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Birds of a Feather... 
Dec. 5, 2012 4:34 am 
Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 6:51 pm

You know the saying - "Birds of a feather, flock together." Well that was certainly true this past weekend. A flock of AR peeps (peeps - birds, get it?) gathered in Southern California at Baking Nana's home for a festive holiday gathering. A big thank you to her and No Baking Papa for opening their home and their hearts to these wayward travelers.

Home is where the heart is and peeps from all over the place migrated their way "home". California was well represented from one end of the state to the other while Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Illinois (that's me!) also flew in.

While Baking Nana will have done her blog about the party, I'd like to focus on a couple of the more unusual happenings during our party weekend.

Keeping with this blog's theme about birds, Candice from Oregon was going to be attending. Having met this lovely lady on other occasions, as well as Cat Hill and Soup Loving Nicole from the Midwest, they all share a common interest...chickens. They raise their own chickens. While perusing various items at the checkout counter at our local Rural King store (can you tell we're in farm country?), I came across an item that would make a great gift for these three chicks. I sent the items to the Midwest gals and personally gave Candice's gift to her and asked her to read the accompanying letter out loud. She asked if it was going to make her cry. Mmmm.... nope, don't think so.

To my fine feathered friends and little chickadees, some gorgeous chicks and the rulers of their roost, I couldn't pass up this opportunity to provide you with a little something for this holiday season.

Now I won't make any mention of old hens, spring chickens or pooped pullets because I don't want to ruffle any feathers.
You gals are fearless, not chicken-hearted, chicken-livered or hen pecked.

Wish we could all get up with the chickens and get together for a great hen party where birds of a feather can flock together.
And that's no chicken s**t! (Well maybe just a little...)

Love you all!!
Lora (a/k/a Magnolia Blossom)

And the gift? A tube of Free Range Chicken Poop lip balm (and no, there isn't any icky stuff in it.) Everyone enjoyed a good laugh over that one. Especially after I read a text I had received from Cat Hill that day that said "Well s**t the bed, I've got chicken poop on my lips."

And speaking of poop, on Friday a group of us went to Riverside to a great restaurant called Phood on Main where Chef Marla created her own seasoning line. Lissa thought she was seeing things when she saw a reference on the menu to Super S**t. Whaat? Chef Marla discovered that we were AR peeps and entertained us with her stories about how she came to the area and her special blend of seasoning called Super S**t. There is no salt & pepper on the tables, just Super S**t, which can be purchased from the restaurant as well as her other spice blends - Bull S**t (great on beef), Cow S**t (buttery), Jack S**t (cheesy), Hot S**t (self-explanatory), and No S**t (no salt). Still keeping our bird theme going, Chef Marla provides us with a tasting of a restaurant specialty, Topless Duck (slow cooked duck thighs/no breast). All I can say is Holy S**t! That was good stuff.

What a wonderful weekend with friends, old and new! As I was "winging" my way back to Illinois on a relatively small bird (plane), I had a permanent grin plastered on my face as I was fondly recalling our adventures. Oh, wait...the grin faltered somewhat, now a slight grimace. Why, you might ask? The problem with small planes? Poor air circulation...not a good thing when the guy in front of me had too many chicken enchiladas and the "end result" wasn't very pleasant. Where was that flight attendant with the air mask when you need her? Poop!

