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Bridget {Bake at 350} comes to St. Louis!

Bridget & Cheryl

*WARNING……this post is long!*

For all two of you who live under a rock don’t know who Bridget is, she writes a fantastic baking blog called Bake at 350 and recently started up a video tutorial site called University of Cookie. She’s a wonderful mom and wife and one wicked cookie decorator!!……..and she is just as fabulous as I had imagined her being!

We finally got to meet in person!! Can you believe it? After more than a year and a half of emailing, tweeting, texting and phone calls, Bridget and I finally got to meet when she came to visit with me last Thursday and Friday.

I will admit, I felt like a stalker when I spotted a cute curly red haired girl in the air port and jumped up and hugged her.

We chatted, we laughed, we shopped, it was like we’ve been friends since childhood. Bridget was even MORE fabulous than I had imagined! We just clicked…..at least I think we did……I sure hope Bridget feels the same way ;-)

We spent SO much time enjoying each other’s company, we did not take many pictures.

It was HOT here in St. Louis. The temps were in the upper 90′s with heat index over 100. Luckily Bridget is used to that kind of summer heat in Houston.

Thursday after we left the airport we headed to Forest Park, it was WAY to hot to visit the zoo, but we had a wonderful lunch at The Boat House and made a quick stop at the Jewel Box on our way out.

Check out Bridget on the bottom left…..she’s taking pictures too!

The Jewel Box collage  {Forest Park} St. Louis, MO

Thursday evening we spent at my house eating my Three Cheese Baked Mostaccioli with my crazy family. (I was trying to fatten her up while she was here because it quickly became obvious WHO eats more cookies!)

Seriously, I’m surprised that evening she didn’t ask me to just take her back to the air port! My family felt so comfortable with her, they held nothing back!

I eventually took her back to her hotel room so she could get some peace! lol

Our blogging/twitter buddy, Ann Marie downloaded the flat friend files Cathe Holden made and sent a flat version of herself so she could join in on the fun!!

Ann Marie stayed with Bridget in the hotel, where she drank all of the coffee and enjoyed antiquing with us!

Flat Friend Ann Marie

Bridget, Cheryl and Flat Ann Marie

Back in May, you may remember, I was nominated over at i am mommy for “Best Overall Blog” and I won!! As a prize, Amanda sent me $50 cash!

Well, I promised to spend a day using the $50 to perform Random Acts of Kindness and thought it would be fun to do with Bridget!

Friday we spent part of our afternoon paying for people’s groceries and lunch. It was fun and felt good! People were genuinely surprised, shocked, even embarrassed, but very grateful!!

When I paid for lunch for the ladies pictured below, one lady asked “Has the heat gone to your head?” We laughed and laughed……they even came over and gave us a big hug after they got their food.

Random Acts of Kindness

My husband was SO excited that Bridget wanted to see his cats!! He volunteers at a wildlife center where he handles their tigers. Bridget quickly made friends with Leo the 700 pound African Lion!! She also got to feed chicken to the tigers. (we got that on video, but have not had time to work on that yet)

July 23, 2010 (204/365)

We did not have time to bake together, but Bridget made me some BEAUTIFUL cookies. You should read her tip about how she colored the sanding sugar, and made business connections on her flight while editing her pictures!

Bake at 350 cookies

and of course, I made cupcakes for her. Unfortunately cupcakes don’t travel well, so I couldn’t send any home with her.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

2 wonderful days flew by in no time!! I’m REALLY hoping to talk the Bug Man aka Mr. TidyMom or TidyDad on a trip to Houston some time!!

This picture was taken by the hostess at The Boat House after our lunch on Thursday. Can you believe how we color coordinated that day! lol….we did NOT plan that! I don’t wear much purple, but I happened to wear that shirt that day, and look how perfectly it matched the purple Bridget had on!

July 22, 2010 (203/365)

I LOVED getting to know Bridget better and highly recommend it to any blogger who has made that “connection” with another blogger.

Thanks for letting me share our visit with all of you!!!

Meeting up with Blogging Buddies Works for ME!
I’m linking up at We Are That Family’s Works For Me Wednesday

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

Comments

  1. 1

    This totally made me tear up!! I am just so impressed with your generosity and kindness… not only did you two have a wonderful day, but you blessed others as well!!! ANd I LOVELOVELOVE your picture of your cupcakes… awesome job girl!!!

