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a baking orgy to remember...

So I was talking to myself the other day as usual (ok well not really, I did a post here but no one really responded, and its quite okay, I'm boring...I get it) and am now ready to reveal all the excitement that has been swirling in my little brain. But let me kindly interrupt this post to get to what's really important. I know what you all are still thinking about...and its my darn post title. I know, I know. Some of you have kids. Some of you might be nuns. Some like me, may even have old grannies who raise eyebrows at Paris Hilton every time she gets out of a car in a short dress. I know, but really, I couldn't think of a better word. And I mean really, why the hell did the porn industry have to steal a perfectly good word form the rest of us PG rated do gooder citizens? So let's just solve this right here, right now. My trusted Webster's never lets me down! Orgy, simply put, means celebration devoted to sensual enjoyment. And believe you me, after just watching Nigella Feasts on FN, that was pure sensual enjoyment at its finest. So the word definitely hits the nail on the head of what I want this post to embody. Lets see if other synonymous words would have done the trick in under 5 seconds: blowout? fling? circus? (most likely if its my kitchen) party? rampage? carousal? (is that the thing at the amusement park, hmm) feast? indulgence? merrymaking? Well there you have it folks, very nice words indeed, but they just don't do the trick for me, I'm afraid. So if my proposed baking orgy is too much for you to handle on my blog from time to time, I guess we can do our bid adieu. Just know, you'll so want to come back after hours. Ha!

So now on to the main menu. Again, after begging for help here, I have it all figured out and I'm ready to rumble! Its the official last day of July 2010 tomorrow which only means one thing. Tomorrow starts the countdown of my 30-day baking challenge here at Granny's house! Yes, Granny's kitchen, Granny's garden, and her KitchenAid that she is yet to know will find its way into my luggage 30 days from now. More on that later. Below is my line-up of all the activities I plan to indulge in come hell or high water (or sunken cupcake domes, confusing corn starch for flour, and forgetting my eggs in a basket altogether). As usual, let me know what you think. I hope I'm not in this alone! And do spread the word. I may be confident and ambitious, but self-absorbed be it not I. I would love the virtual company of you, your readers or even your fellow blogger friends. Let's have some baking fun!


30-Day Baking Challenge
for the pure purpose of overindulging & blaming the love handles on learning
  1. Let Them Eat Cake: bake my way through Cupcakes by Pamela Clark (see books on sidebar) using a weekly poll voted for by readers (starting with coconut ones that I still owe you guys, sorry!)
  2. American In Paris....wait, I have done this column twice already and it never occurred to me...I'm nowhere near Paris! Hmmm. Ah, ok! *Aspiring American In Paris*: classic and popular traditional French baked goods once a week until I feel one with Julia Child
  3. Bed&Breakfast Princess: practice various ideas and concepts for my future B&B menus, teaching myself to not only cook things outside of dessert land, but to eventually persuade myself breakfast is not the devil and can indeed be consumed after the hour of 11am
And last but certainly not least my darlings, something I have been secretly twiddling my imaginary mischievous mustache about, a community blogger baking challenge we can all do together! It hit me like a ray of sunshine while watching Iron Chef followed by Chopped on FN. Why duh, why don't I create my own mystery ingredient based challenge...online...for other baking obsessed foodies like myself. Right, right! Well after racking my brain (and the thesaurus) I came up with this...

WHIPPED:
A virtual mystery-ingredient-based baking challenge for food bloggers. Using Jamesoff.net's random recipe generator (because sadly after thorough research, there is no such thing yet as a random ingredient generator..as there is no need to be I guess) we will concoct happily in our kitchens the most sweet and savory baked goods each week, letting readers be the judge of concept and presentation (no such thing as virtual tasting yet either I'm afraid) and the winner, decided upon by tallying up comments I presume, can get a fun little banner to put on their blog! And trust me, the recipe generator will definitely be a fun and helpful tool since we don't have Ted Allen or Alton Brown to direct us. On first click I got strawberries, lard and butter as ingredients. Now tell me you can't make something mighty delicious from any of those bad boys. Requirements...hmm, not many. Just need to join in (comment below!), have a food blog, pick an ingredient that I will blog each week after using the generator, bake, snap pics, post, then wait!

Okay off to rest a bit. Okay not really. Off to eat whatever is left of last night's banana pudding then make the dough for my Pain Au Chocolat Cinnamon Rolls for this week's *Aspiring American in Paris*. Ah, don't you just love baking challenges!

Well, whose in!?

14 comments

  1. Whipped sounds super fun! As long as we get moved into our house next week I'm totally in!!! I'll email you for more info!

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  2. Can't wait for the pain au chocolat post!
    Loving your blog btw, reminds me of my dream of opening a pastry shop, and like yourself, I have no baking experience. Your blog has inspired me to start learning!
    All the best, xo.

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  3. Hi there, Just found your pretty blog. I identified with your "about" page. I live in Louisiana where there are the most quaint and mysterious old B&B's. I want to own one in the future, too, and the book writing -- that's another one of my things. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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  4. @Mandy, oh please do move in as quickly as you can! I so want your stylish take on this fun baking challenge. And at lease it will give you good reason to christen the kitchen haha

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  5. @Jiji, WOW, after a painstaking 3 hours I just finished te dough and filling and plopped two in the oven for taste test. The rest are freezing for tomorrow's breakfast, so a post to come soon! PS- so ecstatic to see you dreaming of your own pastry shop. We can dream and learn together. xx

    @Monica, yay glad you found my blog, welcome! Would love love to have you guest post about the Louisiana B&Bs you know about! Ive always imagined how alluring they must be....

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  6. i adoreee your blog! it combines all of my favorite things. cupcakes and french things and prettiness. in loveee. i'm glad i found becoming lola. :)<3

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  7. im joining this! hey, i just sent you a message on swap-bot, im partnered with you for the cupcake stuff swap, yay!

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  8. and oh, for the WHIPPED. im IN!! count me in.. write me in.. whatever!! :D LOL

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  9. Whipped sounds great! Count me in! Can't wait to read more from your 30 day challenge. And if my Granny had a KitchenAid, I'd be sneaking it into my suitcase too xx

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  10. Pain Au Chocolat Cinnamon Rolls? Recipe please!! I'm totally in with Whipped! I'm going on vacay in 2 weeks, so if time is short, I'll make something thereafter.

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  11. AHH!! I tried to email you and i clicked the link and i don't have my email program set up to use so if you would please email me so i can have your email!!

    mine is iamwhole@yahoo.com

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  12. ciao!
    I have just seen a picture of your on tastespotting and let me say that I noticed it because it is really different. Different in 'mood', I mean. Adorably, I mean!
    I really love your way to select particulars.

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  13. You have such great ideas!! Whipped is brilliant! I love your 30 day baking challenge. It def sounds like it's a challenge so good luck!! You'll do great! :)

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  14. @Delaney, yay more fans of frenchie pretty things! cant get enough right? please do come back so we can indulge together. xoxo

    @SugarCrawler, OMG amazing!!!! I am even more excited now were are swap partners. okay will go check your messages and will count you in haha

    @Debbie, so exciting omg thanks so much for joining in!! Will do my post first thing tomorrow with the first ingredients for this week :)

    @Paris, you betchya! Will get that recipe to you asap. Soooo ecstatic you are in on Whipped. You leave in 2 weeks right? So you can do this week's challenge?

    @Rosa haha thank you!!! I work for hours doing my pictures. Glad someone notices and appreciates. xx

    @AJ ahh thanks babe. So are you in or what lol?

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