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Hey everyone! Hope all is well with you! 
I've been really busy with work this week... but I managed to get this morning off. My darling Brent had a job interview at 9am this morning and it is now 1pm and he has yet to return with my vehicle. Good sign? :) 
      Anyways, woke up wanting to do a blog post, but i'm a few ingredients short. And I can't run to the store because Brent has the car. So.. I'm improvising. :) 

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The main ingredient I did not have was a can of sweetened condensed milk. So I found this simple recipe for a condensed milk substitute. It worked great! 

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Here's your recipe for today! 
Easy Coconut Macaroons
3 cups flaked coconut
3/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp salt
2/3 cup condensed milk substitute or 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp almond extract

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1. Preheat oven to 300. Lightly grease baking pan or line with parchment paper. 
2. In mixing bowl, toss the coconut, flour, and salt. Make sure the coconut is evenly coated with the flour. 
3. Stir in condensed milk (or substitute) and almond extract. Dough will be sticky! I ended up using my hands to mix it cause it was just easier for me. No harm in getting a little messy. :) 
4. Drop by spoon fulls (I use a 1 ounce scoop) onto baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown, rotating halfway through the bake time. Cool for 2 minutes on pan before removing. 

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When they cooled some, I dipped the bottoms in dark chocolate. Yummmmm. :) 

Hope you guys try and enjoy this recipe! Have you 'liked' my facebook page yet? Its a great way to stay notified on blog posts and giveaways! 
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If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me a message! I love to hear from you guys! 
Till next time! 
-Jenni

 
 
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I've been waiting all week for today! First off I would like to say "Thank You!" to all that entered this giveaway, and everyone that shared this giveaway with their friends to get more participants. Also a HUGE "THANK YOU!" to Kathy Henderson (aka my awesome mom) for helping to sponsor me and donating the prize for the giveaway! If you haven't checked out her Tupperware site I highly suggest it! 
     Now, before I get to the winner of the giveaway, of course I have a new recipe for you! Actually, its kind of a 2 in 1 deal. It would be excellent for kids to help with too! 

Dessert Croissants

White Chocolate-Raspberry

1 can croissants
6 raspberries
1/2 tsp sugar
4 oz cream cheese (room temp) 
White Chocolate Chips
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Filling
Puree raspberries and sugar. Add to cream cheese in a small mixing bowl and mix well. 

White Chocolate-Key Lime

1 can croissants
2 key limes
3/4 tsp key lime zest 
1/2 tsp sugar
4 oz cream cheese (room temp)
White chocolate chips
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Filling
In a small mixing bowl, combine zest, the juice from the 2 key limes, sugar, and cream cheese. Mix well. 

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Preheat oven to 375.
ASSEMBLY
Lay out pieces of croissant dough. Use a spoon to spread the cream cheese mixture onto the dough. (half the pieces with raspberry, the other half with key lime. I wouldn't mix the fillings.. lol) Sprinkle some white chocolate chips over the cream cheese. Roll the croissants. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes.
After you pull them from the oven, melt some white chocolate and drizzle over the top. No need to wait for them to cool! They are soooo good warm! 

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Now... back to the giveaway... aren't you just DYING to know if you won?? Here it is! The winner for the Tupperware giveaway is..... 
                                         MONICA PINNICK
Congratulations, Monica!
The winner will have 48 hours to claim her prize!
Please like my facebook page to keep with with my blog posts and future giveaways! 
Also, if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of my blog please feel free to contact me
Thanks! 
-Jenni
 
 
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Two of my favorite things combined. Cheesecake. Brownies. Its a win-win. Right? Right! (secret: I used to hate cheesecake. weird right?)
Before I get to the recipe though, let me fill you in on whats been going on with me. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for all the prayers and thoughts concerning my Grandpa. He is doing better and they have moved him to a nursing home. Although he doesn't have much time, we're very lucky that he is still with us... even if just for a little while longer. So please keep him in your thoughts! 
     This past weekend I was so super busy! Made a few cakes, held a baby shower for a friend, trying to help another friend with her wedding planning (of course I'm doing the cake lol) that is coming up on August 4th, and also working during all this and trying to help my family concerning my Grandpa. I've just been busy! I don't mind it all, just makes me tired. lol 
     On another note, who's a fan of Linkin Park? I AM! I am a HUGE fan and have been since I was younger. Recently I found out that they are going to be in Noblesville (northern Indiana) on August 25th. Now considering that my birthday is August 15th... don't you think that would be the PERFECT birthday present? I'm just throwing that out there.. lol 
     Also, have you registered for my giveaway yet? You haven't?! Who doesn't want free stuff?! Check it out here! Invite your friends to win too!! You have until Sunday! 
Okay, okay.. I know you're hear for brownies, not me. So here's your recipe! 

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 8" or 9" square baking pan with baking spray. 

