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Oct. 8, 2012 8:32 am 
Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 6:05 pm
NO, this is not another Halloween blog! That is the laugh of 2 peep's planning an awesome surprise! This is the story of Cat & Mi ouse's (Mi Being Mi) most EXCELLENT road trip/ surprise adventure. The story starts with Thelma and Louise AKA Magnolia Blossom and Lady Sparkle. Last year they went to Nashville, IN to a lovely little artsy crafty type of town. They went in the off season but still had a blast. So much so they decided to do it again this year and invite others along for their adventure.

Around the time of their shout out for anyone who would like to join them, another invitation had been issued for all the folks in MI. Well, Mi Being Mi is from MI and really, really wanted to go but it was just a little too much of a drive for her. So when MB announced their plans, Mi asked me if I would join her on a road trip to Nashville. Now the last time I went on any kind of a vacation without the family was in ForNever. I even mentioned this to MB. She replied that the first trip without her family had her driving on a dark & rainy night to a total stranger's house ( the first roundup held here at my house).

Right off the bat, I said no. Then I asked for details. Emails flew back and forth. The decision was made! We were to do it. Jump out of our comfort zone and JUST DO IT! Reservations were made. Details were being ironed out. Excitment was building! Now MB knew we were coming. LS did not. Cue the laugh!

I volunteered to do road trip worthy food as my partner in surprise crime was doing all the driving. Thank you BearlyBarbie, Allie Geek, Patty Cakes, Nurse Ellen and Emily Nicole for your suggestions when I threw out my picnic "?" thread. You see why I couldn't really tell you what I was doing but I did need help trying to figure out how to have a hot meal on the road. Candice and RedNeckGramma knew and thank you for your suggestions. RNG your hug to Lady S was duly delivered! I also shared your apple juice technique with her too.

Here's what I took.

A veggie soup with wine poached chicken, fresh baguette rolls with seasoned butter ( I promise Baking Nana I WILL get that blog done on seasoned salt & sugar), hummus, and a nice little assortment of cheeses, mixed nuts, my homemade cheezits (Thank you BigShotsMom and Baking Nana for all those discussions we had about how to get those perfected. The ladies said they were and again, I promise to get that recipe posted.), fresh fruit from my orchard and water. I did take adult beverages as well. More about them in a moment :) Also note to self, don't put your soup in a small mouth thermos. While hot & deliciously perfect for that cool rainy night, it was a trick getting it out.

If anyone is wondering what kind of fare I left for my dear spouse who urged me to go on this weekend trip, I thought perhaps he would like to choose his own menu.

Deep sigh! I try so hard with my two but once the Cat is away this is how they play!

Pizza, little smokie sausages, chips and heat & serve pulled pork. The DH was proud of himself for providing his own dinners and also thinking ahead to lunch on Sunday for game day with Alan, our dear friend.

Then suddenly, our plans came to a screeching halt. Mi's work had amped up their workload. She had hoped to take that Friday off as IN is a bit of a drive from here. No such luck! Hopefully, she could leave at noon and I could have someone drop me off in a convenient location to save some drive time. Things went from bad to worse. It looked like Mi couldn't leave until 4. Mind you, she is 1 1/2 hours away from me so that put us coming into IN waaaaay late. Tearfully, I had to decide whether it was even worth trying to go. Too little sleep and all that walking around we were to do, I just didn't think I could manage it. Poor Mi, she felt bad because she couldn't even tell me what would happen with work till the very last minute. So I said if you leave at 12, I'm in. If not, I'm out. I proceeded to pack and make food as if I were going and there were no hitches in our plans. I informed MB that it was likely I wouldn't come. I didn't know if Mi would make that long drive at night by herself either.

Then the email came late Thurs. WE were a GO! I called Mi, we firmed up our plans and I finished up all my chores here. However, I decided to not let MB in on our final plans. Cue that laugh again!

A real quick aside here, I hate traveling. It always seems like so much work and I hate sitting for such long stretches doing nothing. With my partner in surprise crimes, Mi ouse, the miles flew by. We had so much to talk about. That and she might have been doing about 80. This is what I have always found so neat about meeting other AR cooks, you have SOOOO much to talk about. So many different topics, too. Now I did wonder what she and I would discuss on the way home but again we covered many varied topics, some quite important ones too. Like why is it you only see one shoe on the side of the highway? Where is its mate? How did it come to be on the side of the road in the first place? These terribly important topics make all those miles melt away.

