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Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie a Southern Treat

Nana's Sweet Potato Pie
Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie

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Nothing says comfort food quite like “Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie a Southern Treat”. This easy-to-follow recipe will deliver a mouthwatering Southern treat no one can deny!

Treat your family to a classic Southern favorite with Nana’s sweet potato pie. Made with just the right mix of spices and sugar, this sweet recipe is sure to be a hit with anyone lucky enough to take a bite!


1. But First, Make Your Pie Crust

Pie Crust for Nana's Sweet Potato Pie a Southern Treat

Don’t let this freak you out! It really is easier than you think, but of course with anything you do, practice makes perfect. FYI: Do not bake pie this pie shell! It will bake with your Sweet Potato Pie filling.


For Nana’s Never Fell Pie Crust, you will need:


Directions:

  1. STIR flour and salt in large bowl until blended. Cut shortening into flour mixture using pastry blender or fork until shortening pieces are the size of peas. Gradually add just enough water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, stirring with fork just until dough holds together and forms a smooth ball. 
  2. SHAPE dough into a ball for single pie crust. Divide dough in half and shape it into two balls for double crust pie. Flatten into one-half inch disk(s). Wrap disk(s) in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Chill 30 minutes or up to 2 days. 
  3. ROLL dough on lightly floured surface, rolling from center outward. For a 9-inch pie plate, roll into an 11-inch circle. For a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate, roll into a 12-inch circle. Transfer dough to pie plate. 
  4. Trim edges of dough flute edges as desired. Cut several 1/2-inch slits in top crust to vent steam. Bake pie according to specific recipe directions.

2. Gather & Measure Ingredients

Gather the Ingredients for Nana's Sweet Potato Pie a Southern Treat

FYI: I wrap my potatoes in aluminum foil and boil them on top of my stove for about 30-40 minutes until or until tender. To me this is quicker than baking them in the oven, plus they are a lot juicier.


For Nana’s sweet potato pie, you will need to measure out the following ingredients:

  • 4 large, sweet potatoes, or 2 cups
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-9-inch-deep dish pie shell, unbaked.

3. Mix Your Ingredients

Kitchen Aid Mixer for Mixing Nana's Sweet Potato Pie a Southern Treat

Peel and mash up your cooked sweet potatoes using the whisk from your mixer. Next, add all your ingredients that you have measured out to your sweet potatoes in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer.   Mix all the ingredients at once until well incorporated with the wire whisk.


4. Preheat the Oven

Preheated Oven to Cook Nana's Sweet Potato Pie a Southern Treat

Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F. Once the oven is heated, you can pour your sweet potato mixture into your prepared pie shell. Place pie plate on pizza stone (if you have one) and bake in 350-degree oven for 60 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Note: If you have a pizza stone, I highly recommend using one to bake your pies if you don’t have one. It cooks the pies evenly and eliminates the soggy bottom crust. Makes your pies even more delicious.


5. Cool & Store

Cooling Racks to Cool Nana's Sweet Potato Pie a Southern Treat

When you take your pie out, place it on a cake cooling rack before serving. This will give the pie time to “rest” and it will be much easier to cut.

Now that you have cut your pie and enjoyed it, it’s time to store it in an airtight container and place it in the fridge.


6. Now, Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor!

Sweet Potato Pie and Coffee

Now that you have created this delicious southern treat, you need to grab some coffee for you and your guests and indulge in the sweetness of this awesome pie.


Conclusion of “Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie – A Delicious Southern Treat”

Assorted PIes

I hope you enjoyed “Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie – A Delicious Southern Treat” as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you.

My hope is that you will make both recipes because there is nothing quite like homemade desserts to make for a delightful day. I promise you that you and your family are going to love this pie!


No time to bake? Let me do it for you! Visit my shop at Nana’s Bakery to place your orders. I have this same pie in my shop that I can bake for you plus cakes, cookies, and other pie flavors.

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Nana 🥧

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8 Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

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Get the perfect pie every time with these “8 Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories.” Whip up delicious desserts for your family or friends!

Baking a delicious pie doesn’t have to be a mystery. With the right tools, you can nail even complicated recipes and make a show-stopping dessert with ease. From must-have pastry cutters to handy rolling pins, here are eight essential pie baking accessories for your kitchen. Enjoy!


1. A Deep-Dish Pie Dish

Deep Dish Pie Dish for Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

A good pie dish is an essential tool for baking pies. When choosing a pie dish, you should consider the material it’s made from – glass or ceramic dishes work well for baking and give even heat distribution. The size of your dish will depend on the type of pie recipe you’re making, but most require a 9–10-inch diameter dish.


2. Rolling Pin

Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin is Part of Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

A rolling pin is necessary for making tasty and evenly rolled pie crusts. Choose a wooden or marble pin so that it can last you for years to come. Rolling pins come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, so it’s important to pick one that best fits your needs – a thicker rolling pin will work better for larger projects.


