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3rd Time's a Charm: The Midwest Roundup Revisited! 
Jun. 16, 2012 12:41 pm 
Updated: Jul. 11, 2012 7:06 am
Back in January when I posted the first invite blog for June, I just knew I would have everything done. The gardens were going to be perfect, the house was going to be perfect and the food was going to be done on time & perfect. I got a good running start too. I started working on gifts in the morning & evening even though my crochet skills are nothing in comparision to Lady S. That woman makes magic with a hook! Her stuff is so pretty when finished you don't want to use it! Since our weather was so warm, I started working in the gardens weeding and helping with the new horse barn. While DH was laid off, we made the decision to use part of the designated horse fund to build our own barn. Boarding the horses elsewhere was just getting too expensive and we have land with hay shares. Since DH signs up for all those "rewards" programs that I don't bother with, we were able to start this in the backyard.

Yet again, we started projecting before a roundup. We are trying to build an outdoor kitchen area complete with wodd burning pizza oven. We started this project before the DH was laid off. DS and I ripped up existing patio bricks to reuse for this project then it skidded to an abrupt halt with the layoff. With the "rewards 4 times" special we were able to start on the backyard again. All that lumber cost $5. I know! I couldn't believe it, made a "rewards" believer out of me. It will cost more to totally finish the project but it will be done as the DH has consistent work. So maybe everyone can come back for pizza and wine some day. I must say coocar knows her wine. And she can make pretty food that really tastes good! Did anyone get a photo of her deviled eggs?

So why wasn't everything perfect? Maybe cause we took time to paint the house. Uh, maybe cause I lost some days helping my sister. The one that sold her farm and is now living a gypsy's life. Whom I must say I have talked with less in the last 6 months than I have a certain AR cook that gave another AR cook the perfect Kodak moment. I had no idea my jaw could drop that far! Lastly, maybe because there really is too much to do for the team of me, myself and I to finish. Well, at one time the gardens were blooming and looking nice cause the DH took this.

Back to the gifts, I wanted to do something that I could afford and that would be useful. With the help of WFDM? (She and her girls made these really cool gift bags and donated them to the roundup) I was abe to decorate the bags with a saying that I thought appropriate since all but one of the cooks traveled some distance to get here. The states Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Kansas were all represented.

I made herbal finishing salts and a minted sugar from my garden herbs to share and I crocheted some stuff. A mini lid potholder and 2 handle covers.

Yes, that is a stencil of Pippin's remaining front paw. Can't say he was thrilled to help with this project. He didn't even stick around to meet our guests. The DH opened the garage door and he was gone like a shot! Yes, he did come back after his outing.

My dear friend, bhawk/Brenda, came on that Friday before the party to help. She gave up a day 2 weeks before also. We were supposed to work in the gardens but we didn't accomplish as much out there as we did planning our assault on the tasks for the weekend roundup. We had several lists going and for the most part we got it done except for the appetizer round. The Relay walkers came a little earlier than I planned so we didn't get everything out, but they exceeded their goal and that was awesome.

By the time Mi Being Mi arrived, everyone was gone. We decided to forge ahead and productively party unlike some of the others with that orange stuff. Our thinking was to get as much done the night before so we could really visit with each other the next day because that is so much more important than sleep! We figured we were working so well together we needed a name like our "Thelma & Louise".

The best we could come up with was the Katkateers. Hey, look we are moving so fast in the kitchen Mi Being Mi is a blur!

One of us also had a great decorating idea during the evening. Brenda wanted to do cool gifts but ran out of time so she brought orange cozies to decorate with the thought of cutely stuffing the rest of her gift in them. Well, we had already gotten into the cozies so we decided to use her washclothes as placemats. Earlier under the careful supervisiono of Mrs. Mike, Mr. Mike set up the tables and chairs getting everything situated in the sunroom. The placemat idea added a perfect splash of useful color to the tables. BTW those balloons are still holding air, Mike. Guess we know who is full of hot air now, don't we? :)

These quiches deserve another shot. Brenda got the recipes from AR but won't be reviewing them because she totally tweaked them but she would like to thank Sharon Skildum/Asparagus Quiche and Dorothy Collins/Zucchini Quiche for giving her the ideas to work with. And we who ate them, would like to thank them too! Yum!

