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Top Ten Baking Mistakes

Baking soda is one of the absolute basics of natural house cleaning. Nearly every recipe for making your own cleaners seems to contain baking soda in it somewhere – and those that don’t have it usually contain vinegar and are used for cleaning glass.

I often bring people into the kitchen to bake with me. Food is the universal ice breaker. Whether everyone is involved in the process or I am preparing food while others talk, there is lightness in the air. It’s easier to talk, to share our hearts and to laugh.

You should start with the right attitude. But that should come very natural for you if you have the passion to bake. Because just like with everything else, if you are passionate about the thing that you do, it is very easy for you to excel in it. So again start with having the best attitude possible and to never settle for anything but the best in everything that you do with your baking skills and education.

NATURAL MOUTHWASH. It even works as a great mouthwash. When my twins were born, they had to stay in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for 6 weeks. It was a very stressful and tiring time and I drank a ton of coffee just to stay awake and (somewhat) alert. To combat the resulting bad breath, I rinsed my mouth with a baking soda/water solution (1 teaspoon per 2 ounces) several times a day. It works!

Many things blur in my mind but the times spent in the kitchen at Christmas are etched in my memory. I think of Tammy, a dear friend who makes fudge with me each year. Krislyn and I started a tradition of baking Christmas goodies one day in December every year. I love to bake with my sisters; we explore new recipes and make cookies while talking and laughing together.

CARPET. I have two toddlers and two dogs, so my carpets are very familiar with baking soda. To neutralize odors, simply sprinkle baking soda on your carpets at least 30 minutes prior to vacuuming.

I’m going to help you out. The three tips I’m going to discuss are size (yes, it does matter), shape, and material and how to determine which pan is right for your particular baking need, so let’s get started.

Try not to make any changes or modifications to the recipe until you’ve made it as written at least once. I’ve been there.going along and thinking how cool it would be to add this or that. But believe me, there is nothing more disheartening in the kitchen than changing a new recipe and watching it fail miserably when it comes out of the oven.