HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLRECIPES!

14 May

When we moved from Ohio to Kentucky right at Thanksgiving and all my cookbooks were all still packed in some box, I decided to go online to see if I could find a recipe for what I had on hand. I had only unpacked one box of dishes and some bake ware. I was 45 minutes from any store, in the middle of nowhere but after 3 hours of getting the cable and internet installed, I decided to make something great for dinner….no cook books so I just googled. I found ALLRECIPES and what a prize I found!
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simply-lasagna-2/detail.aspx
It was easy and quick and looked like I worked all day on it!
The next day I came back and pretty much spent the whole day looking for recipes and ran across the “Recipes Exchange” (now called the BUZZ) and just was amazed how people could ask cooking questions and someone would answer in a matter of minutes! I signed up as a member in December 2007 and have been there ever since! (I did finally unpack my cookbooks but really have not used them since.)

In these past years, I have made many friends, lifelong friends, thru our daily posts on the BUZZ. I have met many of you in person and hope to meet many more as time allows. We’ve all been thru a bunch over the years, supporting each other thru new babies, marriages, divorces, loss of family members and pets, job loss….we have been thru it all together with each other with loving support from our Allrecipes friends.

Please  join with me to wish ALLRECPES a very Happy 15th Birthday! Thank you to all the staff that have been patient with us over the years and all the wonderful service that continues to allow us to find great recipes and great camaraderie for the next 15 years.

Thank you to everyone for being so kind and friendly to me over the years, you guys were my lifeline to the world  sometimes!

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When I think BUTTER, I think Steamed Blue Crabs and Spicy Boiled Shrimp!

30 Apr

When I was a little girl, one of my memories of my Florida Granddaddy is when he’s do a crab boil for a family gathering. We put newspaper over the dining table and got out all the crab picking tools, usually just nutcrackers, while he filled the kitchen with the distinct smell of Old Bay seasoning and steaming blue crabs! The discussion would come up, about which kind of drawn butter each person would like. Some liked plain butter, some like butter with lemon juice, and one uncle prefers garlic butter! Here is what they look like before they are cooked:

And here is what they looked like when they are cooked:

We still continue this tradition with my aunts and uncles at Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC every year. Usually on Thursday, the traditional Thanksgiving, every one is still in route, traveling to arrive at the get-together so we do crabs and shrimp that day, later in the evening so everyone has time to arrive. Then we do Turkey Day on Friday, after the shoppers get back with all their goodies from Black Friday shopping.

My favorite food in LIFE is steamed Blue crabs and I always looked forward to our crazy family tradition of crabs at Thanksgiving! Personally I like MY BUTTER plain!

Uncle Mark also steams a bunch of Charleston fresh shrimp, too, for the ones who don’t like picking crabs. He got some really big ones last year!

Believe me, that was not all the butter we used! I think we had to reheat butter twice and went thru about a pound and a half for all 12 of us! There’s always a ton of laughing and a contest on who can clean crabs the best! A great time was had by all!

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Marley at 3 years old

19 Apr

Marley at 3 years old

19 Apr

cindylepp

Hi, Guys! GDerr’s “Relocation Director” here…LOL! Here’s the FINAL FINAL dates. The actual Allrecipes Get-together at the restaurant is Saturday, Sept 15th at  Hunt’s Restaurant in Panama City, at 11 – 11:30 am. DON’T BE LATE! The line winds all around the building by noon! They have all types of seafood & burgers…alligator, frog legs, oysters,shrimp, crabclaws… you name it! Casual dining, flip flops and shorts are preferred, a Florida experience!

 

VIEW FROM THE BALCONY! You have been cooking and baking all year! Time for a vacation!

There is so much to do in Panama City Beach that I have a room booked for a week. (Coming in Fri, Sept 14th, so we can have a night’s sleep before the Get-together the next morning!) All hubbys are WELCOME! Lots of fishing and man things to do! We most generally meet for an early dinner out at a restaurant during…

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2012 ALLRECIPES SOUTHERN ROUND-UP…Panama City Beach, FL THE DETAILS:-

12 Mar
Hi, Guys! GDerr’s “Relocation Director” here…LOL! Here’s the FINAL FINAL dates. The actual Allrecipes Get-together at the restaurant is Saturday, Sept 15th at  Hunt’s Restaurant in Panama City, at 11 – 11:30 am. DON’T BE LATE! The line winds all around the building by noon! They have all types of seafood & burgers…alligator, frog legs, oysters,shrimp, crabclaws… you name it! Casual dining, flip flops and shorts are preferred, a Florida experience!

 

VIEW FROM THE BALCONY! You have been cooking and baking all year! Time for a vacation!

There is so much to do in Panama City Beach that I have a room booked for a week. (Coming in Fri, Sept 14th, so we can have a night’s sleep before the Get-together the next morning!) All hubbys are WELCOME! Lots of fishing and man things to do! We most generally meet for an early dinner out at a restaurant during the week, but Pelicangal and I usually always have sammies or stuff to graze on when you get in on Friday, sitting on the  our table waiting for you at the condo.Wine and beer will be available, also. Just a OMG isn’t this a beautiful place, after your long journey and unloading everything!  A quick Welcome party after all the travels!

