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Home-Baked Hygge


My half-Norwegian mother is smiling at the swirl of interest in “hygge” (pronounced hoo-guh).  She was a master at home made simple pleasures that are the roots to kinship and comfort.  We could all use a few hygge tools in our kit right now.  I think my mom would endorse these five hygge hints to ease the holiday hectic:

 #5:  Prep a hot beverage mix, then use it. Choose something with warm milk, less caffeine, chocolate and herbs for a little calm. I love hot cocoa mix:  Whirl in your food processor until powdery:  ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 3 oz. roughly chopped semi-or bittersweet chocolate, ½ cup baking cocoa (Dutched cocoa is a deeper flavor), ¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract, and a pinch of salt.   Store in an airtight jar and use 3 tablespoons mix per medium mug of heated milk or water.  Thank you @smittenkitchen!

Love your coffee too? Unwind with friends with a decaf version of C&H Sugar’s Toffee Coffee.


#4: Employ lavender’s magic. After holding your breath all day working the lists, breathe in one of HBA’s Writer’s Guild pro Nancy Baggett’s Lavender Place recipes Culinary lavender’s comforts range from sweet honey-spice snickerdoodles, to savory herbed popcorn for starters.

#3: Break down prep time…try making dough and freezing ready-to-bake. Just thinking, you might have time to get the dough made…but no time to bake! HBA member test kitchens lead the way on how to freeze cookie, yeast and scone dough to pop in the oven at any time.  Try this Freeze and Bake Scones example

 #2:  Drop, don’t roll.  For some of us, rolling out dough of ANY kind is challenging. Go with a drop or “scoopable” version —there are many sweet and savory options!  Butternut Softies are a great holiday fruit and nut drop cookie and Drop Biscuits are naturally comfort food.


 #1:  Often, eat simply.  Try a whole grain batter yeast bread served with a favorite veggie, lentil or bean soup and soak in the comfort of home.

Even these Top Five cannot guarantee coziness, simple pleasures and kinship when you focus on them alone. Include someone in one of these gifts, and hygge will come quickly to your heart and hearth!

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Have You Checkout Out Highlights for Children? Look and Look Again!


Baking Resources from a trusted Children’s Brand!

A special thanks to HBA’s Writer’s Guild contributor Highlights for Children for providing baking learning activities for children and adults to share.

Give a Gift of Gingerbread

That’s Silly

Crunchy, Nutty Muffin

Be sure to check out our featured activity, “Look and Look Again,” where children are invited to spot how two photos are both different, and the same.

Devoted to “Fun with a Purpose,” family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. Highlights has helped children become their best selves for generations.

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February is Bake for Family Fun Month!

The fun begins with measuring, mixing followed by the delicious aroma of something baking in the oven!  Family laughter and chatter waiting for a taste warm from the oven creates special family memories!

The Home Baking Association has designated February as “Bake for Family Fun Month” and encourages families to spend time together in the kitchen.   Winter is the perfect time to warm up the kitchen and bake together as a family.  Baking is an inexpensive family activity that provides delicious rewards says Charlene Patton, Home Baking Association Executive Director.  She suggests families visit the Home Baking Association web-site (www.homebaking.org) filled with recipes, family baking activities and resources for families with children of all ages.

The Home Baking Association encourages families to allow extra time when baking as a family.    Resource information found on the web-site includes “Tips for Baking Success”, “Safe Kitchen Check List”, “The Thrill of Skill” and many other resources to help parents determine appropriate age kitchen tasks for their children and have baking success.

Patton says “Baking teaches children life skills of cooking and making healthy eating choices.  Other benefits of baking together as a family include developing math, literacy, history/social studies, science and organizational skills while saving dollars.”

Family traditions and memories are often created in the kitchen with special family favorite recipes.   Set aside time during February to share family baking traditions and special family recipes from grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members with your children.  It is a great time to start collecting family recipes that can be made throughout the year.

