I'm an Individual Support Worker, working one-on-one with adults with developmental disabilities. I teach them life skills & have a lot of fun doing it. I have 1 daughter born in Mar 2004. I volunteer alot. I've had 3 Little Sisters with the Sarnia-Lambton Big Sisters Assc. & I'm the Bake table chair for our largest fundraiser. I volunteer with Sarnia-Lambton Community Living, focusing on client projects. My husband & I coach Challenger Baseball for individuals with disabilities & have coached Sledge Hockey in the past. I sit on the board, as VP of St. Clair Child & Youth Services. They were instrumental in assisting me with Post Partum Depression. I enjoy making cards for the agency to sell. And our family's passion is Rotary. Ken & I are both members of the Rotary Club of Sarnia. We work on local & international projects to make the world a better place for all children. Volunteerism is a family tradition we are continueing.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake-muffins, loaves, breads, cookies, cakes. I also love chocolate. Chocolate cake is my most favourite thing to bake! As I'm pretty busy, dinners are usually quick one pot items, like tacos in a pan, Rachel's favourite chicken dinner, etc. I have a double chocolate cheesecake recipe that I make and donate to silent auctions. The lowest it's gone for is $38!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad taps maple trees around my childhood home, now that he's retired. So we use maple syrup in pies, cookies, on veggies and in morning oatmeal. Both of my parents immigrated from England, so a lot of our traditions are English-shortbread, popovers, roast on Sundays. My mom was a home economist, teaching cooking among other things. Some of her favourite recipes come from 4-H programs-Chicken with a Chinese Accent, recipes from New Canadians (1967). Also we all use the 1967 Centennial Laura Secord Cookbook, just recently released. My husband is from Northern Ontario and also loves to bake. The first time I went to his apt. he was just pulling out a homemade loaf of bread. I knew then I'd marry him! His family uses a lot of blueberries and his dad made the best homemade whole wheat bread-toasted with homemade raspberry jam! We sure miss it. He passed away this summer.
My cooking triumphs
With a toddler and a busy schedule, anything that is done right the first time!
My cooking tragedies
I had made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for my boyfriend and was talking to him on the phone as they were cooking. My mom had done a turkey the day before and the grease caught on fire. Well, the end results were the whole highschool knew about it (my best friend was his sister), my mom got a new stove and I never did give him the cookies!