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Cervical Fusion

UPDATE: (January 27, 2022) Just wanted to let ya’ll know that I am 1 week post-op on my neck surgery and I’m doing well, however, it will be a few more days before I can start back writing my articles.

Thank you,

Donna Kennedy


I just wanted to let you know that I am having neck surgery on 1/19/2022. I will have some downtime, about 4-6 weeks. But I will be back as soon as I can.

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Donna Kennedy

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6 Most Popular Kitchen Aid Attachments

6 Most Popular Kitchen Aid Attachments
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Hey, Ya’ll, this week I am going to do a review on the 6 Most Popular Kitchen Aid Attachments. I have been an avid baker for many years. I began baking at the early age of 12 years old. Through the years, I have owned many brands of mixers and baking tools. I am proud to say that I currently own a 5-quart Classic Stand Mixer by Kitchen Aid

For the bakers out there, I’ve got some great news for you. One of the most important tools in any baker’s arsenal is a good mixer. And while many people turn to Kitchen Aid, it’s also a good idea to invest in some attachments.


  1. Egg whisk: This attachment helps make homemade meringues, whip cream and other dessert items.
  2. Kitchen Aid Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder Attachment: Let’s you quickly and easily add fresh sliced or shredded ingredients to your salad such as cheese, fruits, cucumbers, and more.
  3. Pasta roller and cutter set: This is great for making your own pasta from scratch at home!
  4. Mixing blade:The mixing blade has a flat bottom to scrape against the sides of the mixing bowl and give you a thorough mix. It can also be used when you need to get in every nook and cranny of your mixing bowl.
  5. Kitchen Aid Spiralizer Attachment: This attachment allows you to Spiralize, Peel, Core, and Slice fruits such as Zucchini, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Beets, and more.
  6. Food Grinder Accessory: Allows you to make from scratch wholesome, fresh recipes with fresh, wholesome ingredients, as well as experiment with adding different flavors such as parsley, garlic, rosemary, and more. With pre-packaged foods, you don’t have control of the additives.

FYI: THE ABOVE ATTACHMENTS FIT ALL KITCHEN AID MIXERS


Check out the pictures below to see what each attachment looks like:



There you have it, “6 Most Popular Kitchen Aid Attachments.” These attachments are made to fit “All” Kitchen Aid Mixers. I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it for you.

I have the Kitchen Aid Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder and I love this thing! It saves me a lot of time shredding carrots for my carrot cake. I am planning on doing a video I hope this week on how it works. So, stay tuned.

Make sure you check out the above Kitchen Aid Attachments you are sure to find a favorite or two.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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How to Use Wilton Bake Even Cake Strips

Wilton Bake Even Strips
Wilton Bake Even Strips

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As a baker and a cook, I always find myself looking for ways to help me create even layers when baking and serving. If you’ve ever made homemade brownies or even a cake, then you know the struggle is real! Wilton Bake Even Cake Strips come in multiple sizes to allow you to bake cakes that are up to several inches tall.

You’ll want to be able to use the full range of heights when you’re baking cakes so you can make them as flat as possible, instead of domed. Wilton created these strips for this very reason and I find them to be helpful for my cakes.

The other reason you’ll want to use these strips when baking is because they are non-stick and make it much easier to pull the cake pans out of the oven. This can be a great time-saver, especially if you have several pans of cake in the oven, or if it’s a large layer cake.

I also find these strips to be a good value for the cost. They are made of a purple polyester strip and are oven safe up to 400°F.

When I first saw the Wilton Bake Even Strips, I was ecstatic! It was definitely a game-changer for me. They save you time and money. No more cutting off the little domes on my cakes. I felt like that I was wasting my cake.

Easy to use and clean, and so worth it, these bake-even strips are for all bakers, beginners, and pros alike. You will be wondering how you ever lived without them.

That’s why I’m sharing my favorite Baking With Donna tips for using the Wilton Bake Even Strips. Here’s how you use them. Enjoy!👩‍🍳


Tips on Using the Cake Strips

  1. Place the cake strips around the cake pans that you are going to use and tighten to fit pans. Then slip them off the pans.
  2. Soak the Wilton Bake Even Cake Strips in cold water for about 5 minutes.
  3. Wring most of the water out so they are still wet, but not dripping wet.
  4. Now set your pans down in them and secure the straps by pulling on them and inserting the strap into the first loop.
  5. Next pour your prepared cake batter into pans and place them in the oven and cook for the spesified time.
  6. Take pans out and put on cooling racks and cool for 5 minutes,
  7. Remove cake strips from pans and be amazed at the even cake layers with no “little domes!”
  8. Turn cakes out onto cooling racks to finish cooling and enjoying frosting cake layers that are even that you don’t have to cut off anymore!

