i am baker http://iambaker.net Confections & Creations Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:10:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 vanilla cinnamon chocolate ombre pancakes http://iambaker.net/vanilla-cinnamon-chocolate-ombre-pancakes/ http://iambaker.net/vanilla-cinnamon-chocolate-ombre-pancakes/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:07:02 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45554 Vanilla Cinnamon Chocolate Ombre Pancakes
One of my favorite cakes in my book is the Ombre Cake.  The main reason I love it is because it screams masculine to me, and that is not always easy with a buttercream flower petal covered cake!  I happened to catch a quick glance at it the other day (it’s on my sidebar of... 

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Vanilla Cinnamon Chocolate Ombre Pancakes

One of my favorite cakes in my book is the Ombre Cake.  The main reason I love it is because it screams masculine to me, and that is not always easy with a buttercream flower petal covered cake!  I happened to catch a quick glance at it the other day (it’s on my sidebar of the landing page of the blog) and decided… that needs to be pancakes.

The flavors are a bit different than my original ombre cake, and this is not covered in gobs of frosting, but in my defense it is for breakfast.  I hope you will let my inconsistencies fly!

This was a great opportunity to have my little kids (Audrey and Eddie) in the kitchen helping.  They did great and learned about the difference between cake batter and pancake batter.  Because apparently I make a lot of cakes and this is what they are usually helping with.

My husband and I decided that now is as good of time as any to really start our small kids on consistent chores and “life duties.”  It comes from Proverbs 22:6, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.“.  (NIV) If I want the kids to be knowledgeable and helpful in the kitchen, I really need to model those behaviors.  (Well, the helpful anyway.  I am still working on the ‘knowledgeable’ part!) So instead of my whizzing through meals just to get them done, I am going to slow down and include them in the process.  

 

Note: This is a large recipe and makes at least 36 good sized pancakes.

vanilla cinnamon chocolate ombre pancakes

Ingredients

    Base Batter
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Vanilla Pancakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon Pancakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate Pancakes
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Prepare the 'base batter'.
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl use a fork to combine eggs, milk and oil.
  4. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until just moistened.
  5. Separate mixture into three bowls.
  6. Vanilla Pancake
  7. Add in vanilla and stir until just combined.
  8. Cinnamon Pancakes
  9. Add cinnamon and vanilla to base batter and stir until just combined.
  10. Chocolate Pancakes
  11. Add cocoa, vanilla, 1 tbsp sugar and mini chocolate chips to base batter. Stir until just combined.
  12. Turn oven on to warm and line a cookie sheet with parchment to set completed pancakes on.
  13. Starting with the vanilla batter, prepare pancakes using about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. You should place batter onto a hot (about 300-325 degree) griddle. (baking spray works well if you need to grease the griddle)
  14. When pancakes are done place them on parchment lined cookie sheet and into the oven to warm while completing other batters.
  15. To serve place chocolate chip pancake on plate, then cinnamon, then vanilla. Top with butter and maple syrup and enjoy!
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The kids were skeptical on eating these all together, but I insisted.  Turns out they loved it and demolished the entire recipe. My oldest, Colton, made a point of telling me that I needed to blog these and that I needed to tell everyone that he LOVED them.

While it does take a couple more minutes to prepare, it is definitely worth it!  The flavor combination is fabulous and tastes like a really decadent treat for breakfast!

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october things, and joy http://iambaker.net/october-things-and-joy/ http://iambaker.net/october-things-and-joy/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:41:48 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45534 October Fields
I have a thing for sunrises.  There is something entirely magical and majestic about a kaleidoscope sky growing in intensity and whose light is ablaze against the dark tree skyline. With the water being balmy compared to the air in these cooler fall days, there is an etherial fog that lingers until the sun starts warming.... 

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October Fields

I have a thing for sunrises.  There is something entirely magical and majestic about a kaleidoscope sky growing in intensity and whose light is ablaze against the dark tree skyline.

With the water being balmy compared to the air in these cooler fall days, there is an etherial fog that lingers until the sun starts warming.

Sunrises.  Pink streaked skies. Enveloping morning mists.

