Aug 12, 2015

Important ingredients every baker needs to survive

Important ingredients every baker needs to survive

We recently moved and had the joy of packing and unpacking our stuff. And like me, you get everything unpacked and put away in the first week of living in the house, right? Who am I kidding?!? I'm still leaving in a sea of boxes, but at least the important items are unpacked!

What I did find though was that some of my "staples" were missing when I went to grab them out of the pantry. I can't remember if we threw them out because they expired or for space or simply because I had too many. (Which is a possibility) But now I found myself without some of my key ingredients for baking.

And what is the first thing I want to do in my new home? Bake! Don't you? I want to smell the cookies floating through the freshly painted home. Or hear the cheers from my boys as they realize mom made a special treat or dessert!

Mom Rocks! Mom Rocks! Mom Rocks! .... sorry daydream moment....

So I started compiling my grocery list to fill in the blanks and thought you might find this list helpful!

So here it is.... Important ingredients every baker needs to survive!

Refrigerated Items:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Milk - I prefer 2% but sometimes that means whole or even buttermilk
  • Eggs - We can simply never have enough, so we buy in bulk
  • Sour Cream
  • Cream Cheese

Pantry Items:

  • Non-stick flour baking spray
  • Flour - All Purpose is our preference, but I always have cake flour too
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar (Confectioner's)
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Dry Yeast
  • Table Salt
  • Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
  • Cornstartch
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Crisco (shortening)
  • Corn Syrup - Dark and Light
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vanilla Extract - we prefer the real vanilla extract
  • Almond Extract
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Cloves
  • Ground Nutmet
  • Chocolate Chips - semi sweet morsels
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Evaporated Milk

Additional Items:

  • Almond Flour
  • Honey
  • Coconut Oil
  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Assorted Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans)
  • Dried Fruit - Raisins, cranberries
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles (jimmies or nonpareils)
  • Marshamallows
  • Jams or Preserves

Keeping a great stockpile on hand will ensure you have everything you need when a sudden craving for macarons hits you! I LOVE MACARONS!!! Don't you??

By Georges Seguin (Okki) (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

What other ingredients did I not list that you can't live with out??

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Sep 15, 2014

12 Awesome Peach Recipes Plus a Bonus Recipe!!

12 Awesome Peach Recipes, Plus a BONUS Recipe!!!

 photo courtesy of Brent Hoard

Summer peaches are at there sweetest in the south right now.

With summer peaches finally reaching their peak in sweetness, this is the perfect time to break out the ice cream maker, fire up the grill and bring out the pie pans. This stone-fruit is such a versatile fruit, your only limitation is your own imagination. 

photo courtesy of Mike McCune

Grilled Peaches

One of my all time FAVORITE things to do with peaches is to grill them! They become sweeter as their juices caramelize on the open flame. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

Have you ever tried grilled peaches? Do you leave the skins on or grilled them after they are pealed?

Here is a great recipe by Jennifer Garza of

Fresh Peaches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 Servings

Instructions for grilling peaches:
  1. Clean them.
  2. Slice them in half.
  3. Remove the pit.
  4. Baste them with oil (on the inside of the peach slice)
  5. Place them face down on an open grill on medium heat for about 15 minutes or just until they are soft but not mushy (no too soft).

Optional: Add Butter, cinnamon and sugar for a sweet treat. You can also top it with ice cream or whipped cream for a simple, yet very delicious dessert!

photo courtesy of Eric

Your options with peaches do not stop with grilling. You can whip up some peaches and shortbread or peaches'n cream. You could freeze them into peach ice cream. You could pull out the dutch oven and create my personal favorite, peach cobbler. Or have grandma show you how to make her award winning peach pie. The options truly are endless.

photo courtesy of Ralph Daily

Other Awesome Recipes with Peaches

by Jenny Hobick of Every Day Occasions

by Jenny Layton of The HappyGal

by Cathy Trochelman of the Lemon Tree Dwelling 

by Bobby Flay adapted at Natural Noshing

by Katie of Healthy Seasonal Recipes

on Tea at Prim Rose Hill 

by Lara on How Does She?

by Erin Lem on Red Tricycle

by Sally on Sally's Baking Addiction

on Kitchen Simplicity  

by Sally on Sally's Baking Addiction 

on Six Sisters' Stuff

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Sep 9, 2014

All Time Favorite Gadget in my Kitchen

What is my All Time Favorite Gadget in my Kitchen?

