SparkPeople Love To Bake Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=8601 This team is for people who love baking! From cookies to cakes, and brownies to pies, we share everything from recipes to meal ideas. Come join us for Scratch Made Goodness! SparkPeople Love To Bake Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=8601 New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x58535115 Hi there everyone, <BR> I'm a 29 year old mother of four who runs a very small cake business. I'm trying to lose weight, but suck at it. I have struggled to juggle baking and dieting. It's not that I eat a lot of my goods, but I get so busy that I don't plan my meals or exercise like I should. Ultimately, I want to grow my business while shrinking my body. I'm really struggling and would love to meet some friends who I could support and get support from. Happy baking all! <BR> <BR> <link>w... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:17:28 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x58330754 Hello to all you Sparkers! I have been on a journey, over the last year, to focus on myself. I started on this particular journey on July 07, 2013. My intention was to lose weight and gain Self-Esteem(the latter being more important). In that year I have lost close to 90 lbs(will be there by July 07 this year). If I had to put a "goal weight" on myself, it would be somewhere near 138 - 140. Currently I am @ 170. I would love to get to know you all better so we can motivate each other on this ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:53:12 EST Retired Baker here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x58301243 Hello everyone. I have been on Sparkpeople for awhile just have not posted. I am going to try and do better. Summer is so short and a very busy time. I have worked in the food industry for about 20 years and in the middle of that I taught Christian school. Needless to say with my love for baking I have a hard time keeping control of my weight. I need to lose about 10 pounds. I really need to get motivated!! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:07:07 EST two ingredient recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x58257808 These look super fun and easy! <BR> <BR> http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/34-insanel<BR>y-simple-two-ingredient-recipes Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:06:13 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x58189691 Exciting to be here Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:56:08 EST Amish baking and just creating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x58070589 Hey everyone - Karin here from PA. I just love to bake and create things. Used to sell my cheesecakes, breads, chocolate to a local restaurant. Now just do it for fun. Willing to try new things so I'm excited to find the treasures in this group. Great to be here Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:13:52 EST Truffles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x57936568 I was attempting to make a filling to stuff my coconut pineapple banana muffins and failed miserably...... but what I did end up making is a delicious creamy truffle center. <BR> <BR> Here's my "goof" recipe... <BR> Truffle Centers <BR> 5.5 cups mini marshmallows <BR> 3 Tbsp Butter <BR> 4 Tbsp Shortening <BR> 1 tsp - extract (I used coconut, but you can use any flavor you like) <BR> <BR> In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter for 30 seconds. Add marshmallows and toss to coat in me... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:24:12 EST No Melt Frosting Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x57870848 I will be baking a ton of cupcakes this summer for various parties and fundraisers. It will be HOT this summer and I won't always have refrigerator space to keep my finished product cool. <BR> <BR> Will you please share your favorite "no fail", "NO MELT" frosting recipes with me? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Wed, 14 May 2014 12:12:29 EST Newbie from Mariposa, CA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x57844379 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I thought I'd check out this team and connect with all of you, who like me, LOVE to bake. I'm always looking for fun, creative ideas and shortcuts to making fabulous desserts when I'm short on time and money! <BR> <BR> I had WLS surgery in August 2013, lost 100 pounds in 8 months, and plan to keep it off for the rest of my life. I use SPARK faithfully to track my food and exercise. <BR> <BR> Now that I am in my "maintenance" phase, I follow a Low Carb lilfestyle... Mon, 12 May 2014 09:00:06 EST New to the team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x57536413 Hi all...I joined Spark last week and just found this group. My name is Theresa, I am 45 and am trying to lose at least 30 pounds while fighting my urge to bake every weekend. I am hoping to find some healthier baking recipes and gain some tips along the way! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:16:15 EST Hi all fellow bakers. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x57342412 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kristy. I am 33 (about to be 34 in a couple of weeks). I have been married for 2 years now to an amazing man. I recently quit my job to become a stay at home wife and work on getting a couple of businesses started. We are working on starting a home baking business. My husband went to culinary school for about a year and has always wanted to open a food business. I loved watching cooking shows on tv and wanted to be a cook from the age of about 10. So, after ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:38:46 EST Glad to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x57288838 My name is Liane and I love to bake. It is my creative outlet. I started making cakes when my daughter was 2. I didn't want to buy them, so I taught myself. I will post my latest cake that I made for a baby shower last week. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to finding out how others manage their weight and baking. <BR> <BR> Not sure if this will work, but I am going to post a link to my Pinterest board of many of the cakes I have done. <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/lianeswen/my-cakes<BR>/ </link>... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:10:02 EST What did you BAKE today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x57132239 Today I baked some Oatmeal Cookies & added Cranberry sauce in place of raisins...came out pretty good. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 02:24:26 EST hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x56815548 I just joined this team and I think it's perfect for me because my passion in life is baking! I'm glad that there is a team for this! Hopefully I'll find some good new recipes to try <em>475</em> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:27:20 EST I have found the perfect place! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x56313503 Hi! I'm new to this forum, and want to introduce myself. I fell in love with baking about 43 years ago, (I was 10). I have started my own "business" from my home. It is called "Delilah's Desserts". I bake, decorate and sell various items locally. I took cake decorating classes when my husband said my baked goods had great taste, so he wanted me to take the opportunity to make them look better. I have since taught myself to paint, and have incorporated that into my business, also. (I "paint" o... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:48:21 EST Hi! I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x56233721 My name is Pam. I love to bake (and eat it as well!). I like to experiment with recipes and see what I can do. Oh, did I mention? I LOVE to bake! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:26:21 EST New Baker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x56107026 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am an newer baker and I Love it! I will bake everything and best of all I just received a Kitchen aid mixer for Christmas from my fiancé. I am always looking for new recipes and cannot wait to experience many from all of you. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:14:15 EST This takes the cake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x55572927 <link>www.irishcentral.com/news/Irish-woma<BR>n-bakes-terrifyingly-realistic-life-si<BR>zed-Johnny-Depp-cake-231192581.html </link> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 10:23:07 EST Hi There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x55564158 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I have been a member of Spark since 2008 but was a lookie-lou for a long time to see what other people were doing and if this website was really going to stick around. I used the nutrition tracker off and on and lost some weight but didn't stick to it (as I am sure some of you can relate to). Was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2004 which wasn't a surprise considering my very sedentary lifestyle and eating habits. <BR> <BR> So, that brings me to 2013. I decided that... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 13:11:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 25 -31 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x54978750 1)Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. <BR> Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> 2)There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. <BR> Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> 4)Speak when you are an... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:47:52 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 18- 24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x54552920 QUOTES ON RAISING CHILDREN <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1)Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 2)I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.' <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 3)Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 02:32:20 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 11- 17 )) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x54552765 QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> 2)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 3)Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 4)The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. <BR> Mah... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:38:29 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 4-10 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x54552616 QUOTES ON DREAMS <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. Lawrence <BR> <BR> 2)Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:11:58 EST Hey Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x54420430 Hello, <BR> <BR> I love baking, so much so that I think I have worn my family out on baked goods. Luckily most of the baking I do now, I send right out the door to the friends or family who have requested them from me. In fact yesterday I baked a banana nut cake with whipped cream frosting for a friend :) Unfortunately my love of baking doesn't work so well with my love of sweets, so I find myself needing to regain control and get myself healthy again. I look forward to getting to know ev... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 13:34:44 EST Bakers nightmare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x54338224 No, its not that your oven broke! <BR> <BR> For me, a baker's worst nightmare is that I'm not allowed to bake anymore. I'm a stay at home mom to a beautiful 7 month old midget and a 4 year old stepson. somehow in those 7 months, I have ballooned up to 264.4 pounds. When my husband and I met at work 2 years ago I was closer to 170. I guess that's what I get fo marrying a baker and cook. Or maybe its this undeniable happiness? <BR> <BR> Who am I kidding? Its the food. <BR> <BR> So now, I am... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:08:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 28 - Aug 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x54332647 QUOTES ON PATIENCE <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)Patience - the gift of being able to see past the emotion. <BR> Rodney Williams <BR> <BR> 2)He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. <BR> David Hume <BR> <BR> 3)Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices. <BR> St. T... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:07:27 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 21- 27) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x54272691 QUOTES ON HAPPINESS <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” <BR> &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” <BR> &#8213; Dalai Lama XIV <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” <BR> &#8213; George Burns <BR> <BR> 4)Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” <BR>... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:16:27 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 14 20 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x54257315 QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It's a grain. It's like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.” <BR> &#8213; James Patterson <BR> <BR> 2)One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” <BR> &#8213; Virginia Woolf, <BR> <BR> 3)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” <BR> &#8213; Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 4)I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to th... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:59:15 EST Hello from 9850 ft. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x54133383 Hi Everyone! <BR> I just found this group looking for a high altitude baking group. Hoping that maybe someone here has some high altitude recipes. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:00:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 7-13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x54039308 QUOTES ON LEADERSHIP <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. <BR> Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> 2)If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. <BR> John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> 3)A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 4)A leader is best when people barely know he exi... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:48:19 EST Trying to work out a recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x53677588 I'm probably getting ahead of myself, since I haven't baked a cake from scratch in over forty years. But I've been almost obsessed the last few days with coming up with an Irish Coffee cupcake. Coffee-flavored cake with Irish whiskey in the batter and a simple whipped cream frosting (since Irish coffee is always topped with whipped cream). Garnish -- my kitchen is totally unequipped to deal with anything like fondant, but I keep thinking of a fondant Irish triskell (a three-pointed design wit... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 23:46:59 EST Hello baker-type friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x53513937 Hi everyone! :) I'm Ashley. I'm a 24-year-old newlywed in Virginia. I joined SparkPeople this weekend after a couple of weeks of working out with a friend and blindly trying to modify my eating habits! I've gained some weight since getting married last summer and I really just want to be fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> Aside from sparking, I'm a nanny for a local family and I work with my local Humane Society and their homeless cats! :) And, predictably, I love to bake! About 98% of what I know a... Tue, 28 May 2013 19:58:59 EST Hey Y'all! