I'm married to a wonderful man and we have 10 children ... two gorgeous granddaughters and a very handsome grandson. We have two weddings coming up in 2011, one in May and one in July ... so hopefully we'll have more grandbabies to spoil (we're good at that)
Most of the children are in northern California, specifically the East Bay Area but our oldest daughter, her hubby and our grandson live nearby in the Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest.
I am in my early 60's and hands down, this is the most wonderful age to be and I'm the happiest I've ever been. Sharing my life with the LOVE of my life, retired and lots of family... Life just can't get much better than that!
My favorite things to cook
I love chicken and fish dishes, my husband prefers vegetarian so I'm getting better with that. We entertain quite a bit so I'm good with appetizers and desserts and love to throw parties (I'm an old event planner).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving: Our oldest daughter's birthday sometimes lands on this day and she loves my rum cake for her "birthday" cake. Christmas: COOKIES!!!! Easter: As with all holidays and special occasions, gather as many people and children as possible and have everyone bring something ... from flowers to wine and from extra chairs to cake. It's a family affair at our home!
My cooking triumphs
A 4-tiered wedding cake, my first go at it and it was a smash hit; making hors d'oeuvres, main meal and desserts for 40 guests a few years ago - I was exhausted but it was a fabulous success; decorated Christmas cookies delivered to a couple of board and care facilities ... made the people there very happy.
My cooking tragedies
Only 1000 characters are allowed in this space for SO MUCH STUFF! Where to begin? Burned appetizers at a dinner party (no one's returned from THAT one!); cooking the giblet sack inside the turkey one Christmas and getting the biggest laugh from the family when I pulled it out at the table! ... ugh, so many more ... but I keep on trying and my successes far outweigh my disappointments.