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Second Annual Viva Las Vegas AR Blowout 2012 
Jan. 3, 2012 8:34 am 
Updated: Jan. 25, 2012 2:49 pm
Aloha from Las Vegas Allrecipeeps!  It is the new year and I decided it was way past time to announce my 2nd AR roundup.  The date is............May 19, 2012 in Las Vegas Nevada. If you can make it, I know you will have a blast getting to know some of the greatest folks I have ever met. 

I will be hosting the group on Saturday afternoon at my home, but there are many other things to do here in Las Vegas to fill one's time. Please stay tuned for further announcements and email me at if you are interested in attending.  

Happy and healthy new year to you all.

PS  This will be an age 18 and up event. I will be having alcohol and very limited space. (We live tiny!!!) I sure hope you understand.

Jan. 3, 2012 9:03 am
Now you know, I'm going to's on my birthday ;-)
Jan. 3, 2012 9:05 am
Jan. 3, 2012 9:45 am
Count me in! Can't wait! :)
Jan. 3, 2012 10:16 am
Baking are a prize indeed!
Jan. 3, 2012 1:12 pm
I'M IN!!! I was hoping we'd have a second annual blow-out!!
Jan. 3, 2012 1:29 pm
I would LOVE to come but we're still in jobless limbo so I get to miss out on meeting the neat ladies on the West coast :( Funny, we are thinking along the same lines though :) Right now the tenative Midwest roundup date is looking like June 9th. Yeah for roundups!!
Jan. 3, 2012 2:01 pm
I am now surfing Kayak for best rates - - if I can lock in a decent deal, I will be shakin my boody in Vegas!! Watch out Elvis . . my hips are bigger than yours!! I'm an east coast Florida gal bound for the west coast and the "Viva Las Vegas Invasion" . . .YAHOO!!! Hey Magnolia Blossom and Lady Sparkle - - come on and join in. . . I'll bring enough bail money for all of us . . . How much trouble can we stir up??????
Jan. 3, 2012 2:34 pm
luv2cook......Bring tons of bail money. We're gonna need it :)
Jan. 3, 2012 3:14 pm
YAHOO!!! It's gonna be a parteeeee - - AR and Mauigirl style!!! I'll e-mail ya to find out info on hotels / rooms - - I'm bringin cash, camera and a hunka . hunka . raw cookie dough!!! LOL!!
Jan. 3, 2012 3:55 pm
WOOT WOOT luv2cook is IN! Watch out Vegas! Here WE come!
Jan. 3, 2012 4:18 pm
Oh, I am sooo in... I'd already been pricing flights before this blog. What hotel did everyone stay at last year?
Jan. 3, 2012 4:29 pm
Well alrighty then!! Hey Mags!! - - WOOT & YAHOO - - Lock & Load!!! LOL
Jan. 3, 2012 4:40 pm
Magnolia Blossom too! "The GIRLS Are Back in Town"!!!! WOOT WOOT - Let's hope Vegas is ready for the AR invasion!
Jan. 3, 2012 5:03 pm
Oh - you BOYS are welcome too!
Jan. 3, 2012 5:41 pm
Tattoos anyone?
Jan. 3, 2012 5:51 pm
OH Mags - you wild child you!!!! . . . Throw all the money in and lets roll'em again - WHEN YOU'RE HOT - YOU HOT!!!
Jan. 3, 2012 5:59 pm
Hehe, you couldn't get me within 40 feet of a tattoo parlor! I come close to passing out at the sight of needles. Mis7up got a tattoo of the AR logo on her leg. And it's not even fake!
Jan. 3, 2012 6:17 pm
Geez...I go away for awhile and you girls are up to some mischief :)
Jan. 3, 2012 6:28 pm
I can't wait to see everyone again and also meet the new folks coming! Especially luv2cook (she's got the bail money, and lots of it)!
Jan. 3, 2012 7:13 pm
Mischief?? . . Mischief???? . . . now who is she talking about Mags???
Jan. 3, 2012 7:23 pm
Couldn't be us. Just sayin'.