    Be blessed-
    Amanda

  2. 2

    This totally made me tear up!! I am just so impressed with your generosity and kindness… not only did you two have a wonderful day, but you blessed others as well!!! ANd I LOVELOVELOVE your picture of your cupcakes… awesome job girl!!!

    Be blessed-
    Amanda

  3. 3
    TidyMom says:

    Amanda we had so much fun spending that money on others!! I'm so glad I saved it to share with Bridget!!

    Thanks again for making it possible!! ?

  4. 4
    TidyMom says:

    Amanda we had so much fun spending that money on others!! I'm so glad I saved it to share with Bridget!!

    Thanks again for making it possible!! ?

  5. 5

    I had no doubt that you and Bridget would hit it off and that it would feel that you have always been friends. I think it is wonderful that you were both so at ease with one another and can only imagine how fast the time together went. Hopefully you can both do it again sometime soon. Blogging has made my world not only bigger but has filled it with some very special people who's on-line contact I treasure and I hope to one day do as you and Bridget have done. Spend some quality *in person* time together. By the way, what a hoot you must have had paying it forward!
    p.s. You are both so pretty and photogenic.

  6. 6

    I had no doubt that you and Bridget would hit it off and that it would feel that you have always been friends. I think it is wonderful that you were both so at ease with one another and can only imagine how fast the time together went. Hopefully you can both do it again sometime soon. Blogging has made my world not only bigger but has filled it with some very special people who's on-line contact I treasure and I hope to one day do as you and Bridget have done. Spend some quality *in person* time together. By the way, what a hoot you must have had paying it forward!
    p.s. You are both so pretty and photogenic.

  7. 7
    TidyMom says:

    Thanks Paula!! It's people like you who making blogging SOOO fun and fulfilling!!

  8. 8
    TidyMom says:

    Thanks Paula!! It's people like you who making blogging SOOO fun and fulfilling!!

  9. 9
    Kudos Kitchen says:

    It looks like you guys had the most wonderful time EVER! I love that you 'payed it forward' at the grocery store. What an awesome idea and definitely a gift that you gave to one another by spending that time giving such joy to others! Amazing idea!!! Oh, and the big cats…HOW COOL IS THAT???? I'm glad you girls had such fun and that you took us all along.

  10. 10
    Kudos Kitchen says:

    It looks like you guys had the most wonderful time EVER! I love that you 'payed it forward' at the grocery store. What an awesome idea and definitely a gift that you gave to one another by spending that time giving such joy to others! Amazing idea!!! Oh, and the big cats…HOW COOL IS THAT???? I'm glad you girls had such fun and that you took us all along.

  11. 11
    The Household 6 Diva says:

    Awwwww – three friends! *sniff*
    You are SO sweet!

    And BWAHAHAhaha about drinking all the coffee! You know me too well! :)

    Thank you SO MUCH for including me on your trip!! You ladies looked like you had SO much fun! That lion is ENORMOUS! I love the picture you took with the fence/narrow apeture – a great capture of Bridget!

    A Big Thank YOU to Cathe Holden for creating that lovely tutorial + file – I had so much fun creating her coffee cup pajamas! :)

    Let me know if you ladies are planning to visit Europe in the next 2 years! Maybe we can meet up in Germany and share some yummy pastries and a glass of wine!

  12. 12
    The Household 6 Diva says:

    Awwwww – three friends! *sniff*
    You are SO sweet!

    And BWAHAHAhaha about drinking all the coffee! You know me too well! :)

    Thank you SO MUCH for including me on your trip!! You ladies looked like you had SO much fun! That lion is ENORMOUS! I love the picture you took with the fence/narrow apeture – a great capture of Bridget!

    A Big Thank YOU to Cathe Holden for creating that lovely tutorial + file – I had so much fun creating her coffee cup pajamas! :)

    Let me know if you ladies are planning to visit Europe in the next 2 years! Maybe we can meet up in Germany and share some yummy pastries and a glass of wine!

