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May 10, 2012 1:04 pm 
Updated: Jun. 19, 2012 9:30 am
Today marks one week of being on Weight Watchers...again. I have discovered this is my favorite way to lose weight because it offers variety, it includes eating fruits and veggies and even fats, and it can be a way of eating for life. Yes, I know, I have fallen off the wagon many times, but… MORE
May 3, 2012 12:15 pm 
Updated: May 21, 2012 5:41 pm
In April of 2010, I came to a point in my life where I knew I needed to lose weight and get moving in order to be healthier and feel better. By December of that same year, I had dropped 48 pounds, was seeing a personal trainer twice a week, and was walking 4 miles a day. I did indeed feel… MORE
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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. 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
Mar. 27, 2012 10:56 am 
Updated: Apr. 3, 2012 6:30 pm
Here recently, my daughter left town for a week and left her FOUR children in my charge. I raised only two, so four can be quite a handful to me. To make it easier on me, I asked her to write out menus of foods the children would eat before she left. Frankly, that was a lifesaver to me. I… MORE
Mar. 13, 2012 9:07 pm 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2012 8:44 pm
This month, I tried six different recipes from the United Kingdom & Ireland Allrecipes site in recognition of St. Patrick's Day.  Since the holiday isn't for a few more days, perhaps you can find something you'd like to try too.The first recipe I made was Bacon and Leek Potato Soup. It was… MORE
Mar. 8, 2012 6:34 pm 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2012 7:27 am
Is anything better than having breakfast for dinner?  Other than an all vegetable meal...or a big pot of white beans and cornbread...or chili on a cold winter's night?  Ok...forget I asked.  But seriously, I love breakfast and think it's best at dinnertime. I usually fix breakfast for dinner… MORE
Feb. 22, 2012 7:24 pm 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2012 7:54 am
Yep, Maxine expresses my sentiments exactly.  Please don't hate me! I've never been one to watch sports.  I just don't enjoy football.  In fact, we weren't even home to watch the game that Sunday night.  But I must admit, I LOVED reading about the food everyone was fixing for their Super Bowl… 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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