Celebrating Life with Paula Blog at Allrecipes.com (2/2012)

Celebrating Life with Paula

 
Feb. 28, 2012 8:49 pm 
Updated: Mar. 12, 2012 7:53 pm
Did you know that February is National Cherry Month?  Yeah...neither did I until I checked a calendar of holidays.  I really wonder why it's in February because try as I might, I couldn't find any fresh cherries in the grocery store.  Could it be that we celebrate President's Day in… MORE
 
 
Feb. 22, 2012 7:24 pm 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2012 7:54 am
Yep, Maxine expresses my sentiments exactly.  Please don't hate me! I've never been one to watch sports.  I just don't enjoy football.  In fact, we weren't even home to watch the game that Sunday night.  But I must admit, I LOVED reading about the food everyone was fixing for their Super Bowl… MORE
 
 
Feb. 14, 2012 9:25 pm 
Updated: Mar. 13, 2012 6:25 pm
What better day to celebrate Chocolate Lovers Month than Valentine's Day? I decided at the last minute I wanted to have a few people over tonight, so I sent out an e-mail invitation a couple of days ago. Here's what I wrote:          Are you planning on taking your "Valentine" out to eat on… MORE
 
 
Feb. 10, 2012 3:17 pm 
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012 7:25 am
I love tea parties! I have no idea when this love affair began, but I know it is going strong right now.  There are so many aspects I love about them, but let me start with just two:I love the formality....the silver, the different courses, the white linens, the special china, the… MORE
 
 
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Paula

Home Town
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Living In
Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2008

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Walking, Reading Books, Music

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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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