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Gather Round The Good Stuff June 11, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, People.

To celebrate our niece’s birthday, we met up at the Melting Pot in Tampa.

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Where we shared Cheese Fondue, Hot Pots, and Chocolate Fondue.

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Amid laughter, teasing, kind-hearted kidding, and general frivolity.

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A week later, we headed south to Sarasota to hook up with relatives from Vermont who winter in North Fort Myers.

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The gathering of the clan included aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, brothers, spouses, daughters, and sons.

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In due course, we headed round to Rise Pies to gather round the good stuff.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

May your week overflow with good times, good friends, and good food!



1. Hariod Brawn - June 11, 2015

Cheese fondue, chocolate fondue, hand-crafted pizza and the Florida sun – you have it tough don’t you? :mrgreen:

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

I do . . . except for the occasional hiccup ~> like BFF’s cataract surgery this morning.

2. NancyTex - June 11, 2015

Good food and family connections sounds pretty great!

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

Glad that you have the “whole clan” around this summer . . . giving you a reason to put house renovations on hold for a few months.

NancyTex - June 11, 2015

I’m dying to get those inside renos underway, but I know I’ll end up in a nervous breakdown if I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

right now doing windows and exterior work: walkways, landscaping,etc. will have to suffice.

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

Enjoy NOT having that nervous breakdown. If it gets dicey:

This too shall pass.

3. Val Boyko - June 11, 2015

Good times with family … and even better with good pizza pie!
Thanks for sharing Nancy ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

Normally we meet up with the VT relatives at our place ~ this was a nice change of pace. And everyone loved the pie.

4. L. Marie - June 11, 2015

Yummy! I love a fondue place!
Your pictures remind me so much of my family gatherings! Whenever I visit my parents, who live near my brother in the Houston area, we head to various restaurants.
Where are your Vermont relatives in regard to Montpelier? I went to school in Montpelier.

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

My grandfather served in the VT legislature in Montpelier. I believe it’s about 90 minutes from Hartland (where he lived).

My aunt lives in Hartland, around the corner from where she grew up.

L. Marie - June 12, 2015

Vermont has so much beauty to offer.

nrhatch - June 12, 2015

Yes! It’s my favorite state . . . in the summer and fall. Not interested in visiting mid-winter anymore.

5. Kate Crimmins - June 11, 2015

Good times!

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

We had a few other chances to get together ~ at Jess’s graduation from USF and Sam’s last band concert.

6. Jill Weatherholt - June 11, 2015

C~H~E~E~S~E! It just makes everything better. Happy Birthday to your niece…looks like a fun time. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

Fondue is NOT fast food ~ the meal lasted about 3 hours from arrival to departure. But everyone left with satisfied bellies.

7. Pix Under the Oaks - June 11, 2015

Looks like a wonderful time, Nancy! Lots of happy, smiling faces… ๐Ÿ™‚ Melting Pot might be a “must do” this winter. Your Rise Pies pizza looks familiar… mouth watering. Happy Birthday wishes to your niece!

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

There’s a Melting Pot in Sarasota that has a great Happy Hour ~ $5 Cheese Fondue, $4 Salads, $5 Chocolate Fondue. We went with friends and enjoyed being tucked away in a corner booth. In general, HH is only at the bar.

We got Rise Pies this weeks ~ BFF’s choice before his cataract surgery this morning. Follow Up appointment tomorrow morning but everything LOOKS good!

Pix Under the Oaks - June 11, 2015

Good news on BFF’s cataract surgery! Yay!

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

BIG Relief! One down . . . and one to go.

8. jo(e) - June 11, 2015

Food and family are always a great combination!

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

Most of the time anyway. :mrgreen:

9. anotherday2paradise - June 11, 2015

There’s nothing better than family good times, with delicious food and lots of good-natured banter. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

Food + Fun = Perfect Together! Hope you’re having a great time with family and friends in SA.

10. colonialist - June 11, 2015

Relatively most interesting!
A good-looking enough family to have come from a Soapie set!

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

Thanks, Col ~ you sure kin play on words! As for the soapies, smiles elevated our collective countenance. :mrgreen:

colonialist - June 12, 2015

I kin raise you with: they all look family-yer! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - June 12, 2015

The resemblance is all relative.

11. Barb - June 11, 2015

Family get-togethers, great venue and good tasty food….doesn’t get much better!

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

We enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for sharing the pics of your pups today ~ all in the family.

12. Patricia - June 11, 2015

What a fun summer!

nrhatch - June 11, 2015

Hope you’re enjoying summer views & blooms!

Patricia - June 12, 2015

I am!

13. beeblu - June 11, 2015

That’s quite a clan. Looks like you had fun, and lots of yummy cheese. ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - June 12, 2015

I could move from vegetarian to vegan with no problem . . . IF I didn’t have to give up CHEESE!

14. Behind the Story - June 12, 2015

Family get-togethers and lots of good food make a great combination.

nrhatch - June 12, 2015

Food enhances mood and family and friends elevate fun. To good times!

15. Grannymar - June 12, 2015

First things first: Glad BFFโ€™s cataract surgery went well. It makes such a difference and brings back lost colour to our lives. Your week sounded busy but fun. I seem to have been on the run every day this week Thankfully the days warmed up, but my body ignored the thermometer.

nrhatch - June 12, 2015

Had first surgical follow up today ~ his eyesight with the new lens is 20/20. Yay!

Sorry your body hasn’t followed the thermometer.

16. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - June 12, 2015

What great times – what a great wish! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - June 12, 2015

Let the Good Times Roll!

17. Cecilia - June 12, 2015

Your gathering looks like fun. And cheese fondue! Great! I love cheese fondue, actually every kind of fondue.

nrhatch - June 13, 2015

Loved the cheese fondue. The chocolate fondue goes a long way ~ one or two pieces and I’ve had enough.

18. diannegray - June 12, 2015

Looks like you had a fabulous time, Nancy. Great family fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - June 13, 2015

Pizza is great for catch ups and reunions ~> it isn’t a fussy food requiring our full attention (or fancy fondue forks).

19. Huy Sok Chea - June 16, 2015

Good food with good company is best!

nrhatch - June 17, 2015


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