I am a Christian, a mom of 7 and a grandmother of 7. I always pray before cooking a big meal, letting God guide me through the process. And I need all the help I can get, as it gets a little hair raising preparing meals for the 8 of us that's living here! I think I get a little too picky when cooking though, and probably need to lighten up a bit!
My favorite things to cook
I don't think I really have a favorite thing to cook, I just love to cook in general! It's fun to try new things and to get a little creative along the way!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I usually cook most of the meals, but on Thanksgiving my husband likes to cook the turkey and the fixing with the help of my oldest son, and my daughters help me with all the pies. I make several different kinds, so each daughter will help me with a certain ones. We have 2 pecan trees in our yard, so the kids will gather a few days before Thanksgiving and help crack pecans for the pecan pies. (Oh, and the reason my husband likes cooking the turkey has absolutely nothing to do with my cooking tragedy story below:)
My cooking triumphs
Anything I cook that comes out the way I want it!!
My cooking tragedies
I don't even have to think about it...!! Almost 30 years ago, I tried cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner on my own. And let me tell you, it was a major disaster! The turkey came out grey (don't ask me how) and hard, the chocolate cream pie was runny, and, to make a long story short, the only thing that came out good that I remember were the canned vegetables!! (Oh well, at least that's something)! Since the turkey came out so hard, it was nicknamed the "chainsaw turkey", because a chainsaw was probably needed to cut it!! Little did I know, though, upon sharing this story with my children, that years later my youngest teenage son would share this story with our whole church when asked to speak on stage. He talked about prayer, and the difference that prayer has made between how I cook now and the my chainsaw turkey meal of non-prayer before cooking meal times then! I have now learned to watch what I tell my kids, it just may come out later!!