Gifts for the Baker

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It’s hard to believe that there are less than 13 weeks before Christmas! If you’re anything like me, those words just hiked up your blood pressure a few, and induced a slight surge of panic throughout your body.

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Although this is my favorite time of year, I’ve learned that getting organized and starting early, reduces the stress of the hustle and bustle, allowing time to actually enjoy the holiday season.


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The most time consuming thing to me, is gift giving. I don’t like to give someone a gift just because I feel obligated. I give them a gift because I want to, because that person means something to me. The whole it’s the thought that counts theory really comes into play here. I want to give someone a gift that shows I’m thinking of them personally. And frankly, if I start thinking about ideas two weeks before Christmas, everyone on my list would get a Leg Lamp…not that there’s anything wrong with that. ūüėČ


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So, for those that want to plan early, I’m starting Gift Ideas early.¬†Suggestions for the Bakers, Readers, Mystery Lovers, Foodies, Writers,Chocoholics, Hims & Hers, and everyone else on your list.

 

A note about the suggested items:

The lists have been created based on my opinion. (Basically, all these items would be on my Wish List). ¬†*Please note, I’m not affiliated with any of these companies or products. Ive included a link for purchase with each item for your convenience only. If interested in the product, I suggest researching the product for more details and price comparison.

GIFTS FOR THE BAKER

Personalized Recipe Box

What baker wouldn’t enjoy a personalized box to store their treasured recipes?

Get it here

 

Baker Charm Bracelet

With so many charms to choose from, it makes an adorable, personal gift.

Get it here

 

Nibble Cake Testing Pan

Want to taste a cake before serving it to your guests? This pan comes with a silicone cupcake holder, just the right size for sampling.

Get it here

 

Wilton Trim n’ Turn Rotating Cake Stand

If you’ve ever piped a cake before, then you will understand the luxury of having a stand capable of rotating while you work your way around the cake.

Get it here

Personal Pie Maker

YUM! Need I say more?

Get it here

 

Macaron Kit

This helpful kit adds ease to the macaron-making experience. Use the molding tray to maintain size consistency.

Get it here

 

Stainless Steel Layer Cake Slicer

Slicing a cake blindly often results in uneven layers. This tool keeps everything stacked up nicely.

Get it here

 

 

MarxHoushold Adjustable 9"-12" Stainless Steel Layer Cake Slicer Kit Mousse Mould Slicing Cake

 

Black Marble Pastry Board

Great work area for dough and pastries. Keep mess contained to one area, while keeping work space cool for more workable dough.

Get it here

 

Creme Brulée Torch Set

Perfect for quick torching of sugar, marshmallows, and meringues.

Get it here

 

Kitchen Scale

Baking is a science. So accurate measurements mean better baking results.

Get it here

 

Custom Cookie Message Cutter

Turn any cookie into a sweet note.

Get it here

 

Personalized Tablet and Cookbook Stand

An essential tool for the baker’s kitchen. Read recipes with ease, while keeping your favorite cookbook clean.

Get it here

Custom Engraved Rolling Pin

Roll out your dough with a personal flair.

Get it here

 

What do you think?

If you’re a baker, would you like any of these gifts?¬†

What’s your favorite?

Stacking up the Perfect Pancake Day!

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I’m not an everyday pancake kind of gal. Mainly because pancakes to me are so much more than butter and syrup. If I’m going to go that far with calories, then I’m going to do it up right. 

That means Chocolate

Whipped Cream

The works. And, lots of it.

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Today is Pancake Day.

And we’re celebrating ALL day long!

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Breakfast

Nutella Espresso Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Recipe here by Two Red Bowls

 

Lunch

Oreo Pancakes

Recipe here by Spoon University

 

Snack

Ice Cream Sandwich Pancake

Recipe here by Chocolate Covered Katie

 

Dinner

Chocolate Raspberry Pancakes

Recipe here by Handle the Heat

And…Dessert

German Chocolate Pancake Cake

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How do you top your pancakes? Please share in the comment section below!ūüėä

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13 Chocolate Candy Apples for Halloween

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An Apple a day sounds just about perfect…when it’s smothered in sweet buttery caramel and rich thick chocolate.

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One bite and all your dreams will come true.¬†…no, seriously. (giphy)

 

 

13 Chocolate Candy Apples for Fall

 

Peanut Butter Caramel Apples

Recipe here by About Food


Samoa Chocolate Coconut Caramel Apples

Recipe here by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


Chocolate Caramel Mummy Apples

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S’more Chocolate Apples

Recipe here by Chocoley


Sweet & Salty Boubon Cinnamon Pecan Caramel Apples with Chocolate Drizzle

Recipe here by Half Baked Harvest


Dark Belgian Chocolate Peppermint Apples

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Apple Pie White Chocolate Apple

Recipe here by Cooking of Joy


Chocolate Caramel Apple Cauldrons

Recipe here by Hungry Happenings


English Toffee Chocolate Caramel Apples

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Black Forest Apples with Toasted Almonds and Cherries

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Rocky Road Walnut, Marshmallow, Belgian Chocolate Caramel Apples

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Scary White Chocolate Apples

Recipe here by Wonky Wonderful


Candy Corn Chocolate Apple

Recipe here by The Partiologist 

Halloween Pumpkin Chocolate Apples

Recipe here by Sweet Dreams

13 Chocolate Cookies for Halloween

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I LOVE Halloween! Maybe it’s the tricks, maybe it’s the treats…okay, it’s definitely the treats! 

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Today we’re cooking up a Spooktacular collection of deliciously adorable, party-worthy chocolate cookies.


