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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Last minute NYE treats and inspiration!

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I cannot believe 2013 is almost here! Be sure to check out some of my festive New Years Eve treats for some fun last minute inspiration from my:

... And because it is never too early to start planning, stop by my complete collection of recipe and treat roundups, perfect for any holiday, themed party or special occasion!


 Looking back on my creations over the year, I cannot believe how time flies! For 2013 I have so much more in store for you and a few ALL NEW SURPRISES to share as part of my resolution for 2013! Anyone have any of their own New Years resolutions this year? I know one of the biggest resolutions is to lose weight/eat healthier/diet/etc. Well, what better way to stick to it longer, than with my portion controlled, just-enough-to-feed-your-sweet-tooth, small batch dessert recipes, bite-sized treats and single serving sweets?! Well, here at Dollhouse Bake Shoppe, I am always striving to spread the word about my trick to indulging in moderation so you can still "bake your cake and eat it too" without the guilt! 

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I know, that when I try and stay away from ALL chocolate and try and ignore my cravings for a little something sweet, it TOTALLY BACKFIRES and I end up taking down the entire plate of cookies at work. Or, when I tell myself "I am starting my diet tomorrow", I end up eating the whole pint of ice cream... so it won't be there to tempt me tomorrow, of course ;) Anyone else have a similar story? Well, to be able to treat myself every now and then and still be able to live out my love for baking, I have really started focusing on developing recipes that yield just enough, like my single serving desserts that can even be made in the microwave in minutes

3 Minute Single Serving Banana Bread, or 3 Minute Single Serving Brownie For One sound like the perfect after dinner treat? I think so!

Or how about romantic desserts for two that can be made quickly and easily in the toaster oven, like my Brownie Sundaes For TwoIndividual Apple Crisps, or 2 individual deep dish chocolate Chip Cookies baked in a ramekin and topped with ice cream?!

I also share mini versions of my favorite traditional desserts (so you don't have a half a cake left over, tempting you the next morning), for a perfect way to indulge without over doing it, like my Mini 6" Red Velvet Cheesecake Layer Cake or Mini 5" Pumpkin Cheesecake With Maple Spiced Whipped Cream, both made in my DIY disposable pans!

Small batch dessert recipes are simple to prepare using less ingredient, with quicker baking times and easy clean up. I hope you love them as much as I do and that they can help you stick to your healthier lifestyle for a happy, healthy and sweet new year!

Stay tuned for my complete small batch dessert basics in 2013 like recipes for a 6-well pan of perfect cupcakes, a gorgeous five-inch NY cheesecake made in a DIY homemade disposable pan, a few buttery delicious cookies, and beautiful miniature tiered cakes in no time!

See you in 2013,



Give them a try, and be sure to share a picture on our Facebook wall, or email a photo to MyCreation@dollhousebakeshoppe.com to have your recreation featured in our Fan Photo album!

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sweepstakes: Baking with avocados

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This post brought to you by Avocados from Mexico. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

The holiday season has arrived and what better way to sweeten up the season than with some tasty treats and desserts! To keep the extra calories off your waistline, a fun trick is to sub some of the fat in your baking recipes with avocados! Your goodies will come out rich, moist and a lot healthier, so you can indulge without as much guilt this holiday season. To make it even sweeter, there is an avocado sweepstakes going on this month, giving away over 500 prizes with a grand prize of $2,500 (details below)! 

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When using avocados in baked goods, just replace the butter or oil with an equal amount of pureed avocado. It’s that simple. I've replaced some of the fat with fruit purees like mashed banana or applesauce before, like in my homemade granola bars, but here is a another tasty recipe alternative to cut some of the fat in your holiday baking: Avocado Brownies!

 

 
Chewy Fudge Avocado Brownies
 
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Directions

Make brownies according to directions, substituting your avocado puree for the oil in the recipe. Bake as directed and enjoy!

 

Try this lower-fat baking trick with your family and see if they can taste the difference. Also, be sure to check out the Avocados from Mexico's Better Baking Sweepstakes by the end of December for a chance to win one of over 500 prizes with a grand prize of $2,500! Imagine how much fun baking stuff you can get with that :D

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HOW TO ENTER
“Like” Avocados from Mexico on Facebook and complete the sweepstakes registration form between November 30, 2012 at 12:00 am and (PST) and December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm (PST)

 

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  • (500) Third Prizes – $25 iCard Gift Card

Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia (except
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Read the Official Rules here

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Tangled Christmas Light Marshmallow Bites

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These cute little balls of tangled Christmas tree lights are a really cute and unique goodie for the holidays! They are great for serving at a holiday party and also package up nicely for gift giving. All you need are some marshmallows, green candy coating and some colored sprinkles and you have a fun and festive treat that everyone will love. 

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lindsay Ann Paper Doll Set: Christmas Edition {Free Printable}

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this post with you, just in time for the holidays! To bring Dollhouse Bake Shoppe to life and into your home, the talented Tricia-Rennea, Illustrator has created the complete "Lindsay Ann Paper Doll Set" in a fun and festive Christmas theme, as a special FREE gift to you! Made exclusively for Dollhouse Bake Shoppe, Lindsay AnnThe Bake Shoppe Doll: Christmas Edition, is a printable paper doll set that comes with adorable mix-and-match holiday outfits, winter-time accessories, gifts and of course cupcakes, so your little girl can play, dress her up and "bake" sweet treats to serve. I can't wait for the paper bake shoppe kitchen add-on to play with her in, coming soon!

Simply print, cut, and play!

The complete Lindsay Ann Paper Doll Set: Christmas Edition includes:
  • The Lindsay Ann doll with built-in stand
  • 3 beautiful Christmas dresses
  • A warm winter coat
  • 2 accessory sets: hat & scarf
  • Delightful peppermint cake and cupcakes
  • Sweet ruffled poinsettia apron
  • Bonus Christmas gift tied with a bow



Print onto heavy paper or cardstock paper for a longer lasting doll. Or, read how some of our fans used our original set:

"When I Make paper dolls, I print them on magnet paper so our grandkids can play with them in the kitchen on the fridge. Thanks for the cute set!" -Carol

"I printed out your cute paper doll set for my daughter. She is wearing the darling cherry dress. Because she was printed on regular printer paper, I taped a bamboo stick to the back of it and made it into a puppet" -Lisa

"We printed on cardstock like you suggested and my daughter just LOVED her. I printed two and colored in the hair brown with marker for her friend. They used the dolls with her little mini tea set and played all afternoon. Thank you!" -Jennifer 

Any little girl, or big girl ;) will just love this sweet pink vintage paper doll set. She is cute as a decoration, perched up on top of a desk or dresser with a plate full of cupcakes too. I had so much fun dressing her up in all of her cute wardrobe options. Which is your favorite?!

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AND... If you haven't already, be sure to check out the Original Lindsay Ann Paper Doll Set!

 
Sending a huge thank you to Tricia-Rennea for designing these adorable custom paper doll sets. She has created some of the most darling and inspired work I have ever seen! Be sure to check out more of Tricia-Rennea's custom fashionable illustrations, stationary, logos, paper dolls, free printables, and more on her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter for up to date freebies you can print at home and all new designs available for purchase from her online shop!



xoxo,


Print, cut, play and be sure to share a picture on our Facebook wall, or email a photo to MyCreation@dollhousebakeshoppe.com to show us your doll in action!

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