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2012 Buckeye Bash!!! 
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 and Mr. BP were putting the finishing touches on what would be the start of a lovely day! The tables were set in colorful décor and, most importantly, the “bar” was open!! It was noon after all!! With all the attention to detail, you could tell Belle definitely knows how to entertain! It was a great day to have the 3rd Annual Buckeye Bash!!

In attendance was, of course, our hostess Bellepepper, Sassy Old Lady, Marcella, Maggi, Saveur, CindyLepp and we all welcomed new attendees MotherAnn and Molly!! And thank you to the seven hubbies that attended! Now you know who we are talking about when we refer to our screen names on the Buzz!!
Front Row: SassyOldLady, Bellepepper, CindyLepp
Back Row: Mickdee, Molly, Maggie, Marcella, MotherAnn, Saveur
Bellepepper and Saveur bond over Savvy’s awesome Sangria!!
Maggi and Sassy looking incognito behind those Foster Grants!
Their beautiful blue blouses matched the sky!!
MotherAnn and Mickdee made fast friends! We loved having Molly and MotherAnn join in the fun this year!!
Mr. and Mrs. MotherAnn settled in quickly and they brought along a beautiful four-legged friend! I think she is the new Buckeye Bash mascot!!

CindyLepp and Mickdee get reacquainted! With Cindy “in the house”, there are always hugs abound!! J

Even the “boys” bonded and had a wonderful time!!

Mr. Bellepepper and Mr. MotherAnn exchange BBQ secrets! Mr. BP did a beautiful job grilling the pork tenderloins! Great grill marks, Mr. BP!!

Mr. BP was kind enough to give us all basil plants he planted himself from seedlings! Thank you Mr. BP for your thoughtful gift!!
Lady Sparkle sent beautifully crocheted trivets for all of us in an array attractive colors!! Thank you Lady Sparkle! It was very sweet or you and wish you could have celebrated with us!!
Allrecipes Elizabeth sent a care package with an assortment of wonderful gifts including the treasured “AR” bags! Thank you Elizabeth! We missed you!!
Fun was had by all and it was just a delightful afternoon with friends and fun. What a truly nice group of guys and gals to meet and spend a wonderful afternoon. Thank you, Mr.& Mrs. Bellepepper, for opening your lovely home to us. It was much appreciated and another successful Buckeye Bash!!