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x53474660 My name is Tracey and I am from Texas (not that you would have guessed that by the screen name). I am married with 3 beautiful children. <BR> <BR> I have always enjoyed baking. I don't think I enjoy the fruits of my labor as much as I enjoy watching others enjoy it. I LOVE making bread, but I do it completely from scratch...my pancakes are the same, but I really need to find some healthier options. Sat, 25 May 2013 12:41:58 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x53264082 I just rejoined spark after a long time and was searching which team to huddle with and couldn't place myself anywhere quite well and then i bump into Love to Bake .. and yeah i love to bake .. and times the culprit of why i find it so hard to lose my weight. Well I can't stop baking because i have to lose ..instead i chose to find out how to bake healthy and thats what i think all of you are here too ..so mm here i am .. :) Wed, 8 May 2013 07:25:09 EST How do I "huddle"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x53052092 Good Sunday morning, Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I chose to join your goal of "huddling" with the team once every day. Would someone explain how to do that? I can't seem to find the details. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:35:20 EST 2 Ingredients http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x53046760 OK fellow sparklers . . . I'm taking dessert to a "new recipe only" potluck tomorrow. Here are two new recipes that I found - Please help me choose! Has anyone tried either of these? <BR> <BR> Lemon Bars . . . Angel Food Cake Mix and canned Lemon Pie Filling <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Pineapple Dream . . . Angel Food Cake Mix and canned Crushed Pineapple Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:36:20 EST Newbie looking for healthy sweets to eat n share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x52940323 Hey :) I'm a sweets fanatic, I always want something sweet after I eat. The only thing is I don't know many recipes that I can eat and still be considered on a diet and then I snack n all hell breaks loose with my diet. So, I'd love supporters for not eating the sweets and finding an alternative to eat that will kill the sweet tooth craving for me :) Nice to meet you all!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you guys are having a wonderful day :) Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:53:23 EST Baking Babe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x52912324 I'm so glad to find this group. I have been baking for what seems like forever. Unfortunately, that is what helped me become overweight in the first place. I'm really hoping to find friends and good healthy and low cal recipes. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:42:03 EST Another sweet person is here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x52213708 Lol. Hi! I'm Cindy and I also love baking but refrain from doing it to frequently because my just a little taste thought becomes just another bite won't hurt syndrome.... Luckily, I teach cake decorating which gives me an excuse to bake and play without eating it. :). I used to eat it though and now have work to do to get rid of the extra cake around my waistline. I look forward to learning more about healthy baking but also just to meet others on the same journey with a love for baking.... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:01:23 EST Spark People Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x52096750 Hi everyone! Just signed on for Day 1 of my weight loss journey. I have a long way to go and I am hoping with the online support of others I am able to reach my goal. Would love to hear your stories about how you got started and how you are able to stay motivated. I find it difficult being a stay at home mom to motivate myself, especially during the winter. I feel socially isolated and tend to turn to food as my friend. Hopefully I can learn some strategies on how to do things differently. I ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:39:39 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x52011474 I looooooooooove to bake! That is one of the reasons I am on this journey to be healthy. I still want to bake but healthier options and not as often, hopefully I can pick up some good baking tips from those on the team! Go Team! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 18:09:06 EST Just joined the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x51927390 Hi everyone! I'm 27. I make custom cakes for a living not really helping the diet but i've lost 59lb so i'm excited about that and determined to keep it off. I love to cook/bake. Really look forward to making some new friends. <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:47:13 EST Hi everyone!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x51860586 Just started Spark this morning!! (haven't even set up my page yet!) So excited to be here! Found your team and thought it's PERFECT for me....I do love to bake!! Can't wait to get to know everyone better!!! Please feel free to add me as a friend once I get my page going! THANKS!! Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:53:49 EST night shifter/healthcare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x51616220 Advice needed how to avoid craivings when tired! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:56:26 EST New Groupie :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x51382933 Hi my name is Cathy. Married for 33 yrs to a <BR> Wonderful guy.Have 3 married sons and our first <BR> Grandson-he's terrific! I have the privilege of <BR> Watching him everyday. <em>244</em> <BR> I'm looking to meet new friends and a good recipe now & <BR> Then. I love to cook! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:00:46 EST Merry Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x51324470 Wishing you all a Happy Holidays. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 13:34:53 EST Have a Baking storage question! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x51309352 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team, as I am trying to learn how to bake and cook more at home. Tonight, I started baking the goods for christmas. I've already made the pies and put them in the fridge. I'm also making peanut butter balls and fudge. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know if I should put the peanut butter balls and the fudge in the fridge or will they be ok in air tight container until christmas? <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance and happy baking! Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:58:29 EST hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x51228932 Hi everyone i am new to this site and trying to find my way around, <BR> i love baking and have found that of late i have simply stopped as i don't want to gain any more wieght, but if i could find a way to back and loose then heck i'm In! <em>334</em> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 11:01:55 EST Healthy cake or muffin recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x50405628 Hi all! <BR> <BR> My birthday is coming up soon and instead of buying a sugar filled cake I would like to bake my own with healthier ingredients. If anyone can help out that would be great. I like pumpkin spice if its possible to make a healthy version of a pumpkin spice cake or mini muffins. Just a few for me, the kids and hubby. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance <em>41</em> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:27:19 EST New to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x50305841 My name is Chris Anderson and I LOVE TO BAKE!! I try not to bake a lot because I know where those cookies will go, in my mouth. My husband has better will power than I do. So now here come the holidays and the baking ingredients are going to find there way back into my pantry. My favorites to make are cookies and bread loaves like banana and pumpkin. I haven't ventured into pies, my husband does not like any kind of pie and I know I would eat that before it was even done cooking. <BR> <... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 22:32:05 EST Introducing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x50106026 Hi guys! <BR> My name is Caitie Mullarkey. I joined this site to get tips on losing weight and feel comfortable with my body! My goal is too drop my overwhelming insecurities about my body and create a healthy body I feel comfortable in. My interests are losing weight,singing and meeting new people. Feel free to reply or message me. I believe you can do anything you set you're mind too. Good luck with you're goals!! Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:15:11 EST Looking to Start Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49947542 Hi, my name is Alycia and I am a bio-mother of three and a stepmother of two. They range in age from 11 months to 14. Currently reside in a suburb of Houston, Texas. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with weight since college. I went from being extremely active in high school to sedentary. It was the 30 lb creep over four years. I was able to exercise and keep that off for two years. With the birth of my older daughter I gained 70lbs and thus began the struggle for 10 years. I have gone up... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:10:59 EST Really....there is a Baker`s Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49924281 Hi, I`m very surprised to find a group of bakers on this site....surprised but very happy. I have been an avid baker for years. I`m 57 years old and have recently retired. Baking is a hobby and part time business for me. Always a struggle not to sample everything I bake. I`m good as long as I don`t try just one thing...it`s like I turn on a switch that is very hard to turn off. I currently am at my heaviest weight ever and need to lose about 35 pounds minimum. Would love to be part of ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 22:12:59 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49900351 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am a 55 year old Grandmother of 5 and LOVE baking for them...especially during the holidays. Of course, I have to taste everything that I make which is not a good idea for my waistline. <BR> <BR> I would also like to offer baked goodies that are healthful AND delicious...maybe even make over a few of their favorites. (Experimentation...here I come!) <BR> <BR> I look forward to visiting this team and reading your ideas for baking. <BR> <BR> Regards, <BR> Ness Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:02:54 EST First day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49868251 Hello all, <BR> <BR> New to this site and in need of losing about 55 pounds. I hope to engage in more physical activity every day and I hope this page will help me to be more accountable. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:33:56 EST miss you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49796327 <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> HELLO! I've been hiding for a while :( I started a second job, daughter started a job and went back to school. I needed a little while to figure out a schedule that incorporated good eating and work outs! I think I have it. I hope things are going well for you. I plan to check in more often with my SparkFriends and SparkTeams. I miss y'all! <BR> <BR> Have a Spark-a-licious Spark-tastic Spark-y Spark-ful day! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:15:51 EST Here I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49737636 Hello everyone. I recently heard about this site from my doctor. I am use to being anywhere from 130-140 lbs. I have had two children. I gained a lot of weight with both pregnancy and had no problem losing it after the first but after the second is a different story. My second is 2 1/2 years old now and I am 232 lbs. which is more than what I weighed at the end of my pregnancy with her. I started losing a lot of weight and fast after having her and then had a life-crisis and post-pardo... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:17:23 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49665282 Hello! I am new to SparkPeople and love to bake and unfortunately eat it! I am diabetic so am looking for things to make with lower carbs, fat, sugar etc. I am looking forward to some great ideas and also a little support to stay with my eatiing changes. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:48:45 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49662640 Hello! I'm new on Spark People (2nd day) I love to bake! It's my passion! But since I got married to my husband and he is a diabetic...now I have to sub the sugar for artificial sweetener. I'm hoping that people on this team can give me new recipe's that I can eat and as well as my husband! <BR> <em>87</em> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:15:48 EST hi!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49552886 Hello fellow bakers!!! Love to bake!! <em>475</em> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:18:22 EST Hi. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49530251 Hello-just joined today--and I'm happy to see others on here who love to bake like I do. It's therapy and really just a happy activity, and I won't give it up for any diet or fitness plan. So, here I am----exercising control and other things. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:34:37 EST Hello, new to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49522314 Hello, just thought I would join this group as I LOVE to bake. My downfall really. <BR> <BR> I am a trained Professional Cook (not a Chef), yet. My day job is being a School Cook, which I totally love. I worked in a small restaurant before the school and really didn't like it, hated the hours (mornings, nights, weekends). And my talent was being wasted. I care about Food Allergies, I have always wanted to work with kids. So I quit cooking for the parents and started cooking for their kids in... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 01:28:10 EST Hi there, people like me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49503060 My name is Kate and I'm a cupcake addict. I love filled cupcakes with deliciously-flavored frosting, but unfortunately I just moved away for graduate school and have no excuse to bake full batches anymore. School hasn't started yet so I haven't met anyone to share them with, and the plethora of goodies in my apartment would just be too tempting. I'm so glad that I can gain encouragement in my get-healthy mission from others with similar interests. And maybe some of you have small-batch or les... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:39:10 EST apple pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49341710 Apple pie without a chunck of cheddar cheese is like a hug without a squeeze. <em>247</em> <em>22</em> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:20:16 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x49039701 Just saying hello, just rejoined spark and still exploring. Love the recipe site! Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:33:05 EST Baking is my Therapy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x48892673 Hi~ I am fairly new to Spark people, just joined last Thursday. Very excited to get moving and hopefully lose my excess pounds. I also love to bake - it is a form of therapy for me. If I have had a bad day at work, or am feeling low, I know I can whip something up in the kitchen and feel better by the end. Fortunately, I only eat one or two servings of whatever I make and the rest goes to work with my husband! I have my own "home-baking" business and spend a lot of time reading baking bl... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 23:55:03 EST Hi Everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x48693760 Who doesn't Love to Bake!? Eat what they bake?! Feel guilty after they eat the entire thing!?!? LOL I sure do and have! I'm beginning (again) my quest to healthy living but this time I would like to do it the right way! Healthy eating, exercise and self confidence in myself is going to see me through this..I'm scared, excited and anxious all at the same time!! I'm sure I can gain some knowledge from this group or in the very least I'll gain a good support group that will stop me from eating ... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:30:51 EST Baker Pals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x48118727 Hi there, <BR> Do I love to bake? That is almost as silly as asking me if I remembered to breath today. Yes I love to bake. There is something about haveing my hands in bread dough that makes me feel what would you say.... relaxed. I love the feel of it. Rolling out cinnamon rolls, loave bread, cinnamon twist, buns, just gives you a good feeling. Then to see it come out of the oven and your kids are like oh look, mom has made bread." Can we have some, please, please???? It is worth it.... Thu, 17 May 2012 22:15:53 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x47982958 Hello fellow cooks. I have been a part of Sparkpeople for a little while now. I purchased the Sparkpeople cookbook but I have yet to find the time to bake. My father's birthday is coming up and I plan on trying one of the cake recipes and waiting on what he thinks of the flavor before I tell him it is lower in calories than a traditional cake. I just discovered this group and I cannot wait to exchange recipe ideas and such. Happy healthy baking. <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 9 May 2012 00:28:39 EST Hello fellow cooks and bakers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x47782791 Hello everyone. My name is Linda. I absolutely love to cook and bake. I look forward to sharing recipes with you all. <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:58:10 EST hello everyone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x47539062 I'm a married Mom of 6 wonderful children. In the last few years, my interest in cooking has really taken off - especially baking. The problem is, I have to try everything I bake which isn't helping with my weight loss efforts. I love to bake cookies and cakes for my kids and hubby and lower calorie options would be great, just in case I do feel the need to indulge. I am focusing more on healthy meals that will benefit the whole family, but I do miss baking the sweet treats on the weekend... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:33:18 EST Welcome To My World http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x47024350 I am so excited to have found this team! I am a newbie to sparkpeople and have fallen in love with it and then to find this team....I couldn't ask for anything better. I am a 58 year old Tennessee (formerly California) grandmother that bakes, bakes, bakes with my 7 grandchildren. Now it's time to learn how to bake "healthy" (which is my goal). I look forward to reading all about you and to learn much much more... not just for myself but for them also. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:24:34 EST Nice to meet you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x46425846 Hello everyone! I recently joined spark and this group so I thought I would stop by and say hello and tell you a bit about myself. I am 27 years old and living in Ireland. Just last month I celebrated 3 years of being married to my amazing husband. I have always been heavy, ever since I hit puberty. I have a lot of travel related goals that I would like to see through before we settle down to have a family. None of that will happen while I'm 277 pounds. I've set myself a "small" goal of being... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 06:58:09 EST Cookbooks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x46323217 I'm packing things up and this morning I boxed up (just a few) cookbooks that were still out on the shelves: <BR> <BR> My Cookbooks <BR> <BR> Dr Shapiro’s Picture Perfect Weight Loss 30 Day Plan <BR> Complete guide to bread machine baking <BR> Patti LaBelle Cuisine <BR> Settlement Cookbook <BR> Desserts with splenda <BR> South Beach Diet <BR> Susan Powter Flood <BR> Volumetrics Weight Control Plan <BR> Volumetrics Eating Plan <BR> Lose weight with Dr. Art Ulene <BR> Fit or Fat target diet <... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:00:16 EST Hi bakers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x46322587 Hey y'all~~ <BR> <BR> I have trained as an artisan baker and pastry chef and LOVE to bake! However my fiance and I are both trying to get back in to shape and lose just a little weight. <BR> Hoping to meet more bakers and to swap recipes with! <BR> <BR> Bella Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:13:27 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x46314353 I'm back and ready this time to really stay focused! I've been here before and was very successful, but then some pretty bad things happened in my life and I gained all the weight I'd lost back again. I was miserable and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I'm also quite a bit more motivated now. But anywho, howdy. y'all, and let's see where this journey takes me! Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:53:57 EST Love to bake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x46208941 Looking for new ideas for baking treats. I have found a lower fat recipe for banana bread that is very good if anyone would like. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 06:51:37 EST Baking for kids' lunchboxes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x46131338 One of my New Year's resolutions is to rely less on prepackaged stuff and do more home baking, especially for the kids. Things like breads, muffins, etc. and then do some substituting of ingredients to make them healthier. Do you put homebaked goods in your kids' lunchboxes ? What do you make and do your kids like the healthier versions, if you've tried making them ? Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:27:12 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x45992589 HI!! <BR> <BR> I am Pastrygirl2009, and as I name suggest I LOVE to bake. I have even studied pastry in culinary school. Though I find that as much as I love to bake I dont always want to eat the sweets. I would rather buy a cake and eat it than bake a cake and eat it. but I love baking. kind of odd I think. <BR> <BR> Baking is science for hungry people! Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:55:01 EST Hello to all the baking lovers out there!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x45845309 Hi Everyone!!!! My name is Alexis. I used to bake with my mom when I was younger and loved it. Since I moved out and got married, I am getting back into baking and am starting from ground up. I am looking forward to meeting everyone in this group and learning as much as I possibly learn. Happy baking everyone!! Thu, 5 Jan 2012 17:31:00 EST Hi! New Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x45739871 Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:38 EST Why hello there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x45283129 I'm Lauren, and a baker in training. I'm at university right now, plan on attending a culinary university after, and work through Disney's culinary college program to expand my baking knowledge. My ultimate goal (not weight loss related) is to own my own successful bakery. Among my friends I am considered a "baking snob". So glad to have found a baking team! =D Good luck to everyone here. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 02:45:41 EST Bread Bakers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x45224120 I am primarily a bread baker and think there's nothing that makes the house smell better than the aroma of freshly baked bread. Despite having a Kitchen Aid mixer, I always hand knead my breads because I love the feel of the dough changing under my hands. <BR> <BR> I have a sourdough starter lovingly named Shelob ("she's hungry; she always needs...to feed"), who has children named Hal and Audrey and even has grandchildren! <BR> <BR> Are there any others out there who know and love the joy o... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 12:43:53 EST Salutations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x45224072 I was kneading the dough for Thanksgiving rolls when I suddenly wondered, is there a baking team on Spark People? And here you all are! <BR> <BR> I'm 53, a lawyer, and I love my new kitchen! The best thing about it is being my wonderful oven and the things I get to bake in it. I am primarily a bread baker. I'm not that much of a sweets person, more savory in my taste preferences. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thu, 24 Nov 2011 12:37:27 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x45046621 My name is Novi. I'm from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I just joined this awesome website. I enjoy baking and cooking, and I look forward to learning more about healthy lifestyle and recipes. Sat, 12 Nov 2011 16:11:39 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x44699271 I'm new to this team but not to SparkPeople. I started over again a couple of weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I like to cook but I love to bake (at least when the kitchen is clean). If what I have to take to family dinners is any indication I'm better at baking since they always want me to bring cookies, pies, or home made bread. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to slowly convert my recipes to healthier versions. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:42:23 EST Change A Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x44258312 tide Sun, 25 Sep 2011 00:46:22 EST Change A Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x44258014 Kite Sun, 25 Sep 2011 00:16:07 EST DYO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x44257976 DYO more than four recipe books? <BR> <BR> Yes, I own 70 (I admit that this is my weaness - I belong to six book clubs.) Sun, 25 Sep 2011 00:13:09 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x44257926 Boy is this a team tailor made for me. I really love cooking from scratch, but my special passion is baking with an emphasis on homemade bread. I also bake cookies and brownies from scratch and hope to venture into other areas as I feel more comfortable. I really enjoy being able to put all of my concentration into baking and feel a special sense of satisfaction from seeing my finsished product. I feel even prouder when people compliment my baking. I'm very glad to part of this team. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 00:07:30 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x44239964 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Thought I would introduce myself to the club! <BR> <em>36</em> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 19:25:22 EST Hi, Hello, Bonjour, Osiyo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x44046205 Hi all you fellow lovers of baked things. I am new to the team and looking to find a way to start baking more health conciously and would love to know how each of you tackle this issue. With the end of summer and the approach of fall my mind starts turning to baking and finding new recipes as I usually do alot of baked goods to pass out for Christmas. Am trying a new recipe today by Betty Crocker, a Chunky Apple Bread that has big chunks of apples and honey vanilla yogurt in it and it is t... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:36:03 EST HEY THERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43734046 Hey! I'm Synde and I'm quite excited to have joined this community and more importantly this GROUP! I have recently gotten into baking and I tell you, I can make a mean Strawberry Coconut three layer cake (all the way from scratch)!!! HOWEVER, I have also recently committed to shedding some poundage and that means learning how to make healthier versions of my favorite treats... So, I'm hoping to find some alternatives here. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:36:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43671357 Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Katie but my friends call me smurfette, just dropping by to introduce myself <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I enjoy baking and cooking as it keeps me busy rather than doing nothing. <BR> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:16:24 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43624130 Hello Everyone! I'm new to this site. I'm looking for walking programs/clubs in the South Jersey area. Does anyone know of any? Thanks! Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:48:15 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43598799 Hello everyone! I have been gone from SparkPeople for a few months, because I had lost motivation, but am realizing that I NEED to get back into the habit of working out regularly and tracking what I eat. I know it is a weird day to start, but I am getting back on track tomorrow (or today, since it's after midnight) with a trip to the gym, tracking food, and restarting my goals. This time I WILL stick to it!! <em>249</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 00:44:25 EST new me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43592136 I joined yesterday. <BR> I will be focusing more on what goes in my mouth for the next week as the dr has put me on restrictions at home & work as I have a bad sprain. <BR> I still hope to make it to a POW WOW this weekend as I can put my foot up on he cooler. <BR> Also hope to have some cleaning done in the freg for a stock up time with healthier foods. <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:04:15 EST Anyone with low calorie bake goods. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x43534155 I am looking for stuff you can eat and not gain. I have bought the shortbread which is l00 calories, but I also like stuff you can bake and not add to your weight. Any ideas? Sun, 14 Aug 2011 13:58:15 EST Do you like to write? Do you like to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x43534122 I am the leader of Tips for Writing and a professional writer. We have beginners and professionals on the team, so if you always wanted to write, then come join us. <BR> <BR> If you want to lose weight and need some to support you then we can help you too. <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 13:55:47 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43509360 Hello, <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, but not new to the challenges of weight loss. I joined sparkpeople hoping to find motivation and encouragement on my journey. I will be staring college again next fall and do not want to be the fat girl this time. Wish me luck ! Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:59:05 EST Hi!! My name is Kris!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43485737 Hello everyone, my name is Kris and I am very excited to have found the Spark People family! Hoping to make some new friends to help me through this process of weight loss and a better life style. Support is a key to anything any life and this I imagine is no different. Hope to hear from you all soon. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:53:03 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43462310 When it comes to baking from scratch I must admit I scratch my head. I like to bake but have not learned how to do it in a way that is friendly to my diet plan. I am here to say hello and to keep an eye out for helpful hints. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 03:39:05 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43451880 I am a baker by profession and love to bake at home as well. I make birthday, wedding all kinds of other goodies for people. I just love to bake. I hope everyone has a great day. Tue, 9 Aug 2011 13:40:20 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43423097 I love baking and am looking forward to learning and sharing great recipes that will also help me towards my goals. :) Sun, 7 Aug 2011 22:52:37 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43372951 i'm 24 and love to bake. i just discovered i'm actually good at it. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 20:04:03 EST 34 and just now loving my kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43348923 I never baked much until a girlfriend talked me into taking a Wilton's cake decorating class at my local craft store. First thing we learned was tricks to baking a cake and how to make Wilton's buttercream frosting. I use Crisco instread of butter. And when it calls for 1 tsp of vanilla and 7 tsp of water, I use 4 and 4. I like to fill the cakes (or cupcakes) with pudding because the moisture migrates through the cake and keeps them really moist. <BR> <BR> During the class, I was baking... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 12:52:29 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43346653 I live to bake!!! I don't really like sweets all that much but I do love to bake! My DH loves that I love to bake -- especially his favs oatmeal-raisin cookies and homemade cherry pie! Wed, 3 Aug 2011 10:46:25 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43339579 My name is Renee hope to make new friends!! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 23:08:39 EST Hello fellow bakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43331571 Well obviously im new to the team and I love to bake. <BR> My name is mallory I have a 4 year old daughter who is starting prek thursday. <BR> Needless to say we are baking a batch of what we call sink cookies. <BR> Chocolate chip cookie recipe then add all the baking odds and ins from the pantry, (heath bits, coconut, walnuts oatmeal) <BR> Not healthy at all but still wonderful. <BR> <BR> Just stopped in for a hello to all Tue, 2 Aug 2011 15:08:05 EST Hi Everyone! Looks like a great team! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43314970 I just 're'joined Spark...for the last time! (by that I mean I'm not leaving till I hit my goals!) Baking is my biggest love in life (after family, that is!). I collect cookbooks, so I try as many new things as I can....only now I try to pick healthier versions :) <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get to know you all better! Add me as a freind if you'd like...I love to meet new people! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 19:22:30 EST DeFrain's Delights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43310653 Several years ago, my sister gave me our secret family recipe for peanut butter eggs. I made some and took them to work and shared them with my co workers. They told me that my candy was better than Reese's, and that I should do more. Since then, I have sold several home made, custom decorated cakes, and I have a great time doing it. I have a birthday cake shaped like an airplane to do by the 13th of August. She wants lemon cake and caramel filing. I have a pan shaped like a book that I plan ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:05:45 EST hello everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43295717 Hi <BR> I moved to a new state five years ago and am still trying to make friends. It's hard to introduce myself, but here goes! I am a small horse farm owner, which means I am very horse poor. I've managed to lose a few pants sizes just by working around the farm. However, I'd like to lose some pounds this time. I'd appreciate any tips you have for the active person who is still overweight and any tricks that will get my weight loss going. Thank you and it's nice to be on the team! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 21:12:13 EST Why do I love baking for others? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43230810 Well it looks like I am not alone in the baking department. One thing I really like to do is Bake for others. I guess its that feeling you get when you complimented on what you did. Now all I need to bake more healthy friendly choices for me and my family. The only thing is is I'm sure you all have heard "Never trust a skinny chef"? Well the goal for me is to get skinny, but what about my reputation? <BR> <BR> Any Ideals? Wed, 27 Jul 2011 22:26:07 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43214005 Hello Hello Hello Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I'm Nae. I am new to this site and have recently started a new weight loss plan. I am attempting to loose weight for my wedding and keep it off. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:25:28 EST Low-Calorie Cookies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x43203869 Anyone have any yummy, low-calorie cookies? I'm constantly always baking things and giving them away to friends because I feel guilty if I indulge in super high-cal sweets! I'd love to bake something and actually be able to eat it myself, for once! Vegan recipes are welcome, as well! Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:05:08 EST New found love of baking :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43191356 Hi there, my name is Aly and I'm a newly married college student whose also aquired a love for baking! Unfortunately that love has attributed to that "first year of marriage" weight gain... and that "freshman 15"... <BR> I am really hoping that being a part of a wonderful baking group on a healthy website will help me to find wonderful recipes that are tasty for my hubby and I so I can continue to learn more about cooking :) I never really tried much baking before I got married (may 2010) bu... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:06:31 EST Hi I'm sandy. I'm 73 and have 11 g grand kids. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43187677 I'm 45lbs over weight and need to get motivated again. I used to work out 3 times a week and walk 3 mile a couple times a week. . In 2009 my companion fell 22 ft from a building and sustained several serious injuries. we have spent most of our last 3 summers going to Dr's and haveing to wait for surgeries (11 to be exact) His latest June 6,2011. We have been unable to do much . I know that is no excuese for me . I have learned new habits, eating at night, loss of sleep, stress, and all the... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:26:25 EST Back again!! To succeed this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43170804 My name is Amy, I have been on here many times before and failed. This time I am making all over changes I am praying will enable me to succeed here as well as in other aspects of my life I am trying to change! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:36:27 EST Food Period! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43147747 I love to bake everything. That is my down fall in life. I love to bake bake bake! I need wholesome recipes so that I still feel like I'm getting that sweet treat but not all the calories and sugar. Had gastric bypass surgery eleven years ago and sugar does tend to make me feel sick. I have cut back on my baking recently. I just made some protien biscotti cookies and they were really good. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 11:00:11 EST Good substitutions for mascarpone cheese? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x43108889 My daughter found a recipe that she would really like to try for her birthday, it has mascarpone cheese for which the nutrition is 'fat'. Anyone have luck with a good substitution? The cheese is used to make a whipped cream like topping (yes it also uses heavy cream). <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 07:44:32 EST Major foodie baker..my downfall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43076739 Hello! I am new to the team. I just discovered it when it was suggested on my spark teams page and I was thrilled to find it. It's nice to find a team that has more things in common than just trying to lose weight. :) I love to bake. In another life, I would have been a pastry chef. I would have studied at Le Cordon Bleu and apprenticed with the finest bakery in France. In another life. :) But this is my life now. Baking has been my downfall in the past--cheesecake especially (I used to make ... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:49:10 EST Here it goes....... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43072536 Hi SparkPeople! I stumbled upon this site last week, and it looks like it was a good find! I am so excited to have this tool in my quest to transform my lifestyle back to healthy. I am a full time mother, and full time registered nurse. I have 3 beautiful daughters, who are also going to benefit from everything I am learning on spark. I enjoy reading other peoples tips, success stories, and even gripes, because I can relate to so much of it. Not totally sure how to find friends, buddies, or w... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:06:58 EST Hi everyone ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43046844 I'm Hani Ibrahim from Malaysia. Currently at 172 pounds, targeting for 122 pounds by July 2012. Need to be inspired by your success stories. Your motivation will certainly spur me to my goal, thanks. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 04:34:16 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43032472 Hi everyone! My name is Karen and baking is therapy of sorts. Finding healthier versions of our favorites would be helpful, cookies, cakes, pies, etc. I love to do it all! Sun, 17 Jul 2011 09:29:53 EST What do you love about baking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x43029471 A. The actual process - you can be specific if you like <BR> B. Eating - omnomnomnomnom <BR> C. Sharing - awwwwwwwwww <BR> D. Something else - wha? <BR> <BR> Me: C: Sharing. In college, before I started to bake, I used to buy candy on sale and give it away. I think I secretly want to be Santa. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 02:37:42 EST help needed to be a team leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x43028539 help I need someone to be a team leader. I can not do this on my own. please help let me know if you are interested. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 00:20:55 EST Coooooookkkkki iiiiieeeesssss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x43014144 I LOVE, LOVE to bake cookies!!!! Any good recipes? I have a great one it's called "Big House Cookies"! Sat, 16 Jul 2011 02:43:29 EST Any vegan bakers out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x42985866 Hey, I'm jenn! I've been vegan for about a year and a few months. Since becoming vegan I've really taken up baking and cooking in general as a huge interest since finding food outside of your kitchen gets a little tricky. My all time fav vegan blog has to be the fat free vegan kitchen and yes, its as amazing as it sounds. <BR> I didn't really cook or bake (not from a mix) befor going veg so I really never knew how to bake non vegan. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:47:53 EST Gooey Peanut Butter-C hocolate Brownies (low-fat) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x42965032 I have the most awesome brownie recipe and the best thing is that it’s low-fat (I think it originally came from Cooking Light magazine). No one would ever know these are low-fat if you didn’t tell them. <BR> <BR> Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Brownies <BR> 3/4 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk, divided <BR> 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled <BR> 1/4 cup fat free milk <BR> 1 (18.25oz) pkg devils food cake mix <BR> 1 large egg white, lightly beaten <BR> 1 (7oz) jar marshmallow creme <BR... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:56:26 EST Hello, fellow bakers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x42948963 Hi everyone! I am a novice baker who loves to experiment with new recipes. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:11:02 EST Jello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x42936953 Hi, I'm Rachel and I love to back! :-)0 <BR> <BR> Yes I prob need an anonymous group for it, but this is one problem I don't really want to fix! I bake everything I can, cookies, cakes, just bought a cup cake book, and my grandmother is teaching me to make amazing pies! <BR> <BR> Well suffice it to say, that I love sweet, so that is my hardest battle, totally looking forward to the tasty treats that are actually healthy! hopefully I can add to the book over time! Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:32:21 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x42894690 My name is Amanda! I am super excited to get some of this extra weight off!! If anyone has any tips please let me know! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 18:45:34 EST I LOVE to bake.i ned o bake something healthy!HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x42875059 hi everyone. im new at this and dont know exactly how to work this. :) <BR> i just need to make something healthy any suggestions Fri, 8 Jul 2011 14:25:15 EST hello Fellow Bakers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x42718159 Hi! My name is Emily and baking is one of my favorite things to do. Cookies are my forte, but I'm also pretty good at cakes and brownies. I'm one of those crazy people who makes at least half a dozen different Christmas cookies. It's so much fun! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 22:25:40 EST Looking for a good, low calorie granola recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x42643712 Love granola with my morning fruit and yogurt, but need to find a better substitute to assist me in making daily calorie goals. Sun, 26 Jun 2011 07:35:03 EST 99th birthday cake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x42518571 So my mom and I spent this whole week working on my Great Grandma's 99th birthday cake... last night after spending 16 straight hours putting finally touches and making a beautiful weaved basket... 