Tuesday, April 2, 2013

This is spring!

 
While the view from the bakery window may not look warm and springy (Can you find the nearly buried bird bath?)...
 
 
 ...inside is warm and blooming. Happy Spring!
 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Meet Barm

Seven years ago "barm" became a part of my life. Barm, just one of the many names for plain, old sourdough starter, has been growing happily ever since. He is a bit of a demanding fellow, though, begging for food quite regularly. Today was one of those days.

 But barm doesn't get fed for nothing. He is a good worker in my bakery.
 2006 -- Some of barm's first successful loaves.
Barm is still at it! He is just a young thing, after all.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Christmas Vacation

Vacation is...

...treats.

...family and special foods.

 ...year-end bookkeeping.

 ...extra sleep.

 ...time to read.

 ...season's-end Julekakke.

 ...friends and games.

 ...loads of laundry.

 ...twinkling lights and tinsel.

 ...cross-country skiing.

 ...hot tea.

...Mt. Clothes-to-Iron.
 

 ...mounds of dishes.

 Christmas is... 





... Immanuel, "God with Us."

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12).
“[Christ Jesus], being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:6-11).


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Summer Snapshots: Faces of the Farmers Market

Welcome to Lakes Area Farmers Market, Detroit Lakes!
Let me introduce you to a few market faces.

Every farmers market needs a local honey stand!
We began using Dan's Honey's quality product in our baked goods this summer.

A young entrepreneur

We are there, too!
Note: "we" = my family (some pictured below), me (this picture), and, of course, our baked goods

Maren, my right-hand-woman

We enjoyed Hannah's help when she was on this side of the pond.

Aunt Dorothy came to visit!
She relished Deb's homemade chips bought with some of her birthday money.

It wouldn't be much fun without shoppers of both the window and actual kind. I loved visiting with many while giving caramel roll samples on Customer Appreciation Day!

Children ready for a story and treat
Maren read a children's story each week while eager listeners munched their snack from the picnic basket.

Monday, June 4, 2012

June Flowers


What does this bouquet of garden-picked peonies have to do with baking? Why, they are in the bakery, of course! Even though our eyes were buried in our baking most of the day, we never could forget these lovely flowers. Their perfume permeated the room. Even when the usually overpowering granola and Garlic Sticks were baking, we sniffed the peonies' spicy-sweet aroma. Now that's a nice way to spend a day in the dish water!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May 4, 2012


Harvey, ND -- The birthplace of quality, organic flour

Dad preparing our trusty pick-up for a heavy load.

Strong backs (over) load the pick-up with 1000+ lbs. of locally grown and freshly ground flour.
Thank you, Dakota Prairie! We will see you again next year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Than a Bakery, Part II

The bakery turned banquet hall awaits Thanksgiving guests.

The guests? 30 relatives. The other 15 were seated in our original dining room.