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The Midwest Missouri Roundup: A Perfect Day! 
 
Aug. 1, 2011 9:38 am 
Updated: Mar. 23, 2012 4:03 pm
The planning began the day after last year's roundup. By the second week of June I had started the steps to have the perfect gifts, perfect flower filled and vegetable garden, perfect party atmsophere and a perfectly pristine house. There is a definite sort of excitment in having a roundup. Some might think exciting might not apply when welcoming strangers to your home. As Lora/ Magnolia Blossom pointed out, you are not really meeting strangers because through All Recipes you do know them. You chat with them on the "Buzz", read their blogs, use their recipes and with some you are already "e-pals". You just might not have seen their faces, heard their voices or felt their physical hugs. You may have gotten those virtual hugs which are great but the real ones are the best.

At this year's roundup the lovely ladies that came were Lora/Magnolia Blossom, Lisa/Mangel, Sheila/Mi Being Mi, Brenda/bhawk, and Nicole/Soup Loving Nicole. Nicole also brought her husband, James, and Max, the dog. We also had Janice, a friend of Brenda's, who made Lisa feel right at home. I convinced my sister she should come too and she brought her husband. Terrie who was here last year wasn't able to make it but she did breeze thru, drop off goodies and pick up some Almond Grahams aka "Crack" that Lisa was kind enough to make. It really is an addictive recipe.

Let's start with the "perfect gifts". Back in November I decided to have the roundup over my birthday weekend so I could ease into the idea being 50. Geez when I was 18, 50 was pretty close to having one foot in the grave. What a surprise to find myself at this rather large numbered birthday! I didn't think it was fair to have the day just be about my birthday so I came up with an idea that I thought would include everyone's birthday. As with some of my ideas, the idea is sound but the execution is lacking. While my guys were boar hunting, I started my presents. Painted flower pots with herbs. Simple idea but I went a few steps farther. I used the zodiac to get the birthday girl's herb and color associated with the their month. I also ran across sayings that went with their month so I figured I'd stencil their names, birthdays and sayings on the pots. I thought the sayings were really neat because they seemed to fit. Lora's- "I Dream, I Believe". Brenda's- "I Feel". Lisa's- "I Have". Sheila's- "I Think". Nicole's- "I Will". That one is mine too and really seemed to fit because that's what I kept saying to myself while trying to get everything done for this year's roundup.

So what went wrong? To get the right colors I used the wrong paint on some and ended up redoing them because they ended up bubbling and looking warty. Then since I tried to pick from the herbs listed ones the ladies would like, I started from seed. Should have been a simple thing but all the pots got infested so I replanted 5 times. Deep sigh! Even then I had to change herbs and dig some out of my garden. What should have been big bushy wonderfully filled pots of herbs as you can see weren't. The ladies seemed to think it was a neat idea though. Not everything is pictured here but the gifts the ladies brought were perfect and very much appreciated!
Also, All Recipes Elizabeth surprised us with bags filled with goodies. From last year Lady Sparkle and What's for dinner, Mom?'s number 1 daughter had generously made enough gifts so I was able to give a washcloth and apron to Lisa and Nicole, our new attendees. With one apron left that went to my sister in her favorite print. So how perfect was that?!

Now the perfect flower filled and vegetable garden, yeah right. Only in my dreams. For what seemed like forever I weeded. Those of you that I regularly chat with may have noticed a marked decrease in emails from me. Don't think I forgot about you. Thinking of each of you, wondering how you were and what was going on with you gave me something to think about besides the scorching heat, bee stings and all day weed annhilation.
Even poor Bane got fed up with me working everyday in the gardens. That's my gardening glove in his mouth.
For the perfect party atmosphere I thought a signature drink was needed. One created just for us birthday girls and using fruits from Missouri. Have I ever done this before? Nope. Certainly didn't stop me from trying though. Let's just say it looks better than it tasted. Again deep sigh!
The perfectly pristine house we are not even going to talk about. Dear sweet Lora came in on Friday night and I listed what was again left to do. She was all for getting up at 6:00am and helping and she did. She even baked these delightful muffins for us to have for breakfast. Did I mention I left to go to dog obedience class that morning for an hour? Yep, I'm trying to be a responsible owner and get proper training for Bane and I. We have a wonderful trainer but one of the classes was scheduled the day of the roundup. Again deep sigh!

