Tag Archives: bake

snowflake shortbread

Right now, I have bread baking in the bread machine, so when I look at these cookie pictures, its like I can smell them.

These are some of the prettiest cookies I have ever made. I don’t usually have the best luck with cookie molds, but I followed the directions on this one exactly, and they came out perfectly the first time! Perfect for Christmas, and even pretty enough to give as a gift.

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Something about holiday season makes me want to do puzzles. So instead of a dining table right now, we have a puzzle table.

bundt cake

Bundt cakes are one of the scariest cakes, because of the pan. Mixing it up just requires you to follow the directions. Easy enough. But you can follow every direction for preparing the pan, and there is still the heart stopping moment when you turn it over, praying out loud that the sucker will just slide right out.

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I flipped this one over, took a time out before I got too frustrated, and I would say 98% finally came out perfectly. The 2% was thankfully more cosmetic than structural, so you can’t even notice. Going into the win column.

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weekend snaps

Couple from over the weekend.

1. It was rainy and drizzly for a lot of the weekend. But not too cold for flip flops.

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2. I decided it could now be gingerbread season.

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3. I crossed all my fingers and toes that the cake would come out of the pan.

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birthday treats

I like to show my love with baked goods. For our first birthday weekend of the season, we started with some fluffy biscuits for breakfast.

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Next, we had some chocolate chip cookies for snacking.

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And then we had our showstopper, a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

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And now we need to stock up on Halloween candy.

focaccia with rosemary

Focaccia is fun to make, because you get to poke it and make the little dimples all over. Its also super delicious from the oven. Soft but a little crispy around the edges from the oil. We have a ton of rosemary growing, so I was able to use very fresh herbs. I based mine on this recipe.

Our living room gets a lot of afternoon summer sun, so its the preferred dough rising area, but its been cloudy lately. So I tucked the dough into the blankets to rise.

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I think that the herbs we grow smell the best, but I’m extremely biased. I want to try to make a wreath with all our sage soon.

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And here we have the final product. I want to start a petition that the fat chunks of pepper is the only pepper allowed. Its my favorite.

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