I was born and raised in the deep South! I am married, and have 3 children of my own plus 2 beautiful step-daughters. I earn a paycheck at a local Episcopal church during the day, and do what I love in the evening there (for free) which is Marriage and Family Therapy. I hope to have this career change completed in June of 2010 when I graduate with my Masters degree in Psychology!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake- especially breads, cookies, cakes, pies, anything sweet, and anything with chocolate in it!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up living next door to my maternal grandmother. She taught me how to bake. Every year, we would get together two days before Christmas to bake cookies for our family Christmas time. I loved being in the kitchen with her all day, enjoying our creations and just loving on one another!
Now, after Thanksgiving dinner, I break out the cook books and my kids select their cookie recipe which I make for them, now with my daughter's help.
My cooking tragedies
My oldest son was born 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. My mother-in-law came to "help" with the baby. (It was much like having Marie around from "Everybody Loves Raymond!) I made a pecan pie the day before Thanksgiving, and set it on the back burner of the stove to cool. My mother-in-law decided to sterilize the baby bottles, and placed a pot on the stove, turned it on and walked away. The next thing we all knew, there was a huge explosion, and the glass pie plate had broken in two pieces and shot out from under the pie. There was my beautiful Pecan Pie, laying on the red-hot eye of the stove, with flames all around it. That was the year of the Flaming Pecan Pie.