin'

María del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano, the duo behind Quirk's Winter Cocktails and the wonderful blog Cookin' & Shootin', whipped up a really cute promo video for their upcoming book.

Have a look, and make sure you scope out their blog for more fun food adventures

Quirk DIY Book Club Results: Creepy Cute Crochet!

Last month's Quirk Perk and Quirk DIY Book Club pick was Creepy Cute Crochet. As part of the whole Book Club experience, we're encouraging winners to send in pictures of their projects. Last month's winners, Katie Hilton and Stephanie Johnson, were kind enough to send in pictures of their crafts, and we just love them!

Check them out after the jump!

Drink the Rainbow: Skittles-Flavored Vodka

Skittles flavored vodka. I repeat, Skittles. Flavored. Vodka.

Recipes like this are why it's great to be a grown-up: sure, fruity candy is tasty, but wouldn't it be better if it were...boozier? This is a great and inexpensive gift for friends who need a pop of color on their bar, or just a fun and easy way to fancy up your cocktails at home. Best of all, it's as simple as pouring things in jars—but it's a two-day process, so plan accordingly.

Oscar Wilde Cupcakes: Boozy Chocolate With Pecan Praline Filling

Today we're saying "Happy Birthday" to the greatest dandy of them all—Irish poet, playwright and novelist—the formidable Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde. 

Wilde was known for his wit and a love of all things decadent. In honor of this chap's 159th birthday (I'd hate to see what the portrait in his attic looks like now!), here's a sinfully decadent and boozy cupcake recipe, full of chocolate, buttery pecans and, of course, Irish whiskey. As someone who once said, "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best," then this is a birthday treat that delivers, and can entertain the likes of people like Lord Goring and Lady Bracknell.

Four Simple Literary Costume Ideas For Halloween

When it comes to holidays, it's pretty hard to beat a day of costumes and candy, but the hardest part about Halloween is deciding what to wear. Here are some ideas that work whether you have time to prepare or need a costume in a pinch.

The Rainbow Sprinkles Blog Tour

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse with Summertime Sprinkles via Jackie Alpers' blog

Hey there Quirk cookbook fans!

Next week we're releasing Jackie Alper's debut cookbook, Sprinkles! Recipes & Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts. It's an adorable book that teaches you all about everyone's favorite confectionary, and dishes out a number of recipes, projects, and even crafts that use these tasty little pieces of sugar.

To celebrate, we've put together a fun Rainbow Sprinkles Blog Tour with a number of great bloggers. Starting next week and running through November, bloggers will be experimenting with Sprinkles, and sharing their color specific recipes. One week, we've got red. Another week, we've got orange. Then yellow, green, blue, purple... hitting all the colors of the sprinkles rainbow. At the end of the tour, we'll roundup all the recipes and photos.  

How To Make Halloween Themed Sprinkled Party Spoons

Wow! 

So Jackie Alpers' Sprinkles! is coming out next week, and bloggers have already started posting about the book. Last week, Amy Tong over at uTry.it posted her take on Jackie's Party Spoons recipe, giving it a clever Halloween spin, and we just loved it so much here at the Quirk HQ, that I had to repost it. 

Check out the photos below, and head on over to Amy's site to scope out the recipe. Nicely done, Amy! 

Creepy Cute Crochet: October's Quirk DIY Book Club Selection!

Hey there Quirk fans! Welcome to the Quirk DIY Book Club! This month's selection is Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden

Same as last month, you can snag one of TEN free copies by entering the Rafflecopter below. Winners will receive a copy of the book, and will be encouraged to send in photos of their finished crafts, which we will post here on the Quirk blog at the end of the month. You'll also be invited to pin along with us on our Pinterest page.

Wearing Reminders to Write: Vintage Typewriter Key Necklaces

Feeling nostalgic for the clack of your old Remington portable, but not ready to return to the days of Wite-Out? Indulge your memory of that mechanical clack-clack-clack with a handmade necklace from Rocky Mountain Accents. Based out of Denver, CO, Michaela Jenkins creates jewelry using vintage typewriter keys, and the necklaces are available in both one and two-letter versions. 3+ letter necklaces available by request.

Each item is made to order with a 20" gunmetal-grey chain and a lobster-style clasp. Since the keys are taken from Jenkins' available supply of typewriters, buyers are encouraged to double-check that their desired letters are available, as well as to specify if they prefer a white or black background.

Single letter necklaces are priced at $23, and additional letters are $10. Check them out

Read One, Purl Two: Five Books for Knitting Fanatics

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Knitters are naturally creative types, so it's no wonder that we love a good yarn. And when your eyes need a break from all the cross 2 R and EOR, it's nice to kick back and keep your hands still for a while with a cozy knit-centric novel—the social and crafty elements can make for a tightly-woven story. Here's five of my favorites.

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl... Have a Cookie

It's possible your childhood wasn't complete without treasured books such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach. The master behind these slightly twisted tales, Roald Dahl, would have been a whopping 97 years old on September 13th, and who wouldn't love a delectable cookie on their birthday?

In honor of Dahl and his dark side (Curious? Dahl didn't just turn Violet Beauregarde into a giant blueberry … check out My Uncle Oswald) here are boozy bourbon peach cookies, perfect for nibbling along with your afternoon tea, just the way Dahl may have done on his birthday.

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Come out and Celebrate Pom-Poms in Brooklyn—2 dates!

Make. Wear. Show. Share. POMS!

We're thrilled to announce two super-wonderful events to celebrate the pomtastic release of Lexi Walters Wright and Sarah Goldschadt's new craft book: POM-POMS!

Craft-A-Thon Summer Roundup!

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Welcome to the Quirk DIY Book Club!

Hey there Quirk fans! Welcome to the Quirk DIY Book Club

Jewelry for Book Lovers: An Etsy Roundup

Need some book-related bling for your jewelry box? Here’s a collection of some of the most creative and unique pieces on Etsy that celebrate literature: necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks, and rings that celebrate (or are made from) books.

Apple-Filled Wonton Cups

Once apple picking season starts, you’ll want to go off to the orchards to fill the cart with all the fresh fruit you can find. When you get back home, get work on one of the easiest baking projects ever, and whip up these crisp wonton cups that cradle sweet, cinnamon laced apple cubes.

I promise you’ll fall in love with this fall dessert. Serve it alongside a bowl of ice cream, and it’ll be quite a treat.

Food Photography 101: How To Make Your Food Photos Even Tastier

Taking photos of food is easy! Especially compared to photographing people. Food doesn't talk back or move around. It just sits there looking delicious, waiting for you to find its best angle. Food never complains that you are making it look fat or ugly, and it never insists that you play death metal during the photo shoot.

Don't let all those gorgeous shots in cookbooks and on the internet intimidate you! Here are some tips to making successful food photos, whether you're cozy at home or out at a restaurant, street fair, luau, or anywhere with good food.

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