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Top 10 Essentials You Need for the Kitchen

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Hi, Ya’ll, today I am going to share with you the “Top 10 Essentials You Need for Your Kitchen.” After reading this post, I will have your kitchen prepped and ready for all of your baking and cooking needs. So, are you ready to find out what they are? Let’s go!


1. Knives and Cutting Board Set

The EatNeat 12-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Cutting Board- Speed up your cooking and baking with this set that comes with all the knives you will need to cut, slice, dice, and chop. When you are not using the knives, they come with sheaths to keep them protected.


2. Pots and Pans Set

Amazon Basics Non-Stick 15-Piece Cookware Set– You will get 15-Pieces when you get this awesome cookware set. The non-stick coating will be easy to clean, and stay-cool handles so you won’t get burned. Plus you get a set of utensils.


3. Chopping Tool

Fullstar All-in-1 Vegetable Chopper, Mandoline Slicer & Cheese Grater– If you do a lot of chopping, grating, slicing, etc., then you are going to love this tool! This product has five interchangeable blades that will meet all of your slicing, grating, and chopping needs.


4. Blender

Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System, 1500W– With this blender, you are bringing versatility into your kitchen. With the Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System, you can process foods, create single servings of your favorite smoothies, make cookies, drinks, dips, and more.


5. Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 PerfecTemp 14 Cup Coffee Maker- With this coffee machine you can feel confident that you will receive the perfect cup of coffee every time. You can feel good knowing when you offer your guest a cup of coffee, that it will be the perfect temperature and flavor.


6. Iced Tea Maker

Mr. Coffee TM75 Iced Tea Maker– This tea maker will give a whole new meaning to a “delicious glass of iced tea”, and it’s not just for brewed iced tea, you can also make your favorite iced coffee with the Mr. Coffee TM75 Iced Tea Maker. You can use tea bags or loose tea. The choice is yours!


7. Dutch Oven

Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven- Every baker needs a cast iron dutch oven. I have one and I love mine. Not only do I use it for casseroles, but I love to cook beans, peas, and stews as well. To me, it gets food done in half the time and this will give you more time to spend with family.


8. Casserole Dishes with Lids

Micro 8-Piece Deep Glass Baking Dish Set with Plastic Lids- Every baker needs casserole dishes. I use mine all of the time for spaghetti, lasagna, casseroles, brownies, meats, chicken, etc. These elegant casserole dishes are made of high-quality borosilicate multifunctional glass.


9. Hand-Held Mixer

Lord Eagle Hand Mixer Electric, 400W Power handheld Mixer- Stand mixers are a must-have as well, but a good handheld mixer is great for smaller jobs. Great for mixing up cakes, cookies, puddings, egg tarts, pizza, and more. The Lord Eagle Electric Hand Mixer is great for beginners learning how to use a mixer. Do you know why? Because they find it less intimidating.


10. Toaster

Cuisinart CPT-142BK 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, Black- All kitchens need a toaster. I love the ones with the 4-slices because it is more convenient if you need to toast more than 2 slices of bread at a time. The Cuisinart CPT-142BK 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, Black will be an awesome addition to your kitchen. It not only toasts bread, but it can accommodate thick bagels as well. With this lovely toaster, you can reheat, defrost, and bagel controls to meet all of your toasting needs.


I hope you enjoyed exploring the “Top 10 Essentials You Need for the Kitchen.” It is sure to be something for everyone and maybe some things you never thought you needed. These are all excellent products to add to your kitchen baking arsenal so you can get the job done more efficiently.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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12 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Baker in Your Life

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Well, it’s that time of year again…Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I know some of you are probably saying, “How did this sneak up on me?”😳 We got your back.

After all, it’s a day to celebrate all the mamas in our lives. So as we think about ways to celebrate each other, let’s start with the mamas who love to bake Instead of you scrambling, trying to figure out what to get those special ladies in your life, we’ve got gift ideas that are sure to please. Check out these twelve Mother’s Day gift ideas for the baker in your life. Enjoy!😊


1.  Ninja Master Prep Professional

I already had my eye on this item and was lucky enough to receive it as a gift. I use it every day for making smoothies and sauces. You will be amazed at how well it works. It is so easy to use and clean. You can put it right into your dishwasher. It comes with a 40-oz processing bowl, plus lids, blades, and splash guards for all 3. The Ninja Master crushes ice, chops, and blends 2x faster so you can get the job done.


2. The Pampered Chef Large Metal Serving Spatula

This is a kitchen tool that every baker should own. They’re great for lifting cakes, cookies, casseroles, and more out of the pan. I found one on Amazon for $26.99! Easily serve a hearty helping of cheesy lasagna, crisp pizza, and moist cake. Its solid handle is durable and comfortable. It has a 5″ beveled-edge blade and it is dishwasher safe.


3. Amazon Silicone Baking Mats

Silicone baking mats are great for baking cookies, tarts, and other treats due to their non-stick quality. No need to spray with oil before using and eliminates the need for parchment paper. Food will slide right off the silicone mats with no problem. Safe to use in ovens up to 480 degrees F.


