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Joyce Westlake

Joyce Westlake
Home Town: Santa Ana, California, USA
Living In: Indio, California, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Camping, Walking, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a busy Grandma of 5 grandchildren. We were totally surprised last year with a set of twins in Feb., their Brother in Dec. and their cousin in Feb. yes, 4 grandchildren in 1 year. I have had a daycare home for 30 years so I think I'm pretty qualified to handle 4 kids of my own.
My favorite things to cook
Obviously I love to cook for kids. I've tried different recipes from here and don't know what I'd do without all of you wonderful cooks and reviews. My daycare kids give me Thumbs up or down on new recipes and we DO write reviews.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking Apple Pies like my Grandfather did. Grandma made Beautiful Christmas cookies.
My cooking triumphs
Baking has always been a passion, I love making cookies, pies and cakes. I've always gotten wonderful compliments. I love,love,love my crockpots and use them at least 4 times a week. I did try my hand at a Chili cookoff and won 1st place last year.
My cooking tragedies
When I was a new Bride, I had a hard time fixing artichokes. I always burned them. I gave up until I learned to make them in the microwave and I still make them that way 34 1/2 years later.
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
Spaghetti Salad III
I doubled the recipe using the same ingredient s and adding turkey pepperoni, feta cheese, olives and of course salad supreme. Looking forward to trying it tomorrow at our "Father's day" annual BBQ potluck at church. Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 7, 2014
Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie
Oh my Goodness!!! I made this on a chance to make it for Thanksgiving and served it to some friends who were visiting from out of town. Everyone raved, even my picky mil who is very traditional about Thanksgiving dinner. I followed "ohiodeb" review to a "T" and was very thankful I did. We will be having this pie for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing your recipe Deanna.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 25, 2013
Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter Crackers
We make these for Christmas as part of our cookie repertoire, I also learned you can use marshmallow cream instead of peanut butter for a nice "smore" cookie.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 2, 2013
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