Just the other side of Snoqualmie Pass, nestled in the Cascade Mountains, is Moulton's Lodge...it was the perfect place for the girls in our church to hold our first ever Friendsgiving. The girls had a great time - but I had more fun than anyone...I love "lodge life", love the mountains, love the cool crisp air and the smell of a bonfire - especially if I can roast marshmallows, I mean burn them, which I did, over and over and over again! It was perfect! Side note: I don't recommend putting burnt marshmallows into hot chocolate...you end up with black bits floating on top that eventually stick to your teeth and lips...not a good look on anyone.
There were 19 of us (including the "caretakers", Andrew, Emily and their two adorable boys) and we spent the day making things for our feast that included Pilgrim Ships, Turkey Cookies, stamped table runners and napkins (the girls painted the backs of plastic leaves and then pressed the paint side down onto linen, they used acrylic paint so it was dry in 15 minutes) and Blessings Mix!
After the mad-crafting, everyone set about peeling, chopping, dicing, and stirring to help make our feast. We dined on turkey cornucopia tacos (made with ground turkey and a soft tortilla that was rolled like a cornucopia, clever, no?), roasted root veggies, Indian Corn Pudding, zucchini salsa (all Pilgrims eat this), and we had apple and pumpkin pie for dessert...we waddled around for the rest of the day!
The girls decorated the tables with things they found outside, including an exact replica of Plymouth Rock! Their Pilgrim Ships were filled with M&M's and their turkey cookies looked adorable on the tables!
Andrew took the girls on a trail ride and the weather cooperated - no rain the entire day! We only spent the day at the Lodge, home by 4:00 in the afternoon - but what a day it was! Thanks to the Moulton's for allowing us up to their little resort - it's a bit of paradise for sure!