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Foolproof Tools

Maybe you’re the one who shows up to every dinner with a freshly baked pie. (If so, let’s be friends. My fave is strawberry rhubarb.) Maybe you can’t even bake a box cake without something falling flat or burning. Or, maybe you nailed ONE Pinterest recipe and are now labeled as the “family baker” and feel tremendous pressure to uphold that prestigious status (me).

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “a good craftsman never blames his tools”. I’m challenging that belief.

Whether you’re curbside-dropping-off goodies to your BFFs in lieu of Christmas visits, or “taste testing” all of your treats, leading to your creations not even making it out the door, I’m confident these tools will help you.

KitchenAid Pro 600TM 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer
Hudson’s Bay

Unless you’re looking for a bicep workout in preparation of eating all the sugar cookies your heart desires (like I said, I don’t judge ????), you definitely need this stand mixer. Stand mixers have made my life so much easier, and if you know me, you know I live by the principle of: the easier, the better. They also look pretty gorg on your kitchen counter.

Insider’s Tip: Don’t forget to start your mixer on low, especially if you’re working with lots of dry ingredients. Sincerely, Girl Who Has A Lot Of Icing Sugar To Clean Up.

Cuisipro Measuring Cup & Spoon
House of Knives

I am usually a free-pour-and-pray type of gal when it comes to cooking, throwing aside all measurements, and trying to get creative with it. Recipes are just suggestions, right?

I quickly learned, after many too-flat-and-too-greasy cookies, that you just can’t do this with baking. Precision is key.

Get yourself some measuring cups. And some good ones.

Anthropologie Home Yule 2-Piece Spatula & Cookie Cutter Set
Hudson’s Bay

Leave no frosting behind. This adorable silicone/wood spatula comes with a cookie cutter, too.

I sense a fabulous stocking stuffer!

Anna Olson Kitchen – Silicone Baking Mat
Hudson’s Bay

This mat replaces the need for parchment paper or greased baking sheets, both of which can be a hassle (at least for me).

Emile Henry Ceramic Pie Dish
Hudson’s Bay

Maybe you forgot to blind bake your pie crust (been there). Maybe you didn’t quite nail that lattice pie crust (DEFINITELY been there). Well, with an adorable pie dish like this, no one will notice your missteps anyway. Use this to bake your fave Holiday pie for your family.

Bonus points if you make a strawberry rhubarb pie to go with it. (Did I mention I like strawberry rhubarb pie?)

Jamie Oliver Oven Mitt with Silicone
Hudson’s Bay

And for goodness sake, don’t burn yourself.

Baked Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Pearson’s Berry Farm

Or, buy your goodies instead. ???? I won’t tell.


Here are some delish cookie recipes I made recently that I recommend:

Gingerbread Cookies

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Sugar Cookies (No chilling required — that’s a bonus in my books!)

Now, BRB. Binge-watching The Great Canadian Baking Show.


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Maia is a classic Central Albertan gal who KNOWS her way around Bower Place . . . she grew up exploring it! If she’s not scouting the best of The Great Indoors, she’s probably strapping on her hiking pack to escape to the mountains or grabbing her cowboy boots (she’ll never say “no” to a rodeo). She has a love of free-spirited 70s vibes including eclectic accessories, bright colours, and fun patterns.

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