Check out the short movie of my cakes after using the Wilton Bake Even Cake Strips. Enjoy!

Look how well my cake layers turned out!


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Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

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Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

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All-in-one cooking for healthy and easy meals with the Instant Pot pressure cooker. With the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 pressure cooker, you don’t want much more when it comes to cooking. This multifunctional appliance makes it easier than ever to cook healthy meals and save time in your hectic life. #1 Best Seller on Amazon

The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 features a variety of functions, including:

  1. Pressure cooker
  2. Slow cooker
  3. Rice cooker
  4. Yogurt maker
  5. Steamer
  6. Warmer
  7. Saute

Why you’ll love your Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 pressure cooker. With the instant pot Duo, you can create a variety of healthy meals for your family and save time in the kitchen. Check out the features below:


Features:

  • You can create delicious one-pot meals 70% faster thus getting your family fed and you out of the kitchen to enjoy relaxing and some family time.
  • Make easy , one-pot meals for busy nights.
  • Instant pot duo is easy to clean, versatile, and convenient.
  • Plus you can eliminate 7 kitchen appliances.
  • Instant pot has 13 built-in smart programs that let’s you cook your favorite meals with the press of a button.
  • Easy clean up and finger print resistant

Plus you have 3 Sizes to Choose From 3 quarts, 6 quarts, 8 quarts to meet your baking needs.


#1 BEST SELLER ON AMAZON RATED 4.7/5 STARS

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

As you can see, the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker has many great functions and features to help you get all of your baking/cooking done with ease.No wonder it is the #1 best seller on Amazon. Whether you live a busy lifestyle, looking to eat healthier in 2022, this Instant Pot is for you.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my article. I truly enjoyed writing this for you and hope you enjoyed it too. I hope you and your family have a safe, happy, and prosperous new year!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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How to Freeze a Homemade Cake (Without/With Frosting!)

Freezing Cake Layers
Freezing Cake Layers

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Hey, Ya’ll! Have you ever wondered if you can freeze a homemade cake a few weeks before the celebration or freeze the leftover cake after a party? Keep reading to find out….

If you are like me and love to bake homemade cakes around the holidays, sometimes I can have some leftovers and really just don’t want to discard them because well it’s really delicious! Besides, I love to eat cake for breakfast with my coffee. I know, I know, not the most nutritious but it’s really good with the coffee!! ☕

Now, if you don’t want to eat your cake with your coffee in the mornings for breakfast, guess what? You can put it in the freezer and enjoy it a little longer! Hard to believe, right?

You can even bake homemade cakes ahead of a party or any occasion and freeze them to save yourself some time. Check out my tips below. Enjoy!


This is How You Freeze Unforsted Cake Layers

Wrap Cake Layers in Saran Wrap
Wrap Cake Layers in Saran Wrap

Storing your cake layers in your freezer is easier than you think. First of all, you want to make sure that your cake layers are completely cooled off before you wrap them in the saran wrap. This is a very important step as you do not want to trap any steam in when you wrap up your cake layers.

Wrapping them in a double layer of plastic wrap does not hurt, in fact, I encourage it. (This acts as a double layer of protection). Next, you will want to wrap them in a layer of aluminum foil. You may also use plastic freezer bags that are resealable. Gallon bags work best and can accommodate a 9 by 9-inch cake layer.

Once your cake layers have cooled and you have them wrapped tightly with the plastic wrap or in a gallon resealable freezer bag, make sure to write on the label what flavor of cake you have and the date you put it in the freezer. This is important to note because your cake layers should last from 2-3 months in the freezer and you will certainly want to know what flavor you will be serving!

It’s a very good idea to place your cake layers on a cookie sheet until they are frozen to maintain their flat surface for easy layering and frosting when you thaw them out. This will also make it easier to stack them on top of each other to save space in your freezer.

Tips from Donna’s Kitchen

Tip #1. You want to freeze your cake as soon as it’s cooled off enough so that it will still be fresh and you have time to enjoy it during its prime.

