I am a stay-at-home homeschooling wife and mom of three. Having been raised by a single dad who didn't cook, I am a self-taught cook-learning as I go. Experience is the best teacher and now I feel confident trying just sbout anything. I love home-made over store bought and try to feed my growing family a healthy, well-balanced diet with some sweet things thrown in...home-made of course. And I have vowed that all of my children will learn how to cook. My six year old daughter is already quite adept, my 3 year old son loves playing "Mommy's Helper" and the baby, well he likes to eat so I guess that counts for something. Now, the real dilemma is how to teach my husband!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite meal to eat is breakfast so I am always looking for new ways to change things up for breakfast. But my true joy is cooking for my family each evening. I will try just about anything, but I do love the quick and easy meals that I can get on the table in under an hour. And, of course, desserts are my specialty and also my weakness. I also love freezer cooking-has saved me tons of money and energy over the years.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make a traditional Christmas meal for my family each year. I make home-made cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning and a Christmas feast which always includes ham, home-made dumplings, home-made crossiants, and pecan and peanut butter pies among other things. Our extended family comes to us as we have young children at home and I want them to be enthralled with the magic that comes with being at home on Christmas morning. I love being the one to serve our whole family-and it helps that we don't have to travel on Christmas Day.
We eat at the table together every evening-not really a cooking tradition, but a family tradition that revolves around good food and good conversation.
My cooking triumphs
Pretty much anything that I can make up in my head and it eventually find its way successfully to the dinner table.
Hearing my 3 year old say, "I LOVE Momma's cookin'!" (Yes, he really does say it just like that)
My cooking tragedies
Pesto sauce-oh my goodness was it awful!
And a spinach and seafood burrito type of thing-it was so nasty and I was pregnant. I couldn't stand to be near, see or smell seafood for the next 9 months.