Category A Baker’s Life

Skinny Coffee Club Review

skinny coffee club

A little background

After hearing about Skinny Coffee Club through Instagram, I thought it would be a fun thing to try and experiment with. I love juice cleanses. I’ve always been intrigued by a teatox and I love coffee, so this is the perfect match!

As with most things, I conducted a lot of research before making my purchase. Unfortunately, Skinny Coffee Club offers some sort of store credit for referrals, so I found a lot of artificially glowing reviews that didn’t really mention anything about results, simply for the purpose of pushing their referral code. Because of that, I decided that once I embark on my detox, I would write my own, honest review.

I like to consider myself pretty knowledgeable about health, weight loss and nutrition, so I’m not the type to have wildly unrealistic exp...

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Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

I am absolutely terrible at remembering to take photos – of my cupcakes and baked treats, and of fun life events and memories in general. It’s something I always look back and regret. But! Such is life. 

Anyway, I was commissioned to make cupcakes for my adorable niece’s 2nd birthday yesterday, and the theme was Minnie Mouse. So I got some mini Oreos for ears and red sugar bows for a simple but cute decoration. Unfortunately, this is the best photo I’ve got of a cupcake!

minnie mouse cupcake

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How to make chia gel for baking

Now I’m forgetting how I first heard about the use of chia seeds in baking, but since then, I’ve used it a number of times, mostly in my cupcakes. Chia gel makes a great substitute for the oil or butter in the recipe because it’s very low calorie and has Omega 3s, fiber, and antioxidants!

I recommend replacing only up to 50% of the fat (butter or oil) in your recipe because the texture/consistency can be compromised if you replace 100% of the fat with chia gel.

How to make chia gel

It’s so easy! To make 1/4 cup chia gel, stir together 1/4 cup water and 2 teapoons chia seeds in a bowl. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes and you’ll have a gel that’s ready to use! 

1/4 cup chia gel contains about 40-50 calories (compared to about 400 in butter and 480 in vegetable oil!)

Note that adding chia g...

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2013 Food Blogger Cookie Swap

cookie swap food blogger 2013

Yay! I just saw a post about this year’s cookie swap in my Google+ feed and I am so thrilled to participate for my third year in a row.
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013

Last year, I made Rolo cookies, which were fantastic by the way, and the previous year was mint middles cookies. Now I’m salivating at the thought. Will have to start brainstorming for this year!

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Suja Juice Cleanse: My Experience

Suja juice cleanse

Update 1/20/15: I continue to do this cleanse every few months and love it every time! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in devoting three days to a juice cleanse. The cheapest way to purchase a 3-day cleanse is through (if you’re in the US) rather than from the Suja website or Whole Foods (unless they run a deal). Please feel free to comment with any questions; I’m happy to answer!

While this post has nothing to do with cupcakes and baking, I recently found this juice/cleanse which are very new. There’s not a whole lot of information out there so I thought I’d publish my experience for anyone who is interested.

I originally heard about Suja on Facebook; just a post in passing on my wall, but I decided to Google it...

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In the oven…

This website is still baking in the oven, check back soon!

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I have 5 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in my car

At this very moment, there are five whole boxes of Girl Scout cookies in my car. Why am I not eating them NOW, you ask? Because I’m participating in the 2nd annual Girl Scout Recipe Contest!

I am so fortunate and honored to have been invited back after having participated last year. I had a blast last year, even if I didn’t win, and I’ve already got ideas cooking for this year’s contest. I’m aiming for 1st place! Wish  me luck!

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Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

food blogger cookie swap 2012

It’s happening again this year! I know I’ve been a poor baker and blogger lately, but I hope to pick it up more during the holiday season. I’ve got lots of ideas on board!

At least you can count on some cookies for the swap, hope you’ll join too!

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Cupcake Camp 2012

cupcake stackYesterday was a day that I had been anticipating for nearly three months since I bought my ticket: Cupcake Camp!

My best friend Matthew, who went with me last year, joined me again this year and we decided to make it a tradition. This time we got there before doors opened and waited in a long line. The weather was beautiful and the place was packed!

We shoved our way through masses of people with our little cupcake boxes and collected our loot. We each got 1 big cupcake and 4 minis.

My favorite? A french toast cupcake with maple frosting and bacon on top, made by New York Cupcakes. It was AH-MAZING! The inside of the cake had that cinnamon goo that you find inside cinnamon rolls. Oh man. Still drooling. 🙂

bacon cupcake

My amazing bacon cupcake

I must say that the cupcakes this year were much better t...

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Dates to Remember

With the recent passing of National Chocolate Cake Day, I decided to do a little research to find other national food days and jot them down for future inspiration. I grabbed some of the ones that piqued my interest from this website (which I’m not entirely certain is correct since it says that National Chocolate Cake Day falls on the 27th of February rather than January as I had believed. Plus, they spelled Holidays wrong in the URL of the website…)

January 22 – National Blonde Brownie Day
January 23 – National Pie Day
January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day
January 27 – National Chocolate Cake Day

February 3 National Carrot Cake Day
February 11 National Peppermint Patty Day
February 19 National Chocolate Mint Day
February 23 National Banana Bread Day
February 27 National...

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