I am a busy mom of five kids and grandma to one! I am married to my best friend and sidekick. Soon we will be empty nesters, beginning a new phase of adventures. I was raised vegetarian and began eating meat regularly in my early twenties. Although I still serve vegetarian meals at home about half the time, I can say I will never give up eating meat by choice! Cooking for me is an escape. I love feeding my people! My challenge in the near future will be learning how to downsize our meals! Being creative is essential for me. I grew up with artist parents and have followed in their footsteps. I have designed in the accessories industry for the last twenty years. Cooking is a wonderful way to use your creativity AND get an important job done for the family. My hope is for my children to look back on their life and remember how special and important our mealtimes were together. My wish is that they value mealtimes and continue to make it a priority in their families.