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These deep fried jalapeno slices are perfect for the big game! The batter contains chili powder and garlic powder giving it great flavor. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces, I used Ranch and Monterey Jack cheese sauce! http://amandascookin.com/crispy-fried-jalapeno-slices/
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Cocoa & Cream S'mores Bars - oh YES! Get the recipe here -> http://amandascookin.com/cocoa-cream-smores-bars/

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Oh my gosh these are too cute!
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Oh I just love all these kid friendly Christmas ornament crafts for preschoolers! Thanks to +Jackie Currie for sharing them!
GORGEOUS and SO simple. Truly 15 of the easiest Christmas Ornaments for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and guess what? They look like a million bucks!
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Love this printable advent calendar! The kids will love this Christmas tradition from +Marie LeBaron

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I’ve got the fabulously talented Juliann Law of PB J&J here, with a Free Printable for the holiday season. It’s time to count down the holidays and we’re sharing a fun Christmas Countdown, a puzzle for the kids to create.... Continue Reading →
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Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies! These orange chocolate chip cookies remind me of the orange chocolate ball that comes in pre-cut slices that I get for Christmas every year.

Recipe here -> http://amandascookin.com/orange-chocolate-chip-cookies/
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Check out this amazing review from +Jessica Hill of Mad In Crafts of my latest book, Star Wars Mania! 
 

Calling all STAR WARS fans! You need to know about the newest book by +Amanda Formaro (of +Crafts by Amanda ) . Get my opinion of this new book in my latest Crafty Book Review.

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Delicious coffee cake recipes perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning!
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One of the top questions I receive at this time of year is “what ideas do you have for gifts kids can make for Christmas”? People are looking for something a little different than what they’ve done in years past. This year, there are several activity kits available so that parents and kids can work togetherRead More »
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I love advent calendars and +DIY Candy has put together a collection of 20 great ideas!
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This holiday shadowbox from +Mod Podge Rocks is so adorable!
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Before they are gone for the season, collect some leaves and learn different ways to preserve them with +Red Ted Art

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In our house we like to experiment! We like to try things out and see what works best and then come back and share our findings (a few years ago, I experimented with how to make a candle wick.. and shared what I found – and that went down a treat!). I find it particularly …
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Food and craft blogger, writer, managing editor, craft expert and guru in the kitchen.
Employment
  • CraftsbyAmanda.com
    owner, 2008 - present
  • Movable Media
    Editorial Account Manager, 2013 - present
  • AmandaFormaro.com
    owner, 2011 - present
  • FunFamilyCrafts.com
    owner, 2011 - present
  • AmandasCookin.com
    owner, 2008 - present
  • FamilyCorner.com
    Chief Editor, 2007 - 2013
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Twin Lakes, WI
Previously
Richmond, IL - Henderson, NV - Deerfield, IL - Kenosha, WI - Lake Bluff, IL - Libertyville, IL - Hoffman Estates, IL - Zion, IL - Pleasant Prairie, WI - Antioch, IL - Las Vegas, NV - Palatine, IL - Mundelein, IL
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Editor, freelance writer, craft designer, recipe developer, DIYer, mother
Introduction
Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda - http://craftsbyamanda.com and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin' http://amandascookin.com 


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Married to high school sweetheart, 4 kids almost grown! Currently writing two kid's craft books.
Education
  • Carthage College
    Accounting, 1993 - 1995
  • Deerfield High School
    1981 - 1985
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Amanda Ovington
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Microwave Popcorn Frankenstein: quick craft for parties
funfamilycrafts.com

To make a Microwave Popcorn Frankenstein, you need: a package of microwave popcorn, construction paper, large googly eyes, scissors, hole pu

Pringle Can Mummy: recycle a potato chip can this Halloween
funfamilycrafts.com

This Pringle can mummy is a fun recycled Halloween craft for younger children. uses simple supplies such as construction paper and googly ey

Popcorn Crafts: 40+ craft ideas for kids
funfamilycrafts.com

October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month. Celebrate by popping some corn and using it to make one or more of these fun popcorn crafts!

Cardboard Tube Superman
craftsbyamanda.com

Make a fun Superman craft from a recycled cardboard tube and construction paper! A free pattern is included at Crafts by Amanda.

17 Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Kids - Happy Hooligans
happyhooligans.ca

17 inexpensive and adorable paper plate crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Perfect for home or the classroom.