3. Pie Weights

Pie Weights is one of the Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

Pie weights, also known as pie beads or ceramic baking beans, help to prevent puffing and bubbling when blind baking your crust by evenly distributing heat into the dough. Ceramic weights are re-usable and safer than dried beans or uncooked rice which can burn in the oven. Pie weights provide stability during baking to ensure even cooking and consistent texture.


4. Pastry Brush

Pastry Brushes for Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

A pastry brush is one of the most important tools in a baker’s arsenal, especially when it comes to making the perfect pie. A pastry brush can be used to spread glaze or egg wash on the top of a pie crust, or to brush away any excess flour before transferring your dough into a tin. It’s a must-have tool for anyone looking to get creative in the kitchen!


5. Measuring Cups and Spoons

Measuring Spoons and Cups for Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

When baking a delicious pie, accuracy is key! With measuring cups and spoons, you can easily measure out the perfect amount of ingredients for your recipes. With these tools, you have more control over the quantity of each ingredient going into your pie so that it turns out exactly right every time. Plus, measuring cups and spoons come in a variety of styles and sizes to make sure you can find the perfect one for your needs.


6. Pizza Stone

Nordic Ware Pizza Stone Part of the Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

A pizza stone is the key to getting your delicious pies done through and through. No more soggy bottoms! The pizza stone helps to cook the pie evenly so that you wind up with a crispy delicious pie crust every time. So, you need to invest in one of these. They are inexpensive and will be one of the best baking tools for your baking accessories.


7. Cooling Racks

Dessert Cooling Racks a Must Have for Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

Cooling racks are another valuable tool in a baker’s arsenal, especially when it comes to cooling your pies and other desserts. These racks can be used to not only cool your pies, but can cool cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more. It’s a must-have tool for any baker’s kitchen!


8. Pie Crust Shield

Wilton Pie Crust Shield for Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories

No more wrestling with aluminum foil to try and cover the edges of your pie crust. A pie crust shield helps to prevent the edges of your pie crust from burning resulting in a beautiful golden pie. Pie crust shields are re-usable and are made from 100% food grade silicone. The pie crust shield is easy to use and adjusts to fit your pie size perfectly.


Conclusion of “8 Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories”

Sweet Potato Pie with Pie Sheild
Wilton Pie Shield
Sweet Potato Pie after Using Pie Shield
Cooked Sweet Potato Pie Using Wilton Pie Shield

I hope you enjoyed reading my “8 Essential Pie Baking Tools and Accessories.” If you love baking pies as much as I do, then you are going to need to get these baking tools. They will make a significant difference in how your pies turn out and taste.

FYI: This is a picture of my sweet potato pie before and after using the pie crust shield. Look how great it turned out! And I also used the pizza stone. It was delicious!


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8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer

MY KITCHEN AID MIXER

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After you read 8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer you will understand why I love it so much. One reason I love it so much is that it makes mixing cake Badder easier.

The Kitchen-Aid mixer has been around for over 100 years, and it’s still going strong. This kitchen appliance is known for its durability and ease of use.

One of my favorite appliances in the kitchen is my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer. This is a workhorse, and it makes baking ten times easier than it would be without one.

I can truthfully tell you it is the best mixer I have ever owned. I can see why it has been around for more than a hundred years and remains a top seller today.

Today I am going to give you “8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer.” Enjoy!


1. Mixing Up Cake Badder

Mixing the Ingredients using my Kitchen Aid Mixer is part of 8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer

If you’ve ever tried to mix cake batter with a handheld electric mixer, you’ll understand why a stand mixer is such an essential kitchen appliance. With its large bowl and powerful motor, a stand mixer allows you to beat ingredients together quickly and easily.


2. Whipping Up Frosting & Whipping Cream

KITCHEN AID WIRE WHISK ATTACHMENT is another one of my 8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer

A Kitchen-Aid stand mixer has a wide range of uses beyond just making cakes. You can use it to whip frosting, whip cream, and beat egg whites using the whisk attachment which I dearly love.


3. Creaming Butter & Sugar

Kitchen Aid Mixing Blade is one of my reasons for 8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer

The Kitchen-Aid mixer comes with a variety of attachments that allow you to create several types of baked goods. For example, the beater attachment allows you to beat butter into sugar until fluffy.


4. Pie Crust & Cookie Dough

Kitchen Aid Mixer With Dough Hook is my favorite of the 8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer

The Kitchen-Aid mixer comes with a Dough Hook that has become one of my favorite attachments. It is great for making pie crust, cookie dough, and biscuit dough. The dough hook incorporates the ingredients quickly and this keeps you from over beating the dough.


5. Dough Scrapper

Kitchen Aid Dough Scrapper is another of my8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer

The Kitchen-Aid Dough Scraper attachment helps you scrape off excess flour from the sides of the bowl before adding ingredients. This is another one of my favorite attachments.


6. Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder

Kitchen Aid Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder is another of my favorite 8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer

The Kitchen-Aid KitchenAid Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder Attachment is awesome too. I have one and my husband I love it for shredding large blocks of cheese. The slicer is great for slicing cucumbers, potatoes, zucchini, and other vegetables.


