I have been married for 42 year to my collge sweetheart.We have raised 4 beautiful daughters who have given us the joy of being nana and papaw to 8 grandchildren ranging in age from 25 years to 1 month and 2 greatgrand sons,4 and 3.My greatest joy is my family and getting together with all of them and cooking up a storm with my 4 girls.2 girls live in Lubbock and 2 live in Amarillo,only 2 hours away,so getting together is easy and often.still work full-time so like to use slow-cookers and quick meals.I collect cookbooks and have a large selection.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. My family prefers pies and cobblers,but I have a few cake recipes that they ask for. Our favorite cobblers are peach and blackberries,probably because we have peach trees and blackberry bushes.I also like to southern favorites like fried chicken,greens,blackeyed peas, and biscuits, I also like to bake yeast rolls.I try my hand at stir-fry meals and Italian foods.My husband loves to try new foods,so I can try different things.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I did not grow up with cooking traditions,so making them for my girls was important for me,Our Thanksgving meal is and has to be the same foods each year. We have turkey,ham, cornbread dressing(my mother-in-laws recipe),squash casserole, green bean casserole,sweet-potato casserole,fruit salad, home-made rolls and all the deserts(pecan pie,chess pie,blackberry or cherry banana cream pie,pumpkin roll).Of course we eat on the left-overs foe several days but that is part of the tradition.
Easter, Christmas,and New Year day also has special foods just not as much.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest cooking triumphs was
Thankgiving Day 1970. My husband was stationed in Augusta,Georgia.Since we lived off base, my husband wanted me to cook dinner at home for seversl of his friends on base.Next thing I know guys were paying my husband for the chance to eat a home cook meal. I ended up cooking for twenty soldiers, I had to write my mother-in-law for a cornbread dressing recipe. We had ham and turkey, dressing,mashed potatoes, green beans,desert and a lot of fun.The guys enjoyed getting off-base, playing with our year old daugther, and eating a home cooked meal, I was worried because of the different parts of the country that the guys were from but all of them enjoyed the food.After all this time,I still don't know how I HAD THE GUTS TO COOK FOR THAT MANY PEOPLE.
My cooking tragedies
My only failure is a cake I cooked right after we had moved from Oregon back to Texas. Someone helping us pack put my canning salt in my sugar canister. I made my husband a cake the first night we were in our new house, you guessed it,it had a cup of salt instead of a cup of sugar. Not good at all.