It's All About the Peeps
May 11, 2012 7:38 pm
Updated: May 21, 2012 5:35 pm
Peeps. What are peeps? AR peeps. The people that congregate here to look for recipes, share recipes and foodie tips, chit chat on The Buzz, or post blogs about food, family or just life in general.
I've been using recipes from AR for years, back when there were individual "cookbooks" that you selected from and then searched for your recipes, and I have no idea how long ago that was.
Not sure what caught my eye first, the Recipe Exchange (now The Buzz) or the blogs, but I certainly remember the first blog that I read. A heart-wrenching blog from a man whose wife had a stroke. Having never read a blog, I was stunned by this outpouring
of personal trauma. Quite frankly, I thought the wife was the member and that her husband was posting in her stead to let everyone know what happened. I didn't realize that I would come to "know" gderr through his blogs and eventually figure out that he
was the blogger and that his dear wife was referred to as "cooking challenged." However, what impressed me the most was the flood of good wishes and prayers to someone in their time of need. On a cooking website?
When checking on the Recipe Exchange, I became aware of familiar names that would pop up on a regular basis. Always offering a kind word, a recipe or a helpful hint for any who asked. The first AR peep I remember in such a way was Baking Nana.
I'm sure you all have your own stories about how you came to be on AR and most could probably say that they stumbled onto the site and heck, the name is easy to remember. But it's the peeps that keep me coming here. And having the opportunity to meet some
of these folks? Truly the most wonderful memories.
First stop - Cat Hill's near Kansas City where the hostess with the mostest put on the first Midwest Round-up. Next stop, Vegas Baby! A wonderful get-together hosted by MauiGirl and getting to meet a whole slew of AR peeps. It started a chain reaction by
connecting with my Vegas roomie, Lady Sparkle. Which led to an Indiana adventure (Thelma & Louise-style) with Sparkle Britches. And the cycle continues. Vegas next week, 3rd Annual Midwest Round-up in June with Mike Harvey & his lovely wife and Lady Sparkle
coming to my house to then continue on to Kansas City. There are other meet-ups scheduled around the country and if you have the opportunity to meet with any of these wonderful AR peeps, just DO IT! Then you'll know why "It's All About the Peeps."