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February 25th, 2012 - Dennis-754668 said:

Thats funny bout not recognizing your own chili Tim. I had the same problemo with the one I brought... In fact when I did find out which one was mine later on I looked at my notes to see what I wrote about it... It was a thumbs down... hehe...

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February 15th, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Michelle, it was so nice to meet you! Thank you so very much for making the trip!

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February 13th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

Had a SUPER time at the Chili cook-off! A BIG thanks to Rob, Dawn, and Chris for their efforts in organizing this event! It gets bigger and better every year! Also enjoyed meeting new CM'ers. A Special thanks to Bill for promoting chili #14 when it was time for the voting! I didn't realize at the time it was my entry! lol

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February 10th, 2012 - Ann-266128 said:

It's good to have a job, Patty! But we'll miss seeing you:(

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February 10th, 2012 - Patty-148888 said:

Mark the extra dessert off the list. I will be working tomorrow evening. I hope there is another CM Indy get together soon. I will be thinking of y'all havin a blast!!

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February 10th, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Michelle, hopefully someone has told you about our chilly temp's here right now. (Thank goodness Super Bowl was last week so all could enjoy unseasonably warm temp's!). Just want to make sure you bring some cold weather garments with you dear.

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February 10th, 2012 - Helen-407474 said:

Hmmmm....Tim, still sizing up the competition, huh? You're not worried about having the crown taken away this year are you??? teehee...(stirring the 'competitive' pot a bit) ;) .

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February 10th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

Does anyone know if Christine from KY is coming? I saw some mention of her bourbon chili in the get-togethers thread a while back?

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February 9th, 2012 - Helen-407474 said:

Thanks, Dennis...the pressure became too much - LOL, yes, we will do the euchre thing another time....enjoy the Corona's, they sound mighty tasty especially with all the good fixins you guys are whipping up!

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February 9th, 2012 - Dennis-754668 said:

Helen, I'll drink a Corona for ya, and maybe you can learn how to euchre some other time

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February 8th, 2012 - Patty-148888 said:

Hi Everyone! I can't believe another opportunity to see my new CM friends is just a few days away! I am still a fence sitter and waiting to see what my work schedule will be. In the event I am able to show up, may I bring another dessert (noticed only 2 desserts, so far) Okay, Michelle (PA) don't laugh! I would also be happy to bring any type of extras (chips, drinks, cheese, etc) you might still need.

I won't need Hotel Rob and I won't be attending Mass this time. I am (hopefully) looking forward to coming and enjoying the fun, food and fellowship again!!

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February 8th, 2012 - Elizabeth-140578 said:

I am bringing a variety of hot Mexican appetizers. Looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone.

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February 8th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

William - That sounds great! Looking forward to meeting you. Have you requested my contact information from Dawn (58330) yet? She has that info for you.

Monica - Two registrations for "Hotel Rob" have cancelled for this weekend, so we have several openings. I'll jot your name down for a room... or spot on the floor ;) Do you know yet if you are able to come for sure?

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February 7th, 2012 - Andrew-85878 said:

Countown To Chili... won't be long now. ;)

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February 7th, 2012 - Helen-407474 said:

Thanks, Mary. I will be watching out for those other get-togethers and of course you Indy folks are always welcome over this way! As far as pitch-in items, has anyone signed up to bring the antacids...with all that chilli I think some folks might need them. :) Hope you all have a great time...safe travels.

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February 7th, 2012 - Regina-493579 said:

Rob, do you need anything pitch in items for breakfast?

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February 7th, 2012 - Christina-50555 said:

Deanne, Rob is the spread sheet King.....

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February 7th, 2012 - Josie-633617 said:

I wish I can come but I will joined you in others event in the summer . Happy Valentines to all of you there and regards. and have fun with great chili food.

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February 7th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

Aww Helen, we'll miss you - but keep watching for another Event. You know we have them throughout the year. Have a wonderful St. Valentines Day!

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February 6th, 2012 - Helen-407474 said:

:( I'm sorry to say that I won't be able to attend afterall...hope this doesn't mess up the food thing, doubt that it will....and this will create one more vacancy at Hotel Rob. ;) I really am going to miss seeing my friends and meeting new friends as well. Hopefully it won't be long when I can get together with you all!! Have a great time!!!