Aaahh...back to my own feathered nest in Illinois. Sniff...already missing my fellow peeps. As in my past blogs of AR adventures, I encourage anyone that has a chance to meet an AR peep to take the opportunity to do so. You never know where your next friend will come from.
Dec. 5, 2012 4:45 am
Great blog MB! You always quack me up! It sounds like you birds had a great time. Although that flight home sounds like it was pretty fowl. Thanks for sharing.
Dec. 5, 2012 4:49 am
Sounds like you had a wonderful time.Interesting read,loved it.The picture is great.Next time you go on a plane,you might want to bring a gas mask(ha ha).
Dec. 5, 2012 4:51 am
OC, great comment! Hehe, thanks for playing along.
Dec. 5, 2012 4:51 am
We had a great time manella, thanks for stopping in. (Gas mask on my packing list.)
Dec. 5, 2012 5:15 am
Nice job, Magnolia! Cute stuff! Sounds like you all had a ball and happy everyone was able to make some nice memories together!!
Dec. 5, 2012 5:40 am
Great blog there, Magnolia! Wish we could have made the Phood scene with you all. You are one sneaky gal, coming in secretly like you did!
Dec. 5, 2012 5:51 am
mickdee, we had a blast!
Dec. 5, 2012 5:52 am
Marianne, I learned from the best - mauigirl...
Dec. 5, 2012 5:54 am
Good morning, Magnolia Blossom. I love the theme of your blog! If we are a bunch of hens then bd.weld is the lone rooster in the flock. What a great weekend we had together. Thank you!
Dec. 5, 2012 6:20 am
A gas mask might make the TSA folks nervous a la DB Cooper. I hear that homicide detectives smear Vaporub on their upper lip to block noxious odors. Glad you had such fun - thanks for letting me enjoy it vicariously!
Dec. 5, 2012 6:21 am
Well I was up with the chickens and I wandered over to my mac and what should I of my favorite AR peeps crowing about our wonderful weekend. As always, I had a ball but the time flew by way too fast and I am ready to fly the coop and do it all over again. Much love to you and all our AR friends.....and that's NOT chicken sh#t XOXOXOXOXO PS You and Jennifer scared the stuffing out of me when you suddenly hatched at the airport!
Dec. 5, 2012 6:57 am
And, what a nice photo! --->When I 'clicked' onto the photo, it enlarged!
Dec. 5, 2012 7:27 am
What fun you all had in Southern California. Flying on small planes-did that don't like it in turbulent weather.
Dec. 5, 2012 8:13 am
MB: Wonderful blog to match our wonderful weekend! Wasn't it just the best time ever? The bottle of Jack S#!t that I purchased was given to my co-worker named Jack this morning. He was thrilled. (I don't care if the rooster did crow, now that I've commented, I'm going to bed.)
Dec. 5, 2012 8:40 am
It was so great to see you again Lora!! Glad you made it home safe and sound, even though a bit smelly from what I read. LOL!! Until we meet again my friend!!
Dec. 5, 2012 9:05 am
-a-doodle do, now that's something to crow about!! Reading your post was like re-living the whole wonderful event. I'm glad I flew the coop to venture out in the AR Peeps world and meet all you wonderful peeps. BTW, fed my chicky some oatmeal, but ran out of time to sit and have breakfast with I'll see when I get home if she liked it or not. Thanks for all your hen wisdom. - Angelica
Dec. 5, 2012 9:06 am
That's supposed to be c0ck-a-doodle do...I start my day being censored out. LOL.
Dec. 5, 2012 9:15 am
Well, poop! So sorry I couldn't get to this meet-up, but the timing was all wrong. Thanks for sharing a bit for me to grin about, MB!
Dec. 5, 2012 6:08 pm
Ok... I'm cracking up as usual. Love, love, love this blog. And, I totally love everyone playing along too. Especially love how cleaver our Mauigirl's response was. See, this is why I keep flying the coop to cluck around with the AR flock. Our hen parties are always so dang much fun. Thank you again MB for the lip gloss. I've actually been wearing it every day. Who knew chicken poop was good for your lips?
Dec. 5, 2012 7:14 pm
Candice.....must remember that we finally have a rooster and his missus in our hen house. Aren't they the best!?
Dec. 5, 2012 7:59 pm
