Jul 18, 2011

What I Love About Me-Blog Hop

Welcome to Week 7 of "What I Love About Me!" hosted by Twins Plus One, Three Times the Fun and Twingle Mommy!

Here's how it works -
Write a post about what you love about yourself this week and then add it to the linky list below. This is intended to be a time and place for each of us to stop criticizing ourselves for a few minutes and actually remind ourselves of the characteristics we are proud to own. So go ahead, look in the mirror, and see yourself through your loved one's eyes. Notice the beauty first. Here's your place to shine!

A few simple guidelines -
  • Please follow the two hostesses. If you are a new follower, please comment so we can follow you too! :)
  • We'd love it if you posted the button and the linky list, but it is not mandatory. The button code is on my left sidebar.
  • Feel free to link to your homepage or your specific "What I Love About Me!" post. We want this to be a fun, relaxing hop so we'll accept all links as long as they are family-friendly. Thanks!
  • The linky will be open all week so feel free to link-up on your own time!


I'll admit that this is getting a little harder as the weeks roll by. I'm not sure why, but it's much easier to talk about my flaws than my selling points. Which is the whole point behind this blog hop, right?

I love that I know how to cook and that I love to cook! My mom started teaching me how to cook at a very young age. She did my siblings and I all a favor by teaching us how to cook. Even my brother learned since my mom never saw household roles divided by gender. And I fancy myself a good cook. If you don't like spicy food or garlic, you'll probablly disagree with that last statement.

I have a few recipes that I make all the time. They are my tried and true recipes that everyone likes and are very easy to make. But at least once a week, I try out a new recipe. (Like tonight's recipe, which I'll post on Thursday) It keeps things interesting for me so I don't get bored. That's my biggest problem with cooking, I get bored very easily. And my poor in-laws are my favorite test subjects. I've tried out a new recipe on them every time they have come to town for at least their last 6 visits.

I try to post one recipe a week on my blog. These recipes always were winners with my family, and they are usually something new that we had that week. If you've seen these recips you may have noticed that I adapted it from another recipe. That's because it's almost impossible for me to follow a recipe. I can always see an area for improvement. And on the rare occasion that I do folow a recipe, I'm usually annoyed that I did. The only exception to this rule is baking when you have to follow a recipe to a T. Which is why I'm a cook and not a baker. (BTW-I think you can be a cook or a baker, but almost never both)

I am continuing the tradition my mom started by cooking with Isabella.  She loves to be my "big helper" in the kitchen! Now she's only three, so her help is limited, but there are several jobs that she can help with. I thought I would share some with you so you can have your little ones help you too.
  • Shred lettuce
  • Stirring
  • Pouring premeasured ingredients into the bowl
  • Decorating with sprinkles
  • Grating cheese-this is hard for her since she wants to eat it
I love having her in the kitchen with me even though it takes me a little longer to get the job done. Mark and Molly are only a year away from joining her in the kitchen. I think they'll have to take turns so I don't lose my marbles!

I wrote about this adventure in cooking in a post called Late Night Pancake Chefs.

Helping Mommy make Daddy's birthday cake.

So there it is, I love to cook. And it's a good thing since we eat almost all our meals at home (on average one dinner out per week) and Brett doesn't cook.


  1. She looks like one heck of a Sous Chef!! Fun!

    I can't wait to start cooking with Ave & Bryce...I also was in the kitchen with my mom at an early age and I also think I'm a pretty good cook...LOL! (Not a great baker though)

    Have a happy Monday!

  2. She looks so cute. My 3 year old son loves to help in the kitchen too. I even had to go buy him an apron at the Dollar tree.

  3. It really is a gift! I wish I had been taught how to cook. I can make simple things, but I always have to follow a recipe or it will not turn out well for me. I can, however, bake - so I found it interesting that you pointed out that there's a difference. :)

    By the way, I'm so glad you co-host this with me. It's hard for me to think of something each week too, but like you said, that's the point. I don't want to be my own worst enemy. I realize there's a fine line between being a friend to yourself and being arrogant - I'm trying to carefully stay on friend side of that line. Thanks for helping. :)

  4. I agree...cooking is a gift, so you should be proud!! Good for you! Sorry I didn't link up this week...hoping to next week!

  5. I wish I was a better cook...my mom is an awesome cook but she never involved us, so I really think it's great that you take the time to include Isabella (and eventually Mark and Molly). Makes me realize I need to share what I do know with Drew and Em, even it's only how to follow a recipe!


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