I started cooking when I was seven years old. My grandmother was the kind who grew all our veggies in her garden and never once bought a bakery birthday cake. My father always made his own bread and fabulous soups and stews. My husband is the gardener in our family but we grow our own produce including apples that are considered an extinct speices and plums that make the most beautiful lavender blush jelly. This year I invested in a food saver and it has proved invaluable as we process our garden goodies. I do love to cook and bake. I do some specialty cakes and wedding cakes on the side, my favorite is cupcake Bouquets. I also can my own spagetti sauce, chilli, and beef stew. We have an authentic wood cook stove in our kitchen that is part of the orginal furnishing of our 19th century farm house built by my husand's great-great-great grandfather. We fire it up every year at christmas time to make lefse and usually a batch or two of cookies in it just for fun. We have two kids a boy and a girl who both love to help my cook. We love to camp, revovating our home and careing for our small head of beef cattle, bunnies, Himalyan Cat Lexie, Ellie the terrier mix, Snoopy our new yorkie puppy, Max the bichon, and Wendy a yellow lab/golden retriever mix. I also enjoy painting, writing, planning dinner parties and needlepoint. My favorite dish to cook is crock pot beef roast My husband's favorite is crepes My signature dish is Meatballs with Mash potatoes and gravy. My favorite restaurnt is a local one Mike's Smoke House. I work at United Health Group as a Claims Processer. My passions include animal rescue, reading, and writing. I will not eat liver, brussel sprouts, fish, seafood, cooked cabbage, cooked spinich, lutefisk (scandinavian dish fish pickled in lye) or meatloaf made by anyone other than me.