I have been in the baking mood.  Have you? It seems like that it has rained here for weeks.  I am not complaining though…because in Missouri…we sometimes have really, really dry summers.  I think that it’s just throwing everyone off a tad…because it looks like fall outside.  Of course then you step out into the humidity and you are all like “Nope.  Still summer.”

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Ethel, the mixer above, (I just named her this week.) is my right hand gal in the kitchen. My husband bought her for me, for Christmas one year…and talk about excited!  She is definitely a workhorse. She twirls my egg whites and sugar into meringue…while I just stand there…filing my nails.  (Just kidding…I don’t have nails…to file.  Well…I have fingernails…just not long ones.  Didn’t want to freak you out.)  😉

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Do you have a stand mixer?  They are amazing.  If you don’t have one…I highly recommend saving your egg money or your quarters or just being really good so you can get one at Christmas.  They are truly wonderful for those hard to stir batches of cookies.  I just give ol’ Ethel the flick of a switch and she does it for me.

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This week we have made zucchini muffins and cherry cobbler.  I’m kinda in the cookie baking mood right now though, which is funny because I am more of a pie baking kind of gal.  One pie and you are done.  When you bake cookies…you are in the kitchen for like, ten years.  (Okay..slight exaggeration.) I’m telling you..it’s this rainy weather.  No wonder people diet in January.  From the first day of fall until then…they are baking cookies.  😉

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Do you remember this cloche?  I found it down on the bottom shelf at the thrift store for four dollars.  That was a heart thumper...right there.  ;)

I hope that you have a wonderful Thursday, Dirt Roaders.  I hope that you bake cookies and pies and that your little kids smile with crumbs around their mouths.  I think that the Proverbs 31 lady would approve.  I would say that she had yummy things waiting on her crew when they came home.  I love to do that. I love…loving my family through food.

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Waving at you with my oven mitt on…   (not really)

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p.s. A big shout out to my friend Sue Joyner.  Your words of encouragement…brought home by my husband yesterday…were wonderful.  Thank you for your kindness.  It was just what I needed. I shall….blog on.  😉

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