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Tuesdays With Dorie: Baking Powder Biscuits August 19, 2014

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IMG_4710This weeks recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie is the Baking Powder Biscuits which are located on pages 211-212 in Baking With Julia.  Like any biscuit recipe the key is COLD ingredients and light hands aka do not over handle the dough. You want flakes of fat in the dough and you do not want it to melt. So the least amount of time you handle the dough the best.  I ended up making this recipe Vegan because it was VERY easy to do and I am gearing up for Vegan Month of Food (VeganMoFo) in September.  I had some Almond Milk on hand so I just substituted that for the milk and the recipe was already using vegetable shortening.

The recipe is suppose to make 14 two-inch biscuits.  Well I like a BIG biscuit so it only made 6 for me.  They turned out great. I ended up splitting them in half and loading them up with a vegan chicken patty for my very own version of a chicken biscuit.  They were very yummy.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Danish Braid October 15, 2013

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie is the Danish Braid, which is located on page 205.

I am going to make this short and sweet and update the post tomorrow about my impressions on making the braid and the flavor.

FYI it is yummy

Here is the Danish Braid with raspberry jam and vanilla cream filling.


Here is the Danish Braid with raspberry jam and almond filling.



Never Forget <3 32 April 16, 2012

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It has been 5 years, and I will never forget.
I love you and I miss you every day Stack. I wish you could have met my little girl, but I know you are looking down on us and laughing at all the crazy stuff she does.


Pictures taken before the memorial was complete.


New Addition is Finally Here June 19, 2011

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The reason for my absence in the Daring Cooks’ June Challenge (which I actually did) and Tuesdays With Dorie (was actually going to make this Monday).

So, I thought I had maybe a week left until my little nugget made her way into this world, but she surprised us and came a little early at 37 wks 5 days.

M made her way into this world on Monday. She was 7 lbs 14 oz and 20.5 inches long


Merry Christmas!!!! December 25, 2010

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Can you guess what this picture is trying to tell you?


Happy 31st Anniversary Mom and Dad July 28, 2010

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Happy 50th Anniversary Nanny and PaPa July 26, 2010

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This is what I was doing the past week.

We had a surprise 50th Anniversary Celebration for my Nanny and PaPa and I was hired to make the cakes and deliver them (1 hr away).

Everything came together pretty well, and I only had a few problems.  My major one being procrastination.  I ended up having to work a closing shift the night before the party.  I got home at 11pm and then stayed up until 530am finishing the gumpaste roses, crumb coating 2 cakes, and then finishing one cake.  It wasn’t too bad.  I sleep for 6 hours and then got up and covered two cakes in fondant.  The fondant was being a little bit of a jerk, so it wasn’t as smooth as I wanted it.  I figure I might just not use that medium anymore since I can ice a cake more evenly and with less lumps 🙂

The other random incidents that happened are the night before, on my way to work, my drivers side window decided to die and not want to roll up.  I could literally hear the parts breaking and falling off into the door while I was driving to work.  I ended up getting to work, finding a roll of packing tape and taping my window up until I could get it fixed (which happens to be today).  Then while packing the cakes up on Saturday we realized that the bottom tier of the cake was too big to fit into the cooler.  By that time, nothing was really bothering me so we just pack some ice bags in the box with the cake, and then drove an hour in the heat with a broken window.

Everything workout in the end, no cake tragedies.

However, I did get a kick out of my husband driving my car up to the toll plaza and having to open the door to pay the toll 🙂

All it all everything was great.  My Nanny and PaPa were very surprised with the 56 people that showed up to celebrate with them, and they loved their cakes.  PaPa ended up taking his whole cake home with him and the rest of the cake was sliced and given to guests to take home.

With that….Happy 50th Anniversary Nanny and PaPa!!!!!