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I am a "50-something" wife, mother, and grandmother and a recently retired church secretary. My husband & I share a home with my elderly mother, and our daughter lives nearby. Our son, DIL, and 3 grandchildren live in another state. Baking is my passion, and trying new bread recipes is what I call fun ;-) I have been a member of Allrecipes.com for several years but have recently found many recipes on Recipezaar. I spend way too much time looking for recipes on the internet--it has become a hobby! I collect cookbooks, and my favorites are church cookbooks, especially those from my hometown. I also enjoy Farm Journal cookbooks, Martha Stewart's older cookbooks, and The Pastry Queen, which is my current favorite cookbook. I live in the central part of Oklahoma, which is celebrating its Centennial this year. Last year, I entered a cooking contest for Made in Oklahoma products. I didn't win, but it was fun to experiment. I submitted a recipe for pralines, so my husband & I gained a few pounds taste testing. When I can tear myself away from the kitchen and the computer, I enjoy gardening.