Here is the Condo info>

Someone will have to reserve each condo and guarantee the reservation for each condo. Then  that person will have to collect from each person that stays in the condo. I think that 2 rooms are full with 4 gals each already, but if you need  to share a room, I will get you in touch with others that are looking for the same. Email me @ cindylepp@yahoo.com

We’d all love everyone to stay at the Celadon, west beach,you have all the amenities you need or could want. But I have other options too.

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/north-west/panama-city-beach/gulf-resort-beach/celadon<

Or ….

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p169347<

You can click on the above link and see what the Celadon condos look like. Just enter each condo #  on the home page search feature to see each condo’s furnishings. Most are the same floor plan and have been built post Katrina. No refunds given unless ordered evacuation for hurricane.

Celadon Condos West End Of PC Beach. All Are 1 BR  2 Baths with Bunk Beds/Sleeper Sofa’s SPECIAL RATE OF $499/WEEK.  #169347 (6th floor)—206043 (22nd floor)—206045  23rd Floor Penthouse

Down the beach….SEYCHELLE Condo’s East End of PC Beach. Same Floor plan as above. Same Special Rate of $499/Week.  923023 (11th floor)—922913  (21st floor)—241995  (21st floor) upgraded kitchen 

Down the beach….MAJESTIC Beach Condo 4 Pools, Movie,Theater,Starbucks #253173 14th floor$599/Week.

ADD 12.50% Tax and A $50 Cleaning Fee to All The Above.

These Below Are 2 BR Condos, 2 Baths, Sleeper Sofa, Sleeps 6.

EMERALD Isle (12th floor) West End Of PC Beach, Approx 1 Minute from the CELADON Condo’s: 69008
STERLING REEF condos (14th floor) Middle of PC Beach Approx 1 Minute From The Majestic Beach Condo: 206026
Prices on the 2 Above 2 BR Condos are a Special Rate of $599/Week. Add the Tax and A $65 Cleaning Fee.
PLEASE NOTE- We are getting over 100 calls/emails daily on the 11 different condos we own (2 are now booked for that week). I’d CALL Quickly If You Need Multiple Units, Availability Changes Daily !
Mike or Buffy  Madden 706-254-2569 (owners of 11 condos) Please mention the Allrecipes Round-up when booking.
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So start saving your pennies everyone! This get-together feels like a family reunion! Don’t be worried, you will be amongst friends!
Love, Cindy
This year the plans are: No plans! Go with the flow…
But us girls want to swim with the dolphins, para-sailing is right next door. A day trip to St. George’s Island, shopping at the local food store. Junk shopping, tourist shopping,going down to the Pier Place (tourist), eating oysters, found a new blue crab place, steak, sunburns and salty skin…swim, swim swim! Beach bums! Every night we’ll have a day trip planned for the next day or you can help decide the plans. You can go or not go….Some of us can’t stay all week so stay as long as you can! One day in the middle of the week, we all want to just stay home at the condos and eat at home, everyone get together.Stay at the beach all day, no makeup, wet and bedraggled all day! Seee….. I told you it’d be fun!

2012 Allrecipes Southern Round-up—the details

11 Mar

Hi, Guys! GDerr’s “Relocation Director” here…LOL! Here’s the FINAL FINAL dates. The actual Allrecipes Get-together at the restaurant is Saturday, Sept 15th at  Hunt’s Restaurant in Panama City, at 11 – 11:30 am. DON”T BE LATE! The line winds all around the building by noon! They have, all types of seafood & burgers…alligator, frog legs, oysters, you name it! Casual dining, flip flops and shorts are preferred, a Florida experience!

VIEW FROM THE BALCONY! You have been cooking and baking all year! Time for a vacation!

There is so much to do in Panama City Beach that I have a room booked for a week. (Coming in Fri, Sept 14th, so we can have a night’s sleep before the Get-together the next morning!) All hubbys are WELCOME! Lots of fishing and man things to do! We most generally meet for an early dinner out at a restaurant, but Pelican gal an I usually always have sammies or stuff to graze on, sitting on the table waiting for you at the condo.

Here is the Condo info>

Someone will have to reserve each condo and guarantee the reservation for each condo. Then  that person will have to collect from each person that stays in the condo. I think that 2 rooms are full with 4 gals each already, but if you need  to share a room, I will get you in touch with others that are looking for the same. Email me @ cindylepp@yahoo.com

We’d all love everyone to stay at the Celadon, west beach,you have all the amenities you need or could want. But I have other options too.

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/north-west/panama-city-beach/gulf-resort-beach/celadon

Or ….

 

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p169347

You can click on the above link and see what the condos look like. All are the same floor plan and have been built post Katrina. No refunds given unless ordered evacuation for hurricane.

Celadon Condos West End Of PC Beach. All Are 1 BR  2 Baths with Bunk Beds/Sleeper Sofa’s SPECIAL RATE OF $499/WEEK.

