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!! :)