The excitement in the car was certainly building because not only did Lady S not know we were coming, MB wasn't too sure either. At our first pit stop, we decided for me to call MB and spin a tale of woe. Again note to self, keep the camera with you at all times! Mi ouse was barely containing her laughter as I woefully told MB how late Mi ouse was leaving and that I just couldn't come. Yes, mauigirl, we feel we did you proud creating that proper surprise atmosphere. Lie like you really mean it and then laugh your you know what off after hanging up. My partner felt unable to do this so stuck to texting for her part in our plan.

Our drive was pretty uneventful up until the last 30 minutes. Truck traffic was heavy and it started to rain. Poor Mi ouse was getting very stressed with the lack of visibility but we arrived safe and sound. I was ever so glad I brought a bottle of wine for her. I'm pretty sure she was ready to uncork that bottle with her teeth if necessary once we settled into our room.

Now for the most EXCELLENT parts.

Maid service was right next door. Perfect! A light knock on the door by Mi ouse. MB opens it with a you know what kind of grin on her face thinking she has pulled off a great surprise on Lady S but the tables were turned!

I do believe she had the same kind of look I had on my face (mauigirl's surprise visit to my roundup) when the recognition that the lady taking pictures was none other then the Cat that was woefully left behind.

Does she look surprised to see me or what?

And look at this smiling face; it is not a beautiful sight?

Naturally Mi ouse and I had to do a little self congratulation on our most excellent surprise. Then we were off for our trip to Nashville. It is a lovely little town and there was quite a bit to see. At lunchtime we were joined by Indiana Peggy.

It was so nice meeting her. We visited all kinds of shops but I think our favorite might have been the one with the free samples of wine!

Mi and I were very sorry we couldn't meet Lucky Noodles but we thank you and Peggy for those sweet gifts.

Lucky made us all a traveling music CD and Peggy shared with us her rock sayings.

We all had a wonderful day followed by happy hour in our motel room. The conversation flowed as it always does with AR peeps. Alas, it had to come to an end but we met up for breakfast the next morning. Even more conversation followed which included topics like toilets, trumpets and echoing. Then we had to say goodbye and hug for one last time. Mi ouse and I had a long drive home to make but our weekend had been so worth it. I have made another wonderful memory to cherish with the help of my dear friends and met a new friend.

Thank you all so much! I missed you as soon as I was back home. Mi and I discussed our next get together opportunity on our way home and as you know the date for the next roundup is already set. So there is much to look forward to in the future and maybe more new friends to met and make!

So till I see you again!


