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Hello!!!  I am uploading some recent cake pictures - The construction cake to the left was a really fun cake to make!  I've also got a cute Lorax cake being added to the Baker's Dozen Photos page.    I am also adding pictures below of Easter chocolates that I have been busy making...and getting my mom to help with!  She is retiring this summer, and I could really use her help at times like this!  Please send me a contact form entry if you'd like to order and don't have my phone number.  I hope you're enjoying the starting-to-get-nice weather if you're in Ohio with me...Our grass is getting greener every single day!!!  :)  Take care, ya'all!

 

Cakes!

03/04/2014

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It has been a more eventful winter than anticipated - along with the winter weather, we welcomed a new baby cousin, new baby lambs, and lots of baking.  A few of the cakes I have made are here for you to see.  I also made lots of fun Valentine's chocolates and cookies!  The two school-themed cakes below were for their cake auctions they had.  They helped make some money for the sports departments at school.  The cake to the left was for my brother's birthday.  I know he must be paying attention to the cake flavors I make...I've never made this particular cake flavor, but had made them in different combinations.  It was a peanut butter cake filled with chocolate chip cookie dough balls, frosted with a cookie dough buttercream and topped with chocolate and peanut butter ganache.  OH MY was it a yummy combination!  :-)  I've got more fun cakes coming up this month and it's time to start making some Easter chocolates soon!  I've been working on peanut butter eggs for this year.  I made my first batch to sample last weekend and the kids can't leave them alone!  I'm glad they are eating them and not me.  HAHA  As for recipes, I've been on a Pinterest kick making some recipes from there.  Most are yummy, but not my originals...thus, the lack of recipes here.  I've got a few up my sleeve and need to post!  Enjoy your Tuesday!!

 
 
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Good morning!  I began posting this recipe yesterday, but I got detained mid-post.  Sorry for the delay for those who saw the picture on Facebook!  I made this caramel pretzel fudge for the teachers at our elementary school this week.  They had teacher conferences and I got to take them in dinner and sweet treats to enjoy!  I got the original idea for this from www.sixsistersstuff.com.  Their recipe has peanut butter cups, but I didn't have those on hand (in my house, PB cups last about 2.2 seconds).  I used the basic fudge idea and improvised with other ingredients.  My kids devoured the bowl that I kept at home (shown in this picture).  Enjoy your day and your cooking time in your kitchen today!  :)

 
 
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Good morning, readers!  I haven't been on to add recipes since November, and I sincerely apologize to my loyal readers!  Between my hectic schedule with Baker's Dozen orders, the holidays, a longer-than-expected Christmas break for my kids, and not getting much "action" here, I was neglectful of spending time updating my blog with new recipes and creations from my Baker's Dozen business.  I have photos to add this week, but today I give you a hearty soup that is SO easy to make!  I am a Pinterest pinner...and for those who follow me, you know it's typically food and an occasional craft idea that I pin.  This soup popped up the other day, but I've gotta tell you...I am the WORST at following recipes - I always feel like I can change it, make it my own, etc.  I even do this to my own recipes, so don't be offended if I do this to your own recipe...because I do it to my own!  There is a rebel side to me, I guess!  The original recipe called for half-and-half, which immediately clogged my arteries just reading it, and it called for broth and sun dried tomatoes.  I didn't have the sun dried tomatoes...and I wanted some onion...and my hubby isn't a huge garlic fan...well, you can see my reasoning for changing the recipe.  HAHA  So take this soup and make it your own!  I would like to add some italian turkey sausage in it the next time, make it with tomatoes instead of tomato soup, and maybe some garlic if my hubby isn't going to be eating it......the possibilities are endless.  :-)  So go ahead - be your own rebel and enjoy a new soup! 

