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A "3 Cook Round Up" 
Nov. 14, 2010 1:39 pm 
Updated: Nov. 21, 2010 7:39 pm
Well, it was more like a Gabfest. And, tons of fun!

Yesterday, me and two AR cooks met, in person, for the first time. In a small, bustling coffee house near our State’s Capital, in they walked. I knew who they were immediately and they knew who I was. We hugged, got coffeed up and the gabbing ensued….. non-stop for 2 ½ hours! What fun we had!

We talked and talked and talked. About family, children, careers, music, cooking, ball games, things we have in common, Thanksgiving traditions, Christmas parties, sushi, cupcakes, Gang-Up Challenges, and the great and diverse people on AR. Oh, and then we talked and talked and talked some more. We laughed and giggled and talked some more.

Both of us brought our cameras. I unabashedly spoke up to say that I had and would like to take a picture. My new AR buddy jumped in with “I did too. Let’s take pictures.” So, the picture taking started. Isn’t her daughter beautiful? Plain to see who she gets her good looks from.

I had the bestest time with these two and can’t wait to hook up again. They are both coming to my next Sushi Class. Just as I had suspected, people who cook are “Good People.” I’m grateful for having made two new friends yesterday. It would be wonderful if us NW Cooks could put a regional ‘Round Up’ together sometime so we could all meet in person.

