- I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife. I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship. I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food. A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel. The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that. My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper. Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen. Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good. As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own. Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't. Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.) Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie). Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog. I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.