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Jan. 26, 2012 3:15 pm 
Updated: Jan. 31, 2012 9:25 pm
"MOM!  How can you laugh? It's not funny!"  You know what they say about pay back?  Karma?  It is easy to laugh now....I wasn't always laughing, but I wish I had.  You see, 'Nobody' used to live here.    'Nobody' was a trouble maker, reckless and careless.  'Nobody' lived with us for a long time. MORE
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Jan. 21, 2012 8:32 pm 
Updated: Feb. 4, 2012 6:25 pm
As many of you know I am married to "No Baking Papa".  When I met him in 1974 he knew how to cook Chili Fries.  Oven Fries and a can of chili - I doubt if he chopped onions to top these gems but he would on occasion mix it up with the addition of a hot dog or burger patty. Blue Box Mac and… MORE
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Dec. 5, 2011 2:08 pm 
Updated: Jan. 7, 2012 10:23 am
Where do I begin?   Let us go back a few months - while at Northwoods Inn with the AR gang - Noemi said she would like to do a cookie party.  That is all it took.  Within minutes we were plotting and planning.  At that time we didn't know about "Cookies Across America" but cookies were planned… MORE
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Nov. 19, 2011 1:55 pm 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2011 11:41 pm
Here I sit - the Saturday before Thanksgiving - 5 days before the big feast.   The pastry is made and resting in the refrigerator.  The cranberry sauce is complete.  There isn't much else I can do today and it is driving me nuts.  It's too early for pies and cakes.  Way too early for rolls. … MORE
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Nov. 13, 2011 1:07 am 
Updated: Nov. 18, 2011 9:35 pm
I have many things to be thankful for.  Each and everyday  I am thankful for the pile of dishes Because it means we had food to eat.  I am thankful for the laundry Because it means we have clothes to wear. I am especially thankful for AllRecipes.comFor our friends on the Buzz For the… MORE
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Nov. 2, 2011 7:50 pm 
Updated: Mar. 11, 2012 2:24 pm
I am sorry this has taken me a bit to get to.  After talking with mauigirl who has a recipe just like yours, from her Grandmother - I took her advice and did this entirely by hand.  Excellent results!  Thank you!   Grandma's Butter Rolls. (Lela's Recipe and Notes) Ingredients3/4 cup of… MORE
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Oct. 30, 2011 12:03 pm 
Updated: Nov. 6, 2011 9:00 pm
Why didn't I call her?    She would often call out of the blue - just to talk. Not this time...Why didn't she call me? I was thinking of her - so why didn't I call?  I saw her pictures while packing - they made me smile.I should have picked up the phone.....   Remembering her huge smile, her… MORE
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Oct. 30, 2011 10:08 am 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2011 6:29 am
By now you have all heard about October's AR Ambassador assignments.  Let me tell you until last month I had never heard of Barber Foods.  As many of you know I am not a fan of processed / frozen foods.   I was pretty skeptical about this assignment.   October was a crazy month for me -… MORE
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Oct. 23, 2011 4:33 pm 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2011 11:06 pm
I love our new neighborhood - it is full of children.  With children comes excitement, energy and immediate friendship.  We had not even officially moved in before the grand-kids had met and made friends with the neighborhood kids. Kids make friends easily - within minutes they are playing… MORE
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Sep. 30, 2011 3:33 pm 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2011 8:33 pm
I have been MIA from the Buzz a lot lately.  I miss all of you.   As we prepare to move, I have been busy - packing, sorting and getting rid of 'stuff'.   We are only moving about 1/2 a mile away.  That however makes no difference when it comes to packing and sorting.  Our new house is one… MORE
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Baking Nana

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About Me
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!
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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