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HERE'S WHAT I LEARNED IN LAS VEGAS 
 
May 22, 2012 9:26 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 4:53 am
This last weekend I spent the most fabulous time at the home of mauigirl with some of my good friends from Allrecipes.com, and I found that I still keep learning things.  This recent venture taught me
That if you don’t take photos you don’t have to write a blog WITH them.  (It takes me so long to figure out how to do that!)  Others will do that part for me!
That you should only split aces and eights.  NEVER split sevens.  Well, I learned this after I returned home and tried to take some reminder lessons from my hubby.  Patty Cakes and Carlos played blackjack, and it’s been so long since I have that I had to refresh myself on numbers.  NEVER split sevens.  OK.  But there could be exceptions to this.  (I give up.  I’m an English major---math was never easy for me.)  I only lost $2.00 on penny slots, but if I ever play blackjack again, I’ll have a fighting chance.  Maybe.
That someone gets a tattoo every year.  This year it was Patty Cakes (last year it was mis7up).  She has flowers on her ankle now!  Her lunch lady friends will have a heyday with that!  Of course, she will first ply them with gifts from Vegas!  If you want to see a grown woman cry the very best tears of all, you need Patty in your group!  You say one nice thing to her, and her eyes become a faucet!  Love that girl!
That one should never underestimate Cathy Myers’ hugs.  Never.  Even if she doesn’t know you, she will treat you like a long-lost friend.  Just ask Howard.  You also need to know that Cathy loves Motown and will probably always be indebted to mauigirl for suggesting that we go to see Smoky Robinson Presents Human Nature, Australia’s answer to Motown (a wonderful show).  The party never really starts until Cathy comes into the room.  Oh, man, do we all love her!
That mauigirl’s neighbors are important in her life.  We were lucky enough to meet Howard, who lives up the hill.  You wouldn’t know that you had only just met him!  He’s like your favorite friend from high school that you haven’t seen in years.  You don’t want him to leave the party!  And we had the pleasure to meet next-door-neighbor Jenny again this year.  She gets all dolled up and comes in to say hi, but then the only time we get to share her is when she calls her greetings to us over the fence!  I wondered how she likes our midnight conversations in the backyard!
That GPS’s don’t always lead you in the same route to one destination.  Ask Magnolia Blossom.  We found at least four different ways to get to mauigirl’s home only ten minutes away!  You may expect to do many U-turns.  Even with an intrepid adventurer like MB!    How did she learn to even use a GPS when she lives in a town with only 250 people (including dogs and some people who may have passed on)?  (She is also a very PERFECT person to share a room with!  Lucky me!)
That a mother’s love knows no bounds.  Why else would bd.weld leave Huntington Beach to move to Victorville?  OK.  Bd.weld is a guy (with cute legs, by the way, even if he doesn’t shave them), but he told his wife they were going to move to follow grandchildren no matter what, and she did willingly.  You’d have to look at the locations of the two cities to understand what I mean.  He also reminded us that men are great cooks and that they can marry really great (and classy) women who depend on that cooking!  They are a pair made in heaven!
That Texans have hearts bigger than their state would lead you to believe.  Take  Bibi as a case test.  She is working on her bucket list, and she completed several tasks this weekend.  She took a helicopter ride over Vegas, Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon.  Oh, does that mean heart or guts?  She’s got both aplenty!  There is a quiet gentleness to her, too, that assures you that she can be depended on.  (Did I mention that she has beautiful clothes and matching jewelry, too?  A real fashion plate!)
That moving to the United States as a non-English speaking Vietnamese woman at least thirty years ago is not an easy thing to do.  Especially when you move when you are newly pregnant.  Mai (Tobasco Mom) did that.  She captivated us late one night with her story of courage and strength.  Let me tell you that it was humbling.  You would love to hear her tell her tale with that beautiful accent that cannot really be duplicated—that with a very slight inclusion of a Texan drawl).
That every gathering of people should include people of all ages.  Especially the young.  Look at Del Mar Girl!  For the older of us in the crowd, she made us reminisce about the vitality and expectancy of the young—the exuberance that helps you experience fun vicariously.  There is that lilt and cadence to the voice that just makes one want to start dancing.  I wish I could replicate that vitality (I’d make so darned much money!)!  We are so lucky that she joined us this year!
That a woman’s strength cannot be measured in weight.  Take Baking Nana.  Looking at her (did you see bd.weld’s photo of her on the motorcycle?), one would never suspect what she is capable of accomplishing, whether it be baking or putting intelligence and grace into relationships.  This says nothing about her ability to put together the behind-the-scenes workload that she produces all the time.  I have come to depend on her for her wise counsel and gentle humor!
That experience teaches a very beautiful woman many things that she then passes on to her friends.  Xraybarb is one whose life experiences (only sometimes work-related) lead her to make us look to her for strength (ask Cathy).  But that sometimes you have to wait for that!  (Just teasing.  She’s not always on time.)  Talk about a heart of gold!  She would drive miles just to help a friend.  She does that all the time.  She is a planner of great events and keeps us going with the next great outing to look forward to!
That sisterhood is celebrated in the likes of Noemi and Gabriela!  Those two sisters quietly move into your table, and I can’t even explain how all of a sudden you seem to know them when they don’t even say very much!  I guess it has something to do with the fact that when you don’t say very much that the words you do say are so meaningful that they invade your soul.  And the smiles say so much!  (Of course, I can’t even separate Noemi from her delicious ziti recipe!  Oh, man!)  Hearts of gold, those two.
That sometimes beautiful young women come to Las Vegas and work!  Well, after treating the likes of us to a most wonderful evening!  Allrecipes Elizabeth actually left us one evening to go back to the hotel to finish up work for Allrecipes.com.  I’m not kidding.  Dedicated, beautiful, graceful, patient (!), generous.  Those words all go to describe Elizabeth.  We depend on her, and she treats us like kings and queens.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Elizabeth!  (I still think she looks like Gwyneth Paltrow!)
That being a hostess means that you plan for months, even when personal obstacles stack against you.  You just don’t cowtail to setbacks.  You forge ahead and plan miracles.   That’s what mauigirl has done!   Jetting back and forth to Cedars Sinai Hospital in LA (her son’s valiant battle against cancer—and winning!!!), she had everything all set for us!  We weren’t even sure she would be able to make it back for her own party!  Generous to a fault, her home remains open all the time to family and friends, though I do think we may be family now by default.  Her husband backs her up in all of this, which is a miracle all in itself!  What a wonderful friend and hostess she is.
That there is NOTHING like the embrace of your loving husband when he picks you up from the airport!  I had a memorable weekend with my Allrecipes friends, and I won’t forget any of it!  But to be back in my husband’s presence is the BEST.  I am the most blessed person I know.
 
