More from the Kitty

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One of the clients that I frequently make pastries for has a daughter with a peanut allergy. This little girls loves Hello Kitty, so for her birthday I made cake pops and cookies with her favorite kitty. There are a few tutorials online for forming the Hello Kitty cake pops, but all of the tutorials I’ve seen include using white chocolate chips to form the ear shape before dipping. I tested using regular chocolate chips but found that the chocolate sometimes showed through after dipping the pops in white chocolate. I can’t always find white chocolate chips that don’t have a peanut warning, so I came up with my own solution. After forming the cake balls into an oval shape I put the balls in the freezer to get them chilled, then I use a small squeeze bottle fitted with a #2 piping tip and pipe on chocolate chip shaped ears. I then chill the balls again, insert the sticks and dip as usual.

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I use Bakers brand white chocolate to dip the pops, most candy melts have a peanut warning, and the Bakers brand is a good quality chocolate. The other tutorials I’ve seen also call for using a mini M&M for the center of Kitty’s bow, again they have a peanut warning, so I just pipe tiny bows with royal icing let them dry, then attach the bows to the dried pops using a tiny dot of royal icing.

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Angry Birds Party

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My youngest turned 2 years old last week, here are a few pictures of his Angry Bird themed milk & cookies party.  He has an egg allergy, so I didn’t make him a traditional cake, he’s crazy about fruit so I carved him a ‘cake’ out of fruit.  He loved it and made us sing to him twice :-)

Hello Kitty Oreo Pops

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I made some super cute Oreo cookie pops for a client. I wasn’t able to take step by step pictures, but here’s how I made them:
I attached sticks to double stuff Oreo cookies by carefully separating the cookies and smushing a lollipop stick into the icing that had been dipped into a little melted white chocolate. I then re-sandwiched the Oreos and set them aside to set up. I used some gum paste to hand mold tiny little Hello Kitty faces.

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Once the gum paste had dried a bit I used some edible ink markers to add the kitty details.
I melted down some Bakers brand white chocolate and thinned it a tiny bit with melted vegetable shortening. I used a talk drinking glass to melt the chocolate so that I’d be able to dip the cookie pops into the chocolate completely. I sprinkled colored sanding sugars into the cookies immediately after dipping them in chocolate and then set them on a silicon sheet to harden. I used a tiny dot of icing to secure the kitty faces to the pops and they were ready to go. Have you ever made cookie pops?

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False Starts

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Hello out there Internet! So it seems that I got off to a bit of a false start with my blogging. In December I got a bad cold and cough, then both my boys got really sick and shared those germs with me too. In short, I coughed and coughed and then I coughed some more. In fact I coughed so hard for so long that I BROKE a rib! I didn’t even know that was possible! I finally stopped coughing sometime in February. I’ve been doing lots of little projects that I’d love to share so I’m back to blogging. Lots of fun stuff to come

Learning To Sew

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In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to learn to sew. Well it seems that someone was listening! My husband and boys bought me a new sewing machine as an early birthday gift. Yippeeee! I was so excited to start whipping up fabulous creations immediately, my new machine is supposed to be great for beginners and it says you can start sewing 30 minutes after you take it out of the box. Ummmmm, yeah……it didin’t work out as I’d planned.
I figured that I would start small. My 12 year old has gone through a growth spurt and the uniform pants he wears to school were drifting into high water territory. How hard could it be to let down the hem in his pants? Three days later and 10 attempts this was the best I could do :
I was crying nightly at my machine and so frustrated that my husband was threatening to return it. I decided that the pants must be cursed and decided to move onto a new project
I have an old kitchen cart in my laundry room that I’ve had forever and it screams “mid 90’s newlywed furniture”.

Not the most attractive piece that I own, but I use the heck out of that thing, it fits perfectly in my laundry room so it’s used for folding clothes constantly. Whenever I have a large group over for a party I wheel it out to use as a beverage or dessert station, I just throw a big table-cloth over it to hide it. So I decided that my first sewing endeavor would be to make a skirt for the cart. I was intimidated to even buy fabric, but I went to Hobby Lobby and picked some out. (Disney World is usually the happiest place on earth, but when I get to go shopping with no kids then Hobby Lobby is my happiest place on earth!) I just winged it and made 4 panels for the skirt, I hemmed them and stitched them together doing a sort of box pleat on each corner. I attached the skirt with some velcro tabs and I think it turned out cute for my first project.  Eventually I’d like to paint the wood trim and do something interesting with the tiles.  I’m also going to make a neutral skirt to attach to this when I use it for parties.
I didn’t stitch the panels together on one corner so that I can still use this for storage. And speaking of storage, look what fits perfectly in one of the cubbies! Serendipitous!

Now at this point you may be wondering about my choice of fabric. What? You don’t decorate with a frat house chic theme? I actually have a weird collection of tacky tourist souvenirs, that are waiting to be hung up in the laundry room so I figured that the route 66 fabric would fit right in. In our previous home my powder room housed my weird collection and left such an impression on family and friends that lots of people have added to my tack stuff over the years. When we moved to this house everyone asked me if I was going to recreate my touristy powder room, but the powder room in this house is way too fancy for that, so I’m thinking that I’ll have fun with it in the laundry room. So the route 66 fabric is the first step, now to dig out my guitar-shaped Elvis ashtray, y’know the one where you put your cig out on his face?

Vintage Sewing Box Makeover

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Vintage Sewing Box Makeover

I’m an avid thrifter. I absolutely love browsing around in thrift stores full of other people’s discarded junk. A Goodwill Super Store opened near my house a few months ago, and now the employees of the store recognize me. I go there about once a week, I have ideas of things that I would like to find, but usually I don’t have a plan. You would think that the incessant disco music that they always play would be a deterrent, but I find myself doing the hustle or shadow dancing down the aisles anyway. A few weeks ago I came across a vintage sewing box, its made by Max Klein, and it was a horrible mix of plastic faux wood and gold. When I put it on the counter to pay $4.00 for it, the manager said, “what the heck is that thing?! It looks like the Arc of the Covenant!”. I’m thinking that if the arc is out there to be found, its not unlikely that it is buried in a Goodwill Super Store somewhere! Indiana Jones take note.
I do own a different vintage sewing kit that I inherited from my great aunt, its filled with wooden spools and old funky buttons but the clasp is broken. So I decided to give the ‘arc’ a facelift. I’ve never tried the spray paint that is made for plastic so this was a first and I love how it turned out!

The color photographs as more cobalt, but it is navy my favorite color. The arc is way bigger than Aunt Rita’s old box, I think that she would approve, now I just need to learn how to sew!

Jumping In!

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Hello out there Internet!  Hello?  Is this thing on?  This is my very first blog post, yikes!  I’m hoping to use this blog to chat about my adventures in baking and life in general.  I’m a professional pastry chef, culinary degree and everything, but I gave up slinging flour when my first child was born 12 years ago.  Now I do all my baking at home for my family and a few clients. Before i hung up my chef apron my last job was as a culinary instructor, I loved teaching!  I miss teaching.  So Mosiphine Baker the blog is born!  I’m hoping to drastically improve my food photography skills (see photo below, ugh!) and do some fun baking tutorials. Thanks for stopping by!