Tip #2. Make sure to wrap it tight as you can in the plastic wrap to help maintain its freshness and use double plastic wrap for an added layer of protection along with the aluminum foil on the outside of the wrap.

Tip #3. Not thawing the cake layers all the way out will make frosting them a lot easier. This will help seal in some of the crumbs (crumb coat) so you won’t have as many crumbs in your frosting. (I would thaw them on the counter for about one hour before you start decorating and they should still be cold enough to frost).


Freezing Frosted Homemade Cakes

Freezing A Homemade Frosted Cake
Freezing a Homemade Frosted Cake

Yes, you can freeze your frosted cakes! But, (yes there’s a but) you have to make sure your frosting can withstand being frozen. The top two frostings that work wonderfully being frozen are “Cream Cheese”, and “American Buttercream.” Two of my favorite ones to work with!

After you get your cake all frosted and decorated, you will want to place it in the freezer for an hour. This will allow for your frosting and decorations to set. Once you are sure everything is set, then take it out of the freezer (and just like your unfrosted layers) and wrap it in two layers of plastic wrap snug as you can, followed by aluminum foil.

Just like your unfrosted cake layers, you will want to get your cake into the freezer as soon as you can to maintain its freshness and enjoy it at its prime as well.

When you get ready to unthaw your cake, you may do so on your counter or in your fridge overnight. NOTE: Your frozen cake if wrapped properly can last up to 6 months in your freezer!

Frostings that do not work well being frozen are:

  • Whipped Cream frosting
  • Royal Icing
  • Meringue Frostings

NOTE: These frostings are best when made fresh and used when you make them.


How to Freeze Single Slices of Cake

Single Slice Of Chocolate Cake
Single Slice of Chocolate Cake

This is so easy to do! All ya have to do is wrap the slices of cake in plastic wrap individually or put them on a plate and wrap the plastic wrap around the plate tight. You will want to make sure you do a double layer of the plastic on the layers as well to protect them from freezer burn. The cake slices should last 2-3 months in your freezer. Now you can keep on enjoying your cake a little longer!🤤


I hope you enjoyed reading about “How to Freeze a Homemade Cake (Without/With Frosting!)”as much as I enjoyed writing this article for you.

Now that you know what to do for your next big get together, get baking girl!😉

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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The Joy of Baking

The Joy Of Baking
The Joy of Baking

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Mom And Daughter Baking

My mom is the one who got me into baking. I can remember licking the bowl after she was done making a cake. I’m not exactly sure why I was doing that, but I’m sure it was because it tasted good. I don’t know how old I was and I don’t remember it being something that my mom made me do. She probably thought I did it on my own, but I don’t know. The point is, she taught me how to bake, and it has become a passion of mine.


Family Gathered Around The Table

Because of my mom, I love to bake for my family for many reasons. I love to see the anticipation on their faces as they wait for me to reveal the finished product. I love how much fun we have sitting around the table enjoying a meal together. I love to hear their excited chatter as they dig into their dessert first and then move on to the more savory parts of their meal. Baking makes me happy!


Santa Claus Cake

I believe baking is just as joyful activity as it is practical. I believe that everyone should bake, whether you cook or not, and you don’t have to be a professional pastry chef. The techniques I have learned and mastered over years of baking have improved my cooking skills as well as my baking skills. Or maybe it’s the other way around; maybe my cooking skills have improved my baking skills.


Boy Enjoying His Food

I can say without hesitation that my passion for baking has brought me a lot of joy in my life especially when I bake for my family. It gives me such a sense of accomplishment when I get in my kitchen and create something I know that my family is going to love. When they sit down and dig in and I see the look of satisfaction on their faces, well there is nothing in this world like the feeling I get when that happens.


Recipe Book

I have an eleven-year-old granddaughter that loves to bake as well. So, for Christmas, I made her a recipe book with a lot of my recipes to get her started on her baking journey. Some of the recipes I passed on to her were from my mom and my grandmother. She absolutely loves it! It makes me proud to know that I am able to pass along family recipes to my granddaughter. I know she will do great things with them as well because she has that passion for baking as I do.


Lady Rolling Out Dough

If you love to bake or just starting out, I encourage you to continue your journey with baking. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than to create a dessert, dish, etc., and watch the people you love enjoying the fruits of your labor. This is what the joy of baking is all about.


