Archive for the ‘Administrative’ Category


Bake With Jill is on Vacation

May 13, 2012

I’m still cooking and baking, but decided to take a break from blogging. All is well; I’m just trying to spend less time in front of the computer.


Helpful information about yeast, and my commenting woes

February 10, 2012


If you are on the King Arthur Flour mailing list, you may have already seen this article about yeast. Yeast and I get along pretty well, but I learned a few things and got some good tips about how the different types of yeast behave and how to tweak rising time, so take a look!

Commenting Woes

I use WordPress, and off and on, have trouble commenting on some Blogger blogs. This is one of those times, and I wasn’t able to comment on some of the lovely loaves that were posted for the Tuesdays With Dorie/Baking with Julia group. I hope it resolves itself; if not, I will be reading your blogs but will not be able to comment. I’m really happy with WordPress, so no, I’m not going to switch teams. If anyone has a solution, please let me know; I did some searching and didn’t come up with anything that worked for me.


Jill’s Blog is now Bake with Jill

January 13, 2012

There have been a few changes around here lately. A while ago, I changed my header from Jill’s Blog to Bake with Jill. And now, my blog has moved, in a virtual sense, to

What does this mean to you?

Well, not that much. If everything works like I think it will, subscribers will still see my new posts in your Google Reader (or reader of choice) or in your inbox. If you have a bookmark to my blog, it will redirect you to my new URL. And any links to my posts will still work.

Before the switch, when I left comments on another WordPress blog, my name appeared as Jill, and I think I’ll still be Jill now (at least I hope I’m still Jill!). When I left comments using OpenId (which I use for most Blogger blogs), my name appeared as jillbert. Now it looks like my name has changed to That one surprised me, and I wish I could just be Jill in OpenId, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Why the change?

First of all, my dear husband registered the bakewithjill domain for me forever-ago, and for no good reason, it’s taken me a while to do something with it. And, back when I started my blog I didn’t understand that my user name was going to be part of my blog URL, nor did I catch on that everyone had fun blog names. Sometimes it takes me a while to get with the program.

Welcome to; I’m now with the program, at least sort of!


Winner of the Giveaway

July 3, 2010

The winner of the CSN Stores $60 gift card is…comment number 8…Eric F! Eric’s comment simply said “I love cotton candy…” Congratulations! Eric, I will email you to confirm your email address and when I hear back from you, I’ll pass the information on to CSN.

I am also happy to report that the majority of the people who entered like cotton candy. Here are the results.

Thanks everyone for entering and thanks to CSN Stores for providing the gift card!



June 28, 2010

The giveaway is now closed.

I was thrilled when CSN Stores contacted me to ask if I wanted to do another giveaway. I love entering giveaways, and it’s really fun to host them too. The really great part is that you can win a $60 gift certificate to use at any of CSN store’s 200+ websites. With that many websites to choose from, I have a feeling you’ll be able to find just the perfect thing to spend that gift certificate on. If you read my blog, you’re probably interested in cooking, but did you know that CSN also has a lighting store? Ceiling lights, wall lights, outdoor lights table lamps…it’s all there. If you have pets, check out for some really cute items. Are you like me, always eyeing up that cotton candy maker in the Sky Mall catalog? Well, maybe that’s just the thing to spend your gift certificate on!

Thank you to CSN Stores for sponsoring this giveaway!

Ready to enter? Just leave a comment on this post and tell me if you like cotton candy (yes, you’re still entered even if you say no!). Enter before midnight Central time on Friday July 2. I’ll pick a random winner and will announce the winner Saturday. Thanks for entering, and good luck!

The fine print:

  • One entry per person, please.
  • The winner receives a $60 one-time use gift certificate to be redeemed at any of CSN Store’s websites.
  • Make sure your email address is in the comment form. I’ll contact the winner to confirm your email address, which I’ll pass on to CSN Stores.
  • This is open to US and Canadian residents only.

Tuesdays with Dorie: I have a really good excuse

April 13, 2010

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at the photo of Swedish Visiting Cake in Baking: From My Home to Yours. Any time I flip through the book, that page seems to pop up. So why didn’t I make this delicious-looking cake, selected by none other than Nancy from The Dogs Eat the Crumbs? Because our house was hit by lightning last week. Seriously. It’s been a heck of a week, and although our kitchen is up and running, I haven’t been in there a lot, except to pull out the blender and make some margaritas!

In summary, it was really, really scary, but everyone is fine. A few photos are below. If you’d rather hear about the recipe, see Nancy. She’ll have the recipe on her site and she won’t steer you wrong with her review!

This wall exploded and the firemen had to open it up

More wall chopping

This is where the fire was

This was our thermostat

It broke some windows and messed up the trim

It even dug a big trench in our front yard!


Winner of the Giveaway!

April 5, 2010

I am happy to announce that the winner of the CSN giveaway is…

Kim of What the Whisk

In her comment, she said that she’s been wishing for a food scale. Wish no more! I will send you an email to get your mailing information and CSN Stores will send you a shiny new scale. Thank you to everyone who entered! It was fun to hear from people I know (well, “know” in a virtual sense) as well as to hear from some new people.

The Fine Print: To select the winner, I went to and generated a random number. The result was 9, and Kim left the 9th comment.

This looks kind of boring without a photo, so here’s a cute one for you.

Wake me up when the bowl is full!

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