4. OXO Good Grips Pastry Blender

If the baker in your life is tired of using a fork to cut butter into flour, then, she’ll love this pastry blender! I have one and I love this thing. It is so much better than using a fork. I bought myself an antique one at an antique store for $1.50. So, ditch the fork and get the baker in your life a dough blender. Get yourself one too!


5. Cookie Stamps

The baker in your life will love using cookie stamps to create fun designs on cookies. These cookie stamps create beautiful designs on your cookies with several different designs to choose from.


6. Handheld Mixer

Although a handheld mixer is not as powerful as a stand mixer, it’s easier to store and transport than large appliances. Sometimes you just need a smaller mixer for smaller jobs, like brownies, cookies, macaroons, etc. without dragging out the bigger mixer.


7. Mixing Bowls

Stainless steel mixing bowls are so easy to clean, and they hold up well over time. The baker in your life would love to have this 7 Piece Stainless Steel bowl set with 7 different sizes and lids included.


8. Digital Kitchen Scale

The baker in your life will love using a digital kitchen scale to measure ingredients accurately when baking so that she can create bakes that meet her expectations without fail time after time.


9. Emojoy 15 Piece Kitchen Knife Set

Your mom would love this All-in-One complete knife set. Made with german Stainless Steel that is dishwasher safe, rustproof, and will last her for many years to come. The knife set comes in 3 beautiful colors: Red, Blue, and Black.


10. Recipe Binder, 3 Ring Full Page Organizer Kit

This is a lovely recipe book that any baker would love to have. It comes with 16 Dividers, 32 Labels, and 50 Plastic Sleeves. It also comes with useful information for daily baking and cooking. Plus, it has laminated materials that are splash-proof.


11. Eleven Piece Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

This is an elegant Measuring Cup and Spoon Set that every baker needs in their kitchen. This set comes in multiple sizes to meet your baking needs. Sturdy and durable with an elegant design that is dishwasher safe.


12. 20 Piece Complete Cake Baking Set

This is a beautiful starter kit for the new beginner or a mom that wants to update their baking and kitchen supplies. She is sure to be thrilled to get this 20 Piece Complete Baking Set. This baking kit will save you lots of money and time. It comes with everything you need to start your baking off right.


There you have it, “12 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Baker in Your Life.” You are sure to find something for that special lady in your life called your “Mom.”

To all the Mothers out there, “Happy Mother’s Day!” I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day! You deserve it!😘

Donna Kennedy🌻🌼🌷🍰

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“Color My Cookie Princess Magic” Review

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Hey ya’ll, this week I am going to share with you an incredibly colorful product that I think you will love. This company is called “Color My Cookie”. They have these most darling cookie sets that come in easy-to-use packaging. It’s so convenient because the cookies are already baked and have an iced white coating on them. They come ready for you and your kids or grandchildren to decorate saving you valuable time and money.

I have been watching the development of “Color My Cookie” for a while now and finally, we can bring you this review of their fun-filled cookie kits. They have a wide range of sets to choose from, and if you are a fellow cookie decorator, then you have to check them out! I was allowed to review one of their cute sets, and I jumped at the chance. The set I chose was the “Princess Magic” set and my review will be based on what I created with this particular set.

First off, below you will find the contents of what comes in the cookie sets.

The cookie kit comes with:

  • 1 edible color palette with edible watercolors
  • 2-3 small cups for water and sprinkles
  • 6 ready to decorate cookies
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • 2 tiaras
  • Sprinkles
  • Icing

Unpacking the cookie kit:

Princess Magic Cookie Kit

This company really packaged this cookie kit very well. All the cookies were intact and all items accounted for. The contents were packaged in plastic bags (cookies, sprinkles, tiaras). The cookie kit had packing material all around it and the kit was put inside another box for extra protection.

I give them a 5/5 Star Rating for their awesome packaging.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Painting and decorating the cookies

Princess Magic Finished Product

Oh my goodness, this is so fun and so easy! You and your children or grandkids are going to love this. This is the cutest cookie kit I have ever seen. I chose the “Princess Magic” cookie kit. It is absolutely adorable.

Their cookie kits come in 2 convenient sizes this is a large cookie kit that contains 6 cookies.

The next size cookie kit is a mini and contains 3 cookies.

For ease of decorating and fun, I give them a 5/5 Star Rating.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Can you believe how easy and adorable this cookie kit is? They have so many more cookie themes to choose from. Find your special cookie kit today by clicking on the picture below…


The cookie is a shortbread cookie that is traditionally a Scottish treat made with real butter, which gives the cookie its signature crumbly texture. Icing the cookie gives it just the right amount of yummy sweetness for you and your family to enjoy.


