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The Ramblings Of A Fledgling Cook

And so it has begun.... 
 
Dec. 7, 2010 7:27 pm 
Updated: Dec. 9, 2010 9:53 am
Well, it was finally decided. Sitting here at 10 pm, freezing, husband snoring to my left and children tucked away for the night. I finally decided to take a step & start my own blog. Heck, I've been lurking here for a little over two years now - never daring to take it any further. Constantly reading what others' exciting lives and cooking adventures entailed, while standing back and not showing myself.

So tonight, of all nights, I finally decided it was time to put my mark here as well. Granted it won't be one of those earth shattering marks that I've seen posted here throughout time. I've cried, I've laughed, I've even got a little red faced from reading some of the blogs here. Don't expect to do that with this post - it will take me years to get that kind of thing going. If you make it through this without throwing a shoe at me - that will make my night.

So hello AR world. Some of you may have seen me post here or there but for the majority of you, you have no idea who I am. And that's OK. Hopefully over time I can make this a regular occurance and can try to obtain some pals of my own that don't mind my constant ramblings.

By nature - I'm a pretty plain Jane. I'm a twenty three year old stay at home mom to two wonderful sons, aged 4 and 1. They are the light of my life and have made me who I am today.  I'm from the great state of South Carolina (born, raised and never got away from here.) A mere 5 1/2 years ago, I was on the fast track. Living at home, about to graduate high school with honors, ready to start college that following fall for Computer Programming & dating a guy I'd known for awhile now. Cooking, of all things, was not a concern. Fast food (which is where I also worked) was about all I cared about. I was going through the phase of never staying home so home made meals pretty much ceased for me at that age (those from my mom anyways.)

During the next year, I made a few choices that caused my life to veer a little from how I'd planned it - long story short I was living on my own with my boyfriend by the end of that year (granted I did graduate with honors despite slacking a bit and was going to college for C.P. so things were still doing pretty good by my standards.) I realized then that fast food was no longer an option for daily meals - where did all my money go? Oh thats right, no parents to pay the bills anymore. So I started cooking. And I fell in love. Before 17, I'd never cooked anything besides whatever would fit in the microwave. My mom was very set in her ways and I was not allowed in the kitchen. I grew up on a farm, on a hunting club, so it was a very interesting home to say the least. We had very few varieties of food so I never was interested in cooking the same old thing every week. Guess that's why cooking never called to me until I was on my own.

Anyways, a few months into college I found out there was a baby on the way. Complications with him caused me to have to take a break from school. Another long story short - I never returned. Instead I took the path of stay at home mom and honing on my cooking skills (or lack of.) And here I am today - roughly the same situation, minus a few bills and plus a few life lessons learned. I stay at home with the boys and I'm still cooking all the time. I realized it was my real passion and that if I ever returned to school - it would definitely not be for computers. But for now, I'm doing all my learning on my own. 

We finally own our own home (a single wide trailer that we paid off two months ago) and are about to re-locate it to our own acre of land my father-in-law gave to us (maybe it was for putting up with one another for so long!) Its more in the woods than my childhood home was so I'll be ever further from civilization. Which will give me lots of time for more family, cooking & AR :)  My oldest has already taken a liking to the kitchen so that gives me hope of being able to pass on my passion to him (and hopefully his brother a little later on.)

You're still here? Well, I am amazed. I think I will end this now as the original idea I had to write here went out the window once I started babbling. You now have a little insight into my life. Hopefully my next post will be more interesting (and discuss one of my many "cooking adventures.") I look forward to chatting with some of yall later on and hopefully my age and lack of experience doesn't scare anyone away!

Until then - safe cooking, enjoyable eating & happy reading!
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Dec. 7, 2010 7:54 pm
Hey Faith. My shoes are already off, so no shoes being thrown at you tonight! Welcome, have fun, and hug your kids a lot. Was in South Carolina at Thanksgiving. Beautiful country. Take care!
 
Dec. 7, 2010 8:02 pm
Thanks so much for the kind words Magnolia :) The kids will never lack in hugs or kisses - thats for sure. And I love it here in SC. Although we're in one of the lesser known areas - it has its own unique charm that I just can't leave. Not anytime soon anyways. Hope you have a wonderful night and week ahead!
 
Dec. 7, 2010 8:09 pm
Happy Christmas to you Faith:) Your 1st blog was soo wonderful! You explained about your life and how you got here, you did great! I wish I was as put together as you are and I'm 45. LOL. All the men on my Mothers side of the family, cook better then their wives, so why not your DS? He could be the next Alton Brown! I love that nerdy cook:)Congrats on the new property. Nice In-laws you have. I wish you well on your future blogs. Take care and I hope to talk to you soon too!
 
Anissa 
Dec. 7, 2010 8:15 pm
Welcome Faith! I think you will find youself in a wonderful community here. It doesn't matter if you know how to cook, or not, how old you are, or where you are from. I found myself the same as you at age 20 out on my own, loving to cook, but never really appreciating the love of cooking, if that makes any sense. After my Mom passed away last year, I found that I didn't have anyone to talk to about cooking anymore, then I found this wonderful site. Keep babbling, keep cooking, and keep being the lovely person that you are. I know I will listen..
 
