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Janet we wondered where you were - we KNEW you would dance with us on the table tops.

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Looks like I missed out on a fun time. Table dancing, hmmm! Guess I'll just have to plan on making the party on the Fourth. emoticon

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Certainly glad I didn't try the LI Iced Tea.... I would have fallen flat on my face and wouldn't have been able to enjoy the party..... but maybe because it's virtual.... :)

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You were missed and now the job is to circle the 4th of July beach party because we were just warming up this past weekend and that one will REALLY be a blast - even bigger and better.

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Sorry I missed the picnic. Sounds like everyone had a blast. Would have loved to have been there. Already had left for the weekend so I didn't get the post. Out camping and celebrating the holiday weekend. Got an early start. Hope to see you all on the 4th of July!

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Hey - I made it home in time to make it to school on time this morning. I was a little sore in a few places because those table dances were rather more than my normal dancing. The late night swim was a lot of fun too. The food was great and although I didn't lose, I didn't gain so that is a pretty good weekend result. Looking forward to the 4th. Honouria - I did miss you, it is too bad you didn't get the notice - now you will have to make a point to look for the 4th of July beach party.

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Fun Picnic - I haven't gotten my hand drum out of the closet in a long time emoticon

Sorry I will miss the 4th of July party as I will be half way around the planet in the Philippines. My son & daughter-in-love will be having a wedding ceremony & reception for her family.

My first time out of the country that far - I do go to Canada now & then and lived in Hawaii for 3 years - but this is such a Blessing!

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Oh, this was the most fun I had in a long time! Thanks for organizing the party, Gail, and for the thoughtful limo's and Lear Jets to get us home. I just arrived this morning ... tired, a bit of a hangover, but really happy!

Glad you all enjoyed the music. I think after the regular music, many of you stayed to drum and chant around the fire til the wee hours of the morning. As Joan says, when you get to drumming, a rhythm takes over and you go to another place in time...

Sorry I missed the hike, Jill ... I hear you some of you found some old arrow heads along the trail. The pool was so refreshing this morning before I headed out to the limo.

Yes, I am certainly open to a 4th of July picnic ON THE BEACH!! (good idea Jill) and have marked it on my calendar. I nominate Mary to bring the tea again.

Ah, the food was sooo good everyone. Thank you! It was so nice meeting you all.

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Oh, Mary...you gave the recipe away! LOL!! I was hoping a few more people would give it a try before they looked up to see what is in it. emoticon emoticon I guess some of us knew, but not everyone. You are so right...tastes like iced tea, but LOOK OUT! Just take a look at Jill dancing on the picnic table as an example! emoticon emoticon

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I really had a great time with all of You at Gail's Memorial Weekend Team Bash. . .Overall I ate too much as everything was so tasty but like Nancy said since it's all virtual I actually lost weight emoticon But, with the swimming & walks I took I feel so much better today. I'm also looking forward to another fantastic time at the 4th of July emoticon emoticon emoticon Team Party. I'll try to remember to only limit myself to one Long Island Ice Tea next time as I was dancing like crazy on the picnic table as many of you were also and we all had a smashing good time emoticon emoticon It sure felt good to be as silly and outrageous as we wanted to be and such good innocent fun. Thank you Gail for inviting us, such a wonderful idea!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Awesome and wonderful weekend, Gail and SparkSisters! Isn't it fun being a little goofy and KOOKY as someone once called us? Certainly gives us something different to think about! Have a great week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I can't wait until the next gathering - Maybe the 4th of July will be a better time for the rest of our team members. This was fun and everyone was upbeat and fun to be around. THANKS FOR A GREAT WEEKEND.

