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Celebrating Life with Paula

May 22, 2014 9:58 am 
Updated: May 25, 2014 6:34 pm
I received my 2nd CSA box. Mostly the same as last time -  strawberries, mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, and cauliflower - but with the addition of lettuce. I made PERFECT MIXED GREENS again, only omitting the collards this time. Delicious once again! I made BROCCOLI-CAULIFLOWER SALAD… MORE
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May 9, 2014 10:11 am 
Updated: May 13, 2014 10:58 pm
Several years ago I read on The Buzz about people getting CSA boxes. It sounded wonderful! CSA is Community Supported Agriculture and an opportunity for “city slickers” like myself to get weeks and weeks of fresh produce from a local nearby farm. I researched it, but nobody in my area was… MORE
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Mar. 27, 2014 10:50 am 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 7:14 pm
Last week at my mother's house was wonderful! She is so much better. I am seeing improvement day to day. She has had no pain for almost a week now and is beginning to fix her own breakfast and do her own laundry. She is eating more, doing more, and walking with more stability even though she… MORE
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Mar. 17, 2014 11:07 am 
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014 8:46 am
I'm from the South. Southern cooking used to always include bacon fat and/or frying! When I was a kid, every meal included frying something - bacon and eggs, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken, floured hamburger steak, and fish! And if it wasn't fried, then it was seasoned with bacon… MORE
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Mar. 13, 2014 11:42 am 
Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 5:30 pm
It's March and my sister and I are going on our third month of caring for our mother. I believe we're finally seeing some consistent improvement. For a while there she would be better, but then have days of worse pain and feeling bad for no reason we could figure out. It seems there are more… MORE
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Feb. 14, 2014 12:33 pm 
Updated: Feb. 20, 2014 1:12 pm
My elderly mother is going on 8 weeks now of needing 24/7 care. I still can't get over how one can go from total independence to needing help bathing, dressing, walking even. I am convinced more than ever that exercise is a must, even into old age. My mother lost the ability to walk… MORE
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Jan. 31, 2014 2:09 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 5:42 pm
Well, I'm back home for a few days...maybe a week this time. My mother is still quite sick. It seems she takes 2 steps forward, 1 back. Then other days, it's 1 step forward and 2 back. We made another ER visit (to discover she was not having a heart attack but that her compression fracture… MORE
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Jan. 22, 2014 6:32 pm 
Updated: Jan. 26, 2014 2:44 am
This blog concentrates on celebrating life...choosing to focus on the good in life. But I must admit, it's been more than a little difficult to celebrate since the new year began. My mother has been sick and has required 24/7 live-in care. She fractured a vertebra in her back and has been in… MORE
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Nov. 4, 2013 8:01 am 
Updated: Nov. 5, 2013 6:38 pm
A Faceless Frenzy was planned for this past weekend. Perhaps you read about it on The Buzz or followed the Pinterest Board. It was a weekend to make as many or as few recipes as you liked (those that have no photo, or face) and put a photo to it. The frenzy part came about if you A) cooked a… MORE
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Oct. 24, 2013 8:51 pm 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2013 5:38 am
Do you ever just need an easy night in the kitchen? You know...you've been gone all day long and just need to get dinner on the table in a hurry? I must admit, now that my children are grown and gone from home and it's just my husband and me, those nights are not as often as they used to be.… MORE
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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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