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February 6th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

Mass-yes, meet at Rob's-yes, staying at my sister's, venison chili entry, breakfast-yes,

making breakfast pizza

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February 4th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

I see the "flack" is in full force! LOL I'm sure Deanne will continue with her verbal sparring right up to next Saturday? I can't wait to see everybody! It's gonna be fun!!

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February 3rd, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

ATTENTION!!! - The following people need to get in contact with me on FB, Dawn (58330) on CM or post here what you will be bringing for your pitch-in item(s). I have suggestions I can give out too.

Christina - 50555

Donna - 221691

Elizabeth - 140578

John - 622425

John - 49562

Sharon - 682513

William - 815534

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February 3rd, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Thank you Rosemarie for entering the chili cook off. Let's see if you can defeat last year's winner (and two-time champ) Tim-100809.

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February 3rd, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Michelle - Sunday breakfast is usually 10 or 10:30 a.m. because we usually stay up very late at these events. I'm going to five blood so I'll sign us up for the same time. I'll make it as close to 2:00 p.m. as I can. Thanks on behalf of my parish :)

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February 3rd, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Rob, I can put a crock of chili together as well. It's no problem. If Lucy needs an air mattress I'll bring mine.

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February 3rd, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Lucy - I'll send you a message on FB with some suggestions. I still have room at Hotel Rob, so you've got a spot... don't forget your air mattress, bedding and pillow :)

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February 3rd, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

The following people have signed up on CM to come to this event, but have not given any needed information. Can each of you please contact either Dawn (56330) on CM or me on FB?

Elizabeth - 140578

John - 622425

John - 49562

Patrick - 723080

Tom - 526617

Are you still coming? If so we need to collect some information from you. Please contact someone soon, we are 8 days out form the event.

Thanks,

Rob

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February 3rd, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Monica - with Celine not coming, you only need to bring one item. Since we're short of chili entries for potentially 40+ attendees, will you please stick with making chili? Can you please promise to come down again and bring that secret recipe of yours? I love mushrooms and your bacon stuffed mushrooms sound wonderful :)

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February 3rd, 2012 - Lucy-41785 said:

Adding my name to the attendee list. Will be going to Mass. I think I'll be stopping by the house first, but if not, I know my way around a bit. ;) Overnight at Rob's. Please tell me what is needed for meals or whatever.

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February 2nd, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

One of our events ran all the way through Sunday so we ate the leftover brunch food for dinner! Rob, I too remember running out of chili AND b'fast casseroles at past events - it's hard to judge how much to bring, how much folks will eat, who will come last minute, who will bring larger quantities.....but I definitely agree I'd rather we have too MUCH than not enough.

Remember -if you have special dietary requirements (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.) be sure to bring something you can eat so you don't go hungry. The coffee we make in the morning is regular. If anyone wants decaf, be sure to bring some instant or single-cup packets for yourself.

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February 2nd, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Monica - Can I please take you up on your previous offer to make an appetizer? That can be Celine's pitch-in item. You can make either the stuffed mushrooms or the bacon wrapped chestnuts...they both sound fantastic. Please let me know which you're making, as I may assign the other to someone else. Thanks!

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February 2nd, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Rob L. - Yes, we've had too much food at some past events, but we've also run out of chili at previous chili cook offs. We're doing our best to make sure we can feed the 40+ people that we are expecting (dinner, snacks & breakfast... plus some meals later on Sunday for those staying later). At the end of the day, I'd much rather have too much food people can take back home than run short.

I've got you chips, coffee cake & non-carb. beverage down for your pitch-in. Thanks for bringing these items.

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February 2nd, 2012 - Rob-598533 said:

I should be able to bring 3 different kinds of chips, a coffee cake and a noncarbonated beverage. However, it was suggested to me that maybe the group's getting more food than it needs. Evidently there has been an oversupply on some previous weekends.

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February 2nd, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Okie dokie dear (Nancy). Thank you dear.

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February 1st, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

My parish is holding a blood drive on Sunday, February 12th from 8 am to 2 pm... if anyone who is coming for breakfast wants to donate, let me know and I'll sign you up for the time of your choice (if available). Please reply ASAP as time slots are filling up.

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February 1st, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Miss Nancy, I too have an air mattress I can bring. I look forward to seeing everyone as well!

