I've been married for over 23 years. We have 3 children, 15-girl, 12-girl, 9-boy. We are active in our church and Christian school activities. We live on a farm and also own 3 carwashes, an insurance agency, commercial rental property and storage units. We stay busy!!! We love to travel and vacation as a family. Cooking is fun for me, but I usually don't have much time to prepare. I do alot of Crock-Pot dishes and cook on weekends and eat left-overs during the week. The holidays are my favorite time to cook as well as the Summer when fresh fruits and vegatables are available.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts, fresh vegetables, Southern (comfort) foods and breakfast items (usually for dinner). I love making Pumpkin pies and Pumpkin bread during the fall and winter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm from a large family that all live in close proxmity, so we can get together a few times a year easily. All of our "get-togethers" are centered around food. Starting with black-eyed peas, cabbage, corn bread and ham on New Year's Day, we follow with Ham, Lasagna,Salads and rolls on Easter; Speciality sandwiches and sides on Mother's Day; Our huge family reunion around the 4th of July with potluck foods galore; Turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberries, raisin pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie and pumpkin bread on Thanksgiving; Christmas time brings Ham, with sweets and treats, chips and dips, and Mom's famous Golden Potato Soup; We end out the year eating up all the left overs and my Dad's Chili. Also, my Dad is a wonderfil grillman, cooking some of the best steaks in the county. If we are lucky, we can get him to grill a steak for us a couple of times during the year.
My cooking triumphs
I love to make foods and enter into our County Fair in September. I've won blue ribbons on my corn bread muffins, Peanut Butter Surprise Cupcakes, and my Hidden Valley Ranch Green Beans (my own recipe).
My cooking tragedies
My worst meal every was in the second week of marriage. I tried to cook meatloaf like Mother makes (on top of the stove). Most of it burned and stuck to the bottom of the pan, and what I did get out was purple?! Just last week I accidently put baking soda instead of baking powder in my homemade peach cobbler and didn't notice until I open the oven when the timer went off and was hit in the face with the smell of baking soda. So, you can see I still have alot to learn when it comes to cooking.