Baking Mistakes

Will you make mistakes along the way with your baking? Of course, you will! That is just part of the learning process. I have been baking for 46 years and still make mistakes from time to time. It just goes with the territory. But whatever you do, don’t give up and quit just start over again and use this as a learning curve. It can be frustrating I know, but the next time you won’t make the same mistake again.


Baking Is My Passion

I hope that you will acquire a passion for baking as I have. It will bring joy to your life as it has mine. Once you get bitten by the “baking bug, “there is no turning back. You will love the feeling of knowing that you have made a dish or dessert, that your family is going to love, then the passion and joy of baking will be in your blood. When you see the look of pure satisfaction on their faces, you will know what I mean.


KitchAid Mixer

I hope this will encourage you to take your baking to the next level and never ever give up! The baking world is only a mixer away. Now get your baking on girl and show your family how good you are! You can do this!😊


Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🎂

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How to Make Yummy Homemade Biscuits

Yummy Homemade Biscuits
Yummy Homemade Biscuits

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Hey, Ya’ll! Have you always wanted to bake fresh homemade biscuits, but were afraid to try? No worries because I have gotcha covered.

Making homemade biscuits takes me back to my childhood days. I remember my mom fixing homemade biscuits on the weekends when I was a little girl. I couldn’t wait for her to get the dough mixed up and the biscuits cut out and put on the pan and into the oven. I swear I can smell them cooking now! She would put real butter inside those yummy biscuits. After the butter was all melted, then she would call us to come and eat breakfast and we would put grape jelly, apple butter, or apple jelly inside those b-i-s-c-u-i-t-s and honey we would eat like we had right mind!! Of course, we had to have bacon or sausage to go with the biscuits as well.🤤 Ok, back to reality!

Now that I have you nice and hungry, I am going to share with you “How to Make Yummy Homemade Biscuits.” You can do this!

Baking biscuits is very easy and doesn’t take much time. As a Southern girl, I love my bread and sweets! You know, it’s a Southern Thang, ya’ll.

Now, to make all the sweet and savory goodness possible, we need some tools that are good quality and that will last a long time. A heavy-duty stand mixer makes all the difference when baking yummy homemade biscuits. I know they can be expensive, but they are worth their weight in gold.

Of course, if you prefer you can do like I use to do and mix everything up with your hands. That’s what my oldest granddaughter loves to do (she just turned 11). She says she likes to get her hands in there and mix it up real good. I use to, but my hands won’t let me do that anymore. ☹️


1. Tools for Baking Biscuits

KitchenAid Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • As I have said before I love my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. For me it is a life saver and time saver. When I make my biscuits, I also use a “dough blender” before I use my dough hook on my KitchenAid. This helps to get the butterflavored crisco mixed into the flour before I add the other ingredients.

Spring Chef Dough Blender

The Dough Blender is excellent for blending Crisco sticks or butter into your dough before using your dough hook on your stand mixer. I have a dough blender that I really love. It is old and I bought it at an antique store close to me for about $1.50 a couple of years ago. You can use a fork to do this, but personally, I like the dough blender better. You won’t have to work as hard to get the job done.

2. Get Yo Self a Good Recipe

Biscuit Recipe

Get yourself a good recipe for biscuits. This is a very important step to baking yummy soft and flakey biscuits. I have got your back on this one as well. I have a recipe that is soooo yummy. For my yummy biscuit recipe go here>>>Southern Buttermilk Biscuits<<< This is the only recipe you will ever need!🤤


3. Follow the Recipe

Follow The Recipe

I know I have said this before and I am saying it again, follow the recipe! It is the most important step of all. If you do this one simple step, it will save you much time and money and you will go on to be a wonderful baker with any dish you want to create.


4. Gather the Ingredients

Gather The Ingredients
Gather the Ingredients

Get your White Lily Self-Rising Unbleached Flour, (or whatever flour you use), Butter Flavored Crisco Stick(s), Whole Buttermilk, and real butter to melt and put on top of biscuits and inside of them.


5. Measure the Ingredients

Measure Out Your Ingredients
Measure Out Your Ingredients

It’s better to go ahead and measure out everything before you start the mixing process. This helps to save you time and ensures that you are following the recipe correctly and makes mistakes less likely to happen. Trust me, once you start doing this process, it will become second nature to you and you will be glad that you did.