7. Pasta Maker

KITCHENAID PASTA ROLLER SET is one of my 8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer

The Kitchen-Aid Pasta Maker attachment is great for people who like making fresh homemade pasta like Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Lasagna and much more.


8. Meat Grinder

Kitchen Aid Meat Grinder is one of my 8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer

The Kitchen-Aide Meat Grinder attachment will allow you to process more ingredients in one batch, cutting down on food prep time. It also comes with a sausage stuffer plate.


Conclusion of “8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer”

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

I hope you enjoyed reading “8 Reasons Why I Love My Kitchen-Aid Mixer.” This mixer is a workhorse and as you can see has many other awesome qualities about it.

The Kitchen-Aid mixer has more attachments than what I mentioned above. So, if you are looking to invest in a stand mixer, I highly recommend the Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer. Oh, and they come in many beautiful colors to suit your taste.


No time to bake? Let me do it for you! Visit Nana’s Bakery and place your order(s).


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10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Table

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10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays will help you plan and execute your holidays without any problems. Because one of the most important parts of any holiday gathering is the food.

You want to serve food that is delicious and impressive, yet not complicated. Here are my 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays to get you started. Enjoy! ☕


1-5 are Family Favorite Main Dish and Sides


1. Joe’s Famous Turkey 

Tony's Marinades Part of 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

My husband makes the most delicious Turkey for Thanksgiving I have ever tasted. It feels like it melts in your mouth. Our family loves it!

Now, I am going to share his little secret to getting a moist delicious turkey every time. Are you ready?

He washes the turkey with chilly water and gets the giblets out of the cavity. He pats it dry and then injects the turkey with Tony Chachere’s, Roasted Garlic and Herb Marinade Injectables.

Then he cooks it in a Turkey Roaster for 4-6 hours (overnight) on 300 degrees. I promise it want disappoint you or your guest. 


2. Nana’s Famous Chicken and Dressing 

Chicken and Dressing One of My 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

This dressing is so easy to make, and your family and friends will thank you. It only requires 6 ingredients. Chicken, onion, cornbread (crumbled up), eggs, cream of chicken soup, and sage. Download your FREE recipe Nana’s Famous Chicken and Dressing


3. Family Favorite-Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole is a Favorite of 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

This corn casserole is so easy to make and is delicious. It has become a family favorite of ours. We do it throughout the year because it is not just for the holidays! You and your family will love it too. So, go ahead and give your taste buds a thrill. Enjoy! Get your recipe at Family Favorite-Corn Casserole.


4. Best Every Homemade Cranberry Sauce 

Best Ever Cranberry Sauce for 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

If you have never made this, honey you must! It is way better than the stuff that comes in a can. Once you and your family try it you ditch the can forever.

This is an extremely easy recipe to make, and you will love it and so will your family. You will wonder why you hadn’t tried the homemade cranberry sauce before now. Get your recipe at Best Every Homemade Cranberry Sauce


5. Easy Homemade Rolls by Nana

You won’t believe just how easy it is to make soft fluffy rolls. They will become one of your family’s favorites to eat any day or time of the year. With only 4 ingredients you will be shocked at how easy and delicious these rolls are. You can get this recipe at 5 Steps to Delicious Homemade Rolls.


6-10 Family Favorite Desserts


6. The BEST Moist Carrot Cake EVER! 

My Carrott Cake for my 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

 

I don’t know about you, but I love a good carrot cake. I’m telling you this one is amazing. It is so moist and delicious. Your family will love it and so will you. This 

has become a family favorite at Thanksgiving and throughout the year. It takes a little bit to make this cake, but the results are well worth the effort. To get the recipe go to The BEST Moist Carrot Cake EVER!


7. Cream Cheese Pecan Pie

Cream Cheese Pecan Pie Part of My 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

This is an amazing combination. When I first heard about this recipe, I thought that it did not sound good, but I love cream cheese, so I tried it.

Boy, this pie is so delicious. I am telling you your mouth will have a party and your family will love it too.

This pie has become a staple at my house. I love to make this delicious pie for Thanksgiving. It is so rich and creamy and has an interesting flavor for an Old Southern Classic.

Make this for your next family gathering and I promise you your family and friends will love it. Get the recipe at Cream Cheese Pecan Pie.


8. Nana’s Best Holiday Butter Cookies

MY CHRISTMAS COOKIES are Another of 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

If you are looking for a holiday cookie that rolls out nicely and is tender and crisp, then you have landed on the right page.

They’re perfect for any kind of cookie-cutter you want to use. It holds its shape beautifully and you don’t have to worry about them running together when baking.

Don’t restrict this cookie to Christmas! This cookie is good any time of the year for any occasion. Get the recipe at Nana’s Best Holiday Butter Cookies.


9. Homemade Pound Cake by Nana

Pound Cake Part of 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

This was handed down to me by my mom. It was my grandmother’s recipe. This is the best pound cake I have ever put in my mouth and the only pound cake recipe I have ever used.

It is special to me, but I wanted to share it with you because this will be the only pound cake recipe you will ever need. Moist and delicious and has an amazing taste. Get the recipe at Nana’s Pound Cake.