The table is set with absolutely wonderful food. Thank you, Brenda for setting up the menus and place cards for the food. Thank you, Sheila for jumping right in and helping all weekend too!

After visiting around the table for awhile

We decided to go to the back and see the horses and the pond.

Lora is explaining her trip to the back from the previous year and I believe she is absolutely refusing to repeat it.

My DS offered his vehicle as more suitable transportation. Mrs. Mike is wondering if her DH is going to be pried away from the hot rod shop where my DH was engaged in conversation with him, our BF Alan and his dear lady. They decided even more deluxe transport was necessary so...

Christine and Sheila were game however!

The morning after at Cracker Barrel. Mike thought perhaps leaving that yellow hat behind would induce me to drive it all the way back to his house. Afraid not this year :)

The group is saying goodbye. The weekend was ever so short or so it seemed.

The Katkateers headed for Kearney to pick up a gift to be sent on from Candice and Christine. It was sad to say goodbye again! But wait, on the way there Brenda felt a perfectly good day was going to be wasted going back and cleaning up from the party. After all, the chores would still be waiting patiently for us at all of our respective houses. So we called mauigirl and arranged a meeting back at Cracker Barrel. We were going to play tour guides with what was left of the day before we had to put Julie on her plane. A brief aside here and then I'll share how the 4 of us finished our weekend.

Don't ever play poker with this group especially Lora and Julie. Two weeks before the roundup, Julie, tells me she wants to make nametags for us. A nice cheap little gift she can do for us. Oh, how nice! BTW they were REALLY cute! Several days before the party she calls and actually sounded upset which made me feel bad for her. She had a surprise that is now ruined because the stupid flower shop in Kearney couldn't find my house. So I email explicit directions and went on with my "to-do" list. Friday afternoon the flowers still weren't here along with the nametags. Those having been "sent" to be delivered with the flowers. Friday evening I call to let Julie know about the missing stuff. Little do I know she is sitting in an airport waiting for her flight to KCI. So this is how that Kodak moment happened for me. Sat. morning Brenda is sure we need to call the flower shop and complain. Lora had to scramble for her phone so she could tell Brenda to NIX that idea. Just as I'm getting WFDM? soft & fluffy hamburger rolls ready to go into the oven, Lora sings out that I'm needed in the sunroom. I reply, "Just a minute, please". No, come now the flowers are here. So this delivery lady shoves the flowers and box towards me while complaining about finding my house. I'm formulating this sentence in my head, "I'm sorry I thought" /the question mark above my head is turning into a dim light bulb/ "the directions were ok" / why is this lady looking over my shoulder at all the cooks gathered round the door?/ "but I am sure glad you got here" / the light bulb has grown brighter and finally exploded with the realization it is the high energy imp, Julie, standing in front of me! Like I said don't play poker with these folks!

So what did the tour guides decide to do? This was coocar's suggestion the day before. We took Julie to the city market in Kansas City and we went to the Steamboat Arabia museum.

Sorry, Candice, we tried but couldn't get any of those lovely beads for you. BTW thanks for telling me about my grandmother's antique butter bowl.

Sheila is being grossed out by what is in this open barrel.

Because I decided to wear an orange tank top for our last day together, I got a free candy onion. I never get free stuff and would never have seen the sign if the little gal hadn't said something to me. I was concentrating on not walking into posts or off the sidewalk. I was a little tired.

While in the city market, we decided to have some lunch. We walked by a Vietnamese cafe and Julie asked around to see if it was any good and then she played culinary tour guide for us. I admit to not trying ethnic restaurants because I have no idea what to order and my guys are not that adventurous at all. Enjoying new flavors was quite a treat for us all!

So our day ended and the only tangible things left behind the next day were all the thoughtful gifts everyone brought.

The most important thing left behind, though, were all the wonderful memories and bonds of friendship these people helped to make.

We thought it fitting to have our group photo with my grandfather's restored Allis Chalmers tractor. After all it is orange :) We also raised a toast to sassyoldlady for begining the roundups and to Marianne and Baking Nana for following after with theirs. To Lora, who took a chance and drove all the way here one dark and rainy night.

