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Raspberry Bake whole 3

Coffee and a Raspberry Cake

I wasn’t going to post something today, but I decided to do something sweet for my husband.  As I was coming down the stairs to the kitchen, I heard him scramble up from his chair.  When he saw me, he gave me a big smile and his usual loving greeting, then went upstairs to do […]

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Strawberry Poke Cake

Happy Birthday to My Hubby!

My husband Bill’s birthday was Friday and I’m a little late getting this post up.  Bill claims the 5th of July is the best birthday because all the fireworks are just the beginning of a birthday celebration the next day.  Everyone is in a festive and happy mood and there’s lots of good food.  I never know what […]

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Bread vintage bowls with yeast jar

Toto, I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore… but we will be!

I have an exciting couple of weeks ahead!  I’ll be leaving this week for Kansas (hopefully no tornadoes or wicked witches) where I am meeting up with my daughter Kristina for the National Festival of Breads, a cooking contest sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, King Arthur Flour, and Fleishmann’s Yeast.  Kristina, owner of Cooking Contest Central, was […]

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Aunt Ann Blueberry Boy Bait on marble

Retro Recipe Week, Day Three

Blueberry “Boy Bait.”  How’s that for a recipe title?  I think only in 1954 could one get away with a name like that.  The recipe won $2,000 at the 5th Pillsbury Bake-Off by a teen-age girl from Chicago, who said she made it often for her friends, assuming at least one was a boy she […]

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Aunt Ann Oatmeal Cookies 1

Retro Recipe Week, Day Two

It’s retro recipe week!  Check out the blog from yesterday for the 1950’s porcupine meatballs, one of my husband Bill’s favorites.  Besides anything with meat, his next choice would be a cookie.  Bill is the original cookie monster.  In the family recipe box where I found the meatball recipe was an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie using lard, which I like […]

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Aunt Ann's Porcupine Meatballs- one cut open

Retro Recipe Week, Day One

If you read my blog from a few days ago, you might remember that I was lucky to be in the possession of a treasured family recipe box from my husband’s Finnish side of the family.  Many of the recipes are Finnish specialties, but there are also just as many from the 1940’s and ’50’s.  I […]

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Amy's painting

A Walk on the Beach

That girl on the beach is me.  A long time ago.  It has always been one of my favorite images of my life back then, and also a favorite of my two daughters.  It was originally a photograph taken by my college roommate, but the above is an oil painting.  A very special painting by […]

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Aunt Ann recipe box atop cookbooks

Secrets of the Old Tin Box

Anna Juljaana Vanni Halonen was my husband Bill’s Finnish aunt, known to the family as Aunt Ann.  When Bill and his cousins recently started cleaning out Aunt Ann’s home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the kitchen revealed some family treasures.  If there is anything that gets my attention more than old cookbooks, it’s old recipe boxes.  When Bill […]

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