BBQ Dude was at his best this year. Although, I believe he miss timed getting some stuff on the smoker because he was busy talking with Nicole's husband. And perhaps an adult beverage or two.
It didn't matter. When you invite cooks to your home you are going to get some wonderful food. Not to mention a wonderful fleet of cooks willing to help on last minute food prep. They are even willing to risk getting yelled at by the head cook who probably should have had an adult beverage by then instead of worrying about perfection. Right, Brenda?

Just look at this deliciously ladden table. All the leftovers from the feast prompted my teen to say this the next day. "I have a different question for you tonight, Mom. What don't we have to eat?"
We were a decidedly lively bunch this year. One of us started fairly early with the adult beverages which then encouraged some of the others to join in. Lisa brought chocolate wine. Lora made the sangria that she had at Maui girl's roundup. Pretty soon the conversation was flowing and we were all acting like we had known each other forever. And yes, the party lasted well into the night. We talked about everything from food, pets and topics that, well, might be censorable. We decided what happens in the garden stays in the garden. Just like Vegas :)(:
I got 2 lovely and very thoughtful surprises yesterday. One of them had me squealing like a kid who had a pony arrive at her birthday party. I hope I didn't damage her hearing.

Just as all of us ladies were proceeding on a garden tour, my son came to the door with the phone and said, "There's a woman on the phone for you and she won't say who she is." Ok, so by this time I'd had some adult beverages too so I was really puzzled because everyone was here. I answered the phone and the lady asked how the party was going and who all was there and then she said, "Do you know who this is?" Well, no. "It's Laurie." That's when the squealing started. Last year she had sent me the sweetest cross stitched birthday card. This year has been so rough for them and so many others in New Zealand that I didn't expect anything from her. To say it was delightful to have her call me from tomorrow and finally hear her voice is an understatement. Some day I will see her in person. Then we got another call. This time from Maui girl. Too cool!!!!

The next morning the ladies that were left sat in the garden talking and blowing bubbles. We were supposed to do that the day before but we were too busy. The window in this picture came from an old house and has 2 poems on it that I really like. sueb gave me the idea for the starry windchime and I just had to have a picture of the bubbles floating past.
We discussed having the roundup at Brenda's next year so we could see her garden but she says she likes coming here. She also thinks Sheila will be likely to spend the night too at next year's roundup.

So for all my imperfect plans what made the day so perfect? The people, of course. Those that came, called or here were in spirit.

I sincerely thank each and every one of you for my perfect day!
 
Comments
Aug. 1, 2011 9:56 am
What a perfectly lovely day. Thank you for sharing it with us. I love your garden! I sure wish I could have been there with all of you.
 
Aug. 1, 2011 9:58 am
Sounds like a lot of fun and good company and the food looks amazing. Your garden is lovely and shows your hard work. Glad you all had a wonderful time together. Thanks for the time of putting together this nice blog and photos of the gathering.
 
Aug. 1, 2011 9:59 am
Me, me (raising my hand). It's my turn! Everyone had an absolutely fabulous time. The one thing with a smaller group is that conversations included everybody since we all trailed after Cat. If she was in the kitchen, so were we. Well, most of us were off to the side to stay out of the dynamo's way. Cat generously offered shelter in her deluxe 5th wheel travel trailer, so it was like a giant slumber party. I met bhawk and MiBeingMi last year and it was great to see them again. Nice to also meet Cat's sister and bhawk's friend. Soup Loving Nicole and Mangel are awesome! Thank you Cathy Myers for the sangria recipe. The wine drinkers in the bunch appreciated it greatly! The range of conversation and the common interests were astounding. Hmmm..., yeah, some of the topics probably shouldn't be posted here... heheh. However, we had incredible conversations about food, family, gardening, men(oops, won't go into detail on that one...) as well as topics personal to each one of us. I am very sorry that I don't live closer. Thank you Cat for opening your home and your heart to each one of us.
 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:03 am
Hi Baking Nana! It was a wonderful time!! Some day maybe you can come too! It doesn't have to be a roundup either although the garden might not be perfect :)(:
 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:05 am
Sherri, thanks for stopping in. There were 3 other ladies here who blog so there might be a lot of other pictures coming!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:09 am
Magnolia Blossom, seeing you is like having your favorite relative you haven't seen for years come to your house!! You ladies were AWESOME and today I'm just sitting around savoring the weekend!!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:10 am
Cat, I'm absolutely exhausted today, because all I did last night is dream about the weekend. It was like staying up for another all niter.
 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:15 am
Sadly, we can make ourselves crazy trying to have everything perfect. I do it all the time. When, in fact, it is the little things that go wrong, or aren't perfect that always seem to make the memories. Looks like everyone had a truly wonderful time! Thx for sharing!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:20 am
LOLOLOL! ME TOO!!!!!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:27 am
chris k, I've had some stresses and changes this year that made me want everything "perfect" but it really was the people that made the day so special! Thanks for stopping in!
 
