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Jessie's Wedding

Sep. 25, 2011 6:13 pm 
Updated: Sep. 27, 2011 7:29 am
I am not the crying type.  When I was raised with just two brothers and unless you were bleeding profusely you had better not cry.  If you did, you got punched in the arm, hard, so you had something to cry about.  I still don't cry very often, but today I have cried twice which is highly… MORE
This is a picture of my mom before she was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's
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Sep. 24, 2011 11:46 am 
Updated: Sep. 26, 2011 6:46 pm
Alzheimer's runs on both sides of our families.  Not only does Adela have the disease, but my mother has it as well.  For a long time I have been flying back to Decatur, Illinois to give my Dad a week's respite to go and do whatever he needed to do to unwind, refresh and just get away.  He… MORE
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Sep. 21, 2011 8:56 pm 
Updated: Sep. 22, 2011 8:03 pm
I live in New Mexico.  They call it the Land of Enchantment and if you come for a visit you will fall in love with the beautiful skies, and the gorgeous sunsets and sunrises.  The setting sun turns our Sandia mountains red, which is why they are called Sandias, which means watermelons in… MORE
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Sep. 20, 2011 11:51 am 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2011 8:01 am
Adela is my mother-in-law who lives with us.  She is 89 years old, but if you ask her she says she is 72.  She also has Alzheimer's.  She is a tiny imp of a woman weighing only 100 pounds and most of that weight is in her hernia.  That hernia has taken on a life of its own lately.  We are… MORE
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Sep. 19, 2011 9:01 am 
Updated: Sep. 19, 2011 1:15 pm
It has been a long time since I have blogged about my dear mother-in-law Adela.  Adela has Alzheimer's and is probably in the early stages of category 3 or the late stages of category 2.  She is legally blind, deaf when it suits her, and has had three severe breaks, two spiral fractures to… MORE
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About Me
I am a semi-retired regulatory bank compliance auditor. I own my own auditing company. I retired from the FDIC as an examiner in 2007. I did this so I would not have to travel too much since it is hard to cook in a hotel room. I am involved with a wonderful man and he helps me in the kitchen. He does not mind doing the dishes!! Whatta man!!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. You name the baked good and for the most part I have made it sometime in my life. I like making pies, cookies, cakes and quick breads. I also dabble at bread even though my significant other does not like bread that much. Since I am diabetic, I hardly ever eat what I make, but I have a very willing taster in the house.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving and Christmas are my two favorite things to work on. Somewhere between planning the Thanksgiving meal to the last touches on Christmas candy and cookies I love that part of the season. Thanksgiving was always a wonderful holiday when I was growing up as well as Christmas. These were times when my Mom made a big "to-Do" over the holidays. I was always her sous chef at these times.
My cooking triumphs
I would say my biggest triumph was when I was selling my Jumbo Chocolate Chip cookies to two delis here in Albuquerque. At one time I was making 300+ cookies each weekend in my house and taking them to the deli's. Because I was traveling just about every week, I got to the point that the cookies were taking up all of my time on the weekends so I stopped. Now my triumph is making the ten different types of candy and six different types of cookies that I send out as gifts to family, friends, and clients.
My cooking tragedies
I have a plethora of tragedies. The worst ones that I can remember was when I made a quick bread and did not put any sugar in it. It was gross. My worst cooking incident occurred as a new cook when I left the giblets and neck in the turkey and the turkey caught on fire. Needless to say, we have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that night as the turkey, while smoked :-) was no longer edible.
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