I went up to Southern Oregon with a couple of girlfriends—and no kids, woohoo!—this weekend. Our goal was to check out the annual antiques fair in the hopes of scoring some excellent, tax-free finds. My personal goal was to have a tamale at the Southern Oregon Grower's Market (mission deliciously accomplished), to relax after a couple of very busy weeks, and to spend time with my brother and his kids which is always a pleasure.
The antiques fair was well-worth it despite the searing heat. We all found lots of treasures for not too much money. My favorite find was a copy of Conran's The House Book published in 1974. I was eyeing my parents' worn copy at my brother's house and even asked him if I could borrow it. Not necessary! The next day, Alisyn found a copy (with cover!) on an antique store book shelf and after negotiating a 10% discount, it came home with me.
My brother gifted us moms with belated Mother's Day gifts-- tickets to the Applegate Valley wineries' barrel tasting event so we spent Sunday afternoon at Wooldridge Creek, Troon, and Schmidt wineries tasting their selections.
On Monday we were back on the road heading down I-5 hoping to make it home before school got out, which we did. I came home to a nice, clean house (thanks, J!) and a two hour power nap. It was a great time.
Here are some of my favorite pics from the weekend:
Saturday night dinner: grilled veggies and grass-fed tri-tip from the farmer's market and wild, local salmon caught in the Rogue River by my sister. The yellow bowl holds grilled spring onions, garlic, and jalapeños.
Outdoor paella-making in a giant paella pan at Wooldridge Creek Winery. This was served alongside their Tempranillo, an excellent pairing.
Bunny and Wallie seem older and taller and are using vocabulary I have never heard before. So much can change over a weekend which is why it's good (and, maybe isn't good?!) to go away. I really missed them.
Hope your weekend was relaxing, too. If you ever find yourself in Southern Oregon the weekend before Memorial Day, be sure to check out the antiques and the wineries. You'll have a great time.