and just like that. . .

. . . she’s one. my sweet baby is one. it’s hard to believe. Avi Hope, you are so very very loved.

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I made a lot of cakes last week (avi’s party was Friday night) and I discovered an awesome little trick to get pans to release cake!!! I have struggled with that for ages so just in case you have too here’s my secret weapon. (I didn’t come up with it by the way. I found it on pinterest)

Miracle Pan Release

 from veronicascornucopia.com

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Whisk thoroughly until everything is incorporated and smooth. Store in airtight container at room temperature. To use, dip a pastry brush or impeccably clean fingers into the mixture and spread a thin layer over the bottom and sides of pan(s) for any recipe that calls for “greasing and flouring” your pans.

*Note: you can make any size batch you’d like, just make sure all amounts of each ingredient are equal to each other.

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