Hey everyone! Well it's Monday again. I love Mondays. :) However today I am down home (which is really only about an hour from where I reside). I'm babysitting my darling niece, Emily, all day while my mom spends time dealing with family matters. Speaking of which, my Grandpa Lloyd is not doing well and doesn't have much time left with us. So please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers! I will try to keep everyone updated on the matter. 
     On a lighter note, I turn the big 2-4 on Wednesday! I'm really excited. I'm off work for the whole day and my darling Brent is taking me to get my nails done, and my friends from work, Ashley and Brian are planning a party for me at a local pub later that night. I absolutely can not wait. :) 
     Anyways.. like I said, I have been down at my parents house all day with a soon-to-be 3 year old. So I've done some cleaning and of course some BAKING. :) One of the things I love about baking at my parents house is my mothers extensive collection of Tupperware. I love using products! If you haven't checked out her website, you should take a look! The downfall to doing this at my parents house.. I don't have my fancy utensils or platters. So yes, I am serving this cake on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Deal with it. lol 

So little miss Emily let me help her make this cake... (the talented toddler she is. lol) and let me tell you... it is soooooo good! Super moist and full of chocolate! And the icing isn't heavy at all.. it's more like whipped icing. This is where I adapted the cake recipe from. 

She looks kinda angry... but she's saying "CHEESE!" and laughing at the same time. lol
Double Chocolate Cake
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa, unsweetened
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup cold brewed coffee
1 cup +2 Tbl of buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350. Use parchment paper or baking spray on a 9x13, or (I used) 2- 8'' square pans. 
In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle of the mix. and add all of the remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips. I hand mixed it so I wouldn't over mix. 
Pour batter into pans. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the batter. 
If making a 9x13 cake, bake for 35-40 minutes. For smaller cakes bake for 20-25 minutes. Rotate halfway through baking. Let cool. :) 

The  icing I made for this cake is soooo good. Very light and fluffy. This is the recipe I used for the icing. I added about 1 cup of cocoa to make it chocolate. The recipe I adapted from asks you to use a stand mixer.. however I could not find one here (I'm sure it's around here somewhere! lol) So I used the hand mixer. It worked just fine, but took a lot longer and was a lot more work than I had hoped for. However, if you taste it... its totally worth it. This is an excellent recipe, and I will probably used it again. :) I just frosted it up and sprinkled more chocolate chips on top. Delicious!  

I hope you guys get to try this recipe, and enjoy it as much as I did! If you haven't already, please like my facebook page. I'm getting more and more likes and I'm loving it! I'm thinking once I get to 100, another giveaway. What do ya think? :) Also feel free to follow me on pinterest
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Hello Hello to everyone! Sorry it's been so long since my last post. It's been a super busy week, and I have so much left to do! But I wanted to make sure you guys heard from me this week and get an awesome easy recipe. :) 
     These cookies are so decadent and delicious! They would be perfect for a last minute idea for a party. I've been asked to make them on multiple occasions and they are always a hit! Hope you guys enjoy! 

Easy Lemon Cookies
1 box lemon flavored cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon
about 1/3 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients except the powdered sugar. Mix well.
3. Make 1 in balls with the batter. I used a 1 oz scoop for this. 
4. Roll each ball in the powered sugar lightly so it is covered and place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. 
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating halfway through bake time. 
6. Let cool and enjoy! (makes about 2 dozen cookies)

This is a really simple and easy recipe. I hope you all enjoy it! 
Like I mentioned early, I have had a SUPER busy week and I have so much more to do. So I have asked Miss Kenzie Sweeney to return with a guest blog this weekend! I know some of you have wanted to hear from her  and this is the perfect time for me. She's a lifesaver and a truly wonderful girl. :) Thanks Kenzie! 
     Oh!! I almost forgot to tell you guys! You are never going to guess who I am going to see this weekend! CAKE BOSS! I'm beyond excited about it! I'll be sure to post up about it after I see him on Sunday. :) 
     Also, if you haven't yet, you need to like my facebook page! So you can stay updated on new recipes, giveaways, and other totally awesome stuff. :) 
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Have any comments or questions for me? Please feel free to comment below or send me a message. I love hearing from you guys! 

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. 

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. 

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. :) 

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
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Enjoy! -Jenni

     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!  

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!


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!

Hello to all! This is my first post on my new personal blog (as I'm sure you can clearly tell). I'm still messing with all the settings and little details of the site.. but I promise I will get it in full swing ASAP! :) I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to leave comments and contact me! (assuming I get people to actually follow this? lol) Here goes nothin! Wish me luck!