Future Chef

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On Saturday, I made plans to kidnap my eldest niece for a few hours. I helped her set up a blog, like mine, and then we cooked dinner together. Okay, seriously, she didn’t need any help I was just making myself sound better.

Halie came into my life almost twelve years ago, give or take a few months. I was a whopping 21 years old then and I was excited to be an aunt. Halie was always a sweet little girl and she was fun to be around. When I moved to Vegas in 2001, Halie and I would write back and forth to each other a few times a months. I always loved getting letters from her over the years. Watching her handwriting improve, her letters got longer, and her pictures were fun too. In fact, I still have some letters she wrote to me.

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Time has gone by and its easy getting caught up in life and forgetting what is most important, family. Now, I have 5 nieces and nephews (2 nephews, 3 nieces, and soon a fourth niece when I actually get married). It gets hard to try to have a relationship with all of them, but thankfully I do.

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The past two years have been difficult because my brother and Halie’s mom got divorced, which makes it harder for me to see Halie. I have taken her out to lunch for her birthday, but that is only once a year and I really need more time with her. She is growing up so fast and I love discovering the women she is quickly becoming.

A few weeks ago, Halie asked me how to set up a blog like mine. I thought to myself, ‘what a perfect reason to get together with her’. So I made a date. Halie wants to be a chef so I added on a dinner making date to plan, so she could show off her skills.

I picked her up a little after 2pm on Saturday and headed up to my mom’s house (grandma wants to see Halie too). She looked through her Julia Child cookbook and found a recipe she wanted to try. Then, we made a shopping list and headed out to Safeway. It was a good way to have some one-on-one time with her.

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We came back to my parent’s house and Halie started the cooking process. I’m impressed with her skills and though some might say cooking from a book is easy, I think it still takes some skill and timing to get things right.

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She made us some Chicken in a Cream and Onion sauce. Mom cooked the broccoli and Kevin made the salad. Then, Halie also made deviled food cake for dessert. It was delicious, she did a great job.

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After dinner, I helped Halie set up her blog (which I added to my blog roll if you want to read it). I gave her the basic rundown and she did the rest, she is smart like that. Then, she hung out with her future cousin, Trenton, and his friend David. They were drawing pictures and then taking pictures of those to make movies or something.

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Sadly, I had to return her home. I think she was a having a really good time with everyone, and it was so good to see her again. I think next time we will have a girls night. Just Halie, myself, my mom, and maybe Halie’s BFF. It will be fun and we can cook again, watch some movies and just hang out…slumber party!!!  I hope to start spending some more time with Halie because I love being around her.        

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