Stay tuned!

Stay tuned!

I haven’t forgotten about you all.  I promise!  It’s just that The Great Floor Project of 2015 is still under way and my kitchen is in MAJOR disarray, including my computer desk and my main cooking space.  The good news is my new floor looks fabulous and I’ll be sharing before/after photos soon.  Hopefully by the end of the week all will be right with my world again and I’ll be back to sharing recipes and stories with you.

I still haven’t forgotten that pie, either.  Round one of pie was not a complete failure but not a complete success either.  I did share the fruits of my labor with my tenants (they’re of the elderly persuasion) and they did ask for the recipe but I’m still not convinced.  They’ll literally eat anything I give them as long as it’s free.  Seriously.  I’ll wait to post it until I have complete pie perfection.  It may take awhile.  In the mean time, keep baking!!!

Love,

Callie

Advertisements
It was bound to happen…

It was bound to happen…

I’ve known this day was coming since the day Noah was born.  I’ve been patiently waiting and telling myself how lucky I am that it hasn’t happened yet or maybe it would happen on Matt’s watch.  No suck luck.  Tonight, for the very first time, at 7 months, 3 weeks, my sweet little Noah pooped in the tub!  Like I said, I KNEW it would happen at some point, it was just kind of surprising.  I went to pick him up but he wasn’t done yet!  Eek! I had to hold him, hovering over the water, wait until he was done because I wasn’t cleaning up a mess in the tub and on the bathroom floor.  I also had to make sure his favorite bath toy, the red solo cup, wasn’t full of contaminated water.  Ick.  After that things were pretty uneventful as I drained, rinsed and refilled the tub.  In fact, my evening has been downright boring in comparison AND, although it was the first time, I know it certainly won’t be the last!

So, fellow moms, do you have a crazy baby-in-the-bathtub story?

DSC_0438

May your bath water always be clean!

Until next time!

Love,

Callie

To Binky or Not To Binky: That is the question

To Binky or Not To Binky: That is the question

That IS the question! And before I had Noah, I thought I had an answer: Not to binky, of course.  I didn’t want my two year old running around with a binky hanging out of his mouth, having a meltdown every time it disappeared. Then, enter Parenthood, stage left.  Parenting, like almost everything else, I’ve found, is easier in theory than it is at 3 am when all you want is more sleep!

Two months ago, we were doing great.  Noah only took his binky in the car when we were driving.  The rest of the time he went without.  Enter Teething, stage right.  Since teething began, sucking on his binky gives him comfort.  It gives him something to chew on and feels good on his gums.  One night, in a bleary-eyed state, he was upset so I shoved it in his mouth and he instantly settled down.  I told myself it was only temporary then I told myself to let it go.  Who cares?  Right now, it’s what’s best for him.  In a few months we can reevaluate the situation.   Maybe he’ll be two and still want if for comfort. I don’t know.  What I DO know is that I’ve never seen a kid go off to college and still want his binky so I’m guessing Noah will lose it somewhere along the way.  If the evil binky means more sleep for me, I selfishly choose more sleep. Obviously.

Well played, Parenting, well played!  Another lesson learned.

DSC_0833

Until next time!

Love, Callie

Cooking In General or What I’ve Found To Be True

Cooking In General or What I’ve Found To Be True

Hi there!  I hope you’re having a great start to your week!  I’m dragging today because I watched the Oscars last night and I thought they would never. ever. end.  Also, Noah woke me up a couple of times last night so needless to say, today, I’m tired!

I can’t wait to share my next recipe with you!  I haven’t yet decided what to call it, but last week Stef from The Cupcake Project posted her recipe for Chocolate Potato Chip PMS Pie and suddenly visions of chocolate chip cookies and potato chip pie crust were dancing in my head- with Ruffles of course!  I would love to crank this pie right out and post it today but our kitchen floor is currently being renovated, by Matt, so I won’t have full access to my oven for a few days.  Sigh.  Bear with me, please? It’s coming very soon, I promise, and it will be worth it when it arrives!

Now, on to the “meat” of this post if you will.  I am a self-taught baker and cook. I’ve learned a lot over the years that I’ve picked up from family members, in books or on the internet and from personal experience.   I think that the most important lesson I’ve taken from all I’ve learned is: failure.  Recipes fail due to the recipe or more often that not, my error.  Every thing that I cook or bake will not always be perfect or turn out the way I’d wish.  My chicken may be underdone and then when I cook it more then it will inevitably come out dry, I may forget to add the leavening to a cake, the sauce may not thicken like it’s supposed to or maybe my butter is too soft or too cold for my frosting.   The list really can go on and on.  With every failure comes a lesson to be learned.  I try to listen to my instincts.  They rarely steer me wrong.  Mainly, though, I’m not perfect (though I really try to be when it comes to my cooking and baking).