Anissa 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:45 am
How perfectly awesome! It always makes me jealous to read these blogs about Roundups because I wish that I could be there to meet all of you wonderful people. You sound like me Cat, I would be a nervous wreck wanting everything perfect, but having the perfect company is always better!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:51 am
Happy birthday, Dear Heart! Your round-up sounds like it is becoming an annual thing! Fantastic! Everything looks just perfect and everyone is having such a good time! So happy all of you wonderful ladies could get together! I thought of you often! Hope you are having a special day and can relax a bit. Happy birthday!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 10:54 am
perfection is overrated:) The most perfectly planned wedding will have a mishap and that is often the best part of the day. Glad you all had a great time. The herbs/colours/sayings are a beautiful touch, Cat.
 
Aug. 1, 2011 11:36 am
Thank you so much for sharing your day with us! Your home is lovely, Cat! There was so much planning going on! And I know you found out last year that the best part of everything is the company you keep! How fun! Thanks so much for sharing!
 
Cheepy 
Aug. 1, 2011 12:00 pm
Cat, I don't think you give yourself enough credit sometimes! All the hard work you put into making this a wonderful time for everyone shows just how thoughtful you really are. The herb pots were PERFECT. The garden was PERFECT. The signature cocktail was PERFECT! The whole thing was PERFECT because you planned it with love. Happy Birthday, my friend! :o)
 
