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Cat Hill and Magnolia Blossom's Midwest AR Roundup 
 
Nov. 14, 2010 4:58 pm 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2010 6:47 pm
I couldn't decide if the first line of this blog should be "Cat Hill and Magnolia Blossom's Excellent Adventure or "One cold, dark and rainy night after a long drive through Iowa, she arrived at a stranger's house.  Two days later she left as a welcomed friend".  When MB arrived Friday night at my house it was indeed cold, dark and rainy and she did have a long drive from Illinois.  It was certainly an adventure for both of us getting this roundup together.  I can't wait to share my experiences of the roundup and the weekend but first some do's and don't tips.


The Do's:
1. Have a roundup.
2. Can't have one, attend one!  You won't be sorry.
3.  Can't have one or attend one but want to do something anyway for it.  Then send some stuff any cook would find cool.  Trust me they will feel like it's an early Christmas.  We did!


The Don'ts:
1.  Don't leave your house phone ringer turned up on high and then answer the ringing phone in the wee hours the morning(12:15 am) of the roundup especially if you are hosting.  It might be an estranged family member in crisis.  Baking Nana's tip was to get plenty of sleep, she just didn't warn me about possible unexpected phone calls.
2.  Don't try any home improvement projects before the roundup, you might not have enough time to devote to fun decorating stuff.
3.  Don't assume you don't need to print out a paper copy of all the pertinent information of those attending your roundup especially if you have a co-host.


While MB and I might have set a record for lowest member turnout, everyone that came enjoyed the company, the food and the resulting conversations.  Our AR member portion of the party consisted of bhawk, caluv52, Cat Hill, Magnolia Blossom and MiBeingMi.  caluv52 brought her two sons.  Very nice, well mannered young gentlemen they were.  Sorry, caluv52 despite your careful explanation of how to do the accent mark so I could include their names properly spelled, I gave up but I am so glad you brought them.  My husband's BF, Alan, was up for opening day of deer season and I had already told him I expected him to stay for lunch.  Once I knew I would have more than enough BBQ to share, I invited my neighbors to the lunch.  That would be Terrie, her husband DJ, and Terrie's visiting parents from Maine. 


Now we've got to  talk about the food.  WOW!!  The food that came through my door to be shared was AWESOME!  MiBeingMi makes some really wicked baked beans.  bhawk declared they were the best she had ever eaten.  That sentiment was widely shared.  MI was also kind enough to bring my personal favorite-cheesy potato casserole.  For desserts, c-52 brought a highly addictive one.  She called it Almond Grahams aka Crack.  She was not kidding.  Terrie, who must weigh all of 90 lbs was reported to have made 25 trips back to get "just one more piece".  That wasn't the only dessert c-52 brought either.  My guys were in hog heaven!  MB brought what I thought was a kicked up German chocolate cake.  It wasn't German chocolate but who cares it was really good!  She also helped me round out my herbed goat cheese and cracker tray by bringing a cheese ball that went fast.  I had to make Mike Harvey's Pumpkin Pickles.  A recipe that he was kind enough to send me.  I wish I had gotten a picture of the faces when I told them what it was.  I'm sure theirs mirrored my own when I first read about pumpkin pickles.  Say what?!  Mr. Harvey, your recipe converted more than one person Saturday.  I may not have done them quite right since I'm not the greatest pickle maker ever but they were unexpectedly good.  bhawk is expecting that recipe to be passed along since she was picking up the necessary ingredients on the way home.  She thought they would be a welcomed addition at her Thanksgiving table.  Since MB and bhawk were staying with me and I expected to have hungry deer hunters, I needed breakfast material.  So I ordered farm fresh eggs to have on hand from the same gentleman who sold me that wonderful cream.  Then made apple muffins, sourdough English muffins and my Mom's infamous cinnamon rolls.  For lunch I made some sourdough French bread (Terrie loves it) and I had to try What's for dinner, Mom?'s soft and fluffy hamburger buns.  I really liked them.  They were great for BBQ sandwiches with coleslaw.