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Packing up the tents and camping supplies after a hearty breakfast.....my family and I head on out......what fun we had.....I hope you do this again on the Fourth of July .....I will be here....:)

Jackie, you were wonderful on the autoharp.....I've always thought that I would love to have one and play it. Oh, and thanks for letting my son and I play one of your drums last night....what fun......:)

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THANKS EVERYONE FOR LETTING ME JUST FLY AROUND AND WATCH ALL MY NEW FRIENDS, EVEN THOUGH I WAS FLYING TIPSY.....BEING TIPSY MADE MY WINGS FLUTTER EVEN MORE AND MADE THEM SHOW ALL OF THEIR BEAUTIFUL COLORS...NEXT YEAR, PROBABLY NOT JULY, BECAUSE I WILL BE RECOUPING FROM MY TOTAL KNEE, I WILL BE ABLE TO BE THERE MORE THAN IN MY SPIRIT....THANKS AGAIN FOR A FUN TIME.. emoticon

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I'll take one of the drums.....while I am not an expert drummer......it is fun just drumming, sometimes to an internal rhythm.................I've been to a couple of 'drummings' and I gotta tell you when the whole group gets to drumming, those vibrations just seep into your very soul. It is a wonderful experience but have not done it in several years.....when all the drums meld together in a consistent rhythm......it is just wow....:)

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The fireworks are over and the concert has stopped. The lemos are out front to take all of you lovely friends back to my leer jets waiting at Boing field. You will be home and in bed before you can count to 10.. Thanks for coming. I am thrilled about the turn out but yet disappointed at the same time. Out of 430 our head count was only 29. They just don't know what they missed. I will get a 4th of July party in the works---watch for your invitations.

By the way, I loved meeting the new people I had not met before. It was a dreat party,

Oh my, I think someone is still sleeping on the bench by the hot tub----Nancy is that you?

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Hey - if it is dark enough, then if you are not as prepared as I am - you could always skinny dip since nobody would SEE you. LOL

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Count me in for the moonlight swim. Nice and dark so no one can really see how I look in my swimsuit. No one should see that...lol. The music is so beautiful, and we all sing quite loudly. It doesn't matter if it is a little off key, it's all just for fun. All of the food today, the company, the laughter, the fun. What a great way to spend a holiday. I'm ready to do this again on the 4th of July. Can't remember when I've had such a great day! Thanks, everyone, for getting together and sharing all of your memories and helping to make new ones.

Yawn! Swimming makes me feel nice and tired, and after such a full day I think I'll be the first to wish everyone a good night and go to bed. Talk to all of you tomorrow morning. Hugs going out to everyone! Sweet dreams!

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I am all for a moonlight swim and when I lived in Florida, I often waited until the sun dropped down below the horizon to go out and swim for hours and hour in the warm evening/nighttime.

Music always soothes my soul - sadly I don't play an instrument but I love to listen. I sing but not necessarily on key - I believe in the psalmist's words that say to "Make a JOYFUL noise unto the Lord" and MY NOISE is JOYFUL and NOISY too. LOL

Haven't you figured out that FOOD EATEN IN GOOD COMPANY really shouldn't have ANY calories and virtual picnics CERTAINLY DON'T.

I love my LI Iced Tea and it definitely IS just like iced tea that I have had before - I know exactly how tipsy even ONE can make me. I find it quite relaxing. LOL

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Opps - I'm running late - 3 grandchildren & Nieces graduating from High School this week & next! I'm loaded down with cut up watermelon - sweet and juicy!

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But only one LI iced tea allowed in the hot tub!! LOL! By the way, I did see a slightly tipsy butterfly meandering its way around the yard and neighborhood. So glad to know who it was!! emoticon

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My lands do we every know how to party!

Some of you look a little 'tipsy.' Could that be???

We have wonderful dancers, swimmers, bikers, Zumba'ers' and so forth.

Jackie, I agree. You can really play that autoharp. Beautiful.

I'm getting in the hot tub now.

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smores...now there's a memory and I know these happen to be totally devoid of any calories, or most anyway. Yes, Jill, let's do the walk around the mountains, then the music (can't wait to hear Jackie play the autoharp) and I just heard that we have special permission to do the fireworks. I think that's because Jerry bribed someone with some baby back ribs! LOL!

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The Party is getting loud and wild now with everyone enjoying a strong Long Island Iced Tea. . .You're right I only drank one and already I'm feeling it. . .So glad Jackie you thought to bring your autoharp as I forgot to bring mine but will enjoy using some of the instruments you so thoughtfully brought along. . .Gail, did you or anyone else bring fireworks to shoot off tonight? Are they legal here as they aren't where I live. . .what fun it will be tonight warming up in front of a big bonfire drinking hot chocolate and making smores. We can sing along to the music and dance as if it's 1999, which sometimes I wish it was emoticon I slept in so Nancy is it possible we can swim tonight or does the nearby pool/lake close at dusk? I did think to bring my suit and I sure would like to try an aquatics class as it's been recommended to me for my osteoarthritis and I see what it has done for you and others. . .It also might be fun tonight while sitting around the Bonfire to tell scary stories even if sometimes I do get scared in the dark, such a chicken I am.