Aug. 1, 2011 12:00 pm
Can I just say that I had an absolute blast?! Great conversation, great food (and bevvies), and your garden was a great inspiration to me, Cat! Thanks for opening up your home again and thanks to all the ladies for the wonderful food and gifts, but mostly for the wonderful time! I consider each one of you beautiful women a true friend!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 12:15 pm
Sounds like a wonderful time to me! I love the idea of the herbs/colors/sayings, etc. Very cool! Happy Birthday, Cat, as well!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:09 pm
Well, I was going to blog about the round-up but I am not a person of many words PLUS there really are no words to describe all that I experienced and felt. I am very shy and so I was quiet at first but after a couple glasses of that Sangria...WOW! Shy? What is that? LOL! I had a marvelous time meeting all of these wonderful ladies and each one of them holds a special place in my heart. Cat made me feel right at home. It didn't take long before I felt I had known everyone for years. The food, company, conversation, EVERYTHING was perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better day. Thank you ladies for all of the gifts but most importantly the memories that I will cherish forever. Thank you Allrecipes Brooke and Elizabeth for the goodies too! I now will never hear the word, "Seriously?" without thinking of Magnolia Blossom and to some of the other conversation...uh...what happens in the garden stays in the garden indeed. :)
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:10 pm
Anissa, lololol there are SO many of you I would LOVE to meet so I do understand the jealousy part. Magnolia Blossom was telling me about the wonderful ladies she met at Mauigirl's. When she went I had the bottom lip out but hearing her stories was almost as good. A nervous wreck maybe not so much because by golly I was GOING to have the perfect time!!! And I did,well, except for yelling about the silly coleslaw :)(:
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:14 pm
WFDM?, please thank your #1 daughter again for the aprons. I figured with moving your Mom in it might be a lot harder for you to do anything cool this year but last year's gift still had its charm. Yep, I'm relaxing with Brenda's Coors. It's 101 here. Thank you, Mother Nature, for not sizzling my poor ladies on Sat!!! Thank you for your thoughts, Jan!!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:17 pm
redneck gramma, amen! It is the people that make it perfect! I thought the herb thing was a cool idea myself, so thanks. Even if I did have issues with it but the ladies can come back again next year cause I will have ironed those issues :)(:
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:21 pm
Marianne, it is the company you keep!!! At times I might have thought I wouldn't get it all done but just having the ladies here made it so worthwhile! I'm glad you enjoyed a glimpse into our day!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:25 pm
cheepchick, LOLOLOLOL! If you had tasted it you wouldn't say perfect. Trust me! Maybe if you ever breeze into town I can try again to make a cool drink and get it right :)(: BTW, everyone with cats got to looking at Pip's tree and thinking hmmm... And I "encouraged" Pippin to come up and demonstrate how well it works for him. He didn't mind all the petting either :)(:
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:29 pm
Mi Being Mi, I am SO glad you could come. Brenda is so sure you will want to stay over next year. She she is already planning another one!! What was on those pretzels(spicy) in your cute little present? They were AWESOME. And yes, they are gone! You and the other ladies are just so neat and I THANK you for YOUR time! And your beans and those trays and that you got on a 4 wheeler in a skirt to ride to the pond and.......
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:30 pm
Oops double she ignore that! LOL!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:31 pm
Thank you, Mother Ann and thanks for reading about our day:)(: I may have been the only one not traveling but it was a wonderful day!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:36 pm
Ahh, Nicole, you saw the roundup thru different eyes so I was hoping to read what you had to say. In fact, Magnolia Blossom and I were just talking about you. I was telling her with you being so shy you might have felt overwhelmed but you are such a dear sweet person and your husband and your dog!! I am so glad you came. That pickled asparagus is perfect with its spice. Just enough heat. Reconsider about blogging, please. I bet I'm not the only one who would like to read what you have to say :)(:
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:49 pm
OMG the pressure! LOL! Well, it will take me a an entire day I can assure you and seeing how today is coming to an end and I have to go back to HELZ tomorrow (on my birthday too..BOO), it would be this weekend before I could sit down and give it justice. Is that okay? I am a very sentimental and perceptive kind of person and there were specifics about each and every one of you (including Ryan) that stood out to me and things that stuck with me. Good Lord mine could end up being a mini novel.
 
Aug. 1, 2011 1:53 pm
UH HUH! No pressure dear! Only blog if you want to :)but I would love to read about YOUR day here. BTW Happy Birthday to you tomorrow. My sister and I are leaving the plantations and going thrift store shopping to celebrate mine but I will be thinking of you, baby! Well, I do believe you were the youngster :) in the group!
 
sueb 
Aug. 1, 2011 2:12 pm
It sounds like you had a great time! I wish I could have been there! Maybe another time...
 
Aug. 1, 2011 2:21 pm
sueb, how did you like the windchimes you inspired? And yes, maybe another time. Next year? I do believe we ALL had a great time. Even the DH's, DS and the pets :)(:
 
Aug. 1, 2011 2:43 pm
Wow! Sounds like you did a lot of work, Cat. Glad you had a great time!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 2:45 pm
Nothing like your wedding trust me but just as great of a time! Thanks for stopping in and I hope your friend gets squared away and her pet!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 4:52 pm
These roundups are sure fun to read about. Hopefully, I will be able to travel again, soon, and get to meet some folks. Congratulations for a great day, Cat and guests! Happy birthday, Cat!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 5:42 pm
It sounds perfect to me!! :) Happy Birthday, Dear Cat! :) Someday (after the lotto win) I want to travel the country attending every single AR round up :)!! Your garden is AWESOME!! Well Done!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 5:56 pm
babyxray and i were FIVE hours late to Kelly's surprise shower at Marianne's - thank goodness this group tends to run long (= so we could still see (nearly) everyone and visit. LS, I am with you - I have never played the lottery, but the thought of getting to go to all the AR gatherings makes me consider it - very strongly! Cat, everything looks wonderful! (Arent' we all our own greatest critics?!?!) What a great birthday gift to get to sit and visit with your AR friends!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 7:16 pm
Thank you so much, Mike. I can't believe I fell so far behind with all the changes on AR while getting ready to such a blast with old friends while making new ones. Believe it or not all of us gals were talking about you and your blogs. Would your wife come with you to a roundup? I bet we would love to meet her too!!!!!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 7:18 pm
Thank you, Ms Sparkle. Magnolia Blossom talked of her adventures in Las Vegas and it was almost as good as actually meeting you ladies. I hear you on the lottery!!!!!
 
