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Jul. 29, 2013 2:15 pm 
Updated: Aug. 5, 2013 3:47 pm
When my son and his family moved back to this area, my daughter said we should resume Family Dinner Night. So we try to get all the family together once a month. That sounds as though it would be easy, right? Well, let me tell you, it's not! Working around school, work, and chemo schedules… MORE
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Mar. 14, 2013 8:50 am 
Updated: Mar. 31, 2013 8:22 pm
Every year for at least one week, I keep my daughter's four children while she and her husband have a nice get-away. Honestly, I believe every couple should have some alone time, and this is something I can do for them to nurture and renew their marriage. It's easier for me this year. The… MORE
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Nov. 21, 2012 9:55 am 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2012 7:08 pm
I was married for 24 years and had two almost grown children before I ever cooked a big holiday meal. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, we would alternate from my parents' home to my in-laws'. Until 1998. My daughter was a junior in college and my son was a senior in high school. The day… MORE
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Sep. 6, 2012 8:33 am 
Updated: Sep. 18, 2012 7:06 pm
I become easily bored with the same foods, so that is why you may have noticed that I am always trying new recipes. Lately, I've been on a quest to find new breakfast recipes - smoothies, oatmeal, grits, french toast. Whatever I can find. One night I was doing a search for cottage cheese,… MORE
Aug. 30, 2012 6:59 am 
Updated: Sep. 13, 2012 8:46 am
I began this week with a new resolve to try and lose more than just a pound. It seems I don't lose much per week now that I'm not walking my 4 miles a day. I look so forward to being able to do that again. I worked at eating no more than my allotted points per day and I did not eat anything… MORE
Aug. 23, 2012 7:10 am 
Updated: Sep. 12, 2012 2:17 am
This is my first full week and weigh-in since getting back on track with my eating, and I am happy to say I lost 1 pound this week. If you remember, I had tried to start back walking after getting my boot off at the end of June, but my foot just wouldn't hear of it. So I began again last week… MORE
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Aug. 15, 2012 4:08 pm 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2012 6:42 am
The last few weeks have been busy! First, I was in Seattle with the Allstars at Allrecipes Headquarters, and last week I was at the beach with some of my family. I must say, I enjoyed eating fish, crab cakes, seafood bisque, shrimp, and much more. And I loved being with 4 of my grands (and… MORE
Jul. 25, 2012 9:15 am 
Updated: Aug. 6, 2012 7:38 pm
Today's post is a reminder for me - a reminder to not get all bent out of shape when things don't go my way, but to enjoy life as it comes. Life has been so busy here lately that I have just had to live in the moment. I really thought when the summer began that I would be able to get back to… MORE
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Jul. 10, 2012 4:16 am 
Updated: Aug. 20, 2012 12:32 pm
Breakfast is the one meal so many people skip. When you're trying to lose weight, it is imperative that you eat breakfast to get your metabolism going and to avoid overeating later on.  Studies also indicate that breakfast gets your brain going and you are more productive. I have found quite… MORE
Jun. 28, 2012 8:07 am 
Updated: Jul. 4, 2012 8:56 pm
How do you fit a "normal" life into your life when you are really watching calories and trying to lose weight? It never fails, as soon as I start trying to lose weight, "events" come up that involve food. And quite frankly, I'm no good at "just saying no" or at eating salads every time I go… 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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