Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Polk State Grads!  They have worked so hard to get to this point, and we wish them much success in the future.  They will be celebrating with a virtual ceremony this year, which is not what they imagined when they were freshmen, I’m sure.  Grads, have fun and enjoy the accolades because you’ve earned it!  Job well done; you make Polk County proud, we are better because of you.

For as long as I can remember, I have been baking.  At this time of year, I bake even more. This month’s issue is all about baking with recipes and pro-tips from local bakers included!  Every year at this time, I love to make 6 or 7 types of cookies and create gift boxes to give out. When I lived in Michigan, I had so many requests for them that I started to sell them.  That grew, and before I knew it, I was baking for bar mitzvahs, businesses and I even made a wedding cake.  (once, never again) In this issue, I share my family’s favorite carrot cake recipe that I’ve been baking for 20 years.  But I’m just an amateur. We needed to talk with the experts about baking.  We reached out to local bakers and asked for their “Pro-Tips” and a favorite recipe to share with you.  This month’s issue is packed with recipes you can make now and serve at the holidays or all year round.  Thank you to every baker that took the time to share the love with us!  

Have fun baking, and remember to tag your IG or FB posts with #kindachill.   You just might find your post printed in the January issue. Visit us at havenmagazines.com to read past stories and see what our LKLD magazine is up to.   

Have a very happy 2021 from all of us at Haven!  


Amy Sexson


Haven/LKLD Magazines


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