13 Halloween Chocolate Cookies

Nutter Butter Chocolate Dipped Bat Cookies

Recipe here by Sweet Simple Stuff

 

Double Chocolate Monster Cookies

Recipe here by Bakers Royale



Spooky Spider Cookies

 

Recipe here by Life is Poppin 


Candy-Filled Chocolate Cauldron Cookies

 

Recipe here by Hungry Happenings 


Halloween Roll-Out Brownie Sandwich Cookies

 

Recipe here by The Spiffy Cookie


Halloween Chocolate Wicked Witch Hat Cookies

 

Recipe here by KQED


Chocolate Skeleton Cookies (use Gingerbread Man cookie cutter)

 

Recipe here by The Simple Sweet Life


Chocolate Black Cat Cookies

 

Recipe here by Cat Crafter


Melted Witch Cookies

 

Recipe here by Chelsea’s Messy Apron


Spider Halloween Cookies 

 

Recipe here by Skinny Not Skinny



Owl Cookies

 

Recipe here by Domestic Rebel



Oreo Eyeball Cookies 

 

Recipe here by Cincy Shopper


Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Spider Web Cookies

 

Recipe here by Goodies by Anna

 

13 Chocolate & Pumpkin Recipes

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Are you Ready for some Pumpkin?

13 Recipes You’ll Want to Try This Fall ¬†


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Roll

Recipe here by The Bitter Side of Sweet

 

 

Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake 

Recipe¬†here¬†by Uncle Jerry’s Kitchen¬†


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Scones

 

Recipe here by Baker by Nature 


Pumpkin Doughnut Bites with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

 

Recipe here by Aninas 


Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Bread

 

Recipe¬†here¬†by Sweet Anna’s


Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Spiced Brown Butter Frosting 

 

Recipe here by Love and Duck Fat



Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcake

 

Recipe here by The First Year Blog


Creme Brulée Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

 

Recipe here by Handle the Heat



Pumpkin Chocolate Bars (Gluten-free, Paleo)

 

Recipe here by My Whole Food Life


Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake

 

Recipe here by Averie Cooks

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Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles

 

Recipe here by Delish


Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

 

Recipe here by I am Baker



Pumpkin, Chocolate, and Brie Grilled Cheese

 

Recipe here by Two Peas and Their Pod

Have a Pumpkin & Chocolate Recipe?

Please share at our Recipe Exchange!

Quiz: Willy Wonka

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How well do you know the 1971 Willy Wonka film?  As a kid, I would go into a sugar-coma just watching the movie.

In the highlight of this classic, Willy Wonka, (Gene Wilder), invites his guests into the Chocolate Room, explaining that everything in the delicious space was edible. And my childhood taste-buds believed every word of it.

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But, how many of the movie props were actually real?

Take the Quiz to find out!

Willy Wonka’s Infamous Chocolate River

Real or Fake?

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Willy Wonka Chocolate Bars

Real or Fake?

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Lollipops

Real or Fake?

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Rocks

Real or Fake?

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Wonkatania Steered Boat

Real or Fake?

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Wonka-mobile: Whipped Cream

Real or Fake?

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Gigantic Gummy Bears

Real or Fake?

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Teacup

Real or Fake?

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Veruca, Julie Dawn Cole, was a chocoholic in real life. She created the line, 

I want it now.”

Real or Fake?

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Lick-able Wallpaper

Real or Fake?

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Checkout more Willy Wonka trivia here.

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5 Binge-Worthy Whodunit Television Series

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I’m always on the lookout for a captivating mystery television series. I’ve certainly watched my fair share of Thrillers, Police Procedural, Detective mystery, and Crime Investigation shows.

But, my all time favorite mystery genre:  A-keep-you-guessing-till-the-last-moment Whodunnit.

If you’re a fan of mystery television, then you know that many shows are formula based. Although entertaining, you know what to expect. But, the following whodunnits, break the mold. They draw you in, and won’t let you go until you’ve watched every single episode. And even then, you’re left wanting more.


 

And Then There Were None 

(2-part series)

A remake made for television, based on Agatha Christie’s novel. You can’t beat the classic!

As the world teeters on the brink of World War II, 10 strangers are invited to isolated Soldier Island. Among them are young secretary Vera Claythorne (Maeve Dermody, Serangoon Road), soldier Philip Lombard (Aidan Turner, Poldark), General John MacArther (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park), spinster Emily Brent (Miranda Richardson, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and Justice Lawrence Wargrave. ~Amazon 

 

Broadchurch

Two detectives – the strong yet compassionate Detective Sergeant, Ellie Miller, and the by-the-book Detective Inspector, Alec Hardy – are brought together to solve the murder of an eleven year-old boy on a picturesque beach in a small coastal town. Under the glare of the media spotlight, the two race to find the killer, while the clock ticks and the mystery deepens. As seen on BBC America, this critically acclaimed crime series stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” Harry Potter) and Olivia Colman (The Iron Lady, Cuban Fury). ~Amazon


Harper’s Island

This one gets a bit more gruesome then the others on the list, but oh so suspenseful!

A small group of family and friends gathers on a secluded island to attend a weeklong wedding celebration…but the island’s history as the location of a mass killing threatens the joyous event and sets the stage for a new mystery. ~Amazon

 

Secrets and Lies

 The role of the relentless detective, (Juliette Lewis), keeps suspects on their toes.

A taut psychological thriller; a nerve wracking plunge behind the curtains of suburbia. Ben is an everyday family man who find the body of a four year old boy, and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. As his world splits apart, Ben finds himself with no choice but to clear his name.~Amazon 

 


American Gothic 

A modern whodunnit. Everyone is a victim. Everyone is a suspect. Love it!

American Gothic centers on a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders.~Amazon 


 

Have you watched any of these shows? If so, I’d enjoy your feedback.

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Have a Whodunnit Mystery show to add to the list?

I’d love to hear from you! ‚̧ԳŹ