Comments
May 22, 2012 9:53 am
No photos needed here. Marianne you have covered all the bases with this one. You also stood by mauigirl's side and pitched in and for that we are thankful. I'm still reeling from all the fun!
 
May 22, 2012 10:09 am
Our lives are enriched by those we share it with. I enjoy reading about the wonderful life affirming adventures the AR groups bring...It enriches all of us.
 
May 22, 2012 10:24 am
Bd, I am soooo dragging today! I even slept in until 5:40! Wow! I hope you didn't think I was trying to take over your BBQing duties! I kinda worried about that. We did have so much fun, didn't we?!
 
May 22, 2012 10:25 am
Marie, we really need to get you to at least one of our functions. Just let me know when you'll be in the LA area. These are really great people that we are dealing with! Honest, down-to-earth people!
 
May 22, 2012 10:37 am
Not at all Marianne, the help was greatly appreciated. I still wish I had oiled the grates. Would have made clean up easier.
 
May 22, 2012 11:05 am
A photograph can show us people, Marianne, but you showed us humanity. Very nice blog! ... bd's legs do seem to be wasted on a masculine body, though.
 
May 22, 2012 11:44 am
I will wave hello in 3 1/2 weeks as we zoom past LA on the way to Yosemite. Like BN husband when a destination is plotted no stops are made. Thanks for the open invitation.
 
