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Buckeye Bash 2014 - Fun!! 
Jul. 13, 2014 8:48 am 
Updated: Aug. 4, 2014 3:33 am


The Buckeye Bash 2014 came to an end on Saturday afternoon, after two days of fun with friends.  We weren't a large group, but we still had a blast!  Mickdee made the trek from Michigan, Sassyoldlady came from Toledo, and coming from the Columbus area were Saveur, Bellepepper and Midwestchef.  Mother Ann (that's me!) hosted the event in Rootstown, Ohio.  All of our spouses attended as well and I believe they had as much fun as we did.  Earlier in the day Don from Spain had posted on the Buzz that he was gathering up the funds and preparing the paperwork to bail us out of jail if needed - apparently we have quite a reputation for being a wild bunch!  I did appreciate his willingness to help out from across the big lake, but thankfully we did not need to call on him.

We started the festivities off on Friday evening with a meet-up at a local winery - Barrel Run Crossing Winery &Vineyard.  Saveur and Sassyoldlady could not join us for this part of the fun and they were greatly missed.  We spent some time chatting and renewing our friendships - all of us knew each other from prior round-ups except for myself and midwestchef.  We had never met until this Bash.  Jon and I arrived at the winery first to set up the fruit, chocolates (kisses and Buckeyes, this was the Buckeye Bash after all!!), cheese and crackers I had put together for our munchies.  I set my AllRecipes orange bag out to help everyone find our table.  Next to arrive was midwestchef and Mr. midwestchef.  I felt like we were old friends - we just naturally took off talking and felt very comfortable around one another as we waited the other's arrival.

The winery has a small menu with sandwiches and pizzas and we eventually got around to ordering our dinner.  The sun set and still we sat around our table under the pavilion chatting about anything and everything.  Every so often conversation would move to discussions about AR and food.  The men gathered at one end and had their own conversation.  Partway through the evening, Jon leaned over to me and said, "I don't know what you ladies have planned for breakfast but us guys are meeting up at Mike's Place for ours."   Us ladies opted to skip breakfast, but the men met up and enjoyed a huge breakfast. 

Around noon on Saturday we all met up at Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant.  Jon and I are involved in the ownership and this is the restaurant our dear friends (the parents of our "adopted" grandchildren) run.  We had the party room for our gathering and I had the servers bring in a couple pitchers of margaritas and bowls of chips with salsa, authentic Mexican guacamole, and queso dip.  We spent an hour or so chatting and greeting Saveur and Sassyoldlady (and their other halves) before placing our orders.  As we were finishing our meals Federico, his wife, and children arrived at the restaurant and I was proud to introduce them to the gang.   Next on the agenda, for those who were not too full, was some homemade ice cream from the shop in the corner of the restaurant.  Dreamsicle and Double Chocolate Peanut Butter seemed to be the favorite choices. 

There were gifts for everyone as well.  Bellepepper presented each of us with a bottle of balsamic glaze.  I can't wait to try it out; in fact I might try it on some grilled shrimp tonight! Mickdee made some delicious candied pecans; it's going to be tough to make sure I get my fair share - Jon really likes them!  Midwestchef had been shopping in Amish country and presented us each with a jar of blackberry jam - yummy!!  Sassyoldlady brought bread dipping sets with cute little dipping dishes and the seasonings to add to the oil - funny, I had just been to my sister's and was jealous of her dipping dishes - now I don't have to go out and look for my own!  Saveur presented me with a lovely hostess gift she picked up at an antique shop - 2 little pitchers; one that says "vinegar" and the other says "oil" with chickens/roosters on them.  She's never seen my kitchen but I have chickens and roosters as part of my d├ęcor!  Also two shakers which we determined are possibly for cinnamon and sugar as the holes are too large for salt and pepper.  Lastly, I made raspberry peach sangria wine jelly for everyone. 

Sadly the fiesta had to come to an end as everyone had long drives back home.  It was a wonderful time and it makes me that much happier that I discovered AllRecipes.  With that discovery I have not only become a better cook, but have made some wonderful friends.  If you have never been to a round-up, you really need to get yourself to one; or host one yourself!  They are a blast and the folks you meet will quickly become true friends.  A round-up can be something as simple as a meet-up at a restaurant for an hour or so, or be a multi-day event.  The first one I attended was two years ago at Bellepepper's lovely home.   I had no idea what to expect that day and I was very pleasantly surprised.  I arrived as a stranger and left having several new friends.  This year I made another new friend in midwestchef.  The spouses and significant others of the AR gang have also become friends and I know Jon looks forward to these round-ups as much as I do.

