I live in Des Moines and am and office manager for a painting contractor. I have a son, Levi, and a daughter, Abigail (Abbi). Levi is a VERY picky eater, but is willing to try new things when he wants to! Abbi is just a baby so I plan on introducing her to all kinds of foods once she is old enough!
My favorite things to cook
Casseroles, cakes, brownies, breads (yeast and quick), Mexican, steaks, pasta...pretty much anything!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas my mom would make my grandma's recipe for cutout sugar cookies. I've changed it a little over the years and my son loved decorating the cookies (and the kitchen) when he was little. My parents are great at keeping holiday food traditions alive...we have lutefisk and lefse every year.
My cooking triumphs
I started baking when I was 13 and in 4-H. I got a blue ribbon the first year I made yeast bread.
My cooking tragedies
Trying to copy my grandma's recipes. They just never seem to turn out! The only one that does is her recipe for brownies...she would make them for me every time I came home from college. I'm glad I got the recipe so I can make them whenever I want!