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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 […]

Why Bake with Butter?

My grocery cart is usually filled to the brim each and every week! It’s not because Dearly Beloved and Miss NiNi are frequent in-house gourmet diners, Dear Readers. Rather, ingredients to prepare our simple meals are on the short end of the stick as occupants of a four-wheeled grocery cart. Multiple containers of flour, sugar, […]

The “I Remember When” Product

“I remember when this was invented,” I said to one of our fantastic Miss NiNi bakers. “I think it was in the 1950s.” My age 20-ish dessert-baking friend seemed perplexed. I pondered if she truly believed my statement. After all, buzzing around inside her intelligent brain might have been these sound bites: “Miss-NiNi-can’t-be-that-old,” and “Hasn’t […]

Their Legacy Lives On

They were my taste testers. Whenever I needed an honest evaluation of a recipe I was creating, I went to them. Even during the senior time of life as senses would customarily begin to fade, their taste buds did not fail them. As my participation as a baking competitor in the illustrious Iowa State fair […]