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My deep love of bak­ing began in my grandmother’s kitchen long ago.  Cer­tain smells still trig­ger vivid mem­o­ries of hap­py days gone by, lost in the monot­o­ny of my dai­ly life.  Wal­ter Bish­op has saved the world numer­ous times because of his mem­o­ries tied to food.  You don’t know who Wal­ter Bish­op is?  You aren’t in the cool club, sor­ry.  There’s no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate Nation­al Bak­ing Mon­th, then by get­ting crafty in the kitchen. 

I save the world whilst eating chinese food and chilling with my cow. What do you do whilst eating chinese food? Video games? HA!

I save the world whilst eat­ing Chi­ne­se food and chill­ing with my cow. What do you do whilst eat­ing Chi­ne­se food? Video games? HA!because of his mem­o­ries tied to food.  You don’t know who Wal­ter Bish­op is?  You aren’t in the cool club, sor­ry.

 

Did you know Buffy Summers…I mean Sarah Michelle Gel­lar, loves to cook!  She even has her own star­tup busi­ness revolv­ing around cook­ing and fam­i­ly val­ues.  Just think, twen­ty years ago Buffy could bare­ly put togeth­er a Thanks­giv­ing feast with­out Xan­der get­ting Syphilis.  Now she is co-founder and chief mom at Food­stirs where she states, “We believe the heart and stom­ach of every fam­i­ly can be found in the kitchen.  Our mis­sion is to offer real and tasty bak­ing prod­ucts that provide a con­ve­nient and bet­ter way for you to unplug, con­nect, and cre­ate mem­o­rable expe­ri­ences togeth­er.  Our pre­mi­um bak­ing mix­es and food­craft­ing kids inspire cre­ativ­i­ty and curios­i­ty, while empha­siz­ing the impor­tance of a health­ier lifestyle.”  You go Sarah Michelle!  I’m all about mak­ing mem­o­ries in the kitchen (even sexy mem­o­ries *wink*wink*).  It’s those mem­o­ries you’ll cher­ish forever…you know, if you have a soul. 

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Octo­ber is the per­fect mon­th for Nation­al Bak­ing Mon­th!  All the fresh­ly picked pump­kins and apples and squash!  Plus apple orchards, pump­kin patch­es, and har­vest fes­ti­vals are in full swing!  What a great time of year!  The time of year when the trees shed their skin leav­ing crunchy rust col­ored shells that only the young at heart still zeal­ous­ly stomp.

 

 

thanksbuffy-gifSo take advan­tage of the farms that let you pick-your-own pro­duce.  Make last­ing mem­o­ries using sea­son­al ingre­di­ents.  This year CREATE!  It is a sci­en­tific fact that we humans feel best when we make things with our hands.  It cre­ates a sense of pride you just can’t get from watch­ing Net­flix or post­ing a self loathing Face­book sta­tus.  Plus it is also Nation­al Field Trip Mon­th, so go to the damn pump­kin patch already!  You know you want to!

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I know you want it to be Pinky Pie, but Rain­bow Dash is just as fun!

We love bak­ing here at Kards Unlim­it­ed!  We have tons of cook­books to suite your needs.  And if you need an apron, we’ve got it!  Ever want­ed to cook dressed like Rain­bow Dash or Won­der Wom­an?  Well, we can make that hap­pen.  See you soon, bak­ing fools!  And be sure to check out Athena’s “Cook­ing with Kards” blog posts. icup-dc-comics-wonder-woman-character-apron

Here’s a fab­u­lous recipe for pump­kin muffins:
Serves 120ed7798

Ingre­di­ents:
1 ¾ cups all pur­pose flour
1 cup sug­ar
½ cup dark brown sug­ar
1 tea­spoon bak­ing soda
½ tea­spoon salt
2 tea­spoons cin­na­mon
¼ tea­spoon ground cloves
¼ tea­spoon nut­meg
2 eggs
1 15 ounce can pump­kin puree
½ cup coconut oil (liq­uid form…heat if solid)
1 tea­spoon vanil­la extract

Direc­tions:

Pre­heat oven to 375 degrees and line muffin tray with paper lin­ers.
Mea­sure out all dry ingre­di­ents in a medi­um bowl and whisk togeth­er. Set aside.
In anoth­er bowl, whisk togeth­er the eggs, coconut oil, pump­kin puree, and vanil­la.
Pour the wet ingre­di­ents into dry ingre­di­ents and stir togeth­er.  DO NOT OVER MIX.
Even­ly dis­trib­ute bat­ter into muffin tray using a large spoon.
Bake for 20–25 min­utes or until tooth­pick insert­ed into cen­ter of a muffin comes out clean.
Enjoy!  

So, what do you think?