Linda’s Shortbread Bars Recipe

Linda Farmer's Shortbread BarsOne of our favorite childhood Christmas traditions was enjoying the delicious and beautiful shortbread cookies my Mom made. She would put the light dough through a star-shaped cookie press and add a tiny piece of maraschino cherry in the center of those beautiful stars.

I set about coming up with a version of Mom’s recipe that was faster to put together without sacrificing the flavor and delicious aroma while it baked and this food processor “bar” version is the result. These bars aren’t as meltingly light as Mom’s cookies but they are delicious.

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Linda’s Stilton Cheese Spread Recipe

Yummy English StiltonThis festive cheese spread is simple to make and absolutely addictive. It has been a popular and consistent guest at our Christmas celebrations for many years. If you are so inclined you can garnish with chopped fresh herbs, but I never do.

Serve with Carr’s or your favorite neutral cracker, or on baguette – fresh or toasted. Grapes are a delicious accompaniment. If you have any spread left you can even top a freshly-cooked steak and it will melt into a deliciously decadent sauce.

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Simple creative seasonal crafts and ornaments

Printable nativity set from Marloes de Vries, a designer and illustrator from the Netherlands

Lately I’ve enjoyed finding so many wonderful and simple tutorials online for holiday crafts and ornaments. These don’t really fit with my TanglePatterns.com site, but everyone there is very “crafty” in the best possible sort of way so I thought I’d share my discoveries over here with you all.

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Zentangle your name

Zentangle tile with "Linda" tangle patterns

Recently CZT® Laura Harms started a fun weekly Zentangle® challenge and it’s open to everyone to participate. Here’s my own challenge for you: tangle your name and here’s how …

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Flash mob Christmas surprise!

One minute, Stephanie Tritchew was just a face in the busy Seaway Mall crowd, sipping coffee at a cafeteria table and chatting on her cellphone. The next, the St. Catharines native was standing and belting out “hallelujahs” from the famed chorus in Handel’s Messiah in front of a stunned food court congregation.

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How to peel hard boiled eggs instantly

A video demonstration of how to peel hard boiled eggs, instantly!

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Please mute the Vuvuzelas

‘Tis the summer of spectator sports: The World Cup, the Tour de France, Golf majors, I could go on …

But the World Cup is turning out to be the event of the infernal buzz. The much-talked-and-written about vuvuzelas may be a cultural phenomenon in South Africa, but for the armchair spectator the darn things

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Tanglepatterns.com - my new adventure

Snapshot of my news website: tanglepatterns.com

Answers the burning question “what is a Zentangle?” and explains how tanglepatterns.com was born.

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Read The COP15 Post

Each morning when we go down to the Hellerup Park Hotel restaurant for breakfast, we pick up a copy of The COP15 Post – a special daily supplement published by The Copenhagen Post (www.cphpost.dk – Danish News in English).e COP15 Post – a special daily supplement published by The Copenhagen Post (www.cphpost.dk).

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COP15: Canada takes a prize

With sincere apologies to my Canadian rellies and friends who are not responsible for their PM’s bad decisions, thought you’d like to see the “Fossil of the day” award that, sadly, Canada seems hell-bent on keeping for its own. 🙁

The Fossil of the Day award is determined by international voting members of the Climate

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