|Ezra & Max in front of Jaarsma Bakery in Pella, Iowa.|
|Ezra & Max humoring their Mom and posing in front of the tulips.|
So, living in Iowa, I have the opportunity to experience the miracle of spring each year. After bitter cold winters, spring really is a sign of new life and hope for me. I never got that winter/spring analogy until I moved here. In California where I grew up, it was always sort of spring--rarely super hot and rarely super cold.
|Inside Vander Ploeg Bakery|
|Pillow puff interior (blogspot isn't letting me place this pic where I want to)|
|Cream horn held by Karla's delicate hands.|
|The secret interior of the Dutch letter.|
As far as Dutch letters go, I think Vander Ploeg was the winner for Karla, because it had the coarse sugar on top, but I preferred the Jaarsma because they used regular sized granulated sugar on top of theirs. I plan on trying to bake some Dutch letters and post them in the near future, but for now, I just have the one pic of the half-eaten letter from Jaarsma. (Update: Here's the recipe for the Jaarsma's Dutch letters. You just have to click on the words there to get to the recipe, by the way. Enjoy.)
If you're ever in Iowa in early May, you really must make the trip to Pella. It's quite a nice cultural excursion.
|Inside Jaarsma Bakery, on the gift shop side|
|Some of the prepackaged baked goods at Jaarsma|
|Another shot of the Vander Ploeg Bakery case|
|Ezra enjoying a cheese stick from Jaarsma's Bakery|
|A simple glazed donut from Vander Ploeg's Bakery. So soft and only slightly sweet. Good.|