My husband derserves his own paragraph for his BBQ.  The midnight crisis call which I got blasted with first, was for him.  So I know the man didn't get any more sleep than I did that night.  Then in the wee hours he went out in the cold with our son deer hunting.  After all that, he still came home and cooked some of the BEST ribs I've ever had.  He didn't stop there.  Previously I had brined turkey and chicken for him to smoke which he did to perfection.  The turkey is a take on Guy Fieri's Mean Green Turkey Machine and is SO good.  The chicken I just put our dry rub on and he took it from there.  The North Carolina pork butt I smoked the day before.  Good thing since I don't function well with little sleep.  Just ask MB.  I believe she said it was rather difficult keeping me on task Sat. morning.  LOL Yep.  If it hadn't been for her and bhawk helping out that morning hard telling how things would have been set up.  I wasn't the only one sleep deprived.  bhawk had spent the night with a youth church group trying to raise money for homeless teens in the Greater Kansas City area.
 
 

All that aside.  If your idea of a good time is meeting new people, making new friends and talking about shared interests go to an AR Roundup or have one yourself.  Don't feel up to hosting solo, try to find a co-host.  Mine was not only helpful and a good right hand in the kitchen, making her acquaintance was a great experience.  She had me worried when I lost touch with her due to her HAL problems( refer to 2001-A Space Odessy.  In other words, her computer crashed).  Luckily, MiBeingMi and caluv52 both had MB's #.  Thank goodness it was just a fixable computer problem.

Sunday morning over fresh scrambled egg sandwiches MB, bhawk and I were still savoring the day before.  Sitting around the tables Saturday the conversation had ebbed and flowed.  We talked about food, recipes, about our families, our jobs and our shared interests.  MB and I have tentative plans to get our husbands together.  They can go to a Nascar race in IL.  She and I figure we can pursure some other form of entertainment.  Soon I plan on taking caluv52 to my favorite thrift store.  I know she and I will have fun.  bhawk, I'm coming soon to your house to see your gardens!  MiBeingMi, I am so glad you came, let's stay in touch.

A special thanks to Lady Sparkle and What's for dinner, Mom? for your thoughtful gifts.  We loved them!  The old cookbooks were so much fun to read, LS.  We had such a laugh over the ironing tips in one.  caluv52 found one that had coupons with no expiration dates or bar codes.  bhawk couldn't wait to do the Sunday morning breakfast dishes with your dish clothes.  WFDM? the aprons were AWESOME!  All of them are so pretty!  It really was like Christmas.
 
 

  Even if there hadn't been such gifts or those wonderful hostess gifts(caluv52-WOW!), I would not have passed up one minute of this experience!  My thanks to each and every one of you for making it possible!!!!
Cat


                              caluv52,MiBeingMi, Magnolia Blossom, your's truly and bhawk
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A cup of my mulled cider for MiBeingMi
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Comments
Nov. 14, 2010 5:28 pm
How fun!!!!....
 
Nov. 14, 2010 5:33 pm
Holy Cow!! What fun!! I am jealous. It sure sounds like all the hard work was worth it.
 
Nov. 14, 2010 5:35 pm
This is great stuff! Thank you so much for sharing! Loved seeing you all!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 5:39 pm
I'm so glad your get-together was a success. Their sure are lots of neat people here on AR. And your foods sound terrific.
 
Nov. 14, 2010 5:40 pm
Wow - what a great weekend! I sure wish I was there to enjoy it with you all. Thanks for sharing.
 
Nov. 14, 2010 5:42 pm
Fantastic! Looks like a wonderful time was had by all :)
 
Nov. 14, 2010 5:46 pm
Awww. Now THAT is how meeting delightful fellow AR Buzzer(s) should be! ---> Warm, wonderful; definitely not one-sided!! I am from the Midwest myself, and wish that I could have been THERE with you! And, I can tell you all formed true, SINCERE friendships, like the other recent AR “Round-Ups”!! Nice photos also. ~ So glad you had this experience. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 5:47 pm
You are a great story-teller Cat Hill! I felt that I was right there with y'all...in fact, isn't that MY hand snatching goodies off the table while you were trying to snap a photo? lol! So glad you had a wonderful get-together and it sounds like there will be fantastic memories for all!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 5:48 pm
Verycool...glad you had fun!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 5:54 pm
Snif, Snif.... wish I was there....! So glad you had a wonderful time and got to know each other better and the FOOD- sure do love me some BBQ! I am glad you enjoyed the aprons! :p Jan
 
Nov. 14, 2010 6:02 pm
Wonderful read and really beautiful souls. So glad you had such a nice time. I'm sure there will be other round-ups. Candice and I met yesterday also and funny you should mention co-hosting an event. I suggested that to her in her blog as well.
 
