Lived in a small Ohio town most of my life. Raised 3 kids there. We had a garden that we kept so that we could have natural food that we canned. I was very active with my kids school and their sports/cheerleading. We decided to move to Florida in July 2005. It is hard to grow a garden here with the sandy soil, but we do still have fresh vegetables/fruits that I buy at the store. Still, not the same satisfaction as growing the food yourself. My husband and I are both Realtors in Florida.
My favorite things to cook
Easy recipes that use everyday items that I have in my pantry or fridge. Of course, I love to bake. But I truly love to cook for alot of people and let them enjoy it. That is the BEST satisfaction.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Build Your Own Pizza Party! I will gather (and pre-cook if necessary) EVERYTHING possible that you can put onto a pizza. The entire family then must mix, by hand, their own pizza crust. Then they have to 'build' their own pizza. Everyone has their own baking stone to use, therefore, they make their pizza as they want. Of course, anything that is left over at the end is piled onto a single pizza for another person to eat.
My cooking triumphs
Letting my husband, and son, cook. You never know what concoction they will end up with. To date, none have been bad!!!!! They seem to have a contest between them.
My cooking tragedies
You don't even want to know. It was absolutely disgusting.