Let’s just double it!

By John Hawkins / July 2, 2017

Luckily for us, how the cake looks, has nothing to do with how it tastes!

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

By John Hawkins / July 1, 2017

Our anniversary fell on a Saturday this year. When I asked Chris what she wanted to do, she said, “Let’s stay home and bake.” With that, Bake-Fest was on!! Now we just needed to figure out what we were going to bake. As soon as we started our new baking hobby, cheesecake was one of…

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By John Hawkins / June 26, 2017

As I mentioned in the previous post, Chris and I stepped it up a bit and attempted 2 bakes at the same time. That’s not to say that we put them both in the oven together, no. But, as the Spiced Orange cakes were in the oven, we started mixing up the ingredients for another…

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Spiced Orange Cake with Orange Mascarpone Icing

By John Hawkins / June 24, 2017

In week 3 of our baking adventures, Chris and I really stepped it up a notch. Rather that baking just one item, we took on two at once. The first was this spiced orange cake and the other is a bread loaf that I’ll be writing about shortly. But for now, let’s focus on this…

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Bleu Cheese and Walnut filled Loaf

By John Hawkins / June 18, 2017

A week after Chris and I baked the Chocolate and Cherry Loaf, we were back in the kitchen to take on our next baking project; a Bleu Cheese and Walnut filled loaf. This was another recipe that we found while watching the Great British Baking Show‘s Masterclass episodes. Knowing that we were definitely bitten by…

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Chocolate and Cherry Loaf

By John Hawkins / June 4, 2017

Recently, my wife Chris and I found a new show to binge watch on Netflix; The Great British Baking Show. It’s a competition show where contestants have to bake a number of items each week and they’re judged and sent home week by week until there is one winner. It’s not like a lot of…

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The missing piece

By John Hawkins / March 19, 2017

About 2 1/2 years ago I started on a fitness journey. I had reached my heaviest weight in my life, and I certainly wasn’t happy about it. My wife and I each bought a Fitbit and started walking. At the same time, we also cleaned up our eating habits. We didn’t do anything super drastic,…

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Feels good feeling good: a story of patience

By John Hawkins / February 26, 2017

You may not know this about me (I kid), but I love CrossFit. It has been a major part of my life the past couple 2 and a half years. There is no mood I can be in that a CrossFit workout doesn’t make better. I’ve had gym memberships before, but nothing beats the coaching,…

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Two long weeks

By John Hawkins / January 20, 2017

The past two weeks have been rough. I’ve got a lot to talk about, but I’m really having trouble figuring out how to get started. So, I’m going to just write and see where this goes. I’ll consider this my therapy. It was Wednesday and my sister called. Mom was just rushed to the hospital…

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