Yo Momma Monday: Annalise Sandberg

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Every time I bake something new, I think “dang…I could probably be a baker.” Then I see what other people are working with, and I realize every single time that I still have a long ways to go. I spend a lot of time looking at dessert recipes for inspiration, and what I don’t see a lot of are baking tools and tips.

Then I found Completely Delicious a while back when I wrote a Weekly Treat post featuring grapefruit recipes. I found Annalise’s pink grapefruit cupcakes and my heart sang a little tune. But she offers a little something more than recipes, she also shares baking tools and baking tips – like, how flour is used in baking. I mean, I know I need to use it every time I bake, but I couldn’t really tell you why.

I loved everything she had to share, so I hunted her down to find out more.

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What was the first cookbook you bought?
My mom gave me my first cookbook, a Betty Crocker cookbook, when I left for college. I used it exclusively for years. I think the first one I purchased was baking cookbook on clearance at Barnes and Noble.
Where are you favorite places to purchase cookbooks?
I usually do most of my book shopping online through Amazon.

Do you remember your first baking experience? If so, what did you make and how did it turn out?
I was 8 and I baked chocolate chip cookies all by myself. I was so excited when they were done that I forgot to put oven mitts on before pulling them out of the oven. Ouch!
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What is your favorite thing to make?
I love to bake and assemble layer cakes.

What do you get the most requests for?
My brown butter chocolate chip cookies, they’re a family favorite!
What made you decide to start a blog?
I was very inspired by other baking blogs like Smitten Kitchen and Joy the Baker, and so I decided to start my own.
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Image belongs to Annalise Sandberg

Does your son help you bake?
He’s a little young to really do much helping with anything other than eating (which he loves to do). I look forward to baking with him in the future.
You have a lot of baking tips on your page (which I love), why did you decide to share all of this?
It’s not just about following a recipe, it’s knowing how and why recipes work that leads to the most success in baking. My goal is to share what I know with others with the hope that my readers will bake a better cake or tastier cookie.
What are your other passions?
When I’m not in the kitchen, I love to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, and swimming.
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Image belongs to Annalise Sandberg

How often do you bake?
I bake several times a week. I’d like to bake daily but our small family can’t keep up with all the goodies!

What do you like to do on your down time?
I love to curl up with a good book, movie, or TV series on Netflix.

What projects are you working on, any cookbooks coming out?
No big project on the horizon right now. My focus is on continuing to share great recipes and providing more baking tips.
Image belongs to Annalise Sandberg

Image belongs to Annalise Sandberg

Connect with Annalise on Facebook and Twitter for more recipes and baking inspiration! If you know of any cool moms (yourself included) who would be awesome for this, please feel free to leave a brief description and contact info in the comments, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #yomommamonday You can also email me at mamabecrafty@gmail.com. Find more Yo Momma Monday inspiration on my Pinterest. It has been so amazing getting to know all of these inspirational and rad mommas!

Shameless self promotion

So, I have some good news to share! I got my very first customer at my Mariposa Blossoms Etsy store! She ordered two of my upcycled cheese grater jewelry holders and I’m finishing them up right now to send to her! I also added the store to my Facebook page, so it’s literally a one-stop shop now!

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I’m hoping to get some work done this weekend so I can add more items to my store. There is a big street faire in Lodi, CA in October and I would love to get a booth there, but I need to get my ducks in a row before I can apply so we will have to see how that goes!

As for my other baby, the baby burrito collective, things are going good! We added Heather’s book Red Nectar to the online shop and we are working on a giveaway! I will share the details once they are happening. We are still looking for people who would like to review the book on Amazon and then pass it on to a friend. And better yet, bloggers and writers who would like to review it on their sites as well! So, if you’re interested…please let me know so I can send you a copy!

book review flyerIf you are interested in joining the baby burrito collective or volunteering for it, please feel free to check out the website and/or Facebook. It’s an online art collective that is open to anyone who would like some help promoting their work. We would be happy to have you!

And finally, school starts soon! I’m so excited to start the Academy of the Arts, that I can barely type it without my fingers shaking. I’ve wanted to attend this school since I was in high school, I just finally have the determination and motivation to do it now!

Do you have any projects or anything you would like to share? If so, please feel free to share in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Check out my inspiration for all of my projects at Pinterest and feel free to drop a link to your PInterest, I love checking out other people’s boards and getting even more inspired!

This week at the weekly treat

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Anyone who knows me knows my insane love for avocado. I’ve gone through the avocado on toast for every meal phase at various points of my life, and when times have gotten rough, I’ve been known to eat avocado with a fork and some black pepper. That being said, I still have yet to use it in any of my baking recipes. Silly, I know.

Here are some amazing looking treat recipes that use the beloved avocado:

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Avocado Cupcakes from Will Cook for Smiles – This is actually the picture that inspired this week’s treat. I love just about anything that comes in the form of a cupcake, and I love avocado more than cupcakes. So to me, this is the perfect pairing. I think the only problem I’ll have is the ability to keep an avocado long enough to bake with it.

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Image belongs with A Dash of Compassion

Gluten-free chocolate avocado cupcakes from A Dash of Compassion – I love myself a good vegan recipe. But sometimes, there are a bunch of ingredients that I’m starting to believe don’t actually exist, and it gets both exhausting and obnoxious. Luckily, this recipe has none of that. Now, I’m not a big fan of gluten free flour, so I’ll stick to my whole wheat flour for this recipe. But if you do enjoy the gluten free way of life, you can definitely follow the recipe for the flour at the bottom.

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Avocado Ice Cream from Some the Wiser – When I was pregnant last year, I was ADDICTED to frozen yogurt. It was insane. Whenever we passed by somewhere that had frozen yogurt – we had to stop. And when frozen yogurt wasn’t around, I happily settled for ice cream. My obsession got so deep that I bought an ice cream maker. Only thing is, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work. So, once I get this whole frozen yogurt/ ice cream making thing under my belt, I’m making this. And then gaining a subsequent 20 lbs.

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homemade avocado nutella from the lone home ranger – I love chocolate so much, I would put it on everything if I could. Now, it can’t be that stinky ol milk chocolate, I will have none of that. Only dark chocolate for me. I can’t wait to make this spread and put it on my toast in the morning. Maybe I could use this spread and then top it with even more avocado? Hmm….

If you want to add to our weekly treat group, find us on Facebook. Share your favorite avocado treat recipe in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #avocadotreats. You can find more of my avocado inspiration on Pinterest.

Now go get some avocados! STAT!