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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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