Nov. 14, 2010 6:15 pm
That looks so fun, Cat! I've been lucky enough to meet 2 AR'ers to date...of course, mauigirl but I've also met RockyMountainKat, she moved an hour away from me, so I've had her stop by twice now. I was going to stop and meet Tao in Seattle on Friday, but I wasn't able to stop. I love meeting fellow cooks from this site. Most all I've met have truly been awesome people. LadySparkle and WFDM are a couple of gems to send that cool stuff for you guys!! One of these days, Cat....LOL! I'll talk to you soon!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 6:16 pm
Thanks for hosting and writing about this very cool event Cat ♥! It's wonderful to see all your faces. I can feel the true friendship through your story. I wish I could have tasted some of that awesome food. . . snif. . .
 
Nov. 14, 2010 6:44 pm
Fantastic! I'm so glad it all went well, in spite of sleeplessness.I thought about y'all all day and wondered how it was going! The food looks and sounds terrific, the gifts are awesome and of course, those new friendships are priceless!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:04 pm
Oh Cat, what a wonderful re-telling of the time you all had yesterday. The food sounds so good and the fellowship sounds even better. A shout out to your man for being the bbq dude! AR peeps are the best, aren't they? Avon and I are talking about a NW Round up some time. We will definately come to you, MB and BN for more advice if we do. Thank you so much for sharing. Been waiting with baited breathe for the report and pictures.
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:15 pm
Thanks for stopping by Cozy Cook! It was SO fun!!!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:16 pm
Toni Jo, making all those new friends was so worth it! thanks for stopping in!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:18 pm
Marianne, blogger gave me fits I couldn't post all my pictures but I just had to share the weekend! It was great!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:20 pm
swchef, I think it was your cider recipe that gave me the idea for mine. Does your's have grapefruit juice? If so, it sounded so good and thanks for the idea nbut I knew I had one person coming on HBP meds so I had to make do!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:22 pm
Baking Nana, it was looking at your roundup that made me think it would be so worth it to have those gals here. Oh, they were great! And the food....
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:24 pm
Kathleen, so when is your roundup? I can send the DH to JP Cycles and we could both have a fun trip to IA! I hear your bread is AWESOME!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:26 pm
Sue'sCookingToday, it was one of the best of days for me. I can't wait to continue building the friendships that were made!
 
Elle 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:28 pm
I'm so sorry to have missed it! But work is work, and when I was on my way home Friday night and on my way back in on Saturday I thought of the fun I would be missing. So glad everyone had a great time.
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:28 pm
Wyattdogster, thank you for the nice compliment. If you'll notice there are two hands going for food LOL. Man there were some good cooks there that day!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:29 pm
ElCay, thanks for stopping in and sharing our day with us!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:31 pm
WFDM?, all of us loved the aprons! And I wish you could have been here too. The BBQ Dude formerly known as DH has almost got it perfected :)
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:33 pm
Avon, thanks for stopping in. My co-host was excellent! I think anyone not sure if they can handle doing a roundup by themselves should consider trying it with a co-host.
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:35 pm
WW, I keep telling mauigirl she should bring you out for my 50th! We're doing BBQ again LOL. Last weekend in July! It'd be fun!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:37 pm
LS, you were here in spirit and lots of positive thoughts went your way. We had so much fun going through those old cookbooks! MiBeingMi was reading ironing tips to us that were just hysterical since most of us were like "uh, ironing who does that?" :) Thanks again for your gifts!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:39 pm
GoodEatNZ, priceless indeed!!! And the sun was shining that day!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:41 pm
Candice, thank you! It was definitely something worth doing! What a day!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:43 pm
Oh Elle, I'm so sorry too! Just speaking for myself but I bet the others would say the same. I would have enjoyed meeting you!!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:51 pm
Cat Hill- JP's Cycles is about 20 minutes from me :) You can come anytime!!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 8:14 pm
Oh CatHill, how Terrific! Glad you all a had a great time:) The food looks fabulous! And new friends to boot! Success in Aces! Nice job ladies!Thank You CH for sharing it with us:)
 
Nov. 14, 2010 10:37 pm
Looks like a good time, I am sorry that I missed it.
 
