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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

This recipe is so easy, it’s not even funny. And it’s a great recipe for kids to try. My two preschoolers loved this when we made pies this week. (You can smooth out the crust after letting them have a go at it. It’s what Gramma John always did.)

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 […]