 
 
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Pumpkin Cupcakes
Yes, yes...I know it's Thursday.  HA!  I helped with meals for our teacher conferences 2 weeks ago and make pumpkin cake for dessert.  I had many requests for the recipe, and though I may be late, it's worth the wait!  Pumpkin is everywhere right now, and I often wonder why we limit pumpkin to the fall?  It's certainly good enough to enjoy year-round!  I will be making pumpkin cake, cookies, dip, and pie more than just in October/November this year.  I also added a photo of a wedding cake I got to make a couple of weeks ago, too...thus my delay - I had a storm of baking to do and my house is just now recovering!  :-)  I love it, though, and am ready for my holiday baking.  Find the recipe for pumpkin cake on the Baking Recipes page, or click here for a printable version.  Enjoy your Thursday!  

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Hastings~Siedlecki Wedding Cake
 
 
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Chicken Carbonara
This week I am giving you a fun recipe for Chicken Carbonara - but I admit that it has lots of steps!  I started making this after going to a popular family-style Italian restaurant.  I had to recreate it and looked up a recipe - and saw 2 words I avoid when cooking a healthier meal at home:  heavy cream!  I changed it some and instead of using spaghetti (which is traditional), I used penne pasta, only because my kids prefer it!  You could use good ole sketti noodles, too.  For novice cooks here, just read the recipe completely and get ready for a cooking adventure!  Find the recipe on the Meal Recipes page, or click here for a printable version.

 
 
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Welcome to "Soup"er Sundays!  For the colder months, I love to cook up a different pot of soup once a week.  I'm not going to say it's always on Sunday...but that's when I will share some of my favorite recipes!  Last winter, this soup was a recipe I came up with after wanting a creamy soup that didn't have a ton of calories in it to make it "creamy".  It's also easy to make, so give it a try!  My hubby and kids aren't huge black bean fans...but I am...so I snuck them in this soup and they didn't complain!  Find the recipe on the Meal Recipes page, or click here for a printable version.  Below is one of the wedding cakes I got to do for a "country sheek" wedding.  Loved the idea and was a fun cake to make!  It's carrot cake, too.  Yum!

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Carrot cake with a spatula-frosting finish
 
 
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Welcome to Slow Cooker Saturdays!  It's great to have fellow readers share recipes.  Today's recipe for crock pot chicken and noodles came to me from a friend introduced to me through my brother.  Thanks, Jessica, for the yummy new dish to share with my family!  This one will be made often this winter.  On Saturdays, my family is often out-and-about with sports, helping on the farm, cutting wood, etc. etc. etc.  It's nice to come in to dinner being ready to dish up and eat!  Find the recipe on the Meal Recipes page, or click here for a printable version.

 
 
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I had this all set to post yesterday...I must not have had the auto posting set up correctly!  I was busy making 2 wedding cakes and never checked.  SORRY, y'all!

Welcome to Fast Fix Fridays!  We are often busy on the weekend, and I like to keep some yummy snacks on hand for us to enjoy for the weekend.  This recipe for Pumpkin Dip is not only fast, but it's less than 5 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare!  That's a lot of "f" words for Friday - Fast Fix, Five Ingredients, Five minutes...Make some up and enjoy it with apple slices, ginger snaps, or other cookies...They're all good!  Find the recipe on the Side Dish Recipes page, or click here for a printable version,

 
 
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Soft Pretzels
Today starts Tradition with a Twist Thursdays - and I had to start with a classic twisted recipe...homemade pretzels!  My kids will be EXCITED to get home to these today - and if my cousin (and neighbor) reads this, he will probably stop in.  :-)  If you've never done anything with yeast, I highly recommend this recipe.  It's a very forgiving dough - meaning you can't mess it up!  You may have to work to get "pretty" pretzels, but they will all taste great!  Now, for the "twist".  These don't have to be traditional soft pretzels - you can jazz them up with cinnamon and sugar, add some spicy jalapenos to the dough, make bite-sized pieces for an appetizer and serve with a dip, make pretzel buns for burgers, even shape them like little pizza crusts and add pepperoni and cheese.  There are lots of fun and new ways to enjoy a pretzel.  Have a recipe you'd like to see a "twist" on?  Email it to me!  Find the recipe for soft pretzels on the Side Dish Recipes page, or click here for a printable version.  And by all means, let me know when you make these!