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February 1st, 2012 - Helen-407474 said:

Hey all, Appreciate the offer Nancy but I think I will keep my reservation at Hotel Rob. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

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February 1st, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

Wow, leave this page for a few days and look at all the action!! The response is fantastic, and I can't wait to see everyone. Every event just gets better and better. :)

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February 1st, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Nancy - Please just keep me updated. Also, if I run out of room, I'll let you know if anyone else wants to stay at my house.

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February 1st, 2012 - Regina-493579 said:

Rob,

Mark me down for Ugly Dip(Cheese Ball thingie). Anything for breakfast? I will be going with the group to church, no for the overnite but will return for breakfast in the morning.

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February 1st, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

If anyone from CM who is not part of CAMA Indy on FB needs my address... please contact Dawn 58330 or Mary 363093 and they will send you my info in a private message.

If you are part of CAMA Indy or a FB friend, contact me there for my info.

THANKS!!! This event is less than two weeks away! Whoo Hoo!!!

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February 1st, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Nancy - I see on the comments below that Rosemarie is staying at your house. Have the other three ladies confirmed with you too? I'm trying to keep tabs on the overnight guests at my house, so I would appreciate confirmation with these and any others that are staying with you. Thanks a bunch!

Monica - Your cousin Celine is welcome to come. If you don't mind making a chili and bringing it along, that would be great. For the number of people coming we need a few more chili cooks to enter the contest. Just make it in a crock pot and bring it along. We can heat it up after you arrive. Whoo Hoo!!! Two more guests!!!

Regina - I concur with Donna about the cheese ball, that would be a good idea. If I think of anything else, I'll let you know. Are you attending Mass with the group? Are you staying overnight at my house? Will you be here for breakfast?

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January 31st, 2012 - Donna-83441 said:

@Regina..Another one of those Cheese Ball/Dip thingies you brought to the Christmas party..YUM!

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January 31st, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Thank you Nancy. I too am excited to meet you! (Hug)

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January 31st, 2012 - Regina-493579 said:

Rob,

Let me know where you need items for the pitchin.

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January 30th, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Nancy, I will plan on staying. I am not a paid subscriber to this site anymore, so please share your information with Dawn or Mary and they can relay it to me. Not sure I'll make the 6 a.m. Sunday. We'll see how late we're up the night/morning. Ah fun times ahead.

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January 30th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Nancy, thank you very much for being so gracious as to offer your house for "overflow" guests. I was just mapping out how much room I had left at my house, so your timing was perfect. I see Rosemarie has already taken you up on your offer :) I've got you down for a chili entry & dessert for Saturday and a breakfast casserole for Sunday breakfast. We won't need bowls, however, as that is part of my contribution for the contest. Looking forward to meeting you.

Bob, it was nice to meet you this past Saturday too. I understand you can't make it this time, but keep an eye out for future Indy events this summer. Take care & God bless you.

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January 30th, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Nancy, I may take you up on your offer dear. Thank you so much for offering to do so!

Robert, so glad you, Alisa and Corey came. I truly enjoyed meeting you all and sharing some smiles and good times. There is NO doubt we'll have fun at this cookoff!!!

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January 30th, 2012 - Robert-618938 said:

Nice meeting some of you at Chicago Snow Days., I can't make this, I hope to next time ... Have fun!!

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January 29th, 2012 - Dawn-58330 said:

Wow! Nancy, that is fabulous of you to offer to help "house" visitors! I'll be in touch with you via CM email. Hopefully you can respond; if not, please let us know here.

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January 28th, 2012 - Helen-407474 said:

Uh...ya...right, Dennis...just a friendly, little game.....Sharon, look out....he talks nice but.....;)

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January 27th, 2012 - Dennis-754668 said:

Helen,it would be just a friendly game...hehe...

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January 27th, 2012 - Helen-407474 said:

Sharon, While I am not a euchre player there are some diehard players (aaahemmm...Dennis???), I might be learning though while there or not????

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January 26th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Rob L. - We need to confirm how many bags of chips (potato, tortilla, pretzels, Doritos, e.g.) are being brought. Can you please bring 3 bags of different kinds?

Diane - I've got you down with your info. Glad you can come! Another chili... Whoo Hoo!!!

Sharon - So glad you can make it and that your friend John will join us too! We'll see you at Mass. This Saturday, we will be brainstorming to come up with some additional things we need and I'll post them on Sunday. Look back then please. Lastly, can you please provide your friend John's last name initial? We've got a couple of John's coming already and I just want to keep them straight. Thanks!