Dec. 7, 2010 8:23 pm
Thank you both so much :) I definitely hope my sons become cooks later on (professionally or otherwise.) Nothing wrong with a male cooking at all (and Alton is one of my top favorites!) I'm quite a nerd myself so a son of mine being one would be a pleasure to have :) And its great to know age/experience isn't judged here. With knowing how some other websites have taken my presence, its always something I throw out there early on I guess (too defensive I know.) Just habit I guess. Anissa, I'm sorry to hear about your mom. Its great you found a community you can come to and discuss whatever you need to with open arms. My husband goes crazy when I discuss food with him most of the time so its nice to know I too will have somewhere to come to! As for the property, I am thrilled. Its impossible for him to sell it because of the location and he really wanted someone to make something out of it. We've never asked for help from our parents before now so this was, as he put it, a present for the past few years combined. It definitely makes up for it all plus years to come! Anyways, bed time. 5:30a comes too early (and even earlier for my poor son who goes to school then.) But as my dad says, "I remember in my day we were up at 4am in the garden before walking 4 miles in the rain to catch the bus...." Yeah - not going there :) Good night and thank yall for making this a little easier!
 
Dec. 7, 2010 8:36 pm
Hi, Faith! Nice to meet you! Good luck to you and your family. Hope to see you around on the Buzz.
 
Dec. 7, 2010 8:44 pm
Welcome Faith! BTW, I love your name. You sound like a wonderful Mama and good wife. Thanks for the introduction and sharing. Keep lovin' on them kiddos. They're little for such a short period of time!
 
Dec. 8, 2010 4:43 am
Faith, first off just want to say Welcome! I really loved reading your story, and look forward to hearing more from you. You have such a beautiful family, and you should be very proud of that! :) It was very nice to 'meet' you, and hope to see you around more often. :)
 
Naan 
Dec. 8, 2010 7:14 am
Hi Faith! I really enjoyed reading your blog while eating breakfast this morning. Yes, sometimes life veers 'off track' but I'm willing to bet you wouldn't trade your life today for anything. I look forward to more from you! By the way, my husband is from the South and loves South Carolina; he would like us to move there someday.
 
Dec. 8, 2010 8:13 am
Thanks so much Marianne :) Candice, thank you! I try to be a good one and always will. And I definitely cherish all my time with them. I've seen too many of my past friends throw away their kids' childhoods to party and this and that. I'd never dream of doing that. Christina, I am very proud of them all :) I hope to see you around as well! Nancy, you couldn't be more right. I wouldn't trade my life for anything in the world. I got my boys and I realized I hated that field of study - so it worked out great for me in the long run! The South definitely has its pros and cons - good luck to yall if you ever do decide to move!
 
Dec. 8, 2010 8:54 am
Welcome, Faith! Love your first blog - you write very well! Good luck to you and keep writing! Looking forward to more!
 
Dec. 8, 2010 9:38 am
Welcome Faith, I like you have not written a blog yet but do enjoy reading and chiming in on all the hot topics. You first blog was was a great read from top to bottom. I'm a mom of three( 12, 3 1/2 and 1 1/2) too. It seems the only way to get some me time is when they are asleep! Nice to meet ya and hope to see you around.
 
Dec. 8, 2010 10:44 am
Welcome Faith. Thanks for a good read. I really enjoyed getting to know a little bit about your life. Keep on blogging - you will do well at it.
 
Dec. 8, 2010 10:54 am
Thanks so much Christine. I always enjoyed writing in school and when I kept a journal - it got to be over 2,000 pages (yes, I write entirely too much.) But I've been out of practice for a few years now and hopefully this will get me back into it :) Dragonfly, aww, you should go for it! I bet you have lots of interesting stories to tell - especially with 3 kids (and I see two are girls and they are adorable!) You are so right, the only time I can think and sit down to enjoy some quiet time is when they are knocked out for a nap or night time. Baking Nana, I sure hope to continue. I have so many ideas of what I want to write about but most of it is actually questions for others. I'm a very nosy person by nature, lol. I'm currently reading through your blog now (I am SO jealous you got to meet Ina!) So many interesting people here - I love it.
 
Dec. 8, 2010 11:41 am
Hey Faith: I'm glad to see you getting your feet wet in the blogging world. No, my friend, your blog was neither bland nor boring and I can't wait to read more. Great first one!!
 
Dec. 8, 2010 1:58 pm
Howdy Faith! Your first blog was a great read. You know,I heard on the news a couple days ago that Aiden is the most popular boy name for 2010...you trendsetter, you! Keep writing and I just know you will find a following here. See you around!
 
Dec. 8, 2010 3:04 pm
WW - coming from you that a huge compliment - thanks so much! I really hope to get more into it soon. Just gotta think of stuff to catch some attention and opinions ;) 1gdcowgrl - thank you too. As for the name, it was also one of the most popular in 2006 when I named my son! I thought I was being Mrs. Unique but when I heard that I wanted to throw something, lol. I know know about 10 Aiden/Aidans but its ok - mine is the oldest :D
 
Rae 
Dec. 9, 2010 6:50 am
Hi Faith :) Read your cookbook blog so thought I'd wander over here and read the first one :) I enjoyed your blog very much, you have a beautiful family. Oh and I'm not big on shoes, and love my slippers to much to throw, so if I ever throw anything it would be coffee ;)
 
Dec. 9, 2010 9:53 am
rofl, thank you Rae! Please throw the slippers - I'm in desperate need of a new pair (currently wearing the DH's which are about 5 sizes too big.) And not the coffee! *knows to run from you if you're ever in a bad mood* :D
 
 
 
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Faith N

Home Town
Smoaks, South Carolina, USA
Living In
Walterboro, South Carolina, USA

Member Since
Nov. 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
Hello! I'm Faith, a 27 year old work from home mom to two sons (8 & 5.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for 10 years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
My favorite things to cook
Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "up" category. I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients, I am willing to try anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
My cooking triumphs
Barbecue pulled pork, venison meatloaf & homemade butter biscuits.
My cooking tragedies
I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or grilled cheese sandwiches. It had too much basil, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
 
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