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And the laughter flowed.... 
Oct. 29, 2012 12:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2012 5:57 pm a good wine poured into your favorite glass. That is what happens when you get some AR peeps together. New to be friends, old friends, throw in some family and good food and you have the makings of a lovely laughter filled afternoon.

As most of you know, I have hosted the MO Midwest roundup for 3 years. I am very lucky to have had the privilege to meet the people that I have and to become friends with them. This year not everyone that wanted to come to the roundup could. When the mini MI roundup was posted for October I thought maybe I should do a mini MO one then too. Any excuse to get together right? Hey, I had the best good fortune to go to the October IN mini and surprise the heck out of 2 dear friends. Even though I wasn't sure how many there would be for my mini I figured it didn't matter. I was serving 3 soups, bread, my now infamous cheese crackers, my wannabe Boursin cheese spread and salad. I had a bottle of Mad Housewife wine so even if no one could make I would be happy and the poor DH, BBQ Dude, could always go to Sonic. Which he did while we had our luncheon, he doesn't eat soup.

So I cleaned house, worked some in the yard and got food prep underway. The 26th was our anniversary of 22 years. We had planned to go out to eat but my dear spouse noted that I still had much to do. He suggested pizza and a quiet evening. We would go out the next evening after my guests had left. The dear man even remember to get me flowers.

So off he went to pick up pizza as I scurried around. Not long after he left my cell phone started ringing. Thank heavens I found it before it went to voicemail. It is my dear friend, Magnolia Blossom, wondering how far behind I am. She knows me well! After all she knows where the vacuum and various other assorted things are stored here because despite my best efforts I am NEVER done on time. She says she feels bad there is no one to help me. Being of the suspicious nature that I am and the fact that someone really got me good at my June roundup, I look out the window at my driveway. Just in case you know, because while weeding one day the odd thought bubbled up, "Hmmm, Lora is not going to let me get away with getting her in IN. Nah, an 8 hour drive for lunch, she wouldn't do that." Oh, yes she would! I had stepped away from the window but Bane was still looking. Sure enough! There was my dear friend sitting at the end of the driveway waiting for me to open the gate. Much squealing and many hugs later, Lora was back manning the mop and helping get things ready for the next day. She even brought me flowers which I turned into 2 centerpieces.

I sawed a hole into the birdhouse gourd & painted it on Thursday and thought I would shove some of my chrysanthemums in it and call it good.

It was a small gathering of my nephew and his family, Magnolia Blossom, Perri Pender and Heidi S. My niece in law has perused AR so I figured she counted as an AR peep :) and family is always welcome to come to these roundups. Perri and Heidi had wanted to come to the summer roundup but Life got in the way. Lora is always up for a roadtrip and her DH is quite understanding.

I figured since there was a chill in the air soup would be perfect. I just had one glitch my niece and her daughter have a wheat allergy something I am not used to dealing with. Again the peeps on the Buzz came through for me with suggestions and recipes. I've saved those threads to forward on to her too. So what did I make for her? Vegan gluten free pumpkin black bean soup. I made my own vegetable broth. Something I have never done but again I looked on AR for recipes and tweaked a couple. Ended up emptying a bunch of veggies into a pot of water with herbs & wine and ended up with a very tasty broth. The ladies seemed to enjoy it. It also made a good base for later tweaking on Sunday because my guys couldn't handle vegan. I turned the soup in to a hearty Taco soup that was well received by the race car watching guys.

I didn't get many pictures this time even when I thought I had and I even forgot some food items. Stop laughing those of you that have been here before, I know I ALWAYS forget something! On the right are the bean, afalfa and broccoli sprouts I grew just for the salad we were having. Left them in the fridge. Deep sigh. But hey, Magnolia Blossom and I high fived because we did have lunch ready when I said it would be! Woot Woot that was a first!

Oh well, as dear Lora said they couldn't miss what they didn't know they were supposed to have. Like the wine poached chicken veggie soup, forgot to put the pureed cauliflower in it to thicken it. No wonder it wasn't as thick as the soup I served Mi Being Mi on our recent roadtrip. Remembered that Sunday morning when checking emails. Again deep sigh.

