Celebrating Life with Paula Blog at Allrecipes.com (4/2012)

Celebrating Life with Paula

Apr. 19, 2012 10:43 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2012 9:22 am
I hate to admit this, but I have always used margarine, except in recipes that specifically say to use butter. I make a Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball every Thanksgiving and Christmas that requires butter; in fact, my recipe says "no substitutions." I've always wondered why.  But I'm such a… MORE
Apr. 17, 2012 9:53 pm 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2013 4:43 pm
I've been thinking lately about all the wonderful recipes I've gotten here at Allrecipes. Most of the foods I've cooked since joining in 2008 have come from this site.  Oh sure, I use the recipes passed down from my mother and grandmother, but I love the ones I've discovered here, too. I know… MORE
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Apr. 10, 2012 7:46 am 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2012 10:24 pm
Last week I had my son's two children with me (4 years and 19 months old) while they moved from 3 hours away to within 25 minutes of me.  Woohoo! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that they are going to be close enough to get to see often. Makes me one very happy Granna!My last blog a… MORE
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About Me
I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
My cooking triumphs
Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
My cooking tragedies
A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
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