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The deed is done.

I have officially closed “The Sugar Tree” page.

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement of my name change.  I really appreciate it.

And I’ve been shopping for the giveaway!  I have found some very SWEET things!  Look forward to sending these goodies to someone very soon!  Only 175 more to go!

Hope you have a sweet week!

Change is good.

Many of you have asked why I changed my name and logo.

I am the baker formerly known as “The Sugar Tree“.

Not to be confused with the other bakers currently known as The Sugar Tree.

Confused?  Exactly.

There are a few great bakers that had the same inspiration as I did for a name.  And man, is it getting confusing!  So I’ve decided to change my name and start fresh.  I did a lot of research, and there is no other Shaky Baker out there.  Just me.  So if you see another one, I had it first!! (Just kidding.  Sort of.)

But seriously.  This is the nickname that my kids have given me because my hands shake when I decorate, so it seemed perfect.

Thank you all for your support!

Things, they are a changin’

I’m in the process of trying to change my blog over to my new name.  I am switching to:

 

Hopefully, this will all be seamless and you won’t notice the difference.

But things don’t typically happen that way in my world, so I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great day!

Facebook “500” Giveaway

THE GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

I will post the winner soon.  THANK YOU!!

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I want to start by thanking everyone so much for your support!  It’s been such fun getting to “know” so many of you.  Thank you all for being willing to share your talents and gifts.  I learn so much every day!

Now on to the good stuff!

I had to stop myself.  I just kept finding cute stuff.  Valentine’s is such a fun cookie holiday.  So I thought it would be the perfect theme for my first-ever giveaway!

The winner will receive all of this:

  • Set of 2 Wilton cookie cutters – winged heart and the scalloped square (one of my all-time FAVORITES!)
  • Set of 4 cookie cutters – heart with arrow, double heart, lips and Hershey’s Kiss
  • Set of 2 cookie cutters – “I *heart* U” and “Love”
  • Heart-shaped silicon mold (I love these things)
  • Heart-shaped whisk
  • Bottle of mini pink, red and white heart sprinkles
  • “Who Loves You” owl hand towel
  • Set of 3 mini “LOVE” ceramic vases (These are great for cake pops, cookies on a stick, props for photos…I have a set & I LOVE mine!)


I will leave the giveaway open until Sunday, January 22nd at 5pm CST. (US only for this one).  I’ll post the randomly-chosen winner Sunday night so I can get this mailed out Monday morning to be there in plenty of time for Valentine’s Day!

Since it’s my first-ever giveaway, I’ll keep things simple.  To enter, just do these 3 things ON MY FACEBOOK POST:

1) “Like” my Facebook page (if you don’t already)

2) Share the giveaway on your Facebook page

3) Come back to my Facebook page and post ON THE POST that you did 1 & 2.

That’s it!

Thank you all again for your support.  Good luck!

Two things…

So, there are two things you need to do.

First, you must stalk follow Bridget at Bake at 350.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait.

{whistling}

Did you come back?  It’s easy to get sucked in over there.  She’s a cookie maven.

And #2?

You need to make these.

Nutella & Sea Salt Stuffed Sugar Cookies.

I’ve been in the mood for something Nutella-y, so when I saw Bridget’s post, I knew they would fit the bill perfectly.

I followed the recipe almost exactly, just doing a few things differently.  Some worked, some didn’t.  I’ll share both.

1) Instead of scooping out 2 TBSP of batter and dividing it in half, I scooped out 1 TBSP, put the Nutella on top of it, then scooped out another 1 TBSP and put it on top.  My OCD required that each side be 1 TBSP.  I just didn’t trust my splitting skills.

2) I did all of the 1 TBSP bottoms first, then added the Nutella all at once.  That way, the Nutella wasn’t sitting out for too long.  Because….(see #3)

3)  The Nutella warms up very quickly.  If you let it un-freeze after you put it on top of the dough (like to answer the door and talk to a neighbor for 15 minutes), it makes a BIG mess.  Trust me.  (Can you guess which one I’m talking about?)

4) I used silpats rather than parchment.  Because I did this, I didn’t need to scoop the Nutella off with a spatula.  I just lifted them off with my fingers.

5) Mine took closer to 14 minutes to cook.  I took them out at 10, and the centers were too doughy.  But it’s always very humid here, so I typically do have to cook things longer.

These cookies are pure magic.  Nice crunch on the outside.  Soft, fudgy, nutty center.  With that slight twist of the salt.  I had to stop myself.  They are just that good.

So trust me and do these 2 things.  It will start your week right.

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Here is a link to the recipe.

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Late to the party

I was raised that if you are not 15 minutes early to something, then you are late.  9:59am to a 10:00 meeting does not constitute being on time.  That is late.  And forget 10 minutes late.  Not an option.

But that was 22 years ago, before a husband and three kids were thrown into the loop.  That, my friend, changes everything.

So it is of no surprise to people that know me that I am just now really getting on Facebook.

In my defense, I’ve had a personal account for a year and a half.  And I’ve been on Twitter for over a year.  So I’m not a complete social media recluse.  Only in the area of the largest social media platfom out there.

Ok, saying it that way sounds bad.

But all that aside, I’m out there.  Livin’ large.  I’m “The Sugar Tree”.  Not to be confused with the other Sugar Tree.  Apparently there are 2 of us.  But she’s in Canada and I’m in Tennessee, so we have totally different twangs.

Or you can just click here –> The Sugar Tree

I’m also still on Twitter.  @TheSugarTree.

And unlike here, apparently, I actually post stuff there.  It’s revolutionary, I know.

WFMW: My new best friend

I am a home baker.  When I make cookies, it takes over my entire kitchen.  Baking sheets everything.  Cooling racks stacked where my coffee station belongs.  My second oven doubles as a drying rack.  So when I need to cook dinner after a day of cookie-ing, I can’t even make pizza because my cookies are drying in both ovens.

Being a relatively new cookie decorator, I just assumed that was how baking at home was done.  Until I saw this.

Genius.  Pure and simple.

Mind you, I’m no where near the cookier that Callye is, so I didn’t need the jumbo 20-tiered bad boy.  The half rack works great for me.  I use the half-sheet cookie sheets, and two of them fit into each slot.

So now, I just wheel it in the kitchen when I need it.  All of my cookies are right there at my disposal.  They are all nicely organized.  And when it’s time for dinner, I just wheel it into the dining room and you’d never know I had been baking all day.

It is, hands down, the best baking purchase I have made to date.  Well, and PME Supatubes.  But that’s another post.

I ordered mine from here.  It arrived quickly and was by far the best price.

Have a great Wednesday!