Ramona I listened to the video you brought and thought it was awesome. Always loved President Reagan--he, in my opinion, was a very good man. . .and truer words were never spoken by him. If you have had a chance to watch it, it's well worth 3 minutes of your time. Thanks for bringing it.

Well, since I missed the exercising earlier in the pool does anyone want to take a walk around here before the sun starts going down? I love how walking and moving more has helped Jackie reach some wonderful Goals this last year, she inspires me to try harder.
Maybe we even have time to hike around the Mountains as they aren't steep at all. . This party is awesome and sure would love to do something like this for 4th of July emoticon emoticon emoticon maybe a July 4th Beach Party would be fun???in the sun. .

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IF ANY OF YOU SAW A BUTTERFLY FLYING AROUND IN NOT A VERY STRAIGHT LINE, YOU WILL KNOW I FOUND THE LONG ISLAND ICE TEA....MY FAVORITE DRINK EVER...BUT A VERY POWERFUL ONE I WOULD SAY....I HAVE ENJOYED MYSELF FLYING AROUND AND SMILING AT EACH AND EVERYONE OF MY NEW FRIENDS. AUTO HARP, WHAT BEAUTIFUL MUSIC THAT IS.

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Ramona, thanks for sharing that tribute!

We have the hot tub open for anyone that would like to use it. Towels are on the deck. We have had 28 of us show op for the party plus hubby's, children and grandchildren. I am disappointed that not more came because I know there are more out there. emoticon



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Thanks Mary for bringing the LI Ice Tea ... some people are saying that I went and spiked it even more than what it has and I can say that is not true! Everyone who has had a real LI Ice Tea knows you can't drink more than one as it packs quite a wallop!

I'm gathering more firewood for the bonfire tonite and plan on bringing out my autoharp for some tunes. I know some of you play other instruments - hope you brought them. If you didn't, I have some maracas, gourds, stand-alone drums and a couple of tambourines you could borrow! I also printed up some song sheets for the sing-a-long.

It's been great fun - we started with an awesome breakfast and then Nancy hosted a pool party was refreshing as were the games! Thanks Gail for the event! It's been fun being with others today.

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LOL...if you had unsweetened iced tea you didn't have the Long Island iced tea!! emoticon Do a search for a recipe for Long Island iced tea, or better yet, maybe Mary could send us a recipe!! I stopped with one...it was all I could handle!! Well...maybe it is true there wasn't any sugar in the LI iced tea, but there's plenty of other stuff! Thanks, Mary!!

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I am headed for a nap! Food was so good... I dread the scales tomorrow but I only had sample sizes of all the tempting stuff. Love the unsweetened iced tea -- no guilt there. So many fun dishes I had forgotten. Great party. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Truly enjoying all the water activities...including the water skiing! I've loved that since I was a kid and we skied on the Mississippi River.

For those wondering about the tea, Mary from Long Island brought the tea and it is Long Island iced tea, which is like no tea you've ever tasted before. Look it up and I bet you'll agree with me! LOL!!

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I am into the games but would like to go to the water for as many as possible - the water makes it possible for me to move more comfortably and not get too overheated either. My knees don't like uneven ground so anyone who wants to head to the pool, lake, ocean, or river FOLLOW me - we will have fun and get a good workout too.

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Good Morning, I can hardly get my eye kids to open up. The concert went on till the wee hours of the morning and after that their was the uncontrolled giggling---Now who brought the Iced Tea?
The breakfast smells so good. I didn't think I would be hungry after all that food but hey, my tummy says I am so I hope there is some left for us sleepy heads.

