Kelly the Culinarian: Party in the USA

Monday, October 22, 2012

Party in the USA

For once in my life, I possessed the party house and was popular. High school dream = achieved.

I found a super cute house for me, my friends and a few Chicago Running Bloggers on VRBO.com. The pictures on the Internet didn't do it justice. For less than one night a nearby resort, we shared a home for the weekend. Because we all brought food, it turned out to be a very cheap girls weekend.
Race morning with the ladies:
One of the friends we made at the house:
He's a little wooden, but very welcoming.

The house had an awesome screened in patio, which I wish it was a bit warmer so we could take advantage.
We did, however, take advantage of the built-in fire pit.
The key to a roaring fire? A giveaway towel soaked in lighter fluid, with a little more lighter fluid.

And a look at some of our homemade meals. Erin cooked up pizzas Saturday night.  She also made this awesome vegan French toast casserole Sunday morning. My contributions included vegan banana muffins and crock pot steel cut oats.
We also had a great time playing games, talking running and talking shop ... aka, blogging, SEO, Twitter and our favorite memes.

We tweeted each other ... a lot.
And practiced our Gangnam Style routine. I swear, only Sierra could make this routine look hot. Can you believe that despite working in social media and traveling to Korea recently, this weekend was the first time I saw this glorious video? I live under a rock ....
This was a lovely weekend away that I really enjoyed. The house was beautiful, the company was lovely, the food was amazing and the price was right. Despite that little interlude Saturday morning that including charging up Wisconsin's Mount Everest, I had a great time.  I really hope we have the chance to do something like this again. There's nothing quite like conversations over a bonfire and a glass of wine.

9 comments:

bobbi said...

Loved it all! Thanks for organizing- it was perfect!

Maggie Wolff said...

ERMAGERD! I'm offended. Not sure why.

I also want to marry Erin so she will cook for me on the regular.

secondcityrandomness said...

You did such a great job organizing it all, Kelly! Thanks for everything! :)

Losing Lindy said...

looks like a lot of fun. The pizzas look amazing, did Erin give out recipes for the crust? I am searching for a good crust.

Kelly @ Running Kellometers said...

I'm glad that there are only photos of the Gangnam style dance, not video. YIKESSSS

Thanks so much for organizing! I"m looking forward to the next trip!! :)

Erin said...

Great summary of a great weekend. Thank you for putting this together. I can't wait to do it again!!

Unknown said...

What a great deal for the house! Websites like airBnB and the one you used are often times much more reasonably priced. That's how we found our apartment in Russia!

You guys should've captured Gangnam Style on video :)

Sierra said...

Thanks for finding such an awesome place. I am still thinking about the Vegan french toast casserole. I don't even want to know what was in it, so she better not post that recipe and ruin my enjoyment of the sugary deliciousness.

Dance lessons are available anytime...glad I was able to bring a skill to the weekend.

kilax said...

The pics did NOT do the house justice! Which is good... let's keep that little gem to ourselves.

What a fab weekend and a fab idea. Thanks for coming up with it, Kelly! :) I had more fun that I ever imagined I would!