10. Nana’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies Another one of My 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

These oatmeal cookies are so easy to make and oh so delicious. Only 5 ingredients will have your taste buds having a party.

Serve these at your next family gathering and watch how fast they will disappear! 🤤

I usually make a double batch of these cookies during the holidays. They go fast! Get the recipe at Nana’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies.


Conclusion to My 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays

PEOPLE AROUND THE TABLE

With this guide, 10 Delicious Recipes for the Holidays will alleviate any anxiety you may have about what you are going to cook for your guest during the upcoming festivities. Enjoy!


No time to bake? Let me do it for you! Visit Nana’s Bakery and place your order(s).


From my family to your family Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Nana

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The 6 Best Rolling PINS for Your Home

Assorted Rolling Pins

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The 6 Best Rolling PINS for Your Home come in assorted sizes and shapes, making them ideal for many uses.

 A rolling pin is an essential kitchen tool that helps roll out dough, shape cookies, and create other baked goods. Here are six of the best rolling pins on the market today.

Whether you’re a hobby baker, a caterer, or a professional chef, there is a rolling pin out there perfect for you.


Things You Need to Consider Before Purchasing a Rolling Pin


1. Wooden Style

Do you want the classic wooden rolling pin with handles, or would you prefer a rod (which is made from a single piece of material)? There again it really depends on what you are using it for. For me, I prefer the wooden rolling pin with handles. I have more control and it rolls out my cookie dough and pie dough wonderfully.


2. French Style

This one is best used on delicate pastry dough. They are lighter and easier to move around for precise rolling.


3. Marble Style

The marble style is best used on doughs that have butter in them that are meant to stay cold, however, marble is very heavy and can be costly.


4. Plastic Style

It is much easier to clean up because they are usually dishwasher safe but do not last as long.


5. Steel Style

It is light in the weight department and easy to clean, but nowhere near as attractive as wood or marble.


6. Silicone Style

It is perfect for cookie dough, pizza dough, fondant dough, and many pastas. It has secure handles made of wood, so that you can apply maximum pressure to your dough. Extremely easy to clean up.

It all boils down to your preference of the style you would prefer to use. Like I stated earlier, I prefer the wooden rolling pin with handles. I have been using it for years. And trust me when I say years, and it looks as good as it did the day, I bought it. It’s easy to clean and it is heat resistant.


Nana’s 6 Top Rolling Pins


1. My Favorite Classic: Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin

Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin, 17.75-Inch, Natural one of The 6 Best Rolling PINS for Your Home

This one is by far my favorite one! This classic wooden rolling pin has the right to be at the top of the rolling pin chain. The wooden ones have been around for years and prove that they are still better at getting the job done. Rolls dough out easily and evenly while making clean up a breeze. Although you can’t stick it in the dishwasher, all you need to do is use a little soap and wipe it dry.


2. French Style: Kerryyoung Wooden Rolling Pin

French Style Rolling Pin another of The 6 Best Rolling PINS for Your Home

This rolling pin is made from rubber wood for long-lasting durability with a classic French design. It is made for use in your home or in restaurants for tough heavy-duty jobs every day. You can use this pastry rolling pin to roll out cookie dough, pizza dough, fondants and much more.


3. Marble Style: Fox Run Polished Marble

Marble Style: Fox Run Polished Marble on of my picks of Marble Style: Fox Run Polished Marble

The marble style, besides its beautiful, elegant look, helps keep your dough cool while you roll it out with ease. It can be used to roll out cookie dough, pizza dough, bread dough, and much more. Quite easy to clean up since the dough will not stick to its slick surface. Comes with a decorative wooden stand for display in your kitchen.


4. Wilton Large Plastic Rolling Pin

Wilton Large Fondant Rolling Pin another pick of Marble Style: Fox Run Polished Marble

Wilton large plastic (fondant) rolling pin is great for rolling out substantial amounts of fondant for a tiered cake. It’s also great for rolling out cookie dough, and pastry dough. Comes with guided color-coded rings to help you get the perfect thickness every time. Because of its smooth slick surface clean-up is a snap.


5. Kitchen Aid Gourmet Rolling Pin

KitchenAid Gourmet Rolling Pin, One Size, Red part of Marble Style: Fox Run Polished Marble

This elegant rolling pin by Kitchen Aid is ideal for rolling out your thickest cookie dough, pizza dough, biscuit dough, and pie dough. It has an extra-wide carbon steel barrel with a non-stick coating to help you get the job done. Clean up? It’s a breeze. No dish washer though, you will need to hand wash with mild detergent, rinse, and dry immediately.


6. NASNAIOLL Silicone Rolling Pin Non-stick Surface

NASNAIOLL Silicone Rolling Pin another  of The 6 Best Rolling PINS for Your Home

This silicone rolling pin by Nasnaioll is great for rolling out cookie dough, pastries, handmade noodles, pizza dough, fondants, and other pastas.

Lightweight, but durable. Made with food-grade non-stick silicone material to last for many years and it makes cleaning up easy.

