Baking with Children: 4 Great Read Alouds


One thing that I’ve loved to do since my oldest was a toddler is to read books that follow some kind of theme. This has carried over into our homeschooling as well. The books that we read in any given week all fit some overarching theme. I’ve found that this helps reinforce concepts and ideas […]

5 Great Books for Baking


In the market for a good cookbook? The following are tried-and-true books that I go to often, particularly for baking. Obviously, I like specialty books. I’ve found that if I want to prepare a certain type of food, a book dedicated to that genre is the best way to learn how to do it well. […]

Gramma John’s Pie Crust


Making pie crust from scratch is like kid’s play when you use Gramma John’s Pie Crust recipe. It’s simple and delicious! Do you see how HAPPY that child is? He just made his first pie crust. You’ll be that happy, too, when you learn our family secret for easy, pat-in-pan pie crust. Gramma John’s Pie […]

Baking with Children: 2 Resources to Inspire You


Baking with children is, indeed, a fun, family activity. I can vouch for it. We just survived an all-day baking frenzy, the kids and me. Although I know from experience that it’s a good thing, sometimes I need a little fresh encouragement to tackle the adventure. Ever feel like that? Over the last year, I […]

Tomorrow on URS


Don’t forget! The URS theme for tomorrow is Your Favorite Cookie recipe. I’ll be sharing Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon rendition as well as one sent to me by the nice people at Land O’ Lakes. Everyone who participates is entered to win free butter from LOL.

My Baking Drawer


Years ago I spent several weeks reading books on household organization. One of the tips I found (though I can’t remember where) was the idea of consolidating all your baking utensils in one place. Here’s my baking drawer. This is where I keep all my measuring spoons and measuring cups as well as the blades […]

Baking Day – The Fruits of Our Labor


We did it! Almost. The banana bread didn’t happen, but seeing as I didn’t originally intend to make the carrot-zucchini bread, I’d consider it a wash. — Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies— Land O’ Lakes’ Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies— Chocolate Chip Banana Bread— Baguettes— Calzone Dough— Cranberry Bread— Apple Pies (one to […]

Baking Day – Storage Systems


Having wonderful baked goods is a beautiful thing. Stashing them in the freezer so that they are at the ready is even better. But, how you store them is pretty important. They won’t go bad, per se. Freezer burn won’t make you sick. It just tastes bad. And then, what’s the point? For most cakes […]