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CHILAQUILES CASSEROLE AND THE BIG POTLUCK

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by Debra

I will always hold a special place in my heart for The Big Potluck – it was the very first ‘conference’ I attended after launching Smith Bites; it was also the first time I’d traveled sans The Professor since we had married. I was nervous about actually meeting people who I’d only conversed with online – and I’m terribly directionally-impaired when it comes to finding my way – anywhere. Turns out I didn’t need to worry at all.

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I call The Big Potluck the ‘UN-conference’ because it isn’t about the ‘business’ of blogging. But The Big Potluck is very much about relationships – about community, about vulnerability and about building a support system of friends who will laugh, cry and cheer you on towards the finish line – real friends who are genuinely happy when good things happen and genuinely devastated when bad things happen.

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The last couple of years, The Professor and I started going out early to help with the preparations and we’re deeply honored to be able to participate in this way; I will not lie and say it’s easy because it isn’t. I will not lie and say, ‘Oh, it’s nothing, because it is something – usually 8-10 hour days for 5 days prior to the ‘Welcome Party’ on Friday night in order to make it all happen. And Pam, Maggy, Erika and Sharon make it seem effortless when it’s anything but.

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Yet when Maggy Batistta stops me at the end of our Saturday night’s party and announces she feels like she’s ‘finally, finally met her people, has found her tribe,’ well . . . I can’t wait to do it all over again – every year, twice a year until there are no more Potlucks. ‘It’s Food, inspiration, and big time community. An open door, a seat at the table, a voice in the discussion. Come hungry, leave full—in every way.’

I’m full up, people, I’m full up indeed.

Big HARVEST Potluck is happening Sept 26-28, 2014 in Bucks County, PA! Tickets are sold out but if you have an interest in attending, please get on the waitlist – things happen, family schedules change and sometimes tickets become available at the last minute. And in case you’ve never been and wondering what the Potlucks are all about, take a couple of minutes and watch the video we put together from our Traveling Potluck this past spring.

DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post and we have been compensated by Sabra to share this post with you; however, all opinions are strictly our own.

 

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Monet

So delicious! I actually made my first chilaquiles casserole tonight and it was such a hit! Can’t wait to make it again!

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Debra

I’d never had chilaquiles before either Monet and it won’t be our last – sooooooo good!! (((hugs)))

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Betsy @ Desserts Required

The Big Potluck looks like a great get together. I would recognize Nancy’s smile anywhere and Maggie is incredible! Have a wonderful time next month!!

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Debra

Thanks Betsy – we’re really looking forward to the Harvest Potluck this year!

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Peggy Gilbey McMackin

Thank you Debra for this inspiring piece on the upcoming Potluck. This will be my first year attending and I initially learned about it through your sister, Vicki. Your spring video captured a great feeling, thank you for that. Looking forward to meeting you in person then.

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Debra

Looking forward to meeting you as well Peggy – Potluck events are such a great way to meet new people and as I said, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for this event!

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