~~~The oldest known source and most probable origin for the expression "baker's dozen" dates to the 13th century in one of the earliest English statutes, instituted during the reign of Henry III (r. 1216-1272), called the Assize of Bread and Ale. Bakers who were found to have shortchanged customers could be liable to severe punishment. To guard against the punishment of losing a hand to an axe, a baker would give 13 for the price of 12, to be certain of not being known as a cheat. Specifically, the practice of baking 13 items for an intended dozen was to prevent "short measure", on the basis that one of the 13 could be lost, eaten, burnt, or ruined in some way, leaving the baker with the original dozen. The practice can be seen in the guild codes of the Worshipful Company of Bakers in London. (from Wikipedia)
Meet our lucky thirteenth bloggerette, another sweet niece of mine, Amanda. (Girl, we have to re-name you! Amanda is too much like a real name. Think magpies and picket fences. While you're at it, work on mine, please!)
Shall we re-name our group each time we have a new member?