Oh, but what does it matter? The food was good and everyone seemed to have a good time. That's what really matters. As I said the laughter flowed like a good wine into your favorite glass. New people were met. We had fun talking and just look at this Buttermilk pie Heidi brought.

I didn't get any of it. Lora and I went on a mini roadtrip after everyone left to a local winery. While we were gone my son came home from work and polished it off. He says it was good.

Mother Ann, if you get to come in June we are busy looking into the local wineries for you to tour. The wine MB & I toured was pretty good but I must say the dog there was more welcoming than the owners. There is more than I thought to do in MO so for anyone that is thinking about coming to the next Midwest MO roundup add a couple of extra days in your schedule for sightseeing. Yes, the date is already set for the next one, June 21st thru the 23rd 2013. Again everyone is welcome to come. Don't worry about fitting in. It is easy even if you are shy. Some of us might be seasoned roundupers, but that doesn't mean newbies should feel like outsiders. Heck no! Lora and I, after everyone had left, enjoyed a delightful conversation with Heidi. Look, she brought the neatest planter!

As always with us AR peeps, we talked about all kinds of things. Everyone can feel at home. That's the best thing about these roundups be they big or small, you are getting to know other people and building friendships. Who else would drive 8 hours just for lunch?


To those of you on the East coast you are in my prayers. Stay safe from the storm!
Oct. 29, 2012 12:49 pm
Love it Cat. Got a big kick out of that last photo too.
Oct. 29, 2012 12:54 pm
That's our motto: any excuse to get together (=
Oct. 29, 2012 1:02 pm
mauigirl, that is one of those cool pumpkins. Heidi carved it out and planted those pretty marigolds in it. Look what you started, girl! A surprise visit here, a surprise vist there :)
Oct. 29, 2012 1:03 pm
How fun, Cat! You've been quite the social AR butterfly as of late!! So wonderful to gather with the wonderful people here!! Lucky gal!! Thank you for sharing!!
Oct. 29, 2012 1:03 pm
xraybarb, I believe we are always up for a party :) You better watch your back! I believe Candice has you in her sights LOL!
Oct. 29, 2012 1:05 pm
mickdee, I KNOW! It has been so great, going out of town to have fun and then having fun here. What could be better?
Oct. 29, 2012 1:10 pm
I'm a mom - I have eyes in the back of my head (=
Oct. 29, 2012 1:13 pm
We really need to start planning our surprise party for Mr Magnolia Blossom to thank him for letting MB travel to all our parties (=
Oct. 29, 2012 1:14 pm
And Tom [Mr Cat] earned big points being so understanding this weekend! We'll have to include him in our party (=
Oct. 29, 2012 1:17 pm
Yeah, whatever! You might have eyes in the back of your head but under those kind gentle exteriors lurks imps unknown! Just saying! Yes, the Mr's do need to be included. And mine was sweet this weekend even though no one could understand his aversion to the soup :) Or the crackers. Or the salad.
Oct. 29, 2012 1:21 pm
You like his new nickname? (=
Oct. 29, 2012 1:21 pm
[Also, I have xray vision and can see through you (=]
Oct. 29, 2012 1:25 pm
LOLOL! He might not but then he has never been to AR so all is good :)(: Uh huh! But I bet Candice is determined!
Oct. 29, 2012 1:28 pm
I always have to tell my goofs, too - but seriously, no one would ever know if you didn't tell. It all looks wonderful - and the camaraderie is the best part =D
Oct. 29, 2012 1:28 pm
Why are my ears burning (=
Oct. 29, 2012 1:29 pm
If everybody is as nice and fun and as Cat (and her family), Magnolia Blossom and Perri, Life will just have to wait because I'm going to the next roundup! I think I also need to get a "CB name" - mine's boring :D Thanks for hosting the mini and the food was great! Love the infamous crackers!
Oct. 29, 2012 1:34 pm
