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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 […]

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, […]