There is something to be said about nature and my relationship to God.  It is humbling to see the stunning beauty that is (seemingly) effortlessly created day after day, all to the delight and enchantment of this grateful servant.

As the day progresses and the demand of little people and tasks forces my focus away from Him, I am so thankful for the reminders.

The afternoon sky glowing bright with cyan hues reflecting perfectly against the leafy pond.

Autumn.  One of the things that keeps my heart endeared here, in Minnesota.  I get lost in the colors, the Grand Design.

Indebted to a hard working husband and a generous Savior, I have never known peace and contentment like I do here, on our land and home.

So many things have changed for me in the last 30 days, and all of them being significant life changes.  Those changes that shift a perspective or a alter a view of the way I am.

I have never felt such joy and peace in growth. Life is beautiful, even if it isn’t.

Some of it comes from a desire to change, but most of it comes from a God eager to help me follow His will.

The little things, the small business that keeps a day flowing, they bring contentment.  My puppy Dodger (an actual puppy no more, but his small size allows the description to fly) enjoying the sun in the middle of a dying forest.  He feels it too, I know.  The joy.

With dinner done and kids starting their nighttime routine, the sun makes her way below the tree tops.

That last few minutes of her descent, where every last ray is reaching into the shadows, that is my favorite.

It’s a forgiveness for every falter.  It’s a reminder to seek her out in the morning.

I just have to say, thank you.  Thank you for new friends.  Thank you for one of the most beautiful autumn transitions I can remember in years.  Thank you for loving teachers and mailmen and pastors.  Thank you for family who didn’t choose me, but makes the best of it.  Thank you to my patient and accepting and exceptional  husband.

Thank you for the grace of a Heavenly Father.

Praying (it is my greatest wish) that you too feel the love and joy and peace that only He can give.

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how to organize baby clothes http://iambaker.net/how-to-organize-baby-clothes/ http://iambaker.net/how-to-organize-baby-clothes/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:56:32 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45518 How to Organize Kids Clothes
If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am making some changes.  I am looking to improve the quality of life, to find and live joy, to make my home and my heart a place that people feel welcome. The steps are small, some might even say baby.  So I... 

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How to Organize Kids Clothes

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am making some changes.  I am looking to improve the quality of life, to find and live joy, to make my home and my heart a place that people feel welcome.

The steps are small, some might even say baby.  So I found this post to be appropriate as my first in how to be better organized.  Also, I am NOT naturally an organized person, so I needed the smallest steps possible to make the task do-able.

Baby clothes (or kids clothes in general) I can handle. So here is the low-down.  When I open my kids drawers I want to see this:

That is Olivia’s onesies.  I have folded them and placed them in the drawer so that the folded seam is facing down and the fabric that is facing up clearly identifies what the onesie is.

When you stack clothes on top of each other in the traditional way, you can only see what is on top of the pile.  This will simply not due!  When you have a baby or small child, changing their clothes can be a many-times-throughout-the-day kinda of thing.  Knowing what you are grabbing with one fast glance is essential.

For Olivia’s drawer specifically I have shirts on the left, short sleeved onesies in the center, then long sleeved onesies on the right.  Sometimes I organize by color, most of the time not.  Truth is they are used so quickly there is not much point in taking the time to organize by color.  But!  I do like to keep the white onesies together as they can be used alone or under other outfits.

I will show you how I fold a long sleeve onesies but you can fold it in any way you are comfortable with, you just need to place it in the drawer in a way that shows the color/pattern.

Disclaimer: When I am folding I do it completely in the air and use my body to help with sleeves and such.  Just lay the onesie on your chest then fold the sleeves over, fold the bottom up and tuck in the drawer.  Maybe 10 seconds from beginning to end.

Step 1: Lay onesie flat on ground with the back of the garment facing up.

Step 2: Fold in the right edge about 1/2 inch, then fold the sleeve down over.

Step 3: Repeat with left side.

Step 4: Fold the bottom up then fold completely in half.

You should now have the perfectly folded onesie!  Make a stack of them then tuck it into the drawer.

I do the exact same process for pants and sweaters.

