I'm a former HR executive for one of the top 100 companies in Oregon. Although I was successful, my true fulfillment comes from following God's plans for my life. I met and married my husband at church (Assembly of God) in 1982, and we have been attending there ever since. The doctors told us we'd never have kids, but our God is a miracle working God and in 1992 he gave us a son. We named him Grant, because God had granted us the desires of our heart. In 2000, our daughter, Jubilee, joined us. God gave me her name in a song, and boy does she live up to it! She was born in the year of Jubilee, has a jubilant personality, and we are jubilant to have her! Life is good; eternal life is better!
My favorite things to cook
Baking is my favorite thing to do in the kitchen, but since we can't live on cookies alone, I enjoy trying all sorts of recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas our family gathers and we spend a weekend baking cookies and making candy. The "kids" enjoy spending time together and frequently stop by the kitchen to "help" and sample. We line the pool table and air hockey table with bed sheets and stack boxes and boxes on top. We use to find finger prints in the fudge. Imagine that! We usually keep a crock pot of soup handy and sandwich makings in the fridge so people can help themselves between recipes. We box up our goodies and deliver the gifts to our friends, church family, co-workers, etc. Now that the kids are older, this is one of their favorite traditions. The house is a zoo, but what great memories we've made!
My cooking triumphs
Pie crust. For years I tried to duplicate my mom's amazing pie crusts. Mine always fell apart. Lamenting, one day I went over the recipe with my mom. Come to find out, the recipe I had was missing 1/4 c. of water. Her recipe called for 1/4 c. water plus 2 T; and I was using just 2 T. No wonder it was falling apart! I'm glad to say I can now make a pie crust, but I'm not opposed to buying them frozen either!
My cooking tragedies
Jello. I was always playing around with the recipe adding this and that. I'd end up with Jello soup or rubber Jello. My husband said something like, "Why is it you can make these difficult recipes, but you can't do Jello?" That's when I started following the recipe. Amazing how well it worked!