We are thinking our next Bash will be a visit to Cleveland and the West Side Market - a smorgasbord of culinary delight!  Who knows, we may not even wait a year for the next one!

Jul. 13, 2014 8:51 am
I want to add that we were having so much fun I forgot to take any pictures until the very end! I did get a shot of everyone, though, except me but that's just fine! LOL
Jul. 13, 2014 9:02 am
Had a great time, and thanks for hosting! I told hubby on the way home...we didn't even get any group shots! Having so much fun just didn't think about it. Way too short for me, you know what they say about time flying. And I still think it's hilarious we all showed up in blue!
Jul. 13, 2014 9:11 am
I knew you all would have fun! Thanks for posting.
Jul. 13, 2014 9:18 am
It's so amazing how we feel like we were old friends when we meet each other for the first time. Yes time flies when you are having fun. At the last gathering in Vegas I almost forgot to get a group photo but I managed with the little daylight we had left. Headed to Oregon this week for Orange and Candice's roundup. I'm so glad you all had fun.
Jul. 13, 2014 9:35 am
Glad everyone had a great time.
Jul. 13, 2014 9:38 am
Sassy - It was a short time for you, and for Saveur! A long drive for sure! And, yesterday I was thinking to myself -I have to put in the blog how we all wore blue! Then I forgot until I read your comment. Darn memory!!
Jul. 13, 2014 9:40 am
Maggi - It was fun! Great people!
Jul. 13, 2014 9:41 am
bd.weld - hope you have a safe trip and a great time in Oregon!
Jul. 13, 2014 9:43 am
Thanks Cheryl's Cooking Now! It is so nice that the guys all get along so well also - makes for a super fun time!
Jul. 13, 2014 9:49 am
Mother Ann, thanks for sharing your great time with all those who could attend the Roundup. I enjoyed reading about all your fun. I wish that the photos were larger.
Jul. 13, 2014 9:57 am
Lela - I wish they were larger, too! There is no longer an option on this site to add photos (which had the option of clicking on the photo to make it larger) so I have to copy and paste in BlogSpot and then copy/paste to this site. I can't figure out how to get them any bigger.
Jul. 13, 2014 10:06 am
Mother Ann, good blog! I have to say I was disappointed that I did not earn a referral fee from Don but glad you guys stayed out of jail - LOL!!! Lela, if you will hold the Control key and the + symbol, it is possible to get a somewhat larger image.
Jul. 13, 2014 10:11 am
I hope to make the Buckeye Bash one year! Went to Vegas, and I was going to try to get to Candice's, but my DGD is visiting, and I'm a tad zealous about my time with her. Shooting for gderr's gathering next year, definitely!
Jul. 13, 2014 10:19 am
Mother Ann, it sounds like you all had a great time! One of these days, I'll head that way... I LOVE the mid-west. I whole heatedly agree! AR peepers are the Best! Thank you for sharing your Round Up adventure with us!!!
Jul. 13, 2014 10:20 am
OMG! I meant to say "Peeps," not "peepers." Mercy me!!!
Jul. 13, 2014 10:25 am
Shearone, Haha! thanks for that tip on the control and + key! Did not know that!!
Jul. 13, 2014 10:26 am
Bibi - I'd love to meet you at a round-up somewhere! Enjoy your time with family!!
Jul. 13, 2014 10:27 am
"peeps" - "peepers" - We're still the best!! LOL!! Be sure and post about your upcoming event!
Deb C 
Jul. 13, 2014 10:37 am
What a wonderful group of people! I'm dying to meet the Ohio crowd. I'll be there next year!
Jul. 13, 2014 10:46 am
Hi boys and girls --- brilliant for you and all who sail in her year after year. Magic and all good friends. BD - one day -- espero!! cheers
Jul. 13, 2014 12:48 pm
Mother Ann! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Hubs and I had a great time. And you're right, the guys do enjoy these just as much as we do. And just an FYI, the balsamic glaze is pretty potent, so you may want to just drizzle it first to make sure you like it. I happen to love it, so I hope you do too! I'm ready for our next BASH!! Hugs!!
Jul. 13, 2014 12:49 pm
And Deb C, we would love to have you at our next one! :)
Jul. 13, 2014 2:02 pm
How wonderful for all of you, glad you all had a great time!!
Jul. 13, 2014 2:43 pm