Can be put in the top rack of a dish washer, but hand washing is highly recommended. Plus, you get a smaller rolling pin for your little bakers, so you can teach the kiddo’s how to roll out cookie dough for fun time with family.


Conclusion of the 6 Best Rolling PINS for Your Home

I think any one of the above “The 6 Best Rolling PINS for Your Home” would be great for you, but I guess I’m old school because I still prefer the Classic Wooden one.

Check them all out carefully and pick the one that is right for you. Enjoy!


No time to bake? Let me do it for you! Visit Nana’s Bakery and place your order(s).


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Nana 🍰

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A Bakers Love Story by Nana

Baked With Love

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My Love Affair with Baking

Tiny Glass Mixing Bowls

A Bakers Love Story by Nana was inspired by my awesome mama. My love affair with baking began when I was just a little girl. My mom was a homemaker and loved to bake, so it makes sense that I would grow up to enjoy the same hobby at such an early age. My mom taught me how to bake in the kitchen with her.

When I was about 12 years old, I asked her for my own set of mixing bowls. My mom bought me a complete set of tiny little glass bowls. Yes, they were cute, but boy did they take forever to get the batter out of them after you were done mixing.

I also remember trying to scrape the batter off the tiny little glass bowls with a butter knife. That was not fun at all!


My Own Real Baking Supplies

Measuring Cups and Spoons Baking with Nana: A Bakers Love Story

The first time I ever had my own real baking supplies was when I got into home economics in high school. I attended Villa Rica High School in Villa Rica, Georgia which is where I learned how to bake with real measuring cups and spoons.

I remember making my very first cake, a Red Velvet cake for Christmas. I was 13 years old when I made it and it turned out beautiful and it was quite delicious if I do say so myself. It was so moist, and my family loved it! After that, I was hooked on baking.


Mom, My Great Teacher

Young Daughter and Mom Baking with Nana: A Bakers Love Story

My mom told me what an excellent job I had done. “Well,” I said, “I had a great teacher!” Then I told my mom I wanted to learn how to make homemade biscuits, cornbread, etc.

And guess what? I did it, but not without mistakes along the way. But I was not discouraged, because that is how we learn.

I still make mistakes baking after all these years and you will too. Oh, sure it aggravates the daylights out of me, but you can’t give up, you just got to keep on keeping on. Even if that means starting all over again!! And believe me, honey, I have had to do that.


My Favorite Time of the Year

Nana's Santa Cake Baking with Nana: A Bakers Love Story

I love to cook when I have the time, which I do most days. My favorite time of the year is the holidays. I enjoy getting in my kitchen and baking cakes, cookies, pies, fudge, bread, and actual food.

Are there any other foods besides sweets? Just kidding, of course, there are. I just really enjoy baking sweets.

During the holidays I like making goodies for my family and friends. It just makes me feel good to give them something I have baked homemade, and they always have a big smile on their face and dig in immediately.

It warms my heart to see them enjoying the fruits of my labor. Plus, it makes them feel a little more special and loved.


Conclusion of A Bakers Love Story by Nana

Me and My Mom the inspiration of Baking with Nana: A Bakers Love Story
My Mom and Me

I hope you have enjoyed reading about A Bakers Love Story by Nana. It was truly my pleasure to share this with you. If you are new to baking, I hope this encourages you to continue and grow in your baking skills and know that making mistakes is unavoidable. But you can never give up!

You can do this! If you are a seasoned baker, I hope you took away a few little tidbits from this as well.

How did you come about baking? Do you love it? What kind of mistakes have you made? I would love to hear from you, leave your comments below.

Check out Bake with Nana’s “Little Book of Recipes” for 6 of my favorite recipes just in time for the holidays! Download, it’s FREE!


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10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

Decorative Christmas Table

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How to create an elegant Christmas table setting using my “10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas.” Simple tips to a beautiful festive table.

The holidays are a wonderful time for family gatherings, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by creating a beautiful holiday table setting.

Here are some simple tips on how to set a festive table that will impress everyone at the party.


1. Create a Festive Centerpiece with Greenery and Candles

White Christmas Candles part of 10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

A centerpiece is one of the first things people see when they enter a room, so it should make a statement. Choose a large vase filled with fresh greens or artificial ones and place it near the door. Add a few small white candles to add warmth and light.

Or for example, if you’re serving a buffet style dinner, place the main dishes around the edge of the table, while placing the appetizers in the middle.

If you’re having a seated dinner, put the main course in the center of the table and surround it with smaller plates of appetizers.


2. Add a Seasonal Touch by Adding Pinecones or Berries

Center Piece with Pinecones part of 10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

To keep the centerpieces simple, use only two or three items. If you choose more than three, arrange them in a circle or pyramid shape.

Create a truly elegant table setting by adding a few touches of nature. For example, place pinecones around the edge of the table, or artificial pinecones. Scatter dried berries throughout the centerpieces.

You could also use greenery such as holly or mistletoe. If you’re feeling extra creative, try using a wreath as a centerpiece.


3. Include a Small Tree as Part of the Decor

Small Christmas Tree for 10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

A centerpiece is one of the most important parts of the table setting. You want something that stands out from the rest of the decorations but doesn’t overpower them.