6. Mixing Everything Together

KitchenAid Stand Mixer With Dough Hook
KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Dough Hook

Now comes the best part, mixing it all together one ingredient at a time. First, you want to pour the measured out White Lily Self-Rising Unbleached flour into your mixing bowl, Second, add the butter flavored Crisco, now take a dough blender and mix it into the flour until it’s crumbly. Doing this before using a mixer will help it to mix up better. Third, add the whole buttermilk and mix until well incorporated. This is where I like to use my KitchenAid mixer with dough hook attachment, especially if I am fixing a lot of biscuits.


7. Roll the Dough and Cut them Out

Roll Out The Dough
Roll Out the Dough

Now that you have everything all mixed up it’s time to roll out the dough and cut them with a biscuit cutter. Once you get the dough all rolled out and the biscuits cut out, it’s time to spray Pam cooking spray or Baker’s Joy cooking spray on the iron skillet. Pre-heat your oven from 450 degrees F. to 500 degrees F. Now place the biscuits on the iron skillet of your choice and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Once they are done butter the biscuits and add jelly, apple butter or whatever you like. Enjoy!


8. Get an Iron Skillet

Cast Iron Skillets With Lids
Cast Iron Skillets with Lids

You have to have an iron skillet if you want your biscuits to turn out soft and fluffy. I have several iron skillets of various sizes and I have a couple of dutch ovens too. If you like, you can purchase these at an antique store. As a matter of fact, some of the iron skillets I have I purchased at my local antique store. You can buy a set as well.


9. Other Tools (Last Minute Thought)

I’m going to add these just in case you would like to use these tools.

Biscuit Cutter
Biscuit Cutter

  • Biscuit Cutter is an excellent tool if you want to roll your biscuit dough out and then cut out your biscuits. My preference is to use a fork and scoop some up and roll them into a ball and pat them out in my hand. But if you are new to making biscuits, then you may want to roll them out and use a biscuit cutter to get the size you want. Most of mine are kinda on the big side and some are a little smaller (that’s why it’s called homemade😉). The decision is up to you.


Classic Wooden Rolling Pin
Classic Wooden Rolling Pin
  • Rolling Pin is an excellent choice for rolling out your biscuit dough, cookie dough, pie crust, and pastry dough. This of course is your choice regarding rolling out your biscuit dough. I will tell you that you will need one of these for your cookie dough, pie crust, and pastry dough. I have the classic wooden rolling pin because it’s easy to use and clean up is a breeze.

It has been my pleasure to write this article for you and I hope you enjoyed it. If you follow these 5 simple steps, you will be on your way to knowing “How to Make Yummy Homemade Biscuits.”

I will be honest with you, it may take you a few times of making these, but PLEASE don’t be discouraged and give up! You know the old saying “Practice makes perfect” and there is a lot of truth to this statement.


Tips from Donna’s Kitchen

Tip #1 If your dough is a little sticky, (and it most likely will be) put a little flour on your hands and that will keep it from sticking to you. Also, if you opt to roll them out, you will need to dust your surface with a little flour as well and put some on your rolling pin.

Tip #2 The least you handle your biscuit dough the lighter and flakier your biscuits will be.

FYI: The most expensive thing you will buy is going to be the stand mixer, but if you are just starting out, get one that will fit your budget and your needs. I started out with a Black and Decker handheld mixer. It was good for me at the time and then I decided I wanted a KitchenAid, so I got it.

Always do what is best for you and suits your needs! Don’t want a whole set of Iron skillets, go to an Antique store and get the size that best suits you. Most of all enjoy baking. You are going to make mistakes, so what? I’ve been baking for 46 years and still mess up. Use the mistakes as learning tools and keep on baking!😉

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

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6 of the Most Popular Cookie Cutters

Cookie Cutters

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Whether you’re a beginner or expert Baker, you can never have enough cookie cutters. There are so many to choose from, it may be overwhelming.

When it comes to the best cookie cutters for all your baking needs, appearance is a big factor. If the cookie-cutter doesn’t look like what you are wanting to create, then it’s no good to you. Price is also another factor that we take into consideration when buying bakery supplies. Buying and using quality products will ensure a longer-lasting experience.

I’ve been baking for over 46 years and I know from experience, that buying the best quality products is always in your best interest. Quality products will always last longer than cheap products!

Here are 6 of the most popular cookie cutters:

When it comes to the most popular Christmas cookie cutter, no list would be complete without a Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is a Christmas tradition in many countries and cultures around the world.


