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My name is Karen. I love to cook. I collect cookbooks, my favorite being ones you can get from churches or schools that have peoples personal favorites in them. Whenever I visit out of state I try to find 1-2 of these kinds of cookbooks. My hobbies are painting, cross stitch, scrapbooking and spending time with my 3 children. Megan 21 years old, Jeremy 16 Years old, and Clayton 8 years old. People love my pizza Swirls. I love all foods. I love to try complicated recipes for fun and I make alot of my own breads. My kids love to help me cook I think its a great time to get to communicate with our kids especially when life can get so crazy with school and such, this is a great habit we have gotten into, cooking and chatting LOL. We now have a smoothie night where we make an assortment of smoothies as a dessert, and on occasion we have had smoothies for dinner but that is a rare occasion. Its kids choice and they have fun on recipezaar because I have dedicated a cookbook just to smoothies. My daughter is getting creative in her smoothie endeavors and coming up with some incredible ideas! In Jan 09 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and have just began the treatments to get myself back up to speed. *UPDATE* November 2009 I have finished my radiation and chemotherapy and am on the mend. Chemo caused nerve damage in my leg so I am unable to walk without a cane and a brace but otherwise doing great!!!!!!!! Cooking Q & A Forum Host Desserts Forum Host In september of 2009, The Pink ribbon tour came through Wickenburg. The pink ribbon tour are 2 Pink Fire Trucks with the firefighters wearing pink. I had the honor of being one of the people that got to sign my name on the firetrucks as it was beginning a long tour of the United States. It was such an incredible expierience, I could feel the love and healing in the air (Even thought it WAS raining lol) For more information on these incredible people: Here is their web site http://www.pinkribbontour.com/ Family Pictures. Some photo's I have taken here on Recipezaar. These are some of the fun events here on Zaar that I have participated in and had so much fun with!!