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2016 Girl Versus Dough Reader Survey | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

It’s that time again!

The time when I ask you all the most pressing questions about your life, like how do you get out of bed right when your alarm goes off, or how do you make your hair look so cute like that, or how do you manage to make that smoky eye look good instead of like raccoon eyes, or how do you style those Instagram photos so amazingly, or — actually, it’s not any of those things (though if you have tips on them, let. me. know.).

It’s actually more of the “whaddya think about this blog?” variety. The “what do you want to see more of around here?” kind. More carbs? More meals? More anything? More everything?

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A Baker's Dozen: 13 (More) Baking Tips & Tricks to Become a Better Baker | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

This post is the fourth and final in a short series I’m be doing this month on the blog called “A Baker’s Dozen.” Each week, I’ll share a post with 13 (get it?) tips, tricks and/or tools to help you become a better baker (though I think you’re pretty great already). Today’s post: Top 13 baking tips and tricks (from the best of the best) to help you become a better baker.

This is my last post in this series and, frankly, I’m a little sad about it. It’s been fun chatting with you about all things baking! And I hope you’ve had fun, too.

But, all good things must come to an end (though maybe I’ll keep this series running with a post every now and then? Mysteries…) and I’m ending this one on a high note. Because while I might know a few things about baking from my own trials and tribulations in the kitchen throughout the years, the interwebs knows EVERYTHING. And even more specifically, bloggers know a ton about baking. So I’ve rounded up a few baking tips and tricks that I’ve found/bookmarked/have memorized like the back of my hand at this point that I think you’ll find incredibly helpful, too. Plus, there are photos of cupcakes and cookies and sprinkles below, so let’s get to it!

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This post is the third in a short series I’ll be doing this month on the blog called “A Baker’s Dozen.” Each week, I’ll share a post with 13 (get it?) tips, tricks and/or tools to help you become a better baker (though I think you’re pretty great already). Today’s post: My top 13 tips for organizing baking supplies. Enjoy!

A Baker's Dozen: Top 13 Tips for Organizing Baking Supplies | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I am back from a week’s vacation to Jamaica and Haiti and all I can say is COOOOOLLLLLDDD. Like, 80 degrees colder than where I was just 48 hours ago. Like, takes-one’s-breath-away cold. Like, one of the windows in our house shattered because it was. so. cold., and a wall in another room has ice crystals forming on it (I’m serious). Sometimes I wonder why I live in Minnesota and not on that beautiful island beach on which I was sipping slushy drinks just mere days ago. WHY.

Alas, crazy as it may be, this is home and so here I am, waist-high in blankets and neck-high in a scarf wearing fleece-lined leggings and wool socks, writing to you from the tundra about my top 13 tips for organizing baking supplies (in small spaces!). My kitchen may be tiny, but I’ve learned over the years how to make the most of my few available cabinets, one of which is dedicated entirely to my baking supplies. Lately, another cabinet seems to be completely dedicated to my husband’s and daughter’s love of crackers and chips, but that’s another post entirely.

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This post is the second in a short series I’ll be doing this month on the blog called “A Baker’s Dozen.” Each week, I’ll share a post with 13 (get it?) tips, tricks and/or tools to help you become a better baker (though I think you’re pretty great already). Today’s post: My top 13 essential baking ingredients. Enjoy!

A Baker's Dozen: My Top 13 Essential Baking Ingredients | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Happy Monday, friends! Is that a contradiction: happy and Monday? I know for some of us it is. For me, it depends. If I’ve got a good week of plans ahead, we’re cool. If not, watch out. I’ve probably got a serious case of the needs-coffee/needs-sleep/needs-a-vacations. I’m sure you can empathize.

Thankfully, this week I actually AM on vacation (which, if you read my last post, comes at a good time). This is the first time since like, college, that I’ve been on a tropical vacation in January. For those of us who live in the tundra that is Minnesota or anywhere in the upper half of the country, you know this is a welcome reprieve from the cold. And henceforth, I plan to have a vacation scheduled for EVERY January of EVERY year. It’s a lofty resolution (says my wallet) but I’m going for it.

So let’s pull up a beach chair, sip on some mojitos and have a chat about my top 13 essential baking ingredients, shall we? That seems normal.

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Happy 2016, friends! This post is the first in a short series I’ll be doing this month on the blog called “A Baker’s Dozen.” Each week, I’ll share a post with 13 (get it?) tips, tricks and/or tools to help you become a better baker (though I think you’re pretty great already). Today’s post: My top 13 essential baking tools. Enjoy!

Top 13 Essential Baking Tools | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

There have been — ahem — moments in my life as a baker when I have come to realize one of the following: a) I am using the absolute wrong tool (apologies to the challah that was burned alive by me baking it with wax paper), b) I don’t own the tool I need (apologies to the countless cookies and truffles that I’ve tried to shape and instead assaulted with unwieldy spoons and c) I have so many tools I never use (I’m looking at you, cupcake batter separator). It’s been a long and winding road of crimes committed to my baked goods by the wrong tools, the missing tools, the unnecessary tools, and I wish I could say I’ve left that life behind completely and am now in a state of complete kitchen optimization — but alas, I still have that batter separator stored away somewhere.

But I digress. Because maybe you’ve made the resolution that 2016 is your year to bake the perfect loaf of bread. Or maybe you made out like a gift card bandit at Christmas and you’re looking to invest in quality baking tools to step up your cake-baking game. Or maybe you’re just really tired of having your drawers and cabinets filled with things like batter separators and you’re finally ready to be a grownup and clean out all the clutter, all of it, the entire house, and you won’t rest until it’s all cleared and only stocked with the necessities! ← My husband is reading this and shaking his head at my crazy right now.

That’s why I’ve made this list for you. Because if in my years of baking there are any tools that I hath discovered and deemed necessary, it is these 13 tools. Whether you’re an aspiring hobby baker or a professional pastry chef, I’m sure you’ll find a few gadgets on this list you can’t live without.

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Merry Christmas from the Wise Family!

Just popping in to say Merry Christmas! From my family to yours, we wish you a most joy-filled and blessed holiday.

xo

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