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May 20, 2013 6:20 pm 
Updated: May 23, 2013 5:27 pm
Today I got back in the kitchen after being on an "open box here" hiatus and let me tell you, I forgot how much fun real cooking was! 

After resigning from my full time career in March of 2012 as a claims adjuster to be a stay at home mom I vowed to never go back to the "open box here" days. However, October 11, 2012 (yep strangely enough that is 10-11-12) my youngest son (who also oddly was jersey #12 and 12 years old....way to many twelves) broke his left arm playing tackle football for his Jr. High School.  Not only did he brake his left humorous but his radial nerve was severely stretched causing this once self sufficient child to suddenly need 24 hour care.  Needless to say everything in my life came to an instant halt so I could take care of my sons everyday needs.  It was almost like having a new born all over again but this one was 12 years old, in terrible constant pain and just brakes your heart to see him go though such a thing.  As a mom there is nothing more important or valuable then your children no matter how old they become. 

Today his bone is healed, he still has some radial nerve palsy limiting use of his left hand/arm but the doctors are hopeful the nerves will continue to regenerate themselves bringing him back to what he use to be.  They advised we were VERY lucky his nerves didn't get severed because if they did he would be permanently disabled.  We are grateful everyday for our blessings.   

Since life has somewhat now gone back to normal with his recovery I am able to actively pursue my learning to cook journey.  My first meal back was the Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings recipe submitted by Janiece Mason.  I've never made chicken and dumplings but always wondered what the mystery was behind it...now thanks to Janiece I know!  This was the easiest and tastiest recipe! It turned out magnificent, was such a confidence builder and a great way to get back on the horse.  Its hard to believe something that tastes this good could be that easy!  My husband is starting to think I'm a rock star in the kitchen but I know I still have a long way to go..(we just wont tell him that..wink wink).

Also, today I went Pro...whooot whooot!!! Thats right, I thought if I'm going to do this, I'm not going to cut any corners!  With Allrecipes by my side my goal is to become a TRUE rock star in the kitchen not only in my husbands eyes but in others and for many generations to come. 
Photo taken with my cell phone not sure about quality of photo..however quality of food was right on
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May 20, 2013 9:00 pm
Welcome! Stop in on The Buzz if you have questions or just want another opinion. I'm glad your son is doing well One of mine blew out his knee playing football during the last game of his senior year. He isn't disabled but it still pains him many years later.
 
May 20, 2013 10:50 pm
Hi! Thanks BigShotsMom! I’m sorry to hear about your son. That is very frightening and horrible especially senior year!! Man oh man, devastating. I’m glad he is doing much better! I remember before the season began school kept pointing out all the risks but I think all the preparation in the world doesn’t come close to what you all go through during the real thing. Cameron's injury happened the last game of the season as well, seconds before half time. Thanks again, I’ll be sure to swing by The Buzz. Take care!
 
May 21, 2013 5:10 am
Welcome to the PRO ranks. So glad to hear your son is doing well and you're back in the kitchen. :)
 
Paula 
May 21, 2013 8:00 am
I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I just don't like football. It can cause so many injuries. My son, too, received several injuries his senior year. His hand was pushed back in the opposite direction, so he still has wrist issues. He also broke the growth plate in his shoulder, but didn't tell us about the pain until the season was over :( I hope your son recovers completely. Good luck with all your cooking endeavors!
 
Maggi 
May 21, 2013 2:36 pm
Glad you son is healing. Welcome - and enjoy your cooking. New recipes are fun! We would love to see you on the Buzz. Just a hint - always use the "Request a Recipe" tab so people can suggest recipes. On "Ask a Question" we can't do that. Look forward to seeing you!
 
Bibi 
May 22, 2013 2:57 am
Welcome, R2PC! Great blog. I have several years of experience, but I'm still learning from the other cooks in this community. I know you will have some things to share, too!
 
May 23, 2013 5:27 pm
Hello everyone! Thank you sooooo much for making me feel so welcome, for all of the tips and support! I’m glad to be a part of such a wonderful and fun group/community! Paula I’m glad your son is doing much better. His injury sounds like it was so painful! I agree, I’m not much of a football fan either, I don’t know why they like it so much. My hairdresser said her brother played football in high school and had multiple concussions but he still played every chance he was able/got. Just makes me shake my head. Thanks again everyone! I can't wait, it will be fun. Now I'm back to the kitchen; time to make some desert.
 
 
 
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About Me
Have not had time to actually concentrate on cooking until March of 2012 when I resigned from my full time position as a claim adjuster to be a full time mom. Loving every second of my new life, taking time to smell the roses and enjoying learning more and more about the art of cooking! My family also seams to be enjoying this new chapter. Our meals no longer consist of recipes that start with open box here.
My favorite things to cook
So far, anything and everything! Still in the learning/development stage. Im constantly reading recipes, watching cooking shows or doing cooking on line searches. I plan the night before whats for diner, shop the next morning for needed ingrediants then have a grand ol time cooking that afternoon/evening for diner. Life is good and tastes deliscious!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma was born in 1918, cooked everything from scratch and her meals always made you beg for more! (they were that good) I hope to be a least 1/2 the cook she was. She lived across the street from me the whole time I was growing up but at that time I had no interrest in cooking. She passed away four years ago, unfortunitly that was before I took such a major interrest in cooking. I wish I would have spent more time with her when I had the chance. She was such a loving women so full of knowledge and life experiences....I knew that, I just didnt take the time to get to know more about her life experiences and cooking expertise. My goal is to try to reproduce the wonderful foods she spoiled us so much with and pass those along to my kids. However Im keeping the recipes in a cookbook and on this web sight so my kids can pass along family traditions to theirs.
 
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