Oct. 8, 2012 8:55 am
Sounds like a good time was had by all! Always keep camera in hand, you never know what you will see!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:10 am
What a great adventure! I love the pictures. Great job capturing the surprise! I can just hear the laughter and joy!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:11 am
ibbz, I know! Darned if I didn't put it in the bag that went in the trunk!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:12 am
Oh Baking Nana! It was a blast! I had to promise not to put in one photo of MB. Our surprise touched her so much we made her cry. Good tears though!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:13 am
What a GREAT recount my dear Cat! Thank you and Mi(ouse) so so MUCH!! I do wish Lucky had been able to join us but I think we have "road fever" and may very well get another chance to hook up in the future. I've been singing "Soul Sister" on a repeat loop. . .love you all! Thank you again! (((Hugs)))
Oct. 8, 2012 9:13 am
Oh yeah, we also made her cry at breakfast with the toilets, trumpets and echoing conversation, no photo though :)(:
Oct. 8, 2012 9:14 am
Well done, Cat and MBM! See? You aren't the only one with a double jointed jaw! Now that you know that you won't fall off the edge of the world, you should get out and travel more often.
Oct. 8, 2012 9:15 am
Lady S, I almost made myself tear up looking at those photos this morning. We had so much fun and I am SOOOO glad we came! Mi and I had a loooong conversation about where we could hook up again! We were full of ideas!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:16 am
I couldn't have summed it up any better myself! But I did want to add - we made Magnolia Blossom cry twice - :)
Oct. 8, 2012 9:16 am
LOLOLOLOL! I know, Mike, I was totally surprised how easy it was to fib so well :) I'm ready to go now! I need to win the lottery!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:17 am
Mi, look up I posted about the topic that made her cry at breakfast :)
Oct. 8, 2012 9:25 am
I am absolutely pea green with envy. I am also very proud of you for stepping out of your "box" and carrying out a surreptitious adventure worthy of Mauigirl (moi)! It is so much fun to read about these excellent adventures. I have said it before and I will say it again. If you see a gathering around you.....go. If you don't see one, plan one! You will have a ball. I know....I have met so many friends through Allrecipes and my life is so much richer because of it! XOXOXOXO to all of you :)
Oct. 8, 2012 9:26 am
Watch out Cat - next time you know we will be putting you on a plane to the left coast! :)
Oct. 8, 2012 9:29 am
XOXOX back at you mauigirl! I knew you would be proud of us! I so agree, you met the greatest people and they do so enrich your life! Still not getting on that plane!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:29 am
B'Nana, not gonna happen! But we can drive :)
Oct. 8, 2012 9:43 am
CH: Color me jealous! I've had the pleasure of meeting a handful of AR members. I hope to meet more from this amazing group of people. I'm considering spending my life savings on airline tickets to travel to AR Roundups. Retirement is probably overrated.
Oct. 8, 2012 9:48 am
hi cat! so glad you took the leap of faith, see most folks aren't serial killers ( still not sure about robgranma,though,) but it looks and sounds like ya had a blast! all ya need to come south next year and class up the redneck round-up!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:49 am
Wonderful blog, Cat Hill. I felt like I went along for the ride!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:51 am
bikerfamiy, LOLOLOL! You might have something there with that life savings plan! It is so great meeting each other isn't it!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:53 am
Gary, were your ears burning? WE all so want to come to the Southern roundup and talked about over cocktails back at the motel! We want to met you and Claire and the rest of the gang! Come on lottery ticket!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:56 am
Patches, thank you! We were talking about some of the Canadian cooks we would like to met someday while we discussed our "wish" list of AR cooks we want to meet. I'm glad you liked the ride!
Oct. 8, 2012 10:29 am
