I've been married since February 22, 2003. I'm a proud momma of 8, though I lost my first pregnancy, twins, at 13 weeks in the late spring of 2003 and yet another set of twins January 2013. William came along (2004), Anja next (2006), then Emily (2007), and our surprise...Lucia 13 months later (2008). All are such incredible blessings including my husband and our extended families.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a currently a big fan the slow cooker! I am so busy with my kids it is nice to throw stuff in a pot and have it ready when hubby gets home from work.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is an amazing cook and has always set an astonishing and amazing example. She is half German, half Latvian...however, the German shines through often. We are lovers of wurst (German sausages), sauerkraut, potatoes, and spatzle--oh and BACON ROLLS. However, my mom has things that are signature to her too...for instance sweet bread dough rolled up and baked with toasted hazelnuts and chocolate/hazelnut spread. She's been known to make some variations on this bread including cinnamon/sugar/pecan, and raspberry preserve filling. But she cooks everything...and I don't know 1/100 of what she knows about cooking! But I am so incredibly blessed to be able to pick up the phone and ask her any questions, any time. She is a HUGE inspiration to me. I am also blessed with 7 ladies on my husband's side to advise and influence me as well (hubby's mom, 5 sisters, and one sister-in-law).
My cooking triumphs
Let's see...I think my biggest triumph ever was a four layer triple chocolate cake I made for my own 9th birthday (yes...NINE years old). I've had many triumphs over the years though.
My cooking tragedies
I fail at so many recipes....largely due to me wanting to substitute ingredients I feel would taste better. It's all trial and error but the key is never trying a "trial" on company or for parties.