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January 26th, 2012 - Diane-45604 said:

Hi All! My status will be:

possibly mass (will meet at Rob's)

chili entry

local, so no overnight.

Looking forward to having a great time again, seeing old friends and meeting new ones! A big thanks to Rob, Chris B., Mary L., and anyone else who is helping with this great event!

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January 26th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

OK Rob, breakfast pizza it is!

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January 26th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Michelle - Please pick up some hot cocoa. We won't need coffee as there is already some in my freezer. You're all set with your pitch-ins.

Ann - I've got you down for Mass as a 'maybe'. If you could please bring a dessert, that will work. If we need any last minute items, I'll let you know.

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January 25th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Rob L. ---- Can you please make that a coffee cake? Eric just notified me that he's bringing English muffins. Thanks!

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January 25th, 2012 - Ann-266128 said:

Hey, Rob:) I don't know about Mass. Looks like dessert and some chips or something might be a good pitch in. If something else is needed, you know I'm always happy to bring a fill in. Overnight at home! Can't wait!!!

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January 25th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Rob - Forgot to mention to go ahead and bring a non-carbonated beverage. Edward, yourself and other people may partake on that. Thanks!

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January 25th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Tim - Your breakfast pizza was great the last time. There is only one breakfast casserole FOR SURE right now, so I'll ask you to make that again. Thanks for offering!

Rob - Yes to the chips, but I don't think cereal is a good idea for breakfast, as we make a hot breakfast. Perhaps you can pick up a pack of English muffins or a coffee cake.

Rosemarie - I'll put you down for your dessert. Glad you can make it.

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January 25th, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Rob, I'll plan to bring a finger dessert of some sort, cookies or such.

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January 25th, 2012 - Dennis-754668 said:

Hey Rob, a good non carbonated drink is Captain Morgan...hehe...

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January 25th, 2012 - Rob-598533 said:

I could bring some chips for dinner and some cereal for breakfast. Let me know if a non-carbonated drink might be helpful. I would certainly drink it as I (like Edward) don't really care for carbonated drinks.

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January 25th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

Rob, I won't have enough time to get that made. I can make breakfast pizza if you'd like or I can fill in with something else?

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January 25th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Breakfast Menu... So Far:

-1 or 2 breakfast casseroles

-cheesy potatoes

-fruit salad

-donuts or muffins

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January 25th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Dinner Menu... So Far:

-7 Chili Entries

-creamed corn casserole

-bread & dip

-veggies & dip

-hearty dip

-1 or 2 desserts

-saltine crackers

-(possibly) roasted, spiced pecans

-(possibly) 2 side dishes

-(possibly) "chili pie" fixins' of Fritos and sour cream

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January 25th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

I looked through all the comments here, in the forum thread and on FB to compile my lists below. My apologies if I got something wrong.

Tim - I saw some banter btw Helen and you about making your walnut whirl... listed it with a question mark. That's a lot of work (as you posted on FB when you made it earlier) so I'll replace it with something else if you like.

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January 25th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Current Attendee List (Part B) with Info as of 1/24/12. Please post any missing info or if there's an error in the list below. I'll post updated lists. Thanks!

Lissette: Arrive - Sat. / Mass - Yes / Meet - ? / Dinner Pitch-In - ? / Overnight - Rob's / B'fast Pitch-In - ?

Mary B.: Arrive - Sat. / Mass - Yes / Meet - Rob's / Dinner Pitch-In - Chili Entry, veggies & dip / Overnight - Rob's / B'fast Pitch-In - ?

Mary L.: Arrive - Sat. / Mass - Yes / Meet - Rob's / Dinner Pitch-In - saltine crackers / Overnight - No / B'fast Pitch-In - B'fast casserole?

Mary S.: Arrive - Sat. / Mass - ? / Meet - ? / Dinner Pitch-In - ? / Overnight - No / Bfast Pitch-In - n/a

Michelle (GA): Arrive - Sat. / Mass - Yes / Meet - Rob's / Dinner Pitch-In - something sweet or roasted, spiced pecans / Overnight - Hotel / B'fast Pitch-In - ?

Nancy: Need all info please.

Patrick: Need all info please.

