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10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Food

Should you click on any of my links below, they are to my recipes which I will be compensated for if you decide to purchase them. Thank you! Enjoy!

One of the most important parts of any holiday gathering is the food. You want to serve food that is delicious and impressive, yet not complicated. Here are 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays to get you started. Enjoy!☕


I want to share with you 5 family favorite recipes followed by 5 family favorite desserts.


Tony Chachere’s, Roasted Garlic and Herb Marinade Injectables.
Roasted Garlic and Herb
  1. Joe’s Famous Turkey– My husband makes the most delicious Turkey for Thanksgiving I have ever tasted. It feels like it melts in your mouth. Our family loves it! Now, I am going to share his little secret to getting a moist delicious turkey everytime. Are you ready? He washes the turkey with cold water and gets the giblets out of the cavity. He pats it dry and then injects the turkey with Tony Chachere’s, Roasted Garlic and Herb Marinade Injectables. Then he cooks it in a Turkey Roaster for 4-6 hours (over night) on 300 degrees. I promise it want dissapoint you or your guest.


Chicken and Dressing

2. Donna’s Famous Chicken and Dressing- This dressing is so easy to make and your family and friends will thank you. It only requires 6 ingredients. Chicken, onion, cornbread (crumbled up), eggs, cream of chicken soup, and sage. To get this recipe go to Donna’s Famous Chicken and Dressing.


Corn Casserole
Corn Casserole

3. Family Favorite-Corn Casserole- This corn casserole is so easy to make and is delicious. It has become a family favorite of ours. We make it throughout the year because it is not just for the holidays! You and your family will love it too. So, go ahead give your taste buds a thrill. Enjoy! Get your recipe at Family Favorite-Corn Casserole


Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce

4. Best Every Homemade Cranberry Sauce- If you have never made this, honey you have got to! It is way better than the stuff that comes in a can. Once you and your family try it you ditch the can forever. This is a very easy recipe to make and you will love it and so will your family. You will wonder why you hadn’t tried the homemade cranberry sauce before now. Get your recipe at Best Every Homemade Cranberry Sauce


Easy Homemade Rolls
Easy Homemade Rolls

5. Easy Homemade Rolls- You won’t believe just how easy it is to make soft fluffy rolls. They will become one of your family’s favorites to eat any day or time of the year. With only 4 ingredients you will be shocked at easy and delicious these rolls are. You can get this recipe at Easy Homemade Rolls


My Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
My Carrott Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

6. Baking with Donna’s 14 Carat Cake- I don’t know about you, but I love a good carrot cake. I’m telling you this one is amazing. It is so moist and delicious. Your family will love it and so will you. This
has become a family favorite at Thanksgiving and throughout the year. It takes a little bit to make this cake, but the results are well worth the effort. To get the recipe go to Baking with Donna’s 14 Carat Cake


7. Cream Cheese Pecan Pie- This is an amazing combination. When I first heard about this recipe I thought that does not sound good, but I love cream cheese, so I tried it. Boy, this pie is so delicious. I am telling you your mouth will have a party and your family will love it too. This pie has become a staple at my house. I love to make this delicious pie for Thanksgiving. It is so rich and creamy and makes an interesting flavor for an Old Southern Classic. Makes this for your next family gathering and I promise you your family and friends will love it. Get the recipe at Cream Cheese Pecan Pie


Donna's Best Holiday Butter Cookies
Donna’s Best Holiday Butter Cookies

8. Donna’s Best Holiday Butter Cookies- If you are looking for a holiday cookie that rolls out nicely, and is tender and crisp then you have landed on the right page. They’re perfect for any kind of cookie-cutter you want to use. It holds its shape beautifully and you don’t have to worry about them running together when baking. Don’t restrict this cookie to Christmas! This cookie is good any time of the year for any occasion. Get the recipe at Donna’s Best Holiday Butter Cookies


Delicious Pound Cake

9. Donna’s Homemade Pound Cake- This was handed down to me by my mom. It was my grandmother’s recipe. This is the best pound cake I have ever put in my mouth and the only pound cake recipe I have ever used. It is special to me, but I wanted to share it with you so this would be the only pound cake recipe you will ever need. Moist and delicious and has an amazing taste. Get the recipe at Donna’s Pound Cake


Oatmeal Cookies

10. Donna’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies- These oatmeal cookies are so easy to make and oh so delicious. Only 5 ingredients will have your taste buds having a party. Serve these at your next family gathering and watch how fast they will disappear!🤤 I usually make a double batch of these cookies during the holidays. They go fast! Go to Donna’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies to get the recipe.


With this guide, 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays will alleviate any anxiety you may have for what you are going to cook for your guest during the upcoming festivities. Enjoy!

From my family to your family Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🦃🎄

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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Baking With Donna: 10 Ways to Save Money and Time


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Baking With Donna: 10 Ways to Save Money and Time

Save Time and Money
Save Time and Money

Should you click on any of my links below, they are to my recipes which I will be compensated for if you decide to purchase them. Thank you! Enjoy!

These days we “All” need to find ways to save money and time. With the prices of groceries, gas, and everything else skyrocketing, we need ways to save our money and get more bang for our buck. And ways to save our time.