XOXOXO to all of you and thank you so much for gracing my home with your laughter, stories and recipes.
With Love,

Jun. 16, 2012 1:05 pm
Among a thousand other thank you's is this one. Thank you for tour guiding mauigirl! I was picturing her as bored silly in another airport. The airlines sure beat her up. ... Linda came away from the adventure very enthused and relaxed.
Jun. 16, 2012 1:13 pm
Now, just what wasn't perfect? Your place is beautiful, the food looked to die for, and you had all those wonderful people around you. If that isn't perfect then perfect is over rated. Thanks for sharing your roundup!
Jun. 16, 2012 1:45 pm
Great read, Cat! Having put on a gathering myself, I understand all the planning that goes into something like this way ahead of time. The thing is, you NEVER get it all done! At least, not that I know about! But you know what? No one cares! They don't care because everything looks wonderful! All anyone really cares about about are the friendships. Looks to me like you provided memories forever! Thanks for your wonderful blog! It was worth the wait!
Jun. 16, 2012 1:55 pm
What a wonderful weekend, thanks for sharing it with us. Love the AR Tractor and the orange cups!
Jun. 16, 2012 1:56 pm
Mike, we did show her a nice time and then she got stuck in the airport. I can't believe a week has passed already since you all were here!
Jun. 16, 2012 1:58 pm
BSM, the people make it perfect! And darned if I did not get to make your crackers. I ran out of time! The new cook, coocar, knows all about the wineries in this area. She shared some wines from one of them so maybe your crackers can be the star of a wine gathering!
Jun. 16, 2012 2:00 pm
Absolutely, Marianne! You NEVER get that "list" done. Truly, the folks that show up do not care. They are really good at wearing blinders. They saw no weeds and for them everything was perfect.
Jun. 16, 2012 2:02 pm
Baking Nana, I wouldn't play poker with you and Marianne either :) I always feel blessed that people will travel to my house for a visit but that was quite the surprise! Cheers to you ladies that gave the rest of courage to have our own roundups!
Jun. 16, 2012 2:21 pm
It was a purrfect roundup Cat. Thanks for hosting all of us and especially me who showed up on your doorstep unexpectedly. I tell you the weekend just flew by....mostly in a good way :) (I do hate airports though)The little sightseeing trip on Sunday was such a relaxing way to wind it up. Thanks to you and all your friends and family for the hard work that made this gathering a success. I am already planning my next roundup. See you all on Maui.....warmest aloha!
Jun. 16, 2012 2:28 pm
hi cat! you MUST come south (bring suntan lotion, sunglasses and of corse thick skin...we kid the fool out of one another!) wonderful pictures and the chow makes me weak at the knees. you threw together a terrific round-up at a beatutiful home and great patio area!! great buys on the lumber...but a better job on completing such a nice eye-pleasing area! time restraints and unfortunately, your hubby being jobless, you still pull off a terrific thing. so many folks that believe in each other...isn't it amazing? continues to amaze me!! you ( and hubby ) get to atlanta, we can pick you up and take care of ya at the southern round-up. no kidding.
Jun. 16, 2012 2:34 pm
Real people, real smiles, real food, that's what Allrecipes is about! I'm just sitting here, kind of warm and fuzzy from reading your blog, and hoping one day I'll get to meet you, too! Thanks for the lovely read and the great pics!
Jun. 16, 2012 4:02 pm
mauigirl, it was such a delight having you show up. Like chocolate icing on top of a perfect cake. Sheila and Brenda were plotting how to get themselves and me to Maui! I am glad you enjoyed your KC visit. It was a great way to spend the day!
Jun. 16, 2012 4:06 pm
gderr, the DH has gotten a possible full time job. I will not hold my breath but I sure am hoping! I have to meet more you!! I just must! Everytime I meet a new AR cook, I just come away from the experience full! And then there is the food! I'll get tips from Mike on taking the joshing. He sure put with some. It was such a pleasure meeting him and his lovely wife. It was a great weekend!
Jun. 16, 2012 4:09 pm
Bibi, as soon as we build back up from the layoff, I am plotting our travel itinerary! I hate to travel but to meet some more AR cooks it would so be worth it. First stop, Oregon! I have never been there and I want to hear more about Candice's husband's smoking tips!!
Jun. 16, 2012 4:14 pm
