I'm a happy mommy of 3 - 2 girls and 1 boy. As of right now, I am a SAHM and I'm planning on resuming my college education this summer (2014). I love to cook and bake and I love to craft - pretty much, I like to make things, anything! My oldest child, who will be 5 in May 2014, is just like me; she loves to make whatever she can and enjoys helping me in the kitchen. I do have my own "small business" which is called Head to Toe Creations, although I don't sell very much at all and it's more for my own personal pleasure. My kids are my life. Like I said, my oldest is about to turn 5, my second baby girl will be 2 in November, and I just had my baby boy this past January, 2014. I thought I would only have 1 love of my life but boy was I wrong! I have 4 loves of my life - the kids and my husband! I don't know what I'd do without any of them!! ?????
My favorite things to cook
I'll cook just about anything! A couple of my specialties are my chicken parmesan, chicken fried rice, a delicious chicken and angel hair pasta "Italian" meal, chicken fettuccini Alfredo, and my daughter loves my mac & cheese (it's boxed Velveeta shells and cheese lol). She also likes my tacos, which are also just simple, store-bought taco dinner kits. I do prefer to make most things homemade, as much as I can from scratch. My mom is a great cook. I learned a lot from her. She is mad though because some of her recipes that she taught me are excellent, but I perfected them! Usually, whatever I make of "hers" is so much better...and even she agrees! I got my cooking skills from my mom and from working as a cook at a large casual dining chain restaurant, and everything else I do, I taught myself. I can make super simple or super complicated. Cooking and being in a kitchen comes natural to me. I'm always up for a challenge and am always willing and eager to cook new, exciting things!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The things my mom taught me! Her "secret" recipes, procedures, her surprise ingredients. Until she taught me, her stuffing, chicken and turkey noodle soups, and meatballs were the best (then again, don't most people think THEIR mom's stuff is the best?!)! I still have a lot of recipes to learn from her though!!
My cooking triumphs
My mother's recipes that were always good but I made 10 times better!! And my New York style cheesecake is simply amazing!! I get RAVE reviews and compliments from everyone who has ever tried it when I make it! I've had many, MANY requests for the recipe but it is o e thing that I absolutely will NOT give to anyone, not even my mom! I was always told that cheesecakes are hard to make. But from my very first one, I've always been perfect at making them!! My cheesecake is probably my biggest cooking triumph!! (Now after writing all that, I want to make one! Unfortunately [and fortunately at the same time], I have almost no ingredients for it right now!)
My cooking tragedies
It took me YEARS to learn how to make pancakes!! For the longest time, the first ones that I cooked came out fine but after the first round, I constantly undercooked or burnt them. All the batter wound up going down the drain! I would always make it too thin or too thick - I could never get it to come out just right! It also took me a long time to figure out how cook grilled cheese perfectly. It would always come out burnt with the cheese barely beginning to melt! I could make the most complicated recipes but couldn't make simple things like those!!