So, I have put together a list of 10 things that I do to save money and time. Maybe, some of these will inspire you to save money too and your time.


Are you ready to get started? Let’s get to it…

Grocery Sale
Grocery Sale

1. Shop sales always–  You never know when there are going to be mega sales at your favorite store until you check out their site on a regular basis.


Shop Big Sale
Shop Big Sale

2. Do not buy things at full price-  If there is something you are thinking of purchasing, wait for it to go on sale before you buy it. This includes clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, appliances, or even food.  I always wait for sale times before I make my purchases-I save tons of money this way.



Clip Coupons
Clip Coupons to Save

3. Always look for coupons online– If you are looking for coupons online, do not limit yourself to the sites that offer the coupons that you want. There are many other sites that can provide you with great coupons that can save you money on things that you were planning to buy anyway.


Weekly Meal Planner
Weekly Meal Planner

4. Create a meal plan for the week– Do this before you do your shopping. My goodness, you have no idea how much time this will save you! You can print a meal planner off the internet for free.


Grocery List
Grocery List

5. Make a detailed grocery list from your meal plan– This way when you get to the grocery store you want be trying to figure out what you need for the week. Such a big time saver and this will help you to save money because you want be buying unnecessary items you really didn’t need. You can print these off the internet for free.


Freezer Meals
Freezer Meals

6. Another time saver- Make freezer meals ahead of time . This is a big time saver especially if you are a busy mom taking kids to and from school, taking them to play in sports, to practice, etc. You just set the frozen meal out for 20-30 minutes and pop it in the oven to cook for the time your recipe specifys.


Fruits And Veggies
Shop Fruits and Veggies First

7. Shop the perimeter of the store first-  Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy, Frozen Foods, and Meat sections, as these sections have fewer processed foods, preservatives, and more natural ingredients.


Weekly Savings
Shop Once a Week

8. Shop only once a week-  On the same day each week. By shopping regularly you will have a feel for how much you need to buy that week and you will also see how prices change on a weekly basis which is helpful when you are watching your spending.


Lady Buying Toilet Paper
Buying in Bulk

9. Buy in bulk- When it makes sense or buy generic when possible. My husband and I share vegetables, soups, bread, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. when we buy in bulk with family members which helps us all save money. And they do the same for us.


Onions And Garlic
Onions and Garlic

10. Use a mix for part of the recipe-Oftentimes a mix will be cheaper than buying all of the ingredients separately. While you can use a mix for half of a recipe, adjust the other ingredients accordingly. You can also substitute alternative ingredients for featured ones. If a recipe calls for onions or garlic that are out of season, or if you just don’t have any on hand, try using shallots or garlic powder instead.


There you have it. I hope you enjoyed Baking With Donna: 10 Ways to Save Money and Time as much as I enjoyed sharing this with you. Maybe this will help you as much it has me.

I would love to know if you tried this and how much it helped you. Do you have anything to contribute to my 10 ways to save money and time? If you do please share below.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

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10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Family Gathering for the Holidays
Family Gathering for the Holidays

Should you click on any of my links below, they are to my recipes which I will be compensated for if you decide to purchase them. Thank you! Enjoy!

Wow! Can you believe it’s that time of the year again, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve? Do you find yourself getting overwhelmed during the holidays? No, worries, I got you covered!

Below I want to talk to you about how you can survive the holiday season with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays. It can seem like a harrowing time of year that is even more so for those who find themselves alone, and for the ones of us doing the entertaining. It’s important not to let overwhelm seep in and keep you from enjoying the many gifts and blessings we receive during this time of year.

I love this time of the year even though it can get Harry Caray, so grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and let me help you ease through the holidays.


Here are some tips I have for you:

Woman Making Grocery Lists
Woman Making Grocery Lists

1. Make a list and check it twice. If you do not have a list already made up, it is time to get started! This is crucial during the holidays. The last thing you need to be thinking about is if you have everything you need for your big night.


Family Time
Family Time

2. Prioritize. Spend time with those who matter most to you. Family and friends. Make sure you do not overwhelm yourself trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations of you.


Store-bought cookies
Store-Bought Cookies

3. Simplify. There is no need to arrive at every party or gathering with a plate of cookies to eat, or a dish to pass around. Arrive with a smile and be present with those who cross your path. If you don’t like to cook, go with a store-bought dish instead of making something from scratch.


Holiday Meal Planning
Holiday Meal Planning

4. Plan. Planning your menu ahead of time can save you a lot of time and heartache. Don’t wait until the day before or the day of to try and figure out what you want to cook and serve. Do this at least a week in advance, I promise you will be glad that you did! A big-time saver!


Preparing Veggies
Preparing Veggies

5. Prepare ahead of time. If you are like me and love to bake from scratch, make foods ahead of time that you can freeze or just pop in the oven the next day. Doing simple things like chopping vegetables up, chopping up nuts, etc. the day before will save you valuable time.


Family Cooking Together
Family Cooking Together

6. Ask for help. This is one of the hardest things for me to do! I know, right? There is no shame in asking for help! I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I can’t do the things I use to do and that has been hard for me. Thankfully my youngest daughter has taken over a lot of the cooking I use to do for the holidays. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still bake my cakes and cookies, cause I am not willing to give that up yet! Lol! Oh, and my hubby cleans up what I mess up. Bless his heart!


