I am now married, no kiddies, no pets. We had a little red Cocker Spaniel named Oreo (of course) and called her Odie. Sadly, we lost her several years ago. So to honor her memory, I chose the User Name "OdiesMommie" to be used online! Her nickname was Odie. She seemed to like either name but we called her Odie the most.
I have an eclectic background, I guess you'd say. College in Medical Technology, worked for a pathologist twice, a hospital, a doctor, dentist, worked construction work as a pipefitter, then went on to be a welder, cook in a restaurant, secretary, and a few other distinct occupations. I came home to take care of my grandmother, married, lived with her for awhile until her passing, then moved into our home where we are now and enjoy living just a ways from town but close enough to not have to worry about running to the store if I need to.
My favorite things to cook
I like cooking most anything but the most satisfying is cooking for my husband, parents, and sister and her family at Thanksgiving and Christmas and, of course, friends. My sister works and doesn't have time to do much cooking even when she's home and my Mother isn't able to do a lot of cooking like she used to. So I start in October, freeze what I can, and bake/cook/sauté/slice/dice/prepare right up until the day it all goes 'HOME!'
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anytime I go home (where my parents live now), I have to carry something food-wise. It just wouldn't be 'going home' unless I did. I don't think I've ever fixed anything that wasn't liked. If so, they were too polite to tell me but I've noticed most of the dishes weren't so full when we all ate and all was put up! So Christmases and Thanksgivings are special in our family.
My cooking triumphs
Won my category in a cooking contest with a recipe I'd NEVER tried before and placed in the finals for overall cooking as "Best Recipe." Alas, I didn't take that category but in 1985, the $100 prize I won helped a newlywed immensely!