Oh Heidi, half of the people I want to met, I haven't. Like the prankster above your post :). Those that have been here have been such nice people! I mean, who else would drive 8 hours just for lunch? Oh yeah, me! LOLOL! I have got to get that cracker recipe into my box so I can share it. The one in there now was version #4 or 5. Version #7 is the perfected one.
Oct. 29, 2012 1:34 pm
Thanks, Cat! Stories of the round-ups always make me smile!
Oct. 29, 2012 1:36 pm
It sounds like a fabulous weekend, Cat! You had been on my mind when I hadn't heard from ya' in of these days I hope to join in the fun, though my husband and dogs may never recover from my absence. Lol
Oct. 29, 2012 1:37 pm
Maybe I was just talking about you! You know, Barb, you might just have to finaggle (sp?) next year's roundup. We would have a blast! And there are other things to do here besides wineries. We have museums and spas and all sorts of things around here :)
Oct. 29, 2012 1:39 pm
Bibi, Magnolia was talking about you this weekend! You are going to have to get to a roundup! Your smile will be even bigger :)
Oct. 29, 2012 1:42 pm
1dcowgirl, thanks for thinking of me. For once I was trying to have EVERYTHING done. I should give up on that. I was very happy, though, that I got lunch served when I said I would. Now, they might miss you (alot) but I bet they could manage for a weekend. MB buys her DH man food, just like mine went and got for himself when I left. Everyone was still breathing when I got back. LOL!
Oct. 29, 2012 1:59 pm
Weston is close and a great little town with shops, a cool underground "cave" that was storage for beer and is now a bar, the McCormick's distillery country store, wineries, a brewery, lots of festivals and other fun events. Go a little further into Kansas and Leavenworth has lots of shops and a place with the best cookies. You're in the hub of excitement!
Oct. 29, 2012 2:09 pm
LOLOL! I have had some CA friends think this area was the biggest backwater there was. I haven't really been to Weston but I knew you had visited there. The Elms really looked nice when we drove by. I think there is a nice little restaurant down in that area besides what the htoel has to offer. I'm pretty sure we could find things for anyone to do. For Civil War buffs this area has lots to see. What about Prydes? That would be a cool place for cooks to visit.
Oct. 29, 2012 2:16 pm
He he :) Just keeping the good stuff a secret! Prydes would be a great place to go! And World Market is right near there too for those that haven't been to one of those.
Oct. 29, 2012 2:21 pm
I haven't! I love Pryde's but it isn't open on Sundays and Saturday by the time we eat and chat there isn't enough time to get there. So many fun things to do!
Oct. 29, 2012 2:30 pm
How wonderful! Lovely photos, Cat! I feel like I was peering through your window! Thanks for sharing the visit!
Oct. 29, 2012 2:33 pm
They're open 12-5 on Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas
Oct. 29, 2012 2:46 pm
Thank you for sharing, Cat! Love the photos, love the story, and love the main characters!
Oct. 29, 2012 2:58 pm
Oh goodness! We don't need an excuse to gather. Food, fun, friendship - that is all we need. What a nice gathering - I felt like I was joining you in your kitchen. :) and about those crackers.....just a move on girl!
Oct. 29, 2012 3:17 pm
I thought about you guys all day. I can personally vouch for those crackers! Better than cheezits. . . really! Good job Cat, great photos! :)
Oct. 29, 2012 3:56 pm
WFDM?, take care with that storm coming your way. Someday we need to meet :)
Oct. 29, 2012 3:58 pm
Ah, dang! That won't help us in June though. Bummer! I just know the ladies would love to go to that store, Heidi!
Oct. 29, 2012 4:01 pm
Ah Marianne! What a cast of characters it is! And I am so privileged to get to know new ones each time! You know, you have been on so many surprises when will you get to be the surprise :)(:
Oct. 29, 2012 4:05 pm
Baking Nana, we don't need an excuse at all just faster transportation to get us to each other :) I swear, I am working on organizing the recipes so I can post them. I promise!
Oct. 29, 2012 4:06 pm
Lady S, I actually looked in the passenger seat of her car to see if she had brought you too. I knew she couldn't let me get that surprise over on her. It was so nice to see her again so soon. Wish you had been here too!
