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Jun. 3, 2012 9:34 am 
Updated: Jun. 15, 2012 7:57 pm

Good times, good times. Buckeye Bash 2012. The third annual reunion. They traveled from afar to join us at Bellepeppers house in Dublin Ohio this year. Saveur, Bellepepper, me, Marcella, and Mother Ann all from various places in Ohio, Mickdee and Maggi down from the Detroit Michigan area, CindyLepp from Kentucky, and Molly came in from Fort Wayne Indiana. Hubbies came with all except for Maggi and Cindy, and Suzy the black lab even joined in for a bit! Everyone got their faces cleaned after dinner. She belongs to Mother Ann and came with them on their camping trip. We talked about our first meeting, wondering now what led us to be afraid of what we might find that day. Surprise! There were no axe murderers. Just friendly, delightful people that share a commonality in food. It was like old home week, and of course traffic delayed hubby and I and we ended up being the last to get there. Mickdee and I brought appetizers for the wine hour and Savi created a new Sangria recipe for us all. buckeye-luncheon-sangria-2012 . Mother Ann brought that coco wine she talked about, oh that is some good stuff! Savi’s new Sangria was a hit, even for me a non wine drinker. Belle prepared pork tenderloins and Mr. Belle grilled them. Succulent with two sauces, put it right over the top! The gals brought lots of salads, everything was tasty. I loved the marinated asparagus Mickdee brought and want the recipe for that! There was marinated tomatoes and onions, lawnmower salad, ramen salad, and strawberry mesclun salad. Someone made scotcharoos, and Mother Ann brought pineapple upside down cake. Marcella made her chocolate cake, omg, I love chocolate cake! If I missed anything, I’m sorry, but it was all excellent ladies! I invited AR Elizabeth to join us, but she was in a wedding yesterday and couldn’t attend. She did send us some AR goodies though. Thank you!! Thanks to Lady Sparkle, who sent heart shaped dishcloths, so pretty, and yes, some said they do actually use them. Thanks also to Molly and Maggi who brought us some nice gifts and to Mr. Belle who gave us all a basil plant from his garden. We talked and laughed for hours, the day drew to a close too soon. We talked about another MiniMi in the fall if anyone is interested! As others have said before me, if you get a chance to go to a gathering, go! Or create one of your own. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, meet somewhere for coffee and pie. You’ll be richer for the experience!  

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Mr. Bellepepper carving tenderloins
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L-R/Sassyoldman,Mr. Mickdee,Mr. Bellepepper,Mr. Saveur,Mr. Molly,Mr.Marcella,Mr.MotherAnn
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Suzy with Mr. MotherAnn
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Overjoyed with basil
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Jun. 3, 2012 10:04 am
Sounds like all had a wonderful time with some great people!! And of course; tasty food as well. Seeing some familiar faces and making new friends always makes memories for a lifetime.... So glad there were no axe murderers in the group! LOL !!
Jun. 3, 2012 10:52 am
First let me SHOUT OUT a huge THANK YOU to our Sassy! She kept us all organized and posted weekly on the Buzz, encouraging everyone to come and join us. Thank you Sassy for all your efforts!
Jun. 3, 2012 10:53 am
The Bellepeppers had so, so, so much fun hosting this year’s annual Buckeye Bash! We were delighted to welcome everyone! The food was fab, but the new friendships made and the old ones renewed really is what makes these gatherings memorable! And thanks to many of you for the wonderful hostess gifts; certainly not necessary; but your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated! And thank you to Lady Sparkle for gifting all of us a sampling of her beautiful needlework. Oh, we did have such a wonderful time, and it was over far too quickly! I would encourage all of you to join in and get yourselves to one of these round-ups.! I’ve never known of anyone who has been disappointed and Misty, nope, not a single axe murderer has shown up yet, LOL!
Jun. 3, 2012 10:57 am
My goodness what a blog and wonderful pictures! Thought about you folks having a blast all day. Crossing my fingers I can get to one of the gatherings to join the fun and friendship!
Jun. 3, 2012 11:31 am
Oohh I wished I could go, but life is busy. So maybe next year!:)
Jun. 3, 2012 12:32 pm
Sounds and looks like you all had a great time! Thanks for letting us all see a glimpse of your fun time!
Jun. 3, 2012 12:37 pm
What a wonderful time!! Sassy, thank you for organizing everything!! It was great seeing you! Thank you, Belle, for providing a beautiful venue to gather and enjoy the day! Had a ball! It was great to see everyone and meet Molly and MotherAnn! The food was incredible! Thank you LadySparkle for your thoughtful gift from a far.I thought it was great all the guys had a fun time as well! It is worth the time and effort to get yourself to one of these happy occasions and spend time with some amazing people!! Til next year(or Mini-MI)!!! :D
Jun. 3, 2012 1:15 pm
It is so great to see you all! I understand fully the joy these meetings bring! We all know each other quite well from the Buzz, so when we finally meet, it's just like a slice of heaven! Very nice! Someone needs to win the very big lottery so that we can all get rides to all the get togethers! Thanks for the blog and photos!
