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It Was Bright and Beautiful In Beautiful Brighton 
Oct. 23, 2012 11:43 am 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2012 6:03 pm

The drive to Brighton was an easy trip, just three turns and an hour and a half. The sky was a mix of heavy autumn clouds and the landscapes were decorated in the brightest fall colors. We were pleased that the east side of the state had just reached it's prime colors. (On the west side we were past the prime.) We arrived in Brighton about two hours early. My wife, being one of the worlds top power shoppers, wanted to see what Brighton has to offer.

We found a very convenient parking spot right on Main Street and only a hundred feet from the AR meet up place , from which we began the shopping trek. As we looked around, we were pleased to find a a few art gallerys and began the business that was to be our preface to the MiniMI. To make shopping safer, pedestrian crosswalks complete with flashing signs (at crosswalks) for motorists to yield so pedestrians in crosswalks can cross the busy street safely. Believe it or not, the motorists will actually stop and let you cross safely! Try that on this side of the state and you'll make the undertaker one body busier. As we explored that one area, I kept thinking back to The Excellent Indiana Adventure Of Magnolia Blossom and Lady Sparkle and thinking this could be a similar experience. I believe that we may overnight the next time or maybe make a special trip.

We stored our new treasures in the car and headed for the MiniMI.

Mickdee picked the perfect venue for this gathering. The Brighton Bar and Grill has an easy ambiance with just enough upscale dining experience to make it a quiet and pleasurable experience.  ... ...
I chose Clam Chowder and the "Georgia Reubin" and Linda (Mrs. Mike) chose the "Chicken and Provolone" ( a roll up). Both of us found our lunch to be very good and worth reordering on a return trip.

This might be the first international AR event. Weeble came all the way from Toronto to join us at the MiniMI. She made it across the US border without trouble. (I wonder if Canada took her back.) Thanks, Weeble, for making the journey. It was fun talking with you, especially learning the history of how you came to be named "Weeble"!

Sassyoldlady has appropriately described those in attendance ( ...<  ... ) so I won't repeat except to join her in thanking Mickdee for a wonderful afternoon. Mickdee had the tables arranged so conversation could be engaged by everybody and she had a huge and beautiful centerpiece in autumn motif. Mr. Mickdee said the centerpiece was a pumkin that was opened at the top, hollowed out and covered with glitter, from which a huge bouquet of dry fowers were showing off. Around that pumpkin,she had placed a variety of gourds, grapes, berries and colored leaves. At each corner of the display there was a lighted candle. If you can picture the size of a typical cafe table for four, that would be the size of her display. Just awesome! Plus she had a scented candle for each person in an apothecary jar that she had decorated and personalized with each attendee's name. (It was really neat that she had decorated Weeble's candle with a maple leaf!)