4am... the cake fell apart. It was just to hot out and the cake was too moist. So we had to recarve the cake and basically start over.... and we had to fit it all in a few hours. I only got 2 hours of sleep last night but I think the end result was worth it! Check it out! <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 17:31:37 EST S'mores http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x42211415 It's that time of year again! Marshmallows are on sale, people are camping out, and everyone has to have S'MORE! <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite way to make a s'more? Or a favorite recipe with s'more flavors? <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Jun 2011 10:20:30 EST I definitely love to bake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x42157421 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Tracy, 26 years old and from a long line of bakers and cake decorators. You can see my aunt's work at sweetartbylucila.com and some of mine (not NEARLY as impressive) at www.flickr.com/tracy_marie. My grandmom is also a great baker and decorator, but if she ever used a computer it was the kind the size of a refrigerator, so no online photo galleries for her. <BR> <BR> I refuse to give up something I love and am good at - my problem has never been in the baking, only ... Tue, 31 May 2011 22:49:33 EST Ingredient substitutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x42048608 I know we all love to bake... but what about all those really unhealthy recipes that I'm dying to make but really dont want to put them in my calorie counter!? What do you use to substitute ingredients to make recipes healthier? I have things like unsweetened natural applesauce and agave nectar that I've substituted in other recipes, but Ive never used them in baking recipes yet. Any ideas or things you substitute? How did it taste? Did you notice the difference? Did you like it better? Thu, 26 May 2011 04:47:41 EST Chex cereal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x42030668 My daughter is gluten intolerant (she can't eat wheat) so I'm always looking for treats that are friendly to her tummy. One of my favorite finds is Chex cereal - all (but the Wheat flavor -obviously) are gluten free! <BR> <BR> Have you ever used Chex in a recipe? <BR> <BR> We really like Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow. But I'm hoping to find some proven recipes to use it other ways. Maybe crushed for bread crumbs? A cheesy/savory snack mix? Anything? Wed, 25 May 2011 08:46:28 EST Food Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x42030383 Part of my love to bake comes from food blogs. I love finding new recipes, and if they throw in a mouth watering picture/instructions...all the better. <BR> <BR> Does anyone here have a blog, or one they follow for great ideas? Wed, 25 May 2011 08:31:06 EST Embrace the goodness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x42015828 Hi all! I decided to stop beating my self up for eating yummy foods and trying to count the evil calories in everything. <BR> <BR> I'd rather focus on what I like to do...cook for my family. Nothing brings out smiles, like fresh baked goodness straight from the oven. Paula Dean is my idol! <BR> <BR> But first I'd like to know...how serious everyone is here? Sure we all want to be a few pounds lighter, but I've actually left some teams that were all judgement and no support. Is this a w... Tue, 24 May 2011 13:47:39 EST Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x41742473 I'm not losing and I'm gaining a pound here, a pound there...and it's because I CAN'T STOP BAKING JUST TO EAT! I love baking everything from cakes to cookies and I love the joy my baked things brings to my family. However, for a while now, I bake just so I can eat...mostly cookie dough. I know this is something some willpower should be able to overcome, but either I don't have the willpower or it's something more. Why am I craving cookie dough uncontrollably? Is it an emotional comfort? ... Tue, 10 May 2011 14:52:00 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x41624385 Hi! I've been a member of SparkPeople since January, and am loving the site. I lost 60+ pounds about 2 years ago with the help of WW and have been working to keep the weight off. I love to bake, I generally bake one treat a week. (I'd love to do more, but I just can't have more than that in the house.) My husband's co-workers love me because I usually eat my treats the day I make them, then send the rest in to work with my husband the next day. I have recently gotten into cake decorating,... Wed, 4 May 2011 13:58:42 EST Cake decorator here! Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x41562482 Hello! I have a serious crazy passion for baking/cooking! My goal in life is to own my own bakery someday, hopefully with my mother! Here is my blog for the cake my mom and I just made: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4201742 </link> <BR> <BR> Luckily I'm awesome at baking, but I usually dont crave sweets! I'll make a batch of cookies only to eat one and give the rest away. My inlaws LOVE me (they live right down the street and ... Sun, 1 May 2011 21:56:47 EST Have you baked with Coconut Flour? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x40997707 If so, what are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> How have you subbed it in for flour (100% substitute) and what were the results? Mon, 4 Apr 2011 10:06:59 EST New to the Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x40101392 Hello! I've been a Sparker since 3/10, but just found this team. I LOVE to bake! It's my biggest downfall when it comes to calorie counting. I bake several times a week every week, and have to give things away to friends and neighbors to keep from eating them myself. I bake sweets mostly, but also breads on occassion. I also try to focus on sugar-free or reduced sugar recipes, or natural recipes using natural sugar replacements, but I don't do those exclusively. I'm looking forward to ... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:52:59 EST Need help here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x39982500 Okay, so I want to make healthy meals from scratch at home, but how in the world do I calculate the calories, carbs, protien........all that stuff and what a serving size is??? <BR> <BR> Example: I want to make my own turkey chilli, I have made it before, but without counting everything, so how do I determine this stuff??? <BR> <BR> Thank you!!! <BR> <BR> Just scared to make something and find out it had too much of this or the serving was too big, I am really trying to watch my intake and... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:39:29 EST Favorite item to bake? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x39959608 What's yours? Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:09:47 EST Valentine's Day cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x39877553 Hi, my daughter "volunteered" me to bake cookies for her Valentine's day party. I need to bake at least 50 cookies since she has 24 kids in her class and two teachers. They will also have other things to eat like cupcakes, pretzels, chips, brownies etc. <BR> <BR> There are also kids that have a peanut butter allergies so anything like that is out. <BR> <BR> Can anyone please help me with any ideas? I baked spritz cookies for her Christmas Party but I don't know if I can use my spritz for a... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 19:18:51 EST Love To Bake Birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x39714693 Please add your Birthday to the list. We would love to celebrate with you! <BR> <BR> <BR> March 12th.. Laura44851 Sat, 5 Feb 2011 20:17:52 EST Question for the week of February 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x39615348 What did you accomplish in January and what is one thing you want to accomplish in February? Tue, 1 Feb 2011 18:11:51 EST Question for the week of January 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x39442695 Have you ordered or read the spark book? Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:05:34 EST I LOVE To Bake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x39421885 Hi there! <BR> I'm happy to have found this team. I love to bake. I think it's great fun. I just worry that it's not really very helpful for my weight loss. :( <BR> I hope you are all having a great day! <BR> Jennifer Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:25:42 EST Question for the week of January 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x39262464 Do you own any gaming systems? If so which ones? Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:28:11 EST Happy to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x39100117 Hi everyone. I am so happy I found SparkPeople and very excited about this group. Even though I don't get to do it too often I love baking. I have been making quick breads and cookies since I was a kid, but recently I have been branching out a bit and learning to make yeast breads. I can't wait to hear more about the yummy things people in this group are whipping up. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:44:22 EST Question for the week of January 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x39089790 What is your favorite kind of home baked cookies? Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:10:11 EST Question for the week of January 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x38881536 Who is your favorite actor and actress? Tue, 4 Jan 2011 17:14:54 EST Baker at local college http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x38833046 Hi, I'm the baker at the College. There are about 1000 students that attend this private college and we bake everything from scratch. We bake everything from breads and rolls to breakfast pastries to fancy desserts. It's a demanding job and I love what I am doing, but I think my biggest problem losing weight is because of this job. I like to try new recipes all the time and if it's something really good I find myself not only tasting it for quality purposes but because it tastes really rea... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 07:35:23 EST Question for the week of December 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x38701459 What was one of your favorite things you received for Christmas this year? Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:30:07 EST New to the team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x38689040 Good Tuesday morning all!! New here to the team, not SP...I LOVE to bake! I teach cake decorating and am trying to start and maintain a business. I have been baking most of my 44 years and love to try to recipes...have failed too many times to count, but that's all a learning process isn't it? <em>213</em> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 03:53:22 EST Question for the week of December 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x38472631 Do you have a favorite holiday movie you watch every year? Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:02:44 EST Question for the week of December 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x38341871 Do you make any candy for Christmas? If so what do you make? Tue, 7 Dec 2010 11:52:20 EST Question for the week of November 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x38207815 What is your favorite fresh vegetable? Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:56:13 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x38118995 I hope your holiday is filled with good food, good choices and love! Thu, 25 Nov 2010 09:24:05 EST Question for the week of November 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x38094307 What meat do you have for Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> We have Turkey. Tue, 23 Nov 2010 18:30:34 EST Healthy pumpkin pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x38015772 I am looking for a healthy pumpkin pie recipe. Can anyone help me? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:20:18 EST Question for the week of November 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37968318 What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:37:18 EST shortening? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37943880 Is there a swap for shortening? <BR> I use applesauce for oil but not sure about the shortening. <BR> Thanks for your help. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:22:05 EST Hello All! I'm New here =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x37848999 Hi everyone I'm new to this Spark Team. I love to Bake!! I find it so relaxing and fun. I'm actually going to make some brownies for my little sisters. one is in college in a different city and my other sister just moved back to Cali. I find that baking and sending them out or sharing them reminds them of home. =) Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:46:47 EST Question for the week of November 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37839406 What is your favorite thing to cook in the crock pot or slow cooker? Tue, 9 Nov 2010 22:22:20 EST Anyone use candy melts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37785261 I want to start using candy melts for decorations on my cakes and for ice cream/frozen yogurt. <BR> <BR> How far in advance can you make them and how do you store them and where? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 7 Nov 2010 11:08:58 EST Baking Complaints? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37784645 What's your biggest baking pet peeve? Sun, 7 Nov 2010 10:35:48 EST I'm baking my first loaf tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x37737059 I used to bake cakes, cookies, biscuits all the time, but for obvious reasons I don't anymore. <BR> <BR> I have decided I want to try baking my own bread, so tomorrow that is what I plan to do. I love the smell of homemade bread & the taste is to die for! I can't think of anything nicer than a slice of homemade bread with my soup. Yum! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Thu, 4 Nov 2010 17:59:19 EST Question for the week of November 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37692447 Do you have Trick or Treaters stop by your house or apartment? If so about how many do you usually get? <BR> <BR> We had somewhere between 50 and 60 this year judging by how many bags of candy I opened. Tue, 2 Nov 2010 16:56:08 EST (Healthy) Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37672800 Anyone want to share some yummy and healthy recipes? I am looking for some I can use for the Holidays like cookies, cakes and of course pies. My favorite pie is the pumpkin. I have been looking for a healthy one of those for a while and haven't found anything that actually still tastes great. Something the kids would love too. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 1 Nov 2010 19:38:14 EST Favorite Muffin Recipe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37552807 What is your favorite muffin recipe and would you care to share? Tue, 26 Oct 2010 17:24:32 EST Question for the week of October 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37551153 How many cookbooks do you own? <BR> <BR> I have 6 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 15:38:46 EST Question for the week of October 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x37410751 Good afternoon team. I am going to start asking a question each week, I hope we can all get to know each other a little better and have fun with this. <BR> <BR> <BR> Question for the week of October 19th <BR> <BR> What is your favorite food to bake? <BR> <BR> My favorite is cookies. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 15:26:45 EST I'm new to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x37200852 Hello! I'm new to this group! I'm 20 years old (21 in November) and I am also a nursing student. My confession: I love to bake! Bread is the thing I enjoy baking the most, which can be problematic when you are counting calories! Fri, 8 Oct 2010 22:28:41 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x37154924 My name is Sammy, I'm married to a wonderful man, we got married in October of 2009. He is an active duty marine, he just got back from his 3rd and last deployment. We live in Southern California on Camp Pendleton. We just had our first baby, a beautiful little boy in August. I'm looking to become more healthy and lose the baby weight i gained (and then some). Having a 2 month old doesn't leave me a lot of time to work out, so i would love to find new ways to work out with my son. I'm interes... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 19:11:15 EST I'm new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x36909756 Hi Everybody, I'm Natalie. I do love to bake and I especially love to eat the raw dough when I am baking. I guess that's why I'm up a few pounds. I do try to cut back on the sugar in recipes and use organic ingredients as much as possible. I'm looking forward to interacting with you all. Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:16:04 EST Favorite fall foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x36798949 Hey everyone! what fall treat do you most look forward to each year? <BR> <BR> I'll start: Has to be pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting, not "diet" but everything is good in moderation right? and it's sooooo good! Mon, 20 Sep 2010 05:59:03 EST Self-Rising vs All Purpose Flour http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x36632836 What are the differences? I'm trying a new recipe that calls for self rising flour. What would happen if I used all purpose instead? Sun, 12 Sep 2010 00:03:05 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x36446840 Hi everyone!! My name is Ana and I am a bake-aholic :) <BR> <BR> In about a month, I'm going to be starting at the Art Institute of Phoenix and working on my associates in baking and pastries. I'm soo excited!! <BR> <BR> My career dream is to open a bakery here in the Phoenix area called Sweet Nothings and specialize in low fat/low cal cupcakes :) Thu, 2 Sep 2010 17:08:27 EST August "Let's go to the beach" Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x35750179 For each glass of water you drink in a day post a "Beach type" emoticon and lets see how big of a beach party we can have in August <BR> <BR> Example : I drank 10 glasses of water today so I would post 10 Emoticons for today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>462</em> <em>461</em> <em>464</em> <em>463</em> <em>298</em> <em>218</em> <em>47</em> <em>237</em> <em>462</em> <em>464</em> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 13:58:43 EST Hello fellow bakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x35127928 Hi there, I just recently (like yesterday) joined this site and am still figuring things out. <BR> <BR> I absolutely love to bake (obviously), which is a little surprising to most people considering a few years ago I could barely make myself Kraft Dinner (okay, so that's a bit of an exageration). <BR> <BR> I used to bake some delicious treat every week until my boyfriend begged me to stop for the sake of his waistline. So I don't get to do much baking nowadays, but I would love to get back ... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 17:47:31 EST Anyone watch Cake Boss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x34947640 Does anyone watch "Cake Boss" on Bravo? I love that show. They make the best looking, mouth watering cakes and desserts. Amazing. Would love to go there and get a taste of those delicious treats..... <em>4</em> <em>475</em> <em>495</em> <em>494</em> <em>255</em> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 21:16:37 EST learning to cook healthy after bariatric surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x34834336 hi I love to cook and bake....but now my life change because I had bariatric surgery a few months ago...now I am able to eat kinda normal. I am always recreating recipes in a healthier version. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:47:39 EST Hello, I'm new to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x34720500 Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Colleen, and I've been on SP since January 1st, 2010. I just found this team today, and I'm so happy to join! I love baking for my family, since I adore eating baked goods, but everything you can readily buy in most stores is so highly processed it's almost unrecognizable! <BR> If you are good at creating recipes from scratch, and you understand the chemistry behind baking ratios, etc, I could REALLY use your help. I just posted a topic under the gen... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:16:20 EST Can you help me create a recipe??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x34720395 Hi all - Last weekend, I had the most wonderful cookies from Trader Joe's. They're called "Inside Out Carrot Cake Cookies", and basically they are 2 carrot cake-inspired oatmeal raisin cookies, with the cream cheese icing sandwiched inbetween. They were awesome! I saved the label, with the ingredients and the nutrition facts. Are any of you able to help determine ratios/measurements for the ingredients? I'll list them here, in order: <BR> <BR> Cookie ingredients: <BR> - unbleached enri... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:10:18 EST Hi All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x33991427 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have recently re-started Spark. I gained, then lost 25 pounds and now am set to lose it for good. One of my biggest downfalls is my love of baking. I enjoy the process almost more then the eating so I always jump at the chance to make sweets for someone who will take them out of my house! Looking forward to learning some new tips and tricks for healthier baking. <BR> <BR> Lisa <BR> <BR> PS: If anyone knows how to change my tracker from kg to pounds let me know. I... Fri, 7 May 2010 23:27:33 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x33773809 I just joined this last night. I am soooo excited, I love all the awesome information and support. Finally something I can look forward to doing, and I am not alone. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:18:49 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x33756316 I am so happy to have found a group of people who are not afraid to call themselves 'bakers' on this site! I love to cook, but even more, I love to bake! I think that with proper moderation, baking doesn't have to be some sort of wight loss taboo. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 07:27:02 EST New to the Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x33643604 Hi everyone! I'm Julia and just joined up this team. I really love baking and finding new things to create in the kitchen that are healthier has been a bit of a challenge (portion control is the even bigger one!) so I was hoping for some good ideas from all of you. Thanks for having me! :) Fri, 23 Apr 2010 10:38:59 EST Cookbooks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x33537752 Any suggestions? Mon, 19 Apr 2010 07:21:07 EST Flour http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x33478861 Other than pastry, wheat, or all-purpose, what types of flour do you use. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:05:48 EST Cupcakes and Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x33426705 Muffins and cupcake recipe question? <BR> Can someone give me a side-by-side comparison of your basic muffin and cupcake recipe that would yield the same amount of product? If basic can't be done, how about chocolate muffin vs chocolate cupcake (or oatmeal, lemon, etc.). The difference is more than in the frosting of a cupcake because the texture is different, so please no "a cupcake is frosted and that is the difference" answers. It is important that the portion sizes of each recipe is the s... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 08:19:57 EST New to the group and a returning Sparker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x33411059 Hi, I'm new to this group but old to SparkPeople. Fell off the "wagon" for the past year or so....so I'm back and hoping to be back with a vengeance!! Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:23:37 EST Cookies to brownies and keeping moist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x33236254 I bake a lot of cookies where I came up with recipe myself. Is there a simple way (add or take away an ingredient) to convert a cookie recipe into a brownie recipe? <BR> <BR> Also, I made some PB cookies that people said were delicious but dry and crumbly. How can I make a PB cookie moist? I think that is hard with PB cookies. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 10:02:42 EST Returning Spark People Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x33209521 I was a spark people member some time back. Now I am back to reclaim myself. I have 3 children and have moved 4 times in the past 3 years. In 3 weeks I will have completed my associates degree, I am settled and am ready to focus on myself now. WOO HOO! <em>244</em> Mon, 5 Apr 2010 10:03:17 EST Simple low-fat recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x33165568 Here is a recipe I got last night at my TOPS meeting. <BR> <BR> 1 box Angel food cake <BR> 1 can 28 oz. crushed pineapple (do not drain) <BR> Mix together and put in sprayed pan. Bake about 30 minutes. Let cool. <BR> <BR> For frosting: <BR> 1 container Cool Whip ( I am using Lite) <BR> 1 small box sugar-free vanilla pudding <BR> 1 can 28 oz pineapple <BR> Mix all together and spread on cake. <BR> <BR> I am making this for Easter Sunday. <BR> I just hope mine turns out as well as my friend'... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 23:28:59 EST Hello from a new SP member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x33081614 Hello! I am new to SP and yes, I love to bake! I love to cook, bake, and do all things domestic. I used to think I should have been a housewife in the 1950s until I started watching 'Mad Men.' Now I realize how far women have come, so I will gladly be a woman of the new millennium who loves to make a house a home. Looking forward to baking with you! Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:57:04 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x32992343 I am an Kenna and I live in SE KS. I love cooking and I joined this group to share recipes with other lovers of cooking. Fri, 26 Mar 2010 20:38:06 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x32991619 I just joined the group and look forward to sharing and exchanging wonderful baking recipes <em>213</em> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:55:43 EST Oatmeal cookies, Peanut Butter cookies, and chunks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x32881882 I am looking for a recipe for a crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and a tad chewy (not raw hide) all the way around cookie. Anyone have a good one. <BR> <BR> I am also looking for a recipe for a very peanutty (with loads and peanut butter and peanuts) cooky that is also chewy and moist. <BR> <BR> Lastly, for those who bake with chunks, do you shove them after your cookie is formed? Mon, 22 Mar 2010 14:45:56 EST Pudding in the cookie batter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x32881791 I really like how all of my cookies turn out when I add powdered pudding to the batter. For others who do this, what is your ratio of flour to pudding? Mon, 22 Mar 2010 14:41:55 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x32749990 Coming back to SP after a too-long absence. Looked at other websites and finally realized this is the one for me. Joining this team because I love recipes, baking, and sharing the fruits of my labor in the kitchen. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:13:25 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x32749270 Hi, I'm Bethanna and I'm rejoining SP after a long break. I live in Alaska, I've been married to my DH for 9 yrs. and we have 2 boys, 4 and 7 mo., and I LOVE to bake. <em>4</em> I'm looking forward to finding new recipes and learning to substitute high-fat/calorie ingredients to better myself and my family. Thanks! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:47:30 EST Cookie baking questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x32398473 How do you fix a flat cookie? My cookies are moist but flat and sticky (too much sugar?)? Can it be fixed? <BR> <BR> I add a 1/4 cup crushed nuts per 1 cup of flour to my dough. Do I need to increase fat too? sugar? eggs? baking powder? If so, by how much? <BR> <BR> If you have a basic cookie dough recipe (sugar, flour, eggs, butter, baking powder), how much do you increase the basic ingredients when adding, chips, nuts, raisins, peanut butter, banana, oatmeal, if you increase it at all? <B... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 08:37:12 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x32359781 Hi, <BR> I'm Celia from Indiana. I love to bake, especially during the holidays. Glad to be here and looking forward to meeting you and learning from you all. <BR> <BR> Have a great week!!! Mon, 1 Mar 2010 22:02:40 EST Do You Own http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x32318365 I start out by asking-do you own a blender? the next one answers and then asks another do you own question <BR> <BR> First Question: <BR> DYO a scrabble game? Sun, 28 Feb 2010 16:27:53 EST Any Zombie-Themed food ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x32318012 Hey all, <BR> I've been invited to a zombie themed potluck this Friday (march 5th) and I need to figure out what to make....Any brilliant ideas? Sun, 28 Feb 2010 16:13:57 EST Did you huddle/ post on wall today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x32317587 <em>248</em> Sun, 28 Feb 2010 15:57:16 EST March Cardio Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x32317560 Let's see how many cardio minutes we can get as a team for March! <BR> <BR> <BR> DAYS: <BR> 1 - 60 <BR> 2 - 60 <BR> 3 - 60 <BR> 4 - 60 <BR> 5 - 60 <BR> 6 - 60 <BR> 7 - 60 <BR> <BR> 8 -60 <BR> 9 -60 <BR> 10-60 <BR> 11 -60 <BR> 12 - <BR> 13 - <BR> 14 - <BR> <BR> 15 - <BR> 16 - <BR> 17 - <BR> 18 - <BR> 19 - <BR> 20 - <BR> 21 - <BR> <BR> 22 - <BR> 23 - <BR> 24 - <BR> 25 - <BR> 26 - <BR> 27 - <BR> 28 - <BR> <BR> 29 - <BR> 30 - <BR> 31 - <BR> <BR> Total Cardio: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 15:56:19 EST March Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x32317517 Let's make sure we get our water in for March, come post and let's see how much water we can drink as a team this month! <BR> <BR> DAYS: <BR> 1 - 10 <BR> 2 - 10 <BR> 3 - 10 <BR> 4 - 10 <BR> 5 - 10 <BR> 6 - 10 <BR> 7 - 9 <BR> <BR> 8 -10 <BR> 9 - 11 <BR> 10 - 10 <BR> 11 -10 <BR> 12 -10 <BR> 13 -9 <BR> 14 -10 <BR> <BR> 15 -10 <BR> 16 - 10 <BR> 17 - 10 <BR> 18 - 10 <BR> 19 - 10 <BR> 20 - 10 <BR> 21 - 10 <BR> <BR> 22 -10 <BR> 23 - 10 <BR> 24 - <BR> 25 - <BR> 26 - <BR> 27 - <BR> 28 - <... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 15:54:20 EST Daily check in and chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x32316020 This is a place to stop in every day to check in and chat.Also let us know what you are baking. Sun, 28 Feb 2010 14:54:57 EST Marketing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x32293740 Has anyone tried to sell their baked goods? Sat, 27 Feb 2010 15:38:07 EST A New "Healthier" Baker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x32287702 Good morning! Joined a couple weeks ago but just now getting around to introducing myself. Looking forward to meeting everyone here and sharing some healthy recipes. Sat, 27 Feb 2010 10:44:36 EST Are you like me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x32103144 Crossposting* <BR> <BR> I am one of those who loves to bake but all of my food is not always healthy. I don't eat the nonhealthy food but some recipes can't be modified. Even the healthy baked goods that I experiment with, I don't eat because I don't feel like adding up the calories. I document every calorie that goes in my mouth. I am not even tempted to eat what I bake. Am I strange? <BR> <BR> I am also experimenting with flavors. I was never a baker before this; I was more of a savory p... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 13:09:03 EST RANDOM: SLAUGHTERED WHALES/DOLPHINS IN JAPAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x32063439 SO I WATCHED THE MOVIE "THE COVE" AND I WAS ABSOLUTLY DISGUSTED BY WHAT JAPAN IS DOING TO DOLPHINS. WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND TO STOP THIS MURDEROUS ACTION THEY R TAKING. IF YOU HAVENT SEEN THE MOVIE ALREADY PLEASE SEE IT. ITS OUT ON DVD OR YOU CAN RENT IT THROUGH NET FLIX OR ONLINE. PLEASE DO THAT. EVERYONE MUST SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY. IF YOU ARE AN ANIMAL LOVER YOU SHOULD DEFIENTLY SEE IT. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT IT AS WELL. ILL POST THE LINK TO WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE TRAILOR FOR THE MOVIE.... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:38:29 EST What is the difference... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x32033391 between a shortbread and butter cookie? Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:03:20 EST Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x31966629 I need a tip on baking. Though I have never been a sweets person, I have started baking for others and enjoy it. I have many problems though. <BR> <BR> 1. How do I keep my cookie dough not becoming bread dough and vice versa. <BR> <BR> 2. My cookies, nine times out of ten, become hard. Someone suggested banana or applesauce. What is the ratio? Does it work for all cookies? <BR> <BR> 3. I added banana to a chocolate chip cookie recipe that also had self rising flour and baking powder. My co... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 09:35:59 EST New lover of baking here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x31881537 Hey, everyone! You can call me Kristen. :) I just joined this group and am excited to get chatting with all of you lovely bakers and learning new recipes! <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone with your weightloss/healthy living! Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:15:53 EST Haaaalll lllooooo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x30915544 Hello everyone <BR> <BR> Looking forward to learning some new and delicious healthy baking recipes. After I finish phase one of South Beach.... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 09:41:31 EST Hi all!... I too, like to bake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x30338827 Like everyone else here, I enjoy baking! My best are cookies. Pies are a close second. I am also starting to move into cake baking. <BR> I am working on making the recipes a bit healthier or changing the sizes. Such as making smaller cookies with a premeasured scoop. <BR> Otherwise, my name is Brittany. I look forward to getting new ideas and recipes and sharing them too! Mon, 14 Dec 2009 23:06:30 EST ? concerning pie making http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x30311880 I just started on this team but I hope I will get some replies. <BR> <BR> I just making pies (apple, pumpkin), normally I make tortes, strudels etc, but I hate that my crust gets brown so fast. I used alu foil on the crust but that doesn't stay on. I heard about the pie crust saver you can put on the crust so it doesn't get too brown (burn) too fast. <BR> <BR> Anyone have one of those and what brand is it? Where did you get it? Do you like it? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any replies. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 16:40:09 EST Hi, I love to bake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x30311788 So glad I found this site. <BR> <BR> I am a 38-year old mother of three who loves to bake. I bake not just American fare but do also Old World baking. <BR> <BR> Since joining SP I have been looking into more low calories, low fat etc baking. I am always up to try new recipes and my family is my guinea pig. <em>211</em> <em>4</em> Most of the times they don't mind but occasional they do. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Hope to make friends here and learn new recipes. especially now during the ho... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 16:34:00 EST Hi everyone, new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x29828913 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm 33 years old, married, live in New Zealand and have four young boys. <BR> <BR> I'd like to do more baking as it is handy for the lunchboxes, but find it hard to find calorie (but delicious) recipies, so thought I'd join your team. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Jaimee Wed, 18 Nov 2009 16:43:49 EST Birthday cake ideas or recipes?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x29225279 My dad's birthday is in a few days and I wanted to make him a cake. He isn't the healthiest eater, but I'd like to make him a nutritious and delicious cake so maybe he realize eating healthy isn't a terrible thing! Anyone got any ideas??? Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:52:58 EST Suger free Pie recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x28688532 <link>www.allabout-pies.com </link> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 12:55:34 EST bread machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x28675521 I have always used my mom's bread machine, and now I want a new one. Does anyone have a recommendation on a good one? Sat, 26 Sep 2009 17:49:43 EST Anyone baking this weekend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x28648246 Something about fall just makes me want to BAKE!!! Not that i ever really need an excuse. Since I'm trying really hard to stay on task, I'm trying to modify some dessert recipes. I tried out a Pear-Raspberry Crisp last weekend, which was delicious, but the cals were still pretty high-276 per serving. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I have my eye on a Honey Rhubarb Cake. Made as instructed, it has 250 calories per serving, but I'm thinking I can shave a good 50 off of there, without sacrificin... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 09:39:11 EST I am looking for a great active team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x28429674 I am looking for a team to join that is active and I came across this one that caught my eye. I love to bake and I need to lose weight, well lots of weight. LOL <BR> <BR> So I hope to get some ideas and have fun on a team. <BR> <BR> I am married and have two children ages 2 and 4. I am from No. VA! Tue, 15 Sep 2009 15:04:52 EST Waffles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x28123098 Hey All, <BR> <BR> I have a (industrial) Belgian waffle maker coming to meright now (thanks to woot.com-sellout woot)! I have found some good classic Belgian waffle recipes (made with yeast) and I was wondering if any of you have some tested ways of lightening them up or even just making them more exiting (I also found a pumpkin version). <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Loren Wed, 2 Sep 2009 06:07:38 EST Which recipe websites do you use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x28114491 Aside from on SparkPeople, where do you find healthy <BR> recipes? One I use is allrecipes.com <em>20</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 19:16:08 EST Hello all, I'm new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x28086790 Hello fellow bakers! My name is Nicole, and I'm very excited about joining this group. I'm currently a baker and cake decorator for a catering company in Texas. I also love to make stuff for friends and family at home. It's definitely a passion of mine, but thankfully I'm not overly inclined to eat it myself. Anywho, I just wanted to introduce myself. I hope you all are having a great day! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:44:50 EST Any bread bakers here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x28018180 Hi everyone, I am new to this team and I look forward to learning from you. I have never really baked except for cake mixes or cookie mixes until now. I have a friend who has always baked from scratch who has encouraged me to try it. I just started making my own bread with a bread machine (I'm taking baby steps) and I am finding how creative baking can be. I do need some advise however on bread in the bread machine. The loaves are delicious, but no matter what I do, they are very crumbly. Can... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 12:47:50 EST Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x27875781 I love these cookies. They are my new favorite. The recipe is from Giada DeLaurentiis from the Food Network. <BR> <BR> Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze <BR> Ingredients <BR> Cookies: <BR> <BR> * 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> * 1 teaspoon baking powder <BR> * 1 teaspoon salt <BR> * 1 stick unsalted butter, softened <BR> * 2 cups sugar <BR> * 2 eggs <BR> * 1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese <BR> * 3 tablespoons lemon juice <BR> * 1... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 11:43:23 EST Newbie Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x27778060 Hi , Im Debbie from Indiana and everyone calls me the cookie queen at christmas time. Everyone I know gets a cookie tin and they love it. I love to bake and love to eat them also. Trying to find that balance and not give up baking. Look forward to sharing recipes and tips. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 03:38:17 EST Finally! The PERFECT team for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x27746477 Hi! I'm another team newbie, though I've been on SP for a couple months. I LOVE baking all sorts of things: bread, cookies, cakes and other desserts. I love trying new recipes, experimenting and perfecting old ones. I am really looking forward to sharing tips and recipes and getting to know fellow team members. Happy baking! <BR> <BR> megan Sun, 16 Aug 2009 19:58:16 EST Baking in a mug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x27483464 I've heard about making cakes in mugs (in the oven as opposed to the microwave). How can one tell if the dish or mug is oven safe, other than just trying it out? <BR> <BR> Loren Tue, 4 Aug 2009 20:52:05 EST Looking for recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x27467108 I have 6 cans of sweetened condensed milk in my pantry that I want to use up. I wanted to make sort of healthy nutient-rich bars that could substitute as meal replacement bars. So I would like to bake granola bars, using sweetened condensed milk and quick oats, as well as maybe coconut, raisins, and maybe add some wheat germ, etc. Any suggestions? Tue, 4 Aug 2009 09:29:41 EST Been Baking for OH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x27257295 Strange thing is that when I am dieting I love baking for other people! <BR> <BR> Been baking all sorts of savoury pies, flapjacks and cakes for OH today - so that it can be frozen and he eats properly when I am not here. <BR> <BR> Had forgotten what hard work it is! Sun, 26 Jul 2009 09:28:18 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x26996595 Hi! I am hoping I can learn how to bake and still get healthy. Healthy baking recipes would be great to find too! <BR> <BR> JG Tue, 14 Jul 2009 16:01:13 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x26807702 Hi everyone! I'm new here and am so excited to have found a group that loves to bake as much as I do. I love making decorated sugar cookies, but spend a lot of time time baking other kinds of cookies and cakes. I can't wait to meet others! <BR> <BR> Melissa Mon, 6 Jul 2009 13:41:19 EST Sweet cravings CURED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x26563899 Hey guys! just thought I'd tell you about Fruit Flakes. I found them in Morrisons (uk shop) and they're 66cal per packet. Its concentrated fruit and they're really nice and sweet. They taste kinda like fruit gums :) They're from a company called Fruitbowl. Just thought I'd share xx Thu, 25 Jun 2009 06:46:53 EST wheat germ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x26474910 adding wheat germ to recipes adds some protein, but changes the texture of the bread/cookies/muffins/other delicious baked item. does anyone know how to keep things light and fluffy when adding wheat germ, or another way to add a little protein without sacrificing texture? <BR> <BR> thanks! Sun, 21 Jun 2009 15:09:37 EST Irish Soda Bread Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x26412591 I made this yesterday and it is very good! <BR> <BR> from www.allrecipes.com <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS (Nutrition) <BR> 3 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1 tablespoon baking powder <BR> 1/3 cup white sugar <BR> 1 teaspoon salt <BR> 1 teaspoon baking soda <BR> 1 egg, lightly beaten <BR> 2 cups buttermilk <BR> 1/4 cup butter, melted <BR> <BR> <BR> I used some white vinegar since we don't get buttermilk here. <BR> I also used gluten & wheat-free flour. A low-gluten flour is recommended for ... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 13:38:58 EST I love to bake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x26390194 I started my weight loss journey having found out I was wheat-intolerant. Followed a VLCD until about 6 weeks and was on meal replacements with one main meal per day of meat/chicken and veggies. <BR> <BR> Now I am adding food back into my diet. <BR> <BR> Have been experimenting with bread recipes - wheat-free. Pizza dough is just fine. <BR> Also baking low-sugar, low-fat to keep up with my diet regime. <BR> <BR> Made an Irish Soda Bread this afternoon, using wheat-free flour - which app... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 15:30:41 EST 3D cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x26119224 I love making 3D cakes.I made cradle cake for a baby shower yesterday. It sat on top of a 1/2 slab. I finished the cradle and set it aside while I worked on the slab. Heard this PLOP and knew without looking what it was. The bonnet of the cradle had fallen off! Oh well, plenty of cake so I made a new one, attached it and it looked pretty good. Just the challenges of a cake decorator I guess. Sat, 6 Jun 2009 18:29:27 EST Love to bake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x26047041 Hi! My name is Tameka and I <em>26</em> to bake everything from breads to cake! I hope I can learn something new and healthy to bake and maybe I can contribute to help you all as well! <em>211</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2009 18:00:13 EST Hi! Baker/Decorator Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x25931826 Hi, I love to bake. I am a baker and decorator in a small town bakery. I also do cake decorating on my own. This profession is really hard on weight loss though! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 May 2009 17:28:18 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x25620351 Hi My name is Sande and I love to cook. I went to Cake Decorating courses and at one time wanted to open a Bakery. But Have not Baked much in many many years. Married a second time and Hubby is not a desert eater. But I still like to look at what others do. Mon, 18 May 2009 08:06:56 EST Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x25260948 Hey Bakers! <BR> <BR> Is anyone doing the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit bootcamp here on spark? It just started yesterday so if you have not joined yet you should! Those of you who have...what do you think? Let's chat :) Mon, 4 May 2009 11:55:30 EST im new and love dessert. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x25234790 i need healthy sugg. <em>4</em> Sun, 3 May 2009 13:29:55 EST Peanut Butter Pies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x25230262 This recipe is awesome and very easy to make. