24 Desserts from Around the World

Tired of the same old cupcakes and cookies at every party or celebration? Up your dessert game by making Fairy Bread, Figgy Duff, Babka, Mandazi, or Qatayef Asafiri instead!

This collection of 24 international sweets is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth…and might even introduce you to something you never even knew you needed in your life.

From one side of the globe to the other, here are 24 dessert recipes from around the world!


24 Desserts from Around the World

Australia – Fairy Bread

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Brazil – Brigadeiro


Canada – Figgy Duff


Denmark – Aebleskiver


Egypt – Umm Ali


Finland – Spoon Cookies


Greece – Samali Cake


Hungary – Blintzes


Israel – Babka


Japan – Mitarashi Dango


Kenya – Mandazi 


Lebanon – Baklava


Morocco – Chebakia


Netherlands – Poffertjes


Oman – Chana Dal Halwa


Poland – Paczki


Qatar – Qatayef Asafiri


Romania – Mucenici


Switzerland – Zurich Apple Fritters


Turkey – Apricots with Cream Stuffing


Ukraine – Khrustyky


Vietnam – Banh-bo


Yemen – Bint Al Sahn


Zimbabwe – Candy Cakes


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The George Carlin Letters Book Review

Oftentimes we never really see a full person. We see their work self, their play self, their happy self, or the self they want everyone to see. And oftentimes, as in the case with George Carlin at least, the self that remains hidden from most of the world is the most beautiful and tender side of all.

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In the years before he died, comedian George Carlin released nearly 15 HBO specials, 20 CD’s, wrote 6 books and made countless appearances in movies and TV shows. In each one of those outlets, he talked openly and honestly about everything from religion to politics, all while staying true to the crochety old-man-style of humor that made him a legend in his own right.

But when the shoes came off at the end of the day, Carlin was a very different man. Gone was the hard exterior…gone were the attitudes about Catholicism, voting, aging, and stupid people doing stupid things. Once he got home, back to his comfort zone, back to Sally Wade, Carlin was a cupcake.

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The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade is a unique illustrated memoir written by Carlin’s second wife, Sally Wade. Filled with never-before-seen writings and artwork by the late great comedian, woven into Wade’s telling of the last 10 years of their life together, this beautiful book shows the hidden side of a man we all thought we knew. The real George Carlin was a romantic, an artist, a lover. He wrote notes to Sally daily…telling her how beautiful she was, how wonderful she was, how much joy she brought to his life. They shared wild and mystical pipe dreams, dreaming of flying around Jupiter and making it their own. They shared nicknames and created a language only they understood. Their love was real, ever-growing, and so secret and protected. It was a kind of love so many of us only dream of having.

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Published after he died, The George Carlin Letters show a very different side of a comedian we all thought we knew through and through. Heartwarming, sad, tender, and bittersweet, this book acts as one final love letter from Sally to George…and maybe even a heart-felt goodbye from Sally to George’s fans. This is the REAL side of the man we all loved…his soft underbelly that he kept so hidden from the rest of the world. In the most beautiful way possible, Sally helps readers see a side of Carlin only she witnessed, giving us a close, intimate look into one of the most romantic stories never told.

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17 Fun Facts about George Carlin

George Carlin did more than make people laugh – he made them think. Over the course of his long career, this legendary comedian released several albums, published a handful of books, recorded more than a dozen comedy specials, and even appeared in a few TV shows. He often challenged American thinking and way of life, as well as other hot-button topics like religion, parenthood, and death.


Carlin would have been 81 this year…and lord knows he would have PLENTY to say about today’s world! Let me give you a taste…

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Way ahead of his time, right?!

To help celebrate this smart, yet satirical man, here are 17 fun facts about George Carlin!

17 Fun Facts about George Carlin

Carlin’s love of language stemmed from his father, who was an advertising manager for the New York newspaper, The Sun. Carlin’s grandfather, a NYC police officer, wrote out Shakespeare’s tragedies in longhand for fun.

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Growing up, Carlin’s hero was actor/singer/dancer/comedian, Danny Kaye.

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Carlin went to the same high school as Martin Scorsese and Regis Philbin…however he did not officially graduate because he was expelled. He would steal money from visiting sports teams and joked about having drugs on school property.

