I am a free-lance artist who also designs, makes and sells Christmas ornaments at juried shows. I also love to create recipes - I have won some contests, Betty Crocker Cookie contests 2006 and 2007 being two of them. I was thrilled when Betty Crocker included my two recipes in their 2007 Favorite Cookies cookbook magazine. It was so exciting for me to see the photos and recipes in print! I was also a 1st place winner in the Nestles Very Best Baking contest in 2004. This coming April 2008 I will be in Dallas, Texas competing as one of the 100 finalists in the Pillsbury Bake-off. I am excited and a nervous wreck at the same time - but most of all, amazed that I was chosen. I love all cookbooks! I am always coming home with a new cookbook! My favorite are the Southern Living Christmas annual cookbooks - I have found many wonderful recipes in those books. I love Christmas! My home is very Christmasy all year around. Every year we have a big party for up to 50 people and I love the planning part - especially finding new recipes for the buffet. I don't like people that are always talking about how busy they are - we are ALL busy! I also love to read - from books to magazines! And I love animals - we have a cockapoo, Snickers, who is 10 years old and definitely spoiled, but just so darn cute!