1. Wilton Christmas Tree Comfort Grip Cookie Cutter

Wilton Comfort Comfort Grip Cookie Cutter
Wilton Comfort Comfort Grip Cookie Cutter

This cookie cutter has a comfortable grip to protect your hands. Perfect if you only want to cut out Christmas trees. It has extra deep sides for cutting thicker cookie doughs. Also, great for cutting out Christmas tree shapes in brownies, sandwiches, cheese, crispy treats, fudge, and more. Amazon’s Choice-Rated 4.8/5 Check out the product features below…

Product Features:

  • Heavy duty stainless steel, rust resistant
  • Comfort grip to protect hands
  • 5-inch cut out for cookie
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Rust resistan

2. Wilton 10-Piece Christmas Cookie Cutter Set

Wilton 10-Piece Cookie Cutter Set
Wilton 10-Piece Cookie Cutter Set

If you want more than just a Christmas tree cookie cutter, then this one is for you, especially if you have little ones. You can create fond memories with your family by making these adorable shapes for Christmas. The set includes gingerbread boy and girl, snowman, candy cane, sleigh, stocking, present, star, snowflake, and Christmas tree. This set would make a great gift for the baker in your life. Rated 4.6/5 Check out the product features below…

Product Features:

  • 10-Piece cookie cutter set
  • Made of durable plastic
  • Makes an awesome gift
  • Dishwasher safe

3. Ann Clark Cookie Cutters 11-Piece Christmas Cookie Cutter Set

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters
Ann Clark Cookie Cutters

This cookie cutter set is proudly made in the USA with certified food-safe American stainless steel. This 11-piece cookie cutter set includes a candy cane, snowflake, Christmas bulb, snowman, angle, sweater, mitten, star, tree, gingerbread man, and a reindeer. Get your creative juices flowing with this cute set just in time for Christmas! Amazon’s Choice-Rated 4.7/5 See product features below…

Product Features:

  • Not just for cookie dough, making your creations endless
  • Family owned company for over 30 years
  • 11-Piece Christmas cookie cutter set
  • Recipe booklet included
  • Made in the USA

4. Ann Clark Cookie Cutters for Every Season 7-Piece Set 

Ann Clark 7-Seasons Cookie Cutter
Ann Clark 7-Seasons Cookie Cutter

Now here’s a nice set that includes 7 seasons that includes a pumpkin, turkey, easter egg, snowflake, shamrock, heart, and gingerbread man. Just think of the memories you can make with your little ones for any holiday or event. Includes a recipe booklet! Rated-4.5/5 Seel below for product features…

Product Features:

  • 7-Piece set allows you to cover many of the year’s major holidays
  • Not just for cookie dough, making your creativity endless
  • Made in the USA with certified foodsafe America steel
  • Family ownded for over 30 years
  • Recipe booklet included

5. Wilton Cookie Cutters Set, 101-Piece — All Occasion

Wilton 101-Piece All Occasion Cookie Cutter Set
Wilton 101-Piece All Occasion Cookie Cutter Set

This cookie cutter set has 101 pieces there’s bound to be something for everyone’s taste. Enjoy a year full of special occasion cookies, sandwiches, brownies, or whatever your creative mind can come up with. Since these cookie cutters are made out of durable plastic, then you can have fun with your little ones as well without worrying about them hurting their hands! Amazon’s Choice-Rated 4.6/5 See below for product features…

Product Features:

  • 1/3 inch comfort edge and deep blade for ease of use
  • 101-Piece set for all occasions
  • Can get little ones in on the action
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • Made with durable plastic

6. Bonropin Ice Cream Cupcake and Sweets Cookie Cutters Set

Bonropin 6-Piece Cookie Cutters
Bonropin 6-Piece Cookie Cutters

This little 6-piece cookie cutter set is perfect for a birthday party, pool party, barbeques, or any occasion you want to make them for. Not to mention that it would make the ideal gift for the baker in your life! Made with food-grade stainless steel and is safe to use. Amazon’s Choice-Rated 4.6/5 Check out the product features below…

Product Features:

  • 6-piece cookie cutter set includes: Ice Cream Cone, Popsicle, Soft Serve Ice Cream, Cupcake, Love Cake and Candy
  • Great for pool parties, birthday parties, barbeques, showers, etc.
  • Smooth surface that’s safe for your hands and fingers
  • Made with food-grade stainless steel
  • Ideal gift for the baker in your life
  • Rust proof

