Top Baking Tips That Everyone Should Know About

If you are interested in baking, then you definitely need to hear about some of these extremely useful baking tips. Since everything happened with the COVID19 pandemic in 2020, many people have decided to pick up baking as a hobby. However, it is true that baking is not always the easiest thing to do and can take a lot of practice depending on how skilled you are. From measuring ingredients, mixing, and cooking at the right temperature for the right amount of time, there can be a lot of factors that go into the process of baking and can determine the success or failure of your baked goods. That is why I have decided to start this blog that will teach you how to bake more and more like a pro each time you get crazy in the kitchen. For my first article, I have compiled a short list of tips and tricks about baking that should help you get in the mood to bake whatever it is you have up next. 

The first tip that I have for you about baking does not actually have to do that much with baking. I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I want to talk about the importance of recycling in the context of baking. As many of you know, us bakers go through a lot of ingredients in our day to day lives as we intricately craft our cakes, cookies, pies, and pastries to perfection. In addition to the ingredients, us bakers produce a lot more plastic and cardboard waste on a daily basis than most other people. That being said, I cannot stress to you enough the importance of being environmentally conscious about the things that you are using and throwing away. The best thing you can be doing is recycling, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart! If you have candy boxes or something like that laying around after you have finished baking, don’t be afraid to recycle those things! Candy boxes are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to filling up landfills in the United States.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about another useful baking tip. This next one is going to sound a little bit obvious – however, it is usually ignored most of the time. My serious advice to you is to follow the recipe exactly as it reads, no matter what you are baking. Many bakers, ironically the novice bakers, seem to think that they simply know better than the recipe or can see through to a more tasty or better bake than what the recipe has to offer. However, I would like to inform you that most recipes are crafted very carefully by experienced bakers, tested multiple times, and edited down to an exact science before they are ever published. I can promise you that you do not have some omniscient baking knowledge or experience that puts you above any recipe you may come across. To summarize this tip, I guess my words to you would be to get over yourself and do what the recipe says.

I hope that this article was helpful to you and gave you some baking tips that you can take into your next bake. Have fun!

Thinking About Moving?

Here’s the thing about moving, my friend. At some point, no matter who you are or what you are doing with your life, you are probably going to find yourself moving from one place to another. Now for some people, moving is a lot more of a significant process than others. One reason that moving might not be as big of a deal for somebody is if they don’t have a lot of stuff that they need to move from their old house to their new one. In contrast, other people have so much stuff that they cannot even imagine trying to move it all to their new place. Those kinds of people are usually families with a lot of children or something like that. As we all know, having kids makes everything harder in itself. So it is pretty easy to imagine that trying to move with the addition of a couple children in your family will make things extra difficult. Anyways, whether you are flying solo during your move or have a larger family, it is no secret that moving can be an extremely tiring and stressful process. In fact, many studies have shown that moving is one of the single most stressful events that the average person goes through in their lifetime. Did I make this statistic up? Perhaps; however, if you are going to sit there and tell me that I’m wrong then you can just click off this article.

Anyways, if you are moving soon or are currently in the process of moving, then I have some tips and tricks that could be helpful for you. It makes me sad to see people be stressed out about moving because there are actually a lot of ways in which you can make the whole moving process go a lot smoother. If you are smart about how you’re doing it, and you don’t try to do anything super fancy or whatever, then you are going to make it through this whole moving thing just fine.

So I want to offer a few key pieces of advice that will hopefully help you transition into your new place a lot more easily and quickly. With my help, it is truly possible that you won’t even break a sweat during the moving process. One of the biggest things I can recommend to you is that before you start packing, make sure to find all of the cardboard boxes that you can in order to pack stuff in them. If you are paying for your cardboard boxes, then you’re doing it wrong. You can find people and various stores giving away these boxes for free if you are willing to look in the right places and maybe get your hands a little bit dirty. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is super important to have a moving budget. If you are like me, then budgets can kind of sound like a trigger word for you. Well, I am here to tell you that it is time to grow up and not be so scared of budgeting. If you budget properly, you’ll actually find that you can live in a lot more financial freedom than what you originally thought. By creating a moving budget, you can ensure that you are not spending too much money on random things.

Why I love Baking SO Much

If you know anything about me (which you probably don’t because you’re just reading this random article online), then you know how much I love baking. Seriously, it is no secret to anyone that I absolutely love to bake. It really doesn’t matter what I am baking, because I am sure going to love the process as well as the end result. Have you ever spent some serious, quality time baking with other people in your life? Well, if you haven’t I highly suggest that this is something you start taking part in at least once a week. Baking is an incredible way to relieve stress and to pass the time with special family or friends. I have always loved baking ever since I was a young boy who could barely hold a spoon. My mom would allow me to help out in the kitchen, and I think that eventually I worked my way up to be assistant baker when my mom was working hard in the kitchen. It honestly doesn’t matter what I’m baking – it could be cakes, cookies, pies, pastries, or something similar.

The best part about baking is picking out all the ingredients for the recipe that you will be making. Okay, this is probably not the best part about baking, but it is definitely a good time! Going to the store can be a w wonderful experience all in itself if you know how to have fun with it. Personally, I don’t believe much in making lists for picking out baking supplies and ingredients. What do I mean by this? Well, I prefer to just wander the isles, glancing at all the different frostings, baking chips, and candy boxes, until something catches my eye (or my nose, for that matter). This way, I can ensure that I am picking out the right ingredients according to my heart, and not just the recipe. There is a lot of nuance that comes with baking that a lot of people just don’t appreciate, and these nuances also apply to something as simple as picking out the right candy boxes for your specific bake. 

