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World Pasta Day – Divertimento e tanto amore!

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 23, 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized

October 25th is World Pasta Day! For pasta lovers like myself, every day should be pasta day. Really. One of my absolute favorite types of food is Italian cuisine. And any kind of pasta is fine with me.

World Pasta Day and what you need to make homemade pasta from scratch...

My son is just a spaghetti and mac ‘n cheese type of kid, but I have faith that one day he will appreciate the finer pastas and recipes in life. He did love my Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage & Tomato Cream Sauce and my Sweet Chili Chicken & Linguini in a Peanut Sauce, so I know there is hope for him.

Thankfully, my husband enjoys pasta a much as I do.

Something I’ve never done, though, is make my very own pasta from scratch. I’ve had several people tell me that it really isn’t difficult nor takes too long.

World Pasta Day

To celebrate World Pasta Day maybe we could all try our hand at homemade pasta noodles. Here’s a great how to make pasta from scratch lesson.

World Pasta Day and what you need to make homemade pasta from scratch...

Here’s some things you need to make your own pasta….

Have you ever made your own pasta before?

FYI: Some of the links above are affiliate links, so if you click through one of the links and buy something, I’ll earn some money, so thank you!

The Walking Dead Bloody Daiquiri

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 21, 2016 | Categories: Recipes, TV
The Walking Dead Bloody Daiquiri drink for the season 7 premiere October 23rd

In anticipation of the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead this Sunday, October 23rd, I’m trying to come up with ways to celebrate the occasion… like a bloody daiquiri. I may need something that will help me survive who gets killed by Negan’s bat, Lucille. I know it won’t be one of the female characters, because, […]

$125 Amazon or PayPal Giveaway Ends 10/30

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 15, 2016 | Categories: Giveaways
Amazon PayPal Giveaway

I have another giveaway for one of you, my readers, to have a chance to win. I’ve said before that without YOU, there would be no Blog By Donna. And I love giving each of you a chance to win prizes… small tokens of my appreciation. The prize for this giveaway is a $125 Amazon […]

Snickerdoodle Lip Scrub – DIY Beauty

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 14, 2016 | Categories: Beauty, DIY
Snickerdoodle lip scrub. This DIY lip scrub makes a great gift...

Snickerdoodle conjurs up images of delicious cookies… a cookie I happen to enjoy. The next best thing to a snickerdoodle cookie is a DIY lip scrub. I love making homemade scrubs, but haven’t made one specifically for the lips before. This DIY Snickerdoodle Lip Scrub will keep your lips soft and kissable all winter long […]

Updating Your Kitchen for the Holidays?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 13, 2016 | Categories: Home and Garden
KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Appliances

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I’ve been wanting to update my kitchen and fell in love with the new KitchenAid black stainless steel appliances available at Best Buy. Update Your Kitchen for the Holidays I’m a […]

Beyond the Brown Bag—Totes for Lunches

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 12, 2016 | Categories: Fashion
lunch bags for women. No more brown bag with stylish lunch totes

Even if you work in an office with great food facilities, there are many reasons you may want to bring your lunch to the office. You may be on a special diet, want to save money or make the best use of leftovers. It isn’t so uncommon for office workers to bring their own lunch […]

Cinnamon Chai Sugar Scrub – DIY Gifts

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 10, 2016 | Categories: Beauty, DIY

I enjoy making my own DIY beauty products. Firstly, I know what’s in them, meaning, no chemicals and ingredients I can’t even pronounce. And secondly, they’re a whole lot cheaper. Not to mention you can make them look so pretty, which makes them great gift ideas. My most recent DIY is a Cinnamon Chai Sugar […]

Must See Horror Movies for the Big Screen

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 2, 2016 | Categories: Movies, Technology
Epson Ultra Bright Home Theater Projector to watch must see horror movies...

If you know me or have frequented this blog much, you know that I love horror movies. One of the reasons October is my favorite month is because of all the great thrillers and horror movies that are at the movies or on TV. As I was thinking about my favorite horror movies I realized […]

Bloody Cocktail – Adult Halloween Drink Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 1, 2016 | Categories: Recipes
Bloody Cocktail drink recipe for Halloween or while watching The Walking Dead season 7 premiere on October 23rd...

To complete my Halloween or “The Walking Dead” season 7 premiere on October 23rd party, is this bloody cocktail, a drink for the adults at the party. I rarely drink alcohol, but was asked if I had an adult drink idea for a Halloween party recently, hence the Bloody Cocktail was born. It’s a simple, […]

Bloody Bones Sugar Cookies Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Bloody bones sugar cookies recipe for Halloween or The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere on October 23rd

Here’s another Halloween dessert recipe that the kids will be sure to love. Adults will too, of course, because who doesn’t love sugar cookies? If you’ve been following my blog lately, you’ll notice that I’ve been following a theme… zombie and/or bones type recipes that will go great for a Halloween party or for the […]