  13. 13
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Well, that just made me CRY! I *did* have the BEST time and felt like I had known you forever! I swear, we started gabbing away as soon as I got off the plane and didn't stop until you dropped me back at the airport! ;)

    Your family was wonderful…even if my necklace was "bugging" your tweenager, (STILL laughing about that)…they made me feel so welcome!

    My boys sat at the computer and watched the 40, yes, FORTY videos that I took at the Wildlife Center!!! Got to get those edited.

    And, you couldn't send me home with cupcakes because I believe I ATE them all!

    Can't wait to see you again SOON!!! Texas?!?!?

  14. 14
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Well, that just made me CRY! I *did* have the BEST time and felt like I had known you forever! I swear, we started gabbing away as soon as I got off the plane and didn't stop until you dropped me back at the airport! ;)

    Your family was wonderful…even if my necklace was "bugging" your tweenager, (STILL laughing about that)…they made me feel so welcome!

    My boys sat at the computer and watched the 40, yes, FORTY videos that I took at the Wildlife Center!!! Got to get those edited.

    And, you couldn't send me home with cupcakes because I believe I ATE them all!

    Can't wait to see you again SOON!!! Texas?!?!?

  15. 15
    BigBearswife says:

    WOW!!! it looks like ya'll had a great time!!!! How nice of you to spend the money buying things for other people!! so sweet!! the lion picutre is also quite awesome!!! glad ya'll had a great time together

  16. 16
    BigBearswife says:

    WOW!!! it looks like ya'll had a great time!!!! How nice of you to spend the money buying things for other people!! so sweet!! the lion picutre is also quite awesome!!! glad ya'll had a great time together

  17. 17

    You ladies are awesome. :-)

  18. 18

    You ladies are awesome. :-)

  19. 19
    Domestic Chicky says:

    It looks like you packed a WEEKS worth of fun in your short time together!

  20. 20
    Domestic Chicky says:

    It looks like you packed a WEEKS worth of fun in your short time together!

  21. 21

    awww! Im so glad you two got to meet up. Bridget is so fun- and I always tell her she looks like somebody famous- I swear that beautiful curly red hair & smile makes her look like she is somebody famous. lol!!!
    And YES!! you have to come visit Texas. What a blast that would be. Love the pictures you two are tooo cute together!

  22. 22

    awww! Im so glad you two got to meet up. Bridget is so fun- and I always tell her she looks like somebody famous- I swear that beautiful curly red hair & smile makes her look like she is somebody famous. lol!!!
    And YES!! you have to come visit Texas. What a blast that would be. Love the pictures you two are tooo cute together!

  23. 23

    How fun! You two looks so cute!

  24. 24

    How fun! You two looks so cute!

  25. 25
    Cathe Holden says:

    What a wonderful post of a beautiful friendship. You have every other blogger out here completely envious of the fact that you made this in-person connection.

    I adore you, as YOU KNOW! And I adore Bridget and her cookie-heart generosity. So awesome the two of you spent this time together. Beautiful photos ladies!

  26. 26
    Cathe Holden says:

    What a wonderful post of a beautiful friendship. You have every other blogger out here completely envious of the fact that you made this in-person connection.

    I adore you, as YOU KNOW! And I adore Bridget and her cookie-heart generosity. So awesome the two of you spent this time together. Beautiful photos ladies!

  27. 27
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker says:

    What a fun visit and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the giving back you two did. I think it's a fabulous idea and has definitely inspired me to think of how I can do something similar!

  28. 28
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker says:

    What a fun visit and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the giving back you two did. I think it's a fabulous idea and has definitely inspired me to think of how I can do something similar!

  29. 29

    What a wonderful story of your fun with Bridget! Isn't she THE BEST?! I was privileged to have her as my neighbor in Madison Alabama – Texas is WAY too far away! Just joined Twitter after she's asked me to forever – you guys have great blogs and posts — I'm in AWE!!!
    Lisa (@grafxgal64)

  30. 30

    What a wonderful story of your fun with Bridget! Isn't she THE BEST?! I was privileged to have her as my neighbor in Madison Alabama – Texas is WAY too far away! Just joined Twitter after she's asked me to forever – you guys have great blogs and posts — I'm in AWE!!!
    Lisa (@grafxgal64)

  31. 31
    Lesa McMahon says:

