Let me begin by showing you where it all happens. I have to say.....I LOVE MY KITCHEN!!!! I have ample counter space to work on, double ovens to bake with (a must have for a family of six), one large pantry and another small "pantry" to store our home canned goods, my plethera of cookbooks, and my ever faithful crock-pots. Looking out my breakfast nook windows, I have a fantastic view of our woods and small creek that runs across our land. This is my little slice of heaven. I hope that in upcoming posts I will be turning out some terrific, flavorful, and delectable recipes that not only my family will enjoy but will encourage you to prepare for your family's palate too.
I decided to start my own blog to share recipes with friends and family and to network with others who enjoy cooking and baking as much as I do. My love of cooking blossomed as a young girl while standing beside my Granny as I helped her roll out pie dough for pies. She always allowed me to sprinkle the leftover dough with cinnamon and sugar to be savored later as a special treat. She was ever patient with my eagerness to assist in any kind of baking. My grandparents ran a small farm (where my Mom grew up and is the same ground we built our home on) and at harvest time Granny would fix large lunches and dinners to be transported out to the fields for everyone. I'm not talking ham sandwiches and chips here, I'm referring to fried chicken (wrapped in newspaper to stay warm), potatoes, green beans, rolls and of course pie!!! Wow!!! Some of my fondest memories as a child are sharing moments with my brother and cousins riding in the grain wagons full of beans or corn freshly harvested from the fields. What simple, wonderful times those were.
Not all the recipes posted here will be lengthy, time consuming, from "scratch" recipes. As a busy mom of four very active children, my priority is to have a meal prepared to eat before running out the door to our commitments rather than grabbing a drive-through meal that has ZERO nutritional value. Our dinners consist of crock-pot meals, fresh homemade soups, grilled dishes, simple casseroles or my kid's favorite.....breakfast for dinner. I build into my weekly menus a buffet night when all leftovers are placed on the island to be gobbled up. This is typically an evening we have commitments at different times and places.
So, come along on this new adventure with me. I hope it's a fun, flavorful one for all.