Lived my entire life in Oklahoma, except for a few months in Kansas. When I was a child still at home, my Mom worked as a nurses aide at the local hospital. I would call her and ask if I could bake a cake and she always said yes. That started my love of cooking! Although baking is still my first love, I love to cook - PERIOD. I have 2 grandchildren and 13 "incorporated" grandchildren besides! In the spring and summer, you won't find me indoors much because my second love is gardening (vegetable and flower). I've been married to my soul mate for almost 11 years now and together we love to fish - just don't find time to do much of it! I also am learning to make quilt tops and I enjoy counted cross stitch. I know how to crochet, but haven't done it in years! I love my home and is my favorite place in the whole world to be.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake desserts - anything from cheesecakes to the simplest cake. I also love to make bread - not in a bread machine - the "get your hands messy in a glob of dough" type bread. I make potato rolls and sell them during the holidays. I like trying new dishes, but don't go in for fancy things - just good down home cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My daughter and I get together yearly and make all kinds of candy at Christmas time. We also make bierox in the winter and this year we would like to try our hand at tamales. We love spending time together and cooking is a special bond between us.
My cooking tragedies
I remember when I first started learning to cook. My Dad came home from work one night and I had made supper for him. Can't exactly remember the main course, but a couple of the side dishes was mashed potatoes and gravy. Potatoes were good, but the gravy - ooooo my - was literally so thick you could cut it. Forget about spooning it on ANYTHING. My Dad sat there and ate 3 helpings of that "gravy" and told me how wonderful it was. Bless his heart. That alone probably gave him high cholesterol! But, I'm glad to report that I can make awesome gravy now!