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We live on a small hobby farm in Lake Stevens, WA with our four spoiled and loveable dogs, one cat who thinks she's a dog, and an African Gray Parrot who torments all of them by calling their names. My husband loves to garden so we have lots of fresh produce in the summer to share with our friends. We also have a small commercial canning company in which we make and sell Dilly Beans, Dilled Asparagus, and Garlic 'n Beans. We grow all of our own beans and dill ~ about one half acre ~ which Tom weeds it all by hand! In his "real" job, he is a drainfield designer for septic systems. In our "sprare" time, we love to travel, fish, and go clamming and crabbing. I love to cook and made my first cake when I was in the second grade. Have been cooking ever since! My favorite cookbooks are our Mace Family Cookbooks (we have done 3), and our Hackney Family Cookbook. Everyone in my extended family are excellent cooks as our cookbooks can attest to that! All the recipes are tried and true.