My dear girl, you pulled off the big one. I was feeling sooo sorry for you that you were not able to come. Sniff... As for the second round of tears at breakfast, I mean really? You had to have been there. It was great meeting new friends Lucky Noodles & Indiana Peggy. Can't wait to see them again. Had the best time with Lady Sparkle and Cat & Mi-Ouse and covered all topics from soup to nuts (really!) and everything in between. It wasn't just about the food or the fall fanfare in Nashville, it was totally about the fellowship we've developed through AR. We've all said it, and we'll say it again, if you have a chance to meet up with another AR peep, you will NOT be sorry. Hugs to you all!
Oct. 8, 2012 10:52 am
Hey Cat, that certainly sounded like an excellent adventure! I'm glad y'all had such a great time & everyone looks terrific too! One of these days........ :o)
Oct. 8, 2012 10:55 am
Great blog, I feel the love! Cannot wait for the next road trip to meet even more peeps. I'll start another play list!
Oct. 8, 2012 12:02 pm
Hehehehehe!! Mi and I were so excited about surprising you. What did Mike say I had, double jointed jaw or something? LOL Perhaps I can play poker too :)(: Hey but your tears were all happy ones even over the trumpeting thing. I am ever so glad you did drive to a stranger's house on a dark and rainy night because I sure got an awesome friend out of that drive :) Hugs!
Oct. 8, 2012 12:05 pm
cheepchick, the drive is farther to see you but you are on my list! You are so rocking that pink hair for breast cancer awareness month!!!! Someday maybe we can met in the middle!
Oct. 8, 2012 12:08 pm
Lucky Noodles, I am sorry we couldn't get the chance to met you but thank you so much for the tunes. I'm glad you did get to meet 2 very sweet ladies for breakfast. It does make you just want to meet more AR peeps doesn't it? Someday......
Oct. 8, 2012 12:43 pm
Singing "someday, we'll be together" now!
Oct. 8, 2012 12:51 pm
A good time had by all! Great to meet a few of the people behind the posts on the Buzz. Looking forward to more adventures in the future.
Oct. 8, 2012 1:06 pm
Oh what fun! Looks like everyone had a blast! I'm looking forward to my 5th round-up in a couple of weeks - the Mimi-MI in Brighton, MI on the 20th! Great blog Cat and I love the pics!
Oct. 8, 2012 1:16 pm
Ahh Lucky Noodles! I know MB and Ls had a lovely time with you, we were just sorry we missed out. Someday... :)(:
Oct. 8, 2012 1:18 pm
Indiana Peggy, we all loved your rocks. Those are so cool! Just love those sayings! It was so neat to meet you. I am so glad I had that opportunity and I know I am speaking for MBM but she feels the same! You know, you might think about driving over to IL and hooking a round down with MB for next year's MO roundup :)
Oct. 8, 2012 1:26 pm
bellepepper, we so talked about you all! Mi Being Mi really wanted to come to the mini MI but she said on our drive over to IN that it was just a little too far for her by herself but she really wanted to go somewhere so IN it was. Look where we ended up with such smiling faces! Congrats on your 5th roundup. Someday! But we will have to have some more time because let me tell you I had some kinks in my U know what from sitting so long on the drive to IN. But by golly we made it there and back again! I can't wait to hear about the MI people and what fun you all have! Safe travels to you!
Oct. 8, 2012 2:52 pm
Oh Cat - what great pics!! And congratulations on planning an EXCELLENT adventure - super job!!!! It was Thelma and Louise meet Bonnie & Clyde . . . and then ya'll became The Dalton Gang the next morning - - - wow!!! I loved your traveling picnic and your "survival dinner" for the guys left behind. What can you say? - - it's "man cave" food - lol!! I am so happy for all of ya'll for your "Most Excellent Adventure" - - now that ya'll are pros - - there's no tellin where you'll end up!!! Watch out hubbies - "man cave" food may be your main meal - LOL!!!
Oct. 8, 2012 3:04 pm
Oh luv2cook, we talked about you too! All of us so want to meet you! I am ready to be the navigator for any road trip that includes me meeting AR Peeps! I do wish I had gotten more pics but really it was the peeps that made my weekend a memory truly to cherish!
Deb C 
Oct. 8, 2012 3:34 pm
What a great blog. What a fun time!
Oct. 8, 2012 3:58 pm
Stuck in the middle with you! You guys are such jokers, love the looks on the faces. Life is an adventure, live it!
Oct. 8, 2012 6:01 pm
Deb C, it was a great time thanks for dropping in!
Oct. 8, 2012 6:03 pm
sassyoldlady, didn't you start it all :) And you are absolutely right, live it up because life is short!
Oct. 8, 2012 6:05 pm
Wonderful,enjoyed it very much,must have been a hoot.
Oct. 8, 2012 7:24 pm
manella, thanks for stopping in and enjoying our roadtrip adventure's with Thelma and Louise. It was a hoot!
Oct. 8, 2012 7:57 pm
