Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Features

December 27, 2012

Finding love in the kitchen

DIETERICH —     With hair in braids and Western attire, Teutopolis High School graduate Jessie Rexroat looks more like a cowgirl than someone who would rather spend hours in a kitchen than a rodeo arena.

    Rexroat has a degree in animal science and agricultural business from Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., but she has found her true love in the kitchen — baking.

    Baking ...

    ... and baking some more.

    Rexroat made a name for herself in the middle of her senior year by baking 120 dozen cookies for a Valentine’s Day event at Panhandle State.

    “I learned a lot about mass-producing cookies that weekend,” she said.

    After graduation, she got a job at the Effingham Equity plant in Dieterich. But she found that she still had time for baking.

    “People just started asking for stuff and it just kind of escalated from there,” she said.

    Rexroat sells “Love by the Dozen,” she said. That’s the name of her fledgling decorated cookie business. She comes by her love of the kitchen naturally. Paternal grandparents Paul and Marcia Rexroat owned a downtown Effingham restaurant for many years, while maternal grandmother Rosie Hoelscher “baked all the time,” according to her granddaughter.

    Rexroat said she named her business in an effort to draw attention to it.

    “Love by the Dozen is a little catchy phrase that people will remember,” she said.

    Baking is only half the game for Rexroat, however. Once the cookies are out of the oven, the real fun begins.

    “I put my heart and soul into decorating,” she said.

    Rexroat is a big believer in setting the mood for her current project.

    “When I am making a batch of Christmas cookies, I turn on the Christmas music,” she said. “For Valentine’s Day, I might crank up some love songs.”

    Rexroat said time gets away from her sometimes, much to the amusement of her co-workers at Equity, she said.

    “I’ll stay up all hours of the night baking cookies,” she said. “It’s a running joke at work that I’m hung over from baking cookies.”

    Rexroat said she gets many of her decorating ideas from the Internet.

    “But I always put my own spin on it,” she said. “I never do it exactly like they have it on the computer.”

    Rexroat said business began to pick up the week after Thanksgiving and reached a fever pitch in the last two weeks before Christmas.

    Her favorite designs include a melted snowman and reindeer. Her absolute favorite, however, is a snow scene that includes a snowman with trees and sky.

    While Christmas is over, Rexroat is looking forward to the Valentine’s Day baking season.

    “Then I’ll move onto Easter,” she said.

    Rexroat can be reached for orders at 217-663-8075.

1
Text Only
Features
  • Study: Kids gain weight more quickly over summer break

    Any parent or teacher can tell you that schoolchildren tend to slip back a bit academically over the long summer break. But now a Harvard University study has come up with troubling indications that they also gain weight more quickly during those months when, traditionally, we hope they're outdoors much of the time, enjoying the summer sun.

    June 16, 2014

  • 20140614-AMX-RETIRE-GENX14.jpg Lean retirement looms for Generation X

    When their working years end, Gen-Xers might have to live on just half of their pre-retirement income, compared with 60 percent for the Baby Boom generation, Pew said last year.

    June 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140612-AMX-FATHERS-CARDS123.jpg Father's Day cards make subjects the targets of jokes

    There's a good chance if you receive — or give — a Father's Day card this weekend, Dad will be portrayed as a flatulent, beer-obsessed, tool-challenged buffoon who would rather hog the remote, go fishing or play golf than be with the kids.

    June 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • Texting while driving is latest teen risk as smoking declines

    While smoking among American teens has fallen to a 22-year low, most adolescents admit to engaging in a new type of risky behavior: texting while driving.

    June 15, 2014

  • $15 minimum wage puts Seattle in uncharted waters

    Depending on which pundit is nattering away, this means Seattle is either going to fall off the map and become a "Mad Max"-style economic wasteland or transform into an egalitarian utopia that inspires sweeping pro-labor activism nationwide.

    June 7, 2014

  • 2010-Winter-Olympic-Games-001.jpg Nobody wants to host the Winter Olympics

    If we end up watching slopestyle from the Central Asia steppes in 2022, it will likely be because it's becoming clear that nobody in Europe wants to host these Olympics anymore. Publics may finally be getting wise to the fact that the long-term economic benefits of hosting mega-events like the Olympics or the World Cup are usually negligible at best.

    May 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • airplanes-work-1.jpg Airfare honesty? It may be an oxymoron

    The issue of fare advertising has taken on a renewed sense of urgency now that Congress is considering removing the Transportation Department's full-fare advertising rule, which requires airlines and ticket sellers to display a price that you can actually book.

    May 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Study: Both men and women feel less stress at work than at home

    In a newly released study in the Journal of Science and Medicine, researchers carefully examined the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, of a variety of workers throughout the day. The data clearly showed that both men and women are significantly less stressed out at work than they are at home.
     And the women they studied said they were happier at work. While the men said they felt happier at home.

    May 27, 2014

  • Five myths about caffeine

    But how much do you know about the drug - and yes, it is a drug - you're consuming? Before downing one more gulp of your favorite stimulant, let go of some persistent, caffeinated myths.

    May 27, 2014

  • Making the most of longer school days

    Research shows that extra time doesn't help unless it is well used. With that in mind, the Boston-based National Center on Time and Learning has just released recommendations on the best way to construct a longer school day.

    May 26, 2014

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.