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The Recipe that Burned Out Two Mixers

It’s the recipe that burned out two mixers, Dear Readers, yet became a monster of a sensation! In 1971, a gentleman from the Wolverine State (MI) decided it was time to make cookies for his 10 children—six of whom were his own and four who lived in the household as well. As one can imagine, […]

Fanning the Flame of Baking

“As I perched on a wobbly three-legged stool in our farm kitchen and watched Mom knead mounds of bread dough with her strong arms and hands, I became internally motivated for the future.” Miss NiNi details a hearty passion in today’s blog post!

A Tasty Set of Digits

In the world of baking, numbers are second nature, Dear Readers. Pan sizes, ingredient measurements, scale weight versus volume, and oven temperature and time settings indeed play astounding roles in the creation of a taste-tempting dessert. With a meager amount of ingredients and craft-home-inspired techniques, numbers on a recipe are boosted into an exciting taste […]

Baking to the Rhythm of Music

Music soothes my soul and has done so since I was a preschooler. Perhaps, Dear Readers, that is why as a five-year-old child, my parents introduced me to a lady of musical distinction. Her name was Miss Belle Mehus—the grand dame of piano in North Dakota. I became her pupil—and for the next 13 years, […]

A Cake’s Cast of Characters

What do three Swedish princesses, the Great British Bake-Off, a fine American gentleman, and Miss NiNi’s Baking Team have in common, Dear Readers? A cake! Yes, a beautifully unique cake aptly named a Swedish Princess Cake! The plot of this story with its diverse set of worldly characters thickens as destiny has brought together personalities […]

A Special Candy-Making Homemaker

Her name was Hilda. Slight of figure. Beautiful dark brown hair. Sparkling personality. A farm wife with four active children. And could she and her Mr. Wonderful ever dance the polka! We lived as neighbors on the wind-blown prairie—her family and others of primarily German heritage. However, Dear Readers, it was a women’s organization known […]

The Pie Counselor

First-Born Dear Daughter (FBDD) shared a little secret with me, Dear Readers. Little Sir, our 7-year-old grandson is quite a pie baker. He and his daddy made a Dutch Apple Pie together, and the results were stunningly yummy! If you recall in last week’s baking chat, Dear Readers, I rambled on about my FOPB—Fear of […]

A Conquerable Fear

I think I contracted it a long time ago, Dear Readers!  Yes, I admit that FOPB might have reared its little head within my baking soul decades previous to this baking chat. One might assume that someone who is extremely passionate about producing excellence in her dessert-baking craft might have award-winning skills with every combination of […]

Tin Can Beauties

Dear Readers, I know you have seen them before–shiny painted metal tins with lids whose contents may include sweet treats. Covers that snugly fit on to the tops of each tin create a metal canvas for exceptional works of art! Unique designs painted in either vibrant living holiday colors or demure homespun-scene reminiscence speak a […]

It Was Fern Green

I hadn’t seen it for over forty years. Fern green. As I recall, fern green was the noted exterior color of Mom’s mid-Twentieth Century flour sifter. Upon recently reuniting with this baking instrument, that same exterior now shines silver with nary a fern-green-color remembrance to the naked eye. Age has its way of bringing beautiful […]