I'm 71, and it seems we're never to old to learn something new. I use Canola Oil most of the time in place of the less heathy stuff or use lean pork loin in greens, beans & cabbage filling in with various spices, Soul Food Seasoning, or Old Bay seasoning. I know it does have salt, but I don't overdo.
I have a small veggie garden, some flowers that mainly feed the numerous hummingbirds I put feeders out in the summer/fall. Also, put out seed feeders for the Cardinals, Titmouse, and others. Big Birds (Mockingbirds), Cardinals,Woodpeckers get cut up grapes or peeled apples during hot weather to hydrate their young.
My husband is younger than me, so is still working. He operates a backhoe laying pipe.
Our church is within yelling distance.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have anything special I like to cook. Usually we have venison, pork loin & chicken, but on occasion we fish in the large pond across the west fence. We just don't have fish often enough, but I do poach salmon to go on the side of my "everything salads".
My favorite family cooking traditions
Really boring. We don't have anything other than my deceased mother-in-law's Mexican Cornbread. Now, she was the cook in the family!
I take that Mex. cornbread to all church pot lucks, and family get-to-gethers.
My cooking triumphs
Love that 7 MInute Icing, but hate to make it to take somewhere. Chocolate Cake with 7 Minute Icing!
The Upside Down Apple Pie. We've never tasted an apple pie that wonderful.
Learning to cook venison. Really, the less one worries about it the better it tastes. Roasts do have to be cooked a long time smothered in onions, celery, apples or anything you can think of, but I usually go for the lean burger, tenderloin & steaks. I cut up the steaks to use in chili and soup.
My cooking tragedies
When I married at 16 I fried some beautiful chicken------that was raw on the inside!!! And, the slaw-----I didn't learn to make slaw until 20 years ago. My Aunt said my first attempts were like eating hay! Still don't know how to make potato salad!