What’s new @ the Driscoll Public Library

Holidays are coming! The next couple of weeks we will be spotlighting some of our fun craft books, homemade gifts books and holiday cooking books. This week we choose a few fun Halloween books and some fun baking books. We do have to let you know up front that if you check out one of the cookbooks (especially the cupcakes) we require a sample of what you bake. This allows us to critic the books recipes and suggest them to other readers with a certainty that only sampling will give one. Laugh Out Loud! If you have any questions regarding other cookbooks we may have just give us a call. We have a great selection. If you are interested in what’s new at the library click on the “what’s new” tab in the right hand corner of our online catalog. We are also available to help you by phone at 830-663-2993.
All You Frightfully Fun Halloween Handbook packs in more cute and creepy crafts for tabletops, porches and yards than you’ll have room to display, from adorable pumpkin families and classic jack-o-lanterns to down-right scary giant spiders (eek!). Kids and adults alike will marvel at the ingenious storybook costumes, like Charlotte the Spider and Curious George, and shiver at the sight of our graveyard-chic décor. Every idea comes with simple instructions and a clear list of budget-friendly supplies you’ll find online or at nearby stores.
Better Homes and Garden Halloween Fun – Grab a cauldron full of FUN! Create an eerie atmosphere for an unforgettable Halloween party. Concoct devilishly delectable treats your ghouls and goblins will love. Transform your little cutie into a spooky spider. Your inspiration is right here! With the help of step-by-step instructions, Better Homes and Gardens (R) kitchen-tested recipes, and how-to photos and patterns, you’ll be able to master everything from festive decorations and costumes to yummy recipes fit for any monster.
Matthew Mead’s Halloween Spooktacular – Frightfully simple ideas for creepy decorations, terrifying sweets and unique costumes will thrill trick-or-treaters of all ages. Holiday style pro Matthew Mead offers endlessly inventive haunted home makeovers, quick-and-easy ways to reinvent store-bought cookies and candy, awesome themed parties, and more to make, eat, and enjoy in the weeks before, and throughout all hallows’ eve.
Extreme Cake Overs – Wanted: Must love candy, cookies, frosting, and fun. No experience required!
Make over any purchased sheet cake or frozen pound cake into a stunning creation that looks like it came from a fancy bakery—no special skills or equipment necessary! Even if you’ve never tried to decorate a cake before, with a good supply of candies and other store-bought treats and the detailed instructions in Extreme Cakeovers, you’ll be able to accomplish forty unique designs.
Hello, Cookie Dough is filled with recipes for cookie dough lovers at every age and skill level. All 40 flavors, spanning the classic to the wildly creative, are ready to eat off the spatula OR can be baked into perfect, chewy cookies. Kristen’s baked creations are equally tempting, with treats like cookie dough-stuffed cinnamon rolls, deep dish skillet cookies, and molten cookie dough cupcakes. Sprinkled throughout are her tips on perfecting your confections plus easy swaps to make the recipes gluten-free or vegan. Since cookie dough is best when shared, Kristen is serving up inspiration for all your party needs, including ideas for baby showers, weddings, ice cream parties, and the all-important girls’ night in.
Cupcake Decorating Lab – The labs in this book cover a wide variety of exciting decorating techniques, such as how to make sugared and candied fruit and flower garnishes; stamping, stenciling, and piping on fondant; and scroll work, writing, and borders. You’ll also find fun ideas for children, weddings, holidays, entertaining, nature themes, and more. Plus, the author includes all of her favorite cake and icing recipes!