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Hey ya’ll!  Let’s get to know each other.  I am a daughter, wife, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, cousin, granddaughter, niece, aunt, mother (to the best yellow lab in the world), and friend.  I am an Oklahoma transplant living in North Carolina by way of Georgia.  If we keep moving east we'll eventually end up at the beach.  I am happiest when I am in the kitchen whether it’s perusing cookbooks and the Internet for recipes, cooking, or sharing a meal with family and friends.  I am a true homebody.  My interests center around the home and how to make the chores a little more tolerable and living in it more comfortable (and yummy of course!).  
I have an obsession with cookbooks and collecting great recipes.  I love it when I have the opportunity to share recipes with friends and I Iove it even more when friends share recipes with me.  When I am asked for a recipe or a new recipe is added to our family collection I become almost giddy.  Yes, it’s a sickness.  One I have come to accept.
When I think back in time my memories are always centered around the kitchen table.  Going to Grandma Patterson's always meant sitting down for a chicken fried steak dinner and going home with some delicious homemade plum jelly. Going to Grandma Gibson’s always meant going out for ice cream and then sitting around the table gluing green stamps.  Remember S&H green stamps??  Green stamps were little stamps that you would moisten and attach to collector books which could then be redeemed for products in a catalog.  We had so much fun!  The holidays always meant seven layer salad, seven cup fruit salad, green bean casserole, and date nut cake along with the traditional fare.  After any kind of school performance, recital, or big sports event meant going to Braum's for ice cream sundaes.   And in both families we always sat around the kitchen table just to visit.  Now everyone had nice sofas and chairs but we always gathered at the table for hours.  Must be a southern thang!  Through my eyes love was most expressed during the times we gathered at the table.  It was the one time we all laughed, cut up, and got along.  So in turn I express love and care at the table as well.  

I have started this blog to share recipes and family stories with you.  Successes and Failures! Ask me about the Sweet Potato Casserole I set on fire with a house full of people at Thanksgiving.  Very funny story, indeed!  And in turn I hope you share your recipes and stories with me.  

So pull up a stool and stay awhile.  I can’t wait to meet you!  Introduce yourself and let’s get cookin'.


Me and hubby "G", official taste tester, at our annual Kentucky Derby Gala.

Me and Mac, official taste tester #2.