I am a homemaker and the mother of 4 wonderful kids, 3 boys and a girl.
My favorite things to cook
Casseroles, baked goods, and one-pot meals. I love to experiment with different recipes and try to make kid-friendly meals for the whole family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sausage-cheese balls for breakfast on Christmas morning. Making decorated sugar cookies with the kids for the holidays. Secret, family recipe for the Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing. Soft-fried potatoes and sloppy joes for Halloween dinner after trick-or-treating every year. Letting the kids help in the kitchen and sit on the bar and watch me cook meals...remember doing that with my mom.
My cooking triumphs
Self-invented recipes and other "tweaked" recipes that have become family favorites -- sour cream chicken enchiladas, chicken spaghetti, cheese-filled meatloaf, mexican lasagna, mushroom spinach salad, cranberry salad, chili, red beans and rice, dump cake, sugar-free diabetic desserts.
My cooking tragedies
Making chicken fried steak the first month I was married. I heated the oil way too hot, burned the coating, the meat was still raw, and set off the smoke alarms. Luckily, he stuck with me and here we are 17 years later and he thinks I'm a great cook now!