My husband and I love to travel and see different wildlife, especially birds. Actually, my favorite thing to see is my grand-daughter who lives about 3 long hours away from us. We are both retired teachers (as of June 2010 for my DH) so will be able to go where we want, when we want! I was born and raised in Chicago. We've lived and taught in South Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin. Now we're in the northwoods of Wis and enjoying nature... and cooking! I love to cook; I hate to clean up afterwards. I am always trying to reduce the calories and fat in recipes without sacrificing the flavor. But I'd rather have a small serving of something delicious than a large serving of something so-so. My favorite cookbook is the Joy of Cooking. I have several versions. My garden keeps me busy in the summer. I like to make salsa with my own tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and onions. We've got several apple trees, so I make a bunch of apple butter, apple sauce, etc every fall. We also grow our own raspberries, currents, blueberries and rhubarb...yum!