I'm a stay-at-home mom to three kids, ages 8, 6, and 3. I grew up with a mom who was a great cook and who loved hosting gatherings and entertaining. Since getting married and having children of my own, I've come to love cooking and baking. I enjoy trying new recipes and preparing meals (especially desserts) for our guests.
My favorite things to cook
I love, love, love to bake. I especially enjoy creating a beautiful presentation with desserts, whether it's the chocolate curls atop a birthday cake, homemade lemon ice served in hollowed-out lemon rinds, or a simple dusting of confectioner's sugar over a pound cake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My girls love to cook with me. We all have matching polka-dotted aprons with our initials on the pockets! Whenever I'm cooking, my five year old daughter runs to the pantry, pulls out her stepstool, and joins me at the kitchen island in her apron!
My cooking triumphs
Anytime my family or friends enjoy something I've created, I consider it a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
Hmm...there was that blueberry pie several years ago that was thick and glue-y...and there were the rolls I made for Christmas Eve dinner that didn't rise...and the charred bacon-wrapped appetizers at the New Year's Eve party... : ) But that's all part of the fun of trying new things and learning as you go.