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Life is Sweet is the 4th installment of cookbooks for the Hummingbird Bakery. Those of you that live in the US may not be familiar with this bakery. It was one of the first American style bakeries in the UK opening on the famous Portobello Road back in 2004. Their first cookbook was sold in the US. I do recall seeing it at Barnes & Noble before.

This installment has 100 American style recipes with chapters on cakes, cupcakes, layer cakes, cookies, pies, tray bakes, pancakes, ice cream, puddings and bread. The book is pretty thorough identifying which recipes are easy and which ones require more advanced skills. There are plenty of appetizing photographs to accompany each recipe.

7Up Pound Cake

If you’re familiar with American baking many of the recipes and bakes will be familiar. There are several recipes that I’ve made and blogged about such as red velvet brownies, honey cornbread and beignets. As well as recipes that are pretty standard across pretty much any American blog like butter cake, pancakes and graham crackers.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies

The lesser known American bakes are the most interesting in the book. Appalachian stack cake, Alabama Little Layer Cake and Ozark Pudding Cake. I made three recipes from the book so far. Tunnel of Fudge Cake, Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies and 7Up Cake. I’ve only attempted easy recipes to date. I have my eye on some of the layer cakes. Maybe once I get a baby sitter I’ll have some time to make one!

The tunnel of fudge cake was super rich, the peanut butter marshmallow cookies were perfectly chewy and the 7UP Pound Cake was fun and citrusy.

I received a copy to review


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Lactation Cookies

Lactation Cookies

I love my little koala bear and he keeps me pretty busy. I’m pretty much on my feet running around taking care of his laundry, endlessly putting his pacifier back in his mouth or keeping the house clean. We do spend a ton of time on the sofa watching Netflix while I feed him. I have watched every single episode of American Dad and I’m currently on House.


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Welcome Oskar

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Welcome my little cupcake Oskar to the world! He was born on February 5th at 8.04am in the morning weighing 6 lbs 7 oz. He was amazingly born on his due date. His dad is Swiss so it’s very fitting that he’s prompt.


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Vanilla Malt Cupcakes

Vanilla Malt Cupcakes

We had a terrible ice storm here down south about two weeks ago. They’re not equipped to handle with snow or ice so we spent several days stuck at home. We eventually went a little stir crazy.


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Oreo Birthday Cake Popcorn

I’m still alive! I’ve mastered doing a lot of tasks one handed these days but not quite baking and blogging. I seem to spend most of my days on the couch or propped up in bed feeding my little cookie monster.


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