Autumn is here, and cooler weather is moving in. This is the time of year that I begin to think about changing leaves, cozy evenings at home, and the smell of delicious things baking in the oven. This Sunday afternoon, my husband decided to make some chili, and I found myself in the mood to bake something. But what to bake?
Are you a cookie fiend? A Cookie-A-Holic? Are you looking for that perfect plate of cookies to exchange at your office, church, or school function? Do your taste buds water for new recipes, but you don’t know where to find just the right one?
The Christmas season is now upon us, and I can’t wait to make (and eat!) some Christmas cookies! I remember when I was little, going to my grandma’s house in the weeks before Christmas for a day of baking. I would help her mix up the dough, cut out the cookies using her huge supply of cookie cutters, and patiently wait for the first batch to come out of the oven and cool enough that I could begin my cookie decorating extravaganza. There were all kinds of colors of icing and sprinkles to use.
There is something about a snow day that makes me think of baking. I immediately start thinking of the pantry, and what’s inside that could be thrown together to create something mouthwateringly delicious. I become so desperate that I’ve been known to dash to the grocery store in weather no one else would brave for that crucial missing ingredient.
I am a mother of four kids and have had several birthday parties as the years have gone past. I have a set of boy/girl twins, and this year we celebrated their 9th birthday! To make it cheaper, we decided to make their cakes at home rather than order them. So, we checked out some cake and cupcake books from the Library to help us out on ideas.
Introduce your child to the world of baking by using a cake mix as the primary ingredient. Cake Mix Cooking for Kids is the perfect book, as it contains simple recipes with easy to follow directions and a few common ingredients. The author, Stephanie Ashcraft, has also included several colorful photos.