Nov. 15, 2010 4:43 am
Thanks for sharing your wonderful friend, family and food filled weekend! It sounds like a lot of fun. Wonder if there are any AR folks in southern Oregon who might like to have a roundup? :) Take care.
 
Cheepy 
Nov. 15, 2010 6:05 am
Awesomeness, Cat! Looks like a blast and I'm glad ya'll had such a good time! :o)
 
Nov. 15, 2010 6:42 am
Kathleen, I know! I looked it up the last time he planned on going. Wanted to go with him just to swing by and meet you! :)
 
Nov. 15, 2010 6:44 am
Patty Cakes, you are more than welcome! When the house can flow with food, laughter and love what more can you want?
 
Nov. 15, 2010 6:48 am
gopintos, it was great. bhawk doesn't do much on this site but she was fairly close so she came and Sunday morning after Magnolia Blossom left on her long but safe drive home, she was brainstorming another Midwest. LOL I think we should too! Cause no matter what day you pick or time someone will always be in conflict and unable to come. Which is such a shame!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 6:55 am
Purplepixie, that is how the Midwest Roundup came to be. Baking Nana posted her blog about the wonderful So Cal roundup and I posted something to the effect that I wished there was one in my area cause it sounded like such fun but I didn't think there were many AR's in my area. Magnolia Blossom posted her blog and the rest is history! Go on the Buzz, throw out threads see if anyone is interested. Are there any blogging members in the area? Maybe they could do a blog about it and you could go from there. Even if it's a small turnout like ours so what! Just meeting one member and making one new friend would have been worth it for me!!!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 6:59 am
cheepchick, thanks!!! I wish you could have come! I would love to meet you!! Just a guess but I bet we'd have a blast!!! :)
 
Saveur 
Nov. 15, 2010 6:59 am
Wonderful looking group of ladies! So much fun to get tother and share. Wish I could have been there with you. I will be lurking in the KC area on wednesday though, a couple days late, drats! maybe next time. Thanks for shaing with us. :)
 
Nov. 15, 2010 7:09 am
Saveeur631, that doesn't mean we can't met!! Unless you are too busy with work. caluv52 is in the KC area so you could at least meet 2 people. MB should have forwarded my info to you cause she thought you might. If you don't mind leftovers, you could sample the BBQ :) I'm sorry you missed the party too!!! There will so have to be a next time for those that missed this one and just so the rest of us can do it again!!!
 
Robbi 
Nov. 15, 2010 7:10 am
Wow, it looks like it was SO much fun!! I really wish I could of been there too! Next time for sure!! Great job, Cat Hill!!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 10:08 am
Finally able to check out your blog. Just posted mine, sans pictures. I am having technical difficulties with the photos. Obviously, I had a great time over the weekend, because I kept repeating myself. To everyone out there - JUST DO IT! It will be a blast, be it just a few to do lunch or a big wing-ding of a crowd. Many thanks to Cat for excellent hosting ability. I would have been in absolute panic mode trying to keep track of everything she had going on that morning. (Kind of like a whirling dervish, very close to Tasmanian devil)
 
Nov. 15, 2010 11:14 am
had a great time ladies :D hoping to do it again, should we have a reunion next year? LOL Thanks again for your warm hospitality Cat, it was wonderful meeting and making new friends.
 
Nov. 15, 2010 1:24 pm
Robbi, it was great time and I am sorry you couldn't come! I can't remember who had the very first AR roundup and blogged about it but I truly think they started a very cool trend. Like MB said "Just do it" Maybe those of us who have had a get together need to do a joint blog on tips of what to do and not to do to encurage those who would really like to do this but are undecided!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 1:29 pm
MB, I am so GLAD you braved the LONG drive you had. It was my pleasure meeting you! I couldn't have done it Sat. without you or B. Tasmanian devil?! More like I'm not 20 anymore and 2 hours of sleep results in decided short term memory loss, how did I manage in college? It was SUCH a great time though! B and I were still repeating how wonderful it was after you left!!!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 1:32 pm
caluv52, I am so glad you came and we are so not waiting for a reunion to get together and yes we can have a reunion, B was brainstorming Sunday mnorning about it. I can't wait to go shopping with you!!!! Your boys were great and I hope you can all come back when it warms up. Thank you for those very sweet hostess gifts. And to think from me all you got was some oregano and wood chips! LOLOLOL
 