Oh my goodness! This really was an "excellent" adventure! I wish I could've come along! I miss you Midwest Gals so stinkin' much and I sure would've loved meeting Indiana Peggy and Lucky Noodles. BTW, love hotel room girl talk! Our dear Magnolia Blossom knows how to pull people together, doesn't she? I'll just say it again, "if at all possible go to an AR get together. They are a hoot!"
Oct. 8, 2012 8:29 pm
You all had a wonderful experience! The smiles on all your faces say it all. I am so envious. Thanks for sharing the joy with us.
Oct. 8, 2012 9:31 pm
We ALL wish we coulda been there! I am SO glad you two were able to join Thelma and Louise! By the way, I am totally with Mi ouse as far as texting when trying to pull a fast one over someone! I can't lie, even on the phone! But I've pulled some GREAT practical jokes by text - huh, Candice? - LOL! And, judging by "the toilets, trumpets and echoing conversation" at breakfast, I assume MB was laughing so hard she was crying in the morning. Great trip, great story[s], great pictures! Thank you for sharing!!!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:32 pm
One day, Cat, one day . . . !!!
Oct. 8, 2012 9:32 pm
[That is a promise, not the threat is sounded like (=]
Oct. 9, 2012 3:21 am
What a wonderful story! Sounds like soooo much fun! One thing I have found on this site is that there are some wonderful people out there. I liked how you said your favorite store was the one with the free samples of wine--- how many samples did you try?? LOL
Oct. 9, 2012 4:21 am
Oh Candice! It was so great getting to meet you and Christine this summer. I just couldn't believe you would come all this way. I now know, even if you still aren't getting me on that plane, the roadtrip to see AR peeps is so worth it! My face still hurts from all the laughing :)(: And yes, Magnolia Blossom is not only a dear but quite the tresure!
Oct. 9, 2012 4:26 am
BigShotsMom, I'm glad you enjoyed our adventure. The ladies all agreed those crackers were worth the effort getting right, thanks for your help on that. I was telling them how you looked up the reason why the vodka works for me.
Oct. 9, 2012 4:32 am
Xray Barb, yep you got it! First, we had her crying because she was so happy, then we had her crying cause we had her laughing so hard. Do tell about your pranking Candice! You know what? You have 8 months to work out coming here for the next Midwest roundup :)(: We have great accomodations here!
Oct. 9, 2012 4:40 am
Mother Ann, it went like this: "Oh, look free wine samples. Shall we stop now or later? Well, what's wrong with now and later?". I got 2 bottles that I really liked a Cabernet Franc & an Autumn Red. I didn't try any of their fruitier wines but I did try all the reds and whites. That was so much fun. I'm ready to go again :)
Oct. 9, 2012 5:08 am
Glad you all had such a great time...just love all the smiles and laughter, thanks for sharing the experience.
Oct. 9, 2012 5:28 am
*Sherri*, ah thank you! I'm so glad I got to go! It was so worth the drive to see those smiling faces in person :)
Oct. 9, 2012 5:59 am
So, bail money wasn't needed!?!? What a terrific surprise, says it all on their faces!! Glad you had a wonderful time with wonderful people and thank you for sharing it with us!! Looking forward to seeing fellow Peeps in 2 weeks! We will toast you guys!!!
Oct. 9, 2012 7:28 am
What fun you all had! The photos tell it all.
Oct. 9, 2012 7:44 am
mickdee, nope we didn't need that bail money this time but MB was prepared :) Got out my mapbook and I can see why Mi Being Mi said on our way to IN that she really did want to come meet you all but the drive was just a little much for a 3 day weekend. I know you all will have such a good time in 2 weeks. I look forward to you sharing that weekend with all of us :) Have an ale for me!
Oct. 9, 2012 7:46 am
Hi, Lela! I was so glad I caught those faces! A photo really can say a thousand words :)
Oct. 9, 2012 7:56 am
ROFL...... Yes, that's right Barbie girl! You got me good that time. I still laugh at myself when I think about twisting and turning around looking for you. I so want to play that trick on someone! Now, I'm laughing again!
Oct. 9, 2012 7:57 am
Oh... And BTW, I WILL GET EVEN Sistah!
Oct. 9, 2012 8:20 am
I wanna know what she did! I wanna see you get even!!
Oct. 9, 2012 9:47 am
Reading this blog makes me feel so warm and happy inside!
Oct. 9, 2012 10:40 am
Wyattdogster, it was a great trip and I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!
Oct. 10, 2012 2:08 am
