The last pumpkin recipe of the season, just in time for Thanksgiving! Thoughts and recipe below the episode: Thoughts: Huge thanks to my mom for this recipe idea. Very satisfying! So the cameras filmed everything slightly crooked because I’m still quite ghetto in my equipment setup. Didn’t know it till post-production, of course. I’m working on it…though honestly, I kind of like the angle! This is my LAST episode in this kitchen, as I moved. Expect a new kitchen environm
The title is as long as the video, I think, but enjoy this SUPER SPECIAL episode of Gingham and Steel Bakes! featuring my incredibly gung-ho sister, Katie! Thoughts and recipe after the video. Thoughts: First off: this recipe is hands-down the best thing I have baked or tasted in years. OMG it’s soooo good! Complicated? You bet. (Though for a GBBO recipe, it’s pretty tame.) This is Benjamina’s recipe from the current season of The Great British Bake Off (Season 7, Episo
Here’s the latest episode of Gingham and Steel Bakes! Notes and recipe after the video. Notes: I have a new editor! My brother Brian gets all the credit for making this video series instantly more professional-looking and -sounding. Let us know what you think of the new editing choices! I think I messed up these cookies, as they didn’t look or taste as I expected. The cookies were practically flavorless, and the frosting tasted maple-y, not caramel apple-y. I suspect thi
Here’s the latest episode of Gingham and Steel Bakes! Notes and recipe after the video. Notes on this week’s episode: Honestly, guys, I almost scrapped this whole episode. I tried a new camera (my computer’s) and angle (on the counter) and HATED the result. The lighting is atrocious, I couldn’t stage the room cutely, and most of all, I spent most of the footage looking at my own image instead of the camera (which is cruelly located above the escape key). But…my schedule w
As previously mentioned, we’re gonna take a blogging baking detour for a couple months! New episode of Gingham and Steel Bakes! featuring Gingersnap Gems. Scroll below the video for some thoughts and the recipe! Thoughts: As I watched some of the comments on last week’s blog roll in, I realized I had mis-titled the series. My previous title (Baking Your Way through a Divorce) inadvertently put the focus on my divorce, which was precisely opposite of what I wanted to do! For
As previously mentioned, we’re gonna take a blogging baking detour for a couple months! I’m a bit shocked at what I’m about to share with you: guys, I VLOGGED. Vlogged a baking video. And it didn’t turn out badly. (H/T to Ginny and Claudia for suggesting it!) Granted, I’m using the most elementary equipment (a Samsung S5!) and video editing skills ever, so it’s QUITE simple. It’s also WAY too long (19 minutes?!). But it exists. This happened. And in one take, no less.
So, the weather this weekend was both awful and wonderful. Awful because Saturday felt like August 1st in St. Louis – HOT with crazy humidity and no breeze. Wonderful because Sunday morning had an Oregonian/Maine-ish rainy breeze wafting through my window that made it next to impossible to get up. (I spent the first 10 minutes of my day drifting through my memories of summers at my grandparents’ old home in Oregon.) However, despite the wonderful weather yesterday, it did
Fall brings up so many amazing memories for me. Like this one time, at band camp Homecoming my junior year, when the Band Council (true story – I was a member) decided that Pep Band was going to participate in the Homecoming Parade with the most epic float of all time. As in, our first float ever. We got maroon and white balloons and crepe paper and some poster board and markers, and we concocted the most unfancy yet spirited Band Float of all time. (“BAND: It’s What’s Fo