I'm a mommy to 2 adorable human kids a Newfoundland dog, ragdoll cats, hamsters, a Siamese fighting fish and a Venus flytrap... ok, so that last one is a plant, but hey, I still have to feed it! ;)
My favorite things to cook
I have a sweet tooth and love to bake sweet things. I also enjoy making things that taste and look beautiful. Especially tall, layered birthday cakes for the people I love.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my Father always had a large, beautiful garden. I complained about helping him harvest everything back then. I really miss it now that he is getting older and doesn't plant as much. There's nothing like baby garden potatoes you just dug from the ground, boiled with a little butter or freshly baked red currant pie, after picking all the berries yourself, with vanilla ice cream.
My cooking triumphs
One year I asked my children what their absolute favorite cake was. The things they both most liked about different cakes were raspberry jam, caramel, hot fudge and whipped cream. I invented this layered birthday cake that absolutely everyone loves. It incorporates all of my children's favorite things. Every year the teachers at their school look forward to the cake. It weighs at least 10 pounds and is expensive to make but I don't mind because it's worth it.
My cooking tragedies
It makes me so angry when people rate a recipe on the changes made in the reviews. You should rate the recipe on the original recipe not use a changed recipe and then say it's 5 stars after you have totally changed the ingredients! After you make changes it's a completely different recipe! Another thing that has caused me some cooking tragedies... I have to laugh when people say things like, "well, I gave this recipe only 1 star because I didn't have any chocolate chips at home so I used sesame seeds instead ...and the recipe didn't turn out?" Hello! That's not the recipe's fault. So, as you can see, I've had some tragedies caused by these sorts of things, that I am not quite over yet, lol. Just be careful and ALWAYS check the reviews BEFORE you make the recipe. :)