Category Archives: Cookies and cakes

Bert’s Jumbo Raisin Cookies

Dad and Leroy grew up a half mile apart along the Namekagon River. He and his wife Bert were good friends of my parents. Our families went to the same little Lutheran church in the country, we kids went to … Continue reading

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Mrs. Elwick’s Oatmeal Cake

“How do they come up with these names?” I asked myself as I was going through one of my mother’s recipe boxes. On a yellowed sheet of six by eight-inch letter paper, the kind you used to get in pads … Continue reading

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Aunt Bev’s Oatmeal Cookies

When I was twelve years old, I gave my mother a recipe box for Christmas. I know this because she scratched “FROM CHARLES XMAS 1955” on the back of the box. Some of the paint has worn off, but the … Continue reading

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Carol’s Lemon Bread

Jerri started teaching piano when she was in high school and still has three adult students. One of the advantages of being a piano teacher is that you get some wonderful gifts from your students. Our Christmas tree means more … Continue reading

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Great Auntie Ann’s Kolatchkes

A couple of years after we moved to the country from the thriving metropolis of Hayward, Wisconsin, John and Rose Hanus brought their family from Chicago, Illinois, to a house along the Namekagon river about a quarter mile from the … Continue reading

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Jerri’s Holiday Cookies

Christmas was cookie time when I was growing up. Actually, there were always cookies in the Rang household, but Mom made extra batches of cookies for the holidays, so I think of that season as cookie time. Starting in early … Continue reading

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Edith’s Four in One Fruitcake

Many years ago, the Missions Commission of the New Richmond United Methodist Church used to sell pecans and fruitcakes from Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia. Koinonia was founded in 1942 by two couples, Clarence and Florence Jordan and Martin and … Continue reading

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Mother Krehbiel’s Apple Cookies

If meeting a Krehbiel in Kansas were not almost as easy as running into a Johnson in Wisconsin, you could assume that “Mother Krehbiel” must refer to Jerri’s grandmother. However, when I called Jerri’s Aunt Hilda, who keeps track of … Continue reading

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Mom’s Crumb-Topped Coffee Cake

I had stopped in early one morning to say hello to my mother on the way to the cabin. As we drank coffee and ate warm chocolate chip cookies, I asked her how it happened that she always had something … Continue reading

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Ma’s Salad Dressing Cake

Jerri sometimes thinks that my family is weird. When I object, she reminds me of the time in August when my family planned a picnic at a park near Minong, Wisconsin. It was a nice park along a flowage with … Continue reading

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