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Aug. 11, 2013 9:38 am 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2013 5:37 pm
2013 Mini-MI Gathering!!! Brighton, MI Friday, October 11th Cocktail Gathering & Dinner   Saturday, October 12th Luncheon Join us for one or both! Brighton is a delightful little town, especially in the fall, with easy access just off Routes 23 and I96. Check out their website to view a… MORE
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Sep. 5, 2012 8:16 am 
Updated: Sep. 25, 2012 8:10 am
Join us for the 2nd Annual Mini-MI Gathering!!Labor Day has passed! That means pumpkins, falling leaves and the Mini-MI are just around the corner! Mark your calendar and join us for some fun!We are meeting Saturday, October 20that noon at the Brighton Bar & Grill in Brighton, MI.There are a… MORE
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Jun. 11, 2012 8:13 am 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012 8:56 pm
What a beautiful day it was to have a“gathering”! The sun was shining, the Blimp was in the air filming… yup, filming!! Well, not us, but it was there!! Ha!! They were filming a golf tournament close by, but if they knew we were in the area, I’m sure they would have flown over!! Bellepepper… MORE
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Dec. 18, 2011 7:51 am 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2011 8:09 pm
Who da thunk!?! Lil’ ole me, minding my own business in the chilled air of the Midwest contemplating what to serve over the Christmas Holiday, getting and offering ideas on the Buzz, when “You’ve got mail!” (does that really happen anymore??).  “We know you are new to the AllStar Program but… MORE
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Nov. 25, 2011 9:40 am 
Updated: Dec. 6, 2011 6:37 pm
Be it your first bicycle, your first day of high school, your first kiss, or your first love, this is my first Thanksgiving Turkey!! Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to embrace this venture!!! I had some wonderful suggestions and was in awe of you cooking for your crowds and the many… MORE
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Nov. 6, 2011 7:57 am 
Updated: Nov. 28, 2011 9:26 am
It was a stunning autumn day with crisp air, red leaves and blue skies in Brighton, MI this past Saturday, November 5th for another successful AR Gathering! However, Sassyoldlady forgot her red shoes, there was no stogie protruding Mominator’s mouth and Maggi gave her hubs a pass to travel to… MORE
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Oct. 18, 2011 8:01 am 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2011 11:27 am
Grab your sweaters and join us in Brighton, MI, Saturday, November 5th at 11:30am!!Mominator, Sassyoldlady and I are on board and would love to have you join us!! Husbands and wives are welcome!We will be meeting for lunch at:Brighton Bar & Grill400 West Main StreetBrighton, MI… MORE
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Oct. 13, 2011 2:07 pm 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 4:35 am
Okay, I’ll go first! I almost came clean last Thanksgiving but I didn’t have the “pumpkins”. Will you help me decide if this dubious record should be broken? And… what have you been hiding all these years you would like to confess??My confession... I love to cook, entertain, and I love… MORE
Taunting me! Okay, it's a chicken, but you get the idea!
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About Me
We spend part of the year in Naples, FL enjoying the sun, so I feel blessed to be able to do two of my favorite loves all year; golfing & grilling. I love entertaining and planning get-togethers for friends. It's fun to come up with a theme for the evening and develop a menu around it.
My favorite things to cook
Since grilling is my favorite way to cook, I enjoy finding different marinades & sauces and interesting side dishes to keep things interesting. In the fall I enjoy spending a Sunday in the kitchen making a pot of something hearty and comforting. I don't bake much but enjoy a flour-fest in the kitchen once in a while!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditions have changed over the years with the "kids" and with all the juggling of family visits and big meals, I would have to say brunch is now my favorite meal to make. It makes for a relaxed morning/afternoon and no one has to rush to split their time with other family members! A full tummy and a Bloody Mary makes for a nice nap before more festivities begin!
My cooking triumphs
Any meal the family says out loud they like is a triumph in my book! Recently, I have enjoyed mastering different kinds of cheesecakes. It's an elegant and rich dessert that can be made into any imaginable flavor!!!
My cooking tragedies
I'm famous for leaving something in the oven or grill. Mashed Potatoes or grilled corn for dessert anyone?!? ;)
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