My very first memories of being in the kitchen were around Kindergarten age. I recall sitting on the counter dipping strawberries in the sugar bowl and sneaking chocolate chip cookie batter when I thought Mom wasn’t looking.
Mom started Sister and I helping in the Kitchen at a young age. Our first jobs were to set and clear the table or do dishes. We switched back and forth every day because no one wanted to be stuck washing dishes! We even wrote our initials on the calendar in case someone forgot who did the dishes the night before.
I started baking in 4-H. I have come a long way from my first batch of cookies were I mistakenly used way to much baking soda. Oops! Boy was Dad surprised when he bit into those!
We baked a lot of quick breads and Mom always hand extra help making Great Grandma’s yeast bread and cinnamon rolls.
As I got older Mom and I did a lot of “team” cooking. One of us would prepare meat and the other the rest of the meal. Casseroles were a favorite growing up. We tossed in all kinds of garden vegetables, and home raised beef to make delicious meals for our family.
One of our first adult tasks was grocery shopping. Mom gave us the list, handed us some cash, than set us free. Set us free, right after she told us to make sure to get what was on the list and not spend more money than she gave us. This was NO problem for conservative me. It is Sister who tossed all kinds of “fun” stuff in the cart. She claimed it was upon Dad’s request. We never went over budget, but had a few close calls! Today, grocery shopping is one of my favorite responsibilities.
My favorite thing to make is desert, surprise! I seem to have inherited my Grandpa’s sweet tooth. Lucky for me both Grandpas had one! So does Mom, Dad and Sister; funny how that works.
I am learning and loving bread. I am not a huge bread eater, but I can’t keep my hands off of homemade bread. I was scared of yeast for many years and thought bread baking was too complicated for me. Since starting this blog I have had a huge change of heart. Yeast bread is becoming one of my favorite foods to bake.
The Rancher and I LOVE meat! I start my meal planning with meat in mind and find it fun to build a main course around it. We eat a lot of beef, but enjoy pork and poultry as well. If I had it my way, lamb would be a regular on the menu.
I love the time I spend in the kitchen, as it gives me a creative outlet. There is never a lack for new recipes, ingredients or techniques too try. I attempt to keep my meals uncomplicated and tasty. I hope you enjoy the recipes I share as much as my family does.
Your comments always make my day and I enjoy what you have to say. Feel free to send me feedback on the recipes you have tried. There is always a little room to tweak recipes and I am open to suggestions. I also encourage you to send your favorite recipes for me to try.
“One of the greatest things about cooking is that you’re never too old to find new tricks or to see the error of your ways.” ~Kristen, Editor of Real Simple Magazine, July 2011