I’m 26, happily married to my best friend, blessed to be living the dream. I have three dogs – a Golden Retriever/English setter mix, Mac, the fetch dog; a Blue Heeler/Border Collie, Gunny, the catch dog; and the full-blooded German Shepherd Dog, Tucker, the guard dog. All of our dogs, by the way, are rescues and I encourage everyone, when looking for a pet, to search your local rescues and shelters before buying a pet shop puppy! When I’m not working my dogs, cooking or doing laundry, I’m really getting spoiled on sleeping in – it’s ruining me.
I love cooking. I grew up cooking in a two-story white farmhouse in the very northern part of Central Kentucky, learning to make pasta from a handcrank machine and mashed potatoes from a stockpot and a handmasher. I love cooking for other people more than I like cooking for just myself – batch cooking is something I’m slowly getting used to out of necessity. I also love cooking with natural (not ‘organic’, thank you) foods and making my own ‘processed’ foods like loaf bread and home-canned things (a new hobby, I promise). I feel like there’s too much convenience anymore; I’d rather make my own. When I was a kid, we grew our own herbs and veggies in a raised-bed garden; got our own milk and eggs from the goats, cows and chickens from the barn; and raised our own meat. I think the world would be a better place if people would spread out and sort of go back to the way things were, as long as they stay off my lawn. :) (Props if you name the movie.)
You put this many dogs in a kennel and they’d start snappin’ and bitin’. Put this many horses in a corral and they’d start nippin’ and kickin’. Little wonder you have all this hatred in the world among people . . . they’re too crowded to stay nice. Their fightin’ and killin’ is just a natural outcome. All nature does it. You can’t live crowded up. Impossible. It makes everything unnatural.
– Delmar Smith
I take pictures of my progress through cooking, but I never said I was any good. I like to think I’m getting better, but that could be supported or denied depending on who’s looking. I look at tutorials and try to incorporate what they’re telling me, and it does help. Right now I’m without camera, relying on my iPhone.
- Operation Baking GALS (Give A Little Support). (Blog found here.) Created by Susan from She’s Becoming DoughMessTic, this rapidly growing group of bloggers and non-bloggers alike bake up some tasty homecooked love for our men and women in uniform overseas and send it their way. Each group (hosted by a different blogger) sends their support to a soldier for his or her unit. It’s something I’m rather passionate about – my father was in the USAF and his brother in the Army (1st Cav) in Vietnam, my mother’s father was an LT in WWII Italy, my father-in-law (to be) was in the Navy and so was his daddy. I also have many friends in local LE that are also part of the 178th MP detachment and recently received their shipping orders. Support your troops – they support you!
- PETS2VETS is an awesome nonprofit founded by Dave Sharpe, a good ol’ Georgia boy who served his country and needed a little help readjusting, for returning wounded veterans, law enforcement and emergency services personnel. PETS2VETS matches shelter dogs with veterans – both of whom are in need of love, comfort and a good home. PETS2VETS is based out of Arlington, VA and works with folks as they can. Spread the word and show your support!
- Wives Behind the Badge is a national nonprofit formed to support law enforcement and their families in the forms of resources, emotional support and essential benefits. As a police wife, I can’t help but love this organization.
I am strongly opinionated and could be considered a little vulgar (who, lil’ ol’ me?). But I’m friendly if you’re friendly – and I do like to make friends! Thank you for visiting; please come back!