I'm married to a one of a kind, terrific guy and I live in one of the most beautiful areas on earth! I love to crochet, hiking, swimming, reading, sewing and road trips. In addition to my husband, I have two wonderful grown stepsons, a dog and I'm my own boss.
My favorite things to cook
My husband is 6 foot 2, muscular and in great shape but unfortunately type II diabetes runs in his family and he was diagnosed with it about 6 years ago so I base our eating habits on what he can eat and still keep his blood sugar under good control. There's TONS of great recipes that can be made diabetic friendly. It's a great way to eat even if you don't have diabetes. I concentrate on recipes with complex carbs/high fiber, a good glycemic index rating and little or no refined sugars. I've learned to appreciate "whole", nonprocessed foods a lot more than before. They payoff is more energy and feeling great.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother made the best bread I've ever had. I don't bake that much using yeast so lately that's where my attention has been.
I grew up in a rural area and we always had a garden. I thank God for that because it instilled in me an appreciation for the great taste of fruits, vegetable and whole grains. I haven't always eaten healthy things but more and more since I got married, we are making better food choices. You can eat well and it really can taste GOOD.
My cooking triumphs
I was able to get my husband's type II diabetes in control very quickly and keep it there for over 5 years now. I have been asked to speak to diabetic support groups about what has worked for my husband.
My cooking tragedies
It's been awhile since I had a tragedy but I admit that sometimes during the holidays my stuffing doesn't always turn out the way I'd like. Maybe cook more and talk less or something until I have it made.
Also, once during the holidays I was having to put overtime in at my old job and to save time, decided to take a "shortcut" and make quick breads using a mix and just "doctor" it up. YUCK! The banana bread had no flavor and a saw-dusty texture. So embarrassing!