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Celebrating Life with Paula

Mar. 27, 2014 10:50 am 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 7:14 pm
Last week at my mother's house was wonderful! She is so much better. I am seeing improvement day to day. She has had no pain for almost a week now and is beginning to fix her own breakfast and do her own laundry. She is eating more, doing more, and walking with more stability even though she… MORE
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Mar. 17, 2014 11:07 am 
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014 8:46 am
I'm from the South. Southern cooking used to always include bacon fat and/or frying! When I was a kid, every meal included frying something - bacon and eggs, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken, floured hamburger steak, and fish! And if it wasn't fried, then it was seasoned with bacon… MORE
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Mar. 13, 2014 11:42 am 
Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 5:30 pm
It's March and my sister and I are going on our third month of caring for our mother. I believe we're finally seeing some consistent improvement. For a while there she would be better, but then have days of worse pain and feeling bad for no reason we could figure out. It seems there are more… 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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