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February 10th, 2013 - Laurel-904204 said:

I just want to thank everyone who put in all the "hard" work to make this a special day. I really enjoyed meeting everyone "face to face" and hope to come back and join you again soon. A special thanks to Rob and Nancy for hosting us.

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February 10th, 2013 - Regina-803496 said:

I got the flu on Saturday and couldn't even think about Chili. Sorry I missed it!

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February 10th, 2013 - Peter-508019 said:

I so wanted to be there...couldn't get away

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February 9th, 2013 - Robert-887629 said:

Hi Bob Schools I will see you'al tonight at church. My contact info is 317-450-5269 e-mail bobschools95@gmail.com

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February 8th, 2013 - Andrea-895978 said:

Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow. Tonight's batch of brownies totally flopped, so I will try again tomorrow. I was attempting something new - I'm reverting to an old stand-by in the morning!

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February 8th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Shucks - we lost Helen from IL, Brenda from OK, and Elizabeth from KY - due to illness and weather. We'll miss you ladies!

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February 7th, 2013 - Helen-407474 said:

Not sure I'm going to be able to make it....I will let you know for sure tomorrow. :(

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February 7th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

The weekend is just around the corner! Sooooo looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and sharing love, laughter, faith and love!

See you all soon!

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February 5th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Everyone that is attending has the address and directions, right? Get in touch before Saturday - we'll be busy with set up and may not check messages much then.

Forecast looks pretty good -

Fri 24 low / 36 high - mostly sunny

Sat 30 low / 41 high - mostly sunny

Sun high of 47, 40% chance of rain (but hey, we don't have to SHOVEL rain!!)

Safe travels to all!

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February 4th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Sharon - we'll miss you - but we understand. Keep watching, you KNOW there will be other events down the road. Are you on FB? Find CAMA Indy there too, we post details there as well so we cover everyone.

Rose - I just sent you an email from my own yahoo account. Hope I can help.

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February 3rd, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

One of our guests is allergic to mushrooms. If your food item includes them - please make a small sign to put near your dish so it can be avoided if need be. We have NOT included a trip to the ER in our schedule. :)

Thanks!

And Rod - you've got THAT right - it's a fantastic group of people. With room for more.....

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February 3rd, 2013 - Rod-34918 said:

Whadda great group of CMers!

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February 3rd, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Chili Cook Off is NEXT Saturday! Woo Hoo!

35-37 attendees expected, including a handful of first timers! WELCOME Andrea, Beth, Brenda, Laurel, Maryrose, Tracy, Regina and Brian!

We expect 20-23 for Sunday brunch - the fun continues!

Reminder: 5:30pm mass at OLMC, party begins at 7pm at Rob's house. BYOB and your pitch ins. Contact me with your info if you haven't already done so. If you need directions - get in touch.

We have 8 chili entries for the contest - there is room for more if anyone else wants to enter. Cooks - pls bring FULL crock pots, hidden completely when you bring it in to the kitchen to give to the organizers. (need enough for everyone to taste test and vote.)

Pitch Ins - We have folks bringing some potato soup, pasta salad, corn casserole, corn bread, veggie tray, a handful of appetizers and a handful of desserts as well. If you have anything additional you want to bring - go for it. Bring a good sized portion of whatever you make - we'll have plenty of hungry folks to feed. (And the leftovers will be eaten on Sunday - our events run all weekend!)

Safe travels to everyone - and on behalf of your host team - we're looking forward to a wonderful weekend with amazing people - and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of great hugs!!

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February 1st, 2013 - Rob-598533 said:

This is pretty much like usual -- I'll be coming up with Dawn, staying 2 nights at Rob's, Valerie definitely won't be showing up this time as she has a family event, bringing chips and salsa sounds good, let me know if you need anything else.

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February 1st, 2013 - Lisa-572677 said:

Thanks for my assignment Mary! I'll get my thinking cap on:)

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February 1st, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Tim - YAY! B'fast casserole - make it at your sister's and bring it over hot on Sunday morning pls. TKS!

Regina S (Tim's Regina - we'll have two Regina's this time!) - how about a fruit tray for breakfast?

Laurel - I put you down for a cheese / salami / cracker tray - let me know if that's not ok.

Rob L - 2 bags tostitos chips and salsa pls.

Lisa G - appetizer

Liz F - appetizer

Working on others - thanks to everyone for pitching in!

