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Mixed Berry Cake Or Muffins

Measuring Spoons   Mixed Berry Cake or Muffins

I also make this with a sugar substitute and gluten-free with Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix, please read package directions.  If you are using a sugar substitute be sure to start off with a small amount and taste test the batter to add more, you can always add but not take away.

Please remember to use Vanilla Extract for the best taste.

Leave 1 stick unsalted butter out for a 1/2 hour to soften.  Room temperature for half and half, and eggs.

Bake at 350 Degrees, times will vary.

In a separate bowl sift these dry ingredients.

1 ¾  Cups Unbleached Flour OR Gluten Free Mix

1 ¾  teaspoons  Baking Powder (Omit if using above g.f. mix)

¼  teaspoon Salt (Omit if using above g.f. mix)

In an electric mixer bowl cream butter and sugar (Sugar substitute)

1 stick unsalted butter

1 Cup sugar

Once they are creamed turn off mixer and add:

2 Large Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Mix until blended in.  Turn off mixer and add:

1/2 Cup  Half and Half

1 Tablespoon Sour Cream

2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar

Add dry ingredients slowly

Mix until well blended. Then add:

1 Cup of frozen mixed berries, mix in well

Once it is well blended (mixed) turn off and let rest for 1 to 2 minutes.  Then you are ready to fill the cake/muffin tins.

Let cool and frost with your favorite whipped cream or cream cheese icing.

Enjoy this summer treat.  Jay

(This recipe has also been posted as a page)

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe


Just wanted to let you know there is a new page for a Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe.  These muffins can also be made Gluten Free, see the above recipe.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the muffins,



Almond Muffin/Rum Cake Recipe

          On the above page you will find an Almond Muffin/Rum Cake recipe.

This recipe can also be made gluten free. See the above recipe

The other recipes that appear above will be deleted on Friday.  Copy out your favorite(s) and add them to your recipe collection.

Enjoy your baking,

Jay The Baker  

The Stage

   Ah, the stage and screen.  Having had the opportunity to meet  a couple of well-known entertainers from years gone by and discuss how they became successful was an insightful experience.  What I learned was the importance of perseverance and the cultivation of your craft, be it acting or business or another creative endeavor.  Needless to say, a positive attitude was very helpful and part of their success.   

At a conference, I met a well-known character actress who was starring in a sitcom.  When I asked how she became so successful she laughed.  We sat down and began talking. She talked about how in NYC she was a member of a small group of  actors and actresses who first starting out would meet once a week and talk about shows, auditions, etc. The purpose of the meeting was to affirm each as a success in the industry and in high demand.  Some got roles on B’way, a commercial, a cameo or role in a series on television.  All through their meetings never was there any talk of not making it, the focus was on success.  They continued to meet until some moved to Hollywood or became a mainstay on B’way.  Always in contact theycredited how important and supportive their weekly meetings were in getting them jobs and notoriety. What was their secret?  It was coming together as a group and affirming their success, each affirming for everyone their success in the business. Never doubting that they would be successful.

I had the opportunity to know, for a number of years, a successful business woman. During the Depression when she or another family member was in need of a job they all went to a well-known, albeit expensive, restaurant and celebrated that the one who wanted the job had obtained it.  The next day or two sure enough they got the job. 

During my life I have been graced with opportunities to meet and know a variety of well-known figures, they were humble and never bragged.  Each was successful in their own right.  Some came up the ladder, others  from prominent families who made it on their own.  Their desire was not only to be successful but to give to others and see them succeed.  

If you or someone you know is going though a tough time suggest coming together and affirm the goal of success in whatever is needed; somehow and someway it will come to pass.  Always know for yourself your success in life and in the field you have chosen.  Life will always honor you at your own valuation.   

Shakespeare wrote, and I paraphrase, All the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players…  Well, begin acting the part of a successful individual.  You never know who you will meet or the opportunities that will be presented. If you believe in you so will others. 

Ok people, quiet on the set.  Action.

Enter stage right,


Exit Stage Left.  In memory of Moki, Lucille, Bob, D.K. and all I knew in front and back of the camera. In memory of Frances and Millicent, two wonderful and forthright women.

More Goal Information

    Today will be the last day for more goal information.  In January I will be incorporating these Goal Posts, pun intended, into a permanent page.  If you like any of the recipes please copy them as they will be deleted the first week of January 2012. 