My Professional 600 Series mixer in Onyx Black!

Hands down!! That isn't even a hard question in my household. And no one, I mean NO ONE, is allowed to use it but me! It was a mother's day gift about seven years and two kids ago from my sweet husband. I hardly ask for gifts but this was one I wanted.

AND, he got a great deal! He bought it refurbished. Still had a warranty and was in great working order. So, why not take advantage of a little savings and buy a great gift at the same time?! He got a little more than  high-five for that purchase.

KitchenAid Stand Mixers in a Rainbow of Colors

I was considering buying another recently, especially with all the new colors that KitchenAid has come out with.The color possibilities are virtually endless!

But did you know KitchenAid has an Outlet Center? Go to Outlet Center for the best buys in kitchen countertop appliances. Get 10% off with the code "CJOUTLET"

I'm thinking about whipping up some Cherry Limeade Cupcakes this evening to share with the office tomorrow.

What is your All Time Favorite Gadget in your kitchen?

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Feb 12, 2014

Valentine Monsters : Class Party Mailboxes for Boys

Valentine Monsters make great Class Party Mailboxes for Boys

I play clarinet. I sing, but don't ask me to solo. It just isn't happening. (Mom rocks!) I paint. I draw. I'm pretty artsy if you get right down to it. And what did God bless me with? Boys. (Mom Rocks) Not that boys can't paint, draw, play clarinet, etc. But most of the time they just want to wrestle or throw a ball around. Thankfully, I also play softball and soccer and can hold my own. Oh did I forget to mention that MOM ROCKS!

Well after last night, mom rocks even more!! I work full time so doing little things for the boys for school is zero to none most holidays. BUT I found this idea while surfing Pinterest and knew it was the BEST way to enjoy Valentine's Class parties and still my boys, boys. ;)

I can't take credit for this idea, but I sure can make it mine and rock with it!  The idea was from Giggles Galore's post on Tattle Monsters. She also has a post about making the class mailboxes, but i didn't see that until I was writing this post. Oh well. Great minds think alike and I'm too proud of my creation not to share! So here they are while I do my little happy dance. ♪ ♫ ♪ *happy dance* ♫ ♪ ♫

Class party mailboxes for boys by BakingUpChaos

Aren't they the cutest!!!

What did you make for your little men for Valentine's? What do you do to try and keep the "girlie" holidays a little more rough and tumble?

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Feb 11, 2014

5 Amazing Valentine Treat Ideas, plus a bonus!!

5 Amazing Valentine Treat Ideas, plus an Added BONUS!

5 Valentine Treat Ideas

You can certainly tell with the blow up on Pinterest lately that Valentine Treats are of major interest this week! So I decided to share with you some of my FAVORITE treat ideas straight from Pinterest.

Jan 15, 2014

Product Review: Baking Buddies Silicone Baking Cups

It isn't every day that I get a chance to do a product review. But this weekend was one of those lucky times. I was given a set of Baking Buddies Silicone Baking Cups and asked to share my honest opinion about them by Rizzi from The New York Baking Company. What better way to determine my feelings than by comparing them to other similar silicone baking cups, right?

So here is the Battle of the Silicone Baking Cups!!

In the left corner, Baking Buddies Silicone Baking Cups. And in the right corner, generic silicone baking cups from the local grocer.

Here are the similarities. (read more...)
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