Here at Babydoll Bakes, I will always endeavor to share the best recipes with you time and again.  If you try a recipe and something doesn’t come out right, let me know and we’ll try to figure it out together.  I would love to hear your feedback!  I also want you to know that I appreciate your being here and sharing in this experience with me.  Without you, I couldn’t be here!

Thanks for reading!  I’ll be back very soon to share more delicious eats!  Until then, happy baking!

Love,

Callie

Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Cookies

DSC_1196

 

So, as promised, here’s my recipe.  I decided to make these for Matt as a special treat because he was working so hard laying our new flooring in the laundry room.  I thought, “Hey, why don’t I photograph the steps and maybe I’ll use it on my blog someday”. Then I had some extra time so I just jumped in and started the blog. No time like the present, right?

So, more about the cookies.  This recipe came to me from my step-dad’s mother, Kay.  There are variations of this recipe all over the web but it’s so tasty and rich and yummy, I just wanted to share.  These cookies come together super fast.  Seriously, within 15 minutes of having the idea you can have a hot cookie in your hand!  Since there’s no flour or leaving in these cookies, they are very dense and rich.  I’m not a huge peanut butter fan per se but I LOVE these cookies and I hope you will too.  I use a small cookie scoop but you can easily use a larger one  (or a spoon) and make larger cookies. It’s a pretty adaptable recipe.

Also, since Ree Drummond is my hero, here are step-by-step instructions, a la Pioneer Woman. Although, I am not in possession of an enormous kitchen with billions of windows and lots of natural light.  I have one small window and these were taken at night.  Just keep in mind I’m an aspiring food photographer.

DSC_1130

Combine eggs, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl.

DSC_1133

Whisk together until smooth.

DSC_1144

Add peanut butter.

DSC_1154

Stir until combined and a dough forms.

DSC_1162

Add Reese’s Pieces.

DSC_1163

Gently stir in Reese’s Pieces.

DSC_1165

Scoop onto cookie sheet (using a small scoop) and bake 10-12 minutes or until edges start to brown.

DSC_1196

Cool on cooling rack OR dig right in (that’s what I did!).

I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

Love,

Callie

 

Recipe:

Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Cookies                                      Print Recipe

Prep: 5 min     Cook time: 10-12 minutes     Difficulty: Easy     Servings: 18-24 cookies

Ingredients:

1 large egg

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy

1/4 cup Reese’s Pieces Mini Pieces

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl whisk egg, sugar and vanilla until well combined.  Using a rubber spatula, stir in the peanut butter (I used creamy) and when it comes together you’ll have a thick dough. Stir in the Reese’s Pieces or Chocolate Chips, if using. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop dough onto cookie sheet. Gently press down on tops of balls to flatten. The cookies won’t spread much so you can place them 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are slightly browning. Move to cooling rack to cool completely. Cookies will be very dense and very rich. Makes 18-24 cookies depending on your scoop size and whether or not you use any add-inns.

Other options:

Substitute mini chocolate chips or mini peanut butter cups for the Reese’s Pieces (I’ve done both and they’re delicious) or omit add-ins completely.

You may roll dough balls in extra granulated sugar then continue with recipe by pressing gently on dough to flatten and bake as instructed.

Note: I haven’t tried this with natural peanut butter.  It may or may not work.  If I do try it, I’ll be sure to update this post or you can try it and let me know in the comments if it works! Also, since these cookies are flour-less, they are also gluten free!

Finally I have arrived!

Finally I have arrived!

So, this is the day!  I’ve been dreaming about starting a baking blog for a very long time now.  I think it all started with Rosie Alyea and her blog Sweetapolita.  Somewhere I saw a picture of a beautiful rainbow layer cake (made by the Whisk Kid) and it called for Swiss Meringue Buttercream.  What the heck is Swiss Meringue Buttercream?  A quick Google lead me to Rosie’s fabulous Swiss Meringue Buttercream Demystified post and a quick look around her beautiful sugar-filled blog and I guess you could say I was hooked.  I love to bake so why can’t I make delicious treats and tell the world about them?

Fast forward several years and here I am!  Just a beginning blogger with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot to learn!!!  Please go easy on me.  Maybe we can take this journey together?  I know adventures are always more fun with more than one (me).

So, Callie, now that you’re here, where’s the food?  I’ll get to that, I promise!  As a matter of fact, I just baked some yummy Peanut Butter Cookies and I promise to share them soon!  For now, I’d love it if you clicked the Follow button over to the right!  Tell your friends and family about me and come back soon for something yummy!

Love,

Callie