These products are some awesome cookie cutters and I am so happy to share them with you! Do you have a favorite cookie cutter? I would love for you to share it with me. Pictures would be great of your holiday creations or any special occasion you want to share with me.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🎄

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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How to Make the Best Cornbread Ever! In 6 Easy Steps

Donna's Yummy Cornbread
Donna’s Yummy Cornbread

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I want to talk a minute about cornbread. I’m sure you’ve had some, so you shouldn’t need a description of the taste, but I am going to describe it to you anyway! Then I will tell you how to make it.

It is by far one of the tastiest ways to use up that half of a leftover bag of cornmeal. Personally, I have never tired of making it and eating it. Always a buttery flavor and soft with a slight crunch of the crust around the edges. Are you salivating yet?

When you know how to make cornbread right (and I’m darn sure that I do) then you have access to a delicious staple food that is perfect with just so many dishes!

Follow my 6 steps below and you will be impressing your family and guest for years to come. Enjoy!


1. Acquire a Cast Iiron Skillet

Cast Iron Skillet
Cast Iron Skillet

They are inexpensive, durable, and easily heated on the stovetop or in the oven. This is a must for cooking delicious cornbread and many other dishes. As you can see in the above picture, that is a picture of one of the cast iron skillets I use for my cornbread. I love to cook in cast iron pots, dutch ovens, and cast iron frying pans.


2. Get Yourself a Good Recipe

Southern Buttermilk Cornbread
Southern Buttermilk Cornbread

The recipe is the foundation of any good cornbread. I especially love using a recipe that has been shared with me, tried and true. For example, I loved using my mom’s cornbread recipe until I discovered a new way (for me) to make my cornbread, and it is delicious! It was quite by accident that I discovered this recipe. I will get to that a little later😉


3. Gather the Ingredients

Gather the Ingredients
Gather the Ingredients

Get your White Lily Self-Rising buttermilk cornmeal (or whatever cornmeal you use), buttermilk, mayonnaise, butter. I know this sounds crazy, but trust me on this, it is an awesome combination!


4. Measure the Ingredients

Measure the Ingredients
Measure the Ingredients

It’s better to go ahead and measure out everything before you start the mixing process. This helps to save you time and ensures that you are following the recipe correctly and makes mistakes less likely to happen. Trust me, once you start doing this process, it will become second nature to you and you will be glad that you did.


5. Mixing it All Together

KitchenAid Mixer
KitchenAid Mixer

Now comes the best part, mixing it all together one ingredient at a time. First, you want to pour the measured cornmeal into your mixing bowl, Second, add the butter (real butter is best), now take a dough blender and mix it into the cornmeal until it’s crumbly. Doing this before using a mixer will help it to mix up better. Third, add the mayonnaise and the whole buttermilk and mix until well incorporated. This is where I like to use my KitchenAid mixer, especially if I am fixing a big pone of cornbread.


6. Bake the Cornbread

Donna's Delicious Cornbread
Donna’s Delicious Cornbread

You want to pour the cornbread batter into a greased iron skillet and cook (depending on the size of skillet you are using) in a pre-heated oven from 450 degrees to 500 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Once that delicious cornbread gets done, enjoy!


I know you are probably thinking these ingredients don’t sound good together, but I promise you, this will be the best tasting cornbread that you have ever put in your mouth!

I came by this recipe quite by accident when I ran out of eggs and oil. So, I thought, “Mayonnaise has eggs and oil in it, hmmm why not try the mayo., buttermilk, and butter?” And just like that, my new buttermilk cornbread recipe was born. My family loves it and so will yours.

Below you will find two videos of my cooked cornbread…

VIDEO #1

VIDEO #2

To get this recipe go to Donnas’ Famous Cornbread and enjoy!🤤

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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Top 6 Dough Blenders Review

Dough Blender

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So you know how I mentioned that I love my Kitchenaid mixer?

Well, I’m here to tell you that sometimes it is not enough…

Okay, okay, so I’m kind of silly and exaggerate, but seriously, a good dough blender is one of the most important tools in your baking arsenal.

I know that you can use a fork or tater smasher (southern lingo for “potato”) to blend your shortening or butter into your flour, but using a dough blender is so much quicker!

