Happy happy Friday! I’m super excited it’s Friday, are you? It’s December and time for another giveaway! This time there will be four winners. Four!

Recently, I was given an opportunity through Foodbuzz to give away Duncan Hines coupons for free products. I was given 2 coupons for free Duncan Hines products (up to a $3.99 value for each one), and then given 8 more to give to my readers. So I’m going to pick four lucky readers, each who will receive two coupons for free Duncan Hines products.

Even though I bake from scratch quite frequently, I like to keep a few boxes of cake mix on hand at all times in case of an emergency-no-time-to-bake-from-scratch type of scenario. I also like to keep them on hand to make cake mix cookies! I adore cake mix cookies. They have a homemade feel but without much work. What’s so  great about Duncan Hines is that they carry red velvet cake mix, which I haven’t found with the other big cake mix brand companies.

I’ve made all sorts of cake mix cookies, but in December, I love making some festive red velvet cake mix cookies. The cookies pictured are ones I made last year. I plan on making them again soon. The cookies have a crispy exterior and fudgy interior. Yum.

Happy Friday! I like to end Friday with something different, like tons of cuteness or a giveaway (latest giveaway can be found here). A few months ago I came across this image of bear in cups. Bear in cups. So simple. Yet so freaking adorable. Ever since, I’ve been trying to recreate it but without much success.

Finally I had some decent success recently that I thought I’d share. Not nearly as cute as the original image, but pretty cute if you haven’t seen the original image. I don’t know the technique for making the original ones I saw, but they are all perfectly shaped. So maybe they were done by a professional bakery?

There’s something about making homemade bread that is so extremely satisfying. I’m not quite sure why. I’ve baked cookies, cakes, and countless other baked goods. But I never have the same feeling of accomplishment for those other baked goods as I do when I successfully make a loaf of bread.

Maybe it’s because I grew up eating homemade cookies and cakes and other baked goodies. But bread was always something that was bought from a store or bakery or served at a restaurant. So being able to actually make a loaf and have it taste as good as the ones I buy, feels really amazing.

Hokkaido toast is a Japanese-style bread which can often be found in Japanese bakeries. It’s soft and fluffy and usually used as toast or sandwiches. One of the key ingredients to create it’s extremely soft texture is the addition of heavy whipping cream.