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An Early Start, Again! 
Jan. 26, 2013 6:14 pm 
Updated: Jun. 21, 2013 7:16 am
Once again, Cat Hill is having her annual Midwest Roundup. This year she has scheduled it for June 21,22,23. Also, on that same weekend, there will be an American Cancer Society Relay for Life (R4L) on Friday the 21st. Last year the R4L was in Kearney, MO but they haven't posted their activity. I need an early start so I chose an R4L in Liberty, MO.

Last year, the AR membership supported their R4L participants by contributing $1380.00 to fight cancer through research, treatment and post cancer support. Being a beneficiary of ACS support, I can't say enough about how much this organization does to benefit cancer patients. I'm not the only one here on AR. There are other survivors, there are those in treatment and those who are or have been the very important and invaluable caregivers.

Also, last year, our team name was, "Midwest AR Roundup". This year the team name is, "Friends In The AiR". It is a play on the AR logo and, of course we are friends. Most of the readers know that "Friends In The AiR" is not just a team name but it is a statement of gratitude, deep affection and rememberance for the support of the AR membership during times of pain and uncertainty that many of our membership have endured. (Cat Hill has dubbed Friends In The AiR with the acronym, "FITA(s) )

Use this link to get to our team page.;pg=team&amp;team_id=1334712<

I haven't set the team page up because I am anticipating some additions to what I have drafted.
Jan. 26, 2013 6:32 pm
Good on you folks! I visited the page and will do so again soon.
Jan. 26, 2013 7:45 pm
Oh Mike, thank you for once again taking up the mantle for finding a cure to this horrible disease. I absolutely love the name of the our team. Our dear Cat is smo cleaver! Together through constant and unrelentless support, we will find a cure. I'm with you all the way!
Jan. 27, 2013 5:09 am
Mike, thank you for setting this up! I put that link in my favorites and will be donating once again this year. I so wish I could make it to Cat's midwest roundup, but I won't be making it this year, once again. Our Buckeye Bash is that weekend, as well, and since it is so much closer for me - I'm going to make that round up. Also - that date was the date we were leaving on vacation - I think I've talked all people involved to wait and leave the following week instead. :)
Jan. 27, 2013 11:39 am
I am fairly certain I won't be able to get to the roundup, much as I would love it. You know I will happily make a donation and virtually cheer you on. I know a number of cancer survivors and there will be more thanks to the efforts of people like you. Thank you all!
Jan. 27, 2013 12:13 pm
Candice, what is a smo cleaver? Hope it's a good thing :) The Buckeye bash is the same weekend? Ah darn it, I pushed mine back just so school people might have a chance to come here for this roundup. Oh well, we FITA's will just have to make due with the old friends and the hopefully new ones that are coming! Um, that reminds me I better get the invite blog up :)
Jan. 27, 2013 1:32 pm
I'm with BigShoMom on this one.I also know cancer survivors ,and my younger sister passrd away from breast cancer.
Jan. 27, 2013 1:32 pm
i meant passed not passrd.
Jan. 27, 2013 5:23 pm
Thanks for the "visit", Doc! I didn't get the page ready soon enough to send you a proper thank you from the Liberty 4 site.
Jan. 27, 2013 5:25 pm
Thank you, Candice, for joining our team and for your help, also. BTW, I'm still anticipating that blog updating us on Lisa! ;D
Jan. 27, 2013 5:29 pm
Hi, Mother Ann! The Buckeye Bash is June 15, the week before. I want to attend that one also. It'll mean several hundred more traveling miles but my AR friends there are worth it. Well, there is that OSU rivalry thing.
Jan. 27, 2013 5:31 pm
You comment is very kind, BigShotsMom! Thank you.
Jan. 27, 2013 5:43 pm
Good evening, m'lady Cat! That is interpreted as "so clever". I think Candice was in a hurry and her eyes weren't able to watch what her fingers were doing. ... The Buckeye Bash is on the 15th of June. there will be no conflict with your roundup. ... That invite blog will be welcomed, Cat. You do have 144 days remaining. It's not like a last minute thing!
Jan. 27, 2013 5:45 pm
You and your family have my sympathy and understanding, manella.
Jan. 27, 2013 6:18 pm
LOVE the Team Photo Mike! That was one hot day for sure! Yes, I need to get the update on Lisa's progress done soon.
Jan. 28, 2013 2:36 am
Candice, I'm waiting... and waiting ... and waiting...
Jan. 28, 2013 6:19 am
LOLOL! I know ;) I just had to give sweet Candice a hard time. I was thinking the Buckeye Bash was earlier.
Jan. 28, 2013 8:03 am
Mother Ann is working until 4:00. I have a little bit of time to think of something sarcastic and totally inappropriate to send her in an email regarding that incorrect date.
Jan. 28, 2013 11:54 am
I will be there with you in spirit!
Jan. 28, 2013 12:53 pm
I am remembering that we had a conversation "in the air" last year, Baking Nana! It was great to hear you then and, I'm sure, it will be great to hear you again! Hmmmm? Maybe you would want to be a "cheerleader" on the home front, again? You, Julie and Cindy kept our team alive, last year.
Jan. 29, 2013 9:53 am
Oh Mike. You know I will be the cheerleader on the home front!
Jan. 29, 2013 4:51 pm
I will support you from afar Mike. Thanks so much for the work you do for all who are touched by this terrible disease. XO to you and Linda
Jan. 29, 2013 6:32 pm
Thank you, B'Nana!
Jan. 29, 2013 6:47 pm
mauigirl, we are all touched by this. Few- if any- can say they haven't been touched. Your fight is our fight, nobody fights alone. Cliche'? Nope! Just a fact we can all be proud of!
Feb. 2, 2013 6:44 pm
Just saw the blog. Been coughing my head off for the last 2 weeks. Mark me down as an official FITA! Go team! I've got my registration in and I'm eagerly planning your arrival. Hope Mrs. H will be able to come too, but I understand the tight schedule between the two round-ups. Hmm...I think I need to experiment with some carrot cake. The Magnolia Blossom Inn will roll out the welcome mat. And maybe redecorate the trunk.
Feb. 2, 2013 7:06 pm
P.S. You're just thinking of Baking Nana, mauigirl and Cindy and their pom poms.
Feb. 4, 2013 6:23 pm
That's you, Candice, Mrs. Mike and me as walkers, so far. Maybe, Orange will be with Candice, too!Haven't heard from Lady Sparkle in a while. We have a pretty good collection already! Maggi and an anonymous helped a lot!
Feb. 4, 2013 6:27 pm
Pom Poms? Naaawwww. I was thinking of step, bump, step, bump, step, bump, hop, hop, jump, bump!
Jun. 20, 2013 2:01 pm
Thanks for the link (Mi Being Mi just posted a link to this post) - I'll be up to meet you and others this weekend and can't wait! Not joining in on the walk - maybe next year but I did visit the team page and am so glad to have you out there step, bump-ing!
Jun. 20, 2013 2:13 pm
Maybe I should have read all the responses before I posted :)
Jun. 21, 2013 7:16 am
LOL - Hi Heidi! Looking forward to meeting you!
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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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