Aug. 1, 2011 7:24 pm
xraybarb, it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I hear that you have a very lovely and poised babyxray. I'm curious what Soup Loving Nicole would say about my baby cub. She got to ride in his 57 GMC to go feed the catfish while the rest of us ladies resorted to assorted ATVs. And darn no one got pictures. But I heard it was quite picture worthy. Nothing like a bunch of cooks getting together is there? :)(:
 
Aug. 1, 2011 8:16 pm
Best kind of "hen party" (=
 
Casi 
Aug. 1, 2011 8:21 pm
Cat, next year I hope that I can make it. I'm in North Missouri, only a couple hours away. I've had a busy summer so I couldn't squeeze it in. Do you think July again?
 
Aug. 1, 2011 8:28 pm
Nice that a cooking site can bring people together. Looks like you all had a wonderful time.
 
Aug. 2, 2011 5:18 am
xraybarb, AMEN!!!! We don't JUST cook! ;)
 
Aug. 2, 2011 5:26 am
Casi, I understand about the time. Nicole wanted to come last year but we had it on opening day of deer season and her DH wanted to hunt. Oh no! Not the end of July again. I SO lucked out with the rain storm we had that morning cooling the heat down some. It will be 107 today we would have been puddles with this kind of heat. Watch for the ladies that were here and drop in on posts or blogs and ask what we are up to, I'm guessing there will be discussions about the next one. I'd say June when the gardens are really blooming but Sept or Oct. would be so much cooler. Brenda thought for those tough enough rustic camping around the pond would be an idea. We are also trying to figure out how to work in a road trip to Pryde's. Keep in touch!!!
 
Aug. 2, 2011 5:30 am
Marie C., absolutely. And the neat thing is we aren't just cooks. We had some lively conversations about everything. We really did enjoy our time together!
 
Aug. 2, 2011 7:39 am
OK, I really, really want to make the next one, Cat...your yard is AWESOME!!
 
Aug. 2, 2011 8:55 am
Well done is such an understatement. So, shall we say OVER THE TOP? Loved the pix and the script. "EGGSCELLENT" read and thank you for sharing a delightful event!!
 
K-Dub 
Aug. 2, 2011 11:30 am
LOVE the pictures Cat Hill! What a great idea about the pots. Thats very creative! I wish I could have been there. The food and company look amazing. I'm so glad you all had a good time! Woo Hoo for another successful round up!!!
 
Aug. 2, 2011 2:12 pm
No, the mystery lady finally said, 'well, Bessie just wanted to say hello to Bane'. That's when you screamed "LAURIE"!!! Made my day! I know how much you loved the card last year, so I felt I had a lot to live up to (talk about wanting to be perfect!), but I just couldn't get it together. Then it dawned on me -- what could be better than to hear you voice! Sounds like a grand time and I'm glad I got to 'drop in' for a few minutes! Love ya!
 
Aug. 2, 2011 2:28 pm
WW, as I understand there are going to be and have been photos on FB so the ones I posted are limited. My dear friend Brenda said that when I suggested we try to take a trip to the city to see Pryde's it was unnecessary cause I had so much to look at here. I would love to see your side of the world as well. I hope things are going better.
 
Aug. 2, 2011 2:31 pm
SGma, it was such a wonderful day and the company was perfect! Now you know what I've been doing the last few weeks LOL! Funny thing, Nicole's DH was eyeing the deer on the wall. You know they couldn't make it last year due to opening day :)(:
 
Aug. 2, 2011 2:36 pm
K-Dub, thank you! Like I said I get lots of creative ideas but sometimes the execution doesn't always do what I envisioned! LOLOL! I wish you could have come too!
 