Great blog Cat! There are so many different points of view, you never get tired reading about one. I am, however, quite in the doghouse. In my eagerness to forever ban those ridiculous get rich posts, I apparently banned Mike Harvey, who will no doubt never let me forget it. He has been restored, but his posts were deleted. Dang...
Jun. 16, 2012 5:05 pm
What great pictures! You guys had a wonderful time, I can tell. And, I can say from experience now - these roundups are truly a great time! I came away from the Buckeye Bash feeling as if I had just spent the day with dear friends I'd known for years! I love the tractor picture, what a perfect color!
Jun. 16, 2012 5:52 pm
Wonderful story, it reads like a short story that I couldn't put down! You have a lovely home and property and such a generous heart to open it up this way. The pictures of your adventures are great, I especially love the one with the tractor, awesome!
Jun. 16, 2012 6:42 pm
Excellent blog! I love the pictures of the quiches! I did get pictures of the Deviled Eggs, but I had such technical difficulties, many of the pics I posted didn't make it into my blog! Cat, you live a beautiful state on a gorgeous farm. I loved every minute of our time together with everyone!
Jun. 16, 2012 7:27 pm
MB, OH NO! I am afraid you will not live that one down. Ever, probably. I did miss seeing as much of you this year as in year's past. The different points of view are something aren't they? But as far as the people were concerned, there could only be one point of view. They were all awesome!
Jun. 16, 2012 7:30 pm
Mother Ann, I am so glad you got to go to the Buckeye Bash. I knew you would have a great time! Problem is once you start, you just have to keep meeting more AR cooks! That is the actual color for that tractor and why I think we thought it was perfect!
Jun. 16, 2012 7:36 pm
I have decided that Magnolia Blossom (AKA: MB) will now bear the name of "BanShe" because she bans! Notice that the name can be abbreviated to "BS".
Jun. 16, 2012 7:37 pm
Wyattdogster, thanks! It did get to be a bit longer than I normally post but there was so much to say and show pictures of. Even now I keep remembering what I forgot to put in. Like Mike Harvey neatly slicing & placing the turkey while I was hacking away and throwing it into the pan. That is why I appreciate those that make pretty food. Or Christine and coocar almost playing badminton with a wasp in the sunroom before we sat down to eat. So many things made the weekend such a wonderful memory to cherish, I am still glad they all came to make those memories :)
Jun. 16, 2012 7:40 pm
Candice, I want that cupcake in your picture! I'm telling you had I but known you had those wonderful cookies in one of those boxes, they might have gotten lost in the mail! DO NOT send me more no matter how I plead. I think I gained several pounds this week just eating leftovers. Speaking of technical difficulties, it took 2 hours to upload all those photos today. I even took some out just to get them up. I am so glad to have met you someday I will travel to your state just to see you again!
Jun. 16, 2012 7:43 pm
LOLOLOL! I do not think she will live this one down! She said it was an accident but I know she can fib with a straight face. Especially when she is going for a Kodak moment:)
Jun. 17, 2012 3:46 am
Oooo! This is the first time I've seen Cat throw somebody under the bus! Very cool, Cat!
Jun. 17, 2012 4:11 am
Great pictures Cat! I love reading every single one of these. I'm glad you had an extra day to visit with mauigirl. That museum sounds cool! We finally got a bit of rain, hope you did too! :) Thank you!
Jun. 17, 2012 4:26 am
LOLOL! Now the banning she of which we speak, owned it so I'm not quite throwing her under the bus. Although, how she managed to have SUCH a straight face when I went to get my flower "delivery" speaks volumes :)
Jun. 17, 2012 4:30 am
LS, we only got rain on Sunday after everyone went home. I will have to water today because we need more. We 3 decided we needed to take the opportunity & just go have fun. Do something different, plus, we felt bad about mauigirl sightseeing on her own. Little did we know she was going to get stuck in Chicago and our afternoon would be the last time for fun till she managed to get home.
Jun. 17, 2012 6:40 am
My goodness, Cat - your place is amazingly beautiful! Just lovely, and so much land! I'm terribly envious! Of course if I had it it would be overgrown and gnarly! Not the manicured with blood, sweat and tears showcase you have! I truly felt like I got to visit with all of you; what a great time you all had. So I gotta ask... when is the next round-up? :)
