Tag Archives: Baking

  1. Take life’s lemons and make shortbread cookies, fancy ice cubes and more

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    December 30, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    The year has turned sour. Unfortunate events have bombarded me, my family and friends as we crawl toward the end of 2014. The challenges have been as small as an overweight pug stealing a cookie from my two-year-old niece (I’m watching you, Sampson) to a good friend’s cancer diagnosis right before the holidays. It’s enough to make even the most steady person shake their fist at whatever god in which they believe.

    A few years in adulthood have given me enough wisdom to know that life is a series of obstacles that sprout at the most inopportune moments, a depressing thought if there ever was one. But these years have also planted enough optimism in me that I am determined to demolish life’s challenges with the tenacity of an American Gladiator contestant.

    With the spirit of perseverance in mind, let’s turn life’s lemons into some awesome stuff. Here are some suggestions for what to do with the literal lemons in your life. And regarding to those figurative lemons, we’re all going to be OK.

  2. Don’t sleep on Aldi for your holiday baking needs

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    December 10, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Three years ago, I started a Christmas tradition by accident.

    It was a bittersweet holiday season. I had just started a new day job, but the first paycheck hadn’t come in yet. I was also freshly married, so my family tripled in size. I didn’t have a lot of money, but I wanted to do something nice for my relatives.

    That November and December, I baked and baked and baked. Batches upon batches of sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies and double-chocolate cookies filled my freezer. Cookie sheets and parchment paper were my faithful companions, along with a dog eager to catch batter that flew out of the mixing bowl. And bless my poor oven’s heart — that thing really earned its keep that winter.

    Fortunately, the cookies were a hit. And to keep up with my annual holiday baking, I’ve turned to one of my favorite retailers — Aldi.

  3. Forget recaps. Here are 10 ways I will rock my foodie life in 2014.

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    December 31, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Is 2013 already over?  There’s so much food I didn’t get to. So many recipes I didn’t try. So many …
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  4. When life gives you hard biscuits, make some hearty stuffing

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    February 28, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    During the weekend, I had some flour, butter and a lot of time on my hands. This meant that I …
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  5. Cooking tip: Freeze your dough ahead of time to ease holiday baking

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    December 1, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This will be a homemade Christmas season for the Ashlee Eats empire. I’m making a lot of gifts for my …
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