Alas! As the morning turned into the afternoon, we each had to leave and tend to our respective errands. We hugged twice more and hesitantly parted with promises of staying in touch. Lunch at Kyo’s??? Until next time …….
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Avon & Candice
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Nov. 14, 2010 1:48 pm
so good on you Candice, I am glad you had a great time. You look like you had alot of fun.
Nov. 14, 2010 1:54 pm
Thanks gramma, we SO had a good time. The experience was so good, it makes me want to meet more AR cooks. Avon & Ivon are two very sweet gals.
Nov. 14, 2010 1:57 pm
Candice I am tickled pink for you guys. How exciting and I am glad to hear you had a great time! Hopefully someday somehow we too will meet.
Nov. 14, 2010 2:09 pm
Thanks Nikki, I would so love to come and meet you. Your place sounds so fantastice! And, I'd love to meet each and every one of those hens you got too! hehehe
Nov. 14, 2010 2:11 pm
I'm glad you had a great visit! I live too far away to join you next time. Want to come my way?
Nov. 14, 2010 2:15 pm
Thanks for your wonderful blog! It's just great fun, isn't it! You actually know ahead of time that you will just get along swell! LOVE those gorgeous photos of you three gorgeous people!
Nov. 14, 2010 2:18 pm
Woot Woot! So glad you had a great time!
Nov. 14, 2010 2:30 pm
so great ya got to meet face to face! the northwest...folks are just wonderful! love the pictures!
Nov. 14, 2010 2:53 pm
sueb; I love Alabama. I'd love to come see you; er, ah,... on my way to Nikki's! hehe
Nov. 14, 2010 2:55 pm
Marianne, Yes... I knew I would like Avon. Her daughter Ivon is so cute and smart and they are both interesting to talk with.
Nov. 14, 2010 2:56 pm
Thanks Baking Nana! I'm Whootin' too!
Nov. 14, 2010 2:57 pm
Gary, thanks for noticing! LOL!!! We are kinda cute, aren't we?
Nov. 14, 2010 3:44 pm
Candice, I just got back home from yet another thing to pull me away from home today.....I love that you put this in a blog. The pleasure was really ALL OURS!!! You are such a nice and sweet lady, and both Ivon and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with you. To anyone else that gets the chance to meet her.....ahem.....Nic...you will have an instant connection and just know that what you think you know about someone will be reinforced ten times over. And, before I forget, Candice is really a very crafty and creative person. She made very cute snowmen covers to fit over Hershey's chocolate bars. One for me, and one for Ivon. Such a sweet gesture and very much appreciated. Here is the link to what they look like. ~~~~ http://allrecipes.com/Cook/Photo.aspx?photoID=511418
Nov. 14, 2010 3:54 pm
And Candice, I'm all for a NW roundup. I've wanted to organize one for a long time. Want to help me really get one going? Maybe do something for late January or February? Or, if you want to wait til spring, we could do it in Hood River at the Lavender Farm. How's that for an idea?
Nov. 14, 2010 6:21 pm
Hi Avon, thanks again for a lovely time yesterday. The pictures you posted are great! The little snowmen too! And, You're very welcome. We should most certainly put something together for a NW Roundup. I love the idea of having it in Hood River. May need to go on a recon trip, right? We should talk more about it later. Oh, did Ivon get the recipe I sent?
Nov. 14, 2010 6:56 pm
Just saw my email. Thanks Candice and I'll pass it on to her, but first I saved it. And a recon trip sounds like a great plan.
lisa j 
Nov. 14, 2010 8:13 pm
Looks like great fun ladies! There's nobody on here who wants to admit they're from the pits of Jersey. :( Wish I could meet some of you guys too! BTW, Ivon is a beautiful girl.
lisa j 
Nov. 14, 2010 8:14 pm
BTW, looks just like you Avon :) Isn't it always fun to look at your younger version? My daughter is my spit and image too!
Nov. 14, 2010 8:39 pm
Oh another terrific meet n greet! Outstanding. WTG ladies:) I know it seems AR has been getting a bad rap lately but then we have peeps meeting each other who would not ordinarily meet each other, how Great is that? Happy for you Avon, Candice and Ivon, BTW, Lovely young Lady Annie:) Hugs and smoochies!
Nov. 14, 2010 10:27 pm
*jealous* ;D
Nov. 14, 2010 11:10 pm
Thank you so much for sharing!
Nov. 15, 2010 12:36 am
So glad you guys got a meet n' greet in! If I didn't live 3,000 miles away I would so join your for your NW roundup! ;)
Nov. 15, 2010 9:43 am
lisa j; it WAS so much fun meeting two AR members face-to-face! And, just like Marianne said above, "somehow, you know you will like each other." So, come on New Jersians, out yourselves, our lisa j wants to meet you!
Nov. 15, 2010 9:58 am
Good morning Miss Patty, {{{hugs}}} and *****smoochies***** to you too! I don't care about "bad" raps, I love all you guys and gals! I just don't pay any attention what-so-ever to nay sayers. Life's much too short! Avon is a person I am proud to say is my friend and her sweetie pie daughter is too. Pooh to pooh pooh-ers!
Nov. 15, 2010 10:01 am
@Good EatNZ, LOL! So, let's hook up!
Nov. 15, 2010 10:03 am
Hey Barb, thanks for stopping by!
Nov. 15, 2010 10:05 am
Hi Gitano, Thanks! I would so love to meet you. I think we might be in the same business. Yeah, we talked about you. hehehe!
Nov. 15, 2010 11:58 am
Sounds like you 3 had a blast!! I'll be meeting Gitano next Tuesday for 3 day together in DC I am soo looking forward to it!! And Gitano 3,000 miles is nothing its what I'm travelling to see you madam!!!
Nov. 15, 2010 12:04 pm
