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A Sticky Tradition

Oh, those Germans! They know how to bake! “Schnecken” is proof of that, Dear Readers! Gather a few ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon, salt, and yeast, and you are in Ready, Set, Go mode to make “Schnecken.” What in the world is “Schnecken,” you might ask? Initially, this Come-and-Get-‘Em treat is a beautifully […]

Once Upon A Time

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.

Did the Cake Precede the Candles?

“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 […]

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 […]

This Season’s Bustle

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 […]

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 […]