We broke the rules - my husband and kids worried about my sanity.
I set the rules - as
MOM, I am allowed to do that.
Then I met friends on AR and
I broke all the rules.
Child to mother,
"You are going where?"
"Do you know these people?"
"When you get there, drive by and then check in with me, OK? If it looks weird, don't stop! Call me when you get there."
My husband watched me prepare for our gathering - helped move furniture and then would ask - "So, do you
KNOW who is coming?"
Welcome to the AllRecipes Family.
Internet safety - 101
"Don't EVER agree to meet ANYONE on the internet!"
Then I 'met' the women of Allrecipes.com and I threw caution to the wind and invited strangers to my home. It didn't seem odd at all - I 'knew' these folks.
It did take me a few days to tell hubby what I had done.
What could he say - the invite was out and we were expecting guests!
The day finally arrived - hubby pretended to get ready to leave - he hung around to make sure no aliens were invading the house. After meeting Keri and her daughters and then Marianne and a few more he left
for the movies, semi-assured I would be OK. By the time he arrived home the roars of laughter coming from the kitchen assured him all was well.
Cathy Myers and Noemi - they only just met.
Don't they look like they have known each other forever?
Since that day, we have all become fast friends.
No, Ina Garten did not come to one of are gatherings - Marianne and I went to meet her at a book signing in Orange County.
Although - I must say - Ina would like our group.
Then Mauigirl took the baton and invited us all to Las Vegas!
This time people flew in from all over the country.
Even AllRecipes Elizabeth joined us from Seattle and Candice from Oregon.
Baking Nana and LadySparkle
Mis7up and Magnolia Blossom both hopped a flight to Sin City.
Our LadySparkle sure does shine!
Can you believe that Barb and Candice just met each other.
Look at all these happy faces!
Christine and Cooking Up a Storm
Then Candice and family came to Southern California.
Marianne, Barb and I met them in Anaheim.
- Marianne, Candice Barb and Jill!
They were even waving in strangers to take our pictures.
I was not alone - other women joined in on these capers.
This is K-Dub -
She told us last year about her wedding plans.
Marianne and I found her mother on Facebook and we plotted and planned.
Best of all -
K-Dub really was disappointed.
She was going to miss the AR gathering because her mom had plans for her.
Little did she know!
I am so glad I broke the rules -
Baking Nana - Stirring things up!