Jun. 11, 2012 8:21 am
thanks for the photos, Mick. You all look like you had a wonderful time, gossip included:)
Jun. 11, 2012 8:26 am
Lol! Ssshhh! Be vewy, vewy quiet! Actually, the beauty of the day was that it was so positive and fun. But then again I'm a happy girl after a few wines!! ;) Great to "see" you RNG!
Jun. 11, 2012 8:35 am
Great photos! Great fun! Thanks for the wonderful blog, mickdee! Beautiful bunch of people! It's always fun to place a face with the name. Many thanks!
Jun. 11, 2012 8:38 am
Great blog and photos...so nice to see everyone having such a great time! I hope to join you all next year! :)
Jun. 11, 2012 8:38 am
Thanks, Marianne! You know how much fun it can be getting to know our peeps!
Jun. 11, 2012 8:42 am
Christina, we would love to meet you!! I imagine it would be the 1st or 2nd weekend in June! Hope you can join the fun!!
Jun. 11, 2012 8:48 am
Awesome Blog and Great Pictures!! Happy to hear everyone had a great time.
Jun. 11, 2012 8:48 am
Tears of pure Joy in my eyes!! What a wonderful blog to wake up to! Between you and Mike's Adventures outside of the trunk, there will be a smile on Everyone's face today!! Hugs to ALL of you!! Thank YOU for sharing your Beautiful day with us!
Jun. 11, 2012 9:01 am
Oh mickdee! You've outdone yourself! Your photos of our Buckeye Bash are wonderful! The Bellepeppers couldn't have been more pleased to have hosted this awesome group of people! And we are both (yes, Hubs too) ready and really looking forward to the next one. Mimi-Mi here we come! Hugs to you, mickdee, for this great blog!
Jun. 11, 2012 9:02 am
And Christina, you are just too close not to come next year. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
Jun. 11, 2012 9:04 am
LMT and Patty! Thank you! Just had a ball! Can't say enough what a truly nice group of people were there. Wish we could do it more often!
Jun. 11, 2012 9:06 am
Hi Belle! You are welcome!! Loved seeing you guys again and look forward to seeing you in October!! I need to get the creative juices going and pick a date!!
Jun. 11, 2012 10:03 am
Thanks for posting this so I can be again reminded of the fantastic time with my AR pals!
Jun. 11, 2012 10:07 am
It was great to see you, Marcella! Look forward to next year!!
Deb C 
Jun. 11, 2012 10:36 am
Thanks for sharing your fun get together and wonderful pictures! I wish I lived closer to join in the festivities. I’m jealous!! I’m so glad everyone had a fabulous time.
Jun. 11, 2012 10:42 am
You are welcome! We wish you could be there, too, Deb!
Jun. 11, 2012 10:59 am
What a bunch of great looking ladies and gents too! Sure looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks Mickdee for posting all the great pictures. Hope I can meet you all next time around....fingers crossed.
Jun. 11, 2012 10:59 am
Thanks for posting, mickdee! I truly hope I can make the Bash, one day! I loved seeing all the smiles!
Jun. 11, 2012 11:04 am
Great pictures ( of course it is the people who make them great ) !! Hoping that someday I will be able to attend one of these; they look like such fun.
Jun. 11, 2012 11:08 am
Woohoo! Loved seeing everyone! The newbies just fit right in there.
Jun. 11, 2012 11:09 am
Bibi & Misty! It really is great to meet our peeps. I hope you'll have the opportunity to come to the Bash or any other gatherings you can attend!! So worth the trip!
Jun. 11, 2012 11:10 am
Hi Sassy, it was great to see you!! They certainly didn't miss a beat with settling in!!
Jun. 11, 2012 11:19 am
Good to see everyone had a great time. Of course who wouldn't. I know I did in Las Vegas. I like your avatar. Fore!
Jun. 11, 2012 11:53 am
How fun!:)
Jun. 11, 2012 12:06 pm
I'll bet you had a ball in Vegas, b.d.weld!! What a great venue for some fun!! I was lucky I didn't have any golf scheduled for the Bash weekend!! ;) C&BGirl, we did have some fun!
Jun. 11, 2012 12:09 pm
mickdee, thanks for posting the blog-great job! Looks like the bellepeppers really know how to put on a great AR get-together. Hope to make it there sometime.
Jun. 11, 2012 1:05 pm
Magnolia! We would love to have you! It looks like the Midwest Round-Up was a great success as well! So great to get together with some really nice people and have some fun!
Jun. 11, 2012 1:11 pm
As soon as I stop catching up on sleep, I'll have to get to blogging about all the wonderful people that graced my house this weekend. It looks like everyone at the Buckeye Bash had an awesome time! But then, how could you not at an AR roundup? :)(:
Jun. 11, 2012 4:53 pm
You are right, Cat Hill! It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the people that "hang" here! What a great group of individuals! We can't wait to hear more about your Round-up! How kind of you to provide the venue for such a fun gathering! We will stay tuned! Rest up, clean up and when you have some energy we look forward to you sharing the memories!!
