Dec 052016
 

This weekend we got to meet Santa!

About a month ago I saw an event on Facebook for the local 7 Dees Nursery Reindeer Magic event. It sounded like fun–meet Santa, get pictures and see baby reindeer. Then I saw something even better: $5 fast pass tickets. I immediately bought that and it was totally the best $5 I ever spent! 😀

Thankfully it wasn’t raining, since the event was outside. Logan took a 2.5 hour nap Saturday morning and woke up in good spirits so we went to the event after that. The place was packed and the lines were REALLY long. Seriously, so glad I bought the fast pass.

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We checked in with our pass and waited about 5 minutes to get a photo with Santa.

I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. It seems normal for people to have the screaming, crying baby with Santa photo so I was kind of expecting to get that. At the same time, Logan doesn’t seemed too freaked out by strangers yet. We lucked out and instead of crying baby photo, we got unimpressed baby photo:

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It was a really fun event. They had face painting for the kids. You could buy hot cocoa and mini donuts, too. We tried to do that but the line was too long so we skipped it.

Apparently there was also a blanket and jacket drive. I wish I’d known about that before hand because I would have brought a bunch. Next year I will be prepared.

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There was also a really long line to get photos with the baby reindeer. I did not buy a pass for that. Maybe next year when Logan is older we’ll do that too. Santa seemed like enough for an 8 month old. 😉

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They were doing little train rides for the kids:

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We walked around for a bit and ran into a friend with her baby. It was good to see her. Then we left. It was a good time and I’m glad we went and got photos. 🙂

When we were walking back to the car I saw this plant:

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Does anyone know what it is? It was so cool looking and a gorgeous color. I’m really curious!

The rest of the weekend was uneventful. Other than meeting Santa, I didn’t leave the house much. I’ve had bronchitis for a few weeks now and Friday I left work a little early to get a chest x-ray to make sure it wasn’t pneumonia. It wasn’t, which is the good news. The bad news is that there’s really nothing I can do for it. 🙁 So I spent the weekend trying to rest. I hope this improves soon.

Nov 222016
 

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?