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Jackie...so right...too much of that great LI iced TEA!! or team or tead or teal or whatever it was that I had to sip on...LOL
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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon breakfast is ready.......hot cakes, bacon, sausage, biscuits,scrambled eggs....you name it ..we got it.......orange juice, and apple juice...and hot coffee.....:) and tea for those who want it.....oh, and fresh strawberries and blackberries..some things you just gotta take for granted...cause there are no emoticons for everything. :) but we have good imaginations........:)
oh, and I think someone brought a breakfast casserole that looks really tasty......:0

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I know there are soldiers all over who deserve to be remembered this day.....and we do.....but our American soldiers are very special to us...for many of them are family and friends... we salute you, those who have given their lives to preserve our freedoms......Freedom isn't free.....though so many take it for granted and mock and disparage any show of patriotism........it breaks my heart when I read some of things written on some of these songs....why even post if you don't agree....why ......and don't give me freedom of speech...there is also common courtesy and respect for other's feelings.....compassion and kindness......please, show respect if you live in this country....

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Jeannie -- I think you had too much of the LI Ice Tea --- Since you like the LI Ice TEAM - LOL

I'm from Michigan ... the bonfire was fun last night, sure glad the sky was clear so we could see the full moon. Looking forward to another fun-filled day!

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Oh, my guess...isn't it great that there are so many of us at this wonderful event? That's because what one of us forgets, another is ready to bring. I need all the help I can get. Did someone mention LI iced team??? Now we're getting somewhere!! LOL!! emoticon

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Gail, I'm gonna bring along my camera cause so much fun just has to be remembered with pictures. Happy Memorial Day!!

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I love how we're from all over the US and also Canada, Australia , Trinidad, etc. I'm from Southern California where it's warm most of the time. emoticon I sure would love to travel to meet each and every one of you in person, I'm a big dreamer but it would be wonderful to meet you all one on one. . .

Thank you Joanie, that is a very beautiful patriotic song and I also love the USA and I'm also so proud of the Military who gave their lives and have fought so hard so we can live with freedom other Countries just dream about. emoticon

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Watermelon, my favorite fruit! But Nancy, we have 3 cherry trees so eat till your heart is content, 2 Bing and 1 Rainier. Yummy!



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Hi, everyone! I just got in from a family reunion in Louisiana, so I just found out about the picnic. Sounds like just what I need to make it a completely fantastic weekend. Looking forward to meeting and spending time with all my Spark friends.

I'm from Texas, so I guess I'll bring along some good old Texas barbecued brisket. For dessert I think I'll make a freezer of my incredible Cherry Pineapple ice cream.

Thanks so much, Gail, for getting this all put together for us. We should all have a blast! Everything sounds so delicious that I'm not sure where to start. But I do know that I'll have a bison burger cause I know how good they are!

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I AM FROM WISCONSIN.... I AM A CHEESEHEAD!!!!

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from Arkansas here.....:) bringing some more of the favorite potato salad made with mustard ......I noticed it was all gone from yesterday.....family begged to come along as well.....Gail, you got security......I think this may be turning into a riot......*snicker* ......welllllll, it could....... emoticon emoticon

ohhhh just remembered......time to bring out the old home churned banana and peach ice cream..........yummmy!! you work off all the calories before hand, turning that crank......yup, the old fashioned kind......manually operated.....:) emoticon emoticon

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I live in Utah and I'm bringing bison sausage from Jackson, WY

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I live in West Virginia - I am so excited though because I have lived in several other states and traveled in all but 3 of them - Alaska, Hawaii, and Louisiana

I think that if you are from Washington State, you should bring some CHERRIES for us - they are one of my favorites. Did anyone think of breakfast food if we are staying for the entire weekend? Maybe I will bring some eggs and healthy cereal choices.

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I think I'll also bring some Tums, Rolaids and mosquito repellant! LOL!! After taking a taste of each of these dishes, I might need it!

Gail, did you make arrangements with the neighbors to ignore the loud noise and laughter? We don't want a disturbing the peace call going out! emoticon emoticon

How about a roll call of the states and provinces or countries we represent?

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Wheee... what fun! I'm bringing a Quick Vegetarian SW Chili that's only 150 cal. a cup and some reduced fat tortilla chips.

For fun I'm bringing the croquet set because I can never get anyone around here to play with me. Oh, and some wood for tonite's bonfire!

