In this 28-day month of expressions of love, valentines, and Presidents Day, Miss NiNi is reminded of a once-upon-a-time story about a little boy, a cutting tool, and a fruit tree.
“Tradition is to include one candle for each year—up to a certain point, when discretion and the surface area of the cake recommend only one or a few candles.” thenibble.com Hmmm, Dear Readers, if tradition serves Miss NiNi correctly, either the surface area of the cake needs to grow, or else one or a few candles […]
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 […]
Can you feel it, Dear Readers? The scramble. The dash. The bustle of life. Most of us are touched by it during the Christmas season. No other time of year offers the sights, sounds, and display of good-hearted friendship as do these last days of December. As you might imagine, my present-day bustle of activity […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]