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A Glimpse of Me

Jul. 28, 2010 3:52 pm 
Updated: May 9, 2011 6:14 pm
Before I get into the subject of this blog I’ve got to ask, have you ever typed a long document, whether it's a blog, a letter, or just an electronic journal entry, only to hit the wrong button and *POOF* the whole thing is gone?  That happened to me a couple hours ago with this blog.  I hit… MORE
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Jul. 25, 2010 8:40 am 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2010 5:08 am
Hi there!  If you're returning, thanks again for stopping by!  If you're reading my blogs for the first time, welcome! I do need to warn you, readers, that I am going to be a little bit graphic about certain body functions today.  If that bothers you, I will not be offended in the least if… MORE
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Jul. 22, 2010 9:01 am 
Updated: Feb. 8, 2012 9:07 am
Welcome back!  If you haven't read my first blog about this subject, please feel free to go back and take a look!  It's called "Trying The Cabbage Soup Diet" (click on the title to go to that blog). It's Day 4 and I'm still going strong!  I was a little worried about how I was… MORE
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Jul. 20, 2010 10:15 am 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2010 10:25 pm
As always, thanks for stopping by to read my blog! I wish I didn't feel like I have to do this, but before I begin, I need to say this:   I am not a nutritionist, doctor, diet expert, fitness guru, etc.  I am doing this for ME, with the approval of my doctor.  If anyone else decides to… MORE
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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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