I am a stay at home mom with a B.S. in Home Economics. I have two children and an engineer husband and I cook breakfast every morning, supper every night, and a small lunch every day. I make several desserts each week. When I get the urge to make a dessert and we still have one left, I just make what I want and give it to someone. I LOVE to bake!
My favorite things to cook
DESSERTS! I specialize in novelty desserts for children. For example, making cupcakes that look like turkeys, Brownies that look like apples with little gummy worms in them, and ice cream cone cupcakes that look just like ice cream! I love to bake cakes and cookies as well and get many requests for them. I often get up early in the morning to bake 50 - 70 muffins to send to my husband's place of business. I am absolutely obsessed with baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a long line of wonderful bakers. My great grandmother was a sharecropper and she had four children. She had to make due with whatever they had in the garden and whatever she had on hand in the pantry. Each Christmas, she would stay up all night Christmas Eve and bake seven entirely different cakes with ingredients she had saved up. She never used a single recipe. For the kid's Christmas, they got to take turns choosing a different cake to eat each day until New Year's. There is still a twinkle in my Grandmother's eye when she talks about those cakes.
My cooking triumphs
Having my mother, whom I consider THE BEST cook I know, call and ask me for baking advice.
My cooking tragedies
THE OKRA SPAGHETTI INCIDENT!!! When I was in high school, my parents went out of town and I decided to have a "dinner party" for some of my close friends. I chose spaghetti since I knew that would be easy. I wanted to "spruce it up" a bit so I looked in the freezer to see what else I could add. Okra and corn seemed like a good idea at the time to my teenage mind.......... My friends were incredbly confused by the entire presentation! ;D