I give Color My Cookie a 5/5 Star Review hands down. I highly recommend this product. You and your family will have so much fun decorating these cookies together. Super easy and fun and the children will love it!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This product is great for birthday parties, all holidays, teacher appreciation week, and so many more. Get yours today and have fun decorating them with the kiddos.

Don’t forget, Teacher Appreciation Week starts May 1-7, 2022. This would be a perfect gift for the special teacher in your child’s life.

Mother’s Day is fast approaching! It is May 8, 2022! Color My Cookie would be the perfect gift for the awesome mama in your life. With some flowers of course! 😉

For more information, watch my video below from unpacking the product to decorating and enjoy!


Color My Cookie Review

I think these cookie kits from “Color My Cookie” are the cutest little cookie kits I have ever seen! They offer so many different kits for special occasions. Check them out now and see all of their awesome and easy kits. Get yours here at Color My Cookie.com Click >>here>> to get your sitewide 10% discount at checkout!

Happy Cookie Decorating,

Donna Kennedy🍪

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Create a Beautiful Easter Table on a Budget

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Hi, Ya’ll, didn’t think you could create a beautiful Easter table on a budget? Think again! Read on to find out how.

Have you ever found yourself on the fence when it comes to decorating for a special holiday, like Easter? You have the desire to have a special holiday table and someplace you can go to that is beautiful, yet you don’t know how to begin, whether you will have time enough to pull it all together and how you will pay for it all.

But, I’m here to tell you that Easter and an Easter table are not out of reach, just because you don’t have tons of money. There are ways to create an Easter table that will make your family and friends think that you spent a fortune on it. The great thing is, most of it can be found at your local thrift store, garage sales, or Dollar Tree.

Below you will find my 7 easy steps to “Create a Beautiful Easter Table on a Budget.”


1. The Centerpiece

 It’s all about the details, the centerpiece is your focal point. Here’s an adorable Centerpiece using different shapes and sizes of candleholders, eggs, and more. It’s a DIU project that you can do with your family. Click the button below for instructions to create this beautiful centerpiece for your Easter Table. Scroll down to “Now for the Centerpiece” for the instructions.


2. The Place Settings Where Simple Meets Elegant

Mix in solid-colored placemats in these fun colors such as orange, red, blue, green, and build your Easter theme from there. You can then add a moss-colored charger to your solid-colored placemats. Next, place a dinner plate on each charger. You get the idea, right? For instructions click the button below. You will scroll down to you come to a section titled “Time to Set the Table.” This will provide you with everything you need to create an elegant centerpiece plus instructions on how to do it.


3. Silverware and Glassware

 You can get Silver Plastic Flatware and Napkin Sets, 4-ct. Packs or by the case. I have used these several times and they look realistic and very elegant. These glasses are so pretty and make any table look beautiful. You can buy the glasses individually or buy the case.


4. Elegant White Dinnerware


Ditch the round plates for Royal Norfolk® Solid White Square Dinnerware and bring elegance and beauty to your table. With these classic white colors, you can create your most elegant Easter table.

These unique Royal Norfolk Solid White Square Dinnerware plates will make your family feel like they are dining at an up class restaurant right in your very own home. Click on the button below to find out more.


5. Complete Your Table Setting

With an array of colorful Easter eggs, little bunnies, small Easter-themed containers with candy or flowers. The possibilities are endless. Just use your imagination. How about placing some fake carrots in a mason jar you may already have with flowers and setting them on either side of your centerpiece? Like the picture to your left.


6. Some Other Inexpensive Ideas

You can use candles to help decorate your table along with the centerpiece. You can also use colored plastic Easter eggs filled with candy or use real eggs that you and your kids have colored. How about some colored glass vases and put little easter-colored flowers in them? Whatever you decide it will be elegant and beautiful.


7. One More Cute Idea

How about a beautiful Easter-themed Tiered Tray? You could use it on your dessert table for a centerpiece and place all of your other desserts around it. You just dress it up with easter items and arrange them until you get your desired look. You can create this look to the left by clicking on the button below for a DIY Easter project.


Now it’s time for you to get hopping and “Create a Beautiful Easter Table on a Budget.” I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.

If you are short on time and can’t go into Dollar Tree for your purchases, shop online for all of your Easter needs with their Flat Rate Shipping, so check it out!

From my family to yours, Happy Easter!🐇

Donna Kennedy, 🐰

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Easy Easter Dinner-Just for You

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EASTER, APRIL 17, 2022

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It’s hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning your Easter dinner. I am here to help you get things off without a hitch! Read on to find out more. Enjoy!

I think it’s best to focus on your main dishes and sides when you are planning an Easter dinner. It may sound crazy but roast ham is always a great choice for Easter dinner. I’m sure it will be the main dish served at yours this year.

Roast ham is generally easier to make because there’s less to it than a whole turkey. Since I am here to help, I’ve created a delicious recipe for oven-roasted ham with apple glaze that I think will knock your socks off.

Then I will follow this with a very easy side dish, dessert, and a drink. Then your Easter dinner will be all set and ready to go.