Rob L.: Arrive - Fri. or Sat. / Mass - Yes / Meet - Rob's / Dinner Pitch-In - ? / Overnight - Rob's / B'fast Pitch-In - ?

Rob S. (Host): Arrive - n/a / Mass - Yes / Meet - n/a / Dinner Pitch-In - paper goods, chili entry (if needed) / Overnight n/a / B'fast Pitch-In - paper goods, cheesy potatoes

Tim O.: Need all info please.

Tim T.: Arrive - Sat. / Mass - Yes / Meet - Rob's / Dinner Pitch-In - Chili Entry / Overnight - ? / B'fast Pitch-In - walnut whirl?

Tom (IN): Need all info please.

Tom G. (IL): Arrive - Sat. / Mass - Yes / Meet - ? / Dinner Pitch-In - Chili Entry / Overnight - Rob's / B'fast Pitch-In - ?

William: Arrive - Sat. / Mass - Yes / Meet - ? / Dinner Pitch-In - ? / Overnight - No / B'fast Pitch-In - n/a

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January 24th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

Ok, status update. Venison chili entry, mass, staying at my sister's, and what do you want me to make for breakfast?

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January 23rd, 2012 - Edward-4511 said:

I may be hitting the grocery store some night this week, so would like to pick up my "pitch-in" item since I'm not bringing chili. What shall I bring? Crackers? Cookies? Do we have non-carbonated beverages for folks like me who don't care for the "fizz"?

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January 23rd, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

I'll plan to attend (unless I find out late that I have to work that night). I'll be there for mass. I'll likely not be spending the night.

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January 23rd, 2012 - Donna-83441 said:

I have somehow ended up with several cans of creamed corn (and I don't even like it) So I'm going to make up a creamed corn casserole.. In my daily Food Network email the other day I got a recipe for a Chile Cheese Breakfast Casserole..Thought I might give that a whirl for breakfast.. I will be staying at Robs as usual..

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January 23rd, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

We're just a few weeks away from the big event! You fence-sitters in the " Maybe" column need to make that all important decision to attend! You'll have a terrific time...we guarantee it! I enjoy the "flack" Deanne. Bring it! lol Has anyone heard if Ms. Ketchup is attending? lol

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January 22nd, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

Hi Mary B! Just wanted you to know I will have the breakfast pizza recipe for you when I come to the chili cook-off. Sounds like the competition is going to be tough this year? Deanne has given me plenty of flack already and it just won't be the same if she can't make it!

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January 21st, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

Glad the numbers are equaling out a bit - now the guys can't use the 'outnumbered' excuse when they lose in board games. :P (That as for Andrew mostly!)

I'll see you all at mass. I'm not bringing a chili entry. If nobody is bringing saltines yet, I can bring a few boxes. I'm sleeping at home, but will be back for breakfast. Want me to make a bfast casserole too, or did I previously say I'd bring something else? It's been a while since we first started talking about this - might need a status update on who is bringing what to figure out what's still needed for pitch ins.

Is anyone coming to town early and wants to see a bit of our fair city? There are a few of us who can play tour guide, but we need advance notice to work out our schedules. Thanks.

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January 20th, 2012 - Donna-83441 said:

Just a heads up.. If you are attending you need to click on the RSVP on the right hand side.. Welcome to all our new attendee's. We have a well deserved reputation for having a lot of fun at our Events!!

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January 18th, 2012 - Dawn-58330 said:

Getting SO excited about this event!! Deana, so sorry you won't be joining us. Excellent "numbers" Rob!!! But I think we need more people to join us-- especially more MEN!!! :) ;) Michelle, if someone is trying to contact you, they can contact me for information of any kind. Please don't be shy, whomever you are! I promise that my emails don't bite.

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January 18th, 2012 - Christina-50555 said:

Rob that is great news, and I had another e-mail this morning for another person that wants to attend with a friend. I forwarded the e-mail to you for tracking purposes.

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January 17th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

ALERT!!! As of 5:00 pm (EDT) on Tuesday, 1/17/2012... there are 21people signed up as 'attending'... 11 women and 10 men... if this ratio holds out, we could set a record for CM events (LOL!!!!!)

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January 16th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

Thanks Deanne! You know me way too well! LOL I was hoping to see you at the Snow Days venue, but work messed that up. Sorry to hear you won't make it down for the chili cook-off.

