BlogHer Food and Too Much Fun!

BlogHer Fun in SeattleI had the best time at BlogHer Food this past weekend! With 3 days of meeting new people, making new friends, and eating delicious food, it was an absolute whirlwind trip to BlogHer Food 2012 in Seattle, Washington. I shared a hotel room with Sheila from Eat 2 Gather (pictured above with me), Sandy from Reluctant Entertainer, and Carrie from La Pomme de Portland. We stayed up chatting when we should have been sleeping and had to wake up too early in the morning to get our lipstick on and get ready for all of the conference sessions! My new briefcase was the belle of the balland everyone wanted to take a peak at it. Here are some highlights from the weekend….

BlogHer Food and Too Much Fun!

Below is my favorite photo - someone took it with Sandy's camera - it was flying around Instagram and Twitter with the title “Charlie’s Angels + 1” and I can’t believe how short I look - all those other gals are wearing heels! Left to right: Corryanne from Housewife Bliss, me, Sandy from Reluctant Entertainer, and Sheila from Eat 2 Gather. This was taken Saturday night, after the closing party. We had just been dancing up a storm!! I also got to meet the Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, who couldn’t have been any nicer.

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Can we just talk about my outfit for a second? My pants and belt are from my days of working for Ralph Lauren and are 20+ years old and dare I say, still stylish? My striped top is from the Goodwill bins and I had a second-hand cream colored jacket to complete the look. Very stylishly frugal! The session when I spoke went really well and I wasn’t too nervous (wink, wink). It was all about keeping chickens in your backyard. If you’d like to see the Power Point, it can be found here. On Friday night, Chobani Yogurt hosted an exclusive dinner at one of Seattle’s finest restaurants, Canlis. The view was beautiful. BlogHer Food and Too Much Fun The chef prepared a meal that was outstanding and he used Chobani Yogurt in all of the recipes. I had the Pacific King Salmon as my entrée. It was out of this world. BlogHer Food and Chobani Canlis dinner with Chobani yogurt I got to dine across the table from these two fine ladies – Keren Brown, the Frantic Foodie and author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle” and Alice Currah, of Savory Sweet Life and author of “Savory Sweet Life” her first cookbook. BlogHer Food and Chobani Dinner Meanwhile, back at the ranch….that is not my fractured foot…. Make lemonade that’s my husband’s fractured foot. He injured it just days before I left on the train for Seattle. This was life giving us a few lemons and we had to quickly make lemonade! He plays on an indoor soccer team with our son and they always return from the games bloodied and bruised but this went beyond being cured by an ice-pack. We spent a day getting him examined, x-rayed, and booted. Luckily, there wasn’t much driving that needed doing in my absence and our kids pitched in around the house. My husband has a “flexible schedule” and works from home so he’s been taking it easy and letting us wait on him. Organized entryway - not! Does this happen to you when you’re gone for a few days? Our usually very organized entryway caused traffic jams and luckily no one broke their foot on this mess! With the end of school hustle and bustle, routines were tossed out the window and not one thing got put in its rightful spot while I was palm-pressing and back-slapping at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. On Sunday, I arrived at the train station right on time and my mom picked me up and we went straight to my kids’ piano recital. They performed beautifully and we had a dinner at our house after for 7 people and I had this baby in the freezer ready to be baked in the oven. Meal plan, BAM! It’s a spinach lasagna that I had assembled 2 weeks ago and then froze for Sunday. That’s all that was left the next morning – after my kids ate the leftovers for breakfast! Frozen lasagna Leftover lasagnaI took a nap on Monday afternoon that was glorious. Glorious!

How's your week going? Are you having too much fun?

Go Gingham related links:

My striped tank can be found here - removing pesky tags from clothing

My speaking schedule is here

The briefcase before is here and finished is here

Sheila's traveling to Portland - here are some travel tips I gave her

Goodwill shopping - when I found that cute striped top!

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