December 2007


It’s 7 days till Christmas and just wanted to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Enjoy the days off, the food, the family, and all the gifts!  Just don’t forget the reason for the season!  I’ll have a post up here when I get back and you can tell me all about your festivities!  Till then, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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~ b a k e r i s t a ~



so how many of you absolutely LOVE chocolate?  can you believe that I don’t really??  I mean, I eat it, but I’m just not a big fan.  I was just sitting here and wanted something and my dad had been given a box of chocolates for Christmas.  I thought, I will just take another try and HOPE that I will feel that excitement that “everybody” else does….and no…I didn’t.  The very small chocolate whip round shaped chocolate was just too sweet and I’m just not a big fan.  I just really think my trying a chocolate days are over.  I just don’t think I’ll ever feel the rush.  I’m just not a big candy and chocolate fan.  I love chocolate chip cookies and other things with just a little chocolate…but after a certain amount…I’m just not a big fan anymore.  The chocolate sybil cake recipe on here is just about as “chocolate” as I can go, and even it is going to the extreme and I eat only a tiny bit.  So in conclusion, if you give me a box of chocolates for, lets say, Christmas or Valentine’s day…I will be forever grateful because it’s the THOUGHT that counts!  It just may take me forever to eat the tiny bites…but I will!!  I think I may go get some hot chocolate now…I do LOVE hot chocolate!?!   So here’s my ramble for the day….

anybody else with me? or am I just weird!


I think I’ve said this, but I’ve been going through my Grandma’s recipe book.  It’s the color of brown and has recipes stuck everywhere in it…including falling out.  A lot are really brown and hard to read so I’ve been going through them and typing them up on the computer.  Well I found one for ginger bread and it sounded so good.  So last night I made it and it turned out disastrous!  It was sooo strong.  It had a lot of molasses in it and it just seemed to be too many strong ingredients put together.  I followed the recipe, except for the fact that it said “moderate oven” and didn’t say how long to cook it either.  Anybody know what I could have done wrong?  Or is it supposed to taste like that?

At least I didn’t burn my arm again.  When I made the custard pie which was posted earlier I was taking the pie crust out of the oven at 425 degrees F and I touched the top of the oven.  Needless to say it HURT and I have this RED splotch on my arm now.  It’s been over a week now and thankfully it’s gradually going away!  No thanks to Keelie scaring me to death!  HA! 

So any opinions or thoughts would be appreciated.  I don’t plan to be posting that recipe on here.  So sorry!  😦


Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

q       2 ¾ cups unbleached all purpose flour

q       2 ½ tsps baking powder

q       ½ tsp salt

q       1- 1/3  unsalted butter, melted

q       2 ¼ cups brown sugar

q       3 large eggs

q       2 cups chocolate chips

ü    Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly grease a 10 x 15 inch jelly roll pan, a 14 in deep dish pizza pan, or similar sized pan.

ü    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

ü    In another large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar, stirring until smooth.

ü    Allow mixture to cool slightly.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour mixture, then the chocolate chips. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

ü    Bake the bars for 24 to 26 minutes, until their top is shiny and golden. Don’t overbake or the bars will be dry: a cake tester inserted in the center will not come out clean. Remove the bars from the oven and cool to room temperature before cutting.

These are extra good and makes a lot too!  YUMMY!!

Made this for Keelie’s birthday…

Here’s a picture!  🙂


Chocolate Pound Cake

My Grandma’s Recipe


Cream ½ pound butter or margarine, ½ cup shortening with 3 cups sugar.  Beat in 5 eggs one at a time.


q       3 cups cake flour

q       ½ teaspoon baking powder

q       4 tablespoons cocoa

q       ½ teaspoon salt

and add alternately with 1 cup milk to first mixture, then add 1 teaspoon vanilla.


Bake in a greased and lightly floured 9 or 10 inch tube pan at 325 degrees for 80 or 90 minutes.  Cool and remove from pan.  Lightly sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar if desired.