For matching outfits I will try to keep the shirt and pants together in the drawer.  I find that separating the shirts from the pants (for babies specifically) is quite a bit of added work when I am trying to get an outfit together.  Especially if baby is laying on the changing table at the time!

It’s all about efficiency!

The drawer right under the changing pad is wipes and creams, then socks, then bathing suits and diaper covers.

All of the remaining clothes fill in the rest of the drawers.

I have used this method since my first baby and it really works!

However, one thing I have learned over the years is that laundry is a really personal subject. People do things a certain way and tend to stick to those methods. (myself included) This just happens to be what works the best for me!

In case you may be wondering, I got this dresser at Goodwill for $5 and my husband spray painted it pink.

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peanut butter chocolate chip coffee cake http://iambaker.net/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-coffee-cake/ http://iambaker.net/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-coffee-cake/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:00:27 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45482 Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting!
This is one of those cakes that I inevitably end up having for breakfast but that should never be served for breakfast.  It is a full on honest-to-goodness cake with sugar and butter and decadent frosting. But it has coffee in it.  So I make it in the morning loving that I have a very... 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting!

This is one of those cakes that I inevitably end up having for breakfast but that should never be served for breakfast.  It is a full on honest-to-goodness cake with sugar and butter and decadent frosting.

But it has coffee in it.  So I make it in the morning loving that I have a very good reason to brew myself another cup.

I am an adult and can totally do that ok?!  Just don’t tell my mom, she would kill me!

So why coffee in a peanut butter cake? Because instead of adding regular old chocolate chips, I prefer to use good quality chopped chocolate. (For this one I used Scharffen Berger 62% Semi-Sweet.)  And we all know that coffee amplifies the flavor of chocolate!

When you chop chocolate as poorly as I do with a huge Chefs Knife (a Chef I am not, I just like to use their cool stuff), there is inevitably a tablespoon or two of smaller, fine crumbles as well as chocolate dust.  I absolutely love that in this cake and love that every single bite is infused with the beautiful rich chocolate.

But then I kick it up a notch and add coffee.  Not just any coffee, but strong coffee.  And not with any ole machine, but with the brand new Keurig 2.0.

The Keurig’s are more like a computer now; highly intelligent and full of brilliant options I didn’t know I wanted but can now not possibly live without.

Like the STRONG button.  I use it every single time even when I am not technically supposed to.  Which I weird I even think that I am technically supposed to drink coffee a certain way and then go so far as to make myself feel guilty for not adhering the the imaginary guidelines I have set in place.

In summary (where is that cake recipe???), not only is Keurig my go-to coffee maker for amazing coffee, hot chocolate and a variety of other drinks, it is my go-to machine in Baking.  And if you like coffee and try this cake or my Perfect Chocolate Cake with the “strong” coffee, you will be as hooked as I am.

It’s a game changer baby.

I decided to make a simple glaze to combat the rich chocolate flavor of the cake.  Well, it was supposed to be simple.  It was supposed to drizzle.  But I skimmed the recipe (bad baker!) and instead of 2/3 cup added 2-3 cups.

So thick and creamy ruled the day and not soft drizzles.  Just be sure if you make it you try the soft drizzles first ok?  The warm glaze seeps into every nook and cranny of the cake and adds the amazing moisture and flavor that makes me long to just eat it directly on my treadmill so I can do it without guilt.  Well, when the treadmill is on that is.  You know, being used for exercise purposes.  Like it is intended to be used.  #whatever

peanut butter chocolate chip coffee cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons coffee
  • 1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, the baking powder, and a pinch of salt.
  2. In a separate bowl with a handheld mixer cream together the brown sugar, the peanut butter, and the butter.
  3. Beat in the egg, vanilla and the coffee.
  4. Add in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beating well after each addition, and gently stir in 1/2 cup of the chopped chocolate.
  5. Pour batter into a prepared 8-inch round cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 28-34 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool slightly then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. If you are adding peanut butter glaze, turn the cake out directly onto a cake stand and add glaze while cake is still slightly warm.
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Adapted from Cooking Channel.  Click here for Peanut Butter Glaze recipe.

My favorite way to eat this cake is warm and for breakfast.  Do not be like me.  You make yours in the afternoon and enjoy it for dessert as it was meant to be.

