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Celebrating Life with Paula

 
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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Paula

Home Town
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Living In
Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2008

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Walking, Reading Books, Music

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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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