M and M bars

I know I have been horribly neglecting this blog for a long time now. Life has just gotten so busy that it has been impossible to keep up with making posts. I have barely been able to bake lately. But school is over and summer is officially here so I now have a lot more time to devote to baking! The past few months I have really started to enjoy making blondies or cookie bars. They are so quick and easy to make that they really work with my recent schedule. This next recipe is no different. M and M bars, they are so simple to make and yet so good. Not only does it take almost no time to make them, but they are so good that they will be gone in almost no time as well. At least that’s how it was in my house.

Click here for the recipe from Fantastic Family Favorites

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Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Now I know that I have already posted something that is lemon poppy-seed, but o well.  Lemon poppy-seed is one of the greatest flavors of baked good!! So I had a craving for something with this flavor and went on a big search for it on pinterest (Have I mentioned my HUGE obsession with pinterest before).  There were so many recipes for a lemon poppy-seed pound cake, so I just choose one at random.  Well luck was obviously on my side because this recipe was so good!!!  The pound cake only lasted one night at my house it was such a hit.  Click here for recipe!  You have been warned this pound cake is so good that just a little slice is not enough, you will probably eat the whole thing in one night!

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Chocolate Birthday Cake

I know it’s been a while since I posted something it has just been a couple of really busy weeks.  I got a new job and am trying to make my final decision on college (the decision needs to be made by next week yikes!!), so I haven’t had much time to bake.  But last weekend was my dad’s birthday so of course I made time to attempt to make a pretty cake.  I went to the store all ready to buy some fondant to decorate it with, when I found the greatest thing.  Sugar Sheets!!!  They are like edible paper that you can punch out designs with and then stick it on the cake.  The best part – no gross fondant is needed, you just stick it on the frosting.  I really don’t like the consistency of fondant on a cake so these were the perfect solution.

For the cake my dad decided he wanted a chocolate cake with a caramel frosting.  I used a chocolate cake recipe from Better Home and Gardens and I used the same caramel frosting I used with my caramel banana cake.  It turned out delicious!

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Carrot cake

This week I finally decided to make something i have been wanting to make for a long time.  Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes out there and I have been wanting to try to make it from scratch.  But something about it seemed like it would be very difficult to make.  Wow was I wrong!!! This recipe I found from the Girl Who Ate Everything, is so easy.  Other than the peeling and grating of the carrots it was extremely quick and easy to make.  The recipe does suggest using whole wheat flour to give it a nutty flavor,  but I just stuck with the simple all-purpose flour.  Plus it is the perfect start to great Easter weekend.  I mean really what says easter more than a carrot cake.

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Suprise Awards!!!

This week I was honored with being awarded three awards for my blog.  Suddenly knowing that there are actually people reading my blog out there was very exciting!!  I was awarded these awards all from the blog Go Bake Yourself.  If you have never visited this blog I highly suggest you do it because it is great!!.  The first award I received was the Sunshine Award!

The rules:

  • Include the award logo in a post or on your blog
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you

Ten Questions

  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Animal: Dog
  • Favorite Number: 9 (don’t ask me why I’m not really sure)
  • Favorite Non alcoholic drink: Sweet Tea
  • Prefer Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
  • My passion: baking of course
  • Prefer getting or giving presents: both
  • Favorite pattern: plaid
  • Favorite Day of the week: Saturday
  • Favorite Flower: Rose

I also received the Versatile Baking Award from Go Bake Yourself.

And here are the rules of this awesome award

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award. 
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.  
  6. In the same post, include this set of rules.
  7. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

So for the seven things about me

  1. I was originally going to name this blog Blonde Baker, but the name was already take.  I eventually found that blog and am now following it.
  2. I used to be a cheerleader, but quit before my final varsity year was over.
  3. I am one of the few people in the world who does not like thin mints.
  4. Even though everything in my blog that I bake is extremely unhealthy, I want to study nutrition in college and then become a nutritionist.
  5. The deadline for deciding where to go to college is basically a month away and I am still completely confused on which school I should pick.
  6. I’ve been to the Galapagos Islands
  7. I am deathly afraid of clowns!

Finally, I was also awarded the ABC of Me Award (aka the awesome blog content award).

The rules are simply to share facts about yourself using each letter of the alphabet before sharing the award along.

Acting- I do theatre

Baking- obviously I bake

Cheerleading- I used to be a cheerleader

Dance- I used to think that I was a good dancer ( I now know this isn’t true)

England- I went to London last summer.

Fish- I used to want to be a marine biologist when I grow up.

Galapagos Islands- I have been there

Horror Movies- Best Genre Ever!!!!

Ice Cream- I love it

Jewelry- LOVE IT

Kind- I would like to think I am

L- my name begins with this letter

Monkeys- I LOVE monkeys

Nutrition- I want to major in this in college

Oreo Ice Cream- Probably my favorite food!

Painting- something I really wish I could do (sadly I’m not artistic at all!)

Quaker Steak and Lube- One of my favorite restaurants

River- The River was one of my favorite shows!

Summer- My favorite season

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Best book ever!

U have no idea how hard this is!!!!

Virgo- My sign

Wedding Crashers- One of my favorite movies

X- rays- Have never gotten one

Yinz- I’m from Pittsburgh

Zoologist- I also considered majoring in this field

“Now I know my ABCs next time won’t you sing with me”

Now I know I cheated on a few but you have no clue how hard that really is.

I would now like to pass all of these awards on to some very deserving bloggers out there:

Congrats to you all!

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Cream Cheese Twix Blondies

So I have been extremely busy!!! So busy that last week as you may have noticed I didn’t even have any time to bake anything and share a recipe.  I was in a play at my school last week, and if any of you are in theatre you know how crazy show week gets.  The last show was last night, so what better to get myself out of this post show funk then to bake up some delicious dessert.

Since the last recipe I shared was so good, I thought I would continue with that theme of candy chocolate chip cookie bars.  This time I took a candy bar that is even better than peppermint patties, twix!!  These blondies are absolutely delicious.  They are gooey and just amazing.  They were just the treat I needed to cheer me up after being done with a great show!

Click here for the recipe from Pip and Ebby.

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A Horrible Artist’s Attempts (and fails) at Fondant

All of those baking shows are very misleading!!!!  They make it seem like it is so easy and that anyone can do it.  Just through the peice of fondant over the cake and it will magically look good.  So because of this my mom and i decided that we should try to take a Wilton Cake Decorating class with fondant.  Let me just tell you it is much more difficult then it looks.  It is very hard to get the fondant to go around the cake perfectly.  Plus fondant just doesn’t taste good!!!  It is just the wrong texture for cake.  And I know that supposively marshmallow fondant is supposed to be much better then store bough fondant, but I have tried to make that and it just turned into an absolute disgusting disaster (even though the recipe said it was super easy.)  So now everytime i try to practice with my fondant skills I have to put a lot of icing on so that I can just peel the fondant off when I go to eat the cake.

Here are some example of my skills after quite a bit of practice (yes I know they are still not very good, but I would like to think that they aren’t too bad).

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