Oven-Roasted Apple Glazed Ham

This delicious oven-roasted apple glazed ham is so easy you will be thanking me for days and you are most welcome! Your family and friends will enjoy it too!


Ingredients:

  • 1 (4-pound) fully cooked boneless ham
  • 2 cups of apple jelly
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place ham in a baking dish and place in pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.
  3. Mix the jelly, Dijon mustard, ginger, and the brown sugar in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until the jelly melts, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the ham from oven and pour the jelly mixture over the ham. Bake for 30 minutes longer.

Serves: 16


Donna’s Squash Dressing

This is a quick and delicious side dish that everyone will enjoy. If you have a homemade cornbread recipe, use it or try my homemade one Donna’s Famous Cornbread It is quick and delicious. Your family and friends will love this recipe and so will you.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups drained cooked yellow squash (Fresh is best or frozen works well too).
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups mashed up corn bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (10-ounce) can cream of chicken soup

Directions:

  1. Combine the drained squash, onion, cornbread crumbs, eggs, and undiluted soup in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Spoon into a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Serves: 6 NOTE: For larger crowds, you can double the recipe and cook 50-60 minutes or until the top is golden brown.


Key Lime Pie

This pie is so easy to make and delicious. I usually make a 9-inch deep-dish one or you can make two 9-inch pies if you wish. Top each serving with homemade cool whip So much better than store-bought!


Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks, lightley beaten
  • 2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (9-inch) deep dish graham cracker pie shell or two 9-inch graham cracker pie shells
  • 1 cup whipped topping

Directions:

  1. Beat the egg yolks, lime juice, and condensed milk in a mixing bowl with electric mixer until blended.
  2. Spoon the mixture into your deep dish pie shell or spoon half the mixture into two 9-inch pie shells.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes for deep dish or 15 minutes for the two 9-inch pie shells.
  4. Let cool for 2 hours on cooling rack.
  5. Top each serving with whipped topping.

FYI: To get that pretty green look, add a few drops at a time to get the color of green you want while mixing up the ingredients.

Serves: 12


Drinks

Serve up your guest your favorite coffee or tea. Soft drinks, lemonade, or water. You could even ask your guests what they prefer or have them bring their favorite beverage. There is no shame in doing that. After all, you are making the dinner. More often than not, people are always willing to help.😉


I sure hope you have enjoyed reading “Easy Easter Dinner-Just for You” as much as I did writing it for you. Now you can breathe easy about what to bake.

If you would like more Easter Dinner Ideas, check out “Baking with Donna’s Recipes”


From my family to yours, Happy Easter!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🐰

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Baking Supplies: The Best of the Best

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As a baker, you know that having quality baking supplies is key to creating delicious treats. That’s why it’s important to choose the best baking supplies out there. Here are some of my favorites:


1. KitchenAid Mixer

A good mixer is essential for any baker. I love my KitchenAid mixer because it’s powerful and durable. The KitchenAid mixer comes with a variety of attachments for every baker’s needs. They have everything from metal meat grinders to slicer/shredders. I have the Slicer/Shredder Attachments, and I love it! 


2. Wilton Cake Pans

A variety of pans is important for any baker. I love my Wilton cake pans because they make baking a breeze. They come in many shapes and sizes that every baker needs to have. Wilton has everything from cake pans to cookie sheets and everything in between.


3. McCormick Spices

Spices are a baker’s best friend. I love my McCormick spices because they always add great flavor to my recipes. My goodness, they have quite a variety of spices. Some of my favorites are Ground Ginger, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cummin, Chili Powder, Ground Mustard, and Smoked Paprika. Just to name a few! I could keep going! 


4. Nordic Ware Baking Sheet

A good baking sheet is a must-have for any baker. I love my Nordic Ware baking sheets because they heat evenly and never stick. With Nordic Ware baking sheets your goodies will rise up and bake evenly. These pans are very durable and will last for years to come.


5. Reynolds Parchment Paper

This is a must-have for baking cookies and other treats. It keeps them from sticking to the pan and makes cleanup a breeze. I use parchment paper (Cookie Baking Sheets) every time I make cookies now. The cookie baking sheets are pre-cut so you can place them right on your cookie sheet add cookies and pop them oven. Then you just throw the paper away and no need to wash the pan!


6. Measuring Cups and Spoons

Another must-have for any baker is a good set of measuring spoons and cups. I like the Pyrex 3-Piece Measuring Cup Set because the cups are made from glass and can be used for both wet and dry ingredients. Easy to read measurements in cups, ounces, and millimeters. Curved spout for easy and precise pouring and they are dishwasher safe and oven-safe, so they can go from prep to oven to dishwasher without a problem.


7. Silicone Baking Mat

A silicone baking mat is another great tool to have on hand. It eliminates the need for cooking spray, butter, grease, or oil and makes cleanup a snap. I love all the beautiful colors they come in. There are different sizes available and they also come in sets of 2-4.


