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Easter Imaginings

Mar
27


I’m baking a really large order today for somebody–a dozen brown sugar and cinnamon croissants, a dozen chocolate croissants, a dozen butterhorn rolls, a loaf of bread, three dozen cookies, and two dozen cinnamon rolls.

When I ship a large order, sometimes I imagine it arriving at their house. How much family is coming in? Do they sneak the boxes in the house and tell everybody they made it? Or is their husband’s family coming into town and they don’t like them and they told their husband, “I am NOT cooking for them, so hand over your credit card!” (This one amuses me.) Of course, what I hope most is the notion that everyone loves it and they say, “I got it at this Etsy shop–let me tell you about it!” (Ha ha.)

I also imagine what else they must be having if they’re starting with all these goodies. Roast lamb, mashed potatoes, buttery peas, glazed carrots, chocolate cream pie….. Doesn’t that sound good?

By the way, here is a funny. There was a sweet lady who used to order quite regularly. She told me one time that her husband had Alzheimer’s. He’d see her bring in the boxes, then he’d promptly forget anything came to the door, and she said he was really excited about her new love of baking!

What are you having for Easter? My mother always served lamb, which is really hard to come by in the grocery stores around here, so I never have it unless, you know, I have something available in the barn yard!

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