Aug. 2, 2011 2:49 pm
Yeah, a little excitable aren't I? Screaming?! Sorry, how's your hearing? You were the last person I thought I would hear from. My son says I totally flipped out and in front of company. He is glad he is going away so I won't embarrass him anymore :)(: I asked him to get me 2 songs for my birthday since his Ipod will be here for awhile-Bittersweet Symphony of Life(Verve), and The Middle(Jimmy Eat World) He and his dad got me a shuffle. You should have seen the child shaking his head when I finally find the Middle on it LOL! After I got off the phone with you, I had to run and get that card. Everyone agreed it was the sweetest card!! You ROCK!!!!
 
bhawk 
Aug. 2, 2011 7:30 pm
Spending time at the Cat house is always delightful. It was wonderful to see so many happy faces and chatter. The food was fabulous and plentiful! I look forward to seeing more photographs. Cat, thanks for being such a wonderful hostess. Thanks also goes to the Cat house men folk. The boar jerky was great and the sliders were very tasty. I had no intention on even trying 'boar'. Yum-0...never say never! Happy Birthday to all!
 
Aug. 2, 2011 9:46 pm
Very pretty garden! Glad you all had a wonderful time!
 
Aug. 3, 2011 12:58 pm
b, ahhh! You helped make it delightful! Nicole took pictures and I know Mangel did too. We will have to wait to see Nicole's blog this weekend. Hmm, now what are we going to do next year :)(: ?
 
Aug. 3, 2011 12:59 pm
*~Lissa~*, thanks. Thanks for stopping in!
 
Mangel 
Aug. 4, 2011 12:40 pm
It was a great weekend! Cat is a most gracious host, and the ladies are all terrific. I'm looking forward to next year. I was a little nervous about meeting everyone for the first time, but within minutes I felt like I was with people I'd known all my life. I'm hoping to get some of my pics up on a blog before long. I'm still recovering from going straight from the weekend to "Nanny Seesa" mode for two days. I agree that what happens in the garden, stays in the garden, but....I'll never look a four-wheeler the same way again:)
 
Aug. 4, 2011 1:55 pm
Thank you, Mangel, you helped make it a GREAT weekend! Yeah, we are a little like that aren't we? Strangers who talk then meet then all of a sudden it's like being at your BF's or family's house. You know where everything is and you can take your shoes off. Hey, we didn't even do any serious 4 wheeling. Of course, the one on the ATV was wearing a skirt! LOLOL! Can't wait to see yours and Nicole's blog. Lora didn't say if she was doing one but it is so cool to see the weekend thru different eyes :)(:
 
Aug. 4, 2011 8:41 pm
Cat, what a wonderful blog. I (almost) felt like I was there with you all. I so wish I could have come to meet everyone and see Lora again. I just love her! Your garden is beautiful and that food table looks delish. So, tell me,..... what did you all have to say about men??? I just hate it when I miss stuff!
 
Aug. 5, 2011 12:15 pm
Candice, Lora is a DEAR! Can you believe she took such a chance on me last year and cohosted our first roundup? Lora told me about the people she met in Vegas and it was almost as good as really seeing you too! Ahh we were too busy talking about everything else to talk about the menfolk :)(: Maybe you can come next year cause this seems like it is going to be an annual event. WooHooo!
 
Aug. 5, 2011 9:01 pm
Awwww this was a truly beautiful day indeed. I got teary just reading about the joy you all shared. I was sitting on the lanai at Waikoloa at Kolea and it was magical. Still, as I talked to you ladies, I wanted to be right there with you in the midwest. I hope you know my heart was with you and I am so glad that there were even more AR peeps involved. I know that Lora is a keeper and I am sure all the rest are too. I can't wait to do the next AR gathering and I am also thinking that the Las Vegas gathering might have to e an annual event. Well back to work......I am painting a condo on the beach. Real glamorous work in paradise. LOL
 
Aug. 5, 2011 9:02 pm
Almost forgot......gorgeous yard and luscious food. Great job Cat. XO
 
Aug. 6, 2011 9:29 am
Thank you so much! And thank you for calling! That was the neatest thing 2 calls one from New Zealand and one from paradise :)(: I never thought this get together would become an annual event but how can you resist not planning another one after having such a great time? Next year the vaccumn is going to be put away and I AM going to have everything done. And get more sleep LOLOL! mauigirl, take care and don't work too hard!
 
Janet 
Aug. 6, 2011 10:03 am
Happy Belated Birthday Cat! The pictures are a great part of your story of how the round up went. Love the windchimes; your garden looked amazing and the food to die for. I was there in spirit.
 
