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Many thanks to "a friend"!! 
May 28, 2009 6:36 am 
Updated: Jun. 6, 2009 8:36 am
I was away from home most of the day yesterday, so it was late evening when I was finally able to check my e-mail.  Most of the time I skim over the e-mails from AllRecipes and save them for when I have enough time to browse the recipes within.  However, one e-mail from AR caught my eye.  The subject line said "You've Been Given A Gift!"   I thought, 'WOW!  A gift from AR?  Must be something good!'  I never expected the awesome gift I found inside that e-mail.  I opened it and discovered that someone had given me a gift of a supporting membership here at AR!!!  The person who gave the gift simply signed it "a friend", so I don't know who they are.  I am certain they will look in on me from time to time,though, so I'm using my very first blog entry to tell that amazingly generous person THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!  Your generosity brought tears to my eyes.  This is truly an awesome place to hang out and make friends.  I'm looking forward to exploring all the special features of my gift and I promise to use it to the fullest extent possible :-)
May 28, 2009 7:53 am
what a sweet thing to do! welcome to bake-&-blog-it land! = )
May 28, 2009 8:32 am
That is special! Congrats and have fun!
May 28, 2009 9:02 am
It's a beautiful thing. Congratulations!
May 28, 2009 9:13 am
Congratulations!! What a very special "friend"!!
May 28, 2009 9:39 am
CONGRATS, Keri!!!! You blog brought tears to my eyes!!Great first blog!!!
May 28, 2009 9:59 am
Welcome Keri!
May 28, 2009 11:32 am
Wow. So cool!! Enjoy your pretty blue star, Keri!
May 28, 2009 12:18 pm
that's awesome keri.
May 28, 2009 12:31 pm was a gift for all of us too. You give such wonderful advice on the exchange, I can't wait to see the tips and tidbits you'll share with us here!
May 28, 2009 12:46 pm
That's a great gift. I hope you enjoy blogging too! I wish I had more time to blog here.
May 28, 2009 2:40 pm
Congrats! You're very lucky to have such a special friend who thought of you. :)
May 28, 2009 4:19 pm
that is very special...i am very happy for u!!! enjoy!!! that is an 'awesome' friend u have!!!
May 28, 2009 5:23 pm
How wonderful! Enjoy your gift!!
May 28, 2009 5:50 pm
Very cool! thank you for the review on the cheesecake..glad your mom liked it and you too... enjoy the blogging!
May 28, 2009 6:07 pm
That makes 3 of us now!! The receptors of gifted memberships from very generous fellow AR community members!! Keri I hope you enjoy your membership and blogging as much as I do and welcome to "Smurfdom"!!
May 28, 2009 7:10 pm
Congrats Keri! Enjoy your membership!
May 28, 2009 7:50 pm
Enjoy Smurfdom, Keri!
May 29, 2009 6:24 am
Congrats Keri! You look great in BLUE!
May 29, 2009 11:36 am
Too Cool! Congrats!
May 29, 2009 12:02 pm
That is awesome Keri!!
May 29, 2009 3:25 pm
I'm so happy for you Kerri-what a great gift, for you & all of us, too. Looking forward to your blogs,as I enjoy the way you share your life w/us. (& way back you asked what kind of horses I had, then your computer went away, & my life got weird & I didn't get a chance to answer). I have a great old QH mare-Dazzle, & Ginger-a Paso Fino-they are the best horses I've ever had, & I've had a bunch-great & not so great. Enjoy Smurfdom!
May 31, 2009 4:36 am
Welcome to Smurfville, Keri!Yahoo! You deserve it and who ever did it is an Angel, too! So THANK-YOU Angel!Hugs from KY, to you both!
May 31, 2009 10:10 am
It's a gift that keeps on giving! Now, Keri, you pay it Forward! I once had a man pay for my groceries in the market. I almost started bawling!LOL He saw I was in need( I was totalling up items on my calculator) and he paid for my groceries before I could pay the clerk! I was to say the least, STUNNED! I thanked him profusely, and staggered out the store with tears of joy in my eyes. I used that $20.00 for gas in my car, that I needed as well.Patty
Jun. 1, 2009 6:20 am
I just love stories like this. It restores your faith and makes you smile! Angels among us!
Jun. 3, 2009 7:38 am
That was so sweet of someone to do that!!! Welcome to the fold btw :) Also.... What happened that required the degreasing of your cat????
Jun. 6, 2009 8:36 am
Thanks so much everyone! I was so bummed when I lost my internet last week, but now that I'm back I can start using my subscription fully! Michele - my cat jumped off a ledge above my stove into a skillet of oil! Thank goodness it wasn't HOT oil, though!! I had used it that morning and left it on the stove to cool before discarding it. Well, the cat "discarded" it for me...all over herself and my kitchen floor :-S The people on the Recipe Exchange here at AllRecipes got a big kick out of that one LOL!
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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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