We had a fun weekend … Husband and I took the Youngest Two and Dog over the mountains to see Eldest Son and his Beautiful Wife, and to get a bit of a Getaway ourselves. Middle Daughters were in New York and London respectively. Not wanting to be stuck home missing them, we decided to embark on a trip of our own!
Base camp was a beautiful resort winery perched on the Columbia River Gorge. We had a gift certificate that needed using (thank you very much!) which entitled us to one night in a gorgeous cliff house overlooking the pool and canyon. Stunning.
The resort was having a harvest festival so we got in on some activities like this cooking demonstration by Chef Bear and his assistant where we learned Useful Things like how to make Homemade Ricotta Cheese and what to do with the plethora of Homegrown Tomatoes that may be spilling out of your garden (what luck, that’s me!). Roast ’em, process ’em, then throw ’em in ziploc bags in the freezer till you’re ready to make spaghetti sauce out of ’em. (Who knew?)
I won’t post the recipe for the Homemade Ricotta Cheese until I actually try it myself. Sounds a little sketchy to me.
In the morning, above-mentioned kids joined us for a fabulous brunch. Seriously amazing. Of course, all Youngest Daughter wanted was chocolate cupcakes and giant shrimp. Together on the same plate. Ugh. Oh well, that’s the beauty of a buffet.
Before we parted company, we all took a hike. I started off calling it a Nice Walk but we quickly discovered the downside of a resort built on a cliff. Going down is a Nice Walk. Coming back up is a Gruelling Hike. Everyone rebelled. Except the dog, and only because he can’t talk. It was still fun.
Then home again. Glad we took time to spend together this weekend. Family Togetherness is a Big Deal to our family. There’s a lot of things maybe we haven’t done right, but I do know we’ve made a point of this one. Our kids are our Best Friends. 🙂
What are some ways your family spends time together and builds “family togetherness?”