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Celebrating Life with Paula

May 1, 2013 5:34 pm 
Updated: May 9, 2013 11:09 am
I'm still making MyPlate recipes, recipes created for a healthy, balanced plate. In fact, I made 21 of them during the month of April. Those of us who are a little older remember the previous plan, the food pyramid. Allrecipes has done a great job placing interesting and flavorful recipes in… MORE
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Apr. 29, 2013 8:13 am 
Updated: May 9, 2013 10:56 am
Anyone who has read my blogs knows that I LOVE tea parties. I can make any excuse to have one - having girlfriends over for a relaxing lunch, celebrating a family member's birthday, honoring my mother on Mother's Day, even feeding grandgirls after picking them up at school! I've also broken… MORE
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Apr. 15, 2013 6:38 am 
Updated: Apr. 21, 2013 6:23 am
I began my healthy eating and exercising plans last week. I'm using the MyPlate recipes on this site. They're healthy and tasty, and I don't feel as though I'm cutting back. I love the variety and flavor all these recipes offer. The first one I tried this week was spicy and made me not miss… MORE
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Apr. 5, 2013 8:26 pm 
Updated: Apr. 12, 2013 6:02 pm
I have really eaten a bit more unhealthy lately...okay, more than a bit! I've let Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter extend farther than just one day each. I haven't gotten back to healthy eating since way before the first of the year. I had another stress fracture in the same foot… MORE
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Mar. 14, 2013 8:50 am 
Updated: Mar. 31, 2013 8:22 pm
Every year for at least one week, I keep my daughter's four children while she and her husband have a nice get-away. Honestly, I believe every couple should have some alone time, and this is something I can do for them to nurture and renew their marriage. It's easier for me this year. The… MORE
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Feb. 25, 2013 6:05 am 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2013 2:57 pm
Recently, Baking Nana suggested we all participate in a Faceless Frenzy.  The date was set for this past weekend. If you haven't been on The Buzz lately, you may not know what a Faceless Frenzy is. Actually, it's quite an addictive activity! It's putting photos to those recipes that have no… MORE
Feb. 21, 2013 7:15 pm 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2013 10:31 pm
This eating out of my pantry, frig, and freezer is now on week 4! I did break down and go to the store for toiletries and storage items like toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, soap, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and storage bags. I knew I wouldn't have room in the cart for all that plus… MORE
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Feb. 8, 2013 7:20 pm 
Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 5:06 pm
This is my third week of shopping out of my own house and not going to the grocery store. My pantry, refrigerator, and freezer have had an abundance of foods in them that for one reason or another didn't get eaten when they were bought. I recognize how very grateful I should be. People in… MORE
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Jan. 30, 2013 7:59 pm 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2013 4:55 am
As I told you in my last blog, I am on a quest to shop out of my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer before going to the grocery store. I'm also trying to come up with something healthier than what I'd been eating during the holidays. Saving money and eating better are my goals.Meal 1 is NOT… MORE
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Jan. 16, 2013 1:10 pm 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2013 4:46 pm
Every year I let my guard down around Thanksgiving and Christmas and over-indulge...in sweets, in portion sizes, and in way too many carbs like breads and potatoes. So come January, I have to get back on the healthier eating band wagon. My last blog was about making three different kinds of… MORE
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About Me
I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
My cooking triumphs
Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
My cooking tragedies
A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
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