Jun. 17, 2012 6:52 am
LOLOLOL! WFDM?, It is scary but I do think that way! When would be the best time for the "next" roundup? Then I think it is rather arrogant to think anyone would want to come back :) LOLOL! I wish I had Martha Stewart's team of gardeners then it would really be all done out there. You know who I truly envy, those with sensibly sized manageable yards! I'm glad you enjoyed "visiting" with us :)(:
Jun. 17, 2012 7:30 am
And another successsful round-up at Cat's house! Girl, you amaze the stuffing outta me, seriously. Everything looked amazing from the food to that old tractor, (my Dad would be green with envy if he saw that!). Ya done good. :o)
Jun. 17, 2012 7:35 am
Cat Hill-what lovely photos. I enjoyed reading all about your AR adventure. I love the big orange tractor photo. Everyone's gifts were so unique and I especially liked your handle covers. I can't crochet worth a lick.
Jun. 17, 2012 7:46 am
I do not make cookies hardly at all, but I do make these LOTS because they're just so stinkin' good! I have no will power either when it comes to those things. They're versatile too! Our Avon made them one time with Rosemary and Parmesan cheese. YUM!!!
Jun. 17, 2012 9:29 am
cheepchick, thanks! And just for you I will do a "garden tour" blog so you can see all of it. Seriously, I could not have pulled it all off without some help. Sheila and Brenda did a lot of work and then the out of towners were ever so willing to pitch in. Someday if you are ever up this way...
Jun. 17, 2012 9:32 am
Lela, thank you! Lady S is the one that can really crochet! I was mostly winging it :) I made the first ones out of desperation for myself and then thought hmmm, this might work for gifts! My grandfather's tractor was restored as a FFA project. Its even pulled floats in our little hometown parades.
Jun. 17, 2012 9:36 am
OH NO! Avon better never come here with her version of those cookies. OMG! Your's are so good I can't imagine the damage I could do with a savory version. And a glass of that delightful wine! YUM! Absolutely no will power when it comes to that sort of deliciousness :)
Jun. 17, 2012 11:15 am
Lovely photos and so glad y'all had fun!:)
Jun. 17, 2012 12:01 pm
CookandBakeGirl, thank you! When you get to finally meet people you have been "talking" to over time, I truly don't believe you could have a bad time at a roundup :)(:
Jun. 17, 2012 2:21 pm
Oh Cat I love your gardens...I do love how green MO is in June. Every bit of your hard work paid off, looks like all had a great time. And I do think the tractor photo is going to be an Allrecipes classic.
Jun. 17, 2012 3:52 pm
LOLOL, *Sherri*, we were going to take the photo elsewhere put someone suggested the front yard so we all trooped that a way. My DS had gotten the Allis out and I believe MB, now know as BS (refer to earlier posts), said how about we use the tractor. Perfect :) Glad you liked the gardens. Candice even declared that maybe MO had OR beat for greenness:) Thanks for stopping in!
Jun. 18, 2012 8:00 am
Just Mi chiming in here - Love the blog, love the pics, loved the Vietnamese Lunch - lol....thanks for summing up our wonderful weekend in such an awesome manner!!
Jun. 18, 2012 10:06 am
OK, OK, hanging my head in shame. No longer known as MB, but BS. I guess if the shoe fits, I'll wear it. Sigh... However, my Dad was a pro at BS, so in honor of Father's Day, I think I can actually wear that title proudly!
Jun. 18, 2012 10:39 am
Hey, Mi! I 've been thinking of you today. It was a wonderful weekend and our side trip was a great end to it. Thank you so much for being a part of it and all the help you gave! Those sunflowers you brought were placed in some of my pots and they really are neat! I keep thinking I have a new flower blooming :)(:
Jun. 18, 2012 10:42 am
Well, if you can sling the BS with a poker face I say go for it. I would think Mike would be used to it by now. Oh wait, he didn't have time on the ride, until he packed the trunk, to sit up front, did he?
Jun. 18, 2012 10:53 am
My dear Cat, really great blog. Bravo!! The pictures are fantastic (I especially like the pic of me getting into the back of the rhino). Thank you so much for being such a gracious host. Your home is lovely and your gardens are to die for. The whole trip was a lot of fun. It's was great to meet new AR peeps-who are such great people-and to reacquaint with friends met before. Thanks for opening up your house for this fabulous round-up!!
