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Virtual GNO - May Day Fun!



Guitar Guy and I are getting the house ready for our annual May Day gathering. Our house is small but our yard makes up for our tiny rooms. (Cross fingers that the rain holds off, at least for Saturday please Mother Nature!) I need a break from the party prep. Time for a Virtual Girls Night Out!

New to the party? The original Virtual Girls Night Out (boys welcome too) is a blog-hopping party. You are where the party begins! Check out my VGNO post then sign the Mr. Linky guestbook below. Visit fellow bloggers that have signed in as well. Now, go put on something cozy and settle in for the party. Add your blog link to Mr. Linky below and join in the blog-hopping fun!

Time To Twirl!

Missy Higgins "Steer"


I want to hang out in a field and play guitar too! (I should probably learn how to play first. Oh well ;-> )

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday. We make sure to have a delightful blend of the classic Derby drink, Mint Julep, on hand for our friends. Have you ever had a Mint Julep? Yowzaa!

Time For A Cocktail!

Mint Julep
Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Crushed ice
Kentucky Whisky

Directions:
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of "Early Times" Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

After a couple of sips you'll be saying "Horse race? What horse race?!"


Time To Share & Win!

Have you ever brought something to a Pot Luck only to see that no one was eating it? Man! I tried this recipe for, what was supposed to be, a great cranberry relish with fresh orange rind and some other sweet, cool stuff. It was supposed to go with the Host's main dish of Chicken. Well, let's just say my bowl of red goo just sat on the table. My husband was a trooper and had a few spoonfuls to make me feel better. Yes, I taste-tested it before we left. I thought it was good. Whatever.

What about you? Have you been the one that brought the dish that nobody ate? Please share! I will have my May Day guests read your posts and we will select winners. The winners will receive packets of flower seeds to help celebrate this May Day.

OK now, go have fun! Sign Mr. Linky's guestbook below to join the Virtual GNO. Visit those that sign-in. Go blog-hopping! That's what it's all about. Share this party with your blog friends, post A LINK to the Virtual GNO on your blog and have them join us. Send our party into Twitter world. (#VGNO) The more the merrier! That's what it's all about.



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34 comments:

  1. Brining brownies or something sweet will always be eaten. That's my motto. :)
    Happy VGNO!!!!!

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  2. I hope the rain does hold off. Your husband does love you for sure. I remember a saled I made with rice and pineapple no one like it.Happy VGNO

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  3. I added the funny story of my icky potluck dish to my blog post. I hope you can stomach it. Eeeew!

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  4. Best of luck with your May Day celebration.

    I have always been the one traveling the furthest for our get togethers, so generally, I just bring rolls!

    But, honestly, no disasters yet. Golden Rule: never take something that you have only made once!!!

    Happy VGNO! I am so glad Raquel introduced me to your party. I am having so much fun and meeting so many people!
    Thanks Ann!

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  5. Hey Miss Ann! I just have to get back to you later on your "Scale" post... I've got tons going on today, but ditto on asking the sun gods to shine on us through tomorrow, it's our friends' huge cinco de mayo party. Making enchiladas right now. And putting together kits for the scrapbook store, working tonight until 11pm. Margaritas tomorrow!

    As far as pot lucks, I'm the chicken who takes something dorky that my kid will eat. Except for my enchiladas for tomorrow, I've taken mac n cheese with hotdogs to the last 2 potlucks I've been to. Yes, Kraft right out of the box! I know it's cheesey (and I don't mean the orange powder!), but the kids chow down on it.

    Probably my husband was one of the "kids." He hates potlucks, especially at church. It freaks him out to eat food made by people he doesn't know, especially little old ladies...not to offend any! But his grandma's cooking didn't help, she once served the grandkids tuna mixed with TANG on their sandwiches. And if that doesn't freak you out, I don't know what will!

    I'll be visiting all your blogs on Sunday, just a FEW things going on around here today & tomorrow! :)

    Happy VGNO!

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  6. I brought rice krispie treats to my sisters party only to find out she had made them too. She is such a better baker than I am. My treats looked like finger food, hers looked like sandwiches. Guess which plate went first?

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  7. Good luck with your party this weekend. We are being promised rain all weekend here in Northern CA. UGH! Give me summer! Happy VGNO!

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  8. Oh yeah I've had my share of flops. Seems people don't want to eat stew with fish heads in it. Or chicken soup with feet in them. That's what I get for taking those exotic cooking classes. ;)

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  9. I made a lemon meringue pie that was beautiful when I left the house. It was cold so we drove to our destination with the heat on and the merinque dissolved. I showed up with a bright yellow covered in specks of melted white goo.

