I like to experiment with a lot of different things, including basic carpentry, gardening, composting, cooking, sewing (clothing, including tailoring, draperies, slipcovers, etc.), My two daughters and I decorated a candy store (art deco) and built the display racks. My younger daughter and I built a "gymnasium" for our three indoor only cats. This includes carpeted ramps and a stairway so they can climb to the tops of walls, cross doorways, etc. They love to chase each other up and down and all over, and also to sit on the 3/4 wall between the kitchen and living room and watch everyone below. And, we, of course, love to watch them playing! (It does, occasionally, startle first time visitors to see a cat 10 feet up walking along the top of the wall.)
My favorite things to cook
Baking is probably my favorite thing - including yeast breads, cookies, cinnamon rolls. I don't do much with traditional pies or cakes, but make almost anything else. I'm about to start making cheese with goat's milk. That will be a new direction for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love homemade chunky applesauce with cinnamon, as well as the occasional traditional dinner (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fruit salads, pumpkin pie.) However, as a rule, I like to experiment with new recipes, create some recipes of my own,
My cooking triumphs
My yeast breads are always great successes with everyone, as are my cookies. Many of my triumphs have come from recipes on this site! Today, I'm going to try oatmeal raisin cookies I, and tomorrow, for breakfast, Emily's Famous Hash Browns.
My cooking tragedies
I always thought it was a waste of time to roast a turkey at a low temperature for hours, so, 3 months after I was married, I had my first opportunity to roast a turkey for a big Thanksgiving dinner. Remembering the low temp/long cooking, I put it into a 400 degree oven. Sure enough, an hour later, it was a beautiful golden brown. I carried it proudly to the table, and watched in horror when my husband began to carve and it was raw inside! We had hamburgers that year for Thanksgiving, and I've never served a raw turkey since!