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Apr. 16, 2012 7:24 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2013 12:20 pm
Ups and downs - twists and turns these are the chapters of our lives. The road is rarely straight - some things just cannot be predicted. Change is part of growing- through that growth we come to appreciate what life deals us.Not all change is welcome - good or bad these events make us who we… MORE
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Apr. 1, 2012 6:46 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2012 5:53 pm
What a wise woman my Mum was. When she had my brothers and sister she nursed them because that is how babies were fed. By the time I came along 'formula' and bottles were all the rage. She resisted the 'norm' - battled the 'modern' trend and nursed me. Her nurses at the hospital thought her… MORE
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Mar. 22, 2012 7:39 am 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2012 9:15 pm
It feels like Christmas.  Some good things have happened this week.  When looking for faceless recipes just before St. Patrick's Day I came across "The Irish Potatoes". I looked at the recipe, saved it but didn't hold out much hope for it. In fact, I even commented to a friend, "I am going to… MORE
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Mar. 6, 2012 7:29 pm 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2012 9:38 am
The title says it all.  I have been cooking so many "new" faceless recipes that my kitchen has been a mess for way too long.  Things don't always flow like they should.  Today - my kitchen is clean and it feels good.  Twice a month I have 2 housekeepers come in to deep clean - they left and… MORE
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Feb. 29, 2012 5:10 pm 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2012 1:08 am
"Don't eat the berries!"  ......"Are you done with that? Can we eat it?"  ..... "Nana, can we have some now?"  ..... "Who ate the bacon?" ....."I didn't know I wasn't supposed to eat that."  ...."You better ask Nana!"  ......February has been a whirlwind of activity in my kitchen. For anyone… MORE
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Feb. 20, 2012 7:17 am 
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012 5:15 pm
"Eating Good in the Neighborhood"....Nope - that has been used."Take Out Fake Out!""Freezer Frenzy"KFC Fake Out Take Out & Baby Back Ribs!What ever you call it - this was a good week!I went digging in both the freezer and my recipe box and came up with some gems.I don't know about you but I… MORE
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Feb. 17, 2012 1:58 pm 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2012 7:45 am
That's one stretched chicken! Photo courtesy of  'Witchy Woman'With the exception of the great sausage debacle (which will be explained later) I managed to avoid the chain grocery stores again this week. Amazingly, the freezer is not empty, although the pantry is looking a little lean. What… MORE
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Feb. 11, 2012 1:40 pm 
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012 7:14 am
It is weeks like this that I am happy to have a well stocked freezer and pantry. Between Super Bowl and Valentines Day the supermarket ads have offered next to nothing. Leading up to Super Bowl the ads were mostly about processed foods. Then along comes the Valentine's Day ads....Lobster,… MORE
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Feb. 1, 2012 3:35 pm 
Updated: Feb. 20, 2012 12:00 pm
In returning to my blogging roots.... making the grocery dollars stretch, this weeks feature is ham....a whole lot of ham! I found this profound as one of my first blogs here on AR was about ham.  Following Pam's lead to provide faces for our many faceless recipes and with our assignments for… MORE
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Jan. 29, 2012 9:46 am 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2012 9:43 am
When I first started this blog a few years ago, it was with the intent of showing how to get the most bang for your buck at the grocery store while still making some tasty meals. Through the years I have veered away from those blogs although I do still practice those same methods.Last night… MORE
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Baking Nana

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Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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