Book Baby Shower

My friend and her husband are having a baby and I offered to throw the shower. I thought it would be a good way to test out all my Pinterest skills. I wanted to do a book themed shower and fortunately they agreed. This was also the first coed shower I had hosted. It was at two in the afternoon so I just did snacks and dessert.

I was very happy with the results and the mom and dad-to-be looked so happy so we will call it a success!

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The Fork

My husband and I were recently up near Bellingham visiting my parents and they took us out to The Fork at Agate Bay.. This was not my first experience with this restaurant but it was just as fantastic as I remembered. This time we headed out for brunch and it did not disappoint. We started off with a beignet appetizer. My dad and I both had the shrimp and grits, my husband had the burger (which he said was the best burger he had ever eaten), and my mom had the huevos ranchero. Needless to say, there were no leftovers. What a fabulous meal. Unfortunately my hunger got the best of my photographs and I only remembered to take a pictures of the beignets. Enjoy!
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I highly recommend this restaurant if you are anywhere close to Bellingham!

Whidbey Island Wine Tasting

Last weekend my husband and I headed to Whidbey Island for a couple days. My mother-in-law and I headed out while the boys were fishing and tasted some wine. Whidbey Island is working on their wine scene, we ventured to three of the wineries.

First we headed to Whidbey Island Winery which has some estate wines and a beautiful setting but not my favorite wine. They had just released the Sangiovese and it was extremely young. At this point I would say go for the ambience, not for the wine.

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Next we headed to Spoiled Dog Winery.. I really enjoyed this winery! They had fabulous reds, my favorite was the Deception Red. The winery was beautiful and they also had some estate wines. They also offered a special cheese made only for them, using their wine. Delish!

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Lastly we headed to Holmes Harbor Cellars. This was a beautiful setting and really good wine. It had a nice family run feeling and the winemaker was very nice, a military man. This was my mother-in-laws favorite, she joined the wine club!

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I can’t wait to try the rest of the wineries!

New Year’s Dinner

We celebrated New Year’s day this year rather than eve. With my hectic work schedule I thought I would be at work but fortunately was able to stay home and see the ball drop with my hubby and hound.

Our dinner to celebrate the new year was filet mignon, jumbo prawns, grilled asparagus and cheesy garlic bread. Steve did the honors of cooking and did everything on the BBQ. It was delicious! We also toasted the new year with a bottle of 2006 malbec from aMaurice.

What a fabulous way to celebrate the start of 2012!

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Woodinville Wine Tasting

Steve and I had a groupon to taste wine at Kestrel and it was about to expire so we headed over to Woodinville. We didn’t do too much tasting but stopped in at Guardian and Kestrel while we were there. There are over a dozen wineries in this little area, many worth tasting but we were just there for a quick trip.

Guardian Cellars has fabulous wine. We were the only ones there during our tasting and the winemaker was fabulous to talk to. I definitely recommend hitting up this winery if you are in Woodinville.

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Kestrel Vintners is also tasty but not nearly as delicious as Guardian. We opted for their reserve tasting so we could taste more of their reds. We weren’t overly impressed with any of the reserve wines but did purchase a couple bottles of their Lady in Red which is a fabulous everyday type of wine.

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Christmas Tea

For many years , the women in my family have been getting together around Christmas time and going for tea. We have tried The Fairmont, The Queen Mary and The Sorrento. This year we went to The Sorrento and as always it was lovely. All the nieces were in their holiday finest and the rest of us took the opportunity to dress up as well.

We always start off with a kir royale (shirley temples for the girlies) and then have the afternoon tea. As for food, I recommend ordering extra sandwiches. The scones were by far my favorite this year. This is always one of my favorite holiday traditions and this year did not disappoint.

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**Photos compliments of my mom.