Baking, Show and Tell, thrifting

Thursday Thrifting

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It’s Thrifty Nifty Thursday!  This week has been a good week in general.  For that I should call today THANKFUL Thursday.  (the kitten is just for #CUTENESSOVERLOAD) 

It’s funny how we feel the need to categorize our stuff, maybe that helps us with a sense of order in this crazy world.  Or maybe it serves as a reminder to stop and smell the roses, as it were, to admonish ourselves to remember the good things, those thing that bring a smile to our face, and just be grateful.

There is an amazing Bible verse that helps to keep our mental stuff in its proper perspective.  Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

And with that, I’ll move on to something lovely and of good report!  It was the end of May,  my husband and I were out running errands and decided to make a quick stop at a thrift shop on the way home.  It was actually a shop we had not visited before and so it was exciting .. treasure hunting, you know.

Most of the time, I have a running mental list of things I may be interested in, if the price is right and IF I have the funds.  We usually start looking at the kitchen things.  New, kitchen things are expensive and always worth the investment…but if you can find it for a fraction of the price .. SCORE!

So I’m looking at baking pans and my eye catches the outline of something that I’ve been dreaming about.  I walk quickly, but not too quickly as to draw attention to myself and the excitement whelling up in my heart. It’s a KitchenAid mixer! At the thrift shop?  Those are well sought after and hard to find second-hand.  Just the week before, while at a yard sale, I found a little KitchenAid mixer in working order and the owner wanted $300! at a yard sale?! It was the smallest one KitchenAid makes and came with a pasta maker attachment, but still .. $300? at a yard sale? I come from the era of yard sales that people still charged less than $20 for big items and nickles and dimes for the small stuff.

Anywhooo… back to my story… I look at the mixer skeptically as I search for the price.  Some thrift shops are getting mighty proud of the donations they receive…I find the tag .. I ask my husband to look at the tag to make sure I read it correctly.

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Yes, you read that correctly.  $34.99!  Well, did it have all the pieces? Check.  Does it work? We hefted it into the cart and went over to ask the clerk if we could plug it in and make sure it worked ok.  IT WORKS!  Calm down, Cristina, calm down...I kept telling myself as we were checking out.  By the time we reached the car, I was doing the dance of joy!!  This Kitchen Aid mixer is my preferred color of white, it has all the pieces, it is the ‘professional’ model, and it WORKS!!  AND I had the funds to purchase it!  My birthday was the week before and our sweet children (who know how much I like to treasure hunt) had given me birthday money.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning

-James 1:17

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that little scuff on the front is the only blemish .. there are no dings nor nicks.  I am beyond thankful to the LORD God who set this mixer aside for me to find.  He gave me a lovely birthday present!!

I have since used it to make my cookie dough and royal icing.  Beautiful.

What treasures have you found this summer?  Talk to the LORD, he knows what you have need of, and he loves us to walk with him and delight in his ways.  He will direct your steps if you let him.

By the way, I have my favorite tools and resources linked to Amazon.  So if you need something quickly or you haven’t found it at your local thrift shop or yard sale, you can get it on Amazon.  By purchasing your supplies via this page you are supporting my blog and little bakery .. Thank you!

 

You deserve some sweetness in your day!

~Cristina

Baking, Baking Biographies, Show and Tell, thrifting

the Adventure Begins

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Hello Dear Reader! and thank you for joining me on my little bakery adventure as I have officially opened my online neighborhood bakery.

This blog has a two-fold purpose: first, to share with you my adventures in baking and life and second to encourage in the daily stuff.  We all need a little joy and encouragement to help us get through the mundane, stressful, or unsure days; as well as sharing the hopeful, cheerful, and good days. I hope my little blog can help you.

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homemade pretzels! gone in a flash!

 

I think I have a plan.  They say you should have a plan.  I grew up making lists, my dad is the king of list making.  So, I suppose that my plan can be like my list for the the blog.  It should keep me on track, right?

MONDAYS:  I’ll share a preview of the week .. upcoming bakes .. maybe a vlog .. something to get the week started right.

