Saturday, November 7, 2009

A North Carolina Blog Luncheon

I had a wonderful day today! About a month ago, Rhondi from Rose Colored Glasses invited all North Carolina bloggers to come to a lunch at her house. Rhondi and I have been blog friends for a couple of years and last year Rhondi drove from Charlotte, NC to my house (about a 2-1/2 hour drive) to spend the day with me. I was so excited to be able to drive over to her house to see her again!

Two other North Carolina bloggers also attended Rhondi's luncheon. Mary from Across The Pond (who lives in the Raleigh area and I just met two weeks ago when she was visiting Asheville) and Donna from Dobco, who I had not met until today were there.

From left to right, Rhondi, Donna, Mary and Me....on Rhondi's front porch.

Here is a picture of Donna, Rhondi and Mary standing just inside Rhondi's dining room before lunch. You can see Rhondi's living room behind everyone and her beautiful crystal chandelier over her dining table in the left fore ground.

Of course, you know you can tell a BLOGGER when you see someone with a camera taking a picture of food!

Rhondi's lunch was delicious! She served homemade butternut squash soup as the first course, followed by a broccoli quiche and a wonderful spinach salad with raspberries and mandarin oranges.

For dessert Rhondi served us tea from her vintage tea cart and gorgeous Dainty Blue china tea service.

The dessert was Mango sorbet with Rhondi's homemade oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies.

We spend the entire lunch talking about everything from blogging to trips to France and Thailand, quilting, photography, other outstanding blogs and more! I felt like I had know these wonderful women for years.

Mary brought this wonderful French style laundry bag and a English Lavender room scent as a gift for me. I love them both!

And Donna hand made this lovely Christmas bag and filled it will a cookie cutter, recipe cards and a mini loaf of yummy bread!

It was a lovely day. As I drove home I thought about how I would love to recreate this wonderful idea that Rhondi had. Maybe a luncheon next spring or early summer....
Welcome Home,


ceekay said...

Oh I know the fun you had. I just love meeting other bloggers....talking non-stop!
I am sure you have lots of memories!!

dobco said...

It was so much fun getting together today. Who would have ever thought that this new fangled technology would bring women together with common interests! I hope to get out to Ashville one of these days to visit your studeo. Meanwhile, if you are in my neck of woods, please give me a call. Hugs, Donna

Sarah said...

Penny, I read Rhondi's post earlier. Sounds like you NC girls had a wonderful visit and lunch. I'm so envious! It would be a dream come true if I got to visit in Rhondi's home to meet her and see her amazing quilts first hand. Thanks for sharing all the details.
Hugs ~ Sarah

Dianne @ Poof Happy Home said...

What a special day this was for all of you and what a lovely table and cart. Very Pretty. And what a great idea to get together.

Seems you're still working hard on HOME....and good for you, taking some time to go have fun.!!! Everything is looking so pretty. I just know you're loving it...:)

susan said...

Penny-I don't know how, but somehow I have missed your posts since you moved in--I was wondering if you were just too busy to post. Now I will have to back and catch up! Hope all is going well and so glad you got to go the luncheon. The menu is fabulous!

Sandi McBride said...

How wonderful! I love it when bloggers get together and then tell all about their day. Looks like a wonderful lunch, too.

Debbie said...

What a wonderful day spending time with new friends and blogger buddies. I'm envious.

Tracy said...

What a cool idea! We need to do that here in Texas. It would be so fun.
I had to laugh out loud at the pic of the "food photography" that is a sure sign of a blogger!!! Too funny!
Hope the house is going well!

Tardevil said...

Oh, I wish I had known. I would love to have met you all in person. Maybe one day. You should all come to the Christmas show! ;O)

Sue said...

Hi Penny....isn't it just so much fun lunching with other bloggers...Seven of us just got together this week and we had a ball....and we decided we needed to get together more often...I wrote about it a few posts back with lots of pictures of our crazy day....stop by and take a look...I'm still waiting for you to come down to Atlanta one of these days....

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

That's so awesome that you all united for lunch, friendship, & great blogging photos. What fun! Welcome home.

