Resolutions. What an ugly word! How about, goals? Goals. That sounds so much better!
Every year people say they are setting, "New Years Resolutions". These said resolutions normally last a few weeks or maybe months. Now, for some they last all year through. But, if that is the case for you, you are truly a rare breed!
Instead of setting resolutions for myself, I choose to set goals. I wrote an article around this time last year that explains the difference between the two. Here, take a look: Resolutions vs. Goals
I wrote it in the context of writing a book, but used other ideas to get the point across.
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It may take you about 2 hours to make all 4 variations. Baking with family or friends will help the time fly by!
These cookies make great gifts from the kitchen! Package them up wrapped inside of a coffee mug or pretty container. Another great cookie gift idea is to package them up for teachers! Using little, decorative, plastic gift bags work really well...them stay in one piece as your child transports them to school!
Have fun with your kids! They will remember it for the rest of their lives! I have been baking with my son since he was just a little guy...now I have a baby daughter and can not wait to bake with her!
My hope is that you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I think it is safe to say that we can start focusing on Christmas now!
The month of December is a great time to try new recipes. It allows us to spend time together with our family and friends in the kitchen. It also gives us an excuse to bake up new desserts...allowing us to say that we are practicing for Christmas!
Have you been into Starbucks lately? For someone like me who drinks coffee daily, that is a silly question. They are offering a new kind of chai latte in the name of Oprah! Starbucks has always offered a chai tea latte of sorts, but now that Oprah's name is attached to it, I bet they are selling left and right, making the duo a ton of money!
I have written a piece on where to find a good chai latte in Raleigh, NC and within this article I talk about Oprah's amazing chai latte and provide a link for you to see what is in it and the nutritional info behind it.
If you are looking for a simple, gluten free, rich and creamy cookie recipe, search no further! These peanut butter cookies only have 4 ingredients, are super simple to make and can easily be made organic if you purchase organic ingredients!
They are ideal for an after school treat, Holidays and parties. One batch makes about 12 cookies. You can add a chocolate chip to the top of each cookie prior to baking if you would like to, but these cookies are so filling and rich, you definitely do not NEED to!
There are so many options we have to celebrate Halloween! From trick or treating and festivals to parties and baking together.
As a family, we enjoy baking together. Last year my son and I made homemade Butterfinger Candy and it has since became a favorite of my husband. We got the recipe from a Taste of Home magazine, but I would love to share it with you to try this Halloween (with a few changes made by me, of course).
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1, 14 oz. bag of white candy melts (about 2.5 cups)
Line an 8x8 baking dish with no-stick foil.
In microwave safe bowl, melt candy corns in 30 second intervals, stirring between each until melted. Stir in peanut butter. Mix until smooth.
Pour into prepared baking dish.
Flatten with spatula.
Let cool and firm up for about 1 hour.
Remove candy from baking dish by pulling out by foil ends.
Cut into 1 inch bars.
Melt candy melts in a double broiler until melted. (If you do not have one, make one. Take a glass bowl that will fit on top of a pat without falling in. Boil water in the pot on the stove and place bowl with candy melts on top. Stir until melted.)
Line cookie sheet with no-stick foil.
Spread melted candy melts over each bar with a butter knife.
Place on prepared cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with jimmies.
Serve or store in an airtight container.
Other than a warm fire in the fireplace, what is better than hot cocoa on a cool fall evening? Keep it clean people, this is a family friendly blog!
I love making hot cocoa for myself and my family. It is something we can all enjoy together. Often times, I will heat up almond milk on the stove and add milk chocolate chips for a rich and creamy treat.
Something I am looking forward to trying really soon is using coconut milk and almond milk to make hot cocoa! Doesn't that sound fantastic? Add a dab of cinnamon and whaaaalaaaa...a special hot drink for all!
Here are a few recipes to make hot cocoa for yourself, family and friends:
Here in North Carolina, fall has sprung upon us in full blast! Gray skies, cold breezes and crisp air...and you know what? I love it! I absolutely love having the windows open and ceiling fans on on a cool fall day. Ahhhh....
My family also loves the fall, but not for the same reason I do. In our home along with the season comes seasonal baking and new recipes. Apples, pumpkin and sweet potatoes mixed with chocolate and cinnamon waft through our home on a regular basis when the season changes.
I like trying out new crockpot desserts as well as the standard oven baked ones.
If you are like me and enjoy fall baking or if you would like to start baking by trying out some easy recipes, I can help you today!
Here are some of my favorite fall baking recipes and all are simple enough for anyone to make:
Last year I took a baking and ingredients class online through AIB. It was filled with great information and I made an A on the couse.
They offer many valuable online courses that aid one in the baking process. There is a cookie baking class that I would like to take. I have wanted to take it for some time...since I took the last class, actually.
But, then life happened. I took a new job that not only manipulated much of my days, but stressed me out to the point that when I got home in the evenings my brain was fried and I was exhausted. Shortly after that, I got pregnant! I found myself on partial bed rest...One would think that would be an opportune time to take a class, but it wasn't :(
Now, the baby is here and I'm working part time. Maybe now I can make it work!
Although my husband has gone back to school and works full time, I'm hoping to be able to create a schedule that allows me to take this class. It will only benefit my baking business: Tastenc.com. You can find me and like my page on Facebook!
I say all of that to say. .. don't give up on your dreams. It's all in the timing. :)