TUESDAYS:  Show and Tell! I love show and tell! PHOTOS! recipes .. links .. and some DIY

WEDNESDAYS:  The WORD on Bread :  seeking for and finding the substance and nourishment of God’s written Word.

THURSDAYS:  Thrify Nifty Reviews :  treasure finds, bakery tools, cookbook reviews, and dressing your mealtime table.

FRIDAYS:  Baker’s Biographies : I love to hear about and read stories of those who have paved the way for the next generation.  We’ll discover together the history of baked goods, stories from Grandmothers and Grandfathers, and even meet some of today’s sweetest bakers.

Along the way, you may have to humor me as I share bits about quilting or knitting, or posts about how much I love our children,  our grandchildren, and sheep.  There might even be a mention or two of my moto-adventures with my best friend, my handsome husband. 🙂

There will be affiliate links to Amazon in order for you to have easy access to some of the treasures we share here.

Baking

Coming Soon : This Granny’s House Bakery

Grannies seem to be synonymous with yummy baked treats. Well, that’s what I’ve heard, anyway. I didn’t really grow up around my grandmothers. One didn’t bake at all and the other made box cakes .. sometimes. But she made THE best Italian panatone ever. It is this grandmother (my mother’s mother) whose father was the town baker.

My Abuela was a seamstress and didn’t like to spend time in the kitchen, if she didn’t have too.  My mother is an excellent baker! Breads and cinnamon rolls are her specialty and my mom carried on the tradition of baking THE best panetone, even better than Abuela’s.  So far, I’ve been to chicken to try it. But I will.

I’ve been baking since Curt and I were married, 28 years now, since 1988. But in the last year, I’ve been learning so much! I’ve made my own wild yeast and now I can make a beautiful sourdough bread.

I’m so thankful for the folks on YouTube who graciously share their knowledge, experience, and tips to help others improve in their baking skills. (I’ll link my favorites in a sec.) I’ve also been reading some lovely cookbooks. The kind of cookbook that is written more like a biography than a list of recipes. Where the reader embarks on a culinary adventure, learning the history, the families, and gatherings surrounding the foods we eat.  I love feeling like I’m there, in the kitchen, watching, smelling, and tasting. Such a delight! This is loving to learn. 🙂

As I’ve been practicing these lessons in baking, I discovered that I really, REALLY love to bake! It must be in my genes, as they say. *giggles*  Seriously, I was brought up to apply oneself to the task at hand. Do it to your best ability. If you don’t know, learn.

I am able to do homemaking tasks, well.  Well, maybe not the bathrooms. . .just being honest.  I enjoy most handwork, like quilting, knitting, and embroidery. I like the thought of and beauty gardening more than the keeping of said garden. Cooking for big family gatherings, awesome. But .. baking .. now that, I LOVE❣

I’ve observed that the forbidding of foods is has a right and a wrong. It just that society appears to have it all mixed up. Calling good evil and evil good, even in our daily bread. All puns intended. The Bible talks about that, by the way. If you receive your food with thanksgiving unto the LORD God, then he it is that takes care of you. I actually made a little grocery list of foods the Bible say are GOOD for you and that man say are bad.  [watch for more on that in  another post]

Take note, dear Reader, when I learn about these nuggets of truth, I like to pass on the information.

I’ll leave you with this truth found in John 6:35

    “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

A few of this Granny’s favorite youtube bakers :

  • CupcakeJemma | London based purveyor of awesome cakes and cupcakes.  Classic bakes, tips and tutorials.  This gal is a great teacher, fun to watch, and inspirational!!
  • Breadtopoia | Easy to follow bread baking tutorials.  I first learned to make my sourdough watching his beginner videos.
  • Julia M Usher | Everything cookie!  Julia has a long list of accomplishments in the pastry world.  It’s wonderful that she gives us the opportunity to share in her knowledge and beautiful work.
  • Entertaining with Beth | Easy recipes elegant enough for entertaining, but simple enough for a weekend meal.  I enjoy learning from Beth. Her videos are welcoming and joyful.  I made her lemon pound cake after watching her .. and .. it was Y U M M Y !