Two years ago I had no idea that my life was about to change.
Food, Fun and Friendship. Who would have known that my life would be so enriched through a recipe site?
In September 2010 we took a leap of faith - broke all the rules and a bunch of strangers gathered at my home for our first Southern California Round-Up. Today, I
am honored to call those strangers, friends! Unlike Facebook 'friends' these are Real Friends.
With this group there are no strangers - as soon as you walk in the door you are welcomed and hugged, you are a friend. Laughter abounds, time flies and soon you are
planning the next get together. We never want it to end.
This years gathering in Las Vegas was in the planning stages since last years gathering.
As luck would have it Mauigirl's son was scheduled for surgery in Los Angeles the Friday we were to meet. She could have cancelled the event at her home, we would have
all certainly understood. Amazingly, she forged ahead, making reservations, ordering tables and chairs, making food and staging the entire event.
Then she gave me the key to her house and left for Los Angeles to be with her son.
Talk about a leap of faith!
I had planned on bringing the Shoyu chicken in a cooler - alas I discovered, late Thursday night, that I had bought 20 lbs of bone in / skin on chicken. Plan B: Stop
at Costco and pick up the boneless / skinless chicken in Vegas.
Marianne and Magnolia Blossom arrived before me and went straight to work. They went to Costco for me and got the chicken and we got that in the marinade and tucked
safely into Mauigirl's refrigerator. Looking around and checking our lists there was little else to be done - Mauigirl had done it all!
Everyone met at the Harley Davidson Cafe Friday night where bd.weld presented me with another set of keys. Golden Keys!
You see, a few months ago I came on the Buzz looking for help unlocking a bathroom door. I had poked and prodded, twisted and turned. I had googled and searched videos
to no avail. I had every tool box out - nothing was working. bd.weld saved the day! The magic key was merely a paper clip - push and turn AT THE SAME TIME! Voila!
left to right
Marianne, Cathy Myers, Bibi, Baking Nana, Del Mar Girl, Patty Cakes, Magnolia Blossom, XRayBarb, AR Elizabeth, bd.weld and Tabasco Mom.
Bibi, Tabasco Mom, Del Mar Girl and bd.weld and his lovely bride Debi were new comers to the group but not for long. You see, we really already knew them - we just
had not met before.
Saturday morning we all jumped into action. Marianne, Magnolia Blossom & I headed to Mauigirl's house. bd.weld and Debi headed to the airport to pick up Mauigirl.
Tables, chairs, tents - Mauigirl had thought of everything!
The tables were set and decorated with lovely gifts from Mauigirl, Lady Sparkle and AR Elizabeth.
Look at these works of art! Lady Sparkle sent us all beautiful Dish Cloths. Can you believe they are really dish cloths? What talent! Lady Sparkle - you might not
have been with us in person but you certainly were with us in spirit!
Our lovely and generous AR Elizabeth. Thank you for joining us!
Here is bd.weld.
Proof he got lei'd in Vegas!
Our lovely and gracious, Marianne!
DelMarGirl, XRay Barb and Patty Cakes.
Mauigirl made us cry with her kind words.
Del Mar Girl - another great addition to the group.
Let me tell you, this girl knows how to have fun!
We talked long into the night - none of us wanted it to end!
Then Mauigirl invited us all over to do it again on Sunday!
Sunday morning we gathered again - round 3!
Sleep? Who needs sleep!
"We can sleep when we're dead!"
Magnolia Blossom and Bibi
Mauigirl and Bibi
Baking Nana, Mauigirl and Bibi
Although these folks come from all over the country, from different walks of life there is a common thread. Every single person is a "giver". They give of themselves,
they give friendship, acceptance and love.
Thank you AllRecipes for bringing us together.
We are blessed.