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In the 1950’s, Carlin worked as a radar technician on B-47s at Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base. He was court-martialed once after celebrating the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers winning the World Series by getting drunk on wine and telling off his tech sergeant.

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His love of language naturally evolved to a love of curse words, as well. He would write down the “most colorful” profanities he heard in his neighborhood and keep them in his pocket.

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Carlin was arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1970’s for obscenity after giving a stand-up performance at Summerfest. However it was almost much worse. He happened to have cocaine in his pocket, which he handed off to a band member before exiting the stage where cops were waiting for him.

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Carlin was the first-ever host of Saturday Night Live. He was also the first host of Fridays (1980-1982), ABC’s attempted version of SNL.

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Carlin was almost aborted as a baby. His mother had a change of heart after seeing a painting on the wall of the doctor’s office.

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When Carlin was just 2 months old, his mom, brother and him escaped his abusive father by climbing down the fire escape. Carlin never saw his father again.

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When Carlin was 9, he and his friend Dave Wilson, would do stand-up routines at summer camp. Wilson would go on to become the longtime director of Saturday Night Live.

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Carlin’s breakthrough album, 1972’s FM & AM, earned him a Grammy Award.

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Carlin kept extensive files of material…about 1,300 separate files encompassing 44 years worth of collecting thoughts, notions, ideas, pieces of data, and material.

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Carlin was a great supporter of young musicians and performers. He actually called Eminem “a brilliant poetic artist”.

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Despite his cynicism regarding pop culture, Carlin was a big fan of the TV show, Survivor.

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Carlin also refused to vote.

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He may have come across as a harsh critic, but Carlin was actually a very sweet romantic. He was only married twice, the first one (which lasted 37 years) ending in his wife’s death, the second one ending in his.

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Carlin died on June 22, 2008 of heart failure. He was 71. His death occurred one week after his last performance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated and the ashes were scattered in front of various nightclubs he played in NYC, as well as over Spofford Lake in New Hampshire, where he attended summer camp.

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10 Awesome DIY Projects for 4th of July

The 4th of July is right around the corner…which means it’s time for hotdogs, yard games, fireworks, and all the red, white, and blue attire you can handle.

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If you’re hosting a 4th of July celebration this year, there’s no need to stress about patriotic decor. with these 10 fun 4th of July ideas, you can create a patriotic play zone that is worthy of a firework celebration!

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10 Awesome DIY Projects for 4th of July

Tie Dye Tee


American Flag Photo Backdrop


American Flag Light Jars


Bandana Tablecloth


Burlap Banner


Backyard Bean Bag Toss


Tic-Tac-Toe Game


Backyard Bowling


Patriotic Balloons


Boozin’ Tank


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You Go to My Head


“You go to my head
And you linger like a haunting refrain
And I find you spinning round in my brain
Like the bubbles in a glass of champagne.”
-Frank Sinatra, “You Go to My Head”

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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12 Tasty Ice Box Pies

YOU GUYS…summer is the worst.

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It’s hot, muggy, and literally impossible to turn your oven on without heating up your entire house. This, of course, makes it near impossible to enjoy a yummy cake in the summertime…unless it’s an ICE BOX CAKE.

Made almost completely in your freezer and featuring such delicious foods as whipped cream, ice cream, and fruit, ice box cakes and pies are an awesome summertime staple. They’re great for summer birthdays, BBQ’s, or just to cool down on a hot summer afternoon.

Often inspired by delicious cocktails (like pina coladas and margaritas), ice box cakes make it slightly easier to enjoy the bright summer sunshine!

12 Tasty Ice Box Pies

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  1. Pina Colada Ice Box Pie
  2. Lucky Charms Ice Box Pie
  3. Old Fashioned Lemon Ice Box Pie
  4. Blueberry Ice Box Pie
  5. Nutella Ice Box Cake
  6. Key Lime Ice Box Pie
  7. Pink Lemonade Ice Box Squares
  8. Kahlua Coconut Ice Box Cake
  9. Lemon Ice Cream Cake
  10. Raspberry White Chocolate Ice Box Pie
  11. Strawberry Ice Box Cake
  12. S’mores Ice Box Cake

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Happy Father’s Day!


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June 15, 2018 · 7:25 am