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My Thoughts on the GMO Labeling Act HR 1599

A food blogger and mother's heartfelt reaction to HR 1599.

This week, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill that prevents the labeling of GMO foods – H.R. 1599. This means that large companies can use genetically modified ingredients in food and sell, without a label, to consumers – even using words like “all natural” and “healthy” – neither of which have any legal standard for their use in food. I am heartbroken. I’m not sad because our diet is perfect, it’s not, but I try to make the best decisions I can for myself and my family, as I’m sure you do too, and this GMO Labeling Act makes it that much more difficult. (more…)

Easy Summer Entertaining: 5 Simple Tips

Easy summer barbecue idea

Hello darlings! Today I’m going to share with you some photos I took during a little 4th of July celebration in our home and some tips and tricks to help keep your summer entertaining stress-free. The Godfather and I really like to have guests over so we can feed them, but feeding a lot of people can be stressful sometimes, and as a host, you want to enjoy your party! I’ll be the first to tell you we haven’t always managed to do this successfully, but we have learned some things over the years that I’d like to share with you today. (more…)

How to Pack a Bento Box

How To Pack a Bento Box - 7 Practical Tips for Newbies on GoodieGodmother.com

This fall, we are planning our first “with a kid” trip to Walt Disney World, and I’m excited. I’m looking forward to experiencing the parks through new eyes and doing some of the kid things the Godfather and I skipped on our previous trips. One thing we won’t skip though is the World Showcase in Epcot, and I hope A enjoys it, because the World Showcase has always been one of our favorite places to visit on WDW property. It’s definitely not the same as actually traveling to the countries, nor are the pavilions an accurate representation of life and culture, but there is some good food to be found in some, and it’s fun to walk around. We also got married there millions of moons ago.  (more…)

Fondant Cinderella Shoe Tutorial

How to make a Cinderella shoe cake topper out of fondant. Blog post contains a video tutorial and helpful tips and tricks!

Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can make her dreams come true! While not all of us may have dreams of running away from home to marry Prince Charming, I do believe in the power of a good pair of shoes.

As you must have heard by now, the much-anticipated live action Cinderella movie is being released this Friday. I’m sure we will watch the movie at some point, but I’m a classic girl myself and the animated version will always win out. It was the first movie that taught me the importance of outsourcing the housecleaning to helpful birds. When you find some, please give them my address. 😉

How to make a Cinderella shoe cake topper out of fondant. Blog post contains a video tutorial and helpful tips and tricks!

I  decided to make this cake, just because I felt like it, and also because I’ve decided I really want to improve my cake decorating skills. My goal is to be ready to test for my Sugar Artist Certification within the next 10 years. That seems like a long time, but it’s a very intense test and I am training for this part time. I also want this to be a fun process because I love making beautiful food! I’ve also decided to take you along for the journey, so expect to see a few more tutorials on the blog so we can all learn together. The next one I plan to film is for the leopard and zebra print quilted cookies I designed and posted on Craftsy. Sweet Ambs then featured my design on her Facebook page, which I thought was pretty cool.

Leopard and Zebra Print Quilted Cookies - An original design by Goodie Godmother

But back to the cake. I’ve always wanted to make a pillow cake, especially one of the really cool looking cakes with multiple tiers, but after seeing a trailer for the movie, I thought it would be best to start with a single pillow, and practice my fondant modeling by making a shoe! I went through so many tutorials and even cut out a pattern trying to fit the shoe together, but I really didn’t love how it turned out. I made a decent enough fashion shoe, but Cinderella’s shoe was a single piece of glass and that just didn’t translate for me making the shoe via traditional methods. I wanted a softer look and wasn’t really finding a guide to help me. So I just started experimenting and made the shoe on the cake. In making that shoe, I learned a few things, so I filmed a video to document the process of making another shoe and I’m sharing that with you today. Hopefully what I learned will help you!

Fondant Cinderella Shoe Tutorial

A few quick notes about making the shoe that I think it’s important to highlight:

  • It’s good to plan ahead! The shoe will need at least 24-48 hours to dry. If you need a faster dry time, mix in gumpaste. Gumpaste dries very quickly, and I found that the heart topped shoe (1/4 gumpaste, 3/4 fondant) dried faster than the butterfly topped shoe, which I made with just fondant.
  • Some people eat fondant, so if you think there’s a chance someone will try to eat the shoe decoration, skip the disco dust and use something edible like silver luster dust instead. Disco dust is for decoration only.
  • I think this could also work beautifully with modeling chocolate and I may try that next time. You don’t spackle the modeling chocolate with gunge, you’ll just need to take the extra time to smooth everything out very well. Modeling chocolate still requires drying time, but not as much as fondant in my experience. This is good if you haven’t planned ahead. 😉
  • The paintbrushes I use are from the painting section of the craft store, but they are only used for food! Please don’t mix your craft and food brushes.
  • Have fun!

Should you like to know which materials I used, I’ve included a list below the video. Some of them are affiliate links, which means that should you make a purchase, Goodie Godmother will receive a tiny commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for helping me continue to share my joy with you until pixie dust and baked goods are accepted as official currency. 😉

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I used the following items to make the shoe. The first five items are clickable links:

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How to Toast Hazelnuts

How to toast raw hazelnuts

I was going to lump this in with tomorrow’s Nutella truffle post, but I think this “how to” merits its own spot. Hazelnuts are versatile and taste great in a lot of dishes, especially baked goods, but aren’t often sold in their toasted and peeled variety. Typically, these are sold skin-on and un-toasted. It’s easy to toast and peel them yourself in 15 minutes. You can toast up a big batch and store them easily for use in whatever dish you are making, a salad, or just snacking.

Toasting raw hazelnuts in the oven

Enjoy!

How to Toast and Peel Hazelnuts

How to Toast Hazelnuts
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz hazelnuts
Tools
  • tea towel
  • baking sheet
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Spread the hazelnuts evenly over an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until the skins are crackled and blistered. Remove from the oven and cover with the towel for one minute.
  3. Move the hazelnuts onto the towel and rub gently to remove the skins. You may not remove everything, that's okay.
  4. Allow the hazelnuts to cool and use in your favorite hazelnut dish or as a snack!

 

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