Take a Deep Breath

7. Breathe. Yes, breathe and try to get in a little exercise. I know, I know. Who has the time you are probably saying to me as you are reading this? It doesn’t have to be a long process, just do some stretching, breathing exercises, etc. The reason for this is when we get stressed out or anxious, we tend to hold our breath or breathe very shallowly.


Laughing with Family
Laughing with Family

8. Laughing is the best medicine. Yep, you read this one right. Laughing reduces your stress levels, soothes tension, helps you breath deeper, improves your immune system, improves your mood, relieves pain, plus more! Who would ever think laughing could do so much good?🤔


Gratitude

9. Be grateful. Stop and think about all of the things you should be grateful for. Be thankful to God for your good health, your family, and your friends. Not to mention all of the things that you should be grateful for throughout the year. Try writing down 6-8 things you are grateful for in your life. Try it, you will be surprised how much better you will feel.


Relaxing Back Massage
Relaxing Back Massage

10. Spend some time relaxing. Yeessss, honey, be good to yourself. All the cooking and cleaning, hosting, etc. It’s time to do something good and kind just for YOU! Put on your list to get a gift card for a massage if someone asks what you would like for Christmas. You can always put that little bug in your hubby’s ear.😉


We all know it! Christmas time is a stressful time for a lot of us. It’s a time of the year that seems to drain us of our energy and motivation. It’s a time when we feel the need to prove ourselves as great wives, moms, daughters, or whatnot.

So, it is very important that you be good to yourself and others during this time of stress. Make sure to take time for yourself to decompress to keep from getting too stressed out. Please don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help if things are getting to be too much for you. It’s ok to ask for help and your family will be glad to pitch in, I promise!

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🦃🎄

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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Donna’s 8 Best Cake Lifters

Cake Lifter
Cake Lifter

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I get asked this question all of the time, “Which cake lifter do I need and what size?” Today’s review is going to answer these questions for you and name Donna’s 8 Best Cake Lifters.

There are two different sizes of cake lifters to choose from. The 6-inch lifter is the most commonly used size. The 6-inch lifter is generally found in most households due to its versatility in lifting cakes, cookies, and pastries. These lifters usually come in sets of 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12. This particular size is great for lifting most cakes and pastries. It’s also great for lifting dough for pizza bagels, cinnamon rolls, and much more.

The 4-inch lifter is the perfect size for when you don’t need to lift a large cake or pastry. Since they are smaller in size covering them with frosting is not an issue when the cake is placed back down on the plate. This size is great for when you are having cupcakes only at your event or you are working with small pastries like mini donuts or bite-size cookies.

These lifters are generally made out of either metal or sturdy plastic.

Now that I have given you information on the sizes and their respective uses, let’s find out which ones are the best.


1. Tophome 8-Inch Safe Cake Lifter

Cake Lifter from Tophome
Cake Lifter from Tophome

Is great for transferring pizzas, delicate bread, cakes, pies, and pastries into an oven, wood-fired oven, or grill to keep from burning your hand from the oven or from the hot baked goods. Perfect as a cake lifter. (Amazon’s Choice) 4.8/5 Stars

Features:

  • Easy to use
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Durable and sturdy
  • Multi-purpose use
  • Available in 6 colors

2. Mrs. Anderson Giant 9.5-Inch Cake Lifter:

Mrs. Andersons Giant Cake Lifter
Mrs. Andersons Giant Cake Lifter

Is also known as a cake spatula, easily lifts, transports, and stacks cake layers for building effortless precision layer cakes with a professional presentation at home. Makes your cake decorating easier no matter if you are professional or just starting out. It’s great for moving larger foods from baking sheets to cooling racks, like tarts, pastries, Jumbo cookies, pizzas, and more. 4.2/5 Stars

Features:

  • Easily lift and transport cake layers for precison cake layering
  • Durable and sturdy
  • Silicone grip
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleanup

3. Nordic Ware Cake Lifter, 10-Inches

Nordic Ware Large Cake Lifter
Nordic Ware Large Cake Lifter

You can transfer your largest cakes with ease using the Nordic Ware wide 10-inch cake lifter like a pro. This product is made in the USA by a skilled team of craftspeople with the same goal in mind, creating the finest quality of kitchenware items in the industry. 4.8/5 Stars

Features:

  • Large cake lifter
  • Non-stick surface
  • Clean up is easy with hot soapy water
  • 10-inch diameter head to lift most cakes
  • Proudly made in the USA

4. RSVP International 12-Inch Oven Spatula

RSVP International 12" Oven Spatula
RSVP International 12″ Oven Spatula

Is a unique 12-inch oven spatula that is made out of durable stainless steel that will help you transfer your largest cakes with ease. Not only can you transfer large cakes, but it is perfect for whole pizzas as well. 4.7/5 Stars

Features:

  • Durable stainless steel
  • Dishwasher safe for easy clean up
  • 8-inch silicone handle
  • Transfer large cakes and whole pizzas with ease

5. Norpro Stainless Steel 6-Inch Scraper/Chopper

Nordicpro Cake Lifter and Scraper
Nordicpro Cake Lifter and Scraper

The 6-inch cake lifter is the most commonly used size and can be found in most households. This is true because of its versatility in lifting cakes, cookies, and pastries. This is a must-have tool for all baker’s kitchens because of its many uses. (Amazon’s Choice) 4.8/5 Stars

Features:

  • Can be used to scrap, split dough, crushing chopping, and measuring
  • Rounded handle and rectangular strait-sided blade is ideal for chopping and splitting cookie dough and more
  • Measuring guide on the side ideal for measuring and cutting pasta and pastry dough
  • Easily scrap flour, sugar, etc. off your workspace and tranferring to mixing bowl
  • Made of durable stainless steel with comfortable handle

6. Fat Daddio’s Cake Lifter Stainless Steel, 8.75 Inch

Fat Daddio's Cake Lifter
Fat Daddio’s Cake Lifter

Here’s one heafty cake lifter. No matter if you have a cake, cookies situation, this cake lifter can get the job done. Fat Daddio’s cake lifter will have you lifting even your decorated cakes like a pro and easily transfer tiered cakes with ease. 4.7/5 Stars

Features:

  • The design allows for lifting cakes, cookies, etc.
  • Durable comfort grip handle
  • Made of durable stainless steel
  • Dishwasher safe making clean up a breeze

Fox Run Cookie/Brownie Spatula
Fox Run Cookie/Brownie Spatula

This little cake lifter/spatula is a must have in your arsenal of tools for baking. It is great not only for lifting brownies, but cookies, casseroles, and quiches! Help keep your baked goods intact for a beautiful presentation for your guest. (Amazon’s Choice) 4.4/5 Stars

Features:

  • Easy grip wooden handle
  • Made of durable stainless steel
  • Great for pancakes, cookies, casseroles and more
  • Easy clean up and storage
  • Beveled edge to easily lift your pressious desserts and casseroles

8. 4 Pieces Pie/Cake Server Set Stainless Steel

4 Pieces Pie/Cake Server Set
4 Pieces Pie/Cake Server Set

This is a very nice serving set for pros and begginers alike. These cake lifters/spatulas can do more than just lift cake and cut dough. The set comes with 2 serrated cake servers and 2 serrated spatulas that can easily meet your demands. Consider this set your practical helper in the kitchen. (Amazon’s Choice) 4.3/5 Stars

Features:

  • Triangled shape servers used to serve cakes and pies
  • Rectangled shape servers used to serve brownies, lasagna, etc.
  • Made with quality durable steel
  • Comfortable handle for easy grip
  • Dishwasher safe for easy clean up

Wow! These were really hard to decide on. You can’t go wrong with any of these you decide to buy. They are all great products you just have to pick the ones that meet your baking needs. No someone besides you that likes to bake? Any of these would make an awesome gift for the bakers in your life. So, treat them and yourself.😉

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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Baking with Donna: A Bakers Love Story

Baked With Love

My love affair with baking began when I was just a little girl. My mom was a homemaker and loved to bake, so it makes sense that I would grow up to enjoy the same hobby at such a young age. My mom taught me how to bake in the kitchen with her. When I was about 12 years old I asked her for my own set of mixing bowls. My mom bought me a whole set of tiny little glass bowls. Yes, they were cute, but boy did they take forever to get the batter out of them after you were done mixing. I also remember trying to scrape the batter off the tiny little glass bowls with a butter knife. That was not fun at all!

Tiny Glass Mixing Bowls
Tiny Glass Mixing Bowls

My love affair with baking began when I was just a little girl. My mom was a homemaker and loved to bake, so it makes sense that I would grow up to enjoy the same hobby at such a young age. My mom taught me how to bake in the kitchen with her. When I was about 12 years old I asked her for my own set of mixing bowls. My mom bought me a whole set of tiny little glass bowls. Yes, they were cute, but boy did they take forever to get the batter out of them after you were done mixing. I also remember trying to scrape the batter off the tiny little glass bowls with a butter knife. That was not fun at all!


Measuring Cups And Spoons
Measuring Cups and Spoons

The first time I ever had my own real baking supplies was when I got into home economics in high school. I attended Villa Rica High School in Villa Rica, Georgia which is where I learned how to bake with real measuring cups and spoons.

I remember making my very first cake, a Red Velvet cake for Christmas. I think I was 13 years old when I made it and it turned out beautiful and it was quite delicious if I do say so myself. It was so moist and my family loved it! After that, I was hooked on baking.


Young Daughter and Mom Baking
Young Daughter and Mom Baking

My mom told me what a good job that I had done. “Well,” I said, “I had a great teacher!” Then I told my mom I wanted to learn how to make homemade biscuits, cornbread, etc. And guess what? I did it, but not without mistakes along the way. But I was not discouraged, because that is how we learn.

I still make mistakes baking after all of these years and you will too. Oh, sure it aggravates the daylights out of me, but you can’t give up, you just gotta keep on keeping on. Even if that means starting allllll over again!! And believe me, honey I have had to do that.