hi ma. what a great get-together! we are all just siblings from the same mother when we gather. looks and sounds like a terrific time...time truly does fly! everyone remembers to bring the cameras and of course, forget to take pictures. guilty here as well. don't let the guys fool you about having to dragged along to a round-up. think about it...good-looking women that CAN cook? yeah, count me in! so glad ya had a blast, now try to make to the nw. round-up or the southern round-up! rock on ya!
Jul. 13, 2014 5:32 pm
Deb C - I would love to meet you! See you next year!
Jul. 13, 2014 5:32 pm
Don - one day you need to come visit us all! :)
Jul. 13, 2014 5:35 pm
Bellepepper - Thanks for the info on the glaze, I'm sure we'll love it! I was planning on giving it a try tonight but then we got busy and ended up taking little Annie to the lake to see how she liked swimming and we didn't really eat dinner, just snacked. Tomorrow night for sure! And, Annie loves swimming, as much as Suzy does, if not more. :)
Jul. 13, 2014 5:36 pm
gderr - LOL! You guys are all alike!! Some day I will make a Southern or nw round-up. There just aren't enough days to do everything I need and want to do!
Jul. 14, 2014 6:16 am
Mother Ann - so sorry we had to miss the bash. I couldn't get out of our other commitment without hurting a friendship, and I couldn't let that happen. So glad the 6 of you had a wonderful time! Too funny that you all wore blue! Hopefully we can make next summers gathering.
Jul. 14, 2014 6:34 am
Molly, I wish you could have made it as well; but totally understand about prior commitments. Definitely try to make the next one!
Jul. 14, 2014 7:02 am
Thanks for the post here. For those of us who couldn't be there it is so nice to hear how things went. RE balsamic glaze: Try drizzling some on top of risotto made with gorgonzola, walnuts and rucola. It's superb. Thanks again.
Jul. 14, 2014 10:35 am
Tnx M.A. for the report...just like being there. I'm a Buckeye too, maybe a redneck one since I am just 30 mi. north of the Ohio Riv..due south of you all.
Jul. 15, 2014 5:22 am
Aren't these round ups the best? I am sad that I am going to miss the Oregon gathering but life sometimes gets in the way. It looks like you had a great time!
Jul. 15, 2014 1:44 pm
Melanie - great sounding idea for the glaze. I don't know what rucola is, though. I'll have to google that.
Jul. 15, 2014 1:44 pm
Judy Lew - I believe I'm a bit of a redneck Buckeye as well! :)
Jul. 15, 2014 1:45 pm
Baking Nana - sorry you have to miss the Oregon gathering. These events are a lot of fun! Next time you'll have to make it for sure!
Jul. 16, 2014 7:38 am
MA: I dream of being independently wealthy and retired so I can attend AR Round Ups from coast to coast! AR Friends are the best!
Jul. 16, 2014 3:53 pm
MotherAnn, What a lovely weekend you and hubs planned this year! The winery was so much fun and your restaurant was so festive and fun! It was great seeing everyone, what a really nice group of people we have here on AR! Thank you for all the work you did, it was much appreciated by all of us. And thank you for the recap in this blog, nice to refer to for the memories! And didn't everyone look sharp in blue! Lol! Hugs! Dana
Jul. 16, 2014 4:21 pm
bikerfamily - wouldn't that be wonderful to just travel from round-up to round-up??!! :)
Jul. 16, 2014 4:23 pm
Dana - Yes we did all look pretty darn sharp in our blue! Couldn't have planned it better - haha! I'm glad you and your hubby were able to make it! Such a great, fun group!
Jul. 26, 2014 5:26 am
Great to see what a wonderful time everyone had...I'm sure hoping I can one day swing some these AR gatherings. It would be so wonderful to meet more of the AR family.
Jul. 26, 2014 1:49 pm
We did have a terrific time. It was great for the Mr. and me to finally meet Mr. and Mrs. Mother Ann! Good people! We had the balsamic sauce on grilled pork chops - delicious. Thanks, sassy. And thanks to all of you for the other swell gifts.
Aug. 4, 2014 3:33 am
midwestchef, I really enjoyed meeting you and the Mr.! It was so much fun to spend some time with some great AR gals and their spouses! Can't wait for the next time.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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