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May 21, 2012 1:03 pm 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 5:04 am
When I first got the news that I was to be an Allrecipes Ambassador, I was so unbelievably excited. I thought to myself that this was going to be an opportunity to get to know people, share experiences, and just have a really fun time. And it has been. I'm so grateful for this opportunity… MORE
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Feb. 29, 2012 1:41 pm 
Updated: Mar. 1, 2012 6:39 am
So here it is - the result of my FiberOne AR Ambassador challenge - create a recipe using FiberOne cereal. I came in just half a hair's width under the wire, but I did it despite this month being nothing less than chaotic. And to top it all off, I have now lost my voice due to possibly the… MORE
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Feb. 22, 2012 7:32 am 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2012 3:33 pm
I'm sure I'm not the only one who suffers from "Teeny Tiny Kitchen" syndrome - you know, the one where you can't turn around without running into yourself? Dear zeebee asked recently about using canning jars to store non-canned items and it brought to mind how I wanted to use pint size mason… MORE
Feb. 18, 2012 10:09 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2012 3:37 pm
To say I was happy when this recipe for Homemade Cream-Filled Sponge Cakes was published recently would be an understatement (it's my take on Twinkies® and Raspberry Zingers®). It's the second of two recipes so far (Caroline's Firecrackers being the first, also a proud moment) and hopefully… MORE
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Jan. 24, 2012 8:24 pm 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2012 4:58 am
So here I am - my first round of blogging on AR, sharing all of my wisdom and smartiness. Don't get nervous, its short. Recently on the Buzz a few people had requested favorite wing recipes, with Superbowl XLVI fast approaching and all. If everyone's household is as typical as mine, then wings… MORE
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About Me
I'm currently a SAHM and loving it. I have four children from college age to preschool, and have been a professional cake decorator for years and when it all comes right down to it, cake is my life. :) I love to cook and bake for my family and especially love doing large meals for holidays. I also blog outside of AR - if you'd like to stop in and visit!
My favorite things to cook
I love finding the unusual recipes and trying them out. My grandmother's recipes are often my favorites - watermelon pickles, three (really four) bean salad, etc. I like to find very old recipes (and recipe books) and bring the forgotten recipes to life again.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is actually quite large but VERY spread out so our cooking traditions usually center around holiday fare. Good, hearty, home cooked dishes and stick-to-your-ribs casseroles and such. And butter. Lots and lots of butter.
My cooking triumphs
Finally being able to work with yeast! I had never had the knack for it until recently when I was determined to get over this love/hate relationship with yeast - I loved to use it and it hated me for it! But now I feel I have maybe developed the patience for it? I always seemed to be in a hurry before, but now things are working quite nicely.
My cooking tragedies
A beautiful dish made up solely by me at around age 10 - an astonishing grape jell-o and rice dish that was, oh, how shall I say it? "Different." :)
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