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Aug. 17, 2013 9:03 am 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2013 1:59 pm
Got out in the garden early this morning and picked 15 gallons of tomatoes! And as I type there are two huge pots of homemade spaghetti sauce getting happy on the stove. It smells like an Italian restaurant in here! And I am very happy that I was able to use my own tomatoes, onion, and… MORE
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Aug. 16, 2013 2:47 pm 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2013 7:09 pm
Didn't summer just start? Holy cow where does the time go?!! It seems like I just put my baby on the school bus the first time and now she has started college. Thank goodness I still look as young now as I did then (haha!)   Anyways, my county fair results were very very good this year.  I… MORE
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Jul. 22, 2013 3:20 pm 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 5:02 am
It is that time of year again when I begin pouring over all my cookbooks and try to figure out what to make to enter in the county fair! I absolutely love love love doing this! I think this is going to be the year of the pie! I don't normally enter but one pie, but I have had a great pie… MORE
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Jul. 22, 2013 3:15 pm 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 7:12 pm
Sorry it took me awhile to post my pizza crust recipe!!! I thought I would also start to post some of my past recipes that I have used for the county fairs! I kinda thought it would be neat to share some winners with you! Classic Pizza Crust Makes 2 10 inch cast iron skillet deep dish… MORE
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Jul. 1, 2013 6:15 pm 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2013 1:41 pm
Just got done picking about a handful of wild black raspberries we have growing out in our woods. What makes it interesting picking is trying to avoid the poison oak and poison ivy that seem to creep up everywhere! I had a long sleeve jacket on so I was ok, but oh how I wanted to venture… MORE
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Jun. 22, 2013 7:19 pm 
Updated: Jun. 25, 2013 6:14 pm
Just happened to notice I haven't wrote anything on here since 2011! Really? I suck! So much has happened.....My daughter graduated and is starting school this fall.  And I have been teaching her how to cook! She can make really good chocolate chip cookies, and this week she branched out to… MORE
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Aug. 20, 2011 8:48 am 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2011 8:03 pm
The fair is officially over! And my Daddy's surgery went really well.  He is still in the hospital but is walking around and able to eat food. God has been really good this week! I ended up taking first place for my buttermilk bread, whole wheat bread, brownies, white chocolate cashew… MORE
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Aug. 13, 2011 7:01 am 
Updated: Aug. 14, 2011 3:09 pm
Well folks once again it is that time of year! County fair.....corndogs, funnel cakes, lemonade, spiral spuds, 4h food stand, and carnival rides! Boy have I had a crazy week to try to stuff to enter for the fair.  My father had a heart attack last weekend and ended up in the hospital all… MORE
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Jul. 15, 2011 5:44 pm 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2011 12:42 pm
What is everyone gonna be cooking this weekend? I am going to pick some green beans in our garden and make a big pot of beans and potatoes, throw in a hamhock and make some cornbread! It is gonna be too hot out to even think of grilling or smoking anything. I am going to get my list ready for… MORE
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Jul. 9, 2011 7:24 am 
Updated: Jul. 15, 2011 5:41 pm
Is it just me or does it seem that if you blink your zucchinni grow about a foot? Thank God for all the great recipes on this site! I am very excited to try some new ways to use my veggies!! I was gonna make lasagna rollups for supper, but now I think I am going to try zucchini parmesan! I … MORE
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About Me
I learned to cook watching my mom and my Grandma's cook - who all are the best in the world! I have huge garden and I can a lot of stuff for winter. My daughter would'nt dream of eating a pie that was store bought! And we raise chickens. There is nothing that compares to farm fresh eggs. They just make your baked goods taste better.
My favorite things to cook
Comfort food! If it's fattening, chocolate or salty I'm in! I love to take leftovers and transform them into something wow!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always made sugar cookies with us kids at Christmas time and do the same thing now! I used to love to pick out a recipe and Mom would let me got to town in the kitchen! At Christmas I also make tons of candy's, breads, and cookies that I give away to neighbors and family for gifts.
My cooking triumphs
I love to enter canned goods and baked goods in the county fair! I have won quite a few ribbons! I recently had a recipe published in Nebraska Life Magazine's cookbook. I was so excited.
My cooking tragedies
One time I tried to make pierogies when I was about 15. Well I didn't realize how much a cast iron skillet would smoke when it got hot! I ended up filling the house with a lovely smokey aroma! I never have made them again! Another time I tried to make chicken satay, and my husband and daughter about gagged when they tried the sauce. As they said peanut butter doesn't go with chicken! But I loved it. They were scraping the sauce off the chicken. They won't let me live that one down!
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