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This Advent Calendar is a gift that kids can make for their parents! This lesson shows you step by step how to make an advent calendar. Think of things you can do to help your parents in December, write or draw every promise on a little piece of paper and put them in the Christmas ornaments. For teachers, the lesson attachment has a link to a free companion document containing writing suggestions and sample drawings. Music courtesy of Davenport Productions, used under license.

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Whether your significant other has just surprised you with a dozen red roses, or you are bringing a bouquet to an ailing friend, creating a balanced and beautiful arrangement can be a stressful experience! But there is a trick to creating the perfect bouquet of roses, whether you are working with a tall vase or a short cubed one. In this lesson from uBloom, learn the 7-4-1 method—in no time at all, your arrangements will look professionally perfect!

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Do sparkling wine and rosé wine seem a little bit fancy for a quiet glass on a Friday evening? Sunset Magazine dispels your fears with an in-depth discussion of each style’s history and tasting notes. Once you’ve learned about Champagne, prosecco, cava, and dry rosés from all around the world, a casual bottle of bubbly might not sound like a bad idea.

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You've bought a bouquet of flowers at the store, but how do you take that jumble of stems and turn them into a beautiful flower arrangement? In this lesson, uBloom teaches a very literal shortcut: cutting the stems short to fit in a low vase, bunching all the blooms together and inserting stems at angles to support one another. This technique makes it easy and fun to arrange flowers nicely, and the lesson includes tips on tools you'll need and how to prepare the the water and flower food.

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Need a cute and light dessert for a tea party, bridal shower, or picnic? Honeysuckle Catering shows you how to transform a classic dessert into a bite-sized treat by making miniature strawberry cupcakes. They only need to bake for fifteen minutes, and both the batter and the frosting contain real strawberry puree. These mini cupcakes infuse a fresh strawberry flavor with a delightful bite of pure scrumptiousness. The recipe shown in this lesson is adapted from Sprinkles Cupcakes.

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For their originality and variety, American and New World red wines can’t be beat. Sunset Magazine explores the varietals in its own backyard: cabernet sauvignon from Napa; pinot noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon; and California’s own old vine zinfandel from Sonoma. As a bonus, get a sneak peek at up-and-coming malbecs from all the way down in Argentina.

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Lovers of white wine, rejoice! Sunset Magazine breaks down the history and flavor spectra of over a dozen varieties, including sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. Start with the most popular wine in the United States, chardonnay, and work your way towards the more obscure, though equally flavorful and complex, types such as riesling, white Rhônes, and even Austria’s pride and joy: Gewürztraminer.

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Hydrangeas are not just gorgeous blooms perfect for cutting—they also provide the framework needed to create a unique, beautiful, and stable floral arrangement! In this lesson from uBloom, learn how to use a hydrangea bloom as an “armature,” a structure that will hold other flowers in place. J Schwanke demonstrates how to create a bouquet made from hydrangeas, carnations, and daisies before showing you how to bind the stems together, using craft wire, pipe cleaner, or a simple piece of ribbon.

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Baking is more than dessert, it’s a sculptural art! This lesson demonstrates how to bake a Smurf Village cake using a giant cupcake mold, frosting, fondant, and some decorative elements. This is an absolutely show-stopping cake for a kids birthday party, but the skills you’ll learn are applicable to many other projects. Once you learn how to mold and texture fondant, the possibilities are endless!

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Eat fresh and save money! Your Middle Eastern deli may sell an expensive tabbouleh salad, but buy your own fresh, inexpensive parsley, vegetables, and bulgur wheat and you can easily make a crisp, green Tabbouleh salad. Blanche, of Feast in the Middle East, explains the in's and out's of chopping vegetables and seasoning your salad, and gives pointers for soaking your bulgur wheat. For added flavor, soak bulgur overnight in lemon juice. This recipe is a perfect addition to a raw vegan diet.

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Make super easy and fresh homemade hummus in mere minutes. With a can of garbanzo beans, a short list of ingredients, and a quick whirl of your blender or food processor, you have a protein rich garbanzo bean dip that's great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Best of all, when you make hummus at home, you can adjust the flavors just the way you like. Garnish and serve the Middle Eastern way -- it's an art!

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Sunset Magazine takes you on a guided tour of red wine from the Old World (Europe, for the uninitiated), from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhône to Italy and the southern tip of Spain. Whether you like big and structured wines, or light and fruity is your thing, the Continent has a centuries’ old recipe for you. Learn about each region’s history, winemaking styles, and dig deep into several common varietals, such as: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, and nebbiolo.

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Looking for a versatile and unusually tasty treat for lunches, party appetizers, or afternoon snacks? Then learn to make Arayes, small and crispy Middle Eastern pita sandwiches filled with kifta - a meat filling using hamburger, lamb, or chicken with Middle Eastern spices and aromatics. Follow this easy recipe and press the kifta mixture into pita bread to make this 'bride-and-groom sandwich'. Cook indoors in your broiler or outdoors on the grill and serve with cool tzatziki dip.

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Is your wallet feeling a little light? You can still eat gourmet on a budget. No fancy pizza stone or time-consuming techniques necessary: all you need is some flatbread, tomato sauce, mozzarella, bacon, and a frying pan. This tutorial by the Brothers Green demonstrates how to make a bacon flatbread pizza that is both delicious and easy on your wallet.

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Fondant is a great alternative to store-bought frosting. Although homemade fondant made from marshmallows can be sticky, messy, and time-consuming, it is not the only method available to yuo. With this marshmallow-free recipe from Eat Now, Cry Later, you can start decorating your cakes with fondant in no time.

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Add some cheer and some cheers-ing to your garden party by serving champagne cocktails! Learn how to concoct this classy cocktail by combining sugar, bitters, and champagne. This video also teaches you how to peel a lemon in order to create a lemon twist that can be used to garnish this (or any) cocktail. Champagne cocktails are a great alternative to a mimosa at a tea party or special shower!

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Want to bake a chocolate cake with the perfect moistness? Stay away from the store-bought mixes: this recipe by Renee GTV, when executed correctly, is guaranteed to give you that perfect moist and fluffy texture. Using several household ingredients—butter, sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, buttermilk, and a few others—you can make some truly decadent chocolate cake.

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Need a filling but darling dish for an afternoon tea party? Honeysuckle Catering has got you covered- well, covered with puff pastry! This lesson shows you how to make miniature chicken pot pies. Prepare your chicken by seasoning, roasting, and dicing. Make the filling with onions, flour, stock, bullion, chicken, peas, carrots, and thyme. Add your pastry top and let it bake, and you've got a tiny version of a classic dish. Why not check out the Mini Strawberry Cupcake recipe for dessert?

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Tea sandwiches are the perfect dainty dish to serve at any tea party or special occasion. In this lesson, Honeysuckle Catering teaches you how to make (and elegantly serve) three different kinds of tea sandwiches: the cucumber watercress, cantaloupe prosciutto, and egg salad sandwiches. The only cooking you'll have to do is boiling some eggs, and tea party sandwiches can offer delicious treats for carnivores and vegetarians alike.

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