Eight-year-old likes cooking, Martha Stewart

September 08, 2004|EMILY TOADVINE

Bailey Fowler is not afraid of making a mess in the kitchen.

The 8-year-old's parents, John and Jennifer Fowler, can vouch for that.

"Six bowls lined up and flour on the wall, that's what she likes," says her father as the family gathered around the kitchen table of their home on Castlerock Drive.

Dressed in a shiny, pink dress with her dark hair neatly combed, Bailey, a third-grader at Danville Christian Academy, appears to steer clear of any dirty work.

Her mother says Bailey is fond of decorating and cooking. Jennifer Fowler laughs when she recalls one of her daughter's favorite TV shows.


"She would be outside playing and I wouldn't yell, 'Cartoons.' I'd say, 'Bailey, Martha Stewart is on.'"

Despite her love of pretty things, Bailey will admit that she's not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get down to business.

Her favorite time to try her hand in the kitchen?

"I like doing it behind my mom's back," she says.

Her busy mom, who teaches second grade at Danville Christian Academy and cares for Bailey's almost 1-year-old sister, Kennedy Grace, likes a chance to lie down, but when Bailey suggests it, she get suspicious.

"She'll say, 'Mom, why don't you take a little nap. She'll be down here making concoctions."

John Fowler says his daughter once tried making dog biscuits out of hot dogs, tuna, water and other ingredients in a mini-muffin pan.

"She's an entrepreneur," says her mom. "She wanted to take her dog biscuits to the flea market and sell them."

She coaxed her family into participating in Boyle Fair food contests

After talking with a veterinarian, the Fowlers determined that the biscuits were not good for dogs. Undaunted, Bailey moved on to another project. She coaxed her family into participating in the food categories of the Boyle County Fair in July.

Bailey selected M&M Cookies with Mint and Peanut Butter Rolls as two of her desserts.

"The mint was her idea," says John Fowler, who made Peanut Butter Chocolate Star Cookies.

They even got Kennedy in on the action.

"She's our taste tester. She will eat and eat and eat," Jennifer Fowler says.

The Fowlers appreciated Kennedy's contribution because they are on low-carbohydrate diets.

"I only took that much," says John Fowler, indicating a tiny pinch of Peanut Butter Rolls he tried.

When they entered the floral hall to see how their dishes did, Bailey was excited.

"She said, 'Oh, we won everything,'" Jennifer Fowler says.

Bailey also was excited about the $11 in prize money she collected.

"I bought almost all the toys in the toy department at Wal-Mart," she says.

Some of her selections included tiny horses to added to her collection.

"She probably has 100 toy horses of all sizes," her dad says.

When not in the kitchen, Bailey stays busy drawing horses, taking piano lessons and running cross-country.

With the success she experienced, Bailey is ready to get out the mixing bowls and gear up for next year's competition.

Caramel Fudge

1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips

8-ounce jar of chocolate frosting

1/2 cup caramel

Melt chocolate chips and frosting in same bowl until smooth. Mix in caramel. Cool in fridge. Cut into squares.

M&M Cookies with Mint

1 package Pillsbury cookie squares

1 small package plain M&Ms

1/2 teaspoon mint extract

Mix squares and mint in bowl until well blended. Spoon into small balls on lined cookie sheets. Add five or six M&Ms to each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Bailey's Peanut Butter Rolls

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter

Peanut butter

Blend sugar and 1/2 the butter together. Gradually add more butter until the consistency can be rolled out and yet stick together. Roll to 1/2 inch thick. Spread with peanut butter. Roll into log.

Peanut Butter Star Cookies

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 egg

Milk chocolate candy stars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine peanut butter, sugar and egg in medium bowl until blended and smooth. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press a chocolate star on top of each cookie. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Should make about 4 dozen cookies.

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