Jacey relished the taste of her warm, buttered muffin as she sat in Helen’s cozy kitchen. She had never tasted muffins made from scratch. She was afraid between the cookies, bread, and other treats Helen was preparing, she would be waddling by the time she and Blaze left. Pushing down her sudden guilt, Jacey swallowed the last bite and reached for another.
“These are heaven,” Jacey commented between mouthfuls.
“I’m so glad you like them. I invited Kale over to have some, but he said he’s too busy with the farm and all his paper work. He’s got another business trip next week. I’m so sorry you haven’t had a chance to meet him yet,” Helen commented, bending down to place a pan of bread dough into the oven.
“Oh, I met him,” Jacey replied. “He found me exploring the barn.” She tried to keep her tone neutral, but as far as she was concerned, Kale was an arrogant brute. Jacey wasn’t sure what she had expected, but she certainly hadn't been prepared for the way he'd treated her and she was, more than ever, determined not to let another man intimidate her again.
“Well that’s fantastic,” Helen replied cheerfully.
“Can I help with anything?” Jacey asked quickly, hoping to change the subject. “I’m not much of a cook, but if you show me how, I’d love to learn.”
Helen smiled. “Well, if you want to, I suppose I could use the help. Have you ever made bread?” she asked.
Jacey shook her head.
“Well then, I’m going to teach you. Nothing tastes better than home-baked bread.” Helen smiled, turning into the pantry to pull out another sack of flour.
Jacey joined her in the kitchen. “I have to admit, I’ve never baked anything that didn’t originate from a box."“Oh dear,” Helen breathed.........
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