8. Wilton Non-Stick 9″ x 13″ Cake Pan

If you’re looking for baking pans, I highly recommend the Wilton Non-Stick 9″ x 13″ Cake Pan. It’s my go-to pan for cakes, brownies, and bar cookies. It’s also dishwasher safe and some of the pans come with a lifetime warranty. And you can get the Wilton Non-Stick pan in sets of 3 or more.


9. Farberware Professional Silicone Whisks

Whisks are another great tool to have in your kitchen. I love my Farberware Silicone Whisks and use them a lot. In fact, I have used mine so much that I am in need of a new set. I use them in my non-stick pans when making gravy, sauces, salad dressing, and more. They perform well with high heat while protecting your pots and pans.


10. Nordic Ware Pizza Stone

If you bake a lot of pies as I do, then you are going to want to invest in a Pizza Stone. When I get my pies all mixed up and poured in my pie shell, I place my pie pan on the pizza stone. Put the pizza stone and pie pan in the center of the oven and bake at the temperature the recipe calls for. Your pie crust will bake evenly to a golden brown and your pie filling will be delicious.


There you have it, my awesome bakers, “Baking Supplies: The Best of the Best.” I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.

What are some of your favorite baking supplies that you can’t live without in your kitchen? Leave your comments below.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known

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Baking is a fascinating process that yields delicious results. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced baker, there’s always something new to learn. So here are fourteen things about Baking that you may not have known. Enjoy!


1. Baking is a Science

Baking is absolutely a science as well as an art. When you add flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., you have to do this in a sequence of steps that bring you to the same ending, something edible every time.

As a baker, we can think of ourselves as chemists and scientists. Why may you ask? We add different ingredients together in a sequence of steps that create delicious goodies. If done correctly, you can bake over and over again.

So, to sum this up, “baking is simply a form of chemistry that results in edible results rather than other chemical solutions or creations.” This quote is brought to you by Delighted Cooking


2. Baking is an Art

Why is Baking considered an art? Think about this for a moment; if you are adding all of these ingredients together and making, let’s say, a cake from scratch, then you are creating art! By the time you cook your cake frost it and decorate it, you have created a beautiful piece of edible art.🎂

We, as bakers, can be compared to an artist who paints or artists that sculpt. A painter creates beautiful pictures for us to look at and enjoy using paintbrushes of different sizes and paints of different colors. Sculptors create beautiful pieces of statues, bowls, animals, etc., using molding clay and a variety of tools to shape and mold their sculptures. And they use a firing process for baking the clay or sculpture. We bake our goodies just like they do, except we use an oven.😉

We sculpt our cakes, cookies, pies, etc. We can then decorate them using paintbrushes, a rotating cake stand, cake, cookie painting, cake spatulas to smooth out the icing on our cakes, and tools for shaping and cutting fondant. And I could go on and on. You get the jest of it, though, right? Do you see the similarities?


3. Baking is a Trade

If you love to bake, why not make a career out of it and do something you enjoy. Of course, this may require a certification that you can usually obtain by doing an apprenticeship. You can get these through bakeries that offer training such as Publix, Kroger, Ingles, technical or community college programs to help you obtain an associate degree or certificate. Usually, a college degree is not needed.👩‍🎓

Steps to becoming a baker:

  1. Obtain your apprenticeship- through bakeries such as Publix, Kroger, Ingels, technical or community college programs.
  2. Obtain a business degree- do this only if you are interested in opening your on bakery. You can do this by  taking courses in small business management through a continuing education program.
  3. Get your Certification- certification is not usually a requirement by most employers, however, if you obtain your certification it will put you ahead of the competition.
  4. Attain additional experience- if you want to advance your career, gain more experience. Learn different techniques and skills that will lead you to owning your on business and creating high quality products that you can be proud of.

4.  Baking is an Addiction

Baking is most definitely an addiction for me. I can honestly say without a doubt that “baking is my happy place.” I enjoy getting in my kitchen and baking cakes and goodies for my family for any occasion. It is a soothing therapy for me.

One of my favorite things to do is take a recipe and make it my own because it is challenging and fun! I came up with a recipe years ago that I call my “goulash.” My kids love it, and it’s always a family favorite at get-togethers.😉


5. Baking is Therapeutic

Yes, Baking certainly is therapeutic. If you are having a stressful day or week, measuring out ingredients and mixing them all helps relieve stress and anxiety. It makes me happy knowing that I am creating something beautiful and tasty for my family.

Creating things has been shown to make us happy if we feel out of sorts. Also, it gives us a feeling of accomplishment and triggers our senses of smell, touch, taste, and then, finally, seeing our result. So, the next time you feel anxious or stressed, try Baking. Baking will help you feel more relaxed, happier, and enthusiastic about life. Not to mention it can give you a sense of personal growth.😁


6. Baking is Precise

You may be wondering why Baking is so precise? Because when you measure all of your ingredients out and have your oven set to the correct baking temperature and time set, your Baking becomes like a science. If you follow your recipe step by step, you will produce the same results every time.

