Aunt Elsie’s Soda Cracker Lemon Torte

We just had our Annual Johnson Family Reunion this past weekend. By my sister’s count, we had a total of 45 family members. That’s a pretty good number! There is no doubt that us Johnson’s like food! No Johnson reunion would be complete without all those memorable potluck dishes, and too many to list.

I have always been amazed with three picnic tables full of food, from casseroles, salads, and desserts, that no one makes the same thing! How does that happen? There’s always so much to choose from, so I can’t help myself from taking a tablespoon of this and a tablespoon of that.

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Lefse Demonstration – My First Video!

I had so much fun making this video! A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to Thomas Jessessky. He’s such an amazing guy, and despite all the laughing, several ‘takes’ before getting to the voice over, I am so pleased to show you my very first video “Lefse Demonstration”! Please feel free to share!

If you are interested in setting up a Lefse Demonstration, please click on the following link and fill out the Contact Form to get in touch with me. As always, have fun baking in the kitchen!

Art of the Pie – Giving Me Inspiration

I was feeling a little sad towards the end of last year, mostly because I knew that we would not be able to add a commercial kitchen onto our home as I had hoped. I had put so much work into the planning process over these past five years, and I was pretty much spent by the end of last year. It was the first time I was glad to see the holidays over and done with, but it was also a rude awakening that this is life, and you have to get back on the horse! Some people may not agree with me, but I really do believe that things happen for a reason. (more…)

Nothing Says Home Comfort Like Chicken Pot Pie!

My inspiration today comes from a surprise magazine subscription to Cook’s Country that my mom gave to me last month. She knows how much I love looking at baking recipes not only in my large selection of cookbooks, but magazines too!

Chicken Pot Pie #2

After receiving my first issue last week and scanning through the magazine several times, I decided that yesterday was the perfect day to make Chicken Pot Pie! It was rainy and cold yesterday, so what better comfort food than a flaky pie crust filled with a savory filling to warm one’s tummy! It’s the kind of comfort food that takes you back in time. (more…)

My Baking Journey Continues!

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We’re back! Before getting into this post, just wanted to let you know that we have updated our website just ‘a little’, as our business moves forward. I’m still working on a post for “People, Books & Places”, so hang with me! Another change is that I won’t be posting as many recipes, as time just doesn’t allow for it right now, and in all honesty, I would rather be baking!  

There has been a lot of excitement lately in our household, sandwiched between a mixed bag of emotions; frustrations, challenges, sleepless nights, and me second guessing myself to take the next step. I don’t know what I would do without my faithful hubby, Dale. He always knows what to say when I’m feeling happy or sad, and he’s always by my side with encouraging words to take that next step.

Many of you already know how deep my baking obsession is, and my passion for baking is not something that just happened overnight. The fire was lit 43 years ago, at the young age of 12. Yes, I’m 55! The pictures in this post are a bit grainy. No, they are not pictures of me! They are pictures of our daughter, spending time down on the farm, just like I used to do. Anywhere there were animals, that’s where you would find Jenny, and she’s just as much of an animal love today, as she was back then.

Elsie and Julie were dedicated to their farm. No matter who came to visit or stay for a night or weeks at a time, they always made time for you and made you feel at home. Elsie and Julie have passed on, but all the memories made on the farm, will be forever engrained in me. (more…)

Apple Cheddar Scones

We’re already into the first part of June, and I couldn’t help but think about the fall season as I happened upon some Smitten apples at our local grocery store. This got me to thinking about fall and the bounty of apples to be picked at local apple orchards and making apple pie. But it’s only June and somehow it’s not time for me to make apple pie. I know that seems awkward, but I associate apple pie with the fall, as one associates hot dogs with a ball game. Okay, that’s probably not the best reference, but I think you get my drift! (more…)

Rich Chocolate Brownies

So what is it about brownies that most everyone loves? For starters, they’re fairly easy to make, easily transported to picnics, parties, on hiking and biking trips, and you can find them in most cafes and bakeries. (more…)

Cordon Rose Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

My Dad celebrated his 86th birthday this past Saturday, May 21st! You see that smile on his face? Well he is that happy person every day! As long as I can remember back to my young years, my Dad starts every day with that smile. He is the sweetest and most caring person, and I’m so fortunate to call him my dad! (more…)

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

I absolutely love coffee cake in any way, shape or form! Whether it is baked in a 9 x 13, bundt or springform pan. There are just so many flavor combinations to choose from! I’m especially fond of one recipe I found on Allrecipes for Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake several years ago. It’s really easy to make, bakes up beautifully and best of all, tastes amazing! I always get rave reviews every time I make it. (more…)

Substitution and Conversion Charts

We’ve all done it! We’ve checked the ingredient list once, if not twice, when you gasp and realize that you’re missing one ingredient for your recipe! Don’t panic! You might already have what you need in your kitchen without having to make a special trip to the nearest grocery store. (more…)