Oct. 29, 2012 4:37 pm
Congratulations Cat and hubby for 22 years! ... Your Mini MO looks great! I know the food had to be great, too! (That's really why MB came!) I can't say that a Maui Roundup will be better than what you have experienced but it must come close. As an AR social butterly, you can flit your way to Hawaii!
Oct. 29, 2012 5:43 pm
Un huh! Social butterfly my ..... LOL! I could go for the fresh fish! Sorry I couldn't get that vote to work for the grand, she did look so cute!
Oct. 29, 2012 7:22 pm
We did have a great time, didn't we? As far as Mr. MB? He's going to be content next year with going "up north" to drown some worms and drink some beer. Meanwhile I will search the area for AR peeps, hehe... Just doing what I can...
Oct. 29, 2012 7:30 pm
I deleted that thread so there wouldn't be any more folks wasting their effort. Many thanks to you and BA for trying.
Oct. 29, 2012 7:31 pm
Oh Cat, everything looks sooo lovely! Sorry I missed out on a fun day and meeting new friends and spending time with dear ones! Glad you had a great day!
Oct. 29, 2012 7:46 pm
We did have a great time but then we always do :)! And we will have more times in the future, was looking at cabins for us to rent for our next great adventure! There are plenty of them!
Oct. 29, 2012 7:48 pm
Sorry Mike! I filled in all the blanks and it didn't like my answers so I tried sevral more times. Finally, got to where I could see the photos and I voted then the silly site told me I couldn't do that. Grrrr!
Oct. 29, 2012 7:50 pm
Oh Mi, I know you had other things going on but you were missed! Still we had the Great IN trip. Wish you could have been here for the soup, the friends and then the road trip :)(:
Oct. 29, 2012 7:51 pm
Wonderful description of good food, good friends and good times. Getting together is just good for the soul. Your soups sound delicious too! Thanks for sharing Cat. And, of course Lora came. I'd be disappointed if she hadn't. Congratulations on 22 years of marriage. You two are perfect together. Hugs!
Oct. 29, 2012 7:51 pm
Mike, I got onto the site and voted. Your little cupcake is darling!
Oct. 29, 2012 8:09 pm
Cheers for Candice! How did you get that site to stop saying "There are problems". Must have liked you better than me. Hugs back attcha! What can be better than getting together with good friends, new friends and sharing good food? Ah, sharing laughter, it is good for the soul!
Oct. 30, 2012 3:36 am
Cat - Congrats on 22 years! Our husbands are sure lucky guys, aren't they?? ;) I would so love to come to your round-up next year! June is just such a busy month for me - finishing up school for the year, our annual beach vacation. I am going to keep it in mind when scheduling the beach vacation! Your flower arrangements are all so pretty.
Oct. 30, 2012 6:30 am
Cat Hill-what beautiful flower arrangements. It looks like a good time!
Oct. 30, 2012 7:45 am
That's a lovely story. Thank you for sharing.
Oct. 30, 2012 8:28 am
Mother Ann, we have found plenty for you to do if you make it and we pushed the date back just in case you could! And yes they are lucky! LOL!
Oct. 30, 2012 8:30 am
Lela, thank you! That is one of the few creative things I can do. This time I had really pretty flowers to work with. Usually I'm using what others call weeds :)
Oct. 30, 2012 8:31 am
Clover, thank you for stopping in and reading our story. Glad you liked it!
Oct. 30, 2012 11:22 am
Looks like a lot of fun!
Oct. 30, 2012 12:02 pm
Big or small the gatherings are so much fun, wisweetp!
Nov. 2, 2012 7:49 am
I love the pumpkin Cat, but I was commenting on the lovely gift it was sitting on LOL! XOXOXO
Nov. 2, 2012 9:16 am
LOLOLOLOL! I had to think about that for a moment :) Yep, lovely gift it is. Both of them!
Nov. 6, 2012 2:11 am
Did mauigirl make the wine cork mat?
Nov. 6, 2012 5:51 am
Yes, gammyray she did :)(:
Nov. 6, 2012 5:51 am
Ooops gammaray, not enough coffee yet!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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