My Son the Eagle Scout

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So very happy to announce that my son Chris became an Eagle Scout on Sat. He is 16 now & has been in scouting since he was 6. He worked very hard on his Eagle Scout Project & studied hard to do well at his board of review. Our whole family is so very proud of Chris. CONGRATULATIONS & WAY TO GO!

Maggie Brooks on TV

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Yvonne & Brooke Setting Up!

The Maggie Brooks team of Yvonne & Brooke made the trip from Atlanta to Columbus, GA to be on the Dee Armstrong show on Tuesday 9-18-12. It was great fun. I thought I would be nervous, but we worked hard to prepare for the show. We gathered all of our ingredients & measured them out. We even practiced making the recipes even though we had made them several times. All of the folks at the show were so nice. We didn’t feel out of place at all. We really do hope that this is the 1st of many, but if this is the only one we do it was completely worth the trip.

Cookin’ With Kids!

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Okay, let’s be honest, cooking with children takes twice as long as just getting it done. Right? I have been in the kitchen with my very young children wanting to measure something for me in a glass measuring cup. All I could see was milk going everywhere and stitches in someone’s foot from the glass all over the floor. 

I must say I have always enjoyed cooking. I was that curious little kid in my grandmother’s kitchen and my mom’s kitchen. Thank goodness they both had the patience to let me spill milk and try again and again until I got it right.

To tell the truth because of them I was always patient with my kids. Both of them have fun in the kitchen. They are confident in the kitchen. They are now teenagers and don’t need my help in the kitchen anymore, but every now and then one of them will ask me to teach them how to make one of their favorite meals. Wow, does that make every spilled glass or bowl worth it.

Take the time to cook with a kid. Not only will it make you more patient, it will give a new generation a valuable skill and hopefully a love of cooking. Keep the cycle going. Who knows when a budding chef might be inspired.

New Giveaway on Goodreads!

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Love of Cooking by Maggie Brooks

Love of Cooking

by Maggie Brooks

Giveaway ends September 19, 2012.

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What does Success mean to you?

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I had a life altering experience this week. I took my 1st child to college.  While this was an exciting, exhausting, fun, memorable, sad, happy & all together heart breaking experience. I stop today to contemplate the fact that when leaving my first born, in another state, all I said to her was “have fun!”  While this seems like perfectly normal parting advice, I got to thinking about what I was “supposed to say” to an 18 year old girl out on her own for the 1st time. Things like study hard, do well in your classes, stay out of trouble, call me if you need me, don’t party EVERY night, & so many more that I can’t think of right now.

I realized that I didn’t have to say those things to her. She knew all those things. She was ready to be on her own. Her father & I “raised her up right” as we say in the South.

I started thinking about how I have measured success throughout my life.  Getting good grades, getting into a good college, getting a good job, starting a family & most recently raising a fully formed, well rounded young woman.

It is not natural to me or to most people, I think, to pat ourselves on the back when we do something well. We don’t want to come across as conceited. However, in this case, I don’t feel anything but pride in being able to say WE DID IT! 

I would love to hear other stories where you did something well or just an answer to the question: What does success mean to you?

Fall in Love with Cooking!

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Fall in Love With Cooking!  

When we started writing these books it was to give us a project to do together and hopefully make a little money, but what happened is that I fell in love with cooking all over again. Getting in the kitchen and taking a basic recipe and growing it into something that my friends and family ask for again and again. I hope the recipes that we share will help you Fall In Love With Cooking too!

Brand New Blog!

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Love of Cooking: Volume I

This is My 1st Full Volume of 5 Cookbooks. It is available on Amazon & thru my Website I am so excited about it!!!

This Blog will be about my books, working as a mother/daughter team & anything that comes up & seems fun. Also, I want to answer questions & start discussions.

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