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Joyful Heart

Joyful Heart
Home Town: Port Orchard, Washington, USA
Living In: Shelton, Washington, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Italian, Dessert, Kids
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About this Cook
I'm a SAHM to 5 children, 10 and under (one set of twins). Cooking right now is a challenge, because I prefer to not be distracted in the kitchen!
My favorite family cooking traditions
We celebrate half birthdays with a round cake, cut in half and stacked.
My cooking triumphs
I recently made and decorated a sponge cake from scratch for a friend's baby shower. Many people wanted to know which bakery the cake came from!
My cooking tragedies
While making gravy in my mother-in-law's kitchen for Thanksgiving dinner, I was perplexed that the gravy wasn't thickening properly. Turns out my dear MIL kept powdered sugar in what I thought was the flour container! The flour was on the other side of the kitchen. Fortunately, I was able to add the proper amount of flour and spices to properly thicken and save the dish. We didn't tell anyone going into dinner. The first words from my husband upon tasting the gravy... "This is the best gravy I've ever tasted!" Every year since then, we always joke about remembering to add the sugar to the gravy.
Recipe Reviews 30 reviews
No Bake Cookies V
Very good recipe! I used the microwave rather than the stovetop. Bringing the mixture to a boil, then checking every 30 seconds with the instant-read thermometer to get to soft-ball stage (235)!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 3, 2010
Apple Dip
Easy and delicious! Softened cream cheese in microwave at 30% power, then whipped ingredients together with a wire whisk. Also added a dash of cinnamon. I dipped the cut apples in lemon-lime soda before arranging on the tray around the bowl of dip. The citric acid in the soda keeps the apples looking great (w/o tasting like lemon!)!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 1, 2009
Chocolate Glaze II
Doubled the baking cocoa and butter. Fast, simple frosting. Used to dip Grandma's Doughnuts.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2009

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