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My Mother’s Secret (but not anymore!!) Lemon Loaf
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C is For Cookie and Also Catastrophe

My Mother’s Secret (but not anymore!!) Lemon Loaf

My mom can bake. Boy is she tanned! Just kidding. She bakes in an oven, not in a tanning bed (unless she and my dad are headed to Cuba and then all bets are off. She’s all about getting “the base.”). My kids are obsessed with Grandma’s muffins. So is my dad.…wokka-wokka. Sorry, that was terribly wrong on so many levels, but it made me laugh so I’m keeping it. The fact is my mother knows her way around a loaf pan. Fluffy pancakes, cookies fresh from the oven, moist banana bread and her loaves… I’ve been after the Lemon Loaf recipe a friend gave her for years! For some reason my dear mother has been unwillingly to share. Why? I mean, she shares everything else. Ever time I go to her house there’s a stack of newspaper clippings she’s cut out for me to read and movies she’s signed out from the library for me. She buys two of everything when she goes to Costco so she can share the goods with her daughter. If sharing is caring, then my mum cares… a lot.  There’s also the matter of her “over-sharing” which I won’t get into now. If you’ve seen[…]

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C is For Cookie and Also Catastrophe

“I don’t bake, I bakery.” This is a line I use often and for good reason. My cookies crumble, my loaves are listless, my cakes are lopsided and my pies…well, I gave up on them ages ago. I “bakery” them. Thank you Costco for your behemoth pies that serve 24 people, if you indeed decide to share. *coughs and wipes pie crumbs from chin* It’s also more expensive to buy ready-made. Plus who knows what preservatives and lardy bits are hidden in store bought goodies? So, in an attempt to be more budget conscious and increasingly healthful-ish I’ve been baking. Are you laughing? You’re totally laughing. And you SHOULD be because watching me work a sifter or rolling pin is laughable. Picture flour everywhere, sink piled high with greased up cookie sheets, dough on the floor and on the dog, swearing, lots of swearing and sometimes, smoke.  However, I’m proud to say I have mastered the art of oatmeal cookies. In fact, my last batch was not merely edible, it was downright tasty. How amusing that my son was beyond excited to offer a cookie to his friend. “My mom made these,” he announced with pride. And then there’s my[…]

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