Baking Day – In Action


My boys were so helpful today. I am a blessed woman. Preparing mixes for pancakes, waffles, and scones. Chocolate Chip Cookies! Yum! Peeling apples for pie. Oh my! To see more blessings worth counting, visit Gratituesday.

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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 […]

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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.

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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


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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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