Jan. 3, 2012 7:25 pm
oh it is going to be a blast!!! I'm soo ready. Cathy..better come too! And yup yup..I might have to add "2012" to it now. Maybe I'll pull some people from here to there. I'll have to look around. Maybe we can get Jen or Ivory to come down too ;-) Elizabeth and her sister was such sweethearts
Jan. 3, 2012 8:07 pm
We are due for a REAL vacation and I will toss this idea around.
Jan. 3, 2012 10:57 pm
I SO want to be there, leading the chant,"What happens in Vegas..." while we are being filmed on 'COPS'.
Jan. 4, 2012 1:12 am
hehehe - I have 4 days, 3 nights on reserve. Yay! When I was there last month, people kept asking if I would be returning within 12 months, and I kept saying "no." Well, as we were checking out, I smacked my forehead, and said, "yes!" (= Magnolia Blossom, several of us stayed at the Golden Nugget. You can watch for specials. (I get emails from them all the time now!)
Jan. 4, 2012 1:13 am
mis7up - I have a feeling you should have "tatted" higher up on your leg if you are going to be adding rows (=
Jan. 4, 2012 7:44 am
Thanks for finding me! I'd love to come. My son's 18th birthday is the 13th and my mother's 80th birthday is on the 12th, so I'm trying to figure out how to be in LV and California that weekend, but hey - what's one more party? Keep me posted.
Jan. 4, 2012 9:13 am
Checking hotel rates now! Hubby thinks it might be cheaper for us to drive but sometimes they have really good deals so I'm checking on flights as well. Now I just have to clear it with work! Keeping my fingers crossed!!! :)
Jan. 4, 2012 9:24 am
I'm a definite "maybe." I'll have to see how the year unfolds before committing to going.
Jan. 4, 2012 9:28 am
Will check w/ my wife about the dates and check son's soccer schedule-but sounds good!
Jan. 4, 2012 9:28 am
KDub. I have been flying into Orange Co airport for about $85 rt....which is the cheapest I have found BTW It is a quick flight too :) Hope to have you here.
Jan. 4, 2012 9:29 am
Virginia Mom.....would absolutely LOVE to meet you. Stay tuned. BTW the airport code is LAS for fare alerts :) Viva Las Vegas!
Jan. 4, 2012 9:31 am
Ok which one of you will be the sober one holding onto the bail money? Just know you all will have a blast!!
Jan. 4, 2012 9:54 am
I don't know if they want to trust me with the money, but as "site designated driver," I will be the sober one (=
Jan. 4, 2012 10:44 am
I am so VERY DEFINITELY in! That will be spectacular!
Jan. 4, 2012 1:54 pm
Barb~~I'm going to make it a band like anklet for number ;-) hahahaha
Jan. 4, 2012 2:00 pm
Hey Cat Hill....I'll be sober too ;-)
Jan. 4, 2012 4:06 pm
Hi Julie and dear friends! Now, YOU know Cathy Myers will be partee-ing with you all in May! Bells on toes and Sangria, triple batch, in hand! Thank you, Julie Cutie, for hosting our Annual Las Vegas Roundup! You are the consummate hostess!
Jan. 4, 2012 4:15 pm
Me three!! But I will be partaking of any sweets on the premises!! I LOVE dessert - - bring on the raw cookie dough!!!!! LOLOL!! And mis7up - - you are the bravest woman I know -- I'm with Mags. . . I'm a scardy cat where it comes to needles - lol! And Yeah for XrayBarb - the "DD" (designated driver) - that means she'll be keepin an eye on us Mags - - we'll let her hold the bail money!! VIVA LAS VEGAS!!
Jan. 4, 2012 4:44 pm
Cathy Meyers....the party could not start without you. XO and Viva Las Vegas!
Jan. 4, 2012 4:45 pm and I speak the same language! :)
Jan. 4, 2012 5:42 pm
oh the tat isn't that bad...I was laughing the whole time..ask Keri, I'd be totally scared if I didn't know one was on me and just happen to under dress to find one in a place I wouldn't put one..... ;-) And YEAH!!!!@Cathy! I can't wait to see ya there.
Jan. 4, 2012 6:04 pm
Wahoo Viva Las Vegas!!! I go almost every year :( sad I missed last years... I normally go in March but this year it's a count down to MAY! I am so excited to meet all of you! An Mis7up I agree tats are not that bad I almost slept though my first one an my second one I need to get finished maybe I can find a good spot in vegas to finish it up an have another awesome memory from there!!
