Warm Connections {Day 10}: The Table Experience with Bush’s Beans

I recently went on a blogging trip to The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, sponsored by Bush’s Beans. It was one of the best times we’ve had together as a group, in my opinion, partly because of the intimacy, the setting, and the fact that we know each other pretty well.


We’re comfortable being around each other and that makes for a warmer experience.


The purpose of our getaways are to learn more about Bush’s Beans, their products, make new recipes with Jeffrey and Connie (Chefs who travel with us), and because Bush’s is so family friendly, there’s always a little fun included in the trip.




This time it was horseback riding, exploring nature, and as a blogger with a camera, we went a little crazy out in the wide open spaces!


Paw’s Up Resort was spectacular in many ways. The 37,000 acre ranch gave a sense of peace and calm. I’ve been on a busy schedule this month so the mountain air was what I needed.

Paws Up is North America’s premier luxury camping destination … just look at these cool tents!


We cooked in the outdoors, which I’ve never experienced anything quite like before. It was enchanting!




I’ll be sharing more recipes in months to come, but I wanted to say how thankful I am for my online community and some of the fun projects that I’ve been part of. The Bush’s team and the Edelman gals are just amazing.



One of the things I love, coming from a home where we have many dinner parties and “table experiences” with our guests, is that when our group gets together we seem to have long, drawn-out meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

We talk, we sit by someone new, we learn more about each other and our families, we share ideas and do all the techie stuff that bloggers do. :)

Being so family friendly makes “goodbyes” not so easy.

The last night we snuggled up by the campfire on a beautiful Montana evening. Knowing we were going to be leaving the next morning, and exhausted from cooking, riding, eating, walking, playing, laughing, oh … and did I say eating? We were a quieter bunch.




Familiar just feels right. It’s good to be with friends.

Warmer connections happen when you’re comfortable just being you. When you don’t have to put on a facade, pretend you are something you are not, when you can ask silly questions, you can make mistakes in the kitchen and no one laughs or judges you, and when you learn to love.

There’s lots of love around the table with the Bush’s family. Oh, and you’re going to be blown away with some delicious recipes coming up here on RE using your favorite beans!

Do you think that intimacy or the setting has anything to do with warmer connections around the dinner table?

Here are the other bloggers who attended:
Amy: She Wears Many Hats
Kristin: Dine and Dish
Aggie: Aggie’s Kitchen
Katie: Good Life Eats
Laura: Real Mom Kitchen
Cheryl: Tidy Mom

And our fabulous chefs:
Jeffrey Saad
Connie Guttersen

If you missed previous days to 31 Days of Warm Connections …
Day 1 (and 700 31 Day Bloggers): Secret Ingredient to Warmer Connections
Day 2: Bringing the Beauty of Autumn to Your Table
Day 3: Multi-Generational Pear Applesauce
Day 4: Canning Suncrest Peaches with a Friend
Day 5: How to Find Contentment
Day 6: Encouragement with Easy Pear Cobbler
Day 7: Bush’s Garbanzos, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup for a Sports Family
Day 8: More About Others
Day 9: Technology Versus People

(Bush’s Beans paid for my entire trip, but they did not pay me to write this post today.)

   

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22 Responses to “Warm Connections {Day 10}: The Table Experience with Bush’s Beans”

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    Imperfect — October 10, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    Sometimes I get so busy making sure everyone else feels comfortable enough to be themselves that I forget to do it, too! I need to remember that when I’m comfortable being me everyone else will feel free to follow suit.

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    Amy — October 10, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    I couldn’t agree more. Our group is like a family reunion when we get together – a bunch of sweet sisters and one brother, Jeffrey. ; )

    Miss you much already!

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    Bev Weidner — October 10, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Looks like such a wawwwnduful weekend! I love all you ladies!

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    JulieD — October 10, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Intimacy definitely lends to having a warmer event and having everyone being more comfortable with each other and setting definitely helps!

    I love the pictures and I loved following the pictures on instagram this weekend. Looks like y’all had so much fun!

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    Lisa {With Style and Grace} — October 10, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    wow, such an incredible group and what a beautiful weekend you all had! this makes me miss you all even more – hugs & kisses!

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    Heather — October 10, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    Another wonderful post, Sandy. As I sit here quietly after having 18 people for our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and breakfast for 10 this morning, I can see what you mean about just being yourself. Aren’t we all looking for that authentic life?

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for tomorrow!

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    Deborah — October 10, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    What a wonderful group of ladies!!

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    Wenderly — October 10, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    So lovely & so very true Sandy. What a special weekend…one spent feeding the tum as well as the soul. Such a divine group! Love & miss you.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 10, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    I love this post, Sandy. You really caught the obvious comfort in this great group of people.

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    Home Lighting — October 11, 2011 @ 3:37 am

    What a lovely vacation! I love the pictures. Can’t wait for your next post.

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    Katie — October 11, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    I love reading about the Bush’s Beans getaways by the various bloggers. It sounds like you ladies had a wonderful time and learned a lot. As well as had some soothing time to “rest” and reflect on one another’s lives.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — October 11, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    This looks like a total blast! You are so lucky to be a part of the Busch’s team!

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — October 11, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    Such a wonderful post, Sandy. I know you all had such a great time together. Love you all!

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    Kristen — October 21, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    I love you all like family and always look forward to connecting again!

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