K-Dub 
Nov. 15, 2010 2:02 pm
Thank you for sharing! Its wonderful seeing fellow ARers getting to know eachother. :) I was exhausted after the So Cal Round Up and all I had to do was drive there. So I can only imagine how you feel Cat Hill. Great job and the BBQ food looks fantastic. :)
 
Nov. 15, 2010 3:27 pm
Oh I so wanted to be there.Had so many unexpected large bills lately that i just felt I needed to pull back a bit. I just read your blog to Sparky and he says"You should have gone". Now he says it :( It looks like you are very happy campers indeed. No, your group is NOT the smallest. I met witchywoman....now that is the smallest gathering. I sure hope you can make Las Vegas in May. Keri and I have already started plotting events around town. Thanks so much for sharing and a special thanks to those who so graciously sent gifts.
 
Keri 
Nov. 15, 2010 4:05 pm
I'm so glad your roundup went well! I had so much fun at the So Cal meet-up and can't wait for the Las Vegas roundup in May (mauigirl is right - she and I met for lunch a few weeks ago as I was passing through Vegas and tossed around a few ideas)!!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 7:59 pm
Hi Cat! I'm resonating the others comments that attended...I had such a good time...I so appreciate all the hard work you put into hosting...and it was so cool meeting so many wonderful people and getting to know a little bit about everybody. And a big thanks to those that sent gifts!! Your thoughtfulness is awesome!! I've got to agree with caluv52,a reunion will definintely be in order! Anytime any of you ladies are in, or near, Topeka....PLEASE let me know so we can try to meet up...even if it's just for lunch or a cocktail...or a soda. I would love to keep in touch with each of you!! Email me anytime. Thanks again, Cat!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 8:16 pm
Oh yeah, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention your awesome herb garden! We're talking 67 different herbs, friends!! And someone should have taken some pics of the wonderful swags you made (the morning of the party, I might add)!! So beautiful!
 
Nov. 15, 2010 8:56 pm
So happy you all had such a great time. So nice to meet those we "talk" to almost daily. The food is always great & meeting new friends is one of the blessings we all can use. Do hope more meetings keep happening.
 
Nov. 16, 2010 5:28 am
Now I want BBQ for lunch but I have to take pompous clients to an overpriced steakhouse (redundant). Thanks for sharing
 
Nov. 16, 2010 6:10 am
Sounds like you all had a great time. It's so much fun getting to meet AR peeps!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:25 am
K-Dub, you are more than welcome! It was the So Cal roundup and you all talking about it that truly made me wish I could meet other AR members too! I am so glad I had the opportunity! The time and effort was so worth it, even if I did have to take Mon. and Tues. off to recharge my batteries :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:30 am
mauigirl, we would have SO loved seeing you! I can't come in May :( my one and only child is graduating high school and I am having a big graduation party for him. Then in 2 months my 50th party will happen and you are so invited to that! We will meet somewhere! :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:33 am
Keri, thanks for stopping in! I know you all will have so much fun at mauigirl's roundup so wish I could come :( Oh well, I am still savoring the wonderful day I had at mine! :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:38 am
Oh man, I've been spelling it wrong the whole time- Mi Being Mi-sorry! I am so glad you could come. Brenda sat here Sun. morning saying "we could do this and we could plan that for a reunion" then she looked at me and said, "oh, I meant "you" but I'll help" LOL I'm so not waiting for a reunion to see any of you ladies if I get the chance but we should still have one :) I designate you the baked beans bringer!! :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:42 am
goodeats, it was indeed a blessing to meet these wonderful ladies. It was also fun for them to meet my neighbors and Alan. I think if anyone has the opportunity to do a roundup they should try. If they aren't sure about the "how-to's" just ask out on the buzz, I'm sure Baking Nana or any of those that have hosted one would be happy to give tips. It's worth the effort!!!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:45 am
Doug Matthews- sorry about that. LOLOL I told my DH he is now the "BBQ Dude" instead of the DH or husband in doghouse. He really is getting good at his BBQ. We all appreciated his efforts :)
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:48 am
sassyoldlady, it was indeed fun. And you know those coming wouldn't have, if they weren't truly interested in meeting each other. Which makes for such a postive and fun time!!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 9:57 am
Looks like an outstanding time, Cat! I sure do wish I could have been there, too. Great review of the get together!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 10:05 am
Hello, Mike Harvey! I was hoping you would drop in. Your pumpkin pickles are quite good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I wish you could have been here too!!!!
 
