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Nov. 4, 2013 6:21 am 
Updated: Nov. 5, 2013 5:02 pm
Every morning, I wake up, go into the kitchen, and press the on button to the coffee maker.  As my coffee is brewing, I pull out two things:  coffee creamer and Splenda® packets.  I prefer using Splenda® for a couple of reasons.  One reason is because it dissolves so easily into my beverages.… MORE
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Oct. 31, 2013 1:51 pm 
Updated: Nov. 4, 2013 6:19 am
Come visit my blog at for more sewing, cooking, and DIY inspiration!  Halloween was always one of my favorite times of year to sew.  Costumes are a lot of fun because they inspire creativity, and, sometimes, cause me to think outside of the box in order to achieve… MORE
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Oct. 30, 2013 4:59 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 9:36 am
It's funny how food can bring you back in time. I hadn't bought Ore Ida products for awhile. There's no particular reason why - I just didn't think to do it. When I brought the bags home, and put them in my freezer, I was stunned about how many times I turned to them when I was cut short on… MORE
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Oct. 28, 2013 6:16 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 5:01 am
I've always considered myself to be a person who didn't love sausage.  I've tried different kinds over the years, and it just wasn't my thing to cook with it.  In fact, I'm known to use sausage once a year - in a cornbread sausage stuffing for Thanksgiving.  That's about the extent of my… MORE
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Sep. 29, 2013 8:02 pm 
Updated: Sep. 30, 2013 5:33 am
When you have people who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and none of the above running around your household, it can be relatively complicated to try to put meals together that everyone can eat.  Lately, I feel like it's been a lot of trial and error in my home because it's hard to appeal… MORE
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Sep. 26, 2013 9:01 am 
Updated: Oct. 1, 2013 8:47 pm
Read more blog thoughts by me at I'm not one to travel much, but was excited about the opportunity to attend the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle recently.  My lack of travel experience led me to be unprepared for delays.  When I say delays, I'm… MORE
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Sep. 15, 2013 2:17 pm 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2013 9:28 am
I've made more potato soup in life than I care to mention.  During my twenties, it was practically a staple in my diet.  Why?  Well, for one, potatoes are relatively inexpensive.  Also, buying a ham steak at that time and making it last for a few days came in handy...especially considering… MORE
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Sep. 11, 2013 5:41 am 
Updated: Sep. 15, 2013 12:00 pm
On a day to day basis, we all see it.  People who are so absorbed with their own lives that they discount the harm they do to other people.  They'll run over another person with a shopping cart to get ahead of them at the register.  They'll stomp on people to get a higher up position in a… MORE
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Sep. 8, 2013 10:52 am 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2013 5:52 pm
When I was growing up, my mother use to make a dinner for us to eat shortly after church.  Outside of Saturday and Sunday,  we had dinner by six pm.  The only reason why I threw Saturday in there is that, by the time I was a teenager, I was too busy socializing to know when people ate. Quite… MORE
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Sep. 3, 2013 3:30 pm 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2013 3:06 am
Almost a year ago, one of my daughters wanted to hatch eggs for a science project.  We created a homemade hatchery (see for more details).  At the time the experiment was done, I had no idea what it would later lead to: This is the result of the three… MORE
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I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a volunteer position), and I am not compensated for my work with Products received from advertisers are only used for experience-based reviews on my personal blog. The reviews, content, and opinions expressed in this blog are all my own. **************** By the age of seven, I would wander into the local library to check out cookbooks to make creations at home. When I became a mother to four daughters, I had a good sized family to feed. I became great with saving money and making wonderful meals without breaking the bank. I started using the original Allrecipes sites when I was in my 20's in 1997. I made the discovery by typing in "" to see what would happen. From then on, I became an addict. I didn't "officially" join until 2010, but I've been here the entire time. :) Allrecipes saved me many times over for parties, pot lucks, graduations-even my oldest daughter's college senior recital.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. I have a smoker and love to grill. Whenever I want some company, I fire up the smoker and make my own homemade BBQ sauce for pulled pork. If that doesn't get you company in NY, nothing will. I create my own recipes, but love learning from other people. I love to see ideas, promote them, and share creativity. I can't think of anything I don't enjoy making. I just love trying to make anything. Holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. Allrecipes contains the secret to my success regarding making succulent turkey (yes, I once was a dry turkey person- NOT ANYMORE). I enjoy coming up with new ideas, new ways to use products, and I always like to test out new items that hit the shelves at the stores. I consider my kitchen to be my laboratory. However, I'm not opposed to quick and easy meals when life makes the call for it! After all, life was meant to be enjoyed...and, sometimes, that means quick and easy meals!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays and birthdays are my favorite times of the year. I enjoy making old family favorites and spending time together with my family. For Thanksgiving, I turned to Allrecipes years ago and discovered what putting a turkey in a brine can do. I tried it that year and never turned back. My husband proclaimed that I made the best turkey he ever ate. So, every year, I cut up all the vegetables ahead of time for the Thanksgiving meal. Then, I put the remains into a stockpot and create my own vegetable stock for a turkey brine. After soaking the turkey, I cook the turkey in a bag to make the most succulent turkey around. It's so juicy that it's hard to believe it's Thanksgiving - and there's no need to buy a special brand of turkey to get this result. I also love the old family go-to recipes. However, for stuffing, I found that making a homemade Challah bread creates the most unbelievable stuffing ever. Using a bread machine can make the whole process easier. You won't regret it!
My cooking triumphs
I started creating my own recipes when I had to live out of a pantry with little funds. I enjoy being creative, and this led to me becoming published. Later, I became an Allstars Brand Ambassador. I love the program because it let me be a part of a company that I respect and love so much in a way that I couldn't have imagined. Being a Brand Ambassador has been such a huge honor and great experience. I've met so many wonderful people due to it, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Allrecipes through roasting pumpkin seeds on the Better TV show. I just want to give a big shout out to Better TV for giving me the opportunity to represent Allrecipes - a website I've been visiting for over 15 years. Here are the links to the pumpkin seed roasting:
My cooking tragedies
I started cooking at a young age, and most of my mistakes took place during that time period. As a child, company was constant in our home. My mother knew I loved to cook and asked if I could make some of my Blonde Brownies for dessert that night for our company. I was 12 years old, and gladly started to prepare the dish. Unfortunately, my mother was out of vegetable oil. I went to the fridge and took out some reserve oil she had filtered after using it for deep frying. I figured it was still good and added it to the brownies. That night, when dinner was finished, the brownies were brought out. I took a bite of mine, and dropped it on the plate. The company ate the brownies and stated how good they were. My brownie had a horrible taste. It was at that moment that I realized the reserved oil was from my mother frying fish. Never again did I test the waters of used oil.
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