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Living the Country (Blessed) Life 
Aug. 16, 2010 2:37 pm 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010 2:17 pm
I guess I'll begin by introducing myself.  I'm Marcia, and I've been an allrecipes member since 2002.  I was born and raised in Texas, lived in the Chicago-land area after graduation, moved back to Texas for 5 years, then up to Wisconsin for another 5.  Now we've moved to Tennessee, and live in the Cherokee National Forest on a beautiful piece of property in a small town.  I'm loving being back in the country, and the mountains are just a wonderful, beautiful place to be.  My husband and I have two boys, 8 and 11.  They love baseball, football, shooting, dirtbikes, and love to eat!  My husband and I both love to cook, and we appreciate good food.  Since he's from Chicago and I'm from Texas, I had the joy of introducing him to all the southern staples like biscuits and gravy, chicken and dumplings, and chicken fried steak (can you BELIEVE he had never had any of those??!!!).  He introduced me to things like Italian beef sandwiches, chicago-style hot dogs, stuffed pizza and bratwurst.  So with both of our food backgrounds, you can imagine we cook up some pretty interesting dishes!
Since I moved back down south, I've been really interested in getting back to my "food roots".  I went to the Lodge cast iron store here and picked up a few cast iron skillets, and have been making everything southern from fried chicken to cornbread.  Once our garden is ready to harvest, I can't wait to can things and make some homemade jellies.
So the purpose of this blog you ask?  Well, I guess it's to share with everyone my love for everything homemade.  I have gone back to basics, and make everything homemade, from vanilla wafers, graham crackers, and custards, to bread, dips, and corndogs.  I hate eating things that have ingredients on the label that I can't identify....much less digest properly.  So many of the premade foods have more preservatives and chemicals than they do real ingredients.  And if you ever taste a homemade vanilla wafer, you'd see what you've been missing! (I'll post the recipe soon.)
Anyway, looking forward to blogging and getting to know everyone in the allrecipes community.  I know we can learn a lot from each other, and I hope to make some good friends along the way!! :)
Aug. 16, 2010 3:40 pm
Well hello there Marcia. Its good to meet you. I so know where you are coming from wanting to raise your children in the country. My boys were raised in the English countryside and as far as I am concerned it was the perfect place to raise them, swimming in the rive, climbing trees, running across fields. There was no other place I would have wanted to raise them. We now live in Naperville, IL and have lived here for 2 and 1/2 years. Very different I have to tell you, although a totally gorgeous city. I am also a back to basics cook and love to use local produce where ever possible, I can see why you adore cast iron... Well can't wait to see more of you on AR.
Aug. 16, 2010 5:03 pm
Hi Marcia. I loved your blog. I was born in Murfreesboro TN and now live in TX. I still think of Tennessee as home though and go back in the summer to see family. Can't wait to read more of your blogs.
Aug. 17, 2010 6:18 am
I too cook most everything at home. I love knowing EXACTLY what we are eating and the taste is out of this world. Look forward to reading more of your blogs.
Mrs. C 
Aug. 17, 2010 2:17 pm
Cast ironware was my grandma's favorite... she did not like "the new stuff." Looking forward to your vanilla wafer recipe and stories about feeding your family!
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I'm a mom of 2 boys (yes they keep me VERY busy), a student working on my bachelor's degree online, and a very avid cook.
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I love to cook just about anything, from pies and cookies, to gourmet dishes like Chicken Marsala, Rack of Lamb...pretty much everything! (Except liver of course--YUCK!) :)
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Thanksgiving is a HUGE deal in our family. It's the time of year when diets go out the window, and everyone enjoys great food and time together.
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I guess everytime I discover a new recipe, tweak it to just how we like it, and discover something new to add to our cookbook, it's a triumph.
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The worst thing I ever made was a gingerbread loaf cake (I think I actually got the recipe off of this site). My dog, who eats tin cans and motor oil, wouldn't even touch it. It was AWFUL!
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