If you’re looking for inspiration, consider adding a small tree to the center of the table. “A small tree adds height and texture to the table,” says Martha Stewart. “It makes the room feel cozy and welcoming.”


4. Hang Stockings from the Ceiling

Hang Stockings from Ceiling part of 10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

When decorating your home for the holidays, consider hanging stockings from the ceiling instead of placing them on the floor. Stockings are a fun and unique way to add a little whimsy to your holiday decorations. This simple trick makes the room feel more Christmassy.

You can hang them from the ceiling using clothespins or tape or use a hook and string to attach them to the wall. If you’re looking for something a bit more elegant, try hanging stockings from the chandelier.


5. Set up a Wreath on the Door

Beautiful Christmas Wreath part of 10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

Hang a wreath on the front door to make it feel festive. You can use any type of wreath, but we recommend getting one with a ribbon bow so you can easily remove it when the holiday season ends.

If you’re hosting a holiday dinner party, consider decorating your dining room table with a wreath. A wreath adds a touch of elegance to the table and makes it look extra special.

You can find wreaths at most craft stores, and if you want to get creative, you can use ribbon, twine, or other materials to create a unique design.


7. Simple and Elegant Place Settings

Simple and Elegant Place Settings part of 10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

Mix in solid-colored placemats in these fun colors such as red, blue, and green, and build your Christmas theme from there.

You can then add a silver-colored charger to your solid-colored placemats. Next, place a dinner plate on each charger. You get the idea, right?

For instructions on how to make a moss-covered charger, click here “Time to Set the Table.” This will provide you with everything you need to create an elegant centerpiece plus instructions on how to do it.


8. Elegant Dinnerware

Elegant Dinnerware part of my 10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

Ditch the paper plates for the Royal Norfolk Christmas Dinnerware and bring elegance and beauty to your table. With these classic white colors, you can create your most elegant Christmas table.

This unique Royal Norfolk Christmas Dinnerware will make your family feel like they are dining at an up-class restaurant right in your very own home.

9. Silverware and Glassware

Silverware and Glassware part of my 10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

 You can get Silver Plastic Flatware and Napkin Sets, 4-ct. Packs or in the case. I have used these several times and they look realistic and very elegant. These glasses are so pretty and make any table look beautiful. You can buy the glasses individually or buy the case.


10. Christmas-Themed Tiered Tray

Christmas Themed tier Tray part of my 10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas

How about a beautiful Christmas-themed Tiered Tray? You could use it on your dessert table for a centerpiece and place all your other desserts around it. Dress it up with Christmas items and arrange them until you get your desired look.


Conclusion of “10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas.”

Now it’s time for you to get yo Christmas juices flowing and follow my “10 Christmas Table Decorating Ideas.” I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.

I would love to see what you produce for your beautiful Christmas themed table. Share your photos and show off your talent.

From my family to yours, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”


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8 Things Bakers Should Know Before Baking

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You don’t have to be an expert baker to bake delicious treats. In fact, baking is one of the easiest things to do. Read on to discover 8 Things Bakers Should Know Before Baking.

Baking is a term that describes many diverse types of food preparation techniques. Some people call this type of cooking baking while others call it pastry or custard making.

The word bake comes from the Old English word for bread, which was called Half or loaf. This means cooking something in a hot oven.

Are you ready for 8 Things Bakers Should Know Before Baking? Let’s do it!


1. You need a little extra dough.

Cookie Dough Part of 8 Things Bakers Should Know Before Baking

When you are baking, there are instances when you will need to use more dough than the recipe calls for. This is especially true when it comes to cookies.

If you are making chocolate chip cookies, you will need to use more dough than the recipe calls for to make all your cookies about the same size.

If you use too much dough for your mold, just use the extra dough and make a few smaller cookies or roll it out and create your own cookie-cutter shapes.


2. You will always forget something.

Woman Forgot Something On Her Shopping List another one of 8 Things Bakers Should Know Before Baking

Yes, unfortunately, you will always forget something you need for your recipe. I have been baking for many years, and I forget stuff all the time! Always make a grocery list to help you remember things.

So frustrating. Luckily, my hubby is kind enough to go to the store for me and get what I need. But the good news is you can always be getting other things ready for your baking.

You know, like measuring your ingredients, getting your pans oiled and floured, pre-heating the oven, etc.


3. You will need extra stuff.

Collection of Pans that 8 Things Bakers Should Know Before Baking Mentions

If you bake a lot of cakes like I do, especially around the holidays, you will need more than two round pans for sure. That way you can get your cakes done even faster.

I got tired of baking two layers and having to wait for the pans I was using for the next cake. Long story short, I have two of every pan I use so that I don’t run into this problem.

I also have three sets of measuring cups, three sets of measuring spoons, and several spatulas. It just makes baking easier for me.


