Celebrating Life with Paula Blog at Allrecipes.com (1/2013)

Celebrating Life with Paula

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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Jan. 10, 2013 12:12 pm 
Updated: Jan. 17, 2013 2:51 pm
I hate sports (please don't hate me), yet I have a competitive personality. Not necessarily with others. Mainly with myself. I hate to not be able to do something I really want to do. For instance, years ago I could never make fudge. That soft ball/hard ball stage beat me every time! Then I… MORE
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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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