May 22, 2012 12:01 pm
Thank you, Mike! That's sweet. I do agree with you about bd! Regarding my answer on your blog, it was meant to be cryptic! I am telling you, though, that you will have great fun. I hope we've convinced bd that they need to do more things with us!
 
May 22, 2012 12:03 pm
Yeah what Mike said!! What a lovely blog! I so loved hearing your voices when I called. I so wish I could have been there to meet all the fantastic ladies you just shared with me!
 
May 22, 2012 12:03 pm
Marie, I'm so envious of you! Yosemite is so grand. I understand the no-stopping rule. That was the best thing that happened to us when the kids were little -- when my hubby HAD to stop because of the water pill part of his blood pressure meds. Otherwise, it was his idea to go nonstop from here to Northern Utah!
 
May 22, 2012 12:05 pm
Cat, I'm so positive that all our paths will cross one day! I could just picture you from the lovely description given me by Magnolia Blossom, and your voice is a total match!
 
May 22, 2012 12:37 pm
Marianne, when it comes to graciousness, no one can top you! I love how you give us the personalities behind the faces. Who ever thought a recipe site could give birth to such a diverse group of friends?
 
char 
May 22, 2012 12:38 pm
what a wonderful blog. I almost felt like I could have been there, and how you described each one that was there was just awesome. It makes me feel like You know each of them a little bit better. Hopefully one of these days I too will get to meet some of you.
 
May 22, 2012 12:46 pm
BigShotsMom, we are so diverse but have that common thread that ties us together, that being AR. It's truly amazing. Thanks for the compliments.
 
May 22, 2012 12:47 pm
Char, wouldn't it be great if you could meet up with us? Seriously, if anyone is even thinking of coming to SoCal (even though Disneyland just raised their prices again), all we have to do is give the info to xraybarb, and she'll have plans for us!
 
May 22, 2012 3:22 pm
What an amazing blog Marianne! I was so lucky to have such a lovely and gracious roomie. You've described everyone to a T.
 
May 22, 2012 3:24 pm
No, I'm the lucky one! Did you get any sleep before you had to get to work? I am glad I didn't have to drive two hours at 11 pm last night!
 
May 22, 2012 3:32 pm
Patty Cakes isn't the only one with tears in her eyes! Thank You Marianne - you describe in words more than any picture could express. I am so very blessed to call you a true friend and to call AR 'home'. How blessed are we?
 
May 22, 2012 3:44 pm
Awww, B'Nana! We are so blessed! Thank you!
 
May 22, 2012 3:51 pm
Oh my darling Marianne! My heart is filled with pure joy reading your blog about a very special weekend with very special friends. Our comraderie, love and respect for each other is unparalled. Through your eloquent writings, now the world knows how very sacred our friendshipa are to us. Marianne - the epitome of graciousness, the intelligence of a sage, the timeless beauty of a movie screen siren. Thank you, Marianne, for the privilege of calling you my friend! ((((Hugs)))) indeed!!!
 
May 22, 2012 3:56 pm
See, Cathy, I can even hear your voice in those words! Aren't YOU the special one!!! Love you, gal!
 
May 22, 2012 4:01 pm
Marianne, you did everybody justice in this group. They are all fabulous people. The amazing thing to me in this circle is that at post 50, (most of us are) we are busy forging new & lasting friendships. I think that is pretty rare as people age. Seems so many get stuck in a "place" and don't expand their circle. I am so grateful that we took a leap of faith and forged ahead with new adventures. I also want to thank you and all the others who helped pull this off. I truly could not have done it without you. Love you all.
 
May 22, 2012 4:04 pm
PS My buns are dragging too.
 
May 22, 2012 4:09 pm
You are so correct, mauigirl! We are still in the process of adding new people to that list of friends, too! It has the chance of being never-ending. You did a fantastic job of organizing--notwithstanding the circumstances of your life this past year. Love you, too, girl!
 
mis7up 
May 22, 2012 4:21 pm
What a great blog as always ;-) miss all y'all ;-)
 
May 22, 2012 4:23 pm
There will always be more times, mis7up! Fear not! Thanks!
 
