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Julia M. Usher

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

If the flurry of malls and mass consumerism overwhelms you during the Christmas season, then do as I do and avoid the excess by delivering holiday cheer with handcrafted party invitations, favors, and gifts. Or go the extra distance and

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Tricks & Treats

Come the first of October, bakers everywhere crank up the heat on their ovens, and a riotous waving of spatulas ensues! All in celebration of National Cookie Month, my favorite time of year! In the spirit of the season, I offer you this fanciful Halloween cookie fest

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Potluck Picnic

Whether you’re still lounging around the pool sipping piña coladas or beginning to corral the kids for the start of the school year, one thing is certain: no one wants to spend the last days of summer toiling over an

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Bridal Shower Breakthrough

Turning a bridal shower into a cookie swap is a sure winner. Trust me; in my seven years as a bakery owner, I saw thousands of weddings! Everyone’s a sucker for cookies – including the bride. After months of restraint to fit

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Raspberry-Truffle Brownie Bars

From the Valentine’s Day chapter in Cookie Swap, this recipe is sure to have chocolate fans falling head over heels. In this triple-decker brownie, the season’s favorite aphrodisiac factors into three places: a buttery crumb crust, a dense chocolate-raspberry filling, and

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It’s that time of year for super savings, and I’m not about to let you down! I’m kicking off Black Friday now with a sale on all of my online video tutorials and class recordings that runs through Cyber Monday, November 28. Get 25% off any of these products by applying code BLACKFRITUT25 at checkout. I’ve now got a tutorial or more for every season, with more coming soon! Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving! (Be sure to scroll past “VIDEO TUTORIALS” in the link below to see “CLASS RECORDINGS” as well.)

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