The correct amount of flour, eggs, oil, sugar, etc., is critical to the product’s taste and the proper consistency and density. When we are baking, we wear different hats. That must be why a chef’s hat is so tall because we are scientists, biologists, artists, painters, and sculptors. Dang, we are so talented!😊


7. Baking is Forgiving

No, Baking is not very forgiving! Instead, you ask for a disaster if you don’t measure the ingredients and take shortcuts. Baking is a science because you are mixing exact amounts of flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., together, guesstimating is a big No-No. So if you are baking cookies and trying to take shortcuts, you may wind up with cookies hard as rocks.

On the other hand, cooking is more forgiving. You can usually get away with adding whatever ingredients that you want to a recipe and make it your own. Baking, not so much. With Baking, the slightest miscalculation could mean a flat, dense cake should you forget the eggs. And the taste would be awful!😝


8. Baking is Challenging

Yes, Baking can be very challenging. But, not to worry, practice makes perfect (well, almost perfect). We are human, and I can guarantee you that you will still make some mistakes along the way. I have been baking and cooking for 46+ years, and I still make mistakes at times. So, it doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned pro or just starting; you will make mistakes. When that happens, chalk it up to experience and a lesson well learned.

Because Baking requires exact measurements and the correct baking times make it more difficult. At the same time, whatever you are cooking can usually be saved if you make a mistake by modifying your recipe. Flour is one of the ingredients that can make them dry and challenging if you add too much to your cookies. Add too much flour to your biscuits, and they will be dry and crumbly.🤦‍♀️


9.  Baking is Rewarding

Oh gosh, yes! Baking can be very rewarding because you can create all kinds of delicious treats for your family and friends. It helps relieve stress and anxiety and gives me a sense of well-being and accomplishment. And it also lifts my mood.

Lord only knows after the pandemic we have had in the last two years, I can honestly tell you that Baking and cooking have helped me a lot! Another great thing about Baking is you can spend quality time with your kids and teach them a great lesson. Who knows, they may grow up to be a famous chef.👩‍🍳


10. Baking is Delicious

Baking cakes, cookies, pies, etc., is so delicious. Nobody can deny that! There is nothing better than a piece of cake and a good ole cup of coffee, except enjoying it with family and friends. You can bake up some deliciousness that no one can resist when you have suitable recipes.☕

Get yourself some good recipes and get your Baking and cooking on!


11.  Baking is Beautiful

This beautiful cake says it all! Yes, Baking is gorgeous. Even if your cake does not look like the above picture, it is still a beautiful form of art that you created. To me, Baking is not about how beautiful the goodies turn out to be, but how much fun and thought I put into it.

Watching my family eating and enjoying what I baked is beautiful to me! 😊


12.  Overmixing is Bad

The number one mistake people make when mixing up their cake batter. Overmixing results in a dense cake. That is weak and will fall in the middle, as in the picture above. The taste of an overmixed is disgusting. Once you overmix, there is nothing you can do to fix it. So, guess what? That means you will have to toss the cake and start all over. Bummer!

I will use flour as an example; if you mix the flour into the butter, mix it until no more white flour is showing. Then you will know the flour is incorporated with the butter. Always follow your recipe step by step. Never skip over the numbers because you will be asking for a disaster.😣


13. Baking is Versatile

When I think of versatility with Baking, I think of muffins. Muffins are a popular breakfast item for many people, including me. You can get them in sweet form or spicy. People can find something in a muffin to satisfy most picky eaters.

With muffins, you can add almost any flavor you can imagine. I love a maple muffin with bacon on top. When my son-in-law first introduced me to them, I thought he had lost his mind! But once I tasted that sweet and salty taste of the bacon, OMG, it was awesome! So, don’t be afraid to try different flavors of muffins. You may be surprised deliciously.🤤


14. Baking is Fun

Baking is most definitely fun. I enjoy baking cookies for Thanksgiving and decorating them with my grandkids. It is so much fun to see the colors they come up with and their designs on the cookies. They enjoy it too.

The holidays are my favorite time to get in the kitchen and bake cakes, cookies, pies, etc., for gift giving and for all of the family get-togethers.🤗


I hope you have enjoyed “14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known,” learned something you didn’t know, and walked away feeling better about baking those goodies.

Remember, always follow your recipe step by step, and you should be fine. So, get out there and get your Baking on and enjoy what you are baking. I know you can do this!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Baking

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Hey, Ya’ll, did you know that we all get at least 5 things wrong when we bake? That’s right, even me! This week we are going to explore “5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Baking.”

Baking is a science. It’s not an exact science, but there are guidelines that you need to follow to ensure your success. When you don’t follow these guidelines, your baking will most likely not turn out the way you want it to.

In this post, we are going to explore 5 of the most common baking mistakes that people make. So, if you are guilty of any of these mistakes, don’t worry, you are not alone!