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January 16th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

So, Ann gets to keep her gold medal but we have to give back the trophies?? How about Mary's friend Chris who now lives in Alaska? I'll bet she's not mailing her trophy in! LOL I'm just a sore winner! I'm still planning on being there but work already messed up my plans to attend Snow Days!

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January 15th, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Michelle, I would not worry about getting something for morning. There is always so much food at the Indy gatherings. No one should go away hungry!

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January 15th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Deanne - BUMMER! I know you'd be here if you could. You & Rachel will be missed!

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January 12th, 2012 - Dennis-754668 said:

Lisa, if we can get a game of euchre goin you may not get home by 10.

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January 12th, 2012 - Dennis-754668 said:

Goin to church with everyone and will just be hanging out Saturday eve... Will be bringin the "Pyro Chili" and some ice cold Corona. Not sure about a sidedish yet? If we could have a fire I would bring some hotdogs, then we could have chili dogs...hehe...

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January 11th, 2012 - Dawn-58330 said:

Yipppeee!!! It's getting closer! I am attending Mass, staying at Hotel Rob and bringing...bread and dip... or something like that-- unless someone wants to suggest something else. This is going to be such a blast!! Chris and Denise are coming (and bringing my lil Goddaughter. :) And there are so many new people interested!! Yeah, new people! I'm still hoping that there will be some more gentlemen taste-testers to sign up. We need their unique palettes. Plus, there's just something about chili and men... they go together!

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January 11th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Tom, Mary B. & Helen... Plenty of room at 'Hotel Rob' thus far, we will find as much room as we can. Don't forget your air mattresses, sleeping bags or other bedding and pillows.

I'm so very excited that this event is just a month ago and we're getting more people who want to attend. I pray that the weather will cooperate and that any work situations will allow people to join this fun event.

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January 11th, 2012 - Helen-407474 said:

Oh yes, and Mass....not sure if I am coming over on Friday or Sat....will leave Sunday though.

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January 11th, 2012 - Andrew-85878 said:

Mass, Staying@Rob's, Just Tell Me What Pitchin Item I Need To Bring, Ol' Bessie. ;)

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January 11th, 2012 - Helen-407474 said:

Is there still room at Hotel Rob? Would like to stay there if so...if not, maybe share a room elsewhere with someone? As far as food, will probably bring dessert and maybe a hearty dip...breakfast - either donuts or muffins.

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January 8th, 2012 - Ann-266128 said:

We would love to have you join us, Sharon!

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January 7th, 2012 - Josie-633617 said:

Hi everyone....sorry I cannot make it for this time of weather but I can make it in the summer . Have a wonderful day for all of you.

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January 7th, 2012 - Ann-266128 said:

Oh, Deanne, is it really necessary for you to remove your trophy from your trophy cabinet and pass it on? I tried to pass my medal on last year, but the medal had been replaced by the golden ladle trophy, so I GOT to keep it! :) Looking forward to seeing you and Rachel!

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January 5th, 2012 - Ann-266128 said:

WHAT??? Tommy switched to "attending"?! Yay! Lots of opportunities, but we've never actually been in the same place at the same time!

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January 5th, 2012 - Ann-266128 said:

Hope you can work it out, Michele. We'll all be glad to meet you, too!

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January 4th, 2012 - Michele-802403 said:

I hope to be able to go. I'm not 100% on my schedule. I'm helping with my mother's care who rides in Ohio. I reside in Tn. But I was thinking possible I could get away for a couple of days. Thanks for the invite. Venison chili sounds great. I look forward to meeting new friends.

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December 29th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

That is going to be quite a challenge but I think I can do it for some walnut whirl, Tim! ;)

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December 29th, 2011 - Tim-100809 said:

Looking forward to this! Venison chili will be back again. Helen, maybe I will make some walnut whirl if you behave! lol I think NS Mary should make some cornbread muffins with that cornmeal she got from my dad! :)

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December 28th, 2011 - Christina-50555 said:

Looks like we are going to have another very successful event.... Woo Hoo

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December 26th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

Zoom, John and Rob - looking forward to seeing you all again.

John - if you're taking the Megabus - let us know the times as early as possible so we can try to arrange rides.

Helen - I'd LOVE to guarantee the weather - and stepping up prayers for it is the best tool we have, right? PRAY, people!