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese <BR> 3/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter <BR> 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk <BR> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract <BR> 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed <BR> 2 reduced-fat graham cracker crusts (8 inches) <BR> 1/4 cup chocolate syrup <BR> 1/4 cup finely chopped unsalted peanuts <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> In a large bowl, beat ... Sun, 3 May 2009 10:07:35 EST A BAKING CHALLENGE :) (AKA "I need dirt cake!") http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x25006702 Hey friendly bakers! <BR> <BR> Random I know, but I am craving dirt cake. The delicious, fattening, cream cheesey and possibly sweentened condensed milk (or maybe evaporated? Or maybe I am simply dreaming my beloved S & C Milk belongs in this recipe <em>4</em> ) !!! <BR> <BR> Anyhow Tuesday is my birthday, and I thought I might make some Dirt Cake and take it to class (haha so Elementary school I know, but I love to bake!)...problem is, I have lost my recipe <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So b... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 21:27:05 EST Another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x24771859 Hi, i'm another baker joining the team. Trying to find new, delicious, HEALTHY ways to enjoy. . .as we lovingly call it. . . "butt food". I love to bake for friends and family. I made my three daughters' wedding cakes and many more. Looking for motivation and encouragement and hoping to be a source of the same. Looking forward to everyone's accomplishments:) Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:57:59 EST Saying hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x24492143 Just wanted to stop by and say "hello." Loving to bake and eating healthfully often don't go hand-in-hand for me! Hoping you all have found the secret! <em>30</em> Mon, 6 Apr 2009 18:23:16 EST Baking plans for Easter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x24373366 I'm trying to stay STRONG STRONG STRONG this month, but of course I have to bake SOMETHING for Easter. I typically am the one bringing the cheesecake to the in-laws, but I also have a hankering to make some cute cupcakes. I thought maybe a peanut butter cupcake with peanut M&Ms masquerading as eggs on top of some fluffy buttercream frosting. Maybe a jelly filling of some sort? I don't know. Thu, 2 Apr 2009 15:45:39 EST Anyone else feel like a Bake-a-holic??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x24128108 Hello fellow bakers! <BR> <BR> I do not know what the deal is -- with spring upon us and bathing suit season just around the corner, one would think I would be attempting to stay away from baked goods but NOOOOO....I have become OBSESSED lately! Really...Case in point - I have lots to do this week, but Tuesday I really really really wanted to bake. As in, had been putting it off all weekend and finally gave in. I made Chewy Praline-Fudge Bars which are to DIE for (find the recipe under... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:54:42 EST Need Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x23249739 I was wondering if anyone knew where i could buy edible photo paper or something like it. thanks. Wed, 25 Feb 2009 14:38:36 EST HELP fellow bakers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x23144420 Hello All! I seem to have spilled sweetened condensed milk in my refrigerator. It is now dried and hardened but will not come off. Any tricks for removing it? <BR> <BR> Rach Sun, 22 Feb 2009 13:20:02 EST How do you balance baking with eating healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x23092782 I'm all for making lighter versions of desserts for myself & my family, but I LOVE to bake for work, or whatnot, and when I'm trying to impress, I like to make the full-on fat version of recipes (I'm talking brownies, cupcakes, cookies). I find I often steer away from baking altogether because I don't want to be tempted by what I've made, but that is a bummer because the act of baking is something I greatly enjoy. <BR> <BR> How do you balance the two? Do you limit baking to a certain num... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:06:42 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x22983326 Hi All! I just joined the team and wanted to introduce myself. I love to bake, and am always looking for tips and recipes. I run a little home-based bakery out of my kitchen, and it's just starting to get off the ground. I do cake decorating as well, including wedding cakes. Of course, I have to be careful not to 'sample' too many of my creations. Haha. Temptation at every turn. I look forward to talking with everyone! Tue, 17 Feb 2009 08:56:46 EST Cranberry Orange Scones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x22919934 <BR> Cranberry Orange Scones <BR> <BR> 3 cups flour <BR> 1/2 cup sugar <BR> 2 1/2 tsp baking powder <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp baking soda <BR> 1 tbsp grated orange peel <BR> 3/4 cup chilled unsalted butter <BR> 1 cup dried orange-flavored cranberries (if you can't find the flavored kind, regular will do) <BR> 1/2 cup buttermilk <BR> 1/2 cup orange juice - high pulp <BR> 3 tsp orange cream yogurt <BR> <BR> Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, ... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 08:54:03 EST Anyone have a healthy muffin recipe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x22778453 That also tastes good? I've been craving a muffin, but I don't want to blow my good eating streak. <BR> <BR> I passed up a beautiful carrot, raisin, pecan muffin at the local coffee shop the other day that was calling to me..... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 13:23:26 EST Hello Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x22550373 Hi there! It's good to see I'm not the only one out there with an over developed sweet tooth! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better. So far I have not come across any low-cal or low-fat sweets that I like. Looking forward to trying out some new recipes! <em>471</em> Tue, 3 Feb 2009 13:54:06 EST A little about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x22184009 Hi everyone, my name is Crystal. I love to bake cakes. It all started when I got tired of spending lots of money for b-day cakes for my kids that ended up tasting horrible. So I took matters into my own hands. That slowly evolved to baking cakes for friends. My biggest accomplishment to date is a wedding cake I made for a friend. I also sold cakes this past Christmas...about 10 cakes...not many to some but it was a pretty big undertaking for someone like me who has never done anything l... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 14:50:50 EST another new baker here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x22131725 I love to make and my husband loves to eat what i bake so i am always looking for new recipes...sure hope i can find some here Thu, 22 Jan 2009 02:04:08 EST Just made it.... Banana sour cream cake YUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x22028979 I made it for a combined birthday party for my son and father in law just yesterday. It turned out very moist and nice. I've heard reports on using sour cream in baking cakes that failed so I was a bit worried. But mine turned out very nice. I made fluffy cream cheese frosting and it was a big hit. Think I will make it again for the next occasion. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:31:56 EST Another new baker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x22019810 Hey everybody! :) I'm excited and nervous to be here. I don't have a huge goal to start, but I don't have very much motivation, either. No motivation on top of loving cake -- what can you do? So here I am. I hope to make this into a success. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 01:16:46 EST Hello newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x21879573 My name is Lucky and I am a sahm to 7 children. I love to bake. I love to decorate cakes, but this has not helped my weight issue. I can't wait to get some ideas from you all. Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:24:31 EST Silicone Bake ware http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x21853538 Has anyone used the silicone bake ware? I received muffin squares for my birthday and am anxious to try them. Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:19:14 EST QOTD 1/4/09: Favorite Dessert to Bake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x21443051 What is your favorite dessert to bake? <BR> <BR> I love to bake cookies and cake Sun, 4 Jan 2009 06:44:39 EST new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x8601x21298945 HI, I just started getting back on track with my weight loss and thought i'd try some teams. My PASSION is baking. I was gonna go to culinary school about 4 yrs ago but I found out I was pregnant. Since the smell of food isn't always my friend while pregnant I decided to wait. She will start K in the fall so maybe then. I'm hoping to loose some weight by then. Tue, 30 Dec 2008 20:06:53 EST QOTD 12/21: Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x21096209 Are you going to be making any New Year's Resolutions? Sun, 21 Dec 2008 14:17:54 EST QOTD 12/20: Are You Ready? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x21073565 Are you ready for the holidays? Or are you a last minute shopper? Are you also ready for the new year? Sat, 20 Dec 2008 08:36:20 EST QOTD 12/19: Baking vs. Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x21063433 Which would you rather do bake goodies or cook meals? Fri, 19 Dec 2008 17:13:35 EST New Year-New You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x21036899 I've created a team entitled New Year-New You. It has daily challenges and healthy food options. It is not as intense as the new bootcamp that is being started, and I can only offer goodies to everyone instead of actual prizes, but I hope to see everyone join regardless. <BR> <BR> Everyone will be on teams, and the teams will weigh in together...the team that loses the most weight gets the goodie for that week. Starting and ending weights are individual though, so at the end whomever loses ... Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:15:54 EST QOTD 12/18: Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x21036878 What is your favorite thing about the winter season? Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:15:19 EST QOTD 12/16: Reading? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x20979429 Are you a reader? What is your favorite thing to read? Tue, 16 Dec 2008 08:17:06 EST QOTD 12/15: Weather? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x20966125 How has the weather been in your area lately? Mon, 15 Dec 2008 16:35:49 EST QOTD 12/14: Weekend Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x20941679 So now that we know what you planned for the weekend, tell us how it went. How was your weekend? Sun, 14 Dec 2008 17:47:24 EST Christmas Trees http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x20917237 Ingredients: <BR> 3 Tablespoons Margarine or Butter <BR> 1 Package (10 oz. about 40) Regular Marshmallows <BR> 1 Teaspoon Green Food Coloring <BR> 6 Cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies® <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> 1. Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring. <BR> <BR> 2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated <BR> <BR> 3. Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 12:06:23 EST Chocolate Scotcheroos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x20917206 Ingredients: <BR> 1 Cup Light Corn Syrup <BR> 1 Cup Sugar <BR> 1 Cup Peanut Butter <BR> 6 Cups Rice Krispies® <BR> 1 Package (6 oz., 1 cup) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> 1. Place corn syrup and sugar into 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch ... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 12:04:36 EST Snickerdoodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x20917167 Ingredients: <BR> 1/2 cup butter <BR> 3/4 cup sugar <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1 1/4 cup flour <BR> 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt <BR> Topping <BR> 1 tablespoon sugar <BR> 1 teaspoon cinnamon <BR> <BR> Cream butter. Add sugar and add mix thoroughly. Sift flour, baking powder and salt; stir in mixture. Form dough into balls about the size of walnuts and roll in mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 - 10 minutes at 400 degre... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 12:02:29 EST Snowballs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7380x8601x20917142 1 cup butter (softened) <BR> 3/4 cup sugar <BR> 2 cups flour <BR> 8 oz package Hershey kisses <BR> as needed powder sugar for dusting <BR> <BR> Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add flour to the mixture and completely blend. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in frig for 30 minutes. Remove foil from Hershey kisses. Remove dough from frig and shape into 1 inch balls - inserting a kiss in center of each ball (make sure it is completely covered by the dough). B... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 12:01:13 EST Fun Christmas Survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x20917081 I copied this from my Fit and Pregnant team, and thought you all would enjoy it. <BR> Just copy and paste the list below on to your reply, with your answers below! <BR> <BR> 1. Name something you hang on a Christmas tree. <BR> <BR> 2. Name a Christmas carol. <BR> <BR> 3. A role someone might play in a <BR> Christmas pageant. <BR> <BR> 4. The color of a Christmas tree light. <BR> <BR> 5. The number of days you leave your tree up after Christmas. <BR> <BR> 6. Name a Christmas decor... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 11:58:04 EST QOTD 12/13: This Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x20917028 What will you do this weekend? Sat, 13 Dec 2008 11:55:30 EST QOTD 12/10: Where Are You From? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x20859985 Sorry there was no QOTD yesterday...we had an incident here and I was unable to get one to you. <BR> <BR> Here is today's QOTD and it's a basic, where are you from? Do you live in the same town you grew up in? Have you moved to a new town for some reason? Thu, 11 Dec 2008 00:15:29 EST A gift for anyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x20832201 For those who are hard to buy for... <BR> One of my best friends gave this to me a couple of years ago. I thought it was the neatest "gift" I've received in a long time. Buy nine gifts, corresponding with the numbers, wrap each individually, label gifts according to the numbers, print off the list, and have the person read the list and open the gift individually. You can buy very inexpensive gifts, or the sky's the limit. Do whatever is right for you. <BR> I've done this several times, and ... Wed, 10 Dec 2008 00:51:08 EST QOTD 12/9: Favorite Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x20816823 What is your favorite thing here on Spark? Tue, 9 Dec 2008 13:39:23 EST Elf Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7181x8601x20798637 I don't remember how I came across this website, but I'm glad I did, its so cute and funny. Check out this site, and upload pics of yourself and your family and have a lil chuckle this holiday season. <BR> <BR> <link>www.elfyourself.com </link> Mon, 8 Dec 2008 21:25:35 EST QOTD 12/8: How Will You Spend The Holidays? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x20788225 Will you travel to see family or stay home to celebrate? How will you spend your holidays this year? Mon, 8 Dec 2008 13:59:32 EST Chocolate Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8601x20760235 Hey everyone, I have a question about chocolate. Besides using white chocolate, is there any way to color chocolate? Your basic run of the mill chocolate chips is what I will be using, and I am not a fan of what white chocolate tastes like...I need to color it green for trees. So what does everyone think...can it be done? Sun, 7 Dec 2008 13:18:46 EST