I recently made a truckload of caramel corn for the children in Primary at church. I promised them that if they could memorize all three verses of If the Savior Stood Beside Me, I would bring them homemade caramel corn. As I was baking I thought of a few things I do that make it go easier.
1. Brown sugar (Dark Brown C&H in case you were wondering)- Keep it in the bag in canister or in container. Measure in bag and use your hand (on outside of the bag) to squish it in tight. Then you have no need of a knife or spoon to pack the brown sugar in-- and you don't have sprinkles of brown sugar all over the counter. Keeping the brown sugar in the bag inside the container also helps it prevent lumps. It's not completely lump-proof method. But if you do get lumps or a giant brick of brown sugar...
2. Place a piece of bread in with your brown sugar. Somehow it transfers its softness to the sugar. I put the bread in at night and remove it in the morning to find soft brown sugar again. :)
3. Baking soda - keep on stove in case of grease fires while baking and then you'll know just where to find it. I learned the difference between baking soda and baking powder at a young age (like 7) because my mom kept her's on the stove as well.
Please feel free to share some easy baking tips you have. :)