Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sleepless in Seattle (and an easy dessert recipe!)

Last week I got back from a super fun trip to Seattle. My brother got married so the family all went out for a few days beforehand to help party it up. We're nice like that.

I've slowly been recovering from the trip because whenever my family gets together we like to stay up until the wee hours of the night...and into the morning. Thus the sleepless part.

We managed to sneak a little touristy fun in around the wedding preparation.

I love Pike Place! It's so wonderful. Especially the gorgeous $5 flower bouquets. I informed my brother that he should get his brand-new wife (not that he has an old or other wife) flowers every month on their monthly wedding anniversary.

While at Pike Place, I may or may not have purchased some stuff from Pappardelle's Pasta. They have a wide assortment of gourmet pasta...including fun pasta blends. After much inner debate with myself over which kind to get, I picked up some of their Italian Pesto Pasta Blend and the Garlic Chive Pasta. You know me, I can't pass up something garlic flavored.

I've got big plans to try both the pastas this week and next. I'll let you know how it turns out!

My daughter had fun spending time with her littlest cousin, Winston. I think she really enjoyed having someone smaller than her around. :)

We hung out too. He's the happiest little guy!

My sister demonstrating her best Martha Stewart pose. Because she's cute like that.

I put her to work grating a bunch of cheese for these cheeseballs.

That smokin' hot guy happens to be my husband. :)

One night a bunch of us went out to dinner at Lola where Tom Douglas is the owner and executive chef.

It was soooo dang good!

I had the lamb ravioli. It had a delightful yogurt sauce, roasted pine nuts and what I think was a marinara sauce. When I go out to eat, I like to order something I know I couldn't easily recreate in my own kitchen. At first I was a little scared to get it, but after my first bite I was so happy that I went with my gut...literally!

We all tried a bit of everyone's plate, which goes along with Tom Douglas' family dinner theme, and the lamb ravioli was in the top 3 best dishes at our table. :)

My husband ordered the young goat. I was surprised at how good it tasted since goat doesn't sound appetizing to me and the bed of pasta made it feel like a cozy comfort food.

And there was this little wedding shin dig. My family is huge. Only three of the non-babies pictured are "imports" that married into the family. :) 

And we have this tradition of giving the new sister-in-law a giant group hug during photo time.

And I may have been put in charge of all the food prep for the reception. It was just fun chaotic madness. :)

But I loved the view from the kitchen area. More kitchens should have that many windows.

I actually did quite a bit of cooking over the weekend (whooda thunk it, right?). For dessert one night I made an apple dump cake:

In a large pot, cook sliced apple, cinnamon, sugar and water together until apples are soft.

Then you pour the apples in a baking dish and spread a dry cake mix over the top. Then the cake mix is dotted with pats of butter.

Side note: I LOVE that necklace. I picked it up at Ann Taylor for a mere $8 because one of the beads had fallen off. All it took was 2 minutes with my jewelry pliers to fix it. :)

You bake it at 350 until it's golden and bubbly around the edges.

And dig in while it's hot! If you've never had a dump cake, it's basically a cobbler. But the cake mix topping gets a little crispy and just the right amount of buttery, making it the most perfect cobbler (in my opinion).

You can also use two cans of pie filling if you don't want to bother slicing apples.

Serve it up with a bit of whipped cream or ice cream.

Sorry the photo is so crappy. I think this was at 9:30 at night.

Spiced Apple Dump Cake (printable recipe)
Serves 8

4 honeycrisp apples, sliced
1/3 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick salted butter

In a large pot over medium heat, cook sliced apples with sugar, water and cinnamon until apples are tender; stirring often.

Pour cooked apples into a 9x13" baking dish. Spread dry cake mix over the top of apples. Slice butter into 12 pats and arrange on the top of the cake mix.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!


  1. What beautiful babies they both are! Kindof makes you another one huh? Cool Space Needle picture, and what big, good looking family, it looks like it was a nice wedding. Pretty cool trying such 'exotic' foods, I dont know if I would be brave enough. And how cute you two are, you little spinner!

  2. Happy wedding and family pix! Thanks for sharing. Will have to try that apple dump cake tonight since I think I have all the ingredients.


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