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Chicken and Dumplings get Mixed

Nothing says cozy like a quiet mountain cabin easily an hour from anything major with a large fireplace and a balcony with a view that goes on for miles out over the woods. Or a big pot of homemade chicken and dumplings. Lucky for me, that’s exactly how I got to spend Mountain Lake Hotel attending the first ever Mixed Con.

Mixed was hosted by the bubbly Paula of bell’alimento and super organized Susan of She’s Becoming Doughmestic. The stunning old stone hotel was tucked off of Route 700 in Virginia and was the beautiful location for Dirty Dancing back in the day. The property was gorgeous and the staff was very friendly and kind. Even my little lodge room, off of the main building, was super swanky. Didn’t exaggerate on that fireplace or view at all.

We were overwhelmed with swag from the amazing sponsors including Oxo (they also raised some cash for cancer with extra swag and giveaways), Kitchenaid (drool), Attune Foods (seriously good cereal), Hershey’s (candy EVERYWHERE. No lie), Dixie Crystals (these ladies were super sweet and their facebook campaign to help military families is amazing), Real Butter (buttah!), Dreamfields Pasta(omg, the mac and cheese PS. Way to go, Ali! ), Way Better Snacks (seriously, I snuck like three extra bags of this crack out.), Le Creuset (a foodies wet dream kitchen swag), Boos (don’t tell Handsome, but these wooden cutting boards are swanky) and tons of other great other companies.

We listened and learned from great speakers Bree (Baked Bree), Tami (Running with Tweezers), Chez Us, Heidi Larsen (Foodie Crush), and hands on workshops with Marian Poirier (The Sweetopia) for cookie decorating and cake decorating with Duff Goldman, and no, no one got high (that I saw). My cake was pretty redonculous though.

Selected for you :   Cuban Pork Chops with Mojo Sauce


Julia |

Friday 7th of December 2012

Such a perfect soup for a cold Winter evening! Love dumplings in the soup!


Wednesday 5th of December 2012

Chicken and Dumps (that's the correct abbreviation. Look it up;) are the best! And the Older school, the better. Yours look fantastic. Of course!

I so enjoyed meeting you in person finally and talking and laughing. And Dianne was so great and such a good sport! Fantastic weekend; hope we can repeat it at some point. Would love to hang out with you again!


Wednesday 5th of December 2012

Kita it was so nice meeting you this weekend at Mixed! Your chicken and dumplings look super tasty!

Karyn - Pint Sized Baker

Tuesday 4th of December 2012

Your dumplings look WONDERFUL and you are wonderful as well. Thank you for taking the time to talk and share some blog pointers with me. It was great to have met you!

Jen @ Savory Simple

Tuesday 4th of December 2012

It was great to meet you! What a fun weekend. This sounds looks like just to thing for the chilly months ahead.