I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Have lived from Arkansas to Memphis to Maine to Minnesota to Texas to CA and now Illinois since I have been married. I have 4 children (3 grown daughters and 1 grown son) and 11 grandsons. The oldest turned 12 in Aug.'14 and the youngest was born Oct. 5, 2014. I taught elementary school (both public and private) for 16 years, then worked for 6 years as a principal for a private Christian school. I am now a Dyslexia Testing Specialist and Tutor in private practice and I love my work. The cookbook I have used most during my 37 years of marriage is the Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book (red and white checkered.) I still get it out frequently and several of its recipes have become regulars in my house.