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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Friday, October 7, 2011

New Green Bowl

I would like you to meet my new green bowl. This is it. The one I ordered from Chefs.com

I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. It's the exact same bowl, I know it is. But the green is not the same. It's a little darker. I know, picky, picky... But, I'm disappointed in this. I like it, I do. But it doesn't FEEL the same.

This is Big Brown Bowl. I've been using it since Big Green Bowl bit the dust. I like it and I may just keep using it and let New Green Bowl sit in display on the shelf.

These are the tough decisions in life, folks.

And there's one more thing. I don't know what kind of kitchen karma I've got going on, but today, while mixing the batter for a lovely Sherry Cake, (recipe soon to come) my 25 year old Black and Decker hand mixer took its last breath. Yes, right in mid-beat, it just sputtered and died. The accompanying burnt motor smell told me there was no hope it would come back to life.

No, I will not replace it with a state-of-the-art Cuisinart mixing bowl/stand thing! I am an old-fashioned girl who likes basic kitchen tools. I like to use my hands and some elbow grease when I'm cooking. It feels more like I'm really putting a piece of myself into everything I bake. Call me corny but that is just the way it is.

So....I guess I'll be making a trip to Target soon for a new Black and Decker. My guess is the new one won't last me another 25 years. They don't make 'em like they used to.


  1. "These are the tough decisions in life, folks."

    I love it!

  2. Thanks, Justin! At least I got one laugh :-)

  3. Sorry to hear about the mixer, I WISH mine would bite the dust, it's old, and that awful avocado green from the 1970's, I know right, it's hideous. Target has a cranberry colored one that comes with it's own stand, I'm tempted to buy that!

  4. Oh no, my mixer is a Black and Decker about 25 years old too! I'm like you though...the old stuff is just made better, and I can't stand all of those extra kitchen gadgets everywhere. I still chop everything with a knife on a cutting board. It's actually fun!

    It's great to find you through vB:)

  5. I took one look at the new big green bowl and thought to myself "it's too dark!" Aw man, bummer and double bummer about the hand mixer. My KitchenAid stand mixer kicked it back in April and I really haven't recovered from the trauma yet. I so feel your pain! Hope one of those bowls will start feeling "just right" in no time!

  6. Oh, come to the dark side of the Kitchenaid Mixer! We aren't a bad lot of bakers...honest!


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