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Seattle and Tree Top Orchards

What a whirwind of a weekend Amanda and I had last week. I thought for sure since we had a good 5 nights in Seattle that this trip would seem nice and long, but nope, it went by in the blink of an eye.

BlogHer Food Conference was going on which is why we came out. We didn’t go to any sessions, but rather ran around town to eat and see our way through Seattle and caught some fun parties too. Let’s take a look at our fun-filled weekend πŸ™‚

photo via Amanda

Last Thursday started out with a fun cooking video day with the National Pork Board and these wonderful bloggers listed below. We had good food, great conversation and lots of laughs. Look for our pork videos coming up later this year. Should be fun πŸ™‚

From Left to Right: Sandy & Paul @ Reluctant Entertainer, Jaden @ Steamy Kitchen, Diana @ Eating Richly, Amanda @ Kevin and Amanda, Jenny @ Picky Palate, Lauren @ Lauren’s Latest, Jessica @ The Novice Chef

After our video shoot Amanda and I scooted over to Top Pot Doughnuts which we heard wonderful things about. They were gorgeous and that Old-Fashioned one in the front should be illegal, lol!


The inside of the shop was adorable. Had it’s own little library and upstairs seating for a relaxing experience. Loved it.


Yes, this is what Amanda and I look like most of the time on our trips. Snapping photos at our food πŸ™‚

Look at the size of that glazed doughnut?! Fabulous.

photo via Amanda

Here’s Amanda and I at a party Thursday evening. Keep in mind my chubby face is also almost 7 months pregnant, lol! Gotta love it.



photo via Amanda

Loved meeting Leigh Anne of Your Home Based Mom in Seattle. Her blog is beautiful and what a wonderful sweet person she is. Not to mention has the cutest style too. She always looked perfectly adorable!


Thursday night the fun continued at a Ziplist party. My pregnant body was pooped by the time I got there but had fun in the photo booth with these adorable ladies πŸ™‚

Darla @ Bakingdom, Shelly @ Cookies and Cups, Kristan @ Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, Amanda @ Kevin and Amanda, Leslie @ The Hungry Housewife, Jenny @ Picky Palate, Shaina @ Food for My Family, and Tara @ Unsophisticook.

photo via Amanda

More fun continued Friday, lots of sightseeing and eating for sure. We met up at this Tasty Kitchen party that Ree and Betsy put together. Had a blast with all of these ladies listed below.

Jenna @ Eat Live Run, Maria @ Two Peas and Their Pod, Jenny @ Picky Palate, Amanda @ Kevin and Amanda, Elise @ Simply Recipes, and Bev @ Bev Cooks.

photo via Amanda

So fun to meet Lisa of With Style and Grace. ….and we are both pregnant and in stripes. Too fun!

photo via Amanda

Bev @ Bev Cooks, Lisa @ With Style & Grace,Β  Amanda @ Kevin and Amanda, Maria @ Two Peas and Their Pod, Jessica @ How Sweet It Is, Me, Tracy @ Shutterbean

photo via KitchenAid

Maria, Amanda and I at the KitchenAid table. Yup, there’s that baby bump of mine πŸ™‚

Saturday, we stopped at a fun cupcake shop called Yellow Leaf Cupcakes. Aren’t they gorgeous?

photo via Lori

Wouldn’t be a food conference without a dessert PJ Party right?! Met up with some of our favorite friends Saturday night and Brooks of Recipe Boy came for a visit! What a cutie he is.

Sunday morning, we took a bus ride with the Tree Top group to Lake Chelan, Washington. Here’s a shot from outside my hotel room. Gorgeous!!

We had a tour of the Tree Top Apple Orchards.

How pretty that the orchards overlook Lake Chelan. Loved it here.

After the orchards, we had one of the most beautiful dinners I have ever had at Benson Vinyard Estate Winery. The views were breathtaking.


photo via Epicurean Mom

The ladies in our group: Me, The Epicurean Mom (Katie), Kevin and Amanda (Amanda),Β Reluctant EntertainerΒ (Sandy),Β Food for my Family (Shaina),Β Kim Sunee, The Healthy Apple (Amie), The Novice Chef (Jessica),Β The Kitchen Magpie (Karlynn), Mom Start (Louise), Mommie Cooks (Julie)

We started with these gorgeous appetizers.