Royal Icing Googly Eyes
www.createdby-diane.com

Royal icing eyes to decorate any face. Perfect for Cookies, Cakes and Halloween treats. Edible Candy Eyes

13 Amazing Avocado Recipes - Amanda's Cookin'
amandascookin.com

Do you just love everything about avocados? They are truly delicious, and more and more recipes are popping up, proving their versatility. I

15 Beat the Heat Ideas for Outdoor Fun | FamilyCorner.com®
www.familycorner.com

During the winter, many people expect to be stuck inside for long stretches of time because it's too cold outside. In the summer we can run

Pina Colada Smoothies | FamilyCorner.com®
www.familycorner.com

Summer is here and things are heating up. What better way to beat the summer heat, than with a cold drink? And you're in luck, because today

Ocean Crafts & Recipes | Fun Family Crafts
funfamilycrafts.com

Welcome to Fun Family Crafts! Here you'll find plenty of craft projects for you and your kids. Crafts are sorted by type and by age group, y

Banana Chocolate Fab French Toast | FamilyCorner.com®
www.familycorner.com

Looking for a fun and tasty way to serve breakfast? French toast is always a favorite, kids love bananas, and Nutella? Say no more! The folk

Pork Chops al Pastor on the Grill
amandascookin.com

The 4th of July is upon us, and families everywhere will be grilling up a storm. Cooking on the grill is a favorite of mine, especially duri

9 Moving Tips To Help Ease The Stress | FamilyCorner.com®
www.familycorner.com

Moving is undoubtedly one of the most stressful experiences that families face. Globally, the average person moves once every seven years, a

Honey-Lime Grilled Shrimp and Avocado Salad
sandandsisal.com

Ever since I was a preschooler, I've eaten avocados. It was the groovy 1970's and we were living in Southern California. My mother adored av

Patriotic Cardboard Tube Bracelet
craftsbyamanda.com

Recycling cardboard tubes into fun craft projects is always a great activity for kids. With the 4th of July holiday coming up quickly, these

Homemade Onion Rings and Dipping Sauce - Amanda's Cookin'
amandascookin.com

Homemade Onion Rings and Dipping Sauce. I love onion rings and always order them in place of french fries when out to eat. I've made them at

Frugal Fun: 5 Ways To Save Money on a Theme Park Vacation | FamilyCorner...
www.familycorner.com

Thanks to the recession we've all had to cut back on frivolous spending. With summer fast approaching, all of those vacations to theme parks

Have been going here since they opened. They closed for a short period and changed owners, but there were no hiccups. I have never had a problem with this location. The sandwiches are always good, produce always fresh, and the employees are always friendly and helpful. Restaurant is clean and service is quick!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I used to go to Mandino's in Richmond, IL before it burnt down. When the owner decided to open in Twin Lakes I was elated! We love their food, though we have noticed that the Italian Beef doesn't seem as good as it used to be when they were in Richmond, not sure what they changed. The gyros are awesome as are the hot dogs and fries. For a while they were screwing up my take out order almost every time we picked up, but in the last 6 months that seems to have stopped. Was a bit annoyed when they refused to accept a gift card that the restaurant had given me because the employee neglected to sign it (it was only $10, and was given to me because they screwed up my order), but I blew that off. Overall we still love it, just hoping there Italian Beef eventually goes back to the way it used to be.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I LOVE going here. It's one of those places that you drive past all the time and say to yourself "I need to stop there someday"! Do it. They have plenty of samples out to try, and you'll be hard pressed not to find one that you like, if not all of them! Tons of fresh, beautiful produce at really good prices. Lots of Wisconsin cheese, farm fresh eggs and plenty of other goodies. I live only a few minutes away, so I tend to stop often. They are open 364 days a year, only closed on Christmas!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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If not for the great prices, I love going here for the friendly faces. They have tons of fresh produce, plenty of bulk foods without needing a membership, and it's great for big families or if you are having a party. It's a no frills place, which I actually like, and as a food blogger, I really like that I can pick up restaurant supply stuff too. They are cash and carry, you can pay with cash or a check, but they don't take cards. However, there is an ATM right inside the door for your convenience. I love the dairy section, and the fact that they do sell a lot of locally grown produce, you never know what will be available. Great place!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I'm a Twin Lakes local, and everyone that lives here knows Manny's. We go to breakfast there every Sunday morning and love it. Be forewarned, Manny is generous, so if you TRULY want two eggs, you need to order one, then you'll get two. ;-) The hashbrown servings are enormous, so consider sharing one. The cinnamon roll french toast is fabulous and the chocolate chip pancakes do NOT need syrup, there's so much chocolate in there, that's syrup in itself :) The view from the restaurant is awesome as it's right across from Lake Mary and the windows are nice and big. Manny's is open year round, so if you ice fish, be sure to grab a bite to eat first. Manny's has awesome lunch too, but they do close at 2:00, so be sure to get in before the doors lock! Definitely a must eat at little restaurant.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago