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Create a Beautiful Easter Table on a Budget

Elegant Easter Table

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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

Easter Center Piece For Table

 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

Moss Covered Charger Plate

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

Glass With Tea In It

 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

Royal Norfolk Solid White Square 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

Easter Table Center Piece

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

Small Colored Vases With Flowers

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!

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From my family to yours, Happy Easter!🐇

Donna Kennedy, 🐰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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Easy Easter Dinner-Just for You

The Perfect Easter Dinner
EASTER, APRIL 17, 2022

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

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

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

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


Oven-Roasted Apple Glazed Ham

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


Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Serves: 16


Donna’s Squash Dressing

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


Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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


Key Lime Pie

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


Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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

Serves: 12


Drinks

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

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

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


From my family to yours, Happy Easter!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🐰

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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

The Science Of Baking

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

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

A Lady Decorating A Cake

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

My Baking 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

Baking Is My Therapy

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

Why Precision Baking Is Important

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

Baking

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

Well, We Have The Answer Right Here

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

Mother Baking With Her Three Kids

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

Cupcakes And Pastries

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

Cake Sunk In The Middle

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

Muffins

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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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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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👩‍🍳

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10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Food

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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🦃🎄

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10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Family Gathering for the Holidays
Family Gathering for the Holidays

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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🦃🎄

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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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the 6 best rolling pins

Assorted Rolling Pins

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A rolling pin is one of the essential tools that you are sure to need for your kitchen. This kitchen utensil is a necessity for those times when you want to roll dough, pastry, or any other ingredient. Whether you’re a hobby baker, a caterer, or a professional chef, there is a rolling pin out there perfect for you.

Rolling pins have been used for centuries now, and these days it is considered a must-have kitchen tool. It is important that you use the best rolling pin you can get for your kitchen because it can make a lot of difference to the end result.

These traditions and delicacies require a professional and special kind of rolling pin that has been made based on the needs of the baker.

Before you run out and purchase a rolling pin, there are some things you need to consider first:

  • Wooden Style- do you want the classic wooden rolling pin with handles or would you prefer a rod (which is made out of a single piece of material). There again it really depends on what you are using it for. For me, I prefer the wooden rolling pin with handles. I feel I have more control and it rolls out my cookie dough and pie dough wonderfully.
  • French Style- Is best used on delicate pastry dough. They are lighter and easier to move around for precise rolling.
  • Marble Style- Generally the marble style is best used on doughs that have butter in them that are meant to stay cold, however, marble is very heavy and can be costly.
  • Plastic Style- Is much easier to clean up because they are usually dishwasher safe, but does not last as long.
  • Steel Style- Is light in the weight department and easy to clean, but no where near as attractive as wood or marble.
  • Silicone Style- Is perfect for cookie dough, pizza dough, fondant dough, and many pasta’s. It has secure handles made of wood, so that you can apply maximum pressure to your dough’s. Very easy to clean up.

It all boils down to your preference of the style you would prefer to use. Like I stated earlier, I prefer the wooden rolling pin with handles. I have been using it for years. And trust me when I say years, and it looks as good as it did the day I bought it. It’s easy to clean and it is heat resistant.

Donna’s Top Picks

Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin, 17.75-Inch, Natural
Classic Wooden Rolling Pin

My Favorite Classic: Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin

$9.99 on Amazon

This one is by far my favorite one! This classic wooden rolling pin has the right to be at the top of the rolling pin chain. The wooden ones have been around for years and prove that they are still better at getting the job done. Rolls dough out easily and evenly while making clean up a breeze. Although you can’t stick it in the dishwasher, all you need to do is use a little soap and wipe it dry.


French Style Rolling Pin
French Style Rolling Pin

French Style: Kerryyoung Wooden Rolling Pin

$9.95 on Amazon

This rolling pin is made out of rubber wood for long-lasting durability with a classic French design. It is made for use in your home or in restaurants for tough heavy-duty jobs every day. You can use this pastry rolling pin it to roll out cookie dough, pizza dough, fondants and much more.


Marble Style: Fox Run Polished Marble

Fox Run Polished Marble Rolling Pin

$20.99 on Amazon

With the marble style, besides it’s beautiful elegant look, helps keep your dough cool while you roll it out with ease. Can be used to roll out cookie dough, pizza dough, bread dough, and much more. Very easy to clean up since the dough will not stick to it’s slick service. Comes with a decorative wooden stand for display in your kitchen.



Wilton Large Fondant Rolling Pin
Wilton Large Plastic Rolling Pin

Wilton Large Plastic Rolling Pin

$29.19 on Amazon

Wilton large plastic (fondant) rolling pin is great for rolling out large amounts of fondant for a tired cake. It’s also great for rolling out cookie dough, and pastry dough. Comes with guided color-coded rings to help you get the perfect thickness every time. Because of it’s smooth slick surface clean up is a snap.


KitchenAid Gourmet Rolling Pin, One Size, Red
KitchenAid Gourmet Rolling Pin

Kitchen Aid Gourmet Rolling Pin

$19.52 on Amazon

This elegant rolling pin by Kitchen Aid is ideal for rolling out your thickest cookie dough, pizza dough, biscuit dough, and pie dough. It has an extra-wide carbon steel barrel with a non-stick coating to help you get the job done. Clean up? It’s a breeze. No dish washer though, you will need to hand wash with mild detergent, rinse, and dry immediately.


NASNAIOLL Silicone Rolling Pin
NASNAIOLL Silicone Rolling Pin

NASNAIOLL Silicone Rolling Pin Non-stick Surface

$11.99 on Amazon

This silicone rolling pin by Nasnaioll is great for rolling out cookie dough, pastries, hand made noodles, pizza dough, fondants and other pasta’s. Light-weight, but durable. Made with food-grade a non-stick silicone material to last for many years and it makes clean up easy. Can be put in the top rack of a dish washer, but hand washing is highly recommend. Plus you get a smaller rolling pin for your little bakers, so you can teach the kiddo’s how to roll out cookie dough for fun time with family. (Check out DONNA’S BEST HOLIDAY BUTTER COOKIES ).


I think any one of the above rolling pins would be great for you, but I guess I’m old school because I still prefer the Classic Wooden one.👩‍🍳

Which one or one’s do you think you will be getting? Let me know what you think. I would love to know. Do you have a question about baking? Just ask me and I will do my very best to answer you.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🥧🍪

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