Monday, November 22, 2010

New Friends and coffee cake

Have you ever thought how weird and wonderful the blogging world is?  We make friends with people we don't know.  We send gifts to people we've never seen.  We encourage people in contests and challenges, we find things in common with virtual strangers!
It seems to me  that my blogging friends understand my compulsions better than any of the friends I have close.   For instance:  being a foodie, and just wanting to write all about it.  Or being a complete book nerd.

But you, YES YOU....You who are reading this right now?  You get me.  (or at least you put up with me and I can't see you rolling your eyes or hear you sigh).
I'm telling you this because when I first came upon Brenda's Canadian Kitchen and saw that she did "Cookbook Sundays", I thought WOW, this is so cool, she "gets" me.  She gets me because I had made a challenge to myself to make something from very cook book I own. I found that I was easily distracted.   Cookbook Sundays would help to keep me on track.  I was sure of it. 

And so began  the relationship between Brenda and I.

Brenda and I...we're  taking it to the next level.  Yep. We are daring like that.   We.....are.....actually......going to meet!  YAY!

Who would have ever thought it would happen. She lives in Toronto, which is  the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada!
I live in Winnemucca, which is  the Crossroads of the West  (2 freeways intersect.  Two. Whole. Roads.  woooo! ).

But Brenda and her husband have a dirty little secret;  they love Las Vegas. 
It's in Nevada.  I live in Nevada.  They flew into Vegas on Sunday.
The Handyman and I are driving thru Vegas on Wednesday.

We talked, we planned, we brainstormed.  And finally Brenda came up with a plan.     We are all  meeting for lunch at Toby Keith's 'I love this bar and grill'.
Just remember,  What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.  There is no telling what might go on.
(but I'm sure one of us will take pictures and post them on our blog sometime).
You will have to stay tuned to find out.
I'm very excited..  (oh, and tomorrow is her birthday....go to her blog and wish her a happy day!)

I will be gone for a few days, so I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving a couple of days early and leave you with this great coffee cake I made on Sunday.  (and no I didnt' get it up on Cookbook Sundays, bad me!  I'm going to have a talk with Brenda about keeping me on track!)

Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake

2 pkgs. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
1 pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 can cherry pie filling
1 egg white
1 tsp sugar

Roll out crescent rolls in a rectangle. Cut 1-inch strips all the way down both sides.  You want to leave about 6 inches in the middle.  Mix the cream cheese and sugar together and spread down the center.  Spoon the cherry pie filling over the top.  If you use a fork you will not get all the juice.  Fold the crescent rolls over the top.   Mix egg white and 1 tsp sugar and paint the top of the coffee cake.  Bake at 350 for  25-30 minutes.

Have a great Thanksgiving everybody! 

P.S.   I have my stack of Pumpkin Pie recipes to take with me.  We are going to have a Pumpkin Pie throw down in Phoenix!!
And my stack of holiday books for the Thankfully Reading Weekend and  The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, to read on the 12 hour drive.  NO, I'm not doing the driving...the Handyman is.
And most important is...I get to see my son and his family.  My granddaughter Cassandra. 
Be safe!


bermudaonion said...

There will be no awkward moments between you and Brenda - you'll be instant friends. At least that's how it's been for me and every blogging friend I've met in real life. I hope y'all have a blast!

MM said...

I'm excited for you!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Karen said...

So much fun! Hope you have a blast! I love how easy this coffee cake is... and cream cheese in the middle? Mmm!

nanny said...

So glad to have stumbled on to your great blog.....I can't wait to make the coffee cake....those flavors got my attention right off!!!
And then there was your beer tasing fun is that. I'm putting that down to maybe do at annual super bowl party!
I haven't read half broke horses yet...on my list... I loved the glass castle...i think you could say that "I get you too" ha
Have a great trip and good luck with the throwdown!!!!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh how fun! Meeting other bloggers is pretty awesome! Have a supre fun time!

Roxanna said...

Goodluck with your meeting with Brenda. It's nice to know the other things brought by blogs. As for me, I met some of my friends here, who are also into barbeque, accessories, and even books. We are planning to have a small tea party this Christmas and go for a filled-gas, barbecues, sale on shopping malls and more!

vickdn said...

that's awesome, i wish i had a blogging buddy to meet! have a great time, and a wonderful holiday!

ps - i am a book nerd too :)

Donna-FFW said...

Happy Thanksgiving.

Shelby said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your meet up, I think that is so cool! Photos please. :)

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Love those crescent roll desserts! Hope you had/are having? a great time in Vegas - and had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I love this blogging world - just stumbling across people across the globe who instantly, as you say, seem to "get you". I am so thrilled that you and Brenda got to meet - she is such a honey, and so I have no doubt are you. I am going to meet one of my "bloggy friends" for the first time on Christmas Eve which I'm very excited about.
Sue :-)

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