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My name is Karen and I live West of Chicago (on the edge of no where!) with my DH, our two German Shepherds, and our new baby. I love to golf, garden (except for the weeding!), am addicted to romance novels (and good science fiction), and I love to bake--usually cakes from scratch when I have the time! Since getting married, I have been cooking a lot more and am having a lot of fun trying new recipes! And since having a baby, I am continuing to try and squeeze in time in the kitchen! It is a good thing that she is such a good baby and likes to look at everything! And here she is, as of January 2009! The top picture is our 2005 Christmas picture--and the dogs are about as big as I am! They take up a lot of my time and are big babies! It has been a bit of a challenge at times, as our male has pretty severe hip dysplasia, but they are great dogs and I have learned so much about arthritis! They are great with kids and love to lick little hands and feet! and noses! and ears! and...! I have an allergy to cow dairy (sheep and goat are fine, but not always easy to come by!) though I do tend to cheat--I break out when I do, but sometimes it is worth it! I participated in the 2006 Fall PAC--and what a great game/program/thing! So much fun!