Cooking for Dad on Father’s Day might not be mandatory the way Mother’s Day breakfast is for Mom, but dads appreciate being appreciated. What better way to say, “Thanks for never telling Mom about that time I got arrested,” than to cook a delicious and nutritious meal for him? Here are a handful of recipes among my own favorites that I think dads would dig, a strict criterion I based on one of two highly scientific possibilities: if my dad would love it, or if it seems like a DAD kind of food.


Hungry Man Casserole

This first recipe definitely fits in that second highly scientific category of foods that dads would probably like. It was the manliest thing I could think of–dude food, if you will.



I am a big fan of PaleoPot because the recipes are simple and straightforward, and even when there are a lot of steps, author Jason does an excellent job of explaining them concisely. You don’t have to be a paleo dieter to like these recipes. In general, they’re hearty, spicy, and very meat-and-(sweet)-potatoes. And, as the man says, “If you don’t like sweet potatoes, you’re wrong.” Maybe not a great Father’s Day strategy, but a good life philosophy in general.

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Art Quilt Portfolio blog tour & giveaway!!

June 04, 2013, 14:55 pm  Posted by Lark

Throughout the month of June, we’re celebrating Martha Sielman’s latest project, Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits. Filled with stitched portraits, appliqued memorials, and photograph-quality quilted imagery, People & Portraits presents the work of 21 featured artists and seven spectacular galleries — happiness, contemplation, community, icons, family & friends, work, and play — revealing a rich variety of techniques, styles, and creative visions.

Join us as we celebrate this stunning compilation! Follow along the tour for book giveaways, interviews with Martha and some of the featured artists, insights from the artists, and more. To get things started, we’re hosting a giveaway today (read below for more info).

Blog Tour Schedule
June 4th – LarkCrafts.com kickoff – you’ve arrived!

June 5th – Sarah Ann Smith

June 6th – Maria Elkins

June 7th – Laura Wasilowski

June 9th – Katherine McNeese

June 10th – Cheryl Sleboda

June 11th – Linda McLaughlin

June 12th – Kathy Nida

June 13th – Marilyn H. Wall

June 14th – Janice Paine Dawes

June 16th – Pamela Price Klebaum

June 17th – Deborah Boschert

June 18th – Lisa Chin

June 19th – Sue Bleiweiss

June 20th – Leni Wiener

June 21st – Sherry Davis Kleinman

June 24th – Cheryl Lynch

June 25th – Lesley Riley

June 26thStephanie Forsyth

June 30th – Pat Kumicich

And now for the good stuff! Comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of both books in the Art Quilt Portfolio series: The Natural World and People & Portraits. Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 6, 2013. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Friday, June 7. Click here for the official rules. Thanks to everyone who commented! This giveaway is now closed: a winner has been selected and contacted. Please follow along the blog tour for more chances to win!


Giveaway of a Soutache Embroidery Kit

June 04, 2013, 05:50 am  Posted by Lark

One lucky person wins this kit!

Doggerel for a Beading Kit

No need to plunk down any cash,

To try embroid’ry with soutache.

We’ve kitted up a project in

Our book “Soutache” for you to win.

You get beads and thread, leather and trim,

Immediately, you can begin.

The Vintage Bracelet has panache

Stitch it, wear it, you’ll make a splash!


I spent an hour–no balderdash–

On this rhyme, but…is it trash?

One thing’s

One thing’s certain: The Vintage Bracelet that you can make using this kit is pure treasure! See for yourself:

To enter for a chance to win the kit shown in the photo at the very top plus a copy of the book Soutache, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 13, 2013. A winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on June 14, 2013. Click here for the official rules.