I was a single mom while my 2 sons were growing up. I am now a Gram to 3 teenagers for my youngest son and to 2 cats and 1 one beagle for the oldest son and daughter-in-law.
My career was mainly in interior design on the retail side. And colour and pattern are my delight. I am now forced to retire because of a disability but I keep my soul going by working part-time as a tour guide in a heritage house and have done for 17 years. The beauty and history intrigue me.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have a lot of money to spend on gourmet food, so I like to work with simple ingrediance but preparing them differently. I love trying new recipes and belong to many e-mail sites. I like cooking with wine and I always try to do spectacular baking at Xmas. I have lost most of my family and friends over the years and I truly love to entertain with appies and cocktails but my kids are so busy with their families, friends and careers that I only see them once or twice a year and they only live within a 10-20 mile radius.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love to put on the big Thanksgiving or Easter dinner. Christmas has been taken over by either son. I come from a very British upbringing and New Years day was another big dinner and in later years I would put on a big smorg at my Dad's home for all his friends to drop in for a while.
My cooking triumphs
Basically anything thing that turns out looking like it did in the picture or in my head and tastes good. I like to get complements and the best one I heard was from my 16 year old grandson to my brother-in-law (my sister passed away and we liked to put on dinners together). He told him that he wished he was his father after tasting the ham he had cooked.
My cooking tragedies
Probably to many to mention. One that stays in my mind is cooking the Xmas turkey and when I thought it should be done I found out that the bottom burner had burned out and only the top of the bird was done. Thank Goodness I always cook to much of everything, no one went hungry.