169347         (6th floor)

206043         (22nd floor)

206045         23rd Floor Penthouse
Down the beach,,,,
SEYCHELLE Condo’s East End of PC Beach. Same Floor plan as above. Same Special Rate of $499/Week.
923023         (11th floor)
922913         (21st floor)
241995         (21st floor) upgraded kitchen !
Down the beach….
MAJESTIC Beach Condo 4 Pools, Movie Theatre ,Starbucks
253173   (14th floor)       $599/Week.
ADD 12.50% Tax and A $50 Cleaning Fee to All The Above.
These Below Are 2 BR Condos, 2 Baths, Sleeper Sofa, Sleeps 6.
EMERALD Isle (12th floor) West End Of PC Beach, Approx 1 Minute from the CELADON Condo’s: 69008
STERLING REEF condos (14th floor) Middle of PC Beach Approx 1 Minute From The Majestic Beach Condo: 206026
Prices on the 2 Above 2 BR Condos are a Special Rate of $599/Week. Add the Tax and A $65 Cleaning Fee.
PLEASE NOTE- We are getting over 100 calls/emails daily on the 11 different condos we own (2 are now booked for that week). I’d CALL Quickly If You Need Multiple Units, Availability Changes Daily !
Mike or Buffy  Madden 706-254-2569 (owners of 11 condos) Please mention the Allrecipes Round-up when booking.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE LEPP FAMILY TO THE ENTIRE AR FAMILY

16 Dec

Thank you so much for all your Love and caring…..

I think it’s about time to let you know how I am doing…without my sweetheart, Danny.  I’m as fine as one could expect … coping, learning, and doing the best I know how. I have kept busy these past nine months with much traveling. As some know, my baby sis, Brenda, passed away a month and a half after Danny, so beyond the grief, we were all busy getting her teen boys situated. We loved and lost 5 important people in our family this year, all too young in my mind’s eye but I guess our higher power called, even Uncle Clinton, who was in his 70’s. I’m thinking we need to huddle together; my dear Family….5 people in one year is a huge hole in a family. And we have lost 2 wonderful Allrecipes Buzzers this year “Razzberryice” and “Sharyl4”…hard to fathom. We have many candles to light this Christmas….

     The GOOD NEWS is I did go to North Dakota in October to set Danny’s headstone and got to go see the ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL bench you guys bought! I cannot tell you HOW HUGE and beautiful it is! It’s about a block from his brother’s house on the same street. It’s called Centennial Park, on the grounds of the old elementary school that was torn down….now it’s a full block of trees, walkways, huge kids’ playground with nice play stuff, and a large pergola where they placed benches to sit. BUT Danny’s Memorial bench is the only huge polished marble/granite (?) one and is sitting in the prime position of the pergola. He will never be forgotten! It was Danny’s birthday so mid October our Maple Tree that you all had planted didn’t quite have all her leaves on (it was Fall) but she’s looking good and she’s taller than me by a few feet!.

 Family members met at his gravesite to see his headstone and it was beautiful. The small cemetery that he is buried in with his other 2 older brothers, overlooks the farm his Lepp Family, the 6 boys grew up on! I never knew that the cemetery overlooked the old farm! And he is the closest guy next to the old church.

 So honestly, it was a happy day to know all that! I’ve been to the farm and in the house a few times…it was abandoned many years before we married. The house still stands (not livable) and the farm is still owned by family members. So tho I was a horrible wreck all that day in anticipation….honestly…it was a relief… not bad… we laughed… his Mom and brother, Jerry talked about old times, no tears! My Father-in-law, my sis-in-law, Corinne (our nurse here in KY, she came down to help me out, INVALUABLE)…we all just walked around together in such a quiet and beautiful place…very calming. That cemetery is a history lesson in itself, so it was interesting to hear all the stories, they told. I love my Lepps!

So I stayed a week up in North Dakota…had my mail held, to be delivered the day I got back….AND GUESS WHAT WAS SITTING THERE WAITING? Okay…now that made me cry….

It was THE BOOKS that LadySparkles and Mike Harvey made from the world’s longest post you guys did! OH WOW! Perfect timing! They are huge, and she did so much work compiling all you all wrote! She made one whole book of Recipes and then a huge, huge book of all your well wishes from the Marathon post. And I was looking at one of the front of the books and said, gosh, this is a gorgeous pic, reminds me of my front porch. Well, It WAS my porch…. that Mike Harvey had made such nice artwork for the fronts of the books! Thanks, Mike…amazing work, between you and Carla! Mike, just recently read your blog that kept everything organized. http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13101603/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=232138

 I cannot thank you all enough… Baking Nana, Redneckgramma, Carrie, Celeste, Mike Harvey, and LadySparkles and all of you that kept the post going thru those our most desperate times. I’m trying to go thru each and every post as I can….I must say, it’s rough. You guys have all been so great and Danny was so proud to have me be a part of this AR Family. And I do have the recipes I need to start baking! Thank you all for being AMAZING to our family….posts from every state, and countries across the world. I can’t tell you how much it really helped our Lepp family to get thru the hard parts and to mend with all your prayers and well wishes.

Our Love always,

Danny (in peace) and Cindy Lepp

& Marley Arf! Arf!