Posts by Jessie Oleson Moore

Jessie Oleson Moore is a writer, illustrator, and professional seeker of sweetness who runs Cakespy (, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book, CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life came out in October 2011; her second book, The Secret Lives of Baked Goods, will be released in May.

Painting Prep: How to Prime a Canvas

Priming a canvas

When you paint a room, you apply a coat of primer. When manicurists paint fingernails, they apply a base coat before adding color. So why wouldn't you do the same with your canvas?

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Pie, Oh My: The Most Crave-Worthy Fried Apple Pie Recipe

Fried pies

Fried pies have the perfect level of naughtiness for a dessert food. A fruit filling keeps them from being too heavy, but a crispy fried exterior keeps them crunchy, flavorful, and oh-so-craveable. This fried apple pie recipe is everything that a hand-held dessert should be: crispy, crunchy, sweet, rich, and just a little bit gooey in the middle.

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How to Draw Paisley in 6 Easy Steps


Paisley might seem impossibly complex, but it's actually a drawing project suitable for just about any level — especially when you break the design down into six simple steps of easy shapes and embellishments.

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Downright Dotty: DIY Candy Buttons Recipe

Candy buttons

Do you remember candy buttons? Also known as dot candy, these rainbow polka dot candies on a sheet of rolled white paper were a food that imparted delicious memories on many a childhood. Bring back a sweet memory with this homemade candy button recipe!

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Macaron vs. Macaroon: What’s the Diff?

Macaron vs. Macaroon graphic

Explaining the difference between macarons and macaroons can be confusing, because the terms are sometimes used interchangeably and both are part of the same food family: cookies. However, there is a definite difference, so let's set the record straight.

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Fancy Results Without Fuss: 5 Easy Watercolor Ideas

Easy watercolor ideas

From sweeping sunsets to lovely florals, there are watercolor painting ideas to suit all sorts of styles in this roundup. These five ideas are bound to give you inspiration for creating the watercolor painting of your dream, at any skill level.

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