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Making Every Morsel Count

How to describe my sweet, spicy Shane?

Though the middle of our three boys, he was determined to avoid the middle at all costs. His emotions were either hot or cold, his joy irrepressible, his sadness inconsolable. And of course there was no middle ground in the food department. Oh that boy was stubborn. Friends still laughingly recall his bun and ketchup dinners. No meat was going to pass his lips.


Summer Birthdays and Summer Birthday Cakes

Ah, summer birthdays. They can be magical. Summer pregnancies, not so much, as my cofounder Suzie will tell you after two kids with August birthdays.

My oldest son turned 22 today and except for the year he left for college and freshman orientation, we have celebrated his birthday, since his second, at Lake Michigan.


Summer Love

There are few flavor combinations that say summer and love like ginger and coffee. This recipe using Shane’s Sweet-N-Spicy Molasses Ginger cookies to make ice cream sandwiches is magical, short and sweet, like summer baking should be…


Cookies and Carpool

Since my boys were small, I’ve often gleaned more information by overhearing them rather than through direct address. (One of the best reasons to volunteer for car pool.)

Last evening, I heard my youngest son talking about me on the phone. He was telling someone that I had a baking mix company but that really I was a trained as a writer and I took time off to raise him and his brothers. Hmm, I thought from my perch on the stairs, “this is interesting.” It turned out Alec was talking to a college basketball coach.

I found myself musing about how all this started.


We’ve Changed the Game — Whole Grain Idealism

This entry is a reposting of a longer piece I wrote about the some of the passions and family influences behind the Among Friends brand. It was published in a trade journal so I am pretty sure not many of you read it. Facetiousness aside, I hope you enjoy reading our story.


Happy New Year from our Homes to Yours

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver It can be daunting to write a new year’s message when so many more profound than I have given utterances to messages from the heart. But I’ll do my best. I’ve got help from my mate this […]


Food Rules From Among Friends

Among Friends Baking Mixes – Food Rules. If you can’t follow all the rules, pick any three and you will be doing your body and spirit a big favor. Or just remember these three words—EAT REAL FOOD.


Mothering moments and happy brain waves

Makeahead Carrots and Cauliflower with turmeric


Kitchen Encounters of the Among Friends Kind.

Let’s just say I am glad a video camera doesn’t follow us around in the kitchen. Our “kitchen confidential” would include the requisite natural disaster shots. Fire, flood, etc.


What’s in an (Among Friends) name?

Speaking of names, Suzie Q dubbed me Lizannabanana, a name I use when I talk to young kids about whole grain baking. Among my several Lizannabanana maxims, are some pretty silly ones, like “my kids know I am going out of town if they find white bread on the counter.” But there is one maxim about which I am very serious: “Evan from heaven does not stay seven or eleven for long. Make those years count.”

In what seems like the blink of an eye, my sweet Evan is 20. So stir up some cookies, create family rituals, and tell stories, both silly and serious. But whatever you do, make the years count.