She wants to be "a chef, an artist, and the president."
Jaclyn also "wants to be a chef."
Family is important, as is the time spent together at the dinner table.
Little says, "Our meals are our special family time together. It's a time for us to share, talk, and discuss the day. We make a special effort to eat evening meals each week together."
It's apparent that the girls are exposed to many vegetables and fruits when they excitedly talk about their favorites.
"They like a variety of foods and I don't have to fix any separate foods just for them."
Cooking teaches a lot
Cooking with the girls in the kitchen is "a great time to teach them about measuring, cleanliness, safety, and how to cook in general. It's good to let them have hands-on experience, even though it may seem easier at first to cook it yourself."
During the holiday season, the Little family likes to provide food for other families, particularly those in need, and the girls help cook and prepare it.
"It's a good way to teach them about giving and helping others, and an appreciation for what they have."
A Christmas Eve tradition that started when Jerry and Jennifer Little first married continues every year with making pizzas. They are all in the kitchen cooking together.
"We've got pictures each year of the girls making pizzas with flour all over them."
Julia and Jaclyn also make sure they "make cookies for Santa, and have milk."
The family will be at their house this Thanksgiving, but usually travel to visit parents in Campton and Marion.
Good cooks and cooking must run in the families. Julia says, "My grandma Rose makes the best chicken and dressing and Mamaw Phyllis makes the best macaroni and cheese. It's creamy and she puts extra cheese in it."
Hot Turkey Salad
2-3 cups diced cooked turkey
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cups sliced almonds
1/2 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped onion
10 3/4-ounce can cream of chicken soup
2-ounce can mushroom pieces, drained
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
1/2 cup crushed potato chips
Combine all the ingredients, expect the potato chips, and place in greased 1 quart casserole dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Then sprinkle chips on top and bake an additional 15 minutes. This recipe is also great with chicken.
Cold Turkey Salad
Any amount of turkey
Celery to taste
Onion to taste
Oregano to taste
Miracle Whip to taste
Use food processor to finely chop turkey, celery and onion. Then add oregano and miracle whip. It's great on crackers, bread or rolls.
Donna Clore is Boyle County extension agent for family and consumer sciences.