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September 16th, 2005
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One month away! The Oct 22/23 Indy Exhibit Moot
Gonna post this now, to see if there are any problems, then post it again a week before the moot. Yes, I'm actually ORGANIZED! (try not to fall off of your chair!)

Here’s the plan!

I’m going to provide Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. To make it more fun, though, I’m going to ask each of you to provide a fruit of your choice for the Sunday morning fruit salad - *G*. If I know people are going to be there earlier on Saturday, or continuing on to Monday, I’ll also have some lunch makings and breakfast makings around for those days as well.

I’ll have bottled water, ice tea, diet pepsi, beer (Rolling Rock and Leinenkugel Red), wine, and lactose-free skim milk on hand for drinks. If you’d like something else, feel free to bring it. I have plenty of ice (built-in icemaker in the fridge). I’ll also have popcorn, chips and salsa.

I have almost enough towels, bedding and beds for everybody – see below on what I’d appreciate you bringing to help out. The only thing I'm short on, is I need two single aero beds to supplement the sofa and futon, for the four singles.

I was thinking of setting up a tent in the sun room (a small enclosed porch in the front) for the kids to “camp out” in - *G* - if you think they’d enjoy that. Otherwise, my queen bed would probably allow for two parents and a child, and whoever gets the queen aerobed could have their child sleep next to them. I’m assuming you probably already have some kind of sleepover sleeping bag/air mattress for the kids. If not, I’ve got a couple of the thin airpads, and one traditional sleeping bag (the “Sears” kind, flannel on the inside) to share.

Let’s see, what else… Oh! Saturday night! Well, my tv is big, but the room it’s in isn’t, so watching a movie together is probably out. I was thinking of playing games and carving up jack o’lanterns (for me! *G*), so if you have any good games to play, please let me know you’re bringing them (in a comment). I’ve heard “Apples to Apples” is good… there’s always Pictionary (*G*) and Trivial Pursuit (although not the LOTR version, please… it’s both too easy and too hard, being based on the movie - *L*!)… or perhaps somebody has a good role-playing game? Any other ideas?

If you come in early on Saturday, there’s the Children’s Museum, walking around the neighborhood, going to the zoo… all sorts of things we can do.

So: At this time, just let me know if anybody has a couple of single aero beds, think about any good games, let me know if the kids would have any problem with the suggested sleeping arrangements. And see my earlier post - please let me know about any special food needs or food allergies. Thanks!

Details behind the cut - and let me know if I'm forgetting anybody!:

Ninq, Boo, and SB
I'll provide: Queen-sized bed, pillows and bedding, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast
Please bring: Towels for yourselves, sleeping bag/air mattress for SB, drinks (your preferred sodas, etc.), 3 fruits for fruit salad, tickets for exhibit

Dee, Mr. Dee, and Shireling
I'll provide: Queen-sized bed, pillows and bedding, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast
Please bring: Towels for yourselves, sleeping bag/air mattress for Shireling, drinks (your preferred sodas, etc.), 3 fruits for fruit salad, tickets for exhibit

Tig and Morgan
I'll provide: Towels, Futon and Sofa*, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast
Please bring: Bedding, drinks (your preferred sodas, etc.), 2 fruits for fruit salad, tickets for exhibit

Graewolf and Edie
I'll provide: Towels, Futon and Sofa*, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast
Please bring: Bedding, drinks (your preferred sodas, etc.), 2 fruits for fruit salad, tickets for exhibit

* I’m short by two sleeping places, for the singles, since the futon and the sofa each only take one person comfortably. If anybody has either a single or a queensized aerobed, let me know, and I’ll probably ask you to bring it – thanks! If not, I’ll see if I can borrow one.

