Life Lately


This summer we celebrated my Mom’s 80th birthday. Milestone birthdays make me stop and reflect on how thankful I am to have both of my parents. Here is a shot of them in their younger years. Such a sharp looking couple!

Mom and DadTheir life together has spanned more than 50 years now, and they have raised four children. They have built a lot of memories over those years.

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At the beginning of 2016 I made the decision to step away from my Taste of Home Cooking School travel. Several things contributed to that decision. One key factor was that my Mom has been dealing with memory loss. I felt I needed to be closer to home.

Since that time, I took a break from my work and did some regrouping of my own. I joined a fitness center and started getting myself into shape. I feel better than I have in years and actually ran my first 5K race (something I never thought I would do).

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During this time I also re-evaluated what I want to do moving forward. There’s nothing like sitting at home in your sweat pants to put life into perspective. Ha ha! I have decided that I still love giving cooking classes and working with food.

So, when Taste of Home asked if I would consider coming back for a handful of Fall 2016 cooking schools, I took some time to give it serious thought. I was hesitant at first, but they are willing to limit my schedule to a handful of shows so I am still available for my parents.

I look forward to this fall. I enjoy the adventure of traveling to new places, and this season’s Taste of Home will allow me to do just that. I’ll be in Madison, SD; Fort Smith, AR (for two shows); Clovis, NM; and Grand Junction, CO.

My husband, Scott, may join me for at least one of these trips. He’s my favorite travel partner. Here is a shot of us on a Mississippi river boat dinner cruise we took a few weeks ago.

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As far as my Mom, she’s had a good summer. She may not be remembering many of her day-to-day experiences. But, the thing is — I AM remembering these moments. So I’m trying to cherish the memories every chance I get.

I hope you’ve all had a great summer!