Baking Show Inspiration.

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It is rare for our family to find a T.V. show that we all enjoy watching together. With one daughter who is about to turn twelve and two sons ages six and nearly eight, their interests can be widely varied, so imagine my surprise when all six of their eyes were glued to the screen with intrigue when they found me watching the Great British Baking Show on PBS a few weeks ago.

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If you’ve never seen this show, it’s just like any other competition where there is a group of people who are competing against each other by completing a series of challenges, with judges voting one person off each week until there is one winner left. Unlike American versions of this type of show, the contestants are so kind to each other! They are helpful and encouraging to one another, and they genuinely care about each other, which is so refreshing. The judges are not jerks either, offering constructive criticism when warranted and encouragement when deserved. It’s a great show for the whole family to watch and the kids just love it!

The Great British Baking Show
Last Sunday’s episode was Advanced Dough, and one of the challenges was for the contestants to make donuts. Our mouths watered as we watched each of the remaining five contestants bake up their amazing donuts, some of them looking like they just came fresh from some of the best bakeries in New York. We were inspired! After the show was over we pulled out one of our favorite recipes, Apple Cider Donuts, from my good friend Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots.
Baking inspiration at www.thesoutherninstitute.com
apple cider donuts at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Luke was my assistant and we whipped up a batch of donuts, just like they did in The Great British Baking Show, well almost just like them. We did our very best and had a wonderful time together. We measured and mixed, tasted batter, and watched our donuts bake to perfection. Then we ate them for dessert!

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What inspires you to create? Is it something that you’ve seen, felt, heard? Is it a favorite show or a photograph you’ve seen? I’d love to hear what inspires you!

Chai Oatmeal with Spiced Pears

Chai Oatmeal with Spiced Pears www.thesoutherninstitute.com

There’s not much that I love more than a hot chai tea made with almond milk from our local coffee shop, Sam and Zoe’s. One look at my debit card statement would quickly give me away. I love a good chai, so when I saw a recipe for chai oatmeal made with almond milk I knew I had to give it a try. I found it on a blog called Healthy Aperture and I could not resist, especially when said oatmeal is also gluten free and is topped with warm, spicy, buttered pears. Oh my goodness, is your mouth watering imagining it?

I’m not one to spend a lot of time making breakfast because our mornings are pretty busy trying to get the boys out the door for school in the morning, but since Abby is home schooled, I decided to make this for our breakfast one morning after the boys had left for school. It was a bit time consuming but the end product was so worth it. It is wonderfully spiced, just like my favorite winter drink, and the pears add a sweet (but not too sweet) fruity flavor that completes the dish perfectly. Click over to Healthy Aperture for the recipe and try this one while we still have cold mornings that call for warm comforting breakfasts.

Living with a Tween.

living with a Tween
I’m in the middle of it right now. I live with a tween. It’s a wonderful thing, it truly is! I love my tween with all of my heart and then some. Having a child who is navigating the waters of this time of life reminds me of what it was like as an eleven and twelve year old. There are so many things that I want her to know…so many thing that I wish I knew at that time! So I’ve come up with a list- Five Important Things to Tell Your Tween, and I shared them at the Wishing Well. I’d love it if you visited and read it. Leave a comment and let me know what you would add!