If you do end up with any extra glaze, be sure to save it.  It goes great on everything!

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frosting http://iambaker.net/frosting/ http://iambaker.net/frosting/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:00:04 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45473 Morning Frost
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Morning Frost

When your sweet bright eyed 5 year old girl

wakes up early,

looks up at you innocently,

and asks,

“Mommy?”

“Is it frosting outside?”

And all you can think is,

I need to head to CVS.

They have a great coupon on sugar right now.

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pumpkin spice puppy chow http://iambaker.net/pumpkin-spice-puppy-chow/ http://iambaker.net/pumpkin-spice-puppy-chow/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:00:48 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45465 Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow!
I love puppy chow.  Muddy buddy’s.  Chum.  Trash.  It has a different name for every area of the country it seems.  Here in Minnesota it is puppy chow.  And it is DElicious. And easy.  Four ingredients. Ten minutes. And you are in white chocolate covered Chex Mix® heaven. Print pumpkin spice puppy chow Ingredients1 box Cinnamon... 

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Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow!

I love puppy chow.  Muddy buddy’s.  Chum.  Trash.  It has a different name for every area of the country it seems.  Here in Minnesota it is puppy chow.  And it is DElicious.

And easy.  Four ingredients.

Ten minutes.

And you are in white chocolate covered Chex Mix® heaven.

pumpkin spice puppy chow

Ingredients

  • 1 box Cinnamon Chex® cereal (13.5 ounce)
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Carefully melt white chocolate in microwave. I started at 1 minute, removed and stirred, then heated again in 10 second increments until completely melted.
  2. Add pumpkin spice to melted chocolate and stir well.
  3. Place cereal into bowl; pour white chocolate mixture over cereal. Stir until well coated.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large resealable plastic food bag and add powdered sugar. Seal bag tightly. Shake bag until powdered sugar evenly coats cereal.
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We were all addicted to it of course, and could not stop eating it and it was all gone in a very very short period of time that I am not able to disclose mainly because its so embarrassing. #butworthit

Try it. You’ll like it. Promise.

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pumpkin french toast http://iambaker.net/pumpkin-french-toast/ http://iambaker.net/pumpkin-french-toast/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:15:18 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45456 Pumpkin French Toast
In all the times I have made this fabulous version of french toast, I have never once made it for breakfast.  My kids adore it (and all the pumpkin treats that fall brings) but they always seem to request it for dinner. Which is fine with me! My husband’s brother shared some freshly made maple syrup and that... 

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Pumpkin French Toast

In all the times I have made this fabulous version of french toast, I have never once made it for breakfast.  My kids adore it (and all the pumpkin treats that fall brings) but they always seem to request it for dinner.

Which is fine with me!

My husband’s brother shared some freshly made maple syrup and that is what we used on the french toast.  If you can ever splurge and use real maple syrup (no high fructose corn syrup allowed) I recommend it.

I also use a 12 grain bread in this recipe.  The main reason being that it is what we prefer to keep in the house.  But I also like how well it stands up to the pumpkin seasoning and that the small grains add some texture to the egg soaked bread.

pumpkin french toast

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 eggs
  • 16-20 pieces bread

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin and pie spice until smooth.
  2. Dip each side of the bread and cook on a hot, greased griddle or skillet. I have mine set to 300 degrees F.
  3. Flip the bread over after approximately 2 minutes.
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Adapted from 5 Dollar Dinners.

If you prefer you can use all whole milk or even skim milk.  After we started drinking raw milk a few years ago, I feel like I am drinking water when I drink skim.  That is totally a matter of preference and you are welcome to make an adjustment that fits your likes.

We are a “one loaf” family, meaning that we can can easily polish off an entire loaf in one meal.  This recipe is designed to accommodate that!  If you need to halve the recipe it can be done with success.

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spumoni cake http://iambaker.net/spumoni-cake/ http://iambaker.net/spumoni-cake/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:01:56 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45430 Spumoni Rosette Cake!
Kinda.  I mean, in all honesty this cake was inspired from some ice cream I saw at the grocery store.  But when I saw it the first thing I thought was… Neapolitan Cake.  I need to make this “spumoni” into my Neapolitan Cake! So I did.  I mean, kinda.  I got the colors right… but... 

