What is my favorite cookbook?

After going through so many cookbooks, (because I have a serious problem when it comes to cookbooks) I have found that Gweneth Paltrow’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, has been consistently good.  My BFF gave it to me for my birthday one year, and I went crazy trying just about every recipe.  And, EVERYTHING was delicious!  I would post a picture of the cookbook, but it looks so bad since I use it so much!!

What five things would I pack if I knew I was going to be deserted on an island forever?

lip balm-I can’t stand dry lips!

coffee-gotta have my caffeine fix!

a fingernail file-oooh long fingernails do not look good on me!

tweezers-good all-around tool!

my Bible-I have always wanted to read the Bible from beginning to end.  I would surely have plenty of time on my hands to do so!

If I could go back in time, what would I say to my younger self?

I would tell myself :

Life has “peaks and valleys.”  God gives us the valleys so that we can appreciate the peaks.

Not to worry so much. To remember, God takes care of us and can get us through anything.

To surround myself with positive and open-minded people. Negativity can be contagious.

To try not to gossip.

To realize that some people might not be mad or dislike me, but could be having a really, bad day.  A lot of times we don’t know when someone is going through something hard.

To wake up every morning and thank God for my blessings!!

If I could have one meal, what would it be?

When we went to France, every meal was so fresh and delicious.  I have never been to the South of France, but I think I would like my last meal to be a bowl of seafood bouillabaisse, French baguette, and a glass of chilled vouvray overlooking the Mediterranean.

Is there anything you are afraid of?

Yesssss! Snakes!

Have you broken any world records?

I’m not published into Guinness Book of World Records, but I have read the Fifty Shades Trilogy more than anybody on the planet!

Do you have any favorite famous quotes you would like to share with us?


“A girl should be two things:  classy and fabulous!” -Coco Chanel

“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” -from the musical Annie, song written by Martin Charnin

“Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” -Abraham Lincoln

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” -Henry Ford

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” -Walt Whitman

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.  In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” -Julia Childs

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” -Jesus Christ

Do you watch sports, and if so, who do you root for?

Well, if you asked me that when I first got married, I would have said no.  But, since being married to Rourke, I have kind of been forced to watch sports, because that is all that he watches.  So, about three or four years into our marriage, I took the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em attitude.”  And now, Rourke sometimes says I am a bigger fan than he is!

Here’s who I root for:

All Sports-

LSU Tigers.  My parents met there, got married and had me when they were finishing school.  I was actually conceived and lived at LSU in the marriage-student apartments when I was a baby.  So I kind of grew up with no choice but to root for the Tigers.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.  Our kids both graduated from there, and all of our money went there, so why not.

The underdog, unless it’s like say, LSU playing Appalachian State.

Or, anybody playing Alabama or the Dallas Cowboys.


Tigers, Saints, Bulldogs.


Celtics.  Big Baby from LSU played for them, and I started watching them and got hooked.

Cavaliers.   Who doesn’t love some King James?


The Giants.  My mom, Hayley and I went to a game in San Francisco, and we became fast fans.

The Mariners.  Because Christian Grey was a fan. Enough said.


We like to root for Adam Scott, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Ricky Fowler, to name a few.

What do you love about living in the South?

Well, there are so many reasons, I can’t name them all.  But, here are my top 10!

  1.  “Hi ya’ll!
  2. SEC football
  3. Good cookin’
  4. How everybody waves at each other as you pass them on the road.
  5. Signs of respect for our elders.  AKA…”yes ma’m” and “no ma’m”
  6. Chivalrous men
  7. Live oaks and Spanish moss
  8. Gulf seafood
  9. Porch sittin’

And, oh yeah, this is a given…God-fearing people!

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Probably Psalm 23.  It is so comforting and reminds us that God is always there for us.  I used to teach this verse to my students every year.  When those little angels recited it, it was the sweetest!

I am saying this verse daily, especially during these uncertain times.  I find so much comfort in every word!

What is your exercise routine?

Due to COVID-19, I am training at home for now.  Rourke and I are doing circuit training, HIIT workouts, Barre, Yoga, Runs, Walks and Bike Rides.