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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:September 17th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
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Wow, you thought of everything! *is impressed*
You want we should let you know which fruits we're bringing?
I love the camping-out idea for the kids! I really hope the shireling will behave herself (she's very difficult to settle in an unfamiliar place - you should've seen how she was at a wedding in Crandon... *boggles*) However, I'm counting on the fatigue factor. :)
We also need to make sure we bring our camera. Lots of chances at kidpics of those 2 :)
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:September 17th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
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P.S. the thing about the towels is very Hitchhiker's Guide! *G*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 17th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
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*snorfle!!!!* You know, I was driving last weekend, and had just come away from hiking and getting very sweaty... and cursed myself for not knowing where my towel was!!! *L*!
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:September 17th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Heeheehee! GMTA :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 17th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Nope... surprise me on the fruits... *G*.

I understand about the shireling! Well, it will probably be leaf-raking time at my house, which means we can set them to work (*rubs hands and laughs fiendishly*), and/or we can let them play in the leaves. If it hasn't rained recently. *hopes!* And then, since it's the week before Halloween, I would LOVE lots of jack-o-lanterns, so she can scoop away, draw designs, and so forth, while the adults cut. Gonna be a smelly house - *L*! I'm just looking forward to seeing what the place feels like when it's full of friends. *S*
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 17th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Wonderful ideas! *hug*
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:September 17th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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OK that was me up there, as you probably figured. I don't know how I ended up posting anonymously. *shrug*
From:graewolf
Date:September 17th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Okay, we finally -- just now! -- bought tickets online... there were problems with getting the website to cooperate with my computer (I'm on Safari)... so we are all set for Sunday! I'm confused though -- you said you would have our tickets -- were you going to pick them up early? Do you need our confirmation number and Edie's full name?

As far as arrangements go, we'll sleep on anything. I'll bring sleeping bags and a couple of mats along with sheets and pillows. We'll bring as much food as we can. I appreciate the lactose free milk! I just remembered (since sending the last message to your previous post a few minutes ago) that I am allergic to wheat -- just figured that out a couple of weeks ago -- and until my gut is healed, I have to avoid lactose as well.

This is such a nice thing you are doing for us -- gas is so expensive now, and if you weren't offering your home for shelter (along with some food!) we wouldn't make this trip. So thank you muchly!! Please let us know if we can chip in to help pay for food, utilities, etc.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 17th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Cool! Originally I was going to buy tix for everybody, since I'm a member of the museum, and thought I could get a discount - but it turns out it doesn't work out cheaper in the end. So go ahead and have them send yours, or do a will call.

Hmmmm... allergic to wheat? That's a little more difficult, since I was going for spaghetti for dinner and quiche for breakfast. Of course, the quiche you could skip the crust on... any suggestion about the spaghetti, or is the stuff it's made out of different enough from wheat to be okay?

I'm still going to look for an aerobed or two to borrow; they'd be better for your back than the floor! *S*

So glad you're coming!
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From:aeb
Date:September 17th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
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You could check a natural food store; they often have pasta made of alternate grains. Then read the ingredient list carefully to make sure they didn't slip wheat into the rice noodles. {wryly amused smile}

Oh, and spelt and emmer are primitive varieties of wheat according to the resident botanist. A friend-of-a-friend tolerates spelt, even tho she avoids wheat. A friend who also avoids wheat avoids spelt too. I'd say be careful with them. {half-smile}

Oh, and a quiche without a crust looks suspiciously like a frittata. {Smile, wink}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 18th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
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Thanks!!! *G*
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From:ninquelosse
Date:September 18th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
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DeBole's makes a pasta made from sunchokes - I remember having it ages ago but can't remember how successful it was.
We're within walking distance of Whole Foods - if there's anything you'd like us to pick up let me know.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 18th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC)
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That would be cool. What in the world are sunchokes?
From:graewolf
Date:September 19th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
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I just asked Edie and she's okay with the quiche. I'll just skip the crust ;-) We can bring oatmeal or cornmush even. And we do have gluten-free pasta so we could boil ours up and borrow your sauce....? We won't starve. We're both rather hobbity in the tummy area. (Edie is sitting here reading over my shoulder and I'm pretty much typing what she's saying... ah, love. ;-) )
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 19th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
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Sure, bring your pasta - that would be perfect! *S*
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From:aeb
Date:September 18th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)