After our appetizers, we headed into this gorgeous banquet room where we had a beautiful dinner. It was unforgettable and we ate until we busted, lol! Thanks Tree Top for a perfect end of our trip!


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  1. 1

    Jenny what a trip!! The trip to Seattle and the mini-excursion within the trip. Nothing like a calm few days for a pregnant lady, right? πŸ™‚ I am kicking myself that I didn’t book a ticket to BlogHer and with each post I read, I kick myself harder. What a great time and would have loved to see you and hang out with you and all these other great ladies who I’d love to (finally) meet some of them.

    And you look GORGEOUS in all the pics!

  2. 2
    Maria says:

    Loved seeing you and your cute baby bump! Can’t wait to see you again on Monday:)

  3. 3
    Jennifer says:

    I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing them. It’s fun to see everyone.

  4. 4
    Sondra says:

    Loved the pictures. Can barely see the baby bump… you kept hiding it :-).

  5. 5
    Leigh Anne says:

    Jenny – First of all you are about the cutest pregnant lady I have ever seen!! It was so fun to meet you in person after following you on your blog for so long. So glad you enjoyed your trip to our beautiful Northwest!!

  6. 6

    It was so nice to see you again, Jenny! You are just too adorable with your pregnant belly.

  7. 7

    Loooved seeing you again and can’t wait for Monday! <3

  8. 8
    TidyMom says:

    WOW the orchards and winery are gorgeous!!…….and you and Lisa have the most adorable baby bumps!!

    Looks like so much fun!……sorry I missed it

  9. 9
    Kim B. says:

    LOVED your pictures!! I used to live in Seattle & miss it TERRIBLY. Thanks for bringing me back πŸ™‚

  10. 10

    Great pictures and recap. Tree Top Orchards looks like an amazing place. I have never been out to Seattle but would love to get there sometime, and get my hands on some of those donuts! πŸ™‚

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    Lynna H. says:

    So jealous of the fun you had! LOL, but glad you guys had so much fun!! I enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures! πŸ™‚

  12. 12

    Looks like such a fun time! You are so adorable with your baby bump! Im so excited for you!!!! And oh baby those doughnuts looked to die for!!!

  13. 13

    Love this recap and those pictures from Tree Top are about as gorgeous as anything I’ve ever seen!!

  14. 14

    Oh my gosh, you do not have a chubby face! You have a beautiful, glowing pregnant mama face!

    Love this recap. Gorgeous photos! Wish I could have been there.

    Did the baby kick after those sugary donuts? πŸ™‚

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    Gayle215 says:

    I am loving all these photos and cannot wait to schedule a vacation trip to that area! Also, I really love that bright blue bead necklace you are wearing. It just pops! Where did you get it?!? I want one!

    • 15.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Gayle, I found the necklace at Nordstrom late last year. I am wishing I would have bought a few more colors!!

  16. 16
    JulieD says:

    Gorgeous pictures, Jenny!! It was so good to see you!!! Although sad that we didn’t get to chat much (again!) :). You and Lisa are so cute!!! You two and Kristan are the cutest pregnant ladies ever!!

  17. 17

    […] after seeing recaps from Jenna, Jessica, Heidi, Maria, Bev, Lisa, Jenny, Amanda, Shelly, Jessica, Melissa, and many more, I really am kicking myself because even if I […]

  18. 18
    Sara W says:

    Campbells Resort! My family and I have gone to Chelan every summer and stayed there… this year will be mark the 34th time I have stayed there.

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    Jenelle says:

    I love your blog and was so excited when I saw you came to Seattle, as I am from there πŸ™‚ Was the event put on at the Fairmont Olympic? Anyways, if you come back you should go to cupcake royale! It is by far the best cupcake place in downtown!

    P.S. You are too cute with everything you make! I am definitely an avid reader πŸ™‚

  20. 20
    Sandy @ Re says:

    How did I miss this post? We had so much fun – lots of laughs. Video this week? Yikes! xo

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