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  10. I couldn't think of anything because I really haven't been to too many potlucks, but then I remembered my Christmas tree cake I made for my grandparents Christmas celebration one year. A few people ate it, but there was a TON left. Anywhoo, have a great weekend and happy VGNO! Stop by my place and pick your fav Derby contender! =)

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  11. Happy VGNO -- Loved the video -- come on over I'm listening to some good old Louisiana Zydeco music.

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  12. Rain here in Washington this weekend too..oh well with the pandemic, we will be doing our party "virtually!"

    Happy VGNO!

    Jan :)

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  13. Happy GNO to all my friends!! I am offline tonight for a real concert... Bret Michaels... Yea Baby!! I did link up though, as I have a little music video for y'all on my blog!! Have a great night!!!

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  14. I always play it safe and bring the paper goods. You can never go wrong with those big red SOLO cups and some sturdy plates and napkins. Everyone is going to use them. I know I've can definately be accused of turning away food.

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  15. I'm terrible about making real food to take to parties, so I can't say I've minded if anyone ignored the pre-made thing I brought. Your relish sounded good to me.

    Hey, I actually got it together this time and did a real VGNO post!

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  16. Have fun with your party. Rain? What is rain? We need rain so BADLY! Off to dinner, be back later to PARTY!

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  17. Have a great night, enjoy your May day party!!

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  18. Happy May Day! I hope the rain holds off for you. It's been drizzly and cold here. : (

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  19. That made me LOL!! I ALWAYS worry my dish will go untasted or something! So far, though, everyone seems to like the stuff i bring. Go figure! Thanks for another wonderful VGNO!

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  20. Yeah... I don't cook for parties for a good reason. Wouldn't want to subject people to my scary food! :)
    Happy May Day! Happy GNO!!!!

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  21. Happy GNO! I'm going to be drunk off all this mint julep going around. Lol! Have a fabulous nite, and if anyone reads this comment, be sure to stop by Boutique Flair to enter our 2 giveaways (I know Ann already has being the trendsetter that she is)! Have a great weekend.

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  22. Here's hoping Mother Nature keeps the rain to herself so you can enjoy your party this weekend! We're supposed to get rain all weekend - but mostly on Sunday vs. tomorrow... ;)

    Have a great weekend! I posted about my faux pas on my blog... ;)

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  23. Hey Ann. I'm not joining VGNO tonight but wanted to say TGIF!

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  24. Hope you enjoy the party! So far (fingers crossed) i have not had any disasters. i usually try to stay safe and bring drinks :O) my sister in law actually had 2 parties where she has made food that in turn made her guests sick. bad roast beef and we are not sure what made everyone sick at the last party. poor girl!

    happy VGNO! when you get a chance I have 2 necklace giveaways going on.

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  25. Just stopping by to say Hi & Happy VGNO!!!!! It's been fun hopping around!

    .....and LOTS of rain here in NYC too....LOTS!

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  26. These are so much fun to read, a lot of my faves do this, and I'm just coming by to say "GREAT IDEA!" :)

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  27. I brought to a big party once what I thought was an absolute dish. I'm sure most of you would agree too. I brought a Kidney Bean salad. Not just any kidney bean salad But my own concoction of dark red kidney beans, cucumber, celery, green pepper, red onion tossed with vinegar. Then as an added touch I threw in some feta cheese. It was to die for!!! Hubby insisted no one was ever going to eat it. And no one did - except me!!!! Then it dawned on me. The beans!!! No one wanted to eat those beans at a party and smell up the party. But by that time it was too late. I had eaten most of the beans!!

    Happy VGNO - Sorry but I don't think I would have eaten your red relish either.

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  28. Loved this! Glad I found VGNO...thanks for hosting.

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  29. I joined abit late this time around! But, I just wanted to come by and say "happy VGNO!"

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  30. a VGNO such a good idea. As for food, I know what my family likes but usually i am not bold enough to bring any food to gatherings I try and stick to plasticwares, soda, chips something I can just pick up. :)

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  31. Thanks! Its good to read new blogs!

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  32. This is an awesome idea!! Happy VGNO everybody!! I'm with Mrs. Cooper...lol...keep it safe and bring paper goods!!

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  33. Once again I had to miss out on all the fun, this time because I was in Hell-Mart for 2 hours! Arghhhhhhhhhh!

    Justine :o )

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  34. I love a mint julep....oh yes I do! When we lived in southern OH, we always had a big BBQ on derby weekend!

    I actually had a lady yell at me at a potluck once because my artichoke dip disappeared super fast and hers wasn't touched. lol! She told me that I better never show up with that dip again at any potluck we may both be invited to again! lol! I took it everywhere that summer!

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