Jun. 3, 2012 2:41 pm
Oh, I could do THAT every day! Well, every week, maybe. So, so much fun. Thank you, Sassy and Belle for making it happen, and thanks to all who made the drive so we could have the pleasure of your company. We all get along so well, I wonder if the other gatherings are the same way. Thanks to Lady Sparkle, and a thank you to AllRecipes for being what brought us together. (P.S. Of course, the food was spectacular, what else!)
Jun. 3, 2012 2:44 pm
I love seeing everyone's happy face! Thanks sassy :) And I agree with Marianne! Just like a little piece of heaven! I like these clothes because even if you don't want to "use" it it can be a "trivet" that you set a hot pan on or something, but I use mine all the time! Perky tools make chores more pleasant, imho.
Jun. 3, 2012 2:56 pm
I had a BLAST! Thank you so much Belle for hosting this wonderful event. Mr. MotherAnn has been talking about what a good time he had, and Suzy loved getting treats from Mr. Bellepepper! Sassy - you did a great job of organizing and LadySparkle thank you for sending us gifts, and also thank you to all the wonderful gifts and treats. The food was fabulous and so was the weather! Can't wait for the next get together!
Jun. 3, 2012 4:19 pm
:)(: I have thought about you all this weekend while getting ready for the roundup here. I am SO glad Mother Ann made it there. I bet she could host one now :) I wish I could have you all here next weekend but we are 4 states away and that is so not doable. I am so glad you all had a good time. But then, I knew you would!!!
Jun. 3, 2012 6:19 pm
Sure wish I would have made it there! Renewing last years acquaintences and making some more acquaintences would have been great.
Jun. 3, 2012 6:31 pm
Mike, I think your presence is part of the MiniMI thing-y :) I think they liked you! See you Thursday!!
Jun. 3, 2012 7:16 pm
Thanks for posting, Sassy! After our blast in Vegas, I was really hungry for news of your Bash. Aren't they fun? Can't wait to meet more of my friends!
Jun. 3, 2012 7:17 pm
Such a fantastic group of ladies (and gents)! Everyone looks awesome, so happy y'all got to enjoy each other. Looks like a perfect day!
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Jun. 4, 2012 4:29 am
What a fun time. That's it - next year I'm coming! Great pictures Sassy!
Jun. 4, 2012 6:18 am
Thanks for sharing your day with us. I know how renewing and wonderful these gatherings are. I wish I could attend all of them.
Jun. 4, 2012 6:26 am
Just awesome.... This is one of the many reasons that I love AR! Our roundup is coming up in Sept! I can't wait!!!!
Jun. 4, 2012 6:46 am
so glad you all enjoyed your day.
Jun. 4, 2012 7:21 am
What a wonderful opportunity for all of you! Sounds like a lot of fun!
Jun. 4, 2012 8:31 am
Thanks for all the thanks! I really didn't do a whole lot, but I'll take all I can get :) The gals and the hubbies are all marvelous people, I haven't met a one I didn't like yet!
Jun. 4, 2012 8:33 am
Mike, we are thinking September or October for a MiniMi. Mickdee is heading to Florida early this year. Would love to see you again, maybe we can play musical chairs this time so everyone gets to gab with everyone! And I promise to stay away from the martinis!
Jun. 4, 2012 8:33 am
Hope the Midwest gang has a blast next weekend too!
Jun. 4, 2012 3:32 pm
So happy that you had a wonderful time. I love seeing all of the ARpeeps getting together. It is so much fun. Just wish I could have been there. Maybe next year. Thanks for posting all of those great photos too.
Jun. 4, 2012 5:34 pm
What a beautiful group of people. I just finished hosting my Las Vegas Blow out and I am ready to go again :) These gatherings are absolutely addictive. BTW I will be hosting my next blow out in Maui, Oct. 2013. Come on over. Airfare should be cheaper in the "shoulder" season and my gf has a bunch of condos we can rent/share on the beach of west Maui. Start saving your pennies kids!
Jun. 5, 2012 6:16 am
I love reading the get-together blogs. Your menu sounds delish and the company looks fabulous! I especially like seeing all the husbands. I'll just bet that Suzy is a charmer. Thank you for sharing your day with us!
Jun. 7, 2012 9:42 pm
Yyeeaahh Sassy! You can really tell you had a Marvelous time! You ladies/guys look Great!! Friends for a lifetime:):)
Jun. 8, 2012 7:40 pm
Oh my! I must be out of the loop. This was so close to home & I missed out! Hopefully in the fall! Sounds like an awesome time!
Jun. 9, 2012 6:55 am
You have to come to the buzz more often KGora, I posted about it since March LOL, driving everyone to distraction I think. Check back periodically for update on MiniMI. Mickdee will probably do a blog on it, if not you will find it here! Or send me an e-mail and I can update you when we decide on what's up!
Jun. 10, 2012 5:25 am
Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. I'm late in reading since I was out of town. I sure hope I can make next years Buck Eye bash and meet you all. Looks like Belle and Mr. Belle did a terrific job hosting.
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