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February 1st, 2013 - Tim-100809 said:

Well, since I can't get a commitment from work, I will be attending. Do you still need a chili entry? If so, I can oblige. If not, I can bring an appetizer or whatever you need to fill in on Saturday evening. Will stay at my sister's. Will attend Mass. As far as Sunday goes, let me know. Quiche or breakfast casserole?

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January 31st, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Laurel - it'll be great to meet you! Hugs are a'plenty at our Indy gatherings! Just change your own status at the top of the event page. Can you get messages here on CM? (If not, let me know how to reach you.) I'll get with you on pitch ins and the address and directions. YES there is plenty of room for overnight. We're actually putting most of the ladies at Hotel Nancy for Saturday night - it's easier with more bathrooms to get ready in the morning.

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January 31st, 2013 - Laurel-904204 said:

Please move me from maybe to yes I am going to come! Is there still room at hotel Rob's? Is there any thing that is missing on the food front? Sorry for the delay in responding - was waiting on the outcome of the surgery on my brother-in-law. Looking forward to meeting everyone --- and a hug or two!!!!

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January 30th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Get in touch with me if you need the address and directions. Make sure I have a way to contact you as well. Tks!

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January 30th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Welcome Brian - we're looking forward to meeting you. I'm thrilled some new folks are coming to our lil shindig! You'll all have a great time. Be sure to get your info to me somehow. Tks.

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January 29th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Time to nail down some specifics -

Those of you 'on the fence' about attending - please change that 'maybe' to a 'YES' and come join us. And those that have NOT posted your pitch ins, overnight accommodations, etc - PLEASE get that info to me ASAP. We need to finalize details. Thank you!

REALLY looking forward to meeting everyone! The hugs will be flowing.......

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January 28th, 2013 - Tracy-929496 said:

Picked up my pork from the butcher Friday. My mouth's watering already!

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January 26th, 2013 - Dennis-754668 said:

Made a test batch of chili today... Some fresh side would be good with it...

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January 25th, 2013 - Dawn-58330 said:

Just two weeks!!!!! Yeah!!!! I am looking forward to seeing everyone!i'll have all the decorations ready and everyone should be prepared to be hugged more than once!!!

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January 24th, 2013 - Donna-83441 said:

Yes.. Definitely winter clothes.. Florida this ain't..Hahaaa

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January 23rd, 2013 - Donna-83441 said:

Indiana and Oklahoma have a similar climate so I understand from my counterpart Jerry.

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January 23rd, 2013 - Patty-148888 said:

>>> I will hopefully be able to show up for Mass on Saturday, no Chili-entry - I'm thinking a side dish, maybe creamy corn casserole or whatever else you might want or need. At this time, no overnights (I'm already ducking LOL)

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January 23rd, 2013 - Dennis-754668 said:

Hey Mary, mass yep, chili entry yep, chocolate wine yep, ice cold Corona yep. I will just be hangin out with ya'all on Saturday.

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January 23rd, 2013 - Tim-100809 said:

Hi Mary! I can't commit just yet because I'm still waiting to see IF I can actually come! lol So, tentatively, I will say I am NOT bringing a chili entry this year. I will stay at my sister's down the road. I can fill in with whatever you need for Friday night, and can make quiche or a breakfast casserole for Sunday. I hope that helps a little.

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January 23rd, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Tracy - I'll private message detailed directions within a week. It's VERY easy to find. You won't have any problems.

EVERYONE - There are many attendees who haven't given us the info we need - mass? Chili entry? Overnight / where? Pitch in item for Sat pm? Pitch in item for Sun AM? PLEASE get that info to us (you can post in comments here) so we know how things are looking in terms of food. THANKS!

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January 22nd, 2013 - Tracy-929496 said:

Since I don't have a GPS. could someone send me more detailed directions to Rob's? The little map is good, but I won't have my computer 'telling' me when to turn! I do know how to get to 465, coming up on 37N. What next?

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January 21st, 2013 - Tim-100809 said:

I got a smoker for Christmas! Maybe a little fresh side in the smoker with some hickory chips...

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January 20th, 2013 - Dennis-754668 said:

Okeedoekee, Tracy... Lets just have fresh side instead of chili... hehe...

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January 19th, 2013 - Tracy-929496 said:

Yep...fresh side is the best...a little flour, salt and pepper and lots of paper towels to soak up the grease!

