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A Glimpse of Me

 
Nov. 5, 2012 12:52 pm 
Updated: Nov. 6, 2012 8:07 am
My daughters and I planned to go trick-or-treating this year for Halloween, so we decided to skip hosting a Halloween party and have our party on-the-go all day long instead! We started the day by gathering in my room to put on our costumes and make-up. I had found some AWESOME facial… MORE
Halloween 2012
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Classic Caramel Corn
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Aug. 27, 2012 1:57 pm 
Updated: Sep. 7, 2012 3:08 pm
A few times recently, I've seen pictures posted on Facebook of a really cool way to serve hot dogs and spaghetti.  "How did they get the spaghetti threaded through the hot dogs like that???"  I set off on a quest to find out just how it was done and, once I discovered how easy it was, I… MORE
Hot Dog Spaghetti
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Hot dog spaghetti - threading
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Hot dog spaghetti - ready for the water!
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May 5, 2012 8:52 am 
Updated: May 21, 2012 5:41 pm
I discovered AllRecipes many years ago, quite by accident.  I was searching through Google for a recipe I wanted to make and the top result was an AllRecipes page.  I started browsing the site and realized just how much it had to offer, so I found myself returning to the site again and again… MORE
mis7up's tattoo
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Wedding cake
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Me and mis7up
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Me and my daughters
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Apr. 29, 2012 5:25 pm 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2012 7:12 pm
I love butter.  REAL butter.  The stuff that you get when you whip cream past the point where it's a great topping for pie or ice cream.  Whip it until it "breaks" and then whip it a little more.  Pretty soon you'll have TWO different things in your bowl; some liquid and a light yellow mass,… MORE
 
 
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Dec. 23, 2011 9:49 am 
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011 12:50 pm
That's a question I got asked many times during the Christmas season by friends at school.  You see, each of the three major holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas), my family has a traditional pastry or dessert. We’re not sure exactly where these traditions started, but my father… MORE
Birds' Nest dough
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Birds' Nest dough rolled and cut
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Gathering the dough
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Sep. 30, 2011 11:06 am 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2011 1:00 pm
For as long as I can remember, my mother has made the absolute best fried potatoes in the world.  She peels russet potatoes, cuts them into 1/2 inch cubes, and fries them up to golden, crispy perfection, seasoning them with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic.  We would have Mama's fried potatoes… MORE
 
 
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Mar. 14, 2011 12:23 pm 
Updated: Aug. 9, 2011 10:00 am
My fiance's home church hosts a yearly St. Patrick's Day dinner, usually held on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day.  The event is a fundraiser for the church's education program and includes dinner, entertainment by a real Irish band and Irish dancers (think Riverdance), beverages,… MORE
 
 
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Sep. 6, 2010 8:47 pm 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2010 10:18 am
After quite a delay, it's finally here!  The results of our latest Gang-Up Challenge!  We had quite an interesting list of ingredients this time, so I was excited about creating a dish with them.  One of the ingredients, mamey fruit, was subject to a recent recall, so it was almost impossible… MORE
Dog Fish Head's Gang-up dish
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Aug. 21, 2010 6:39 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2010 3:32 am
Hi!  If you’re a returning reader, thanks for stopping by again!  If this is your first time to my blog, welcome!!  I hope you enjoy being here and want to come back again sometime :-)   This morning I woke up wondering about something and I realized that there are actually a lot of things… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 6, 2010 10:06 am 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010 7:18 am
Hello friends and thank you once again for stopping by to read my blog.  I hope you will forgive me, but I am stepping away from the subject of food in this entry.  I am doing this because something happened yesterday that just boggles my mind and I am struggling to understand how anyone… MORE
 
 
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Keri

Living In
Antelope Valley, California, USA

Member Since
Jul. 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

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

Hobbies
Reading Books, Music

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About Me
I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
 
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