Jan. 4, 2012 6:21 pm
CoOkInGnUt! WELCOME! Mark your calendar! WOOT - the ranks are growing! This is going to be a BLAST!
Jan. 4, 2012 6:56 pm
Found ticket for me under 300...woo hoo!!! I'm a coming! Now who's going to be my rooming buddy? Barb??? ;-)
Jan. 4, 2012 7:13 pm
PNW checking in.... "Oh, hells yes!" Put me down for two, maybe three. I can't wait!
Jan. 4, 2012 7:40 pm
Woohoo, Candice! Christine & Avon coming? Cathy, yippee! Looking forward to meeting CookingNut.
Jan. 4, 2012 8:03 pm
I'm the same as mis7up - - looking for some rooming buddy or buddies - the more the merrier! Is the Golden Nugget our sleeping headquarters? Maybe mauigirl will let us know. Setting my sights West - for the Vegas Invasion- - they'll never know what hit'em!! LOL
Jan. 4, 2012 8:32 pm
Looks like some of the gals stayed there last year. Looks like that was a fun area, Fremont Street. I never made it down that way last year.
Jan. 4, 2012 8:37 pm
We stayed on Fremont street at the Golden Nugget. This year I am also looking at the Sun Coast - outside of town, closer to Julie's. Just checking prices at this point.
Jan. 4, 2012 8:40 pm
Last year L2C, xraybarb, her daughter Katy, Keri and I all stayed I think at the Golden Nugget. If that's not was still great accommendations. I'd stay there again. We had a blast. Now I could do either way. Fly to Cali and drive in with someone or just fly from Medford to Vegas. Either way. Just email me too at ;-)
Jan. 4, 2012 8:54 pm
Hummmm, perhaps I'd actually get to be there for more than one dinner. I know there's also one in Denver but I lost the link for the info on it. I'm not on AR daily, so someone please keep me updated on FB please.
Jan. 4, 2012 8:59 pm
luv2cook - when are you planning on arriving? Email me sometime Thanks!
Jan. 4, 2012 9:01 pm
Lovebreezy, looking forward to seeing you again.
Jan. 4, 2012 9:24 pm
Oh I really want to attend this year (I didn't know about last years' until after the fact, and by the pics I saw, I'd say y'all had a fantastic time!). So please put me down for a positive hopeful :D And thank you Lisaj for sharing the link!
Jan. 4, 2012 9:26 pm
And Missy, mayhaps I can fly through Medford and we can fly the rest of the way down together. Looking so forward to meeting you all. Can't wait!
Jan. 5, 2012 12:07 am
So glad I read farther down the Buzz posts Julie. I will tell hubby to get on it now that i know the date! Yyeeaahhh thank you so much! This is going to be GREAT!!
Jan. 5, 2012 8:49 am
Wow! This is gonna be fun. We will be welcoming some newbies and I can't wait. Welcome Decaf and cookingnut & luv2cook! Can't wait to see your face :)
Jan. 5, 2012 9:02 am
If anyone is flying out of Pittsburg maybe we can meet up an fly together... Also if anyone wants to be roomies I'm looking since this will be my first trip alone :(
Jan. 5, 2012 11:22 am
I'm in.....IF I can get the time off from work. Last year was so much fun!
Jan. 5, 2012 11:27 am
Put it in NOW, Christine! I am!
Jan. 5, 2012 11:29 am
Mags & Mis7up - - I'll e-mail both of ya'll - - I'll be flying out of Jacksonville, Florida - - heading west - - and wherever the central hotel where everybody is going to meet up - - just let me know - - and I'll room up with whoever is going to stay there. I see where BN might be staying at a place closer to Julie (mauigirl) and then it might be others are going to stay closer to the strip (?) - - as I'm not familiar with the area - maybe someone could let me know where to book. If I get lost - just look for the gal with a "lost look" on her face, talking with a southern drawl holding a bowl of raw cookie dough & bail money - - that will be me!!
Jan. 5, 2012 12:18 pm
Found it, thanks for the email Maui.
Jan. 5, 2012 3:14 pm
If anyone is stayin on the strip let me know please! I am wanting to stay at the riviera this time!
