Hello everyone! My name is Lori Pedroncelli. I am from Ohio originally, but lived in New Mexico for 3 years, before moving back several years ago. Like everyone here, I LOVE to cook. I used to feel that I didn't have time, but now I am learning to make time. It's so important to me to sit down to dinner together as a family. My favorite part of the day. Since I started working from home four years ago, it really has assisted in my flexibility to prepare a healthy, delicious dinner every night. I feel like I still have alot I can learn, especially when it comes to baking. I was married in September, 2006 to my best friend, Estevan. My husband and I share a love of cooking together. I really enjoy planning out the week and deciding what we will try next, and it takes the panic out of what's for dinner? I also try to do OAMC (once a month cooking) method when I can. I love the food netork, and I really love Rachel Ray and her cookbooks. I have recently been cooking alot out of her big orange book. It is my newest favorite. I am abit of a cookbook collector, and recently purchased a larger bookcase to store all of them in my kitchen. However, I tend to rely on recipezaar first now when I am looking for something in particular. I love this site and it's community of users! In my free time, I enjoy scrapbooking and would love to devote more time to it as a hobby. It is a great creative release for me. Estevan and I love to travel as much as we can as well. We were blessed with our first son 2 years ago (Grayson), and are enjoying being parents. We also have 3 furry kids, Bailey, (german shepard/ blue heeler) and 2 bichons - Bella and Jack. We love to entertain and typically host Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house for family. I enjoy putting the menus together and my husband is a huge help in the preparation! Couldn't do it without him.