Oh and Avon you have a beautiful looking daughter there!!
Nov. 15, 2010 3:48 pm
Oh Trishie, now I'm jealous! Avon and I should hop on a plane and meet up with you and Gitano. I would love to see DC with you all. Have fun and of course, you know we'll be waiting for a report!
Nov. 16, 2010 5:22 am
Looks like a great time was had by all and to Lisa J up there - I am from the "Swamps of Jersey" and proud to admit it
Nov. 16, 2010 5:30 am
Too fun! Looks like some very happy faces there. I got a kick out of the possibility of a Hood River gathering. My husband's first teaching job (a million years ago) was in White Salmon WA just across the bridge from Hood River. Aren't you glad you took the time to meet. You will be friends forever :)
Nov. 16, 2010 6:28 am
Sounds like you guys had a blast!! Wish I could've teleported there ;)
Nov. 16, 2010 4:29 pm
Sounds like great fun! Very happy for you all :)
Nov. 16, 2010 5:42 pm
Well done, each of you! Thanks for posting this, Candice!
Nov. 16, 2010 7:50 pm
Hey Doug, you're a big person (not literally) for standing up to be counted as a "Jersey Boy." Thanks for coming by!
Nov. 16, 2010 7:52 pm
Mauigirl, My middle daughter lives in Grandview, WA across the bridge from Hood River. It really IS a small world isn't it? And, yes.... you're right, we'll be friends forever!
Nov. 16, 2010 7:54 pm
Mom.... I wish you coulda "teleported" there too! That woulda be so much (more) funner!
Nov. 16, 2010 7:54 pm
Carrie, thanks for your comments. It was tons-O-fun!
Nov. 16, 2010 7:55 pm
Mike, thanks for stopping in. And, you're welcome!
Nov. 17, 2010 4:08 am
I have been so very busy in RL for the past month or so, that I am only now starting to take the time to catch up. I'm glad you had a good time and I wish I could have met you all. Maybe in the spring, if I manage to sell some of my wine! Thanks for posting this, and I love the photos - what a bevy of beauty.
Nov. 17, 2010 6:51 am
No matter what you call it-gab fest, lunch, a roundup-it is great fun meeting AR peeps! So worth the time!!
Nov. 17, 2010 7:49 am
sounds like sooooo much fun! i love the quote"people who cook are good people".....and i love how when i read this you can feel the excitement of meeting up with people that you have soo many things in common to talk about!!
Nov. 17, 2010 10:13 am
Hey Candice- I'm in Albany too!!
Nov. 17, 2010 2:54 pm
A NW roundup sounds like a great idea!
Nov. 17, 2010 9:43 pm
oh my, I just came back to this after a couple of days and wow!!! Tons of new visitors! Kellieann and tbmckay, there are lots of us here, it's just a matter of flushing us all out. I really am serious about planning something and I think with Candice's help and anyone else that would like to help, we can pull this off and make a real go of it. And gderr is right, the NW has some really great people here. Lori, that statement that Candice made in the blog about the "people who cook are good people", she said that last Saturday at our meeting too and she is so right. It's a great quote.
Nov. 18, 2010 10:46 am
Nov. 19, 2010 8:06 pm
Thanks for dropping in Phil. Hopefully in the Spring, we'll be able to meet. That would be fun!
Nov. 19, 2010 8:08 pm
Cat Hill, true, so true.... no matter what you call it, meeting like-minded people is awesome!
Nov. 19, 2010 8:10 pm
Hey Lori, thanks for commenting. You're right! I was so excited to meet Avon and Ivon. I'm glad you could tell.
Nov. 19, 2010 8:11 pm
tbmckay...... well then, let's hook up. Coffee????
Nov. 19, 2010 8:13 pm
Kellieann, I think a NW Round Up would be soooooo much fun! Avon and I are both willing to try and put one together. WOW! Can't wait!
Nov. 19, 2010 8:15 pm
Hi Mimi! So gald a Jersey Girl stopped in. Thanks for standing up to be counted.
Nov. 20, 2010 5:50 pm
I'm always up for coffee! But usually have my kiddos in tote. =)
Nov. 20, 2010 7:54 pm
I love kiddos! Please shoot me an e-mail and after Thanksgiving, let's hook-up. orangecandy@comcast.net
Nov. 20, 2010 10:05 pm
It's always nice to hear of new friends. What fun! Wouldn't it be great it someday there was an All Recipes international convention. Food Cooking Food Cooking Food Cooking...what could be better.
Nov. 21, 2010 11:00 am
As I have mentioned before, hope any and all can make the Las Vegas AR blowout May 14 at moi's place. Viva Las Vegas!
Nov. 21, 2010 3:57 pm
Candice, so glad you could meet some other AR folks. It really is a great time, isn't it? A NW meeting would be an awesome time for sure. Cat and I had such a good time with our new friends. Helpful hint-be sure to print out any emails/contact info you get in case your computer decides to kick the bucket. Be careful about having a get together when it's not Daylight Savings Time for those that may need to drive a long way. Anyone interested in a meet, grab yourself a co-host to help you with details. (Two heads are better than one.)
Nov. 21, 2010 7:32 pm
@cynjne, Wow, an Interantional Convention! That would have to be a week event! And, I would love it. Think of all the good food we'd be able to eat! Oh My Goodness, somebody ...please ... put this together!
Nov. 21, 2010 7:35 pm
Hi Mauigirl, I'm hoping I can make the Las Vegas Round Up. I love Las Vegas. We try to go about once a year. So,....
Nov. 21, 2010 7:39 pm
Good Evening Magnolia, Avon and I have been throwing the idea around about a NW Round Up. Maybe in February or March. I've been paying close attention to your suggestions and tips for a successful event. I can't thank you enough for the helpful hints.
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