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As of 6-14-2013 DH will be completing his tour in Trinidad, which has been a wonderful adventure; and returning home to Dayton, WA. We'll miss all our friends and time there, but looking forward to enjoying home life on the ranch for awhile, while we see what the next adventure might bring.
6-15-2012 A new adventure is starting. DH has accepted a position in Trinidad, so we'll be visiting a totally new area and looking forward to trying some of the local food there.
Update 10-15-10: We just returned home from Beijing, China and are happy to be back in Washington State, in our little town of Dayton. We truly enjoyed China and all the friends we made but missed home and family.
About me - raised and educated in Las Vegas. Worked all of my career as a registered nurse mostly in Neo-Natal and Pediatrics, now retired and loving it. Have lived in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Russia and most recently Italy. We returned from China and a wonderful experiance on 10-15-2010. I'm married to a wonderful man whose job takes us to all these differant places. We have a blended family of 4 grown children, 2 boys and 2 girls. We have 5 grandsons and our first granddaughter arrived on May 26, 2007 on October 5, 2010. While we were living in China our second grandaughter was born and she's soooo pretty. Little girls are just soooo much fun and so sweet.
My passion is my family and enjoying the outdoors, love hiking and picnicing when weather allows and I truly enjoy training dogs. I've none of my own at this time but have trained several for friends and my grandkids that have resulted in wonderful well behaved family pets. After belonging to this site for awhile and reading and enjoying AM pages my pet peeves have changed. There's 2 things that bother me, 1st is when someone leaves a poor review but no reason why - an honest review is appreciated and allows others to see what works and did not and maybe make changes, but nothing serves no purpose except to possibley hurt feelings. The 2nd is poor reviews when changes are made that change the recipe and then the reviewer wonders why it didn't turn out. Sometimes it just might be personal taste - but you can't know with out at least a short comment.
Figured I should say that my rating system pretty much just follows the Zaar list. Rarely will I ever rate anything less than a 3 or 4 as I can tell by the ingrediants if I'm going to like it or not. If it doesn't work for us I figure it's personal taste or I did something wrong, in that case I'll usually write the chef and request additional information and not leave any stars.
Love anything chocolate, but also enjoy spicy foods, favorite restuarant is any good steakhouse and as far as famous dish - as my grandsons would say IHOP (the restaurant) as I'm not known for my cooking and that is why I'm always searching for EASY recipes. As an update, since joining this site - I've started trying a LOT of bread baking (specially sourdough, Thank you Donna and the rest on the site) and am having great success with it. My family is thrilled and soooo surprised at my recent culinary achievements. I continue to tell them it's all thanks to Zaar and the many friends I've made