Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wedding, Friends, and a Recipe

My last post was about my new Smart Phone.  Just FYI, an hour after I posted, my new "Smart" phone broke!  The touch screen didn't allow touching.  I've been a little reluctant to post about things I like, or brag about new things I have or people in my life.  Who knows what will happen within the hour?  
Hopefully, that was just a quirk because I'm posting again!

Lots have happened and I can make this post a super duper long one or make it a condensed version.   

As you know, Camille got married in November...on a cold, cold, day!

 A few weeks later, she had an open house in Rexburg, on a cold, cold, day! I've decided my camera doesn't like the cold because it didn't work.  I couldn't get one single picture of the happenings that evening.  However, I felt some warmth when I met 2 of my favorite blogging buddies. I also pilfered these photos from their blogs.  I admit it.  
I met Kimmie for the first time that night.  She is  friendly, warm, generous, and an all around good person. I love that lady.  Her husband, Tracy, and their son, Ethan also came.  What a pleasure to meet all of them.  Ethan is a great kid!  He had me smiling the whole time we talked.  You should go to Kimmie's blog to get a recipe for the cinnamon almonds she gave me.  You'll also find a plethora of other recipes, food storage ideas, and all kinds of fun on her blog.

Tauna and her husband and granddaughter came to the open house.  I've met Tauna before and couldn't wait to see her again!  She brought me huckleberry and apple syrups! We had a good visit, when I wasn't chasing grandkids!  It's wonderful how we can bond with our blogging friends and feel like we've known them forever! I hope to be able to see more of these ladies since I will be visiting their city more often.

Just another example of how close we can become to people we meet online. My daughter, Jill, is expecting a baby this month.  She was given a baby shower by a group of people who follower her on Twitter.  

The woman who had it at her home had never met Jill before!  
(She's obviously a good artist!)

Here is a recipe for a pasta salad that we served at Camille's reception.  It makes a TON and it's so good and pretty!  I've made it a couple of times since the reception and taken it to parties.  I've had several people ask for the recipe but you get it without even asking! It's perfect for Christmas eating because of the red and green ingredients.  

Pasta Salad

1 12 oz. pkg bow tie pasta
1 12 oz. bag of multi-colored pasta
1 cup grapes cut in half /or craisins
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
4 green onions, chopped
1 can drained  pineapple tidbits
1 cup cashews
3 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
1 cup mayonnaise 
1 bottle Kraft coleslaw dressing

In a LARGE pot, cook both bags of pasta until just tender. While pasta is cooking, cut up grapes, celery,  onions and cooked, cooled chicken..  Place in a LARGE bowl.  (Did I mention this recipe makes a ton?)  Drain the pineapple and add to the other ingredients in the bowl.  Drain pasta through a colander and run cold water over the pasta.  Place well-drained pasta in the LARGE bowl with the other ingredients.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayo and coleslaw dressing.  Pour over ingredients in the bowl.  With a LARGE spoon, stir until everything is coated and delicious looking!  
The last few times I made this recipe, I didn't put in the chicken.  Be prepared to feed an army or have lots of leftovers.

One more thing.  
I get to go to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert Friday night! (Try saying that 3 times fast) 

Nathan Gunn and Jane Seymour will be performing!  

I'm very excited!


mCat said...

First off - aren't Tauna and Kimmie the greatest??

I've had that salad and LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will get Splenda Daddy right on it : )

Julie Harward said...

I love your about the wedding and meeting blog friends, awesome about the Twitter friends shower..and I so wish I was going to that concert, enjoy it! :D

gigi said...

I'm very excited for you!! I'd love to see the Mo Tab at this time of year! Lucky you!

I loved that all you ladies got to meet up again at such a happy occasion! I love weddings and wedding cake, or cup cakes :)! So happy for Camille, just wish she could live somewhere other than the frozen tundra :( but at least she has tauna and Kimmie to keep her warnm with their wonderful friendship!
Love ya and Merry Christmas!

Camille said...

Soooo excited (and jealous) that you get to go to MoTAb! Hopefully it's not a cold day so your "smart" phone can take some VIDEOS that you can send my way... or just call me at the beginning of the concert and I'll put my phone on speakerphone for the rest of the night :)

Kristina P. said...

That recipe sounds amazing!!

Grandma Honey said...

I have that recipe and make it often. My DILs request it. So it was fun to see it here too!

Thank you for the intro to Kimmie's blog. I've just spent some time there and copied down some of her recipes (being my printer is broken)

Thanks also for the heads up on the Mormon Tab concert. I am hoping now it will be on the BYU channel. My husband was amazed Jane Seymour will be there!

lesa said...

Have fun at the concert. We tried to get tickets but didn't :) Enjoy!

Natalie said...

Looks like another great wedding with another beautiful bride.

Nice to meet bloggy friends.

Recipe sounds yummy.

You look great.

Lucky you to get tickets to MoTab.

Give me a call so we can get together.


Garden of Egan said...

The MoTab sounds FAB!
Have a great time. Borrow someone's camera and get a pix or two!

It was also fun to meet you at Camille's reception.

How fun for a baby shower!!!! People are so awesome.
I love it.

YUM on the pasta salad. I love pasta and this one looks easy. Thanks for sharing!

Hope you have a great weekend!!!!

Hugs and loves.

Cherie said...

I loved reading about the wedding on all three of your blogs now! What a happy event in so many ways :-D
Ohhhh the MoTab at Christmas! Lucky you - Enjoy!

Joanie said...

I loved the wedding photo, and happy to hear that you were able to meet new friends at the reception.
How fun for Jill to have a baby shower with new friends.
Hope you had a wonderful time at the concert on Friday night. You will be filled with the Christmas spirit.

Kerin said...

You are one busy gal!!

I'm just stopping by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

p.s Have a great time at the concert.

Yvonne said...

As you know, I LOVE my blogging friends ; )

You have been one busy lady--but then again, how could you not be.

Thanks for the recipe for the pasta salad--I could always use more recipes.

JennyLynn said...

Gotta love blogging friends, they are the best.

Your blog has such a cute Christmas background.