    Thanks so much for sharing that! It made me smile from ear to ear. :D

  32. 32
    Lesa McMahon says:

    Thanks so much for sharing that! It made me smile from ear to ear. :D

  33. 33

    Well! Well! Well!
    When I popped over here…I had to pop up and go REFRESH my coffee!
    There was NO way I was reading about Cheryl and Bridget without a good cup of warm coffee!
    Let me just say!
    I was grinnin' from ear to ear…and gigglin' out loud…as I was HANGIN' on every word of this post!
    So delighted that you GIRLies shared such FUN times together!
    It was destiny!
    It was MEANT for you two to meet!
    I thought I was going to go BONKERS…desperate for an UPdate when you two dropped into NO MANs land upon meeting at the airport!
    I was LIKE what the HECK!!!
    Where are those CHICKS!?
    I was FOLLOWING you two like I've been FOLLOWING The YOUNG and the RESTLESS for over 30 years! ;o)
    What can I say!
    I'm just so AMAZED that the two of you met!
    ANd I was there with you in SPIRIT!
    AND…I have a WHOLE new IMPRESSION of that handsome BUG-man of yours Cheryl!
    I had NO idea YOUR MAN was a TIGER tamer!!!!!!!!!
    WOW! I bet Bridget was BLOWN away by that action!
    Steve needs his own SHOW…on the Discovery Channel! ;o)
    YOU two GIRLies ROCK together!
    In so many RESPECTS!
    I'm so honored to call you both friends!
    Thank you for the sweet way that you have BOTH welcomed my little self into the BLOG world!
    I just can't thank you enough!
    I'm speechless when it comes to expressing what your SMILEs…
    your post…your personalities have meant to me!
    You have been such an inspiration!
    YOU have been my FRIENDS!
    You have been my FRIENDS that have brightened my days and provided me with company as I have been up here in the Northwest…
    miles and miles away from all I have ever known and loved!
    Thank you!
    I've never spent one day isolated up here on Bainbridge feeling LONELY!
    Blowing you both the sweetest of KISSES!
    ANd hoping we CAN meet one day!
    WHen you were together…
    I made mention to Greg…
    that NEXT summer you were both coming to BAINBRIDGE!
    I wonder if you heard him when he said REALLY!!!!!!!!!!
    I just looked at him and smiled and said…YEP!
    They REALLLLLLLLY are! ;o)
    Snuggles to you both!
    You ROCK my WORLD so SWEET! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  34. 34

    Well! Well! Well!
    When I popped over here…I had to pop up and go REFRESH my coffee!
    There was NO way I was reading about Cheryl and Bridget without a good cup of warm coffee!
    Let me just say!
    I was grinnin' from ear to ear…and gigglin' out loud…as I was HANGIN' on every word of this post!
    So delighted that you GIRLies shared such FUN times together!
    It was destiny!
    It was MEANT for you two to meet!
    I thought I was going to go BONKERS…desperate for an UPdate when you two dropped into NO MANs land upon meeting at the airport!
    I was LIKE what the HECK!!!
    Where are those CHICKS!?
    I was FOLLOWING you two like I've been FOLLOWING The YOUNG and the RESTLESS for over 30 years! ;o)
    What can I say!
    I'm just so AMAZED that the two of you met!
    ANd I was there with you in SPIRIT!
    AND…I have a WHOLE new IMPRESSION of that handsome BUG-man of yours Cheryl!
    I had NO idea YOUR MAN was a TIGER tamer!!!!!!!!!
    WOW! I bet Bridget was BLOWN away by that action!
    Steve needs his own SHOW…on the Discovery Channel! ;o)
    YOU two GIRLies ROCK together!
    In so many RESPECTS!
    I'm so honored to call you both friends!
    Thank you for the sweet way that you have BOTH welcomed my little self into the BLOG world!
    I just can't thank you enough!
    I'm speechless when it comes to expressing what your SMILEs…
    your post…your personalities have meant to me!
    You have been such an inspiration!
    YOU have been my FRIENDS!
    You have been my FRIENDS that have brightened my days and provided me with company as I have been up here in the Northwest…
    miles and miles away from all I have ever known and loved!
    Thank you!
    I've never spent one day isolated up here on Bainbridge feeling LONELY!
    Blowing you both the sweetest of KISSES!
    ANd hoping we CAN meet one day!
    WHen you were together…
    I made mention to Greg…
    that NEXT summer you were both coming to BAINBRIDGE!
    I wonder if you heard him when he said REALLY!!!!!!!!!!
    I just looked at him and smiled and said…YEP!
    They REALLLLLLLLY are! ;o)
    Snuggles to you both!
    You ROCK my WORLD so SWEET! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  35. 35

    You two are so sweet! I love this! I had to make sure there were no distractions before I started reading this post, Cheryl.