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Spumoni Rosette Cake!

Kinda.  I mean, in all honesty this cake was inspired from some ice cream I saw at the grocery store.  But when I saw it the first thing I thought was… Neapolitan Cake.  I need to make this “spumoni” into my Neapolitan Cake!

So I did.  I mean, kinda.  I got the colors right… but I think that’s about it.  The ice cream container says that it is chocolate, pistachio and amaretto ice cream with mixed fruit.

I made a chocolate, pistachio and cherry almond cake.  So it’s basically the same thing, right?

My saving grace of this dessert is the flavor.  Everything works so amazingly well together.

To make this cake I baked two separate cakes, one is the “white” cake and I will share the recipe below.  The other is the Best Chocolate Cake.  I prepared the chocolate cake as directed and had 2 layers in 8-inch round cake pans.  One layer is used in the spumoni cake, the other layer I snacked on for 2 days.  But you should freeze yours for a later date.

I then made up a small batch of cherry buttercream, of chocolate buttercream, and of pistachio buttercream.  I recommend printing off each of those recipes if you want to make this cake.

I have a post on how to make the rosettes here, and a video showing how to make the Rose Cake here.

Ok!  Now for recipes.

As I mentioned, click here for the chocolate cake.  You will use one layer for this Spumoni cake.

spumoni cake

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Cherry Cake
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Pistachio Cake
  • 1 package pistachio pudding (3.4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer cream butter.
  3. Add in egg whites, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
  4. Add 1/3 cup milk at a time, alternating with dry ingredients.
  5. Remove bowl from mixer and halve the batter. It is approximately 4 cups of batter, so remove about 2 cups and place in a bowl.
  6. Cherry Almond Cake
  7. To the batter left in the stand mixer add finely chopped cherries, cherry juice and almond extract. Mix by hand until fully incorporated. Pour into prepared 8-inch round cake pan and bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes.
  8. Pistachio Cake
  9. For the 2 cups of batter in the separate bowl, add in pistachio pudding mix and vanilla. Stir by hand until fully incorporated. Pour into a prepared 8-inch round cake pan and bake for 22-26 minutes.
  10. My pistachio cake needed to bake for a bit longer than the cherry cake, but you can certainly bake them at the same time and just remove the cherry one first.
  11. Prepare chocolate cake. (recipe linked to above) Bake as directed when the other cakes are done.
  12. Allow all cakes to cool for about 5 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack.
  13. Prepare chocolate, cherry and pistachio buttercream. (recipes linked to above) Place buttercreams each into a pastry bag fitted with an open star tip.
  14. Once chocolate cake is cooled, level the chocolate cake, the cherry cake and the pistachio cake to the same height.
  15. To assemble cake, place chocolate cake on cake stand and cover in about 1/2 cup of chocolate buttercream. Place cherry cake on top of chocolate and cover in cherry buttercream. Place pistachio cake on top of cherry. (I did not do a crumb coat.)
  16. Starting at the bottom and with chocolate buttercream, cover bottom layer with rosettes. (video and picture tutorial linked to above). Next do a row of cherry buttercream rosettes. Next a row of pistachio buttercream rosettes. The entire sides of the cake should be covered.
  17. Finish covering the top with pistachio rosettes and chill until ready to serve.
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There are definitely a lot of steps in this cake.  I have made it both from scratch and with cake mix, and while the cake mix is faster, it was not as flavorful.  However, it will definitely work in a pinch!

This cake is absolutely perfect for anyone looking for something a little different.  The flavors are unique and (as I mentioned already, I just can’t stop) work so well together.

It was worth all the work!

And it’s kind pretty if I don’t say so myself.  I know there were a lot of recipe’s and steps and directions in there, but if you have any questions please do feel free to ask!  I am happy to walk you through it.

Like this cake?  You should check out my new book Surprise-Inside Cakes!

