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Bridal Shower/Cooking Lesson

Saturday turned out to be a really nice day! I planned on going to the gym but Michael suggested we go for a walk as a family since it was so sunny and kind of warm out. It turned out to be a really lovely walk.

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Not too bad of a calorie burn for a long walk/jog. It was nice to go out as a family, too.

Also over the weekend, it was my cousin Anna’s bridal shower. Her friend Shawna planned a super fun and unique shower for her–a cooking lesson! Her friend Bernadette, who has been a chef in many Portland restaurants and now does some catering on her own, taught a cooking lesson for the shower and it was so much fun!

We were all instructed to bring our favorite recipe for Anna and $10 in one dollar bills…hmmm…what could that be for?? 😉

Turned out there were a few rules for the party. You couldn’t mention the honeymoon, their new house or the fiance by name and if you did you had to put $1 in a jar as a tax. It was a funny idea. The money in the jar was going towards the purchase of a Kitchenaid Mixer for the happy couple. I love that idea!

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There were some snacks out while we mingled. Cheese, fruit, crackers, French bread. Lots of wine, sparkling water and lemon water. It was a big group, too, and my mom drove down and stayed with us overnight so she could go. A bunch of my aunts and cousins were there and it was nice to see everyone.

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We were all told to bring our favorite recipe, too. So we all decorated our recipe cards and put them in a book for Anna. My Grandma sent down her coffee cake recipe (which is the best you’d ever eat) and I put in Michael’s mac n’ cheese recipe in the book.

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The party was at my aunt Sheila’s house and the decorations were adorable.

The cooking instruction started. Dinner was salmon with Asian slaw, zucchini and rice.

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The cooking instruction was really fun and interesting and Bernadette answered questions (some just general cooking questions) and was a good teacher. She walked us through her recipe for the slaw and homemade dressing and recruited Anna to do the mixing:

Then she walked us through making the sauce for the salmon. It was tamari, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes and cornstarch with water.

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We all got to taste the sauce after it thickened up and it was almost like a tangy, tamari caramel sauce. It was SO good!!!

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Here is the finished product:

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The food was absolutely delicious! Shawna is going to email everyone the recipe soon and when I get it I will post it. I definitely want to make that sauce because it was so amazing. I also loved that it was a simple, healthy, low-calorie meal that anyone could make.

After dinner we had dessert. Anna’s mom made a chocolate/whipped cream/walnut dessert and a raspberry cheesecake bar dessert. I had a small piece of both.

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The cooking lesson was a blast and it inspired me to look into some cooking classes in the future. It’s something I’ve done in the past and had fun but never stuck with.

It was such a fun night. I was so glad we all got together and celebrated the upcoming wedding. It’s going to be a blast!

Question: Have you ever had a cooking lesson? What did you learn to cook?

Escaping the City

Sunday I had a quickie breakfast and then went swimming a little earlier than normal and then we hit the road for Hood River. Thankfully the 100+ heat wave in Portland was lessening and it was only in the high 80’s. Much more comfortable!

I love Hood River. It’s so picturesque! This time we wanted to hit some breweries since Michael’s dad is in the beer business and likes checking out new beers. We went to lunch at Full Sail Brewery. The guys went in and got a table while I sat in the air-conditioned car and fed Logan before I joined them.

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I got the the turkey/bacon wrap with a salad and their IPA. The wrap was really delicious! I want to try and create a similar wrap at home for lunches. It was really simle–turkey, bacon, tomato, lettuce and a chipotle ranch dressing. Yum!

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Then we went down to the waterfront and checked out the pFriem Brewery.  I’ve been hearing about their beer for over a year but I was pregnant at the time and couldn’t partake! Finally, I was able to try it. 🙂

Michael and I both got the IPA and I liked it. It wasn’t my favorite beer but I enjoyed it from start to finish. Michael felt like it was too malt-y. Michael’s dad got the lager and wasn’t a fan. But it was still a nice afternoon just hanging out.

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We sat outside because the wait for a table (to get food) was over an hour and we just wanted to try the beers. It was kinda nice being outside in the fresh air, shade and breeze.

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Then we went down to the waterfront and walked the path along the water for awhile. It was really sunny, hot and windy. Hood River is VERY windy, all the time. It’s a great place for kites, surfing, kiteboarding, SUP, etc. and it was a super popular place on Sunday!

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After we walked around in the sunshine for awhile we stopped at Cathedral Ridge Winery. Michael was kind enough to take care of the baby while I got a tasting! It’s been soooo long since I went wine tasting! I think the last time I was at Cathedral Ridge was my bachelorette party. Again, when I was pregnant I kinda missed it and thought about going wine tasting once I could…and we just never found the time to do it. So it was kind of nice to go to one of my favorites.

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might have ended up joining their wine club. It’s been a zillion years since we belonged to a wine club and we both missed it. Sooo we signed up! And got to take a box home of a few favorites.

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After I was done tasting the four of us sat outside in their garden for a few hours just enjoying the summer sunshine and breeze.

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It was so delightful, I didn’t want it it to end…

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But it had to. We had to get back to Portland and drop Michael’s dad off at the airport. It was a really nice day and it was fun doing something different.