Donna's Santa Cake
Donna’s Santa Cake

I love to cook when I have the time, which most days I do. My favorite time of the year is the holidays. I enjoy getting in my kitchen and baking cakes, cookies, pies, fudge, bread, and actual food. Are there any other foods besides sweets? Just kidding, of course, there are. I just really enjoy baking sweets.

Around the holidays I like making goodies for my family and friends. It just makes me feel good to give them something I have baked homemade and they always have a big smile on their face and dig in immediately. It warms my heart to see them enjoying the fruits of my labor. Plus, it makes them feel a little more special and loved.


I hope you have enjoyed reading about Baking with Donna: A Bakers Love Story. It was truly my pleasure to share this with you. If you are new to baking, I hope this encourages you to continue and grow in your baking skills and know that making mistakes is unavoidable. But, never ever give up! You can do this! If you are a seasoned baker, I hope you took away a few little tidbits from this as well.

How did you come about baking? Do you love it? What kind of mistakes have you made? I would love to hear from you, leave your comments below.

Check out Baking with Donna’s “Little Book of Recipes” for 6 of my favorite recipes just in time for the holidays!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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How to Increase Your Productivity in the Kitchen

Work Smarter Not Harder
Tips to Get More Done in the Kitchen

If you are anything like me, then you will find that sometimes your kitchen can feel like a war zone. However, kitchens do not have to feel this way. With the help of the little tips I am going to share with you today, you can get your kitchen back under control.

Prepare to Increase Productivity in Your Kitchen

Grocery List
Grocery List

The first tip– is to get everything prepared before you start. You may think that cooking is all about improvisation and winging it, but if you want to be productive in the kitchen, this is not true. Prepare and plan before you start. Take stock and make sure that you have everything that you need, and that it is all in good working order. By doing this, you will be giving yourself the best possible chance to produce a great meal.


Washing Dishes
Wash the Dishes

Second tip-always start with a clean kitchen! There is nothing that stresses me out more than to try and start baking with a messy kitchen. Make sure all of your clean dishes are put away and your dirty dishes are washed up. Make sure you wash your dishes as you go. This will help you to get out of the kitchen much faster. My hubby usually washes the dishes as I go to help me out. I so appreciate his help! Especially around the holidays.


Reading A Recipe
Read Your Recipe

Third tip-read your recipe all the way through and get all of your ingredients ready. Then get your measuring cups, spoons, mixer, etc. ready to go. Measure out your ingredients and set aside. Put your flour, milk, eggs, flavoring, and sugar back in its proper place. Doing this will keep your kitchen counters more organized and less cluttered.


Don't Answer Your Phone If You're Busy
Don’t Answer Your Phone

Fourth tip-try not to answer your phone! I know, right? This really drives me crazy when I am trying to get my ingredients together, measured out, put back up and start the mixing process when my dang phone rings.🙄 For me, I don’t need that distraction at all. If I’m not careful I will forget what I have already measured out and poured into my mixing bowl and that is a pain in my butt I don’t need. (This is right up there on the stress bar with a dirty

kitchen).


Keep Pans In Cabinets Closest To Stove
Keep Pans in Cabinets Closest to Stove

Fifth tip-this is another very important tip for me and it will be for you as well, keep all of your baking pans together in one place. I like to keep my in the cabinets closest to my stove. This will save you a lot of time, I promise. I also like to keep my cake plates together as well. Doing this saves me the time of looking every where for them. I have my measuring spoons and measuring cups together in the same drawer as well as my cake spatulas I use for frosting my cakes, cookies or whatever I am working on.


Stay Focused
Stay Focused on Task at Hand

Sixth tip-stay focused on the task at hand. Try to avoid distractions at all cost. For me it is so hard to get my focus back if I get of course. I know that may sound crazy, but that’s just how it is for me. If we are being honest, I think this is true for most of us. Set a time you want to get started and stick to it. This will definitely speed up your productivity in the kitchen and you will get finished a lot faster.


Prepping The Ingredients
Prepping the Ingredients

Seventh tip-make a schedule of what you would like to bake and on what days. Get things prepped the day before. With a lot of recipes you can make things the day before. For instance, cookie dough can be made the day before and kept in the fridge. This is especially helpful during the holidays. Writing out what you are going to bake on certain days for the holiday festivities will be a tremendous help and time saver for you. Planning this out will be helpful with your grocery list as well.


Listen To Music While Baking
Listen to Music While Baking

Eighth tip-listen to your favorite music while cooking. In fact, I encourage it. I love to listen to me some Kenny G, smooth jazz or some soft rock. It just makes every thing I’m doing move along smoothly. During the holidays, I love me some Christmas music. Now that really gets my baking juices flowing! So, turn on your favorite music and get baking!


Old Pans
Donate Old Pots and Pans

Ninth tip-get rid of weird shaped pots and pans you are not using. If you don’t use them to cook in, then toss them. Plastic bowls with missing lids, toss them out as well too. Have any melted spatulas just lying around taking up space in your drawers? Chunk them. Are you starting to get the idea? If you are not using any pots, pans, cookware, spoons, spatulas, etc. throw them out or donate them to a goodwill store. Someone else can use them if you don’t need them anymore.


