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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Cooking, Baking and Making ─ DIY recipes and DIY ideas for all seasons

DIY Ideas ─ DIY Recipes: From the creative mind of the Harried Housewife blog, comes a beautifully packaged one-stop-shop book bursting with DIY recipes and DIY ideas for the entire year! Cooking, Baking and Making - 100 Holiday Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons includes 60 DIY recipes with bonus designs and 40 DIY ideas that tie your home together for all 365 days. For example:

  • Spring: Serve Herbed Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and a make a Spring Centerpiece
  • Summer: Delight your guests with Fresh Berries and Cannoli Cream and make your own decorative coasters
  • Autumn: Bake Dilled Beer and Cheddar Bread and make Autumn Harvest Potpourri
  • Winter: Enjoy Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes and make Festive Votives

Ideas and Recipes for all seasons and a simpler time: Cynthia O’Hara presents incredibly user-friendly projects and dishes that make replicating her flavors and designs as natural as the changing of the seasons. The Harried Housewife has written articles and developed a wide variety of recipes that reflect a simpler time and are ideal for budget-conscious families. The "Harried Housewife's Recipe Box" column is syndicated nationally in regional newspapers.


Cynthia O'Connor O’Hara, a.k.a. The Harried Housewife®, is a food and lifestyle writer, recipe developer, maker, and media personality. She is the creator of The Harried Housewife®’s RECIPE BOX television segments, magazine articles, and online posts. A veteran newspaper columnist and TV cook, she enjoys developing seasonal recipes and providing imaginative home-inspired DIY ideas for time-crunched, budget-conscious folks to ensure memorable occasions throughout the year. Her work can be found in supermarkets, Web sites, and publications around the world. The Harried Housewife® lives with her family in upstate New York.


"Love this book! So many great recipes and DIY projects for every season--this definitely takes the stress out of entertaining! The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the color images help give you a clear sense of what to expect once you've finished a recipe/project." Mary Posman, Editor

"A fantastic cookbook for every days and holidays. The DIY craft ideas for special occasions are delightfully doable!" -Stylish Southern Mama

“This is the perfect coffee table book! It combines delicious recipes and exciting DIY projects for every occasion, that are budget-friendly and will be a crowd pleaser at any event.” –Jessica Fernandez, Event Planner

"As a young woman I love cooking with my family on home visits. Some of my fondest memories growing up are cooking in the summer with my mom in the Carolinas and preparing Thanksgiving dinners in Connecticut with my grandma. Cooking, Baking, and Making provides a fun DIY way to share new recipes and a twist on some of our family favorites! I love that the recipes are split for all the seasons throughout the year. Those summer drink recipes look AMAZING! What a great idea for a cook book." – Johanna L. Brennan, Health Fitness Specialist

“A quick and easy cheat sheet for becoming the hostess with the mostess year round!” – Molly Sharry

“The Harried Housewife’s recipes and DIY projects are just what a busy person like me needs. No matter what day of the week, or season of the year, I can rely on Cooking, Baking, and Making to give me easy recipes and fun projects that I’m proud to share with my family and friends.” – Jess Shatzel, Communications Professional

“The thing I love most about The Harried Housewife cookbook is that all the recipes are so straightforward. With some cookbooks it's easy to get overwhelmed - not with this one. Whether it's the Mac and Cheese or the Turkey Noodle Casserole, each recipe is simple, easy, and most importantly, delicious.” – Katherine Brown

"My favorites though were both in winter and were gingerbread pancakes and cinnamon chip snickerdoodles, which I will definitely have to try now that the air is getting chilly. O’Hara also shares a variety of DIY projects after she has shared all of her recipes. Some of these are for specific occasions or events you might have, while others are just fun ways to do a bit of crafting around the house. Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons is perfect for anyone who wants to make their home a little homier." - Nerdy Girl Express