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The sweet smell of happiness – #betteryourbake

This week, I was invited to the kickoff of Nielsen-Massey’s #betteryourbake campaign and it was such a sweet treat!

Welcome to Nielsen-Massey Family run for over 100 years!

I’ve been focusing more on finding daily happiness for the last few years and I intentionally add mindful activities to my everyday. In a break from the day earlier this week, I found myself rewatching Julie & Julia one of my favorite movies. I’ve loved Julia Child for decades (watching her show on PBS with my mother when I was a child myself) and I now I totally identify with the character of Julie Powell. For me learning something knew this is the way to work through other daily challenges. Much like the way Julie takes it upon herself to cook her way through Julia Child’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Julie says, “You know what I love about cooking? I love that after a day when nothing is sure and when I say nothing, I mean nothing. You can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. That’s such a comfort.”

This quote gets at the heart of what cooking and baking mean to me as well. The #betteryourbake campaign takes it a step further. Providing weekly tips to improve your baking proficiency while providing a more relaxed day-to day and the ability to channel mindfulness through baking. I don’t know about you, but yes to less stress and to baking sweet treats that conjure up nostalgia and comfort at home!

Getting great tips from Celebrity pastry chef Marina Sousa owner and designer of Just Cake.

Some of Marina’s finished shortbread cookies – Yum!

The delicious Neilsen-Massey line – Have you tried Vanilla paste?

This family owned company in Waukegan, IL has been around for over 100 years and makes some of the best vanillas used by home chefs, celebrity chefs, and restaurants worldwide.

To truly tell the difference – we had a vanilla ice cream taste test – I fell in love with the Tahitian Vanilla!

We toured the factory and got the 411 on how these amazing Vanillas are created!

I learned so much and can’t wait to better my own baking skills – To try some of their fantastic vanillas and other extracts – Use the Amazon Coupon below!

Follow Neilsen-Massey on their social channels to learn more: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter

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