May 22, 2012 4:57 pm
How AWESOME! Thank you Marianne! I missed everyone so much! I get to sleep in my own bed tomorrow night (finally) and my buns are draggin too. . .there is a GOOD reason why women over 50 don't usually have babies. Love You! XOXOXO
 
Bibi 
May 22, 2012 5:00 pm
Marianne, you left a few things out! I learned that time has no meaning when in the midst of love and acceptance; that people with different personalities and different backgrounds can have so much in common; and that you have a particular elegance and grace that may be aspired to, but never copied! So happy to have met you and everyone, and I can't wait to meet you again!
 
May 22, 2012 5:00 pm
OMG, LadySparkle, isn't that the truth! You are a total saint--let alone a good neighbor--to take on that job! (She watched a young'un for her neighbors while they celebrated an anniversary----for several days!) I think Mike Harvey will be ready for you all!
 
May 22, 2012 5:09 pm
Uh oh, she(MB) must have left out some things :)(: Dang I have to cook dinner instead of burn it will be back to read more :)
 
May 22, 2012 5:16 pm
No, Cat, I think she pretty much covered it! As best she could, anyway, in the hour-long description she shared with me! (J/K) I'm positive you'd be happy with her description!
 
May 22, 2012 5:19 pm
You are Absolutely right, Elizabeth Does look like Gwyneth Paltrow!! Yes in deedy, I was hicking my pant leg up all afternoon!! Lol. I had brought them all back those big Dice Suckers, they had a field day when I told them to close their eyes and reach into my paper bag!! And yes, I have given birth to babies and had tattoos, not 1 tear!! But don't say anything nice cuz I blubber right up!! Hhaha. Can't tell you ALL what a Fabulous weekend I had and Thanks so much for including Carlos in with open arms n hearts. Uh Oh, gonna cry again!
 
May 22, 2012 5:29 pm
Hey, you little cry baby! I bet you had such fun today with those gals! Isn't it nice to enjoy going to work? I had fun talking to Carlos! We had fun, didn't we?!
 
May 22, 2012 5:41 pm
I wish I was a wordsmith like you and Bibi. I couldn't describe it better.
 
May 22, 2012 5:42 pm
Thank you Marianne for sharing all these wonderful things you learned at the Vegas round-up. I feel that I know each of these folks a little better from reading your blog. I can't wait to meet the AR peeps that will be in Seattle...I have yet to meet anyone "for real"! Maybe someday I'll be lucky enough to be on the receiving in of one of Cathy's hugs...they have become legendary!
 
May 22, 2012 5:44 pm
Patty Cakes.....you wear your heart on your sleeve and I love you for it. Forget the "summer of love"......this is all about the power of love XO
 
May 22, 2012 5:44 pm
Oohh you made me so jealous reading that. Wish I could have come!!sniff sniff. Glad you had fun!:D
 
May 22, 2012 5:47 pm
BTW it's all put away and my house looks presentable again. Shed a few tears here when I look at your pix from the Harley Davidson Cafe. XO
 
May 22, 2012 5:48 pm
MB is the best! And if it hadn't been for AR and her roadtrip attitude, I would have missed out on a great friend. Who is going to mention what was hanging on the lemon tree? :)(: I heard about those Cathy hugs from MB. Someday, I hope we all meet!!!
 
May 22, 2012 6:01 pm
OMG Marianne that is the most beautiful blog. I am crying buckets right now because I missed it all and I can feel the emotions that were there. I feel the same way about meeting friends at the Southern Roundup and I am so sure that we will meet lifelong friends at the Shindig in Seattle. I still cannot believe that a website can bring so many people together that are real people that care about each other and would do anything to help each other. Truly amazing. Thanks so much for sharing. Pictures would not have helped. Your words did.
 
KGora 
May 22, 2012 6:14 pm
Great blog Marianne. Thanks to you I now feel like I know everyone a little bit better now! Having strangers come together to form a friendship bond is something I truly admire! It is something I have never experienced in my life and I am looking forward to meeting everyone in Seattle. A little nervous - but looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing your experience.
 
May 22, 2012 7:01 pm
Wyattdogster....my "boyfriend" Howard gave Cathy a run for her money on the hugs. He's all in for AllRecipes now and they all love my boy toy LOL
 
May 22, 2012 7:03 pm
Sleep? Who needs sleep? I catnapped for about 15 min. on the plane and then couldn't get my brain to shut off. I got home at 3 a.m. and DH's alarm goes off at 4 a.m. I did manage to get another hour of sleep in. I am sleep-deprived and my blog probably reflects that. Check out my blog for the panty explanation.
 
May 22, 2012 7:05 pm
KGora, no need to be nervous. You're just going to be another member of the family! BTW, I have very little real family, so these friendships are just that much more meaningful to me.
 
May 22, 2012 7:09 pm
KGora - Amazingly - there are no strangers in this group. Walk in and be prepared to be hugged! Nobody is a stranger....honestly - this kind of bond is rare but very, very real. I can't wait to meet you! (and give you a hug) :)
 
May 22, 2012 7:14 pm
Wyatt, thanks for coming by. You have no idea what one of Cathy's hugs are like. Howard learned about her just before she and xray came in. So he went out and greeted her, like, "Cathy!!! It's so good to see you! Etc." She greeted him back with her big hug and, "OOOh, Ooooh! Yes!" Then she released her long hug as he went to grab hold of xray, and she looked at me and mouthed, "Who IS HE???" Just like in movies, I swear.
 
May 22, 2012 7:15 pm
Cookandbakegirl, you would love one of these get-togethers!
 
May 22, 2012 7:17 pm
Pelicangal, I know you know the emotions that go with this. But I DO think there will be a time when we can all get together. And then, oh, brother! We'll all be weepers!
 
May 22, 2012 7:18 pm
Kgora, like the others have said, there is no stranger here. You will just be grateful. There is nothing I can tell you that will change that. Grateful for these people.
 
Paula 
May 22, 2012 7:54 pm
What a sweet tribute to all your AR Vegas Peeps! I loved reading your blog and hearing about everybody.
 
May 22, 2012 8:07 pm
Kgora like Baking Nana said, you won't even realize that you have never met before.
 
May 22, 2012 9:00 pm
Thanks, Paula! I appreciate it!
 
May 22, 2012 9:39 pm
Oh Marianne, I love how you observe people and then are able to aptly describe them. What a gift. It was fun to read about those I know and say to myself, "Yep, that's right! She is ... fill in the blank ..." And, you've made me want to meet the ones I don't know. You have a gift girl! I just know you all had a wonderful time. But, then, AR Peeps know how to have fun! Hugs to you!
 
May 23, 2012 12:03 am
BTW Marianne is absolutely right....you are like family to me & I love you all!!!! Thanks for all your help kids :)
 
May 23, 2012 5:48 am
Candice, thank you for all those kind words. And you are right! We DO know how to have fun! We will have lots more fun coming up soon, too! I'll be seeing you in just a couple of months!
 
May 23, 2012 5:51 am
Mauigirl, you make it sound like we did all the work. Ha! We didn't do very much, and what we did do was to put out what you did! Love you!
 
May 23, 2012 6:03 am
Marianne, I love your character analysis, it speaks volumes.
 
May 23, 2012 7:41 am
Marianne, so well written and full of love. The way you have described each and every person lets all of know that if we ever have the chance to come to this get-together, we'll bound to have fun. What a great way to unwind and have fun with some great folks. Terrific blog!
 
Lela 
May 23, 2012 8:03 am
Marianne-your blog was so fun to read. Sharing your wonderful time with all the AR friends in Vegas was almost as if I was there. Almost. Someday, I hope to meet people here. Thanks for your peek into the AR Vegas Get Together.
 
May 23, 2012 8:32 am
Marianne...what a lovely blog. You had me in tears. I love my sister very much and am so lucky to have her in my life. Best of all you did everyone else justice and no pics were even necessary. ;)
 
May 23, 2012 11:32 am
Wow, you know how they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words", well your story is worth a thousand pictures. Well told, I just got to know everybody a bit better, and each one sounds like wonderful people. So glad the experience was wonderful for all.
 
