Holidays and Occasions

Here's an easy cookie recipe that you might want to try this Christmas. Spicy Salt and Pepper Chocolate Cookies

Cookie Recipe

(Adapted from Marguerite Henderson's - Small Sweet Treats )


1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper... Read more
Instead of creating an elaborate Halloween costume and going to a party, we decided to check out the Halloween Parade in downtown Las Vegas and gawk at everyone else's creative costumes!

This year the participants really outdid themselves. Downtown Las Vegas is normally chock full of slightly odd people, so add to that Halloween costumes and it makes for a very entertaining evening :-) Just to set the... Read more
For Indians the world over, Diwali, or the festival of lights, is the time for decorations, making rangoli or floral art, eating yummy food and sweets, dressing up and of course invoking the blessings of the Goddess Lakshmi!

So this year I am excited to decorate my home with tea lights. And more so, because my young daughters are in awe of everything new that they see, and its so much fun to decorate with them,... Read more
Coming up with a new and exciting birthday gift every year can be quite a challenge. Certain milestone birthdays, like a 30th birthday, can be even tougher since they hold so much meaning.

This past summer, my sister and I threw a fantastic 30th birthday party for our cousin, and close friend, Michelle as our gift to her. Sometimes, giving someone an experience is better than any gift you could buy. :-)... Read more
Men often think that ladies expect red roses, fancy chocolates or expensive jewelry on Valentine's Day. I think that's because retailers plaster so many ads all over the place giving them this idea. In fact, I've heard from some men that they belive Valentine's Day was invented by store owners to ensure people spend some money after Christmas shopping is over.

Unfortunately, Valentine's... Read more
My husband and I are Indo Canadians and in India, Valentine’s day did not fall in the category of special events. Therefore, we are not very mushy on this day. But to keep the spirit of Valentine's day and to show the warmth and happiness of being loved we celebrate it in a fashion that our young daughters will appreciate for life. My husband being a hobby chef whips up some gourmet stuff, we wear red... Read more
After 8 years of marriage, Valentine’s Day has become more of a challenge.
Before kids, it was easy to take the whole day off and go do something fun, eat at a favourite restaurant, watch a movie. It's actually only in the past two years, that I've taken the time to do something meaningful for my husband. It's not all about me, right?

My husband is a typical man. He likes electronics and cars... Read more
6 natural, eco-friendly DIY Christmas decorations to spread the holiday cheer throughout your home.

One of the joys of Christmas decorations is the feeling they evoke. So even if it is a sunny holiday here in Florida, the inside of the house can still feel like a cozy winter wonderland with natural elements sprinkled throughout as the ultimate in “green,” DIY Christmas decorations .

1. Bring... Read more
While some of us haven’t set foot behind a sewing machine since home economics class in junior high (by some of us, I mean me), there are many people here on iCraft who create fabulous hand-knitted and hand-sewn work.

Put those skills to work for you and whip up some practical and personalized DIY Christmas decorations !

Home-Ec. for the Holidays

1. A tree skirt is one of the more underrated but... Read more
Every November, people seem to mention how quickly the year has gone by. In the blink of an eye, Halloween becomes Thanksgiving and holiday music serenades you from every store speaker.

The process of getting all the Christmas decorations out of storage takes the better part of a day for some (me), so it’s time to get started!

For Christmas decorations, 2011 could be the year you turn over a new leaf (or... Read more

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