I love baking and cooking. It's become my hobby over the past year and I feel so peaceful and happy doing it. For me, there's nothing like making crackers, or a pie crust, rocking out to the 80's channel on Pandora! About 6 months ago I decided to challenge myself. I wanted to really take my love for baking and cooking up a notch. With the economy the way it is (and threats of it only getting worse), I decided to try and make EVERYTHING in my POWER from scratch. I would only buy the things I could NOT make in my home. So far I have perfected the art of bread making (WITHOUT a bread machine), cookies for my kids, muffins, pie crusts, pastas, gnocchi, pizza, and so on. This summer I plan to learn to can and freeze from my garden. I want to get chickens next year to get fresh eggs. Join me on my challenge and we'll see how much we can make from scratch, AND hopefully in the long run, depend less on prepared foods!