Cluttered Kitchen
Keep Your Kitchen Floor Clean of Clutter

Tenth tip-we talked about keeping your kitchen counters clutter free, the same can be said for your kitchen floor. This is something we don’t usually think about, but it’s a good idea to make sure nothing is in the way that you can trip over, slide down on that would ruin your day of baking in the kitchen. If you have small children make sure their toys are out of the floor and they are out of your kitchen. We don’t need the little kiddos getting hurt or burnt while mama is baking.


If you follow my 10 tips, then you will be on your way to learn How to Increase Your Productivity in the Kitchen. These tips will make your life much easier.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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5 Tips to Baking with Your Grandkids

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Baking is something that I love to do with my grandkids, but can sometimes be frustrating to figure out how to make it work. With the help of my grandkids, I have come up with 5 Tips to Baking with Your Grandkids.


1. Let them help you and pick a recipe

Kids Picking Out Recipe
Kids Picking Out Recipe

I know, I know, it is hard to teach a child to bake when you have things going on around you and on top of your counter. But, first and for most, insist that the little ones wash their hands before ya’ll get started. Let your grandchild pick out the recipe and help you with measuring and pouring the ingredients into a mixing bowl. When they are little, all you need them to do is stir, if they are older let them blend ingredients together. It makes them feel special and more engaged.


2. Have a neat area for baking

Clean as You Go
Clean as You Go

Everything else, stop! Have the kids clean up the area before you start baking. Have a place for everything and use it all. For example put flour in a sifter and put it back on the shelf after it is done being used. In fact, it would be a lot easier to go ahead and get the recipe and get all the ingredients measured out and ready before ya’ll start mixing things together.


3. Consider which task each child can do

Consider What They Can Do
Consider What They Can Do

The smaller children can help pour and stir the ingredients, while the older one(s) can read the recipe and help measure out the ingredients. As your grandkids help you, they will learn how to do things in order, like reading the recipe first, gather the ingredients, measuring out everything, and how to mix the ingredients according to the recipe. You can also teach your grandkids how to work together and take turns doing each task. You can teach them the importance of making sure they have all the ingredients before starting to bake.


4. Know that it will get messy and be ok with it

Kids Making a Mess Baking
Kids Making a Mess Baking

Lord knows I can’t say anything about my grandkids being messy, because believe me I am too when it comes to baking! But I’m ok with that because they are children and it can and will get messy. When there is flour and sugar involved, it’s going to get on the counters and the floor. Let them help you clean up as you go. Don’t stress about it and just have fun. After all you are making beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime with your babies.


5. Most of all be patient

Being Patient with Grandchild
Being Patient with Grandchild

If mistakes happen, and they probably will, don’t go postal! Let them know that mistakes are to be made and it’s ok. Teach them that’s how we learn and the next time they will know what to do to correct it. For example, you can show them what happens if you don’t spray your cake pans before pouring the cake batter into the pans or what happens if you don’t follow the recipe step by step. This will help them to be more aware of why the steps in a recipe are so important. You can also share some of your baking mishaps and have a great laugh. Let them know that no matter how long you have been cooking, mistakes are going to happen and it’s ok. Just learn from them and move on.


One more very important part of the baking…Share the goodies with the grandkids and praise them for doing such a good job. Ask them what they enjoyed most about baking with Nana. Most of all let them share their goodies with friends and family. Let them know you can’t wait to bake with them again.

I would love to hear from you about baking with your grandkids. Let me know how it went and share some pictures.

Below you will find 3 of my best cookie recipes that will be easy to make with your grandkids and they are very delicious. Enjoy!😋

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy 👩‍🍳

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Do You Love Wilton Products? I Do!

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I have been a Wilton product user for many years, and I have never been disappointed with their product. I do find that since I am a serious baker, I often need more than just a basic cake pan. I love a good Bundt pan, but honestly, they are hard to find. The problem with a lot of the nice Bundt pans is that they have a tendency to stick. Non-stick spray is not really effective, and it is such a pain to try and clean them up. This is where Wilton comes to the rescue with their non-stick line of products.

Keep reading on to find out more about the 5 Wilton Bakeware Products I love. Plus 3 of their baking tools I love.


Wilton Bakeware Non-Stick 
Bundt Pan
Wilton Bakeware Non-Stick
Bundt Pan

The Wilton Bakeware Non-Stick Bundt Pan is everything anyone could want in a Bundt pan. It is made out of heavy gauge aluminized steel, and it has a non-stick coating that makes clean up easy and foolproof.

This pan has oversized handles for ease of putting in and getting it out of the oven. Plus, durable non-stick coating so your treats will fall out with ease.


Wilton Bakeware Non-Stick Cookie Sheet
Wilton Bakeware Non-Stick Cookie Sheet

The Wilton Non-Stick Cookie Sheets is an awesome cookie sheet that you will use like I do for years to come. I love this cookie sheet. It is made of heavy-duty cold-rolled steel, and it has a durable non-stick coating with oversized handles so you can easily put it in and get it out of the oven.

This pan is a large size: 17.25 x 11.5-Inch so you can bake a large number of your delicious cookies at one time. And to make clean-up a snap, it’s dishwasher safe. #1 Best Seller on Amazon


Wilton Perfect Results Cake Pans
Wilton Perfect Results Cake Pans

Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Cake Pans will be your go-to pans for making 2-layer cakes. And yes I have this set of pans and they are awesome. I have had them for several years and they still look good and look amazing. I still use Pam Spray or Baker’s Joy when cooking my cakes for that little extra protection.