4. Please follow the recipe step by step!

Follow the Recipe Step by Step is one of My Crucial 8 Things Bakers Should Know Before Baking

Trust me, when I tell you to do this, follow the recipe! If it tells you to mix the dry ingredients first, PLEASE do that. If it tells you to add one egg at a time and mix well before adding another egg, you’d better do it. Or I promise you terrible things will happen to your cake!

For instance, it won’t rise as it should. It will be heavy and dense, and it won’t be moist and delicious. I know this sounds crazy, but the recipe is in steps for a reason. Just do it, ok?

You will be glad you did it in the end. There’s nothing worse than spending time and energy on a cake to have it flop and you must start all over again.

Plus, it is a huge waste of supplies like flour, sugar, oil, eggs, etc. Do you get the picture?


5. Don’t open the oven door!

The Sunken Cake

Yep, you read that right. Don’t open the oven before the cake is done or it will sink in the middle. And you can’t fix that! Of course, your kids will love it because they have a nice little unexpected snack.

It’s always better to let it get done before you open the oven to avoid this mishap. Also, don’t let the kids run or stomp through the kitchen or it will make your cake sink in the middle as well.

At least that’s what my mama always told me. And mamas know best, right? 🤔


6. You will have lots of dirty dishes.

Dirty Dishes

Yes, this is sooo true. But luckily, I have a hubby that is willing to help me clean up not only the dishes, but the kitchen.

Let me tell you, I can make quite a mess when I am baking, especially cakes. Give me flour, sugar, and friend it’s on. I must spill the flour and sugar when measuring them.

My poor hubby went to the store for me (because of course I had forgotten something) and when he came back, he was like, “What in the world did you do?”

There was flour from one side of my counter to the other! 😂 I said, “Well honey you know how I am with the flour and sugar, sorry!” Oh, I also get crap on the floor too.


7. The cakes need to cool completely.

Cooling The Cakes

People, I promise you, you must let the cake cool completely before you can apply the frosting or icing. It will run off if the cake is still the least bit warm. Guess who found out the hard way. 😒 I know, live and learn I always say.

Next, I like to make a crumb coat, which is a thin layer of frosting, and then I put the cake in the fridge or freezer for about 20-30 minutes.

This keeps all those annoying crumbs out of your frosting. Then your cake will look wonderful.


8. Don’t be hard on yourself.

If You Wait For Perfect You'll Never Get Anything Done!

Don’t be hard on yourself if you mess up. It’s ok. Just learn from your mistakes and keep on baking. I have been baking for years and still make mistakes.

But guess what? The next time you will remember what you did wrong and correct it. Unfortunately, that’s how we learn to be better bakers and become better at anything we do.

We mess up, we learn, and move on. So, enjoy baking and have fun with it!


Conclusion of 8 Things Bakers Should Know Before Baking

CAKE AND COFFEE

I hope this helps you avoid some of the many mistakes I have made during my baking years. I still make mistakes from time to time, but my love for baking outweighs the mistakes I have made and will continue to make.

Like I said, just have fun with it and keep on baking.

Do you have any baking mistakes you would like to share with me? I would love to hear about them.


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10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Family Gathering for the Holidays

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Do you have trouble keeping up with the demands of the holidays? Learn how to keep yourself sane with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays.

It’s important not to let overwhelm seep in and keep you from enjoying the many gifts and blessings we receive during this time of year.

I love this time of the year even though it can get Harry Caray, so grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and let me help you ease through the holidays with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays.


10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays


1. Make a List and Check it Twice

Part of 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays is to Make a List

If you do not have a list already made up, it is time to get started! This is crucial during the holidays. The last thing you need to be thinking about is if you have everything you need for your big night.


2. Prioritize with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Family Time is another of my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Spend time with those who matter most to you. Family and friends. Make sure you do not overwhelm yourself trying to fulfil everyone else’s expectations of you.


3. Simplify with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Simplify is another of my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

There is no need to arrive at every party or gathering with a plate of cookies to eat, or a dish to pass around. Arrive with a smile and be present with those who cross your path. If you don’t like to cook, go with a store-bought dish instead of making something from scratch.


4. Plan Your Menu with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Holiday Meal Planning is one of my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Planning your menu ahead of time can save you a lot of time and heartache. Don’t wait until the day before or the day of to try and figure out what you want to cook and serve. Do this at least a week in advance, I promise you will be glad that you did! A big-time saver!


5. Preparing Ahead of Time

Preparing Veggies is one of my favorite of 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

If you are like me and love to bake from scratch, make food ahead of time that you can freeze or just pop in the oven the next day. Doing simple things like chopping vegetables up, chopping up nuts, etc. the day before will save you valuable time.


6. Ask for Help

Asking for Help is another good tip of 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

This is one of the hardest things for me to do! I know, right? There is no shame in asking for help! I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I can’t do the things I used to do and that has been hard for me. Thankfully, my youngest daughter has taken over a lot of the cooking I use to do for the holidays. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still bake my cakes and cookies, because I am not willing to give that up yet! Lol! Oh, and my hubby cleans up my messes. Bless his heart!