Donna - Yee Haw will be good to see you again, and thanks for picking up Michelle too! The hotel is decent, you'll be able to get a good night's rest, and they have heat and everything, so you shouldn't be too cold!!! :)

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December 25th, 2011 - Rob-598533 said:

I'm planning to stay at Rob's at least one night.

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December 25th, 2011 - John-49562 said:

I will be there! Woo hoo!

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December 25th, 2011 - Donna-221691 said:

Mary, looks like I'm going to be picking Michelle up at the airport and we'll arrive early on Saturday to see the speedway! Rob, I'm gonna stay at the Comfort Suites, so you are off the hook on my air mattress!! LOL Ms. Dawn, THIS blonde bombshell is ready to see all the other fine CM women and men! Can't wait to see former friends and meet some new ones as well!!

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December 24th, 2011 - Edward-4511 said:

Mary, I am definitely making a weekend of it - my hotel is reserved for three nights, Friday through Sunday. I am trying to avoid driving long distances on Sunday, in order to better keep it as a day of rest. ;)

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December 24th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Mary, If you can guarantee good weather I will change my status! LOL

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December 24th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

All you MAYBES - change those to definite YES rsvps and plan to join in our fun. We've got folks traveling in for this - so for anyone here early enough on Sat, we'll plan to show you the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and you can take a track lap tour as well. Then we'll do a quick drive through downtown so you can see a little of our fair city. We'll get back up north of town to Rob's and the Comfort Suites so you can get ready for mass and also prep your pitch in item. Sunday we'll hang out after a pitch in breakfast, and maybe catch another movie or play a game. Point being - if you want to make a weekend out of it - we can work with that.

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December 23rd, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

Wishing everyone a most Blessed and joyous Christmas!

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December 23rd, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

Wow look at all the new faces! Not only Blonde Bombshells, but some Beautiful Brunette Babes as well! The CM men smart enough to attend this event are going to be in heaven!

I'm so thrilled so many are traveling in for this. Will step up prayers for safe travel for everyone.

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December 21st, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

WoooHooo! This is going to be the Blond Bombshell Party!! Mary, Lisa, Donna, Michelle, Ann and a few more beautiful ladies are joining us. What men would not want to meet such beauties with stunning smiles and vivacious personalities? Can't wait to meet Michelle! I'm looking forward to February.

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December 21st, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Donna --- LOL, only if you don't leave your air mattress in your tent ;)

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December 20th, 2011 - Ann-266128 said:

Yay, Michelle and Donna! We'll all look forward to meeting you, Michelle. And Donna, so glad you'll be here!

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December 20th, 2011 - Donna-221691 said:

I'm making it this year! No ifs, ands, or buts! Rob, can we inflate the air mattress before 3 a.m. this time??? LOL!

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December 13th, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

A roomie from Ireland - how cool is that? Okay, who is hiding all the cute santa hats? Dawn? Lucy? Fess up! LOL

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December 13th, 2011 - Rob-598533 said:

I am definitely planning to come. I love chili and seeing all of you!

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December 12th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

It would be GREAT to see Ruanne again!

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December 12th, 2011 - Lucy-41785 said:

If my roomie from Ireland, Ruanne comes - I'm there GUARANTEED!

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December 11th, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Thanks Patty... I thoroughly enjoy opening my home for Faith, Fellowship & Fun!!!

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December 11th, 2011 - Dennis-754668 said:

Christina,I think you just saved allot of folks from bursting into flames...hehe...

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December 11th, 2011 - Christina-50555 said:

Actually last year when I coordinated the chili cook off we changed up the way the contest runs. Everyone receives a single token. Then you just drop your token in the cup that is numbered the same as your favorite chili. This is all just for fun and we want everyone to participate, so even if you don't try all of the chili's you can still vote.

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December 10th, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

Mary - Thank you for the heads up on the Get Togethers room ~still trying to navigate the updates on here! Such nice pictures - your all so beautiful!! Thank you for your comment on the "Monday morning high" I was glad to know of kindred spirits out there. Of course, mine started Sunday morning!! LOL My girls commented on Mom being "pumped".

Rob - you are a wonderful host! Thank you for opening your home for us all.

Dawn - Again, all your efforts (and especially your hugs) MADE for the fun, fellowship & faith we all experienced.

Donna - your correct "you might come a stranger - but you leave a friend" How incredibly true!!