Jun. 11, 2012 4:53 pm
Mickdee and everybody, I really wanted to make the Buckeye Bash. I can see that Bellepepper and her talented hubby put on a very nice gathering. Happy for each if you!
Jun. 11, 2012 5:29 pm
We missed you Mike. Maybe next year! :~) Waiting for the blogs about your big weekend. You had plenty of support back here and everyone was cheering you on. I even got my pom-poms out, lol!
Jun. 11, 2012 6:00 pm
Mickdee - wonderful blog and great photos! I can say to anyone who's never been to a round-up - there's no reason not to go - I had a super wonderful time. And, my husband went with me, not really sure what he thought about going and turns out he had as much fun as I did! Truly a great bunch of people I got to meet! The Bellepeppers were wonderful hosts. I can't wait to read more about the Midwest roundup at Cathill's place.
Jun. 11, 2012 6:00 pm
Too tired from the drive and digesting all that food, bellepepper. I'll post but Magnolia Blossom has to post her "Part 2" first so that I can clear up the truth from not-so-truths.
Jun. 11, 2012 6:29 pm
I hear ya Mike! I'm on your side, guy. I've got your back!
Jun. 11, 2012 6:33 pm
Hi Mother Ann! Glad you and your hubby had such a good time. We loved that you could finally join us. Like I said, third time's a charm! Guess you'll have to come back next year, right?
Jun. 11, 2012 7:02 pm
Looks like it was a perfect day in every way. Thanks for sharing the fun.
Jun. 12, 2012 4:50 am
The pics are beautiful and seems like everyone had a great time. Wished I could have been there.
Jun. 12, 2012 4:56 am
There's always next year luv! Would love to have you!!
Jun. 12, 2012 5:40 am
Oh what a beautiful group! I know you had a ball because I just had one at Cathill's! And, how could the food NOT be good at an event attended by foodies? Don't you just love the heart shaped doilies our Lady Sparkle sent? Great blog. I love reading about AR get togethers.
Jun. 12, 2012 6:02 am
The Blimp missed the most beautiful bevy of womenfolk for miles around!! I AM going to make it one of these days. You peeps are the reason I LOVE AR!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!
Jun. 12, 2012 6:39 am
Oh, the pictures tell the most heartwarming story! So happy for everyone that was able to enjoy the company at this get-together and it looks like Mother Nature cooperated as well!
Jun. 12, 2012 6:54 am
Candice and LS! We're anxiously awaiting more details of your Midwest Roundup and more pics for sure!
Jun. 12, 2012 7:13 am
Hey there Wyatt! Mother Nature did cooperate finally, but the day before it was pouring rain all day long. I was glued to the weather channel for a few days, but it all worked out beautifully! Would love to have you join us for one of these!
Jun. 12, 2012 7:55 am
Fun and more fun. I loved all the photos. I enjoyed reading your blog mickdee.
Jun. 12, 2012 11:35 am
Ahhh, I keep missing out!!! So fun & what a humongous kitchen island!!
Jun. 12, 2012 1:06 pm
Lela, glad you enjoyed them. I think mickdee has some great pics here. Makes these blogs all the more fun!I
Jun. 12, 2012 1:10 pm
LOL, scottdog! We joke that it can double as a king-sized bed, if necessary. Glad you stopped in and you'll have to get yourself to one of these round-ups! You won't regret it!!
Jun. 12, 2012 1:13 pm
I'm filling in for mickdee today while she's on the golf course. And Scotdog, sorry I mis-spelled your name. Got it now...Capital S-co-one t-dog!
Jun. 12, 2012 3:36 pm
LOL! I didn't even notice - people (including me) do that all the time!
Jun. 12, 2012 9:38 pm
Aw man.....I want to get to every one of these events. Beautiful folks having a wonderful time. What could be better than that :)
Jun. 13, 2012 1:35 am
Thank you Bellepepper!It's a group effort! Maggie sent me a few pix but couldn't tell you now which ones I used. Glad everyone enjoys them and I am looking forward to hearing more about the Midwest Round-up!!
Jun. 14, 2012 11:07 am
Thanks mickdee for posting about our day. It truly was even more fun than I thought it would be! My husband and I enjoyed meeting my "on-line" friends and looking forward to your MI Get-Together in the Fall.
Jun. 15, 2012 3:50 am
It was truly a pleasure meeting you, Molly! Thank you so much for the chocolate! I think that is the meltiest flavorful chocolate I have ever tasted!! You are fortunate to have them close by! I hope to see you again in October! Will get a date together soon!
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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!!!
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