7. Just Breathe

Take a Deep Breath

Yes, breathe and try to get in a little exercise. I know, I know. Who has the time? You are saying to me as you are reading this. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy process, just do some stretching, breathing exercises, etc. The reason for this is when we get stressed out or anxious, we tend to hold our breath or breathe very shallowly.


8. Laughing is the Best Medicine

Laughing with Family is Good Medicine

Yep, you read this one right. Laughing reduces your stress levels, soothes tension, helps you breathe deeper, improves your immune system, improves your mood, relieves pain, plus more! Who would ever think laughing could do so much good? 🤔


9. Be Grateful

Gratitude is my favorite of the 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Stop and think about all the things you should be grateful for. Be thankful to God for your good health, your family, and your friends. Not to mention all the things that you should be grateful for throughout the year. Try writing down 6-8 things you are grateful for in your life. Try it, you will be surprised how much better you will feel.


10. Spend Some Time Relaxing

Relaxing Back Massage

Yessss, honey, be good to yourself. All the cooking and cleaning, hosting, etc. It’s time to do something good and kind just for YOU! Put it on your list to get a gift card for a massage if someone asked what you would like for Christmas. You can always put that little bug in your hubby’s ear. 😉


Conclusion to 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

We all know it! Christmas time is a stressful time for a lot of us. It’s a time of the year that drains us of our energy and motivation. It’s a time when we feel the need to prove ourselves as great wives, moms, daughters, or whatnot.

So, it is especially important that you be good to yourself and others during this time of stress. Make sure to take time for yourself to decompress to keep from getting too stressed out.

Please don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help if things are getting to be too much for you. It’s ok to ask for help and your family will be glad to pitch in, I promise!

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10 Ways to Save Money and Time

Save Time and Money

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10 Ways to Save Money and Time will help you discover the secrets to saving money and time while grocery shopping.

These days we “All” need to find ways to save money and time. With the prices of groceries, gas, and everything else skyrocketing, we need ways to save our money and get more bang for our buck. And ways to save our time.

So, I have put together a list of things that I use to save money and time. Some of these will inspire you to save money too.

Are you ready to get started? Let’s get to it…


10 Ways to Save Money and Time


1. Shop sales always

Grocery Sale is a great part of  10 Ways to Save Money and Time

 You never know when there are going to be mega sales at your favorite store until you check out their site on a regular basis.


2. Do not buy things at full price

Shop Big Sales is another awesome way 10 Ways to Save Money and Time

 If there is something you are thinking of purchasing, wait for it to go on sale before you buy it. This includes clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, appliances, and even food.  I always wait for sale times before I make my purchases-I save tons of money this way.


3. Always look for coupons online

Clip Coupons is part of the 10 Ways to Save Money and Time

If you are looking for coupons online, do not limit yourself to the sites that offer the coupons that you want. There are many other sites that can provide you with great coupons that can save you money on things that you were planning to buy anyway.


4. Create a meal plan for the week

Creating a Meal Plan for the Week is another great tip from 10 Ways to Save Money and Time

Do this before you do your shopping. My goodness, you have no idea how much time this will save you! Get your meal planner here.


5. Make a detailed grocery list from your meal plan

Making a Detailed Grocery List is an awesome tip from  10 Ways to Save Money and Time

This way when you get to the grocery store you want to try to figure out what you need for the week. Such a big-time saver and this will help you to save money because you don’t want to be buying unnecessary items you really didn’t need. Get your grocery list here.


6. Make Freezer Meals

Another Time Saver are Freezer Meals from 10 Ways to Save Money and Time

Make freezer meals ahead of time. This is a big-time saver especially if you are a busy mom taking kids to and from school, taking them to play sports, to practice, etc. You just set the frozen meal out for 20-30 minutes and pop it in the oven to cook for the time your recipe specifies.


7. Shop the perimeter of the store first

Fruits And Veggies

 Fruit, Vegetables, Dairy, Frozen Foods, and Meat sections, as these sections have fewer processed foods, preservatives, and more natural ingredients.


8. Shop only once a week

Weekly Savings

 On the same day, each week. By shopping regularly, you will have a feel for how much you need to buy that week and you will also see how prices change on a weekly basis, which is helpful when you are watching your spending.


9. Buy in bulk using my 10 Ways to Save Money and Time

Lady Buying Toilet Paper

When it makes sense or buy generic when possible. My husband and I share vegetables, soups, bread, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. when we buy in bulk with family members which helps us all save money. And they do the same for us.


10. Use a mix for part of the recipe

Onions And Garlic

Oftentimes a mix will be cheaper than buying all the ingredients separately. While you can use a mix for half of a recipe, adjust the other ingredients accordingly. You can also substitute alternative ingredients for the featured ones. If a recipe calls for onions or garlic that are out of season, or if you just don’t have any on hand, try using shallots or garlic powder instead.


Conclusion of 10 Ways to Save Money and Time

There you have it. I hope you enjoyed 10 Ways to Save Money and Time as much as I enjoyed sharing this with you. This will help you as much as it has me.

I would love to know if you tried this and how much it helped you. Do you have anything to contribute to my 10 ways to save money and time? If you do, please share below.


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