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Jun. 13, 2010 10:20 am 
Updated: Jul. 22, 2010 3:50 am
Several people have asked for a step-by-step of the Topsy Turvy or Mad Hatter Cake I baked for my son's 13th birthday. I'll give my version, then add a couple of links I used to help me get started.   I started by baking 6 layers and yes, I used box mixes. MORE
The cake that nearly did me in!
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Jun. 7, 2010 8:02 pm 
Updated: May 24, 2011 5:56 pm
I am NOT the first person to blog about these cupcakes. But since I took pictures of the entire process, I'm doing it anyway. I first saw these in the book Hello, Cupcake. I made these cupcakes as a last day/birthday treat  for my second graders. I had a terrific bunch of kids this… MORE
Butterfly Cupcakes from "Hello, Cupcake"
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Second Grade Butterfly Release
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Just Hangin' Around -sometimes they don't fly right away
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Apr. 5, 2010 7:39 pm 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2010 9:24 am
  Any recipe worth making twice in 8 days is worth blogging.             This is the case with Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.           Move over Red Betty: This is a job for Great White!… MORE
The First Batch
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Apr. 1, 2010 8:18 pm 
Updated: Apr. 4, 2010 2:31 am
I have three boys. Needless to say, I don't have any hair to braid around here. So I decided to braid some bread instead.   Besides, I've been intrigued with these types of baked goods, so I had to do it out of curiosity.   I started with the Braided Easter Egg Bread recipe, but… MORE
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Mar. 11, 2010 7:32 pm 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2010 6:16 am
I love lemon. There, I said it. I prefer it to chocolate and most other flavors out there. My family, however, is strictly chocolate and vanilla. I recently volunteered to bake a dessert for a fundraising luncheon for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. As I tried to think of what to bake, I… MORE
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So tasty!
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Luscious Lemon Cake
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Jan. 11, 2010 12:40 pm 
Updated: Nov. 10, 2013 4:38 pm
   For those of you  who have been asking about the snowman cookies, I only WISH I could take the credit for the idea.   It's from Stacey's Sweet Shop. Stacey wrote a four-part blog showing how it's done, and I followed it to the letter.   Here are my pictures… MORE
Melted Snowman Cookies
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Jan. 10, 2010 2:03 pm 
Updated: Jan. 17, 2010 3:07 pm
What kind of cakes do you bake for a kid who wants to go to culinary school and ultimately own his own pizza joint? A chef's hat and a pizza, of course!The first step was baking the cakes. I used Chocolate Fudge Pound Cake and made 2 8" and one 9" layers. I glued the 8" layers together with… MORE
The Chef's Hat Cake I love marshmallow fondant!
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The Pizza Cake
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Dec. 4, 2009 12:40 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2010 11:48 am
To reward my students for meeting their monthly reading goals, I throw a party each month. It involves lunch in the classroom with a video and a homemade treat. November's reward party was held on December 3. I decided to go with a holiday themed treat. I picked Reindeer Cupcakes. I surfed… MORE
Rudy and Friends
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Nov. 7, 2009 9:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2009 6:17 am
Now that we are able to share our unpublished recipes, I thought I'd blog one of the simplest. I got tired of buying seasoned bread crumbs - seems I'm always needing them for a recipe (I fry far too often). I've always tossed dry bread into the food processor to make plain bread crumbs.… MORE
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Sep. 15, 2009 7:49 pm 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2009 8:20 pm
I decided to branch out yet again. In past years I only worked with tomatoes when I canned - salsa and spaghetti sauce were the only items I canned. Well, this year the blight fairy cast a spell upon my tomatoes. :(   I lost about half my crop. The peppers were unaffected. MORE
Pretty Peppers
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About Me
I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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