    Hugs to you both!
    Robyn

  36. 36

    You two are so sweet! I love this! I had to make sure there were no distractions before I started reading this post, Cheryl.

    Hugs to you both!
    Robyn

  37. 37

    That's so AWESOME that through blogging people "meet", become friends and then REALLY meet! You two are "two peas in a pod" and it's been fun reading about your time together! Blogging makes the world a more intimate, friendly place:) I love it! XOXO

  38. 38

    That's so AWESOME that through blogging people "meet", become friends and then REALLY meet! You two are "two peas in a pod" and it's been fun reading about your time together! Blogging makes the world a more intimate, friendly place:) I love it! XOXO

  39. 39
    Jen@Balancing Beautyand Bedlam says:

    oh my …what fun you all had. Isn't it special to feel like you've known each other for so long. Somehow, online stuff can do that in such a crazy way. :)

  40. 40
    Jen@Balancing Beautyand Bedlam says:

    oh my …what fun you all had. Isn't it special to feel like you've known each other for so long. Somehow, online stuff can do that in such a crazy way. :)

  41. 41
    Cookbook Queen says:

    What an awesome time!!

    I can honestly say that the best part of blogging is the friends that you make. As a stay at home mom, it gets pretty lonely and having those friends out there who share the same interests really brightens my day.

    I'm so glad you guys got to meet!!

  42. 42
    Cookbook Queen says:

    What an awesome time!!

    I can honestly say that the best part of blogging is the friends that you make. As a stay at home mom, it gets pretty lonely and having those friends out there who share the same interests really brightens my day.

    I'm so glad you guys got to meet!!

  43. 43
    Gypsy Heart says:

    I love this! So glad you both had such a great time. It's amazing how the internet and blogging world can form such neat friendships. If you two decide on a meet-up in Houston, you must stop in the DFW area on the way ~ I'm in Ft. Worth. :-)

    RAOK's are fab! I love doing them, especially the anonymous type. It's fun to pay for the person's order behind you in a drive-thru…they have not a clue as to who you are. I like to leave notes, flowers, etc., on my neighbor's door/entry ways. There are a million ways to share.

    Have a great rest of the week!
    Pat

  44. 44
    Gypsy Heart says:

    I love this! So glad you both had such a great time. It's amazing how the internet and blogging world can form such neat friendships. If you two decide on a meet-up in Houston, you must stop in the DFW area on the way ~ I'm in Ft. Worth. :-)

    RAOK's are fab! I love doing them, especially the anonymous type. It's fun to pay for the person's order behind you in a drive-thru…they have not a clue as to who you are. I like to leave notes, flowers, etc., on my neighbor's door/entry ways. There are a million ways to share.

    Have a great rest of the week!
    Pat

  45. 45
    The Captain's Daughter says:

    Oh, man!! Two of my most favorite bloggers in the same place and me… without a plane ticket!

    What a lovely post about a lovely friendship!

    I am so fortunate to know both of you!

  46. 46
    The Captain's Daughter says:

    Oh, man!! Two of my most favorite bloggers in the same place and me… without a plane ticket!

    What a lovely post about a lovely friendship!

    I am so fortunate to know both of you!

  47. 47

    Yeah for bloggy friends. Glad you were able to meet up and had such a great time getting to know each other even better!

  48. 48

    Yeah for bloggy friends. Glad you were able to meet up and had such a great time getting to know each other even better!

  49. 49

    Wonderful post – what a blessing to finally get to meet in person! Love both of your blogs!

  50. 50

    Wonderful post – what a blessing to finally get to meet in person! Love both of your blogs!

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