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Hey I thought this was going on most all week long - of course our families must come - sleeping bags and tents (just in case of rain) campfires, and so forth. I will bring some sparkling grape juice along with the champagne - so we can toast and cheer those great fireworks

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emoticon On my way with the whole famdamnly... we'll needs lots of hands to set up and take down... I want all my kids and grandchildren to meet all the SparkFriends I talk about all the time emoticon I'll bring festive paper goods and bunches of emoticon a bounce house and pony ride emoticon Gail emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I am here. I haven't decided what to bring though. It's been about 50 years since I was at a picnic.

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gail...thanks for the invite to the picnic....sounds like you all will have a good time....sorry to say, i don't think i will make this one...maybe next time......i would love to meet you all...what a precious group we have here.....i will be sending a special surprise treat for everyone.....you shall receive it today via fed-ex.....you will love it......have fun and enjoy one another.....hugs judy
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sleeping bags ...wonderful idea...........this should be fun like a huge bunking party......can you imagine how noisy this very huge bunking party could get? party emoticon emoticon on

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Bringing Strawberries, with white chocolate dipping sauce, and blue star sprinkles. And Red, White and Blue Sugar free Jello in a USA map mold. emoticon

That is my contribution to The Legion Bar-B-Que on Sunday, I'll just have enough for our group Get Together on Monday...about 430 ?!?!

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Thanks, Gail! I can't wait. This is a wonderful idea. We've been wanting to get together - meet everyone.

I'll bring lemonade, corn & black bean salsa, baked tortillia chips and CDs. We can dance the night away!

Can't wait to see everyone.

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In honor of those for whom this day was created, let's bring photos and or the names of those whose names we know and from our local areas who died in the service of our country. We can place the photos and names on a table with an eternal flame to remind us that we will NEVER forget.

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I love angel food cake with strawberries - I also like it when you bake it with a can of crushed pineapple instead of the water in the recipe - it is YUMMY, healthy, and low in fat and calories when you use the pineapple in its own juice.

I will also bring a bunch of extra chairs - I love mine and it holds a LOT more weight than the normal ones that I am always afraid might collapse when I sit in them. LOL

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well so far i h ave not seen this item on the m enu...

the reaso n we are gathering today..... i have to bring this up every year cause it means alot to me..... i grew up in a small town in finger lakes area in upstate new york.... waterloo, new york... its also the birthplace of memorial day.... i was still in high school when it was declared the birthplace and we celebrate 100th anniversary...

enjoy the day.... i know i will... this is the first one i will have off in several years.... still out sick... medical issues



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Sounds like so much fun and will be a great time to meet all those I don't know yet since I'm a newbie. I'd like to bring my favorite southern mustard potato salad with lite mayo you know. Also my favorite strawberry and angel food cake dessert. Can't wait to "see" everybody. emoticon

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How about some decks of cards, some veggie platters to go with the fruit - this way we can nibble while waiting for everyone to get there and not pile on the calories. I do HAVE to have some corn on the cob as well.

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It's getting a little late, but I'm running across country as fast as my chubby little legs will carry me! Thank for inviting me, Gail.

I decided to bring a few trays of lightly breaded baked chicken and a few trays of low cal
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I'd love some of that Southwest bean soup with a piece of that Mexican corn bread.........ohhhhhhh and just gotta have some of that earthquake cake.......it looks so good.......oh, and that Chinese slaw would be perfect with this .....yummo!

oh, my......now I've gotta go do some hiking.......some really serious hiking........ emoticon emoticon

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This sounds like a GREAT picnic.....
I learned a couple lawn games a few years ago and really love Bocce Ball. It works best on a beach, but not sure I can package up a beach and bring with. But it's fun in the grass, too.
And for others "cowboy golf" -- I think that's the name.... I need something to keep me away from the food table, because there will be so much great food!

The bison intrigues me and that would be my first choice just because I've never had it before!
See you all there!

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Wow, this is going to be a great party! I love sequence Alice----you want to play a game? And my mouth is watering for that cornbread.

It is so nice to see all you lovely people. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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So what's the deal? Is everyone forgetting about the food tracker? I see the calories adding up, so I'm going to bring the new Johnsonville Turkey Cheddar brats for the grille. They only have 120 calories each, so I'm going to eat two.

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I'll bring my Chinese slaw made with dry chow mein noodles, pkg shredded slaw mix, toasted sesame seeds, some toasted slivered almonds, some diced green onion, and some Splenda or Truvia or Purevia mixed with apple cider vinegar and a little canola oil or EVOO for the dressing.