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January 19th, 2013 - Beth-896139 said:

I am finally committing to attend.

In regards the details above...I will arrive on Saturday at Rob's before church to drop goodies off. I will be driving, no guests. Not bringing chili...I have a feeling there are some very serious chili cookers. I, alas, am not one, so I will be leaving that to the experts! At this point, I will bring raspberryand/or blueberry muffins for Sunday morning. I am leaning towards pasta salad for Saturday night. Who knows...I might bring along something else just for fun! I am planning on spending the night if there is room at Rob's. I want to get the full experience of the Indy group! I will message Mary with my contact details. I am getting excited to meet everyone!

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January 19th, 2013 - Dawn-58330 said:

Tim, I miss you!!! Tired of you? NEVER!!!!!! I really do hope it works out that you can come.

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January 18th, 2013 - Ann-266128 said:

I like both answers. The first one was the logic professor's answer. The second is the direct, no way to get mixed up answer! Either way, fresh side sounds good!

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January 18th, 2013 - Dennis-754668 said:

Thanks Ann... The first answer was abit thought out... Fresh side equals uncured bacon, hows that?

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January 17th, 2013 - Tim-100809 said:

Still waiting to hear if I will have to work that Saturday. If I CAN make it, I won't be entering the contest this year. Let some of the other folks participate. It also looks like someone else will be doing their version of breakfast pizza, so I'll pass on that as well. I hope to have an answer from my client soon. Then I can find out what is needed to fill in. I hope not to miss this one. I already missed the Christmas party. Alas, maybe you all are getting tired of me anyway? lol

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January 16th, 2013 - Ann-266128 said:

Dennis wins the prize! With a well thought out answer. Right, Tracy? :)

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January 15th, 2013 - Tracy-929496 said:

I am, too. The pork will be ready to be picked up this weekend. I might bring a few surprises. Got two freezers full of beef and pork and no one to cook for anymore...anyone here love fresh side (bonus points if you know what it is!)

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January 14th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

((((Brenda)))) This is to get you warmed up - as has been said, there's plenty at our events. You'll meet your quota and then some!

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January 14th, 2013 - Patty-148888 said:

Brenda - these CMers are the most warm welcoming group! It's not a "might" be a friend - you will fast become a friend! Hugs are awaitin!

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January 14th, 2013 - Dawn-58330 said:

Brenda, I always say that new people at events are just "friends I haven't hugged yet!) :)

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January 14th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Ditto what Dawn said - welcome to all! Make sure you give us a way to contact you (if not on CM) for details and directions.

Dawn - not at our chili limit yet - so more cooks can definitely sign up if they'd like!

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January 14th, 2013 - Dawn-58330 said:

Brenda, Tracy, Andrea, and Beth, I am very much looking forward to meeting you and having some of the best fun that is out there with you!! We know how to have a good time and we love to share it with new people! So, welcome y'all!!!

I'm wondering how many chili's we have signed up!

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January 14th, 2013 - Tracy-929496 said:

This all sounds like "Hoosier Hospitality" at its best! I told two of my daughters I was planning on participating and Angie thought it was a great idea. She was hoping I'd want to get out and make some new single friends. Her family will be in Indy for a car show on Saturday...I think they just want to keep tabs on ole' mom! Seriously, I'm so relieved she was supportive. I wasn't sure how the kids would feel about me doing things without their dear dad. I don't have to worry about telling the other kids now because I'm sure the 'cat's out of the bag' already! lol

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January 13th, 2013 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Always room Beth. All will be thrilled to see you and join them!

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January 13th, 2013 - Beth-896139 said:

Is there room for another newbie???? Don't have a great chili recipe, but I would be willing to help out with all the other goodies.

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January 12th, 2013 - Rob-362135 said:

The "Presidential Suite"??? Now my master BR isn't all that, but if that space is needed for the women who attend... I will give it up and bunk with the guys on the lower level.

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January 11th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Allen - are you REALLY thinking of attending this year? You've signed up in the past but we STILL haven't met you. We really are a fun, friendly group - HONEST! You'll enjoy yourself - ask any past attendee.

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January 11th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Dennis - we're not done recruiting, er...um.. I mean PROMOTING yet.. But our Indy gatherings always beat the normal CM event ratios - at least we have SOME guys show up! LOL!