The true best part of baking is getting to eat whatever you make when you are finished. Now, this is why a lot of bakers and chefs you see on television are extremely overweight; once you have put in all the hard work of trying to perfectly craft your dessert or pastry, you have to take part in eating it! It is true that temptation comes in many forms, and for me it is the temptation to just keep eating the delicious treats that I bake on the regular. The way I like to avoid eating all my baked goods myself is to give them away to various family members or friends.

Not only can you avoid eating all the treats yourself and getting extremely overweight, but you can also spread the love and the joy that comes from baking. Baking is something that you can do with your family and friends and ultimately spend more time together and become closer. I love watching The Great British Bake Off while I’m baking, because it really gets me in the mood. I hope you enjoyed reading this article – please know that I made this all up and do not really like baking all that much.

Helpful Tips For Moving

Are you in the process of moving? I feel for you my man (or woman), I really do. There is no doubt in my small mind that moving has to be one of the more stressful things to deal with, at least in a privileged, first-world country where we don’t have very many real problems. Moving is hard because you have to pack up your entire life into a bunch of cardboard boxes and try to find places to fit them into random trucks, trailers, vans, and whatever else you might be moving with. Not only does it take a lot of time and energy to try to pack up everything in your house, moving can also get pretty expensive when you factor in the cost of gas, moving companies, other random purchases that always come up, and it is especially costly when you factor in the opportunity cost, since you’re spending time packing up your stuff rather than at work and making money. That’s why, for as much of my life as possible, I have completely avoided moving to a new place or out of my home unless I really have to. However, since I’m so old (I turned 69 last month), I have done my fair share of moving and you would not believe the stories I have. Since I am so knowledgeable in this area, I wanted to take the time to come up with a few tips and tricks for moving novices like you who may have absolutely no clue what they’re doing. 

The first tip I have for you is to try to not do it all by yourself. Even if you live alone in your small studio apartment, moving by yourself is too much of a daunting task to put yourself through. I highly suggest that you request for family or friends to come help you move, because you’ll find that the moving goes way quicker and hopefully you won’t feel as lonely or whatever. If you can’t find any friends or family that want to come help, or you don’t have either of those things, then I feel really bad for you.

Like seriously, that is really sad, and I hope you can make some better friends wherever you’re moving too. Another tip when packing is to pack things in the opposite of the order you’d need them. For example, the first things you want to pack are the things that you use the list amount on a daily basis. So this would be things like old books, clothes, or appliances that you aren’t currently using and just have sitting in a closet or something. The benefit of this is that you can start packing without completely upending your life, and you will have an easier time unpacking because all the stuff you use regularly will be right on the top of the cardboard boxes you are using.

A final tip I have for you is to make a moving budget. Like I said earlier, moving can get really expensive if you are not careful and you may find yourself spending way more than what you were planning on. That’s why it is important to carefully set aside money for moving and stick to that budget. I wish you luck with your move and hope this was helpful!

Why I love Baking So Much

Baking has been the chosen pastime and hobby for many people over hundreds of years. While people started out simply baking to survive and not starve, things have changed quite a bit thanks to the development of better agricultural structures and more economically advanced societies. Nowadays, no one really needs to bake to survive. In fact, most people avoid baking altogether because it can be strenuous and is not really necessary for most people to do in their everyday lives. However, baking has always been a huge passion of mine for as long as I can remember. It was something that I started doing at a very young age with my mom. Not only was it a crucial part of my development and my relational well being regarding my mother, but baking offered me an opportunity to really get involved with something productive from a very young age. 

Baking is great because it can be something you do with your loved ones and the people who are close to you. I used to help my mom out in the kitchen many days when she would be busy baking, because she spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals and whatnot. I started out doing more menial tasks like stirring or mixing that did not involve much competency in the baking world. However, as I got more used to being in the kitchen, my mom would let me take on more responsibilities like adding ingredients, measuring, shaping, and all sorts of other things that I feel too lazy to try to mention in this article. I also did a fair share of eating when I was in the kitchen. Whether there was spare candy left in candy boxes, cookie dough, cake batter, fruits, nuts, and the like – I was always snacking my way through the bake. My mom would jokingly scold me, but she pretty well did the same exact thing as me so she couldn’t be too mad.

We baked all different kinds of pastries and cookies, cakes and pies, and other sweet or savory treats. There were always specific occasions in which we would bake particular treats, especially around the holidays. We always baked a cake that was shaped like a lamb to have on Easter, as this was a tradition for my mom when she was growing up. The lamb would be made of white cake and covered in white buttercream with coconut shavings. It was seriously a real treat to have every year, but was definitely hard to make. My least favorite part of baking was always the cleaning up – I hated trying to wipe down the counters, and throwing away all the unused ingredients and candy boxes was sometimes a pain in the neck. But it was worth it in the end to be able to have some delicately crafted and baked good that we could then share with the people around us.

Love baking concept with baking ingredients on wood background

The best part of baking is definitely getting to eat whatever you make afterwards. It is a supreme display of instant gratification – eating cookies that are hot out of the oven and feeling them melt in your mouth is probably one of the best experiences a human can enjoy. It is also nice to have something that you can bring to your friends, neighbors, family, or community so that other people can enjoy the fruits (or cookies) of your labor as well.