Pizza is a family favorite so why not turn it into a family baking party!  “Everyone Loves Pizza” is a family baking activity feature for Bake for Family Fun Month!  Families will make four individual pizzas and create their own unique pizza from an array of toppings.  Start a family baking tradition and make homemade pizza every Friday night!  Families will look forward to the weekly tradition!  Links are provided with this web-site feature for additional free resources: Baking Glossary, Kitchen Science Experiments, Baking Certificate, Memory Match Baking Game and more.

Additional family baking recipes are also featured in the award winning “Baking with Friends” book from the Home Baking Association. Each recipe includes a family baking activity, fun fact, vocabulary word and children’s literature book.  The hard-backed book can be ordered for $20 plus shipping at www.homebaking.org.

The Home Baking Association mission is to grow the practice of home baking.  Members include corporations and associations that promote home baking by providing resources and information to perpetuate future generations of home bakers.  Additional resource information is also available through member companies.

Visit www.homebaking.org for ideas and explore the world of family baking!

Each week during Bake for Family Fun Month (February 2015) visitors to the HBA website and Facebook page will have a chance to win over $100 in baking supplies and resources from HBA member bookstores and websites. (Including the books Baking with Friends, and The Cultured Chef)

Are you wondering how you can participate?

Send us copies of your favorite photos of your family (or classroom) baking together. Provide a brief explanation of the project or recipe the participants in the photo are preparing. It’s as simple as that! Our favorite photos will be selected to share on our Facebook page, website and newsletter, and the winners will walk away with lots of fun, FREE prizes!

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Week Two of Bake for Family Fun Month

What is your favorite baking memory? Baking traditions, recipes and family heritage are handed down through each generation. Bake for Family Fun Month is the perfect time to share the goodness of baking with your family.

Each week you will find designated recipes, baking activities and opportunities to spend time together in the kitchen. From toddler to grandparent – baking is the perfect family activity!

Week Two: Baking for Your Valentine!

The Home Baking Association has developed the Valentine Quilt Cake recipe & activity perfectly suited for use in the family home or classroom. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this recipe offers a great opportunity to encourage your kids to explore their DIY kitchen skills. Download the recipe and activity here.

Check out the rest of the great resources the Home Baking Association has to offer:

Intro Video Week TwoBaking for My Valentine
Beginner Red Velvet Cupcakes: Download recipe & card
Beginner Valentine Message Sugar CookiesDelicious!
Beginner Strawberry Muffin TopsA special Valentine’s Treat
Intermediate Sweetheart CoffeecakeA gift to show your love
Intermediate Cinnamon Heart BreadHeart-shaped swirl loaf
Advanced All the Stops Chocolate CakeA delicious dessert!
Intermediate Valentine’s Day Cards and TagsDownload here

There are many more recipes, activities and lesson plans available for Bake For Family Fun Month at the Home Baking Association website. Click here to explore how you can celebrate Bake For Family Fun Month in your community.

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February is Bake for Family Fun Month

A surefire recipe for entertaining your kids—after school, during school breaks, vacations or “staycations”—is to bring them into the kitchen. Mastering cooking techniques can be more than entertainment; it can reinforce math skills such as counting, measuring and separating, as well as improve hand-eye coordination. We have safety guidelines and a list of age appropriate kitchen skills and tasks. When you have finished your baking project, download and print our free Baking Certificate!

There’s a new lesson plan for each week in February. Each lesson plan is designed to inspire home bakers while teaching fundamentals of cooking.

Week #1 – Let’s Get Started Baking – Bake Buttery Breakfast Biscuits and learn how leavening makes batters rise.

Week #2 – Baking For My Valentine– Bake up some Red Velvet Cupcakes, download and color a Valentine card.

Week #3 – History and Traditions – Corn bread, Johnnycake – history of corn and other names for corn.

Week #4 – Baking For Others – Muffins – done the way you like them! Sweet or savory muffins are delicious family fun treats to bake and share.

Thank you to Clabber Girl, a member of the Home Baking Association, for providing this amazing content for Bake for Family Fun Month.

In addition, check out the Home Baking Association resource Baking with Friends: Recipes, Tips and Fun Facts About Baking for Kids. The book is written by Charlene Patton, Sharon Davis, and edited by Nicholas Beatty.


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