Sunday, June 30, 2013

My favorite chocolate chip cookies!

If I was asked to pick my all time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, it would be this one! These cookies are about two to three bites big, but pack a punch of flavor!

I have a basic recipe for these cookies, but never stick to it, lol. I always add more chocolate chips, more flour, different extracts and different pudding flavors.

When I was a little girl, I remember the itty bitty Entenmann's chocolate chip cookies that my mom would bring home from the grocery store. They were sooooo good! I have to say that these do remind me of those scrumptious cookies! 

My husband likes it when I make chocolate latte cookies with this cookie recipe! For these I add coffee and cocoa to the mix. Those are his favorite cookies :) 

Get creative and enjoy your chocolate chip cookies! 

For more great chocolate chip cookies information, tips and recipes, check out the following links:

Friday, June 28, 2013

Baking class: Studying!!!!

I have gotten started with my first class with AIB: Baking and Ingredients! I have been studying whenever I can make the time.

After this week, I will have more time because I will be adjusting my work schedule to give me several more hours each week.

So far, I have learned about ancient bread making, types of leavening, evolution of baking machinery, yeast and chemically leavened products, 20th century baking conditions: laws, advances, mass and small bakery production.

It has been very interesting to me to learn about how things began and where things are today. The first cereal was simply raw seeds in water! Imagine eating that today? Ewwwwww!
Although, it was much healthier than a lot of the cereals today :) I bet the raw seeds got stuck in their teeth...but, I digress.

My next chapter will be on Science and makes me feel like Alton Brown from "Good Eats" on the Food Network! lol

Monday, June 24, 2013

Palmolive Dish Soaps: Perfect for cleaning your baking dishes

If I am going to be baking more, now that I am back in school, I definitely need a good dish soap to clean up with! Not only does the dish soap need to work on greasy, buttery pots, pans and bake-ware, it also needs to be kind to my skin.

I was given a sample of all three of the dish soaps in the above image. We decided to try out the pink one first. The bottle of pink Palmolive soap indicates it will also help with soft hands. And I have to say, it really does!
In addition, the soap has a fresh, pleasant fragrance and lasts a long time. Meaning: One squirt goes a long way!

I have not been paid to give you my opinion about Palmolive dish soap...this is an honest review from me :)

If you are interested in putting your dish soap to a challenge or want to try out Palmolive dish soaps, try this recipe: Pecan Pie
This pecan pie recipe will truly test your dish soaps capabilities! :)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

THE Internship

The latest and greatest news is that I have an open door to work an internship at a local bakery!

The reasons I think this is necessary:

If I am going to open my own bakery, I need to learn how to run one
Learning to use all the big equipment is a must
PRICING: it is important for me to learn how to price my baked goods
Oh, I could go on and on!

I have been in touch with the owner of the bakery via email. I am going to call her this week to make an appointment to meet with her!

In addition, I am going to begin my History and Ingredients course this week! Lots of new things going on and that makes me happy...these are great steps in the direction of my future :)

If that picture of my peanut butter and chocolate no-bake pie looks good to you...give it a try, Click here

Monday, June 17, 2013

The newest Baking School information

I am here today with good news! The American Institute of Baking (AIB) it is!!!! I Called today and spoke with a representative and am going to try a free course. When I like that, I will pay for other courses to take. The course descriptions are very detailed, so it looks like I will be learning a lot of new things.

I am very excited!

I also have contact information to a bakery that offers internships. I plan on looking into that now that I have the school situation straight. Things are coming along!

Thank you to all those who placed baking orders for Father's Day this past weekend! It felt so good to be baking again :)
Above is a picture of my Reese's brownies!!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Baking school update #1

I would love to write and tell you that I am all set and good to go for the Baking and Pastry Arts certificate program at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, NC. BUT...I am not :(

I have had problem after problem with the administration at the college. Someone tells you one thing and then after digging in and calling different departments, I would find out I was supposed to do something completely different.
The administrative staff is completely disorganized and because of that, it looks like I will not be able to begin the program this August.
I am very sad, but am looking into other options right now.

On a positive note, Chef House, who appears to be the head of the program has gone above and beyond to help me get in contact with the correct administrative individuals. Thank you Chef House! You are amazing!

At this point, I feel as if I do not even want to give my money to a school that dropped the ball regarding my enrollment to the extent that they did. The website that all of the administrative staff continually directs you to is extremely difficult to navigate...and that is coming from someone who is very computer savvy.

I will continue to keep you posted on the progress of my Baking future!

Side note: There is a time and place for everything...this may not be the time or place for me to pursue this avenue of my life ...and I am finally OK with that :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Going back to school...

For many years I wanted to go to school for Baking and Pastry Arts. Now, thanks to my wonderful, loving, supportive husband, Greg I can! I am in the process of getting registered at a local college for the course and I am beyond excited!

My goal is to get registered and start school in August of this year. I plan to post my progress along the way!

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