I Love God, my family and my country. My husband is so darn adorable I am keeping him forever! I drive a school bus for a living and have since my children were young so I could have the same time off of school as they did. It worked great for me and I still love my job and the other 140 children that I call mine, too. I like to cook as long as it isn't something that I had to cook for so many years to strech the food to feed so many. Like spagetti...I can cook that stuff but I hate it! I love to ccok when I have time to devote to it. I am having to learn how to cook in smaller portions since my family is grown. I have a freezer full of left overs and wouldnt have to cook again for a year if I would use that stuff...So mostly I just play in the kitchen now...
My favorite things to cook
I like to find recipes that are not to complicated but taste like they were.All kinds of baking and I am looking for new family favorites.Not stuff I had to make for so many years...all new, at least to me!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have a large family(8 children)and when my family was young I began a tradition of putting everyone to work for the Christmas Feast we have every year! EVERYONE from youngest to oldest chooses one veggie dish and one dessert to fix so I don't spend the whole holiday doing all the cooking by myself. It is funny how it evolved through the years...Everyone knew what the others were bringing because they always chose what they liked the most to make. The baby of the family always got to make the corn and he wasn't a sweet eater so he made stuffed celery and deviled eggs! He hates cooking but he still participates...I always cook the Ham and the Turkey because w/that many children we made everyone happy by having both. The family has expanded to the spouses of 4 of the 8 and 10 1/2 granddaughters my mom and mentally sister and even a couple of my in-laws parents. 28 here last Christmas and they all fixed their 2 dishes...I did have to increase my part to 2 hams and 2 turkeys though.
My cooking triumphs
Most of my cooking triumphs have come from recipes that I got on this sight! The most popular one being a clam chowder recipe that I make for out Church Pot Lucks once a month! It is always a hit and there are never any left overs...I also make a mean BBQ Brisket...
My cooking tragedies
about 20 yrs ago I followed my grandmothers recipe which was a family favorite...until I made the absolute worst Thanksgiving dressing anyone could ever make! My husband managed to choke some down w/a smile on his face. The rule was that the children had to try a little of everything...Once I sat down and took my first bite I almost embarrassed myself at the table by gagging...I already had by being the one who had created that nasty tasting dressing. I jumped up grabbed my husbands plate and scraped his dressing back into the pan and gave the kids permission to do the same...which they did gladly. I took the dressing off the table and threw it out for the birds much to the relief of the rest of my family...I knew my husband loved me when he tried so valiantly to eat w/out complaint...I realized just how terrible the dressing really was the next day... when I went out the next day to retrieve my pan where I threw the stuff not only had the dogs stayed clear but the chickens wouldn't e