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Baking Disaster Turned Good

About 7 or 8 years ago, our dear Barbie had a near baking disaster.  During her first years at her job there was a baking event and she had agreed to take part.  At the time she was still living with her dad and therefore shared the house with a few folks and having the left hand didn’t always know what the right hand was doing.

So Barbie turned the oven on to pre-heat it for cookies and muffins that she was going to make for the bake sale.  Well, it seems that during the baby shower that was hosted at the house the week previous had some left over items.  It turns out that in the oven, due to a lack of cupboard space, Barbie’s step-mom had placed a package of styrofoam cups.  Unbeknownst to Barbie these cups were sitting on a pan in the oven while she was getting her ingredients ready.

A few minutes later Barbie had her prep work done and was ready to bake like Betty Crocker.  She opened the oven door to get ready to place her cookie trays and muffin pans in and what should befall her eyes?  Yes, there were the styrofoam cups had been baked and shrunk – sort of like the head on that guy at the end of Beetlejuice (see photos below).

Fast forward to today.  Barbie’s place of employment had a tree for which they were encouraged to bring decorations to hang on it.  There was going to be a prize for the best ornament on the tree.  This weekend, while assembling our own Christmas tree, Barbie found her shrunken cups.  She decided that she would take her cups into work and hang them on the tree.  Today she was awarded the prize for best decoration.  Who would have known that doing a ‘Barbie’ would come out to be a benefit.

 

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Barbie needs an EZ Bake…or maybe some oven mitts

Last week Miss Barbie decided she would make some oatmeal chocolate chip muffins.  Given that we don’t have a lot of time with the commute from downtown I will need to say that we use Quaker Oats pre-mix, the time for making from scratch just isn’t there during the week.
So Barbie mixed everything up, took out the muffin tray and rested it on top of the stove while turning the oven on to warm up.  Once she is done with the mix she poured it into the muffin tray, which she has outfitted with the little paper muffin cups.  After all this she opened the oven door up and reached for the tray.  That was when I heard a loud smash and the scream of “OWWWW”.

I went racing into the kitchen and asked what happened.  “I burnt my hand”, Barbie exclaimed.  “I grabbed the pan and one side was fine but the other side was hot”.

I surveyed the potential damage, which was minimal.  The muffin tray I noticed had three muffins sitting at an odd angle and muffin mix was sitting all over the handles of the pan.

“Where was the pan?”, I asked.
“Sitting on top of the stove”, Barbie said.  “I don’t know how it got so hot.  Maybe the stove is broken?”
“No, the heat ups up through the rings so they get a little warm even when they aren’t on.” I told her.

I then took a spoon, tried to straighten up the cups and feed as much of the mixture back into them.  Needless to say we had three muffins that resembled the Leaning Tower of Pisa and 9 muffins that were perfectly fine.  Barbie also learnt that never touch a pan sitting on the stove with the oven on unless you’re wearing oven mitts.

  

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