Merry Christmas ~ 2014


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Merry Christmas!

These last few weeks have been spent hustling and bustling throughout the holiday season. However, I managed to squeeze in some baking with a recipe that I got from Pinterest! I love My Pinterest! This time I made Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and discovered the MASSIVE difference in baking when using a Kitchen-Aid mixer!

A few weeks ago I took the mixer out from storage to make Sweet Hawaiian Bread, but that didn’t work out because I did something wrong with the yeast. Hmm… maybe that’s why it was in storage in the first place.

Thankfully, I left the mixer on the counter and this baking escapade led me to making these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins using the mixer and the difference was truly AMAZING. I could not believe the consistency the mixer mixed the batter compared to me doing it by hand. Now, I am so excited to try something else!

banana chocolate chip muffins

This recipe came from Princess Pinky Girl and it was delicious and a hit with my Christmas guests! Thank you for your scrumptious recipe because it is now a staple in my book!

Hoping everyone had a fabulous Christmas!

Happy December – Holiday Shopping


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This year give a gift to the women in your life and at the same time give the gift of a lifetime and support women across the globe!




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