LET'S CELEBRATE APRIL FOOD'S DAY
April Fool's Day has the potential to be one of the most fun and delicious days of the year! While most people default to cruel and unsettling pranks, one of my favorite ways to celebrate is by making imposter foods. This is good-hearted and a literal treat for everyone. The recipes below are some of the most popular that I have ever taught and I'm sure your kids will not forget tricking unsuspecting family members into eating a cupcake that looks like a burger!
Imposter foods are the kind of trickster activity that we can all enjoy!
To create these sneaky treats, you will need our Vanilla Cupcake recipe.
Click below for the PDF
This is a complete flashback to the past!! Psst, don't tell my boys that I am sharing this video with the world! Haha! These are my kids at ages 10 & 11 explaining how to make Cheeseburger Cupcakes!
NEW 2022 SUMMER CAMP ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
We hear your requests and are creating a new Movies & Food camp this year -
We picked a few of our favorites!
We are still in the process of creating the curriculum -
this camp will be posted soon!
Oh BREAD... why are you SO good?
Did you know that it is estimated that humans began to bake bread around 10,000 years ago?
When ancient humans started to transition from a nomadic lifestyle to a more fixed homestead, they began to farm various grains and experimented with grinding the grains into flour and "baking" bread. This style of baking was much different than the form we are familiar with today.
Watch the video below with your kids to enjoy some full-on belly laughs. Enjoy!
I had a few questions come my way, regarding summer camp enrollment.
Can siblings or friends take the class together?
Yes, siblings and friends can take the class together as long as they are participating on one device for no extra cost.
We would like to participate in just one or two classes per week. Do you have drop-in options for the summer camps?
Yes, we have drop-in options for all but two camps this summer. See the video below.
Do you have a recipe from your childhood that is so rich in nostalgia that you are immediately transported to your grandmother's kitchen? We want to know what reminds you of home and share in the joy!
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Heart Fingerprint Cookies
- 2 cups Flour
- 14 tbsp Butter
- 2/3 cup Sugar
- 1 pinch of Salt
- 2 large Eggs
- 1/4 cup Raspberry Jelly
If you are at all interested in virtual kid's summer camps, get these prices while you can.
Remember kids can take these classes together on one device.
So a couple of friends or siblings: one price.
Siblings want to take turns cooking dinner: one price.
If you are worried about someone getting sick or travel plans, you can purchase a camp now and then transfer the $ to another camp at a different time.
Early bird pricing ends February 2nd
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Candy Filled Heart Cookies
- 2 3/4 cup Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 sticks Softened Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Egg
- Red food coloring
Are you ready for Valentine's Day?
I remember the joy of receiving those decorated little pieces of folded paper, secured closed with a sticker, that had my name on it as if all of my classmates were vying for my love and attention.
Even though I too had just written all 26 names of my fellow classmates on my own cards to pass out at the end of the day, it felt wonderful to get home and spill the pile of admiration on my bedroom floor and carefully open each one. I was, of course, seeking out the hidden jolly rancher or lifesavers candy, but I do remember taking extra note of the kids who shared full-on lollipops and stickers.
With the disconnect of this day and age, it must feel even more amazing to receive something that was handmade with care and intention as opposed to store-bought.
Homemade Valentine's Day cookies are an excellent way for your intentional and kind child to show all of their friends and classmates that the days of celebrating togetherness are not gone, they have simply evolved into a new way to show up in each other's lives.
Instead of hugs this year, imagine the experience of your child handing a cellophane bag with a beautifully, homemade cookie inside.
I bet the kid receiving that cookie will feel like a million bucks!
With love, Sara
I appreciate the inclusion into the Bake Austin community and am really quite excited to share a little about my recent journey through the pandemic and how I can best serve this extended family of aspiring chefs, intentional parents, and fellow human beings.
For my household, the only constant over the past two years has been our continued presence in each other's lives. During brief moments, we have fallen into a rhythm only to be pulled back out and expected to (once again) adjust to a new normal.
If you are anything like me, the adjustment takes priority over connection with my son and husband. Trying to keep a routine around dinner time has become even more important as the days turn into weeks and (unimaginably) into years. I will try to share with you the ways that I have found success through visual tools and silly routines that root us in the now.
Below is the first of this offering (some "cool tools" if you will) and I hope that you will let me know if this serves you, so that I can continue to support you and your family today and into the future!
(Photo credit: Lacey Lomeli)
Meal planning is always a lofty goal, but setting the intention is a great first step! Sara made the above planning board for weekly family meals and uses index cards to help keep a running list of family-approved dinner options.
Every once in a while a new recipe will make it into the queue, but we typically rotate through the same 40-50 recipes. We use a card box to separate the recipes into categories, such as Mexican, Italian, Breakfast, and Homemade Favorites. On Sunday, my son, my husband, and I all choose a few recipes each and then the rest of the week is sorted out for us. I have found that "knowing" is half the battle and once we have a plan, the ease comes while working toward our shared goal... making a delicious meal to enjoy together!
Before founding Bake Austin, Pascal Simon earned her degree as a Pastry Chef from the prestigious Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. A mother of two, Pascal is passionate about cultivating the next generation of bakers and welcomes children from all schooling backgrounds, whether public, private or homeschooled.