My name is Nancy, and I started Cheddar Bay in December of 1999.
I'm married to a wonderful guy named Steve, who is a minister with his own on-line ministry.
We share our lives with our "baby" ... our two year old Australian Shepherd (Shiloh).
Shiloh was a rescue who came to us in March 2007. She's a real sweetheart, and we are so proud to be her forever family!
Getting back to Steve and me ... at our wedding, we shared a special story that we had heard which told how Cortez had insisted on commitment when he landed in Mexico. When he saw his crew's fear about invading this land of the Aztecs, Cortez gathered them all on shore and then set fire to the ships on which they'd come. Now there could be no turning back; they were committed. And so, we had our wedding rings inscribed ... "The Ships are Burning -- July 14, 1990". I also wear my Grandmother's gold wedding band as part of my ring set. After Mamaw Noe passed away, Papaw gave it to me and said that nothing in the world would have made her as happy as to know that one day I would wear her ring. So when Steve & I were married, the ceremony included both my Grandmother's original ring, and Steve's ring to me.
I work part-time at P&G, but mostly stay busy with our home. We just moved (July 2007) into a two-story home and are having fun decorating it and deciding where to display our collections. The kitchen is my main area, and I love showing off "kitchen treasures" that I have ... my Grandmother's cookware, and so many priceless family heirlooms that have been given to me by my Grandmother, my Mom and my Aunts. I even have a very old (around 1910) platter that was a wedding gift to my grandparents from my great-grandparents! And a soup tureen that was a gift to my Aunt Frances & Uncle Everett when they got married in 1929. These, and many more family objects, are the dearest things I own.
I enjoy cooking and collecting recipes, traveling and reading. I collect Dept. 56 Houses and Robert Duncan artwork, and Steve collects lighthouses. Together, our hobby is designing webpages and cheering on our Florida Gators in the football and basketball seasons (GO GATORS!). And we both enjoy watching old movies together ... especially films of the 1930s and 40s. I also enjoy writing mystery novels.
Cooking is really a "together" hobby for us. Steve & I love cooking together, although I prefer preparing main dishes, while Steve enjoys baking more. I'm proud to say that we were both 1st Place winners in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Hamilton County Fair ... mine for my "Secret Recipe Deviled Eggs", "Strawberry Cinnamon Bread", "Coconut Cream" (cookies) and "Almond Butter Crunch" (candy). And Steve's "Triple Chip Cheesecake" and "Key Lime Cheesecake" (which, by the way, not only won the 1st Place Blue Ribbon, but also the Best in Show rosette! I'm SO proud of him!).
I love animals of all kinds, and have a special place in my heart for tigers, cheetahs, koalas, pelicans and all dogs and cats. And my sister Linda and I couldn't be more involved than we are in the plight of circus elephants. We are supporters of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenneesee, where Linda has adopted Shirley and I have adopted Sissy. It's really become a main focus in our lives.
If you have any compliments, complaints or comments, please e-mail me. I'd love to hear from you! And if you're ever looking for a certain recipe, let me know because I have THOUSANDS of recipes and just might have what you're looking for.
And be sure to click on the graphic below to visit my husband's New Jerusalem Ministries ...