Oh, Cat! I don't know how you missed my April Fool's hijinks! I had more fun! A few months ago, I was alone in my office and when I checked my phone, I had a text that read "look behind you!" I slowly looked behind me - even knowing the room was empty . . . It was so incredibly creepy! It was a wrong number - but, seriously, just totally creeped me out. Well, we played with it here and there - and when I did it back to Lyss, she said, "You're right, that is creepy!" (= So, on April 1st, I sent out texts to just about everyone I know that said, "Look behind you!" Then a few minutes later, "April Fool!" A couple had seen my post on the buzz and weren't fooled - BUT, Candice [who, may I mention, lives in the next state - lol! and whom I love, dearly!] texted me back that I had really got her! She said she had just gotten out of the shower, grabbed her towel, and ran to the window to look up and down the street for me. LOLOLOL!!! This and the year I texted some friends and my brother that I was getting back together with my ex were the BEST April Fool's Days, EVER!
Oct. 10, 2012 2:09 am
Muahahaha =DDD
Oct. 10, 2012 5:03 am
Oh, you are Gooood! But you know what they say? Payback......
Oct. 10, 2012 7:36 am
Wow, that was some spread you prepared, Cat Hill, and it looks like you lovely ladies had a great time! Nice job on the surprise, too! Looks like so much fun.
Oct. 10, 2012 7:55 am
wisweetp, Mi worked till noon and I knew it would be chilly so I wanted to give her a nice warm meal while we were on the road traveling. I always try to have some decent snack food on vacation. That surprise still has me smiling!
Oct. 10, 2012 12:44 pm
[I am quaking in my boots! (= And, I'm telling you - texting was just invented for practical jokes!]
Oct. 10, 2012 12:46 pm
Sounds like a great time was had by all :)
Oct. 10, 2012 12:47 pm
[My only better April Fool's joke was 6 weeks after we were married. I had been hinting that I was late for a couple days. I borrowed a urine specimen from my pregnant cousin, and started a home pregnancy test before I got in the shower (they used to take longer than 3 minutes - lol!) Everyone thought I was HORRIBLE! But, he reacted just the way I thought he would - he was happy I was pregnant - and even happier that I wasn't - LOL! BEST practical joke EVER!]
Oct. 10, 2012 4:26 pm
LOLOL! OH Barb! You are bad! Checking to see if you have my # LOLOLOL! Dunno that Candice might really getcha!
Oct. 10, 2012 4:27 pm
Hi, soupy! The responses you are getting on your blog are fun! Thanks for stopping in! We did have a good time!
Oct. 11, 2012 2:58 am
Not yet (=
Oct. 11, 2012 3:11 am
Thanks so much for sharing your adventure! Since I couldn't go, the pictures were the next best thing. I would have loved to be there in person for MB's surprise. The smile on her face is PRICELESS!
Oct. 11, 2012 5:18 am
Oh BiBi, we all decided during happy hour, we NEED to win the lottery! We've all made friends that live states away. It was said several times over our weekend, "I wish you didn't live so far away!" So true for all the peeps we have yet to meet in person too! Mi and I had an absolute blast pulling that surprise off. Sorry you couldn't see it in person too. It was priceless!
Oct. 11, 2012 5:21 am
Barb, I still keep imagining Candice and the look on her face! LOLOL!
Oct. 11, 2012 12:56 pm
[Wrapped in her towel at the kitchen window, looking up and down the street =D]
Oct. 11, 2012 1:19 pm
You are so bad! Oh wait, I do believe I lied blatantly just to get one of those photos above :)(: Too bad I can't count cards!
Oct. 11, 2012 7:31 pm
No kidding!
Oct. 11, 2012 7:31 pm
[I hope Candice's ears are burning in a good way =D]
Oct. 11, 2012 7:49 pm
I LOVED this blog! I love the photos! Those smiles of surprise! Thanks, Cat!
Oct. 12, 2012 4:28 am
Barb, I bet they are :)(:!
Oct. 12, 2012 4:33 am
LOLOLOL! Marianne, when I had the opportunity to pull a "Julie", I ran with it! There's nothing like a surprise that can make you cry because you are so happy! I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it!
Oct. 13, 2012 8:13 am
thanks for passing along the hug, Cat. The faces in the pictures say it all!
Oct. 13, 2012 8:36 am
redneck gramma, you are more than welcome! There was talk of having to get our passports, guess where we were going ;)
Oct. 13, 2012 3:21 pm
Sounds like you all had a great time! Great blog!
Oct. 13, 2012 4:18 pm
luv2cook, we did. We are still talking about it and now we want to do another trip because we had so much fun. Glad you liked the blog!
Oct. 15, 2012 7:51 pm
Loved Barb's text prank. You just never know when that one can come in handy...
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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.
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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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