Three Hours Later…

And we haven’t got a ton more accomplished. This is proving to be a bigger balancing act than I expected. But, never say DIE! (Or whatever…) Still, we’re making progress: One pie is in the oven. Two more in the freezer. FishBoy11 mixed up the cranberry bread, and it joined the pie. The baguettes are […]

Baking Day – The Kitchen Crew

Here’s my staff for the day: Furiously buttering a pie plate. Let’s just say my world’s a little topsy turvy today.

An Update

We started baking two hours ago. Here’s what our list looks like. – 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 bake – one to freeze)– Chocolate Zucchini Cake– Mixes for pancakes, waffles, and Maple-Oat […]

Pizza (or Calzone) Dough

I’ve been experimenting with this dough recipe over the past few months. It seems to be working well for us. Depending on how well I work it, it can make up to six large, thin-crust pizzas. Often it turns out to be six medium to individual. If you really want large size pizzas, I’d say […]

Ruth’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

My mother-in-law warned me that her son didn’t like vegetables. He denied it vehemently. He still does. But, I’ve observed the man’s eating habits over the last seventeen years, and I would say that his mother was mostly right. Her son doesn’t like many vegetables. But, he does like chocolate bundt cake – with just […]

Baking Day – The Plan

I probably have higher expectations than are reasonable for our baking day today. I prefer to aim high in most things. But, we’ll see how much is reasonable for baking up a storm with six children helping. Here’s our agenda for the day: – Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies– Land O’ Lakes’ Chewy […]

Baking Substitutions

You run to the store with your carefully crafted grocery list. But, distractions draw you away from checking to see that you have all you need. A day or two later, when you set out to prepare a certain recipe, you find that you are missing an important element. Sometimes you just can’t think of […]

Grammas and Good Eats

My grandmother, referred to most as “Gramma John,” raised eight children during the 40s and 50s, all the while running a farm and managing a household. One of her “claims to fame” was her baking. She loved to bake and always had some new recipe to try. Since she lived in Minnesota and we lived […]