Just started to get into cooking this past year, mostly baking. I've had lots of fun making up my own recipes with much trial and error, but now I'm getting the knack of things and I'm becoming famous with friends/family! I also love using other's recipes as well. There are so many great cookbooks, so I don't have a favorite, but I like recipezaar.com! Besides cooking, I like to garden, weatherwatch, birdwatch, and run, just to name a few of my many hobbies (I'm ALWAYS doing something!). I work in a wild bird store--birdseed/houses/feeders, etc. I am thankful for my willpower, which only lets me eat a couple cookies from every batch I make and also makes me run 30-40 miles a week! My most fav thing of all is going up to my cabin in rural Northern MI. Pet peeves? I guess I can't think of one right off the bat; I consider myself a very open, accepting, understanding and patient person.