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Posted: 17 March 2009 07:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 46 ]
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Hi, I’m a newby! I found this forum in search of an answer to a baking question. Here’s my question, hoping someone has a suggestion…
I make a beautiful loaf of bread. That said, when I make a cinnamon swirl loaf (dough rolled out, smeared with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar) I roll the dough up tightly, no air bubbles and bake as normal. It raises beautifully. When I cut into it, after cooling, there are air pockets between the upper layers. Any ideas???  Thanks,  Momof10

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Posted: 17 March 2009 07:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 47 ]
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Fascinates me sometimes too!! I think - how did I get here?! big surprise I know I’m not the only one with a large family, it only seems that way. But you know… we all have 24 hours in a day, the only difference is in how we choose to spend it. For me its always been about family. Hope you enjoy the rest of your 24!!  Momof10

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Posted: 17 March 2009 10:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 48 ]
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Congrats on your 4! I don’t think I spend any more time at mothering than you, I just do things in bulk! Thank goodness we’re out of the diaper stage. cheese Unfortunately, we’re on to the dating and marrying stage… what I wouldn’t give for a poopy diaper. (Come to think of it, I do get those occasionally from our 2, soon to be 3, grandkids. It truely is the best of both worlds!)
Thanks for making me feel welcome, this is a great site.  Momof10

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Posted: 18 March 2009 12:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 49 ]
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Thanks, Jen. I’ll try that!  smile Momof10

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Posted: 22 March 2009 12:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 50 ]
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Patrincia and Jen,
Loved the replies!! We had 9 of our 10 kids (plus partners and grandkids) over for a game night last night and it was so loud we could barely hear each other as we played Pictionary.  LOL  It was guys against gals… the gals won, of course!  Brains against brawn - now there’s balance!  tongue wink Momof10

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Posted: 22 March 2009 10:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 51 ]
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Thanks for the warm welcomes! I use the baking as a creative grown-up outlet. Plus, my little ones like to help me bake (for a few minutes at least). Momof10, how old are all of your kiddoes? I’m impressed!!

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Posted: 23 March 2009 02:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 52 ]
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Anne,
  When my older ones were little, they too ‘helped in the kitchen - it was great fun. I have a cherished picture of our 27 year old daughter when she was about 2, sitting in a sink full of dish water… diaper and all! LOL That same daughter now loves to bake, pies being her favorite. Our oldest is 31, the youngest 13. We have one every odd year in between. 6 girl’s and 4 boys. 2 are married.  It was great fun when the youngest was a baby… A couple of times I had the opportunity to go somewhere with just the oldest and youngest (both boys). People thought we were married and the baby was our first!!  smile Kids are great, they keep you young! Have fun with them every day.  Momof 10

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Posted: 24 March 2009 11:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 53 ]
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Rozanne, 
    It takes 24 hours a day no matter if you have two or twenty-two!  So, never say ‘only two’ when speaking of your children…  smile 
    I admire you for sacrificing your time and talents and possibly health to bring two more beautiful spirits into the world.  I have friends that have but one beause of health concerns - you just never know. I was fortunate enough to really enjoy being pregnant,  never got sick and didn’t have to fight to lose weight! Can you imagine?!
    What kind of things do you enjoy baking for your family? What are their favorites? I think my family most enjoys bread and pies with cookies a close runner-up.
Have a great day and enjoy your family!  smile Momof10

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Posted: 24 March 2009 07:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 54 ]
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Man O man… I agree. Give me the preschoolers any day!!  grin When they grow up, their problems just get bigger. On the other hand, it’s indecribable to see your daughter have children of her own and to share the emotions of motherhood with her. And I do adore my grandkids. And you know, I get a better nights sleep on most nights. So really, I wouldn’t go backwards for anything.
Rozanne, you mentioned cakes - do you make them from scratch? I hate to admit it here, but I usually resort to a mix. (Please don’t ban me from the site!)  LOL  Have fun with what’s left of your day - Momof10

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Posted: 24 March 2009 09:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 55 ]
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Rozanne,

Amen to living in the kitchen! I have joked about needing to set up a cot in there. My little ones are 7, 5 1/2, and 2 1/2 - the oldest is a girl and the other two are boys. I love being their mom. Most of the time, I enjoy cooking and baking, but at the end of some days, I wonder why I thought it would be fun to “whip up” a batch of cookies. In my head, it takes only ten minutes to throw a batch together, but, of course, with measuring and clean-up, it ends up taking an hour. Then, it’s suddenly time for dinner and baths and bedtime!!

Momof10, I was thinking about you today as I was throwing laundry in the machine. Are you super-organized? My days go so much more smoothly when I keep everyone on task and doing their chores, including me. I wish I remembered to stay that way every day. Some days, I feel like being slack and then end up recognizing that the slackness leads to trouble!

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Posted: 09 July 2009 06:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 56 ]
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Hello Everyone,

It was fun visiting the site and was overwhelmed with all the nice and friendly staff, and, oh, i can’t forget, members. I knew everyone was chatting but i couldn’t figure for the life of me where it was all coming from. Please, forgive me for being so ignorant. But, i am so happy I found your forum. By the way, I am from the wet and cold Olympia and I have 6 goats to keep me busy.

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Posted: 18 August 2009 08:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 57 ]
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Hello All!  I am very happy to have found this site!

I’m a pastry chef in Curacao, and am very excited to have a source for my wedding cake questions…:)

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Posted: 28 September 2009 10:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 58 ]
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Hello everyone. 
I am quite new to the baking scene and am very excited at joining this site.  I have been reading your posts for a few weeks now.  Its all very informative.  So expect many questions from me in the future.

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Posted: 29 September 2009 07:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 59 ]
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Thanks for the lovely welcome.

Annie i’m not a Gaelic speaker.  Unless you count a few phrases i learned while i was a bar maid…lol.  I was born in England, Northants and moved here with my partner and kids 5 years ago.  But my 7 year old daughter is in Gaelic medium.  She loves it and is doing really well.

Was Applecross on the TV a while back.  A man who had tried to become self sufficient.  It looked lovely there.

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Posted: 01 October 2009 01:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 60 ]
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Yay…  It arrived today.  Not had a chance to look at it yet.  Will make some lovely bedtime reading i think.

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