My recipes were founded on my mothers German recipes, as well as my mother in laws, Croatian recipes. (Lillian Swanson) These recipes were handed down from many generations.
The newest generations of my family also has a love for baking; it is a family venture as you might notice. My grandson Wyatt, pictured right in his little chefs hat, is one of the them. He seems to be sampling some of grandmas goodies. Katie is my oldest grand daughter and she is holding "Big Bertha" one of my many rolling pins that I have in my kitchen. Karlee her sister, uses her great gramma Tillie's rolling pin to make some delicious recipe.
Our Country home, were we live, is a licensed kitchen and is located in the heart of the Judith Mountains.
I invite you to browse my web page, meet my family and see just how much I enjoy baking. Everything is homemade, handmade and everything on my cakes are edible.
My Yellow Rose, Jo!
My Red Rose "Mom" Tillie
My husband, and I,
Leroy and Dorothy Swanson
Leroy and Dorothy Swanson
Dedication of my Kitchen
My guardian angles, who are my Sister Jo. (Jo-Ann Kananen) She encouraged me, to no end to take on the task, to complete my classes and to continue with them on-line. To my mom, who taught me everything.
Besides these wonderful women I must thank again, Leroy my husband, Dan & Bryan my son's, and Tyler my son- in-law. Thank you all for your patients, your carpentry work, painting skills, and most of all, for believing in me.
Why the roses? The yellow rose; my sister loved yellow roses. She always said, "Never to give up. Especially on your dreams!". Most of all, she too, believed in me. Jo fought a gorgeous battle with cancer. She was a fighter.
The red rose; my mother loved red roses. "Tillie" (Matilda Pentecost), taught me everything about baking. I think it was the only thing I truly ever listened to. She and my sister were both old fashioned kinds of cooks. Mom cooked at our hometown hospital, she was famous for her caramel rolls, something I have inherited. This recipe has been handed down for many generations. I will hand it down to my daughter, than to my granddaughters. Jo and I spent many Christmas's with mom making candy and cookies. I will miss those times.
The butterfly, well this idea came from my daughter-in-law, Crystal. Therefore, my next dedication goes to my daughters Amanda Moe and Crystal Swanson.
Amanda and Crystal- they are my "up" when I am down. Mandy keeps me grounded and keeps me going. Like an ever-ready battery, her unconditional love (and tough love) is an inspiration and a pick me up when I need it. Crystal, my favorite daughter-in-law, who graced us by coming into our lives when she was in second grade, married our son and has been my most trusted friend for many years. She is my little social butterfly. (Ironically she used butterflies at her wedding.)
"Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing." So you see that is why I put a butterfly on all my cakes.
It is a reminder to my family, and all my grandchildren, just how rare our love and how strong our commitment to our family is.
Looks like my grand daughter Karlee Moe is getting ready to roll out some pie dough!
My daughter Mandy. My best friend, who keeps me forever charged. My daughter -in-law and friend, and sounding board, Crystal who keeps my feet on the ground. You are my Girls!