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Sep. 7, 2009 8:38 am 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2009 9:51 am
Yesterday we had a bunch of friends over for one last summer hurrah. We have such a wonderful backyard for kids. In fact, all 11 kids ages 4-12 played kick the can as did a few of the adults too. What a fun night. Our cookout was blessed with so many wonderful foods! I made venison beans that everyone loves - even those that think they don't like venison, like this recipe. I think I need to post that one here. I also made a cold spaghetti salad and some tomato mozzarella bites. Both of those recipes I got from Allrecipes. Both were a hit. I really enjoy cooking for friends, but really don't like the every day cooking - I can never figure out what to make. I find it stressful sometimes.

During the school year, I also cook once a month for our Church. I am looking forward to trying some new recipes this year. I have a small budget to work with and find it challenging, but fun to find good meals to prepare for 80-100 people.

This is my first post to this blog. I hope you'll join me in my adventures of cooking and share your ideas and thoughts too. I know I'm not the only SAHM who stresses over what to make for dinner each night.
Sep. 7, 2009 10:24 am
hi lulu! it is a challenge to cook something interesting, different, affordable, healthly and cheap. once you do...the folks/ kids will want it all the time. that frustrates me. it's hard to just make same thing too. cooking for your very nice of you. there is a large group of great people on the recipe exchange. click that and ask a question if you have one, it's addictive, always an expert on! nice blog!
Sep. 9, 2009 9:51 am
I agree with you - you need to post the venison recipe! I have a freezer full of venison after a hunter blessed my parents with an entire deer. They gave some to me, and while my usual method is "throw it in the crock-pot with bbq sauce or something similar" I'm looking for something different (I'm pretty sure my husband will be thankful, too. Haha!) And while I like to cook throughout the week, I often find that I'm almost overwhelmed with all of the possibilities that exist (especially on this site.) And I would get cold sweats at the prospects of cooking for 100 people - you, my friend, are a saint! Keep up the great blogs :)
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Laura Cartwright-Diekevers

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy

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About Me
I am a SAHM and wife - although I am not at home much. I try to serve the Lord thru my daily actions, yet every day is a challenge and a gift.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking quick and easy meals that are healthy. The trick is getting my kids to try them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love Thanksgiving and Christmas cooking with my mom. We are of Polish heritage and at Christmas time I look forward to making kruschiki with my mom and kids. I always overdo it with the powdered sugar - but it's better that way :) I love the whole tradition of Thanksgiving and dearly miss having my dad carve the turkey.
My cooking triumphs
Every cooking experience is a triumph when at least one person really likes it.
My cooking tragedies
too many to count.
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