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Stock up before a favorite shop closes

(Joyce Trepus welcomes your questions at 503-292-2741.)

Birth, change and death are three inevitable things in each life. But, as my youngest son used to say, 'I'll do it but I don't have to like it.'

One of the dearest ladies in my life is Irma List. I have known her not nearly long enough and now her family bakery (Evelyn's) will close forever on Jan. 26. She and her husband Lee gave me a job baking from my home for them years ago and they helped me get my kitchen licensed so I could do it. What fun I had.

Eventually, Lee did all of the baking, as he loves it so and is very consistent and good at it. The owners of the property have sold it, the new owners will have the adorable yellow gingerbread building and the car wash demolished in spring. Evelyn's will be open three weeks in January so everyone can stock their freezers to reduce the withdrawal symptoms.

We have cleaned and defrosted our porch freezer and have begun stocking it with pies (baked and unbaked), and fluffy dinner rolls, plus oatmeal cookies and lemon tea loaves. So many items freeze well, and Irma and her staff will be happy to give you all of the best tips for doing so. The frozen, unbaked pies come with easy-to-bake instructions, but call ahead to place orders as they have a limited supply of fruit and berries. A five day or more notice will be appreciated.

Irma plans to offer containers of unbaked frozen cookie dough with instructions to keep your kitchen smelling wonderful.

You may also want to say thank you for all of the goodies you have enjoyed and give them good wishes and hugs.

They will be open Jan. 8-12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the same hours the weeks of Jan. 15 and 22. Call 503-626-3209 to place special orders and ensure getting all of your favorites. Be sure to give them your e-mail or mailing address to stay informed on the progress of their online business, which will be set up after closing the current retail store.

Frozen cookie dough flavors include chocolate chip (contains hazelnuts), oatmeal raisin, oatmeal, monster peanut butter and white chocolate. Frozen pie flavors include marionberry, raspberry, blueberry, peach, apple, cherry, strawberry/rhubarb, raspberry/rhubarb and rhubarb. Most pies are also available sugar-free.

Irma, Evelyn, Lee, family and staff have asked me to extend their thanks and gratitude for all of the years of being their friends and customers.

To make lemon icing similar to the one they make, sift confectioner's sugar and stir in freshly squeezed lemon juice to create the right consistency. You may add a little yellow food coloring for authenticity. A good orange icing or lemon/orange can be created the same way.