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    About Me

    Well, my real name is Brenda, and I am a stay at home mom of 3 boys (ages 6, 5, and 4) and 1 baby girl. I homeschool my boys during the day, and I enjoy cooking with them. I love cooking and trying new things. I like fast, easy recipes for dinner, but I also like more complicated, elegant dishes. We entertain often, so I am always looking for something new to fix. I sent several recipes into the Pillbsbury Bakeoff Contest a few years ago, so I spent a month or so inventing recipes. I will post those here soon. :) I have a son who was born 3 months premature (26 weeks gestation) and is now too skiney (at 6 years old) and sensetive to the texture of his food. I always like finding high calorie foods that he will actually eat!

    In my "spare time" (ok, 1 night per week!), I design and maintain a website: I LOVE this site. I look forward to working on it every week. I've made several pages on my site that link to many Zaar recipes--like my Cupcakes page, and my Christmas Gift Ideas, and Recipes for Romantic Dates at Home. :)

    Lately, I've been enjoying "The Sneaky Chef" with my kids. It WORKS! :) They like all of the recipes so far!!

    For fun, I also enjoy scrapbooking. I'm currently working on my daughter's baby album.

    We love adoption! We've adopted 2 of our kids--Noah (3) and Ruby (our baby). It's not always easy, we have struggles (we didn't get Noah 'til he was 14 months, so he has a lot of anger built up in him), but we love it nonetheless. It is a blessing to us to be able to see these kids grow, and to not know what they're going to look like or be like, and to just fall in love with how different they are from us & how those traits never could've come from us. :)

    Favorite Foods

    My favorite foods are bread and chocolate, wihtout a doubt. I am trying to lose weight though, so my goal is to cook semi-low carb. I cannot have any nuts, and avocados and tomatoes make me sick, so I avoid those as well. It is really hard to find recipes for beef (stew, pot roast, ground beef in any way, etc.) without tomatoes. We have 1/4 of a cow in our freezer, so I'm certainly on the lookout!! :)

    I think I'm famous for making cookies, at least in our neighborhood. Got any good cookie recipes? I like ginger cookies with fresh ginger, and I love the Chocolate Ginger Cookies from!!

    I love Italian food, and I really enjoyed a dish that they used to have at Olive Garden but don't have any more--it was called "Parmesan Crusted Chicken." Mmmmm! Now I always order "Chicken con Broccoli" with no broccoli. :)

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