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New Honoree in Royal Baking Court

I meet some of the dearest people in the aisles of my favorite grocery store. It is highly probable that after exchanging a pleasant “Hello” with an acquaintance that the word, “baking” surfaces in the minuet of conversation. That situation happened not long ago when the words, “I love to bake!” were sweetly spoken by […]

Easy as Pie … REALLY!

I love to bake desserts! I must admit though that I have never felt my talents lie in the pie-baking category. Maybe I have an innate fear of baking a pie that is not up to par with my mother and mother-in-law’s pies. Dear Readers, they made those hand-crafted homemade pies with tender, flaky, lightly […]

Not-Your-Usual Scotcheroo

I admit it! I can be quite persuaded by advertising that dances across our television screen. You, as well, Dear Readers? Here is how cute little Kelly Ripa’s persuasive personna, when speaking for Jif, became the recent “hook” that caused me to buy the type of food product she was promoting. In years past when […]

A Late Afternoon Chat

Here it is…late afternoon when the last oven timer has chimed for today. Loaves of my original recipe for Margarita Cake have gained space on the shelves of cooling racks. “Cool away my salty lime-enhanced friends! Soon you will be enjoyed by Capital City coffee aficionados as they take refreshment.” My pink mug partners with […]

New Honoree Named in Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court

If I could take the personality traits of peppy, enthusiastic, exuberant, joyful, spirited, and fast paced; tumble them all together in a box; and swirl and twirl the box thoroughly to mix those traits, I know my newest honoree into Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court would be the one who would pop out of that […]

A Malt Shop in Your Oven

As a little girl, I never knew there was such a thing as a plain old milk shake. That’s because I only had had personal experience with what our family called a “malted milk.” Over a half-century ago, Mom periodically made homemade chocolate malts in her Sunbeam Mixmaster. They tasted out of this world! Their […]

What’s That Mystery Ingredient?

The picturesque look could quite possibly have made the front page of Women’s Wear Daily, although some may have said that this particular dressed-from-head-to-toe vision was a sight for sore eyes. Oh my, that’s how catty the fashion world can be…what one loves, another abhors! In this case, however, whatever label would have been applied […]

Mmmm Merna’s Marvelous Munchin’Cookies

As I was getting ready to don my chore clothes the other day, the telephone rang. Caller ID informed me that my Aunt Merna, was on the other end of the line. Do you remember Merna, Dear Readers? She is my amazing 91-year-old South Dakota ranch-wife aunt who I had honored recently with a “Crown […]

New Honoree into Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court

“I have enough love to go around for everybody!” cheerily voiced my newest honoree into Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court…and does she ever! After knocking at the back door of Harriet (Mrs. Henry) Alff’s home, I was greeted with an enthusiastic welcome, “Come on in.” As I opened the door and walked into her spacious […]

Honor To the Pig

Should all cookies be sweet, Dear Readers? Not when they have the savory, “kicky” taste of this recipe! On her blog site,, Kristen, a family friend, posted the traditional recipe called “Cheese Tidbits.” She said, “My college roommate would get packages of these and never share! I had to find out what all the […]