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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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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🍰

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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.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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