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December 10th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

Patty - yep, I'm slinky dog's new owner. Check the pictures in the Get Togethers room Christmas Party thread - we posted a few. He posed nicely. :)

Zoom - wonderful that you can make it. As Rob said, we pray for good travel conditions so more folks can attend.

Y'all talk it up in the Fora thread - keep this on people's minds.

Dennis - I like that about you, you believe in well balanced meals. ;-P I may have to exclude myself from judging - I'll pay for it dearly if I eat flame-bursting chili. (RULE IS: If you vote, you MUST taste EACH chili, you can't skip ANY of them. That's the only way to judge them fairly. So if I skip a few hots ones in order to avoid potential pain, I won't vote.)

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December 9th, 2011 - Dennis-754668 said:

Count me in Christina. I will be bringing the "Pyro Chile"... hehe... After a person has eatin some "Pyro Chili" they might burst into flames... If anyone would burst into flames, the ice cold Corona that I am bringing along, will take care of that.

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December 9th, 2011 - Edward-4511 said:

My leave has been approved! :) *happy dance*

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December 9th, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Cuz... thanks for setting up the Chili Cook Off thread in the Get Togethers room :)

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December 9th, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Edward, etal. The Indy CMers always pray for good weather on our event weekends. Good weather equals more attendees and that always leads to MORE FUN!!! Hope you and everyone with a long drive (or flight) can make it :)

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December 8th, 2011 - Edward-4511 said:

God willing and the creek don't rise, I will be there! I have put in my leave request, and knowing my boss, it shouldn't be a problem.

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December 8th, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

Michelle - That cheesecake~that embarrassing cheesecake! I wish I had a pic of what it looked like before it decomposed! If you truly will have to call in - you should be able to cast the winning vote!! Your own cook-off - what a hoot!!

Mary - thank you for the "guardian"angel directions for Michelle (and me) and for the wonderful hug I received when you introduced yourself. Scare me off? Heavens no! You all embrace first timers the way Christ would!!

Christina - Thank you for posting this event so quickly! Do you know who ended up w/slinky dog??

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December 8th, 2011 - Christina-50555 said:

Wow! This event has exploded in just a few days since posting it....Wonderful! Looking forward to seeing the regular folks and of course all newcomers are WELCOME. We have such a great time when we get together. Like Dawn said we are really good at combining Faith, Fellowship, Food, Friendship and so much more.

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December 8th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

Michelle - a phone call is a MUST then, because you have to be there some how! It won't be the same without you, but we do understand work obligations. As soon as we set a date for the next one, I'll message you so you can get it on your calendar.

Patty - Glad we didn't scare you and the other first timers at the Christmas party away, and that you're brave enough to come back again! :) it

Justin - it's a great first event - you won't regret it!

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December 7th, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

Michelle - You were the first sweet angel to take me under your wing - and you survived a chilly ride in my car! If it weren't for you, I would still be driving circles around OLMC! A novel idea to dial in for the event - BUT - we will just have to pray your schedule "works" out!!!

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December 6th, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Attention MEN - As with most, if not all, CM events... more women attend our Indy events than men (our Christmas party this past weekend had 8 men and 18 women. So consider this your official invitation!

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December 6th, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

I'm definitely "IN"... I won't be cooking, as there needs to be only ONE CINCY Chili entry! ;) Mary and Michelle, we will certainly be praying for a travel-safe path for you and others to make it. Patty, it was so great to finally meet you. Hope to see you again at the Cook-off! Justin, glad that you are interested. Put in for that weekend off! This group of people really does know how to combine faith, food and friends, and we are bringing in new people all the time! Ride the wave with us!

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December 5th, 2011 - Justin-503770 said:

I am thinking about attending this event...just have to see how it would work with my work schedule :-P

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December 5th, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

Mary-487190- is sooooo right!!! You DON'T know what your missing!!! The Christmas party this past weekend was my first event and everyone was VERY warm, welcoming and friendly. I had an amazing time (still luv my towels LOL). Dawn, thank you, again for putting it all together!! You are a beautiful faithful woman of God. Rob thank you for continuing to open your home to our group. So wonderful to meet all of you!

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December 5th, 2011 - Andrew-85878 said:

I'm submitting a Cincy-Style entry again. It's going to be EVEN BETTER this time!

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