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cookbook heaven (HUGE giveaway!) http://iambaker.net/cookbook-heaven-huge-giveaway/ http://iambaker.net/cookbook-heaven-huge-giveaway/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:00:32 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45425 Kitchen Aid Mixer
Want to win a Kitchen Aid and ALL the blogger cookbooks seen here? Well, you’ve come to the right place today. There will be 13 winners for this amazing giveaway. Yes, lucky 13! ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win a KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer in their choice of color (see color options... 

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Kitchen Aid Mixer

Want to win a Kitchen Aid and ALL the blogger cookbooks seen here? Well, you’ve come to the right place today.

There will be 13 winners for this amazing giveaway. Yes, lucky 13!

ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win a KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer in their choice of color (see color options here) AND one of each of the following cookbooks:

and…

TWELVE (12) ADDITIONAL WINNERS will win one of the cookbooks listed above. (Cookbook will be assigned randomly, winner does not get to choose.)

That’s over $570 in prizes for the grand prize winner!

Giveaway specifics: please enter using the rafflecopter form below. Please be patient, sometimes the form takes a moment to load. Open to U.S. residents only, must be 18 years or older to enter. Please see full and complete rules in the rafflecopter form.
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The Song http://iambaker.net/the-song/ http://iambaker.net/the-song/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 01:29:49 +0000 http://iambaker.net/?p=45401 The Song
I did something today I rarely do, if ever. I went to a movie, alone. As a matter of fact, it is the first time I have ever done that. I think it was something that I was scared of in my youth, before kids and before any semblance of maturity set in. Back then... 

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The Song

I did something today I rarely do, if ever.

I went to a movie, alone. As a matter of fact, it is the first time I have ever done that. I think it was something that I was scared of in my youth, before kids and before any semblance of maturity set in. Back then I didn’t want to be seen alone for fear others would judge me. Now, I willingly paid someone to come to my home and spend time with my children JUST SO I could be seen alone.

My how things have changed.

After a particularly rocky week (more on that if I can find a way to share without disrespecting a precious relationship) I just knew I needed to make some time for myself. Shopping was out, (wether it be grocery or anything else, just… no.) as was working.

I had one requirement for my self imposed “time-out”. It had to be for my soul. It had to be something that would leave me better off than before.

I saw an ad for a movie called ‘The Song’. It is based on the Song of Solomon. Probably my least read book of the Bible, with the exception of Numbers. Intimacy is not an easy subject for me.  But then again, either is math.

But it looked like something based on God’s word and with passion and meaning and everything I needed to help me mentally disconnect… but yet stay present in honoring Him. If that makes sense? Probably not, but the words to express it differently fail me.

I walked into this movie loving it before I had seen it. The trailer (preview) had me sold, and that fact that it was Christian based-yet produced so beautifully-was another big plus.

I loved the first 45 minutes of it. Every look and word and plot twist. Never have I felt so content and happy with my conscious choice to be away from my family. This fantastic movie was so worth it!

Then I got uncomfortable. Then sad. Then angry. There were moments I had to look away it was so raw and painful.

And then, peace. Not wrapped-in-a-pretty-bow kind of peace… just acceptance of the way things were playing out.

There are quite a few moments that stay with you, that linger in your thoughts and play out over and over again. It’s interesting, because as much as I love the theme of the movie (it being based on The Song of Solomen) there were other take-aways for me.

At one point in the movie Rose asks Jed, “If you could ask God for anything, and you knew He would say yes, what would it be?”

This is such a great question! I have answered it differently 10 different times and each time was left with the same realization… just do it. Just ask yourself. And then… ask Him.

There is another point where Rose asked Jed (a musician), “Do you need more money?  More fans?” I was taken aback when I heard it, because the context and perspective was different than my circumstances, but it was so easy to make the transition. As a blogger, the readers are sometimes referred to as “fans”. Here I was sitting in the movie theater asking myself… do I need more readers? Or am I content with the friendships and relationships that have already developed. Am I content with writing and sharing just as an honest expression of my life, even if no one ever reads it? Am I doing this job for the right reasons?

Most of the time I think so.

This is a fantastic movie. A roller coaster of emotion for sure, but when you have the hope of Jesus in your heart, it’s easy to find the happy ending.

Highly recommend!

Oh, and be sure to stay until after the credits for s special treat.  :)

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