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Essentials for achieving domestic-baking-goddess status

{ Blog Swapping Series, Part 4: My bestie over at Girly Obsessions and I have decided to start swapping blogs every couple weeks. She will be bringing you her hostessing skills and we’ll be discussing our obsessions. Check out my post, where I tell you all about my obsession with using baking mixes. Shhhh… a good hostess doesn’t admit to shortcuts… }

While Lena is over at my blog discussing her obsession with baking mixes, I’m over here judging her. OK, not really. I love her, but I’m on a mission to teach her to bake. From scratch. Starting with my fave baking essentials. Of course, these could be used with baking mixes, but you really only need a bowl and spatula for most of them. Sorry, did that sound judgemental? Look, I’m not dissing baking mixes. Trust me, NO ONE likes Funfetti more than I do! But, I do take pride in making something from scratch, and for the most part, its really not that difficult. Unless it’s macarons.

I’m pretty sure I own every baking utensil or gadget ever made, and it was hard to narrow them down, but these are the things I can’t live without:

1. My beloved Kitchen Aid
I know these aren’t cheap, but they are totally worth the investment. Seriously, this thing is magical. And it looks pretty on my counter. Although I still wish I had opted for a more fun color (umm, pink). But I guess red is a classic. I love mine so much I would actually get it tattooed on my body. (Ok, just temporarily.)

2. A quality spatula
This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve had a set of spatulas from Williams-Sonoma for like ten years now and they still look brand new. And I use them every time I bake. Also, a small offset spatula is good to have for icing and decorating. And fixing mistakes.

3. Mixing bowls
I have three favorites, for three different reasons. I love my Parker bowls from Crate & Barrel. They are ceramic and a little heavy, but come in 5 useful sizes, and super cute colors. You should also have at least one stainless steel bowl. They’re indestructible. And I have a set of melamine mixing bowls which I love for their grippy rubber bottoms and spouts.

4. Parchment paper and baking spray
I use parchment paper like its going out of style. It’s so practical! I use it to line my cookie sheets (and muffin pans in a pinch). And if I can’t line something with parchment paper, then baking spray it is. My fave is Bakers Joy.

5. A girly apron
I am not a tidy baker. The apron helps with that, but really, I just want to look pretty while baking. While I have a very practical Williams-Sonoma, there is nothing better than a super girly Jessie Steele apron. Just make sure you get one with pockets! Plus a cute apron will help you achieve domestic-baking-goddess status. All you need is a tiara!

Oh, remember when I said I needed to teach Lena how to bake? Well, I will. While she bitches. (To be continued…)

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