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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 […]

Baking With Children: Kid-Sized Tools

Children love to help in the kitchen. Whether it’s licking the beaters, measuring and dumping flour, or loading and unloading the dishwasher, young children often like to be part of the action. Though it may be troublesome at times, teaching your little ones to help in cooking (and cleaning) has a number of benefits: 1. […]

Virtual Great American Bake Sale

Chances are you’ve seen a similar logo on different baking products lately. Share Our Strength has been promoting their Great American Bake Sale via the grocery stores. In case you haven’t read up on it, Share Our Strength is working to fight childhood hunger. The Great American Bake is a national campaign that mobilizes Americans […]

It’s Baking Week!

I don’t know about your family, but mine is hungry 24/7. Not 30 minutes pass after dinner before someone asks, “What can I have to eat, Mama?” The good thing is that they are active, healthy children and they have the appetites to prove it. Since my oldest four are all boys, I anticipate that […]

What’s Cookin’

I’m getting a little weary of the grocery store. As much as I love the challenge of the hunt for good deals, my grocery trips take a pretty big bite out of my week, about 2-4 hours planning, organizing coupons, and shopping. It’s totally worth it in terms of dollars and sense. But, I think […]

Ultimate Carrot Cake (URS: Easter Dessert)

I must admit when I find a recipe I like, well, it’s a keeper. It eventually finds a place in our family traditions, and I’m hard pressed to move it. For instance, every Thanksgiving and Christmas I make Pretzel Berry Dessert. Every year. And only at the holidays. We don’t usually eat it any other […]