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Amanda Formaro
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This summer is all about easy, great tasting food. These Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers are just that.
Summer wouldn't be complete without tender, juicy marinated grilled chicken and flavorful mixed vegetables threaded onto skewers, perfect chicken kabobs.
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These Ladybug Painted Rocks will look fabulous in your garden!
Learn to make these adorable ladybug painted rocks. use special outdoor paint for this adorable garden craft so you can keep garden ladybugs all summer!
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Make sure Dad has the best tools available by making him this beautiful Painted Hammer with a monogram for #fathersday !
Turn an ordinary hammer into this colorful painted hammer complete with dad's initial monogrammed on the handle! A personalized, unique Father's Day gift!
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This Kahlua Frappuccino will keep you awake and partying all night long!
This delicious Kahlua Frappuccino is the perfect cold summer drink. If you enjoy frappuccinos in general and love Kahlua, you must try this cocktail!
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This Teriyaki Chicken and Rice uses rotisserie chicken, which makes it so quick and easy to make!
This fast and delicious Teriyaki Chicken recipe uses rotisserie chicken for a quick weeknight meal. Perfect for chicken lovers and asian food fans!
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Put your kids to work making these beautiful, Colorful Clothespin Butterflies for your garden!
Turn craft foil and a clothespin into this adorable and colorful foil clothespin butterfly. Perfect for holding photos, hanging stuff up and more.
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Your kids will love feeling like an archeologist or paleontologist after making these Coffee Ground Fossils!
Kids will love making these coffee ground fossils and pretending they are on an archeological dig! Make these fossils with coffee grounds, flour and more.
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If you're in need of comfort food, you need to make these Potatoes Au Gratin with bacon and leeks!
Potatoes Au Gratin are a long time comfort food favorite. Au Gratin Potatoes with bacon, cheese and leeks make for a delicious casserole side dish.
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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
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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 - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years 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 - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years 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 - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years 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 - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years 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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reviewed 2 years ago