How to make an oatmeal raisin cookie cake

Happy February!

Normally I wouldn’t be so thrilled about February, but it seems like January was SO. LONG. It didn’t help that I was sick most of the month (yes, month), and was mostly confined to the couch. Despite that, I did manage to keep baking! There are four people with birthdays in the span of two weeks in January, so I had to keep up 😊 Unfortunately between that and being crazy busy at work, I haven’t kept up with blogging like I’d like.

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Baking season is over – but not for me!

Hope you had a fantastic Christmas 🙂

I had to go back to work Tuesday, which I was initially dreading, but I’m realizing I actually relish routine. I feel a little out of sorts without a schedule and I’m looking forward to getting back to my usual workout routine.

I wasn’t completely horrible about eating this month, but I definitely let myself indulge more than usual. It’s hard not to when you’re surrounded by so much delicious food! So as “baking season” comes to a close, I’m keeping my baking challenge going but with a lot more self-control 😉

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Five baking tips from my day of baking fails

I woke up this morning feeling inspired to write after a conversation I had with my friend Kristen, who reminded me to not let the struggle of doing something new or challenging get you down.

The other day I made a cake that failed on so many levels I didn’t even write about it. But after a few days to let my frustration pass, I have a new mindset on it, and I’m going to take what I learned as baking notes and pass some tips (and laughs) on to you!

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How to make lemon Madeira cake

Week one! First recipe: Madeira cake.

I had never even heard of this before seeing it on Bake Off, but Madeira cake is a dense sponge cake that’s commonly flavored with lemon zest (or other citrus flavor) and topped with a slice of peel.

I love lemon anything so I was excited for this one.

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She’s here!

Yay! My copy of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible arrived today and I couldn’t wait to crack it open.

Mary Berry is the queen of cakes and I fell in love with her on The Great British Bake Off (Great British Baking Show in the states). I like GBBO because unlike the baking shows here, everything looks rustic and delicious rather than garish (as Mary would say). Watch it on Netflix to hear the accents if nothing else.

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