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Floating on a Cloud to Paris

During the Christmas season Mom would often take me on a trip to Paris. Really, you might ask? Well, let me explain. As a young girl, I just knew that mom’s Chocolate Parisienne Cookies had to have come from an exquisite Parisian bakery. With one bite, I would close my eyes and pretend that I […]

Menoken Rural Sisterhood

Members of the Menoken Homemakers Club: women who were the movers and shakers in my rural North Dakota childhood community; wives of hard-working farmers and laborers who toiled from sunup to sundown earning an honest living on the prairie; mothers of my school mates. What is a homemakers club you might ask? Let me delight […]

New Honoree in Miss NiNi’s
Royal Baking Court

“You can’t take baking out of a lady’s life. You can’t take it out of the soul of a woman.” In tribute to her mother, these words were warmly voiced by the daughter of my newest honoree into Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court, Mildred (Mrs. Folmer) Weddum. As I was welcomed into the tidy Weddum […]

 My Favorite Childhood Dessert – Coffee Toffee Torte

I have a favorite dessert from my childhood. It has “Mom” written all over it! Actually, I don’t know the origination of the recipe. Maybe Mom created it, but I hardly think so. It just wasn’t within her nature to do that. She was great at following a recipe though and prepared numerous delicious desserts […]

The Spatula Has Been Passed

It’s official. The torch has been passed. Well, in this case, the spatula has been passed! Read on to learn the full story. Competing in the Iowa State Fair food department began when I was a new Iowa bride. In 1974, I challenged myself to bake and enter 11 layer cakes. The thermometer tacked on […]

Introducing Miss NiNi’s ‘Royal Baking Court’

“The cookie jar was always full when we came home from school.” Those words, spoken by one of the daughters of our first inductees into Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court, were like music to my soul. Not only was I privileged to learn more about the homemaking baking achievements of honoree, Mary Ellen Knop, but […]

A Lasting Impact…

Have you ever had a teacher whose positive impact on your life is still felt by you many, many years later? Mrs. Arntz was just that teacher for me. She was my teacher for my first 4 years of public schooling which began in the 4-room school on the north side of the little village […]

Pucker-Me-Sweet White Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

I was visiting with a sweet friend today about “The Adventures of Miss NiNi’s Fine Desserts.” She reminded me about a raspberry cheesecake recipe of mine that had been in our local newspaper a couple of years ago. She said that she had made it for their Christmas meal, and it had been absolutely perfect! […]

Behold the Power of… Tea!

What time of the day works for you to sit with a great cookbook and get hundreds of ideas to stir your baking passion? I enjoy reading cookbooks before I shut my eyes and go to sleep. Sometimes I am awake until the wee hours of the morning because as I turn to a new […]

Another Favorite: Dance of the Cherries Cheescake Pie

This recipe is timeless! It was an easy fix for a cheesecake pie 50 years ago, and it still plays that role in our home today. When I compare this cheesecake pie recipe to other cheesecakes I have created, I am reminded how easy this yummy refrigerator cheesecake is to prepare. No eggs to separate […]