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Brownies
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp  baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 tsp vanilla

In a mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, and eggs. Mix well. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Pour into baking pan. 

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Cheesecake
1- 8oz pkg cream cheese (room temp) 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Using a spoon, put blobs of cheesecake batter on top of brownie batter. Using a knife, swirl the cheesecake batter it. Don't mix! Just swirl. :) You will have extra cheesecake batter. SAVE THIS! I guarantee you'll wanna use it for the next batch of brownies.. and it'll save you a step. :) 

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Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven, rotate halfway through baking. When you take them out of the oven, let them cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Cut into squares, serve with a HUGE glass of milk. :) (chocolate milk for me lol) 

Don't forget to register for the giveaway! If you have any questions please feel free to comment or message me
Also feel free to follow my facebook page and follow me on pinterest

Enjoy! -Jenni

 
 
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     Hello Hello everyone! Its sure is a marvelous Monday! Even though its rather hot outside.. I can't help but stop and thank God that today is just an all around good day. :)
    Unlike most people, Mondays are probably my favorite day of the week. Why, you ask? Because every Monday is my day off from both jobs. I look forward to Monday all week! 
    So, lets make your Monday just a little better. How? A giveaway! As a baker, I obviously spend a TON of time in the kitchen. I use all sorts of kitchen tools and gadgets. Some of my favorite things are from Tupperware. My mom has been selling Tupperware form a few years now.. so needless to say, I've fallen in love with some of supplies! And today.. I would like to share some with you!  

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Mini Salt and Pepper Shakers
Giveaway
Here's what you could possibly win! 
This prize includes 3 separate items.
1. Mini Salt and Pepper Shakers
2. Mini Modular Mate (great for spices and other things!)
3. Mini Fridge Smart (works great for keeping herbs, vegetables, and fruits fresher for longer!)

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Mini Fridge Smart
How to Enter

1. Become a fan of my blog on Facebook
2. Leave a comment below! 


Its that easy guys! Don't forget to share this giveaway with your friends so they have a chance to win too! The winner will be picked using random.org. The contest will be ending Sunday July 22 at 11:59pm central time and the winner will be announced sometime on Monday! 

Also be sure to check out my mom's Tupperware site! It really is some of the best products you could ask for! 
If you have any questions message me here! Good luck everyone! 

-Jenni
 
 
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Hello to everyone! Man did I have a busy weekend! Check out the cakes I made
However, now I am home.. and after sleeping for almost 12 hours, I wake up and want cookies, lol. So I look through my books and find nothing in particular that perks my interest. I want chocolate and caramel goodness. The result I have come up with: Chocolate Rolo Cookies. So.Good. And easy! 

Chocolate Rolo Cookies

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Creamed mixture, before adding the dry ingredients
INGREDIENTS
6 Tbl. butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa, unsweetened
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla

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DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350. Use a cooking spray to coat a mini muffin pan. 
2. Using mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until  smooth. 
3. Add egg and mix.
4. In separate bowl blend the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
5. Add to dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix just until blended. Do not overbeat.
6. Add water and vanilla and blend.
7. Use a 1oz scoop (or just a spoon) to drop batter into each mini muffin cup.
8. Unwrap rolo candies and push one into the middle of each cookie. Don't push it all the way to the bottom of the batter.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the bake time. 
10. Let them cool in the pan for a couple minutes before popping them out. 

     Now, after trying this the 'cookie' seems more like a brownie.. which is still ok with me! However now I need a big glass of milk.. lol. Give it a try guys! This is an excellent, easy recipe to try with the kids! 

Don't forget to check out (and 'like')my new facebook page to keep up with new posts and new things coming to Jenni's Baking Blog! 

Have a question or comment for me? Feel free to message me or leave a comment! I love to hear from you! 
-Jenni 
 
 
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Hello to all! Did you guys enjoy the guest blog from my dear friend Kenzie Sweeney last weekend? I hope so! If you haven't read it yet, you should check it out!! 
Hopefully Miss Kenzie will be posting for you all again soon! 

     I'm back full force today with another yummy recipe. Thanks to my cousin, Erica and her family, I have recently acquired a ton of zucchini. So a big THANK YOU to Erica and her family for this blog post! 

    If you have never tried zucchini bread, this is an excellent recipe to try with. Very simple and very, very good! And even if you do not like zucchini, I still think you should try this bread. You can't really taste the zucchini, but it makes the bread extremely moist and full of flavor!

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Easy Zucchini Bread
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil (i use canola)
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup walnut pieces (optional) 

Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350. Coat loaf pan with baking spray, (or coat with shortening and dust with flour).

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1. In a small mixing bowl, mix up the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. 
2. Use a mixer to beat the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla in a different mixing bowl. It takes a minute to make sure the oil gets mixed in really well. 
3. Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix it all up on low speed. 
4. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the zucchini, and add walnuts if you choose to do so. (I chose not to)
5. Pour into loaf pan.
6. Bake for about an hour or until done. Rotate pan halfway through baking time to achieve even baking. 
7. After it is baked, let it cool in the pan for about 20 minutes, then take it out of the pan to finish cooling. 
8. Enjoy! 