May 23, 2012 12:49 pm
What a lovely post!! You describe each person so well, it's almost as if I know them. Sherri said it very well: "Your story is worth a thousand pictures!" Bravo!!
 
May 23, 2012 1:48 pm
Oh, wow, Bibi, I missed your post since we both posted at the same time. I wondered what bd was referring to! Your words are so kind. Thank you ever so much for your post. It was so great to meet you, and I just know that it will be more than just the two times that we get together! Thank you so much!
 
May 23, 2012 1:50 pm
Thank you so very much, redneck gramma! These are easy people to describe!
 
May 23, 2012 1:53 pm
Lutzflcat (I never am sure how to pronounce your name!), I must tell you that I wrote this when I got home and was dead tired. I wasn't even going to start, but my mind just kept going back to these people. It's even fun for me to read it! I'm not even sure it was me who wrote this! Sounds silly, huh!
 
May 23, 2012 1:55 pm
Lela, I'm sure you will find a chance to meet up---at least with some of these people. Once you get to know them from the Buzz you already know so much about them, so when you meet them in person it's just a matter of putting the flesh and blood to their personalities! Thanks for your words.
 
May 23, 2012 1:56 pm
Noemi, I read your email to my hubby (she said in that that she loved how my hubby was so glad to see me again), and he just grabbed my hand (we were driving). He was, indeed, glad to have me back! (I think it's because he hates putting the coffee together in the mornings!) I just adore you and Gabriela!
 
May 23, 2012 1:57 pm
Sherri, I hope you get the chance to meet some of our friends from the Buzz in person. You'll know where my emotions came from!
 
May 23, 2012 2:00 pm
Flying Wizard, I was thinking the other day, and I wondered if we had all gone to the same high school, would we have been this good of friends? I think we'd have appreciated each other but may not have run in the same circles. Wonderful things happen when you get a little maturation in you! If that makes sense. I'm just a lucky person!
 
May 23, 2012 8:48 pm
Marianne, you really have put that English degree to good use. You are a very gifted writer and even though I didn't get to attend and meet with some of those folks, I do feel as though your words gave them life and a vitality that pictures wouldn't have captured. Cathy's description of you is spot on. You really do have an elegance and presence unmatched by most people and I for one am grateful to have gotten to meet you and Magnolia Blossom and give you one of my hugs. I can't wait to see you again in 2 months! And Patty is a sweet angel, isn't she?
 
May 23, 2012 8:54 pm
You are giving me too much credit, Avon! My words are only as good as the people presented! You would have loved being there, I can tell you that. I am waiting with baited breath to get the Seattle thing lined up so I can finish our arrangements. You will like my hubby, and he already knows all about you! What fun we shall have! BTW, I loved my roommate in LV. So easy.
 
May 24, 2012 12:46 pm
Life is indeed a learning process (= Who knew one could learn so much in Vegas? It was such a treat to see everyone again - and to meet new friends face to face! Can't wait to get to see some of you all again soon - and will miss dearly the ones who can't make our field trips - even though we were so recently together!
 
May 24, 2012 12:48 pm
[Btw, Marianne, ANY time you need a ride, let me know (=] [I may fuss a bit at 0800 9and show up in my jammies!) - but if I can be there, I will (=]
 
May 24, 2012 1:26 pm
One thing about you, Barb, is that I know that if I were to tell you I needed a ride on June 1 that you would do that. No doubts about your loyalty to friends! (I don't need a ride---just using that as an example!)
 
May 24, 2012 1:29 pm
lol! I have to say that I'm whining about dropping off my friend at the airport at 10 am and picking them up at 8(!) am - but, you are right - I will be there (= [Probably in my jammies! Good thing I bought new ones for Vegas, so I don't embarrass anyone (= Just say the word, Marianne (=
 
May 24, 2012 3:46 pm
Wow, somehow I missed this & have tears in my eyes! I really need to make one of these :)
 
May 24, 2012 4:16 pm
Yes, you do, SD!
 
May 24, 2012 6:57 pm
scotdog......Maui 2013 stay tuned for the blog kid!
 
May 24, 2012 7:09 pm
I have to say that everyone who blogged about Vegas has just been so poetic and eloquent. ALL of the blogs are just lovely!
 
May 24, 2012 7:13 pm
green as gourd guts here! sounds like a terrific time was had by all! i hope maui's son is good to go!!
 
May 24, 2012 7:33 pm
Thanks for stopping by, Scotdog. You would love it!
 
May 24, 2012 7:35 pm
Gary, I think he's doing well. He's got lots of good karma going for him. I only wish I could come to yours. Our district will maybe stop doing their language testing sometime when money prohibits it, and then I'll definitely plan on it. (We do testing every year of kids who began life speaking another language.)
 
May 25, 2012 8:36 pm
Great Blog!!! Love it! So sorry I missed you guys.
 
May 26, 2012 6:07 am
Thanks, lovecakes. I hope you can join us again some time! I'd imagine it's hard with a family your age!
 
May 26, 2012 8:38 am
Marianne, I have to say that I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. You have quite the way with words, and I wish you would post more blogs!! xoxox...see you in Seattle!
 
May 26, 2012 9:50 am
I cannot wait until Seattle. Thanks for the kind words! Love all these people! We'll add all the new ones in a few short months, too!
 
May 27, 2012 3:46 pm
What a sweet blog! I lived in SoCal until 3 years ago, and now make my home in the PNW. How nice for you all to have met. I'm rather new to the 'community' so thought I would just say hello!! :)
 
May 27, 2012 8:43 pm
How sweet, MrsWolfie! Some of us are going to be coming up there in July. You should join in on the Buzz so you can meet up with us!
 
May 28, 2012 10:05 am
Well, you can obviously tell I'm learning my way around the site still. How do I 'join in' on the Buzz?
 
May 29, 2012 5:28 am
I think you did it! I saw your post yesterday! Let me go back and what you said! (I had my granddaughter with me when I saw it!)
 
May 29, 2012 5:42 am
You got it! And it looks like you got some good advice from Bon Appetit, who now happens to be Cook of the Week! (front page) The other hint now is to only use Request a Recipe because you never know when you'll get a good one rec'd for you! Nice to see you aboard!
 
May 29, 2012 1:21 pm
Reading this made me feel like I was actually there!! You made all the pictures with your words. What a beautiful post.
 
May 29, 2012 3:09 pm
Thank you so much, 1st Lady! We missed you there! One time or another we'll see each other again!
 
May 29, 2012 6:29 pm
Marianne: What a beautiful tribute to all those who attended!
 
May 29, 2012 7:39 pm
Hi bikerfamily! They certainly deserve a tribute! Thanks for checking in! I don't see you very often on the Buzz.
 
 
 
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As a child of Swedish parents who always cooked, I have always loved to serve up my love to others through food--just like my folks. Most of my favorite family memories are a result of meals, families sitting around the table talking, parties with good food, good wine, sparkling conversations.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite foods depend on the time of year, the occasion, and my hankerings. I'm easily coerced into changing my mind by mere suggestions (I am Libra rising): a bit of meat--yum; a pancake--I'm ready; potatoes--now what! Desserts, well, that's a whole new ball of wax! Whew!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish pancakes are really a trademark I copied from my mother. These crepe-like pancakes are cooked on a cast iron griddle, spotted with sour cream and jam, rolled up and then sprinkled with syrup. I dare you to eat just one!
My cooking triumphs
When I cook vegetables and am actually able to eat them, I consider that to be a triumph! I grew up with a botanist father who grew EVERY single vegetable possible and could NOT for the life of me eat them. I'm the only one of four children who would sit at the table for hours until I finally convinced them I wouldn't eat. Now, only a few, and then mostly only raw.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married more than 40 years ago, I bought a bag of peanuts from someone "giving" them away for some charitable organization. Naive, yes. I made a meatloaf (supposedly a very good recipe) using those stale, sour nuts and ended up throwing the "result" against the sink when my husband suggested that perhaps this was not really an edible meal. I have since learned better ways to handle disappointments!
 
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