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Oh golly, already I see people I have never seen before emoticon
Hello to everybody. Looks like almost everything has been covered, but have been racking my brain to come up with something and decided I would make a crockpot of southwestern bean soup. May sound like soup, but when ladeled with a slotted spoon, it is southwestern beans and a big pan of Mexican cornbread. Also an Earthquake cake - looks like a real earthquake but is delicious.

Will bring my board game, Sequence for those that cannot do the action games and like board games.

Oh, I am so looking forward to this picnic.

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I'm bring pepperoni and cheese and crackers and what's a picnic without the lawn darts! On my way! emoticon emoticon

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Count me in! I'm bringing a huge taco salad--3 kinds of beans for protein tossed with half a package of taco seasoning for some kick, lots of lettuce, tomatoes and some sliced black olives, a few tortilla chips broken up and stirred in and topped off with a little grated cheddar cheese. Filling, tasty and healthy.
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what's a potato salad with friends.......a sorry down and out potato salad....so I brought it over here......*grin* okay, okay...I know....but this is Memorial Day and how long do you really think this is going to last.......oh, and plenty of water....*grin*
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Oh I haven't had that cake in YEARS - my MIL used to make it and I LOVED it. I think a case or two of water will help us to remember not to eat TOO much extra of the yummy stuff.

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Well, what would a picnic be without some desserts along with the fruit.

I would like to bring a sheet of Banana/Chocolate Pudding/Graham Cracker Ice Box Cake.

Taking cookie sheet spread graham crackers how big or shape you want, spread cooked chocolate pudding or some may want to try fat free/sugar free kind, then cut slices on top of graham crackers and spread pudding as much as you like. Then proceed to put 2 or 3 layers of this same process again to desired height. Last layer of graham cracker spread pudding then made crumbs and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate for a few hours giving it time to meld together then serve. Great project to do with grandchildren they love it so simple.
Very yummy.

Love a picnic and could not think of a more wonderful group to have it with.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

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P.S. Forgot to mention at our picnic how to remember our Veterans and all the men and women and their families fighting for our Freedom. May we keep them in our prayers the God Keeps them Safe and return's them all to us very soon. God Bless this Wonderful Nation of Ours.

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Love the bison, and since you are bringing that,maybe I should bake some whole grain buns to put the sausage on.

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Wow -- already the picnic sound wonderful. Especially the baby back ribs and good salads and fruit. I am bringing bison summer sausage I got in Jackson, WY.

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Oh, I love the ribs - not much on salads with mayonnaise, so I will bring a fresh fruit salad with lots of different kinds of fruit in it

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Happy to enjoy a picnic with all my friends, love it!! I love a leafy green salad with all the veggies, beans, low fat shredded cheese, etc. and I'll bring that and lots of salad dressings with many choices so everyone can use what they like--low calorie of coarse, but all natural. I haven't been to a big picnic in years and I think it's a wonderful idea. So are we going to play volleyball today? I'm not really good at it but used to have fun playing it and also badminton. So glad it's a beautiful day and I can spend time with all of you. Thanks Gail for inviting us--looking forward to it and also getting to know more of our Team mates. Please let me know if you like or want something different and/or special on or with your salad. . . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5/25/13 1:59 P

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Thank you so much for the invite!! Love get togethers of any kind. I'm told I make a "mean" macaroni salad and, just for my Sparks friends and family, I will lighten it up calorie wise. Can't wait to see you all!!!!!!!
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5/25/13 1:51 P

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If you're bringing Jerry's baby back ribs, Gail, I'm bringing potato salad made with our healthy home-grown potatoes. And, we'll even share with ALL our good friends!!

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Hi Team, we have 430 members on our team, Some of you are like family, others are drop by once in awhile, and still others are lurkers. And then there are the no shows. Some do Daily Chat, others games, etc. I am asking for a favor. Please come to our Virtual Memorial Day Picnic. It starts today and lasts through Monday and all you have to do is say what you will bring. It can be food, games, beverages, etc. Lets see how many posts we can get. Please, please take part in this. I am sure there are a lot of members that are no longer with us at all, so this will be a good way to dount our true base. And a lot of fun to see what everyone will bring.

I will start it off. I am bringing Jerry's smoked baby back ribs



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