I will start out by introducing myself (the other two will follow with their introductions on separate posts).
Family: I am single, the mother of six grown children and grandmother of 14. I will be a great-grandmother in January. I live with one dog, two cats and six chickens (chickens are outside only). I am currently living on the outskirts of a good-sized city in South Carolina and have the advantage of lots of stores such as Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Earthfare, and a large Asian market in addition to the normal grocery store options.
|Grandbabies #13 & #14|
Food: I practice menu planning, cooking (and eating) real, whole food. I do best when I plan out my meals at least a week in advance, being sure to plan for leftovers. I am currently halfway through my second Whole 30, a diet and metabolism reset program. I did it once before about a year ago, and was very pleased with the results. Unfortunately, over time I slipped back into some less than perfect eating patterns so need another reset.
Greatest food challenge: Cooking for one and not wasting leftovers. I don't like to eat the same thing over and over, so I cut recipes in half where possible, freeze individual portions for later meals, plan on using leftovers for lunches, and when I still have leftovers I don't want, I pass them along to someone I know with a limited food budget (he is very appreciative!)
Favorite quote: "Eat anything you want as long as you make it yourself." - Michael Pollan, from his book Cooked
Hobbies & interests: I like to read and am fairly involved in my church. I sit on the Board of a non-profit called Maia Moms, an organization that helps single moms get onto a path out of poverty and despair. I am retired and am enjoying spending time with my grandchildren, something I didn't have time to do when I was working.
A favorite recipe: Carnitas (or pulled pork) made in the slow cooker. Super easy and delicious. It can be served several different ways - in a tortilla as a taco, in a bun as a sandwich, or as the filling for enchiladas or taquitos. Be sure and save the broth and use as a base for soup or rice. Here is the link to the original recipe (and be sure and read the comments as they often have lots of great additional ideas).
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