Jan. 5, 2012 7:30 pm
luv2cook, put down that tub of cookie dough right now and email me! (Hmmm...wipe your hands first, sticky keyboards-not good.) When is everyone planning on coming to town? Thursday or Friday before? Thanks!
Jan. 5, 2012 8:02 pm
I will be there with bells on. If anyone needs help with a hotel room, I can assist. Scott Live, Love, Laugh.
Jan. 5, 2012 8:16 pm
I'm planning on it but can't commit yet.
Jan. 6, 2012 6:03 am
One of these years, dagnabit! One of these years. Don't let Magnolia Blossom party too hearty because we expect her to be well rested for the Mid-West round-up a couple of weeks later:) Y'all have fun, though and remember, Western Union's out of business, so don't be calling me for bail money;o)
Jan. 6, 2012 3:10 pm
LOL just looking at the posts, I know you all will be in safe and sober hands ;) And have so much fun! Just return MB safe and sound like Mangel said. Please!
Jan. 6, 2012 3:44 pm
Hahahahaha - - return MB??? Safe?? Sound??? HA . . . not likely!!!! . . .Running around with scissors in my hands . . . . taking MB with me . . . we're getting in trouble . . . LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!
Jan. 6, 2012 7:12 pm
I hope I can join the party! I'm looking into it.
Jan. 6, 2012 7:24 pm
luv2cook, we need to plan our strategy. My email is I'm going to try to coordinate with Candice as to where she is staying. I think she was going to try for the Flamingo. (Do you think the cookie dough ice cream will melt on the plane?)
Jan. 6, 2012 7:27 pm
Mangel & Cat, I don't know about well rested, but perhaps hyped up on luv2cook's cookie dough! Don't forget the plan is to drag Sparkle Britches along to Midwest Round-Up!
Jan. 6, 2012 7:45 pm
Christine NICU I sure hope to see you and your mom. Bibi we would love to have you here. Email me if you want updates on what everyone is up to at and please leave "both" of your names so I can keep it straight:)
Jan. 6, 2012 8:30 pm
I'm sending an e-mail to ya Mags - probably in the morning - my raw cookie dough sugar high has worn off as I've been up since 4am - but I do want to co-ordinate with you. Hmmm. . . I hadn't thought about cookie dough ice cream . . . if I eat it fast enough . . . it can't melt!!! I wonder if I can hide it in my carry on bag . . slurp it through a straw!!! LOL
Jan. 6, 2012 9:54 pm
I shall keep buying lotto tickets!
Jan. 6, 2012 11:10 pm
Good EatNZ We would absolutely LOVE to have you.....though I know it would be a major trek :(
Jan. 7, 2012 9:58 am
I'm not gonna miss this, I'm in!
Jan. 7, 2012 11:50 am
WOOT! WOOT! Wyattdogster is IN.
Jan. 7, 2012 12:33 pm
Yeah Wyattdogster! Please email me and include both names pretty please.
Jan. 7, 2012 1:42 pm
Jan. 7, 2012 4:19 pm
Decaf....that would be a fabulous me. and L2C more the merrier ;-)
Jan. 7, 2012 4:48 pm
I just e-mailed Mags - and getting one off to you too mis7up - - Decaf?? And mess up my raw cookie dough high - NEVER!!!
Jan. 7, 2012 6:29 pm
Just wondering how many significant others (hubbies) will be there. Carlos is worried he will be the only rooster in a whole hen house. Btw, I am looking at the La Quinta Inn near your house Julie. Whatcha think?
Jan. 7, 2012 8:29 pm
Patty Cakes I am not sure where the La Quinta is. Do you have an address? We may have one male attendee.....Scott from LLL Productions in Denver. I know Baking Nana and Cathy Meyers hubbs are coming, but I don't think they are coming to the Saturday party. Tell Carlos we would love to have some eye candy at our party :)
Jan. 8, 2012 5:23 pm
La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas RedRock/Summerlin9570 West Sahara Las Vegas, NV 89117 Phone: 1-702-243-0356 Fax: 1-702-233-8023
Jan. 8, 2012 5:25 pm
Looks like a nice place and resonably priced.
