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.
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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!

So fresh and so clean

Current weight: 153

Monthly goals: No fast food/ Yoga + Workout daily

So, I’ve decided that instead of calculating and sharing my weight every week, I’m going to do it monthly. In between my monthly check-in’s, I’ll share some food and exercises that I find inspiring and hopefully even profile some inspiring people who have made huge lifestyle changes for the better.

So, to start things off, let’s talk about my most favorite thing ever. FOOD! Yesterday, I wrote about some awesome grapefruit treats that I found. And one of them was grapefruit brulee, which might actually become my new favorite treat. Super easy to do, minimal ingredients, and so very good.

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Feeling inspired (and too tired to make anything strenuous) this morning, I decided to try out this grapefruit brulee, and it was seriously everything I could ask for. The grapefruit was soft and warm and the cinnamon melted so perfectly into every little bite that the grapefruit tasted more sweet and any remnants of bitterness was gone.

IMG_4954And, now for the exercise part, of course. I am still continuing with my 365 days of yoga challenge and I have seen a huge change in how much easier it is for me to do all of the poses now. I also don’t feel as stressed out as I used to and I don’t have as much pain anymore. Of course, I take a couple days off here and there, and I can feel it every time I do. Last week, I injured my knee at my brother’s wedding (long story) so now I’m rockin a knee brace, but I still stick to my practice as much as I can.

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I have to say, my favorite yoga inspiration, by far, has been Erin Motz with Do You Yoga. She’s just so easygoing, and her practices aren’t long at all, which fits in perfectly with my lifestyle. She has really inspired me to look into becoming a trainer, after I get a few more hours under my belt, of course.

And for some more workout inspiration, I found this awesome exercise online.

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Image belongs to Women’s Health

This kettlebell workout from Women’s Health doesn’t look like it would be that hard, but man did it make me sweat! This is perfect to do while your little one is crawling around, or something quick while he/she is napping. I would not suggest using your baby as a kettlebell though. That could end badly.

Please share any “clean living” and/or exercise inspirations! Post them in the comments or share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #sofreshsoclean. You can also check out my Pinterest for more clean and fit inspiration.

This week at the Weekly Treat

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A couple weeks ago, I bought a huge bag of grapefruit at the store, assured that I would eat every last one of them. When I got them, they weren’t that ripe. I figured I would give them some time and by the time I checked them again, they were nearing their expiration date.

Not wanting to lose my grapefruits, I thought I would find a couple of treats I could make with them. And here they are!

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Grapefruit scones from Arctic Garden Studio

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Grapefruit Sorbet from Squirrel Bread

Perfect for this friggin heat!

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Pink grapefruit cupcakes by Completely Delicious

The name serves the blog well. These look completely delicious. Definitely trying this recipe

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Grapefruit brulee from Eat and Relish

This makes me feel fancy just looking at it

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 #grapefruitreats. You can find more of my avocado inspiration on Pinterest.