My cakes always turn out moist and delicious and even every time. You get a set of 2 of these 6-inch round cake pans. Amazon’s Choice


Wilton Perfect Results Square Cake Pans
Wilton Perfect Results Square Cake Pans

Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick these will be your next favorite cake pans to go to. You can bake your cakes to your heart’s content. These pans are made with heavy-gauge steel as well and will last you for years to come. With their Premium Non-Stick service, your cakes will turn out perfect every time.

These pans are easy to clean with a little warm soapy water or for even quicker clean up they are dishwasher safe. Best Seller on Amazon


Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick Oblong Pan
Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick Oblong Pan

Wilton Recipe Right NonStick 9 x 13-Inch Oblong Cake Pans are good to make brownies, cakes, lemon bars, or even bake a roast. These pans are made with steel construction that is durable and sure to last you for years to come. Your goodies will slide right out of the pan with no problem.

These pans are dishwasher safe and make cleaning up a lot faster. Or you can wash them in warm soapy water. Now, get to baking! Amazon’s Choice


 Bake-Even Cake Strips
Bake-Even Cake Strips

Wilton Bake-Even Cake Strips for Evenly Baked Cakes are truly awesome. I have these and I love, love, love them! It really does make your cakes bake evenly as it says it will do. No more having to cut the “crowns” of your cakes off with that serrated knife. You simply soak the cake strips in cold water, remove excess water, and wrap them around your cake pans. That’s it!

The cake strips work by insulating the sides of your cake pan so your batter will cook evenly. I wish I would have had these years ago, but I have them now. You are going to love them as I do. Amazon’s Choice


Wilton Cake Icing Smoother
Wilton Icing Smoother

Wilton Cake Icing Smoother is another one of the products I have and love as well. This little jewel will have you smoothing out the icing on your cakes like a pro. It has a comfortable grip that makes it really easy to use. It is also makes smoothing your icings much faster saving you valuable time.

Easy to clean with just warm soapy water. This is another one of those things I wonder how I ever got along without. Amazon’s Choice


Wilton 9-inch Angled Spatula
Wilton 9-inch Angled Spatula

Wilton’s 9-inch Angled Spatula is great for frosting, filling, to decorating your cakes. I love this product as well. I couldn’t imagine not having this little jewel to help me frost and remove excess frosting from my cakes. This is one of my favorite go-to tools for frosting my 2-layer cakes. I like to use it as well to make little swirl designs by using the tip of it. This makes a very pretty design.

Depending on the level of pressure you put on the spatula will determine what kind of result you will get. For example, if you are trying to take off some of the icings on the top of the cake while smoothing it out, you apply just a little pressure to the center of the spatula while angling it away from you in an upward sweeping motion.


I can tell you that you will not be disappointed with the above-mentioned products. They are truly durable and will lasts you years to come. Plus, they are very inexpensive. Take your time and check each one of them out. Enjoy!🍪

Leave me a comment below and let me know which ones you like and what you think about them. I would love to hear from you.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy,🍰

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How to Make a Cake in a Mug

Cake In A Mug
Cake in a Mug

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I have a confession to make: I love cake. Baking a cake in a mug sounds like it should be super easy, right? After all, it’s just a tiny little cake.

Cake in a mug is a lot easier to make than you think. In fact, you’ll wonder why you ever bought those boxed mixes that require six different bowls and a hand mixer. Now you can make cake from scratch without all those annoying bowls!

This cute little cake is perfect for that after-dinner treat, or it’s great for breakfast if you’re that kind of person. Either way, it’s super simple to make, and will take less than 5 minutes of active work on your part.

The great thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to use just one mug or one type of mug. You can use different mugs in different sizes for different portions. So if you just want a little bite of cake, use a smaller mug. If you’re having company, use larger mugs.

To celebrate Fall, I know you will love the following recipe. This is so simple, so let’s get baking. Here’s what you’ll need:

Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cakes

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

1 Egg

3 Tablespoons brewed espresso coffee or very strong coffee, room temperature

1 Tablespoon canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1/4 Cup sugar

1/3 Cup Original Bisquick™ Mix

1/2 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Pinch of salt

Whipped cream, for serving

Ground cinnamon, for serving

Directions:

  1. In small bowl, beat melted butter, egg, espresso and pumpkin with whisk. Add the sugar, Bisquick mix, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix until incorporated; batter may be lumpy.
  2. Divide batter between 2 microwavable mugs. Microwave uncovered on High 2 minutes. Cool a few minutes before serving.
  3. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

TIP #1: If you want to save on clean up mix the batter in one mug, and then pour half of it into the other mug.

TIP #2: If you are not a fan of coffee, you can use another liquid such as water, buttermilk, Chi Tea, milk, etc.

Try this easy recipe for Homemade Cool Whip Only 2 ingredients:

Your taste buds will thank you! This is way better than the canned stuff and a lot tastier than what comes in the plastic bowls.

