I am a mother of 4 kids, and am expecting my 5th child. The oldest kid is 7 years old, and so we have a crazy but fun household. I am homeschooling my children, and they continually amaze me with how smart they are. I love to draw, take photographs, and cook.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking breads. I am obsessed with health, and try to use mostly whole wheat flour. I find it fun to experiment with recipes, and rarely make the same recipe twice. I like trying out new things. I am great at cooking gourmet on a tight budget. (My husband loves to brag to his friends that I can feed a family of 6 on $200 a month.)
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of my favorite memories growing up is that of coming home from school and smelling the delicious aroma of fresh cooked bread. I loved to cut off a slice and slather butter and jelly all over it. I have tried to make lots of homemade bread for my own family also. I usually make it several times a week.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving 2007 I decided that it was time that I attempted something dramatic and exciting for the dessert that I was in charge of bringing. I made a fabulous pumpkin cake that had was layered with a delicious cream filling. It was topped with carmel. When everyone saw it they oooooohed and ahhhhhhed. They told me that it looked like something from Martha Stewart. I was really pleased that I had gotten that reaction. It boosted my confidence in my cooking abilities.
My cooking tragedies
When I was in college I really liked to experiment with food, and none of my roomates would touch a thing that I made. I once made a soup that was so disgusting that even I couldn't eat it, but the guy that I was dating ate the whole thing and said that it was absolutely delicious.