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January 10th, 2013 - Dennis-754668 said:

Looks like there's gonna be more girls than guys...

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January 9th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Mary - you're a VIP, if you ever make it to one of our shindigs again, we'll give you Rob's room, the Presidential Suite!

Ummmm, or the biggest tent. ROFL!

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January 9th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Brenda - you'll have a great time, just bring your sense of humor, because we laugh a lot. Hh, bring your hugs too - because nobody gets away without at least a few! We midwesterners are a friendly bunch!

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January 8th, 2013 - Rob-362135 said:

Wow! The Event Page hasn't been up for long and we've already got THREE "Newbies"... that NOT a bad term as we just LOVE to meet new people!!! Andrea, Brenda & Tracy... so very glad that you all can make it :)

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January 8th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

Tracy and Andrea - so glad you are joining us!

Andrea - I've got you down for brownies, sounds good to me! If you can't make it to Rob's by 5, just meet us at church.

Tracy - Fri is informal friendly gathering, everyone helps with set up. Plan to stay at Rob's then too, bring an air mattress and bedding. Sat the set up folks usually go someplace inexpensive for late breakfast or early lunch. There are no fees since we are hoping everyone is generous with pitch ins. If there is anything else you'd like to bring - feel free. Let me know what you decide to bring for Sat night from your recipe box. I'll decide right now that you bring the sausage for brunch - can't get any fresher than that! We've gotten together in March a few times, usually for March Madness.

NOTE TO EVERYONE: There WILL be a good will offering collection jar - any contributions.to help offset misc event costs are appreciated. We also use this as a support fund for our group - and it definitely needs replenishing. Thanks.

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January 8th, 2013 - Tracy-929496 said:

OK...I will drive up by myself on Friday (I hope) in order to meet you all and get my bearings. I must check the schedule, but I will definitely be there Sat. at Rob's, attend Mass and reserve my spot on the floor! I'll save the chili for the more competetive-minded. I'll private message you my contact info.

Are there plans for Friday night, or just a friendly gathering?

What are the fees/ contribution for incidentals?

Do you ever have St. Patrick's Day get-togethers?

For Saturday night, I need to look through my recipe box first to find the perfect dish/appetizer.

For my Sunday brunch contribution, I'll leave it up to you all to vote...

Breakfast Pizza (it really is better than it sounds)

Fresh Sausage Patties..and I do mean fresh. My three hogs were taken to the butcher this very day!

Tracy from Loogootee

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January 7th, 2013 - Andrea-895978 said:

I'm in!

1/2. I live here, so I'll be driving.

3. no guests, just me!

4. don't know yet - maybe I'll drop the food off earlier

5. not this time! But totally looking forward to everyone's entries!!!

6. Can I please bring one of the desserts? I can bring brownies or cookies. I prefer to make brownies, but I'm not sure as of yet what kind, and I'm totally ok with bringing something else.

7. no need for a room at the inn as I have to work the overnight shift that weekend

Oh, I am sooo excited about this!!!

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January 7th, 2013 - Helen-407474 said:

Planning on coming...haven't seen some of my Indy friends for awhile and I'm having withdrawals. ;) I would like to reserve a spot at Hotel Rob...and I plan on bringing Mexican layer dip and chips for evening, and banana bread and something else for breakfast. :)

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January 7th, 2013 - Dawn-58330 said:

WooooHooooo!!! I love the Chili Cook-off!! This will be #5 for me. I am excited that new people will be coming out to meet us. Tracy, you can post the information here so everyone else knows what to bring or not bring. Personal info you can send to Mary. I'm looking forward to meeting you!

I'll be coming up Friday night with my car load, and will stay until Sunday night. I do want to reserve a place at Hotel Robert. I'll bring cornbread muffins for dinner and fruit for breakfast.

Can't wait for the festivities to begin! May the best cook win the coveted Golden Ladel!

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January 7th, 2013 - Dennis-754668 said:

I'm in and will be bringin some chili... I might even bring some chocolate wine Mary...

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January 7th, 2013 - Tracy-929496 said:

Do I give you my details here or in a private message? I'm really excited about this...it may be just what I need after a very heavy cross I've carried the past year.

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January 7th, 2013 - Mary-363093 said:

YAY Brenda! We're looking forward to meeting you!

PM me a copy of your plans (flights, hotel or whatever) so we can keep tabs on you while you're traveling. Tks!

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