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Sorry for the topic drift, but do you need wheatless recipes, graewolf? I've found a couple so far because of assorted friends: one for buckwheat pancakes and one for wheatless bread. Both use both eggs and milk, tho. {spread hands, Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin


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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:September 18th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Off Topic

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Also Amy's Kitchen makes frozen microwaveable wheatless pasta dishes. My shireling loves the Rice Mac & Cheese. :) A lot of grocery stores have them in the organic foods section.
From:graewolf
Date:September 19th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)

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Thank you so much -- Edie and I have been shopping at health food places alot lately, and I've been doing my best to avoid wheat (had bulgar last night and am still paying for it; seem to be getting more sensitive)... I'm sure I will make do with whatever is offered... and we will be bringing food too.
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From:aeb
Date:September 19th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)

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I hope they help, along with the link to more recipes in the second recipe that I just noticed. {Smile} I know it can be hard enough giving up problematic food substances, without having to give up the foods they're in, too. {SMILE}


(Gluten-free, contains dairy and egg.)

BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES (Yield: 6 - 8 pancakes)

1 cup buckwheat flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk (start with 3/4 cup and see how it goes; I ended up using the
entire cup)
1 Tablespoons butter, melted

Mix dry ingredients together. Whisk egg into melted butter, then whisk in
milk. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and mix
in gently. Add more milk if necessary to make a thickish pancake batter.

Too cook the pancakes: heat a shallow frypan over medium heat. Lightly oil
or butter the pan. Pour in 1/4 cup of pancake batter. Cook for 1 to 1 1/2
minutes, turning when the edges look cooked and bubbles start to break on
the surface. Cook the other side for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until golden
brown.

Serve with butter and/or maple syrup. (Folks, this is the reason maple
syrup was invented.)

Optional: Add one mashed banana and a drop of vanilla essence (extract) to
the batter for banana pancakes.

Recipe from Huckleberry Farms organic supermarket in Christchurch, New
Zealand. (I don't work there, I'm just a happy customer.)


AND


My wheat-free bread recipe -- from patchwork_prose

* 1-2/3 cups of water (may need to be adjusted up or down, depending on
humidity, after the first kneading)
* 3 large eggs (approx. 1/4 cup each)
* 3 tablespoons of canola oil
* 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
* 2-1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) of yeast
* 3 cups of flour (1-2 cups of white rice flour and/or brown rice flour,
plus tapioca starch, bean flour, potato starch, or whatever else for the
balance)
* 1/4 cup corn starch (if desired) for a more stiff, non-collapsing bread
(good for sandwiches)
* 3 teaspoons of xanthan gum (natural foods or specialty shop -- be
prepared for "sticker shock"!)
* 1/2 cup dried/powdered milk (the flaked stuff didn't work as good as the
granules)
* 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt (garlic salt makes a nice change, and my
potassium salt works just fine)
* 3 tablespoons of sugar

I have substituted honey for the sugar, added half a cup of cheese to the
final kneading, or poppy seeds, sesame seeds, chives, Worchestershire
sauce, etc.

I use a bread maker. Make sure the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and
moist after the first mixing. I use the setting for regular bread and
either the light or medium crust setting.

There are some other wheat-free recipes at my Patchwork Prose site:
http://www.patchworkprose.com/kitchen/

For oven baking, 15 minutes before you're ready to put the bread in,
preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the risen loaf at this temperature
for approx. 20 minutes, and then lower the temperature to 375 and cook to
desired doneness.

You don't want to cut off the air circulation, but...if you have trouble
with your bread drying out too much while it's baking, you can put a
shallow pan about half full of hot water on the oven shelf below the bread
to keep the humidity level up.


Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:psyknife
Date:September 18th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
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This sounds like the shindig to outlast all shindigs! Morgan and I are so there... we just need to get our tickets.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 18th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
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Cool! And the time/date (noon, Sunday, Oct. 23) are a definite!
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:September 18th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Woohoo! :)
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