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Mmmm Merna’s Marvelous Munchin’Cookies

As I was getting ready to don my chore clothes the other day, the telephone rang. Caller ID informed me that my Aunt Merna, was on the other end of the line. Do you remember Merna, Dear Readers? She is my amazing 91-year-old South Dakota ranch-wife aunt who I had honored recently with a “Crown […]

New Honoree into Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court

“I have enough love to go around for everybody!” cheerily voiced my newest honoree into Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court…and does she ever! After knocking at the back door of Harriet (Mrs. Henry) Alff’s home, I was greeted with an enthusiastic welcome, “Come on in.” As I opened the door and walked into her spacious […]

Lights, Camera, Action!

A few days ago, a glimpse of Hollywood came to my kitchen! Well, Dear Readers, it seemed like Hollywood. It was actually a Des Moines photographer with a full array of cameras and lights who was here to shoot photos of my grandchildren, Little Missy (age 5) and Little Sir (age 3), and me for […]

Honor To the Pig

Should all cookies be sweet, Dear Readers? Not when they have the savory, “kicky” taste of this recipe! On her blog site,, Kristen, a family friend, posted the traditional recipe called “Cheese Tidbits.” She said, “My college roommate would get packages of these and never share! I had to find out what all the […]

The Essence of “FRESH”

We’ve been lambing now for the past few weeks. Some of you, Dear Readers, may not understand the term “lambing.” It’s the time when we shepherds play a significant part in the life of our sheep flock as new babies are born night and day to mommas who are ready to enrobe their babies in […]

Love in a Pink Tin

It was always the daily brief kiss between two people in love that brought a smile to my young face and made a cherished lifelong memory. Having completed her naturally assumed role of breakfast maker for Jack (two fried eggs over easy–perfect for dunking into the golden yolk–with toast and coffee please), Dode sat in […]

Discovering the Truth About Humpty Dumpty

I am the second-born in my family. My older sister to whom I shall refer as Loving Older Sister (LOS) lives hundreds of miles from me. That distance has separated us logistically for about 45 years. She was born in the late 1940s. I was born in the early 1950s. We’re both Retro-Girls as far […]

Stellar Review from NYC Style Expert

Sure, we could sit here and tell you how wonderful our cakes are, but doesn’t it mean more to hear it from an expert? Miss NiNi’s Fine Desserts received another stellar review. Here is just a sampling: “I am a huge fan of cheesecake, and am always excited to try something new. Miss NiNi has […]

So Why Do I Need Those Ingredients?

It was the morning of taking turns at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. The wait can be long when you are 2-1/2, but it was his turn now! Snuggly wrapped in bright cheery holiday colors and reposing underneath the Christmas tree was a box just for our lovable Little Sir. When the festively wrapped box was […]

New Honoree into Miss NiNi’s Royal Baking Court

“I was glad to grow up in the horse and buggy days. I didn’t know we were poor until I went to town. We lived ten miles from town, and I can hardly count the times I went to town as a young girl.” My newest honoree into Miss NiNI’s Royal Baking Court, Merna (Mrs. […]