5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Baking

  1. Not reading the recipe all the way through before you start baking. This is probably the biggest one that I see all the time. It is absolutly essential that you read the recipe in its entirity before you start start mixing everything together. This is so you want make mistakes like missing steps and ingredients. This can be a disaster! Believe me I have done this and ended up having to pour out the ingredents and start all over again! Not only did I waste time, but I wasted money because I had to discard my ingredients becasue I messed up.😫


2. Not measuring the ingredients properly. This is another hazard that can be avoided if you will take the time to measure the ingredients correctly. For example, when I measure out my flour, I pour a little more than I need into my measuring cup and then take my offset stainless steel spatula and make the flour even with my measuring cup. That way I am sure if the recipe calls for one cup that’s what I have. I do the same thing if calls for two cups. PLEASE use your measuring cups and measuring spoons so that you know you are getting the right amount of ingredients.🙄


3.  Not preheating the oven or using the wrong oven temperature. Preheating your oven is one of the most important things you can do while baking and making sure you set it to the right temperature for whatever you are baking. Preheating the oven to the right temperature will bake your cake, cookies, pies, meat, etc. to a golden brown and bring all of those wonderful flavors together for an awesome taste. For example, if you don’t preheat your oven when baking a cake, it has to stay in longer and will make the cake very dense and heavy and dry it out.😲


4.  Using the wrong baking pan. This can be awful as well. Imagine cooking let’s say a birthday cake and you use too big of a pan it will look so thin and flat. Know how I know this? Yep, you guessed that right, I have done that crap before. No fun! Then of course I had to start all over again! I didn’t pay attention to what size pan the recipe called for when this happened to me. Case in point, read that recipe all the way through so you can avoid mistakes. Also, if you use too small of a pan, you will have the cake all on the sides of your pan and in the bottom of your oven.😡

5. Use baking soda instead of baking powder. This can also be a disaster in the making. Because these two are made up differently chemically speaking, this can be bad. So, if you use too much baking powder, instead of baking soda, your cake will taste bitter and won’t be as fluffy. If you use baking soda instead of baking powder you could wind up with a messy oven and a horrible tasting cake.😝


As you can see from reading the “5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Baking,” how important it is to read your recipes all the way through before you start your mixing and baking process. These things are very easy to avoid if we will just stop and take the time to read our recipes.

I know that we live in a fast-paced world, but when it comes to cooking and baking, take your time slow down relax and enjoy what you are doing. You will make fewer mistakes and have a blast!

So, get out there and get your baking on and most of all enjoy!😉

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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Storing Ingredients: 8 Tips to Making Your Baking Life Easier

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Baking is a delicious way to spend an afternoon, but it can also be a little tedious. Between measuring out ingredients, ensuring everything is at the right temperature, and making sure your cakes don’t burn, it’s no wonder so many people give up on baking altogether.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! With a few simple tips, you can make your baking life easier and have more fun in the kitchen. Here are 8 of my favorite tips:


1. Label Everything!

 Label Everything! Doing this makes your baking life easier and ensures you don’t make mistakes with ingredients when baking.

It would be bad to add the wrong spices to cakes, cookies, pies, etc., and not realize it. Imagine your shock and surprise if you added allspice into your pumpkin pie instead of your pumpkin pie spice ingredient.


2. Flour

Flour is a baking staple, so if you don’t keep it fresh then how will you bake up all of those tasty baked treats of yours?

No matter if you are using self-rising flour, all-purpose flour, or whole wheat flour, make sure to keep them in an airtight container for extended freshness.


3. Sugar

Keep sugar in an airtight container to prevent it from absorbing moisture and clumping. Sugar can also be stored in the fridge or freezer.

Believe it or not, sugar does not expire if you store it correctly. Since sugar has no moisture in it, moisture is its number one enemy.

So, if you don’t store it correctly and moisture gets to it, you guessed it in chapter 13 (the trash can).


4. Eggs

Like our flour, eggs baking staple as well and lord knows I use a lot as I’m sure as bakers you do as well. Store eggs in the fridge. Eggs should be used within 3-5 weeks of purchase.

When you store them in the fridge, put them in the middle drawer so they will stay colder.

Also, make sure you store them in their original containers for better freshness and to keep them protected from cracks or breakage.


5. Baking Powder and Baking Soda

Here are 2 more of the pantry staples that we can’t do without. These leveling agents are easily stored thank goodness! You can’t do without them if you bake certain bread or pastries.

This product usually comes in metal containers making it easier to store. If it does not, like the Arm & Hammer Baking soda in the picture, no worries. Just store baking powder and soda in a cool, dry place and they should last you for 12 to 18 months.


6. Chocolate and Powdered Cocoa

When it comes to chocolate and powdered cocoa they differ in how long each one’s shelf life is.

Cocoa powder lasts for 2 to 3 years if you keep it in its original container. But make sure it is sealed well put in a dark dry place to prevent fungus growth.

