I have been a Registered Nurse for many years & have worked in various areas @ a nearby hospital. I started nursing school when my children were 6 & 10 years old. Whoa, what a trip that was! Being a nurse totally changed my life. I met my best friends @ nursing school & then @ work. Thru work I have met so many people I never would have known had they not been ill. And I have learned something from every one of them. My husband & I have been married for 37 years. We have a son in the Air Force & a daughter who lives nearby. Both are married & have blessed us with 5 grandchildren. When I first got married, I had to call my mother to find out how to boil a chicken! I read my BH&G cookbook cover to cover to learn how to cook. This was a necessity because we did not (& still don't) live in town. Plus eating out was too expensive. That cookbook taught me to cook from scratch and to this day I use very few mixes. I love to cook & have discovered that math, science & chemistry have a lot to do with cooking as well as being a nurse. The art is when you make it your own! And what better outlet for my cooking than a bunch of hungry co-workers. In my free time: I exercise 3 days a week (OK, so that should be a goal), babysit for the grandkids who don't live on the other side of the world, eat out once a month with the Mall Girls, read, surf the net, watch some TV -Idol, LOST, Grey's & all things cooking & decorating. I enjoy cruising around Zaar to find new recipes & I love the Forum with the kitchen pictures. I haven't been disappointed with very many recipes I have tried because if it has several ingredients my family doesn't like, I skip the recipe. How simple is that? I also believe a recipe should be made the way it is written (@ least the time) but it is OK to omit green peppers & mushrooms because this is my rule after all.