My favorite one is the old handheld one I found in an antique store here in my hometown about 1-2 years ago for about $1.50. I love using this dough blender. Check out my video below so you can see what it looks like…

My Antique Dough Blender

Now, let us get on with my review. Enjoy!


Top 6 Dough Blenders Review

 Spring Chef Dough Blender
Spring Chef Dough Blender
  1. Spring Chef Dough Blender– Amazon’s Best Seller for a dough blender or “pastry cutter” as they are sometimes called. I picked this one to be my number one choice. Read on and you will see why. Impress your family and guest with flakier flufier biscuits, pie crust, cookies, etc. With this sturdy dough blender you can get the job done so you can be on your way to less time spent in the kitchen and you will be wondering how you ever made it without this awesome dough blender. Check out the features below… RATED 4.8/5

Features:

  • It has 5 blades
  • Comfortable handle
  • Thick and sturdy blades
  • High quality stainless steel

Zulay Kitchen Professional Dough Blender
Zulay Kitchen Professional Dough Blender

2. Zulay Kitchen Professional Dough Blender- Amazon’s Choice. You will find that this is not your typical dough blender when you use it. This little gadget is not just for dough blending. You can use it to chope fruit, vegetables, nuts, avocados, and eggs for egg salad plus more. No more sore hands or wrists after using this dough blender with its comfortable handle. Especially helpful with those suffering from arthritis pain. So, if you are an arthritis sufferer like me, then this may be the one for you! Look at the features below… RATED 4.7/5

Features:

  • Recommneded for arthritis sufferers
  • Built to last with its stainless steel blades
  • Comfortable easy grip handle
  • Comes in 12 beautiful colors
  • Has 5 thick blades
  • Dishwasher safe

OXO Stainless Steel Dough Blender
OXO Stainless Steel Dough Blender

3. OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Dough Blender and Cutter Amazon’s Choice and for good reasons. If you love baking biscuits, pies, and pastries then this could be the one for you to add to your kitchen gadgets. It cuts cold hard butter and shortening into your flour with ease. Non-slip handle for a comfortable grip. Below you will find product features… RATED 4.8/5

Features:

  • Made of durable stainless steel
  • Pressure-absorbing handle
  • Cuts with ease and control
  • Dishwasher safe

Gorilla Grip Pastry Dough Blender
Gorilla Grip Pastry Dough Blender

4. Gorilla Grip Pastry Dough Blender and Butter Cutter- This durable dough blender will help you get the job done with its thick durable blades for a variety of foods with ease. With its curved blades and rocking motion, it allows you to seamlessly blend cold butter and shortening into your flour. Available in size medium and large. Check out the product features below… RATED 4.8/5

Features:

  • 5 sharp stainless steel blades
  • Durable stainless steel frame
  • Easy to use slip resistant grip
  • Available in 9 colors
  • Size medium and large
  • Dishwasher safe

Orblue Dough Blender Pro-Premium
Orblue Dough Blender Pro-Premium

5. Orblue Dough Blender Pro-Premium- Now you can ditch your fork and tater masher. This might possibly be the only dough blender you will ever need. You can effortlessly blend your cold butter and shortening into your flour with ease. Shortens your preparation time which is a plus. Wow, your family and friends with your homemade soft flakey biscuits, pie crust, and pastries like a pro! See product features below… Rated 4.6/5

Features:

  • Ergonomic handle for ultimate precision and comfort
  • Large size no flex blades
  • 100% Non-slip grip
  • Dishwaher safe
  • Lifetime guarantee

KitchenAid Gourmet Pastry Blender
KitchenAid Gourmet Pastry Blender

6. KitchenAid Gourmet Pastry Blender- Amazon’s Choice and it should be because this tool ensures proper blending of your cold butter or shortening for a better baking result. Because of the curved tempered stainless steel wires, it allows your repeated motion to break the butter and shortening down into smaller pieces as it mixes through the dough. This in turn is what makes for a flakey and delicious crust. Check out the product features below… Rated 4.7/5

Features:

  • Blend your ingredients effortlessly
  • Durable stainless steel wires
  • Comfortable rubber handle
  • Dishwasher safe

Wow! This was a tough one to do! Any of these dough blenders would be an excellent choice. I hope you enjoyed “Top 6 Dough Blenders Review” as much as I enjoyed writing this for you.

I would recommend, however, that you check each one out to see which one best suits your needs.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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