Someplace in these blogs, I commented that I have trouble remembering to snap some photos at these events. This time, I did remember to take some and Mr. Mickdee snapped some for me, too. None of them turned out. My selector was set to "Close Up" which will only focus within 24". That's three events from which I have not had photos to show. At MiniMI '11, I had my camera but forgot to take snaps. The Midwest Roundup (last June) I shot only a few snaps and, now, MiniMI '12. Aaaarrrrrgh!! Now that I have told everybody, maybe I'll have plenty of reminders at the next event.
Oct. 23, 2012 12:14 pm
Yo! don't forget the Dalton gang showed up for that excellent adventure in IN :) I am so glad you all had fun. I knew you would. Darn I was hoping to see photos! Knew Mrs. Mike would have a great time too!
Oct. 23, 2012 12:23 pm
You could blame it on the lack of the camera of course. Looks, or should I say, sounds like everyone had a good time.
Oct. 23, 2012 12:43 pm
Looks, no sounds like ... time-LMAO bd you got me:D Crossing the street is dangerous where you live? Good thing you have your hip/leg fixed so you can hustle across the street. I believe Weebs made it home, she was digging a tunnel under her house to hide her smuggled rotel. Now a very important part was left out of this story....what did Mrs Mike purchase on her shopping spree? Shoes I hope. Sitting on pins and needles here:D
Oct. 23, 2012 2:52 pm
Yeah, what is up with the smuggled Rotel and what wonderful things did dear Mrs. Mike find to lighten your wallet?
Oct. 23, 2012 5:09 pm
I haven't forgotten about The Dalton Gang or Thelma and Louise,Cat! In fact, there are whispers in the hallways of a group called "The Regulators" that is seeking a foothold in the northern midwest.
Oct. 23, 2012 5:19 pm
One sucker punch! Nope! That was two sucker punches! Dang, BD! ... uhhh? What was I going to say?
Oct. 23, 2012 5:27 pm
No shoes, gramma. However there was a couple of sculptures a painting and a tapestry. No shoes. Nope. Nada. HAAAaawwww!
Oct. 23, 2012 5:37 pm
No punches thrown Mike, just a little humor. Went to the Vegas roundup and had a small card with pics we needed and no extras. Been there done that.
Oct. 23, 2012 5:42 pm
Cat, if I remember correctly, Weeble couldn't find any Rotel in Toronto so she bought a quantity on this side of the river to take back with her. Somehow it was decided she should smuggle it. Now, she is an international person of intrigue- at least on AR.
Oct. 23, 2012 5:43 pm
The mini-MI seems to have been enjoyed by all. I'm still in awe of the facilities for crossing the street and the fact drivers heed them! I'm from NY, crossing the street is often a death defying stunt even in the crosswalk. I never remember to take pictures either, it is sort of a family joke.
Oct. 23, 2012 5:58 pm
Thank you for understanding both points, BSM! This "malady" has been haunting me for over a year. Yes, we all had an enjoyable time!
Oct. 23, 2012 6:02 pm
BD? Do you suppose it could be an age thing?
Oct. 23, 2012 6:08 pm mean kinda like walking into the pantry and forget what the heck I was in there for?
Oct. 23, 2012 6:26 pm
I wondered what I was there for shortly after I figured out where I was. I found what I wanted when I got back home.
Oct. 24, 2012 9:03 am
Aren't gatherings of the peeps great, Mike? Who knew that cooks could be such great company! Thanks for posting. Everytime I read about a gathering, it makes me more determined to get to another one!
Oct. 24, 2012 9:17 am
I thought of something good to say - but walked away, now I can't remember what it was. It will come to me.... Brighton sounds like a lovely town. Everything sounds just perfect - well except that camera setting. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
Oct. 24, 2012 10:14 am
Mike, it was great to see you and meet Mrs. Mike! What a pleasure she is! I'm happy you had an opportunity to explore the town. Did you get a good stash from the candy store? Well, I join you on your camera woes. I brought fresh batteries, ready to go... no memory card. Mr. Mickdee stepped in to take pix with his iPad but they are grainy from no flash. :( I'm glad Sassy saved our butts!! Other than her blog, I guess my feeble memory will have to serve as recall of the ossasion(yikes!!).
Oct. 24, 2012 10:16 am
*occasion*... silly fingers!
Oct. 24, 2012 2:31 pm
hi mike! as i've said before...ya need to show up at a southern round-up. we can certainly use more class!
Oct. 24, 2012 3:34 pm
Hi, Bibi! Yes, the gatherings are great! This time I was able to meet folks I had met before which was special, also.
Oct. 24, 2012 3:38 pm
It seems, you always have something nice to say, Baking Nana! ... Brighton, in the area of the Brighton Bar and Grill, is transitioning from an older face to a newer face and, yes, the city is doing it beautifully. The merchants are doing their part, too.
Oct. 24, 2012 3:44 pm
My wife made a beeline for that candy store, Mickdee! She was especially interested in the "custom" candies for the granddaughters. What's the english term for, "Oh, woe"? ... Yup! Sassy did save our tuther sides. ... As for feeble memory, I'm afraid I cannot comment.
Oct. 24, 2012 4:35 pm
So glad to see you again and meet the Mrs. If I had known I was the only one getting pictures I would have taken more. I always get so caught up in talking and enjoying myself I forget to pick up the camera.
Oct. 24, 2012 4:36 pm
Hi, Gary! Next year our traveling funds are held to doing our kitchen and the Maui roundup. ... About me bringing some class, you have the wrong person. My wife is the only class I have.
Oct. 24, 2012 4:38 pm
Oh, just happened to think, Carrie from Canada came to the Buckeye Bash at Saveurs last year. They were in Cleveland and made the detour to visit.
Oct. 24, 2012 4:43 pm
Remembering to take some snaps seems to be my ever recurring problem, Sassy. I'm taking a photo trip tomorrow which should help me remember to pick up the camera. Hope it works!
Oct. 24, 2012 4:47 pm
So, The Buckeye Bash of 2011 is the first international gathering? Guess I gotta go pout!
Oct. 24, 2012 7:28 pm
LOL! Regulators! Nah not for us!
Oct. 24, 2012 7:29 pm
Oh and I told you, hang the camera around your neck! You won't forget then!
Oct. 24, 2012 9:00 pm
Well having a camera in hand doesn't mean you're actually going to take a pic with it. Case in point... getting surprised by Ms. Cat above. So glad you had a good time. And you have lots of class in that wife of yours. One of these days Sparkle Britches and I are going to make it to an Ohio or Michigan meet. It's on our bucket list!
Oct. 25, 2012 5:34 am
Miss Cat, even my wife understands that this old brain has problems making connections such as: memorable moments= take a picture. Or, smoking pan= dinner is done. Or, when in an upside down car= take foot off accelerator. You know! Simple things that can make a difference.
Oct. 25, 2012 5:40 am
But, MB, it was Ms Cat that had the camera in hand- and ready- that caught the instant of jaw dis-jointing surprise because her brain is still young enough to make the connection.
Oct. 28, 2012 7:59 am
I never get tired of reading about get togethers! It sounds like "another" great time was had by all. Thanks so much for sharing Mike! BTW, you took pics at Cat's? I don't remember that! But, then again, I don't remember much. (Now, why did I come to the kitchen?)
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At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog.
My cooking tragedies
Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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