Jan. 8, 2012 5:32 pm
Aaaawww Carlos says Thanks! We might be competing aganst the nearest Hooters bar!! Lol
Jan. 9, 2012 7:58 am
ya are gonna have a blast! so many folks going that i would love to meet...but gotta save the money for nw and southern roundups!
Jan. 9, 2012 10:02 am
Tell Carlos the Hooters is on the strip LOL
Jan. 9, 2012 10:02 am
gderr, We would love to have you and your precious bride.
Jan. 9, 2012 10:15 am
Jan. 9, 2012 10:16 am
That is a link to a Vegas deal at Bally's on the strip. Includes 2 buffet passes for each night booked.
Jan. 9, 2012 10:41 am
I am soooo very in! I will be there!!! Okay...I just wanted to see what it would feel like. Sigh. Hope you all have a blast though! How could you not? JEALOUS!!!!
Jan. 9, 2012 12:05 pm
Ah Puck! You had me going there for a minute. Wish you were joining us!
Jan. 9, 2012 3:23 pm
The roundup excitment is in the air!!! Posted the invite to the Midwest Roundup today. WE all need to win the lottery so we can go to any and all of the roundups! :)(:
Jan. 11, 2012 11:20 pm
Hi all..I'm Dee, a newbe allstar here from Sacramento,CA..altho i have scoured AR for a few yrs collcting recipes, I haven't posted any yet. I have been involved in another recipe club, Just A Pinch for 1 1/2 yrs and organized a meet up in Ft Lauderdale Mar 23-26th with a bunch of the girls. It's going to be a blast! Just as ur round up sounds like it was and will be again this yr. U seem like a fun group. I will prob be broke by May but would love to come if funds are there. I'm looking forward to getting to know u all. Feel free to email me and keep me posted.
Jan. 13, 2012 9:43 am
Welcome Liliydee.....we would be delighted to meet you and you would love this bunch :) Will add you to my email updates.
Jan. 19, 2012 6:43 pm
Julie, pencil me in as a definite "Maybe", as in maybe depending on if Mom is selling her house in SC and/or having surgery done. Time frames are all up in the air right now. But I SOOOO want to be there! I'd be a solo, most likely. Steve doesn't like Vegas. Can you imagine?!?! Anyway, add me to your email list?
Jan. 20, 2012 8:23 am
YEAH!!!!! lucy love is going to rock Las Vegas!!!!
Jan. 25, 2012 2:49 pm
Decaf...send me an email ;-) @, Keri needs a roomie too, she can share with me and Luv2cook. I sent an email back your way....Barb send me an email and...I think Keri was going to see if Katy was coming and if you have roomie plans. I'm going to be getting my stuff started and squared away in the next week. I don't care if it's on the strip or not, I know I can find cheap deals. I just went into travel agent mode ;-)
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I have been married for 43 years to the most amazing man on the planet. He is quiet and deliberate and I am NOT. We have one grown son (and his partner) that we adore. Because they work for the airlines they drop in on a flight frequently and we feel so lucky for that. We retired after 30 years at our careers from our native Olympia to Maui and now most recently retreated to Las Vegas to try to ride out this horrendous economy. We bought a small home here and I gutted it and am putting it back together, so I spend most of my time fine tuning the decorating and now I am plunging into a full tropical landscaping to remind us of our beautiful Maui. I miss the PNW, but NOT the weather. Miss the razor clams and the wild beaches of Washington and Oregon. Miss my friends too. Happy to have my friends from Allrecipes though. The four legged critter you see on my profile is a five year old yorkie/bichon who is the greatest little (9 lbs) girl ever. Quiet and calm, but so excited about life.
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My mother used to like to make a big deal out of almost any holiday, so I have followed through with that tradition. Valentine's Day, Christmas, St. Paddy's day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Oscar night are just a few of my favorite cooking traditions. Birthday parties for all my loved ones are something I love to do too.
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The first time I mastered sauce bearnaise, or raviolis from scratch or my first perfect cheesecake or my first wedding catering job or meeting Julia Child (about 25 years ago).
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(See above) Well....Julia was so cranky and rude it ruined my love of I sold all my Julia Child cookbooks (some of them signed) at a garage sale for $1.00 apiece. Now I wish I would have kept them of course. I guess Julia was just having a bad day:( & I was foolish of course.
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