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Celebrating Life with Paula

Oct. 24, 2013 8:51 pm 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2013 5:38 am
Do you ever just need an easy night in the kitchen? You know...you've been gone all day long and just need to get dinner on the table in a hurry? I must admit, now that my children are grown and gone from home and it's just my husband and me, those nights are not as often as they used to be.… MORE
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Oct. 22, 2013 8:09 pm 
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013 12:13 pm
Do you ever get in a rut with your cooking? I love to fix new recipes. In fact, I probably do that a lot more than most people. But I tend to use the same meats over and over. You know...chicken and ground beef. Well, the Allstar program has introduced me to Johnsonville Sausage, and I have… MORE
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Oct. 21, 2013 12:26 pm 
Updated: Oct. 25, 2013 5:08 pm
My favorite time of year is the fall season. The cooler temps are welcome relief from the hot, humid summers. And I love the colors of the changing leaves. All this change is just starting in my area, but I am totally embracing it!I usually host a "family dinner night" once a month at my… 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!
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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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