Christmas Baking Recipe Post: Gingerbread Men for DAYS……

Recently, an amazing new friend and I had a hoot and holler of a time at the BirdHouse, making and decorating gingerbread men from scratch. The idea was to batch-bake and decorate a bunch of gingerbread cookies which we would then gift pretty much entirely to a big group of other friends we were hanging…

Recipe Post: Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It was Miss Kitty’s birthday recently, and she asked me to make a cake for her birthday party, which was a Pathfinder party at our place, hosted by my hubby (her request, I swear!). We started a new campaign and brought some new friends to be part of our RPG-of-awesomeness, and a great time was…

Tips for Better Baking: Sugar and Other Natural Sweeteners

Sugar, and its cousins, performs many important roles in baking.   Sugar: provides moisture and tenderness increases the shelf-life of finished products caramelizes at high temperatures, and adds sweetness All refined sugars (granulated white sugar, confectioner’s/icing sugar, brown or golden yellow sugar, and “raw” sugars such as Demerara and turbinado), are equal when it comes to their…