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Baking Day – The Kitchen Crew

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Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids.Here’s my staff for the day: Furiously buttering a pie plate. Let’s […]

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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 […]

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Pizza (or Calzone) Dough

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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 […]

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Ruth’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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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 […]

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Baking Day – The Plan

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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 […]

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Baking Substitutions

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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 […]

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Giveaways Galore

There are lots of giveaways this week at LifeasMOM. Go here to find out more details on how to win free 8th Continent soymilk, Land O’ Lakes butter, or a colorful, child’s apron.

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Grammas and Good Eats

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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 […]

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