Elyse said...

hi penny,

what a lovely day you all had!

i am stuck thinking about that oatmeal raisin cookie. it looks amazing!!!


Beverly said...

Oh, Penny. I knew it would be wonderful, and it was. I thought of you all many times during my day yesterday.

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful fellowship with all of us.

Tardevil said...

Hi Penny,

I hope to go to the Charlotte Christmas show, but my daughter just made an All-star soccer team, and they're playing the weekend b/4 Thanksgiving, and next weekend, we hope to go to Biltmore, so I'm not sure which weekend it is (even though I've heard the commercials), but if we go, it will be during the week. My oldest and I have gone both years we've lived here, so I hate to miss it. Thanks for stopping by. I don't know how I missed it on Rhondi's blog b/c she's on my blogroll. Like your new house. I have a window similar to yours in my bath, but it's bigger like a church window, and I'm thinking of doing a wooden shade that pulls up (similar to the honeycomb shade)when I don't need it to block the sun. We don't really need it for privacy. Hope you're enjoying your new home.

Anne Fannie said...

How fun Penny it must have been to meet the bloggers that we talk to everyday on the internet!
Sounds like your visit and lunch was so much fun!

Rhondi said...

Hi Penny
Thanks so for coming to the lunch. It was so great to see you again!I love my gifts. You are too sweet!
Hugs, Rhondi

Kerrie said...

I just loved this whole post and enjoyed it so much! Almost like being there! ♥ Kerrie

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Now that must have been so fun! It's true, you can always tell a blogger by how ready the camera is!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fun! I know you had a ball! I enjoyed spending time with you today! Thanks for the nice welcome!

Donna said...

What a wonderful luncheon! How special to spend time with other blogger friends, and the food sounds absolutely fabulous. I know you all had a good time!


LW said...

What fun, it looks like everyone had a great time.
Mango sorbet and homemade cookies...heaven!


KarenHarveyCox said...

What a wonderful lunch, with photo ops, delicious food and being amongst blogging friends. It's so much fun when you are with bloggers. It's like speaking a secret language.

P.S. I like the new look of your blog.

Pen Pen said...

Sweet.... i'm in NC too and have often wondered it there were fellow bloggers just around the corner, that I need to find. looks like you girls had a great time!

jeanne said...

Hello Penny, your post about the luncheon with Rhondi is wonderful. There is only one thing missing. ME!! Darn it all. That's two events I have not been able to attend. Our life is busy and a bit crazy but I love the fun and the company even though it is sometimes a bit over whelming.

We picked up our puppy and she is at this moment, sleeping on my foot. She follows me from room to room and I am scared I will step on her. LOL. Not a single accident YET!!! She does seem to understand the potty thing. She whimpers when she has to go. I hope it lasts.

Have a happy day. It is cold here right now. It was actually cool in Jacksonville.

Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

Dena said...

What a treat to get to see them and that lunch! Oh my goodness that looks and sounds so yummy! I love the shot of the gals with the cameras in hand :)


Beverly said...

I just love reading your blog. Looks like you girls had a blast...funny...the part about taking pictures of food. We will be out somewhere and I'ss say "hold on a minute" 7 years old says.."time for a picture for the blog" fast they

bj said...

How fun this must have been. So glad you had such a wonderful time...

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh how lucky you are to be able to go see Rhondi in person! I have to admit I'm a little jealous of both of you, it looks like a wonderful time:>)

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

Penny, you guys looked like you had a great time! I think Rhondi had a great idea. Loved reading all the postings about the lunch. Steph

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Penny,
What fun, I want to live in NC too!
Rhondi had a wonderful idea for all of you gals to get together.
Sweet photo's and treasured memories.
Great post,

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Penny; Sounds like every one had a lovely time... How wonderful for blog friends to be able to meet each other and enjoy each other... And what a great idea to I might give it a go some time myself....


Daisy Cottage said...

Now THAT was a heavenly day.
Beautiful girls you all are.


Susie Q said...

What a perfect day with wonderful friends!! Nothingis lovelier!!