At this time I want to thank you for being part of my of readership–which truly means a lot to me and for which I am grateful.  I am so thankful for you sharing this site; as a link, with friends, family, co-workers and others, or using the information from PCA (with acknowledgements) on your site. Life is surprising. I value, appreciate and desire only the highest and best life has to offer for you and yours.  You are the Success and always will be.  If you will pardon the following expression I borrowed from a friend, The Infinite don’t make junk.” Affirm daily, “I am successful and prosperous.  I am always led to the right people, places and things at the right time for success and prosperity in my  life.”  Thank you for joining me in positive living. Jay

There are three types of goals: immediate/short-range, usually up to one year; medium-range goals, one to three years; long-range goals, three years plus.

We have to set goals we believe in and have the belief they are now accomplished. 

As stated prior, if a goal needs to be changed be flexible and change it. Your vision of your life and where it goes is yours to direct.  We have to believe in ourselves.  Egotism is not an option. There is a big difference between believing in yourself and being egotistical.  Yes, we have to blow our own horn at times but not be a braggart about our work.

Medium and long-range goals aren’t going to drop into our lap.  They require us to work toward the goal, be innovative and positive, if they need to be tweaked along the way, do so.  Achieving our goals is like taking a road trip; we hop in the car, know our destination and drive to it.  Sometimes there are detours and we get to take the scenic route, we learn a new way of how or not how to get to where we desire in life.  No matter what the detour keep your focus on the destination.

Keep in mind, if your goals are vague they probably won’t come to pass.  Be specific setting goals, but do not outline how they are to be attained. For instance, a goal is a new car.  Ok, what kind of new car? What color ,make, model, two door, four door, convertible, coupe, etc. Go to the dealership, sit in the car, visualize yourself driving it and if the dealership allows take it for a test drive.  Cut out a picture of the car you desire and also know you have the money to pay for it.  Years ago an example was given in a class I had taken on goal setting.  A person had a goal of new home…they got the home but lost it due to not having the income to pay for it monthly. There are caveats that go along with our goals, suchas time, money, dedication and accepting the responsibilities that go with the specific goal.

What is your daily self-talk about achieving your goal(s)? Create a positive mental attitude toward your goals, nourish them daily with thanksgiving and positive thoughts.  Should a not so positive thought pop up, show it the door and be rid of it.

Identify with your goal; visualize the attainment of your goal, see yourself enjoying the fruits of your labor; be enthusiastic with feeling about your goal; be thankful that every day you are a step or two closer to the achievement of your goals. Life will respond to you according to the timber of your dominant thoughts and beliefs.

Concieve, Confidently Believe, Achieve.

The following are examples: short-range goals are, to again, be published in a variety of print and online publications and get back to speaking to variety of groups throughout the country after a long hiatus, this also includes being paid for my work.  A medium-range goal is to publish a book I am working on.  One of my medium/long-range goals is to speak and be published internationally.  There is no doubt in my mind that these goals are now being accomplished.  Now to state these goals in the present tense:  I am now published in a variety of print and online publications and paid well for my work. My book is now published and a best seller. I am an in demand paid motivational speaker to groups throughout the country.  I am now speaking and publishing internationally.  These are examples.  Why not grab a piece of paper and pen to begin writing down your goals.  Remember goals are for career/business and personal as well. Keep the personal goals to yourself as well as those career and business goals as necessary.

One is never too old to set goals.

Continued Success In All Your Works,


New Crescent Roll Recipe

  Good Day Everyone, two new crescent roll recipes, for the sweet tooth and chocolate lovers.   Please line baking sheets with parchment paper as these creations are a bit sticky.

If you would like to have crescent rolls for a breakfast sweet, take rolls out of can unfold, sprinkle lightly with sugar and cinnamon, roll up and bake according to directions. 

Are you daring?  Take a small amount of a good baking chocolate, break into pieces,  put a couple of pieces at the wide end of the dough roll up and bake according to directions.  The baking chocolate I use is Scharffen Berger, 99% cacao dark unsweetened, there is a sweet version.

See the above page, Sweet Crescent Roll Recipe.  The page will remain up during the holidays

Enjoy The Holiday Celebrations,


Dress Up The Crescent Rolls

Above is a way to dress up the crescent rolls that many serve during the holiday season, it can also be used during the year.  Jay

Nut Cookie Recipe

As the holidays draw near there is a nut cookie recipe I have adapted from a 90 year old recipe. They are easy to make with minimal ingredients.  They can be made with pecans or walnuts.  See the page above. 

 Happy Holidays One & All,



Ginger Muffin Recipe

      Hello Everyone,

On the above page you find my special ginger muffin recipe.  It can also be made without sugar and gluten free.  I use Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix.  

Enjoy the upcoming holdiays. (Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas)

All My Best,


Basic Muffin Recipe

Look above for the Basic Muffin Recipe page.  This recipe can also be made gluten free with Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix.




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