We are fairly new to sunny So. CA. This is a great place to garden, which is our favorite past time. My favorite hobby is sewing as well as general crafting. I just really like making things for our home. I cook fresh meals every day for my family. I don't have a favorite cookbook, but I have collected LOTS of good recipes from various cooking websites to assemble my own ring binders of favorite recipes. Since discovering Recipezaar, it has become my favorite recipe website. Such a variety of recipes to choose from – it’s amazing – and I REALLY like reading helpful reviews. The only pet peeve I may have is when some people cook with mushrooms in EVERYTHING! And the same people can't seem to resist mixing Avocados in with their green salads. I'm deathly allergic to both! We like to eat out once in a great while to celebrate a special occasion and I have to sometimes ask about the mushrooms and avocados hate that! DH and I really enjoy making bread. I'm always looking for good bread recipes, as we like giving fresh baked bread to our friends, family and neighbors during the holidays especially the ones that do well in the mini loaf pans.