3/4 Cup heavy whipping cream (Very Cold)

2 Tablespoons powdered sugar

directions:

  1. In chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed.
  2. Add powdered sugar before stiff peaks form.
  3. Beat ingredients until stiff peaks form.

TIP #1: For enhanced flavor, try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract when adding the powdered sugar.

TIP #2: Make sure you keep your mixing bowl and your beaters in the freezer until you are ready to use them for the best results. And you want your heavy whipping cream very cold too.

TIP #3: This homemade cool whip is great on Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Strawberry Short Cake or whatever you want to put it on. Enjoy!🧁

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👻10 Tips for Creating a Spooktacular Halloween Party for Children🎃

Halloween Party
Halloween Party

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Halloween is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to organize a Spooktacular party for the kids. As much as I love fancy dress, I also like to relax and party hard at home with my family. Here are my top ten tips for creating the ultimate kid’s Halloween Party, which your adult guest will enjoy too.

Are you ready to create your Spooktacular Halloween Party? Let’s go….


#1. Choose Your Theme Wisely

Halloween Theme
👻Halloween Theme👻

This is the first thing you want to do is decide on the Halloween Theme you would like to create and build off that. There are so many Halloween themes to choose from, you are sure to find one to meet your goulash needs. For example, do you want to go with spider webs with black and orange décor? Or would you prefer a monster theme, witch fest along with a scary forest outside? As you can see the possibilities are endless. But do remember you want the kiddos to have fun, not be frightened.


#2. Make Fun Invitations

Halloween Party Invitations
🕷Halloween Invites🕷

Now that you have your cute little theme picked out, it’s time to get the invitations ready. Make your own and have fun with it. You can include the kiddos as well to help. This will make it even more special. One thing you can do with the invitations is make them match your Halloween Theme. You can also make little candy gift bags to match as well. Kid’s love to make crafts at least my grandchildren do.


#3. Halloween Games

If you have different age children as I do, you can still have games that everyone can enjoy. Even the adults. Here are some fun games to consider for all ages…

These games are sure to keep the kiddos happy and entertained. On Amazon under $10.00!


#4. Start and End

Time To Party Clock
Time To Party

Now it’s time decide what time you want the party to start and when you want it to end. If it’s just a party for the kids, younger ones may only last for a couple of hours and the older ones 3-4 hours. Make sure to state the start and end times on the invitations so the parents will know what time to drop them off and pick them up.

Now for me and my family, we always have a start time, but then we end it when we get ready too. Which is usually longer than 2-4 hours.🎃


#5. Baking Time

Halloween Cookies
Halloween Cookies

This is my favorite part besides the decorating. Depending on what and how much you are making, give yourself enough time to get your treats baked, decorated, and ready for the big day. Baking your goodies a couple of days ahead of time will take a lot of stress off of you.

For me, I bake my cookies, especially if I decorate them, 2 days ahead of time. Then I will bake my cake the day before and decorate it. I like to make cookies and then let my grandchildren come over and help me decorate them. They love it and so will you. If the family wants to help in baking goodies, let them! For a delicious cookie recipe go to Donna’s Best Holiday Butter Cookies.


#6. Decorate the House

Halloween House
Halloween House

Now that you have picked out a theme and got all of your goodies baked and decorated, it’s time to get your Halloween decorating on. I like to decorate a few days before the party. Give yourself plenty of time to get everything like you want it. Get your spooky juices flowing and turn your house into a Halloween Scene that is sure to please both you and your guest. If you need some cute decorations and don’t want to make them yourself, check out your local Dollar Tree or Dollar General. They have cute stuff priced to fit any budget.


#7. Add Music to Your Theme

Dancing Children
Get Your Groove On

There’s nothing like adding a little music to your party to get things going. These songs are sure to get everyone dancing. I recommend songs like “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Thriller.” And of course, if you have an Alexa, you can ask her to play Halloween music for children.


#8. Serve Simple Snacks

Monster Cupcakes
Monster Cupcakes

No need to stress yourself out over the snacks, just keep it simple. Here are some ideas below:

  1. Monster Cupcakes-get these at your local Walmart to save time
  2. Cake Pops-get some your local bakery
  3. Halloween Cookies-pick some up a your local Walmart
  4. Sneak in some healthy snacks-Halloween monster mouth snacks, crunchie Halloween mummies, pumpkin party mix

#9. Time for Halloween Games

Halloween Crafts/Games
Halloween Crafts/Games

Now that the kiddos have eaten some treats how about some dancing to burn off some of the sugar highs? My little ones love to have dance contests and I bet yours would too. After all, that dancing try sitting down for a rest and playing some board games like Halloween Bingo, do a craft like decorating some pumpkins, watch a Halloween cartoon-like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”


#10. Photo Time

Halloween Photo
Family Time

Well, the party was a hit and things are winding down, now is the time to take photos to save the memories of time spent with family and friends. Have your guest stand in front of some of the decorations as a backdrop for the pictures. Then you can have them developed and share with family and friends.


Follow these 10 Tips for Creating a Spooktacular Halloween Party for Children and it should put your mind at ease and help you stay organized while planning your Halloween Party.

I would love for you to share some of your pictures with me. It would be wonderful to see what you came up with.

I hope you and your family have a great Halloween and be safe.🎃

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👻

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