It’s been a long time folks. It’s all my fault and I’m sorry. But not too sorry because let’s be honest, life gets crazy and some magical stuff has been happening.
Let’s get some real talk going. The Bake Lab isn’t my job, it’s my passion project, my experiment, the project that really makes absolutely no money yet I still do it anyway. I started it because I was bored and uninspired and wanted something to pressure myself to really bake my ass into gear. (hehe!) And if you’ve been following my IG account then you’ll know that I’ve been baking cakes, donuts, cake donuts, cookies, breads, and a whole lot of other delicious foods. I’ve been learning a ton and really pushing my limits as to what I know in the kitchen. I made bagels for the first time ever and although I probably won’t make them again it was pretty awesome.
And since the holidays it’s been insane-pants. Both good and bad.
Seeing family in New Jersey was awesome, I love my parents and sister so much that it just brings joy and goodness to my whole-self. But I left for NJ right after I left my pastry job for a prep school. I wasn’t happy there and needed to make a change. I’m not one to stay or do anything that makes me unhappy. We only have one life to live and I’ll be damned if I live it as an unhappy bitch.
Good stuff = family
Bad stuff = still unemployed and panicking
I’m healthy. I’m in a great relationship. I live in an awesome apartment in the beautiful state of California. I have a super supportive family and friends. There is nothing I’m more grateful for. I want to change one thing and that’s my career. If you guys know me, I’m a librarian and an avid reader and am struggling to find a library job. But wait, there is hope! I recently had an interview with the NYPL that I’m hoping to land and if that happens, then I’m coming back for you NYC! Things are currently uncertain and for the meantime I’m still applying, interviewing, getting rejected, and repeating the cycle all over again.
Being unemployed really sucks, but at least I have my baking and my books to keep me sane and creative.
This May will be the 2 year anniversary of when I started this business and I’ve had a lot on my mind. I’m less concerned with my sales and more concerned about my connection with you and how I can use this platform for creativity and community.
Here are a few things I’ve been thinking of:
Would you be interested in a book club? Each month we pick a book and read it and then at the end of the month we discuss and pick a new one! This would be an online discussion / forum.
Would you be interested if I offered a bartering option. For every box of cookies or baked good we would trade for something you made or bought locally.
Subscription box? Baked goods and Books?
I love ideas! So if you have one I’m down! Wanna collaborate? Work together? Let’s talk!
Because you’ve been patient and read all that nonsense and ended up here you deserve something wonderful!
Chocolate Covered Oreos
I’ve been dunking these bad boys in chocolate three times now and I am hooked. It’s so easy to do with kids and friends, and super easy to do if you have limited time to bring something sweet to an occasion.
1 Box of Oreos (your choice! They have mint ones, red velvet, double stuffed, chocolate, golden, you name it!)
1 bag of Candy Melts (pick any color! you can find these at Michael’s)
1 bag of good quality White Chocolate (like Ghirardelli)
5 Tbsp of Sprinkles (any kind!)
Water from the tap!
1 Large aluminum or glass bowl
1 Small saucepan
Once you get all your items together fill the saucepan about half way with water and set on stove. Turn stove onto high heat and wait for the water to start to simmer before putting your bowl on top of the saucepan. Empty your bags (total of 2) of chocolate into the bowl and the chocolate should melt slowly but surely. Make sure to use your spatula to stir and mix the chocolate.
While the chocolate is melting set out a baking sheet and lay parchment paper on top.
Once the chocolate is all velvety remove the bowl from the saucepan (with caution! The bottom of the bowl is hot!).
With your fork take one oreo and dip it into the chocolate. This part can get messy, but it’s chocolate so it’s all good! Once the oreo is covered in chocolate place it on the parchment paper. Repeat for ALL Oreos!
Once all the oreos are all dipped put the baking sheet in the fridge for roughly 30-40 min. At this time you can take all the oreos and eat them or share them or send them off to a friend or relative!
BAM! CHOCOLATE COVERED OREOS FOR THE WIN!
**Bakers Note: If you’re adding sprinkles make sure to sprinkle the oreos after 5-6 dipped oreos. Depending on the chocolate and the temperature of your kitchen the chocolate can harden quickly.