Jun. 18, 2012 3:06 pm
Nope, not a peep out of him until the drive home. He even drove half-way so I couldn't rearrange the contents of the trunk.
Jun. 18, 2012 5:10 pm
That's almost not true!
Jun. 18, 2012 7:19 pm
Cat that was such a great blog. Loved the story, loved the photos, just everything. Hopefully the DH gets the full time spot and you rebuild the reserves quickly. Oregon would love to host you and anyone else interested in coming to visit. And to set the record straight, Candice made them with the rosemary I made them with pineapple mint & parmesan. Still savory, but with a hint of sweet. They are amazing aren't they? Having pulled off my own party this weekend for somewhere in the 80-100 people neighborhood (with a full lunch buffet...yes, I did it myself), I completely know what goes into putting an event together. My hat is off to you. You had a whole weekend, mine was just one day.
Jun. 18, 2012 7:29 pm
Christine, it was my pleasure meeting you and your lovely mother! You both are just great people! I do so wish Sheila had gotten a picture of last year's ride in the Rhino. That would be why Lora was pointing and saying things I can't type here :) Again, I am so glad you would come this far. I loved meeting the new people and seeing the ones that had been here before, still the time was way too short!
Jun. 18, 2012 7:35 pm
You two! LOLOLOL! BTW, Mike did you print off the recipe for your lovely wife? She really wanted that one or so she said as she was shoving me out of the kitchen for that flower delivery! :)(:
Jun. 18, 2012 7:42 pm
Avon, can I count mine twice so I feel like I fed more? LOLOL OMG! No, I believe my hat is off to you! There were only 16 here and I had 2 helpers, 3 if you count the DH who was holding down a lawn chair while waiting on the turkey. Oh, those cookies were good! I can see how with wine any flavor you made would be great! Yum, pineapple... I don't know when we will be able to travel but Oregon is so on my list! Hey, and Candice was sharing your vanilla tip. I learn so much from other AR cooks :)
Jun. 18, 2012 8:58 pm
Now you've given me a new idea in adding a bit of dried pineapple or some other tidbit of dried fruit. What I used was something you might try growing. I grew pineapple-mint in an herb pot last summer and it was divine. Here's a pic of what it looks like: http://allrecipes.com/cook/13302622/Photo.aspx?photoID=667626 Also, glad to be of help from so far away on the vanilla. It's yummy! Y
Jun. 19, 2012 5:04 am
Avon, I don't think I have tried pineapple mint and I missed that the first read on your post. I have never really used my mints until this year for anything but tea. I do have peppermint, candymint, chocolate and ginger mint. That's what is in that herbed sugar I made and lemon balm. We were discussing, what else, recipes over breakfast and Candice shared that. I like your dried fruit idea, I'm gaining weight just thinking of what that would taste like :)
Jun. 19, 2012 5:10 am
I should drink all my coffee before posting :) As soon as I find vanilla beans I'm making some of your vanilla! I looked at that photo. That drink looked really good. I forgot a mint-applemint, it is varigated like the pineapple mint.
Jun. 20, 2012 12:13 pm
Yes,Cat. I remembered right after you just reminded me! It's all printed and laying in the bread mixing bowl.
Jun. 20, 2012 3:18 pm
Well, just in case you might have forgotten. Um, are you suggesting someone has the recipe and it is awaiting someone making it :)
Jun. 20, 2012 5:53 pm
One is awaiting for someone to make the recipe, if one could please someone or the other one.
Jun. 20, 2012 6:50 pm
LOLOL! Sorry, I can't make them for you! Too far away but my recipe is stilling hanging on the cabinet door and there are some rolls in the freezer :)
Jun. 20, 2012 7:11 pm
That eliminates one. Guess I'll ask another one.
Jun. 21, 2012 4:56 am
Oh, I'm sure she will!
Jun. 22, 2012 3:11 pm
Looks perfect to me! Great job, Cat. Maybe one day I'll make it to a roundup! xo
Jun. 23, 2012 5:54 am
You should! You would have such a great time! I thought you were going to the Southern one this year. I was quite prepared to be green with envy :)
Jun. 30, 2012 4:17 am
Wonderful story and picture. I felt I was there. CJ
Jun. 30, 2012 2:00 pm
Well, thanks CJ! You know you are almost close enough to come :) Hitch a ride with Magnolia Blossom!
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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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