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March 2004: I live in eastern NC. For fun, I like to travel, spend time with family and friends and of course to cook and eat. My passions are family, friends, church and my two cats.
Because of Zaar, I have ventured out and tried new and different foods! I even planted my first herbs!
I think if I had a month off of work, I would love to travel and cook, however, this will have to wait until I retire.
In 2005 I was honored to meet several Zaarites at the Twisted Fork restaurant in Raleigh, NC. Anne, Eve, Pat and Shirl, along with some of their families. We had a fine time!
Late in March 2008, I moved back to my hometown, along with my two kitties. The whole town has welcomed me back and everyone loves to see my kitties basking in their window seats. They say the little house I live in finally looks loved. I live on a main corner in my old neighborhood, so everyone knows what I am doing LOL! Ahhh, small town life.
Our one and only grocery store closed in May 2008, so I really have to plan ahead to cook. It did take a whole month for me to even test the oven and stove to see if they worked LOL! Seriously, I love being back home and my mother and I are spending more time together (sometimes good and sometimes not so good LOL!
My dad (a retired farmer) and one of his neighbors used to have a garden behind my parents home. My mom calls it their Chair Garden because he and the neighbor used to sit in their chairs at the garden to talk and watch it grow. Sometimes there would be quite a gathering of friends at the garden. Daddy passed away November 2007 and a garden had not been planted since spring of 2006.
Spring of 2009, one of my best friends and I planted a small garden there in memory of my dad. We have been fairly successful with squash, green beans, tomatoes, but the herbs, peppers and okra are kinda pitiful LOL! Better luck to us next year.
Well, June 1, 2009 was my first day of retirement! Yippee! I logged off of Zaar at work, but was already logged in at home, so I have not logged off of Zaar since I joined in 2005. While I have "traveled" a little since retiring, cooking has not found a regular place in my routine yet, but it will. Traveling or not, I cannot stay away from Zaar for long.
November 2009, got a call from my "old" work, asking if I could come back full-time on a temporary basis, starting in January 2010 thru June and then work part-time the rest of the year. I agreed because even though I had only been retired 7 months, I found I needed the routine of a job. It was really really hard to set the alarm clock that first back to work day. I did work full-time thru June, started part-time July 1st. My contract was renewed for 2011. I work 3 days/wk and am loving it.
May 2010 I purchased a small house just a couple of doors down from where I was renting, moved in June 2010.
July 2010, I lost my mother suddenly. She was 79 years old. She had lost alot of her vigor since my Daddy died in 2007, but I thought I had more time with her. She is in a much better place now though.
Helping ease the pain of her loss is the fact that my nephew and his wife will be buying her house and moving to town. My brother and I thrilled and I know my parents would be too.
Below are some photos of my "fur babies"! You can move your mouse of the photos in the collage for a larger image!
Below are some photos of Zaar recipes that I have had the pleasure of preparing and photographing!
I love all types of cuisines and will pretty much try anything new.
As far as posting recipes on Zaar, I will post recipes that I have not tasted nor made, but will let you know this in the description. I feel that since people have different tastes than I do, I may just post something that appeals to them. I will let the ingredients speak for themselves. If I try a recipe and do not care for it, I usually chalk it up to differences in tastes and try to explain that in my review. I am HOOKED ON ZAAR!