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~~~~~AN IRISH PRAYER~~~~~
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
My name is Kitty, and I'm a native Floridian, wife to Greg and mother of two children (Steven 25 and Rachel 13 years old) and 4 fur-babies: MiaMariaBonita (Mia) and Berger, and our newest additions, Skittles (Skitty) and Rubin (Rube), who we rescued from being homeless! I work for a large energy company in Orlando, in the renewable energy field, where I've worked for the last 18 years. I just recently lost my Australian Shephed Apache...he was such a good guy, but age crept up on him. He was 2 weeks from his 15th birthday ... I miss my boy.
Many of the recipes I've posted are my mom's or mine, with some from my favorite cookbooks or friends. The ones that say "Mimi" in the title - those are from my mom, and I have more of her recipes to go through and post. I am also in the process of posting recipe 'snippets' from magazines that I have had for years, just to have a safe place for them - this is making DH happy, as I am getting rid of 'old papers' in the process. It's hard keeping track of all those small pieces of paper plus they seem to multiply exponentially on their own.
Just to let you know too, I rarely get to send each individual who tries and rates one of my recipes a personal zmail. So I'll say it here, " Thanks so much for trying my recipe, and I'm glad you enjoyed it." If you didn't enjoy it too much :( offering suggestions or other comments are welcome too, both for me and other chefs who might be thinking of trying that recipe. But, remember to be nice. We're all in this together !! :)
I LOVE playing the cooking tag games on Zaar, and I'm finding my new favorites are on the Diabetic Forum ~ healthy diabetic meals and lots of fun with the chefs on Zaar.
I previously co-hostessed for the Spring 2010 Pick-A-Chef (PAC) event ~ if you ever want a real challenge, host this event LOL ~ it will keep you on your toes!
MY PERSONAL INTERESTS:
I love the Lord Jesus Christ, my church and having church luncheons once a month!
I enjoy spending time with my family & friends.
I enjoy going to the beach, kickboxing, gardening, quilting & cross-stitch (when I have extra time), watching movies, cooking and hanging around in the kitchen.
I love to read ~ Christian fiction and inspirational books, historical fiction, and good old murder mysteries. I enjoy my cooking magazines, EatingWell and The Food Network ~ I love to look through these each month and try new recipes. I have been a 20-year subscriber to Southern Living Magazine (doesn't every southern girl get this?)
Our family spends a lot of time together so that leaves lots of opportunities for new adventures, especially in the kitchen. I really enjoy Zaar for that reason ~ finding new recipes and trying new things together is fun for all of us. My daughter says she wants me to teach her how to cook...if she only knew...but she got her 1st very own cookbook last year for Christmas, and we're working together in the kitchen. She has become a Zaar member (jillyray) and has posted a couple of her own recipes.
I also 'collect' stuff (much to my DH's despair -- hehe) - I especially like 'old' things, and have collections of pewter, transfer ware, and Depression glass. My active collecting today is hobnail milk glass items ~ they take me back to when I was a kid, and adding to a huge collection of shot glasses from around the world ~ I started with these in the early '80s. I also collect postcards from places I visit and I've started a collection of cookbooks from the various beaches we go to here in the South. I love all things Celtic as I am half-Irish (the temper part) and DH is Irish/Scots, so I pick up things that catch my eye.
My favorite colors are cobalt blue, seafoam green and aqua - colors of the ocean.
I have a "servant's heart", and I like to make large meals for family and friends and just enjoy everybody while they enjoy the food. I like to make special treats and give them as gifts to friends and others who have blessed me with their attitude or small favors. I really enjoy giving to others.
I'm a 'tender' heart - I cry at TV commercials :) and I seem to have passed this on to my daughter. DH laughs at us...
WORDS OF WISDOM that make me smile:
"For God SO loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." ~ John 3:16
"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone." ~ Audrey Hepburn
"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." ~ Carlos Castaneda
A BUMPER STICKER: "Destined to be an old woman with no regrets."
"Because NICE matters"
"If you can't pronounce it, DON'T put it in your mouth." ~ FloridaNative
"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations." ~ Faith Baldwin
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way" ~ Native American saying
"May you always be overwhelmed by the Grace of God rather than by the cares of life." ~ Unknown
"Nature doesn't adjust to your skill level" ~ Unknown
"Don't carry a grudge. While you're carrying a grudge, the other guy's out dancing." ~ Buddy Hackett
"You'll never regret the angry words you do not speak" ~ Unknown
We became an "organic" family in May 2007, so we try to stay as close to 100% organic as possible -- my motto: If you can't pronounce it, don't put it in your mouth! I'm a type 1 diabetic, so I have some challenges with the foods I eat - I stay away from white sugar and flour, and anything "artificial". I don't tolerate gluten well, so we've also become gluten free - I substitute all flours with gluten free flours and that works well for us. We rarely eat pork now (unless we go 'out' for ribs), and we're eating less meat - which I must admit I miss. I LOVE a medium rare steak! I am learning to like and use more veggies and different combinations of rice and rice pastas in our meals, and I want to learn more about canning so I can make our garden's abundance go further without any waste.
"Comfort food" is my favorite and here's a list of those things I like best: French onion soup, grilled buffalo steaks, chicory coffee with cream (cafe au lait), chai tea lattes (YUM), hot (green) tea with honey, peanut butter pie, red beans and rice, chili with cheese, fresh baked bread, really GOOD soups, roasted nuts, shortbread cookies, bar-b-qued (pork) ribs, potato salad, my momma's chicken and dumplin's, mac & cheese, Italian pasta dishes with fresh mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses with delicious tomato sauce, Italian Tuscano wines -- yuummm, fresh salsa with blue corn tortilla chips, chocolate milk, and after a long day - single malt scotch - Glenfiddich is my favorite. Add to this one of my new favorites, ~Nimz~ Buttermilk Pie. If you've looked at my recipes, you can probably tell that I (we) love pasta, beans, and rice ~ these are staples in our house.
BTW -- my most HATED food is mushrooms, can't stomach the smell of them cooking or the texture when I eat them. Even if they're diced fine, I can tell if they're "in there"... :( ... they totally ruin a dish for me...poor DH, he loves them. I've also found I don't *really* care for red beets or raw broccoli ~ to me, both of them are a bit too "earthy", e.g., they taste like dirt! I do like the golden beets though, and use those in vegetable dishes and salads.