*Personal Note*
     So due to quite a few complications this past weekend, I was unable to go out of town to meet Brent's family. Instead we stayed at my parents while my mom went back and forth to the hospital for my grandpa. I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for us! It has helped so much more than I can explain! My grandpa is well enough to go to a nursing home, which is what happened yesterday. However there are still a lot of personal and medical complications that we still need prayers for. Thank you! 
    Also!! Jenni's Baking Blog now has a facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/JennisBakingBlog
Please like my page to keep up on my blog posts and new things that are coming!
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If you have any questions or for me please feel free to comment or message me here. I love hearing from you guys! 

-Jenni
 
 
Hey all!  I’m Kenzie Sweeney, Jenni’s guest blogger this weekend.  When Jenni asked if wanted to post on her blog, I had the reaction of an overly hyper 8 year old at Christmas time—so.excited.  So I want to thank her for is wonderful opportunity!
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A bit about me, I started out as a vocal performance major but am studying Marketing at the University of Evansville.  I have this semi-obsessive love of jazz music and baking.  Especially cupcakes.  So I listen to Frank, Ella, and Mr. Nat King Cole while I bake.  I am also a health nut so I made this recipe with Truvia instead of sugar (about 1/3 of the calories and absolutely delicious).

NOW to the reason you’re here: cupcakes. 

I personally like putting the frosting on ‘em while they are just a tad warm so it melts into it.  It’s like eating a blueberry pancake with maple syrup on top :)




Cupcakes
~Preheat oven to 350° & bake for 20 min
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup + 2 Tbsp Truvia (or ¾ cups sugar)
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup buttermilk 
1 egg
½ stick unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cup blueberries

Frosting
½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
1 ½ Tbsp pure maple syrup
Pinch of salt
Splash of milk
Splash of vanilla

Cream the butter & sugar together.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Beat until light & fluffy!
(Best to make while cupcakes are in the oven)
Substitution for Buttermilk: 1 Tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice & fill milk up to 1 cup.  For this recipe I used 2 ¼ tsp white vinegar and filled the milk up to ¾ cup & let sit for 5 min
Mix dry ingredients
In a separate bowl, light beat butter & egg
Add in the buttermilk & milk
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
Make sure to mix well!  
>Add an extra splash of milk if the batter is too thick<
Toss the blueberries in 2 Tbsp flour & fold into batter
Spoon cupcake batter 3/4s full & bake
Let cool, frost, add your toppin's & voilà!  
Deliciousness in a bite. (hopefully!)
I hope you all enjoy my little creation.  I have changed the recipe enough & this version is my favorite.  It's one I'd like to make when I open up my own bakery.  Keep an eye out for Swenzie's Sweets :)  Let me know what you think!

--Kenzie

PS If you haven't had a bite of something Jenni herself has made, you are missing out on bites of marvelous happiness. 

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     Hello to all! I hope everyone had a lovely and exciting Independence Day yesterday! I spent the day with some wonderful friends. Unfourtantely where I live there was a 'burn ban' because of the insanely hot and dry weather. So there was very minimal fireworks. However we had some great food! Pork tenderloin, bratwurst, mac and cheese (that my honey made, and it was soooooo good!), green beans, corn on the cob, and quite a bit of other things! And of course I brought some dessert. I wanted something simple that wouldn't take long to do... So I made these adorable patriotic strawberries that I found on Pinterest. They were delicious and easy!  

Instructions
1. Melt white chocolate
2. Dip strawberry in chocolate, but you still want to see the red on top! 
3. Shake off excess chocolate, and while chocolate is still wet, dip the end into blue sugar. 

That's it! Super easy and everyone was really impressed!

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Then my best friend had made some star shaped sugar cookies and brought them over to help decorate. Basically we colored some frosting in red and blue, then drizzled the leftover white chocolate from the strawberries. Doesn't get any easier than that. :) 



Now, as promised in the title, Jenni's Baking Blog is going to have a special guest blogger this weekend! I am going out of town this weekend to meet Brent's family. Yes, I am nervous. That seems to be the first thing anyone asks me. lol Considering they live a good 6 or so hours away, we are going there for the entire weekend. So wish me luck! 
As for my special guest, please keep an eye on the blog this weekend for a post from my friend Kenzie Sweeney! I'm anxious to see what she makes for you! 

*Personal Note*
h4As a personal favor I am asking everyone to please keep my family in their prayers! My grandpa Lloyd is very ill and is currently in ICU. Tomorrow my mother and her sisters have to make a very hard decision. I won't go into details on here, but we could really use all the prayers and support we can get! Thank you everyone! 

Remember to keep an eye on the blog for Kenzie's post this weekend!
-Jenni