Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to Kim from Barefoot ‘n’ Baking. Kim is a fellow Texas baker that I had the pleasure of meeting in person several months ago. Not only was I impressed with her charm and sweetness but she also blew me away with her decorating ability. We brought cookies to exchange at our meet up and I was impressed with Kim’s presentation. She has great attention to detail which you will see in her pics below. Let’s give a warm welcome to Kim.
Hi, my name is Kim and I am the cookie artist behind Barefoot ‘n’ Baking. I am a stay-at-home mom of two little boys who LOVE cookies. I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember. In the fall of 2011, while planning my oldest son’s 3rd birthday I came across the most adorable decorated sugar cookies on Pinterest. I thought to myself, “Self, we could do this, right? We know how to make cookies. It’s been 25 yrs or so, but we still know how to hold a piping bag. We could do this!”
Well, I attempted my first decorated sugar cookies and they were AWFUL…they tasted wonderful, but OMGoodness were they ugly. Icing dripped off the edges, my “outlining” was nowhere close to the edge of the cookie nor was it even the same shape as the cookie, but I pressed onward. With each batch I got a little bit better. My first “official” (and I say “official” because these were the first I ever let anyone other than my husband and two cookie monsters see) batch of cookies was for Halloween. They turned out so cute that I actually threw them on a platter and took them to a neighborhood Halloween party at my in-laws! Yes! I was proud enough of these cookies that I let my in-laws see them!
I continue to learn as much as I can. I practice, practice, practice! Stalk, stalk, stalk….I’ve learned so much from the amazing cookie decorators out there like our very own Melissa, Sugarbelle, and anyone else out there that shares their creations and how-to’s.
Tell me about your name. Why did you choose Barefoot ‘n’ Baking?
I decided to continue honing my skills and eventually/accidentally it turned into a business for me. I knew I wanted to create a Facebook page and get a website, but I needed a name. EVERY name I came up with was already taken…and I’m really not that creative at coming up with names. It took a few months, but one day I was being silly and after seeing Baking in Heels name come across my news feed, I chuckled and said, “Well, I’m always barefoot and baking”. My husband and I looked at each other and I knew that was my name.
Where do you live?
I was born and raised in Plano, TX, a suburb just north of Dallas, and still live here….I’m one of the few natives left.
How long have you been baking?
I have been baking since I was a little girl. I loved watching my grandma make cakes, pies, and cobblers. As soon as I was tall enough I started baking with her help.
Is baking a hobby or a business?
It started out as a hobby, but quickly turned into a business…even when I was younger people would always tell me I should sell my baked goods or open a bakery. I think I knew deep down this would become a business as I’ve wanted to own a bakery since I was about 10 years old.
When did you discover your love for decorated cookies?
I discovered decorated cookies in the fall of 2011. I was planning my oldest son’s 3rd birthday and while browsing Pinterest I kept coming across the cutest cookies. I researched and researched, read EVERY blog I could find and finally took the plunge…been in love with it ever since.
I know that you also like to make cupcakes. Do you love cookies or cupcakes more?
I actually enjoy cookies more than cupcakes. I mean, cupcakes are quick and easy, but I prefer the challenge of cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather eat a cupcake than a cookie, but I like designing and decorating cookies so much more.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I find my inspiration everywhere! My phone is full of inspirational pictures. It’s amazing how a cookier’s mind works….EVERYTHING becomes a cookie! I can’t go to the grocery store without seeing something I want to turn into a cookie. I also find a lot of inspiration through clip-art, greeting cards, wrapping paper, and so many of the wonderful cookie artists.
What one item in your kitchen can you not live without and why?
That would have to be Ole’ Bessie, my 20-something year old Kitchen Aid mixer. I would never be able to crank out double batches of dough and icing without her. As much as I would love a new mixer, I could never part with Bessie.
What is on your baking bucket list?
Cakes, but not so much from a baking stand point, more of a decorating thing. Decorated cakes scare me and I tip my tiara to all of the fabulous cake decorators out there. I would love to be able to make fun cakes for my boys’ birthdays.
What three words best describe your cookie style/philosophy?
Keep it Simple! You might notice that I don’t do very detailed cookies. I just don’t. I like to keep the designs simple. I want to do more complicated/detailed cookies, but with two kiddos running around I need to keep things easy.
Aside from cookies and baking what else do you like to do? Hobbies?
Well, since I have two little boys I spend a lot of time with them when I’m not baking. I have my favorite shows I set aside time to watch each week, and I’m also addicted to Candy Crush.
Let’s have some fun now and do some rapid answer questions. Ready, set, go.
Royal or glaze?
Chill or no chill?
No chill, but I do freeze my cutouts for a few minutes before baking.
Sift or don’t sift?
Don’t sift, but give the powdered sugar a quick whisk.
Thick or thin?
Thin, perfect cookie to icing ratio.
Outline & flood or one consistency?
Outline & flood….I have not mastered the one consistency yet.
Piping bags or bottles or both?
Started out with both, but now just piping bags.
Thank you so much Melissa for this opportunity! I am honored to be a part of Sweet Talk.
Thank you Kim! I appreciate you taking the time to do this interview. You’re a super talented cookie decorator and I’m happy to showcase the work that you do.
I hope that y’all will head on over to Kim’s Facebook page, become a fan and show some love.
Until the next Sweet Talk. Happy baking and creating friends.