Nov. 16, 2010 5:18 pm
great stuff! i know i would weigh a ton after one of these roundups. glad ya had a blast. good people here!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 4:15 am
Ok ok ok - I'm getting the messgae! Another fun event I wish I had been at. So when I win the Lottery, it seems I need to fly to NE USA, meet a few, cross Canada to Vancouver to meet a few on the way and there, then hire a ginormous RV and drive down through the rockies calling at various places like, but not limited to Seattle, Portland, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and end up somewhere near San Diego - maybe boogie on into Mexico. Should take a couple of days, right? Anyone want to join me in the driving? LOL. Thanks for posting this, it does help add to the community feel! And glad y'll enjoyed yourselves.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 6:23 am
gderr, my son gained 5 lbs after eating Lisa's desserts. LOL He is a teen and can deal with it though :) I know I keep repeating myself but it was a great time!
 
Nov. 17, 2010 6:26 am
Swiss Phil, I already have plans to visit MB in IL next year. If you are ever in the middle of the US stop by! Sure it will only take a couple days to visit every one you want to see. LOL
 
Cheepy 
Nov. 17, 2010 7:36 am
Cat, I have no doubt if we got together we'd have a ridiculously good time but one of us should come prepared with bail money. Just sayin. :o) Btw, I don't know if you're on Face Book but if you are, look me up. Dee Cribb.
 
Nov. 17, 2010 7:43 pm
Dog gone it! No I'm not on Facebook(the only one in the universe I think) and the address you gave me for the other site-I let it go too long and now can't get in. Bail money?! Never needed that LOLOLOL Maybe I have not had a ridiculously enough of a good time yet!
 
Nov. 18, 2010 7:51 am
thanks for sharing your meet n greet, sounds like you had a blast:)
 
Nov. 18, 2010 9:55 am
RNG, it was a blast! I think everyone should have one or at least try to attend one. You meet such neat people! Not to mention the food is AWESOME!
 
Nov. 18, 2010 6:31 pm
Great blog and I am so sad I missed it. What makes it even worse is that DH didn't even see a deer. I am so glad to see you had a great time and maybe I will get to join in the fun next time. Thank you for sharing your day! K.C. is my home town you know and I LOVE it there. I'll shoot you an email next time we are headed in that direction and maybe we can meet for coffee or lunch. He has been hinting around about going to Cabella's and I would LOVE to make it to a Chiefs game this season so you just never know...
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:33 am
cheepchick-got it! Was telling BBQ Dude we have travel destinations lining up everywhere :) First to Nascar with MB's DH in Illinois. She and I are going shopping!
 
Nov. 19, 2010 5:43 am
Soup Loving Nicole, I'm sorry you couldn't come too! There are going to HAVE to be more roundups. No matter how hard we plan something will always not work out for someone. Cabella's is a favorite of my DH', I like Nebraska Furniture mart! Maybe Mi Being Mi could meet us out there. One of my hunter's got a deer that morning and was discreetly dealing with it in the tractor shop. The DH planned an optimal TV viewing area in our living room so he could view Nascar and the games comfortably :) I hope you had a chance to read MB's blog she remembered everything I forgot to put in mine!
 
Mary 
Nov. 19, 2010 11:54 am
Looks good, Cat Hill!!!
 
Nov. 19, 2010 6:47 pm
MRD13, thank you for stopping by!
 
 
 
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Cat Hill

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Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

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Gardening, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I live in the middle of the U.S. in a farming communtiy. Gardening, reading and cooking are the things you'll mostly find me doing. I also enjoy horseback riding & my many pets. A husband & teen, I have 1 of each.
My favorite things to cook
Bread & BBQ are 2 of my favorite things to cook. I do enjoy a food challenge. Last year it was curing my own brisket for Corned beef & pastrami & porkloin for Canadian bacon. This year sausages & scratch cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Bread and brittle. I learned to bake bread with my Mom. It was her favorite thing to make. My Aunt made the best peanut brittle ever. She'd stopped making it in the later years but when I told her how much I enjoyed her brittle, she opened the vault ,gave me the recipe & handed over the brittle torch to me.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that turns out the way I wanted it to or exceeds my expectations! Like my homemade bratwurst.
My cooking tragedies
Let's not go there! I prefer not to think about my kitchen disasters besides my child can gleefully recount all of them.
 
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