Aug. 6, 2011 12:37 pm
Hey Janet!!!! How have you been? You were one of the "neglected" ones when I started in on the garden. Sorry! I made Pip come upstairs so the ladies could see him because they were asking for him. The ham! LOL Once I put him on his tree and gave him some catnip, he was happy to roll around and demonstrate how well it worked for him. He didn't mind being petted either. It was a GREAT day with GREAT food and GREAT friends! I'll have to tell you about those flags bhawk had us make. And thanks for the birthday wishes, 50 isn't so bad :)(:
 
Janet 
Aug. 6, 2011 5:25 pm
I am glad that Pip was part of the celebration, sounds like he didn't mind the extra attention....Thanks for letting me know about turning "50" I will be joining the club next year....
 
Aug. 6, 2011 6:56 pm
He loved it just don't ask him. It is just a number. One I didn't think I'd ever reach, so it isn't really that old. Only to my teen who thinks I'm deaf, dumb and blind LOLOLOL
 
Aug. 8, 2011 3:01 am
Ha Ha! She's lying!!! I want to see a birth certificate! If she's a day over 40, I'll eat my hat!!! What a fun, fantastic time!!!
 
Aug. 8, 2011 9:09 am
Oh, I felt those years when getting back into the yoga workout this morning! Will be thinking of you and hoping you cook their socks off!!!!!
 
Aug. 8, 2011 5:13 pm
Well, I worked on the blog all weekend long but was not feeling the love AT ALL. I'm just not good putting things into words and am far from a writer. Hated it in school too :) Anyway, after I worked at it so hard all weekend, I was beyond frustrated and finally decided to hit delete. I did however put all of my pictures up so they are in my profile if you wanna take a peek :)
 
Aug. 8, 2011 7:55 pm
Oh darn! You know just seeingit thru your eyes would have been good enough. I can't wait to see the photot that makes Good EatNZ think I'm younger. Please tell me I was sucking in the gut and standing up straight! But I told you there was no pressure to write one, I'm just glad you came and I got to meet you and the DH and Max!!!!
 
Aug. 8, 2011 8:08 pm
LOLOLOL! You can write just fine! Dang I do look blonde. LOLOLOL! Too many hours in that garden :)(:
 
Aug. 8, 2011 8:55 pm
LOL! I thought I was looking a little like someone from a different country. NO wonder Mangel asked me if I was naturally that color. Too funny!
 
Aug. 10, 2011 6:55 am
LOLOL! Well, your tan did go with those dark eyes and hair. Too much time in the sun!
 
Mangel 
Aug. 10, 2011 2:02 pm
Oh my gosh, Nicole! I hope I didn't offend you with that question. Looking back, it probably sounded rude, but you handled in with great charm:)
 
Aug. 13, 2011 9:46 am
No offense whatsoever! I get asked all the time :) Actually I usually get a, "What exactly are you?" LOL!
 
Aug. 13, 2011 7:36 pm
LOL! All my life I wanted dark eyes with great coloring in my hair-dark hair not mousey brown or the ugh grey it is now. "What exactly are you?" I have the answer! A very lovely person!!!!
 
Aug. 13, 2011 7:36 pm
Both of you that is! Well, actually all of you that came!
 
Aug. 14, 2011 12:57 pm
Awe, thank you Cat and right back at you! You are too hard on yourself because you have beautiful eyes and hair.
 
Aug. 15, 2011 2:19 pm
LOL! Naw, you just always want what you don't have. I started asking my sibling who still can't pronounce my name to dye my hair when I was in grade school! :)(:
 
Mangel 
Aug. 15, 2011 6:32 pm
LOLOL! I that's why I asked...having hair all one luscious color was my dream. This three-tone mousy brown that is my "real" color is just yucky! I'm staying a "dyed-in-the-hair" redhead:)
 
Aug. 15, 2011 6:50 pm
I hear you! And now dying isn't cutting it. Have a question for you, look for it :)
 
Aug. 26, 2011 1:05 am
Hey Cat Hill, I haven't read through all the comments but are you hosting/organizing the next round up? If you are, please let me know. I'd like to help out and if we do it around Christmas, my grams told me that she'd do a pierogi making seminar with all the ladies .
 
 
 
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Cat Hill

Home Town
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2009

Cooking Level
Intermediate

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

Hobbies
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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