Cocoa powder should never be stored in the fridge because it is not a fan of moisture.

White chocolate and milk chocolate should be discarded after 9 months because they contain milk products. Once opened, wrap the unused portions in a tight container and place them in a cool dark place or in the fridge.

Store chocolate in a cool, dry place.


7. Extracts

To maintain your extract’s freshness, store it in its original bottle and tighten the lid. Store extracts in a cool, dry place such as a cupboard or cabinet. Make sure it’s not around a heat source such as the stove.

Never refrigerate extracts. Doing this will cause it to become cloudy and lose some of the wonderful flavors.


8. Nuts

To maintain the freshness of nuts, you want to put them in freezer bags and store them in the freezer or your fridge. I always keep mine in the freezer, especially if I bought them for cooking.

Never purchase nuts from bulk bins in your grocery store. Because you have no idea how long they have been in there. Oxygen is a nut’s number one enemy. It will cause them to go bad quickly.

For the freshest nuts, purchase the ones in a sealed bag and make sure you check the expiration date for freshness, and eliminate buying out-of-date nuts.


If you follow my “Storing Ingredients: 8 Tips to Making Your Baking Life Easier,” this will help ensure that your baking goes smoothly and that you don’t miss any steps while baking.

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Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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What recipe uses more flour cookies or cake?

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Hi, Ya’ll, most of us have probably wondered at some point which recipe requires more flour, cookies, or cake. Well, wonder no more! Today, we’re going to take a look at a few recipes and see just how much flour is needed for each.

First up, we have our classic chocolate chip cookies. This recipe calls for 1 and 1/2 cups of flour. For our cake, we’re going to be using a classic white recipe. This one calls for 2 and 1/2 cups of flour. Finally, our last recipe is for sugar cookies. This one calls for 1 and 3/4 cups of flour.

Now, let’s take a look at the results!

As you can see, the cookies require the least amount of flour, while the cake requires the most. This means that overall that our cake took more flour than our cookies. Thanks for reading, and I hope you find this information helpful.

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How to Make a Homemade Meatloaf: 8 Tips for Perfect Results (Italian Style)

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Hi, Ya’ll, Having problems getting delicious results making a homemade Meatloaf? No worries! Today I am going to share with you “How to Make a Homemade Meat Loaf: 8 Tips for Perfect Results.” (Italian Style)

Meatloaf is such a comfort food for everyone! It is considered by many to be a wonderful family meal. But you don’t have to wait for your family to come over before you make it. You can make it just for yourself and your hubby. I am here to help you do that.


How to Make a Homemade Meatloaf: 8 Tips for Perfect Results (Italian Style)

  1. Learn how to make meatloaf and you will be the star of dinners, lunches, and parties every time! Meatloaf can be such a versatile meal, that can be prepared to suit any palette. Try my recipe for meatloaf and then take it in whatever direction you’d like. Whether you are looking for a hearty main dish that the entire family will love. This is definitely a recipe to have handy!
  2. To ensure success in making homemade meatloaf start by choosing the right meat. Ground beef should be very lean. Check the package for the amount of fat in each serving. The higher percentage of lean, the better.
  3. Now you want to get your recipe (which I will give you at the end of this post), read over it, and gather your ingredients. Having your ingredients together will lessen your prep time when you start putting them together.
  4. Make sure that you follow the recipe to the letter. Do not skip any steps or you will wind up with a less than desirable dish!
  5. Measure ingredients for Meatloaf carefully! It is so very important that you measure your ingredients carefully. If you want your ingredients to be exact, especially if you are new to baking, use a kitchen scale to weigh out your meats, breadcrumbs, and other ingredients. The reason you should do this is that the weight of these ingredients can vary greatly from brand to brand and type to type.
  6. Mix all of your ingredients together very well. You will need to do this before adding more of the ingredients. I will reiterate here, Follow your recipe to the letter for the best results!
  7. Next, you want to get your pan, a 9.25×5.25-inch loaf pan that is more than 2 inches deep. This will allow your meatloaf to rise higher and not end up being a fried “meatloaf patty.”
  8. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. while you are putting your meatloaf together. A hot oven is crucial to getting your best results.

Below you will find the recipe for “Italian Style Homemade Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef

2 eggs

1 cup Progresso™ Italian Style Bread Crumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1(14-oz.) jar tomato pasta sauce


Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except pasta sauce; mix well. Add 1 cup pasta sauce; mix well. Press mixture into an ungreased 9.25×5.25-inch loaf pan.

2. Bake at 350°F. for 40 minutes. Pour the remaining pasta sauce over the meatloaf. Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly cooked in the center and the meat thermometer registers 160°F. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


I hope you have enjoyed “How to Make a Homemade Meatloaf: 8 Tips for Perfect Results (Italian Style).” I would love to know what you think about this recipe. You can leave your comments at the end of the article.

My family loves it and I know yours will too! Enjoy!🤤

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy 🍰

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