You are getting good at surprise visits! You had a great time so a little bit of bowel essence shouldn't mar you memory of the weekend. After all, you are the one that passed out chicken poop for folks to put on their lips!
Dec. 6, 2012 7:26 pm
Poor bd, being the only rooster, I hope he didn't feel henpecked.
Dec. 6, 2012 7:27 pm
LOL, janet7th, I just held my breath for half the flight. Who needs oxygen anyway?
Dec. 6, 2012 7:28 pm
Hehe, good job mauigirl. So glad that the surprise we hatched came out so well.
Dec. 6, 2012 7:28 pm
Great fun, thanks for stopping in Lela.
Dec. 6, 2012 7:30 pm
So glad you had a good time bikerfamily. Isn't it amazing what happens when you take that first leap of faith? Lunch in Washington to winging your way to CA.
Dec. 6, 2012 7:31 pm
Noemi - loved the ziti! Good to see you too and can't wait until our next adventure.
Dec. 6, 2012 7:32 pm
1st Lady, you got bleeped! I thought for sure I would get edited for throwing so much s**t out there. Great meeting you and hope to see you again.
Dec. 6, 2012 7:32 pm
1st Lady, I guess it was "fowl" language, LOL!
Dec. 6, 2012 7:33 pm
Bibi, I love the idea of putting a grin on that beautiful face of yours. Miss you!
Dec. 6, 2012 7:36 pm
Hehe Candice, if you use the chicken poop lip balm, your lipstick won't "feather".
Dec. 6, 2012 7:37 pm
Thanks for stopping in Mike. LOL, please note that I don't have chicken poop on MY lips.
Dec. 7, 2012 6:59 am
FUNNY SH!T! !! Great Blog Lora! ! SSOOOO wonderful to see my Lovely chicks:):)
Dec. 7, 2012 10:15 am
Time for me to "chirp" in! "Too many chicken enchiladas" had me "cackling" pretty loudly in front of my computer!! Sounds like you chickies had a nice time! Thanks for making us feel like we flew to coop with you!
Dec. 7, 2012 10:53 am
Great seeing you Patty Cakes!
Dec. 7, 2012 10:54 am
Mi (love your new name), I feel lucky no one mentioned bird brained or tarred & feathered, LOL!
Dec. 8, 2012 5:12 am
MB what a wonderful blog! This chickie cannot wait for the next get together when I can see you and LS again! Maybe we should plan to fly together next time, is two or three enough for a gaggle?
Dec. 9, 2012 7:20 pm
Would have LOVED to be there! I am a bird of the same feather too! I have been housebound for weeks taking care of a loved one with terminal cancer (my RM). My thoughts are with you all. Looks like you had a lot of fun!
Dec. 10, 2012 9:57 am
LOL! I really like that chicken poop, I marveled at how you could find such a thing! I know you all had fun getting together. Who can't at an AR gathering? You'll also be happy to know the swelling is going down but I do find it annoyingly limiting :)(:
Dec. 10, 2012 11:29 am
So glad you pulled off your surprise and had a good time, but how could you NOT? ! :) LOL!! Cracking me up AGAIN!!
Dec. 10, 2012 3:28 pm
I LOVE my poop Lora! I've developed quite an addiction to the way it feels on my lips. And, I am not one for quirky habits but for some reason just seconds after I put it on, I make this pucker smack kiss movement/sound. You've created a monster! Thank you so much for my treat and for thinking of me. Looks like you gals and guy had a blast. So wish I could have been there but maybe next time. You are such a sweetheart and I can't wait to see you again.
Dec. 10, 2012 4:53 pm
Sounds like a fun time, as usual. Thanks for sharing and for posting the photo too. Nice to see you again!
Dec. 10, 2012 7:44 pm
Lucky Noodles, I'd love to be in a gaggle with you, LOL!
Dec. 10, 2012 7:45 pm
Cat, you just never know what you can find at the checkout counter at a farm supply store. No National Enquirer there, LOL. Glad the hand is getting better!
Dec. 10, 2012 7:46 pm
Thanks for pooping (I mean popping) in, LS. Can't wait until some of us birds get together in the spring.
Dec. 10, 2012 7:47 pm
SLN, mmwaa!!! Is that the pucker-type sound you're making? Can't wait to see you again too. Keep an eye out for Cat Hill's spring round-up in June. I'm sure we'll be emailing back and forth.
Dec. 10, 2012 7:48 pm
A great time IN Peggy! Thanks for checking in.
Dec. 10, 2012 10:39 pm
Awesome blog! I had tons of fun hanging out with you! You are quite clever and humorous!
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