Visiting WA, a Wedding, and the Great Outdoors

This past weekend was so nice. If you’ve been following along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, you know we went to one of our favorite places; Washington (around the Seattle area, where I grew up).

We visited family, attended my husbands’ cousin’s wedding and explored the great outdoors. I also wrote  down 5 new recipes which I can’t wait to make at home. Here’s a peek into our trip. Every time we visit, our relatives make us feel so welcome and at home. A huge thank you to each of you :).

First: the wedding (I don’t think I’ve ever shared a wedding with you)! The church where the ceremony was held is gorgeous. The courtyard was lovely and surrounded by enormous blooming bushes.

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Diana is gorgeous and her dress was timeless.

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Are you ready for a little scandal? We could all use a little scandal once in awhile and I was so happy that I got this shot 😉 …

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Then we headed off to the reception which was very classy and elegant.

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Tulips everywhere!

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The brides flowers were beautiful. Anyone know what these are called? I want them growing in my yard!

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The food? Fabulous. Tender steak, flaky and juicy salmon with plenty of healthy veggies on the side. It was a feel good meal ;).  If I were alone in the line, I would have gotten 4 slices of salmon. Yum!

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The wedding cake was stylish but the inside of the cake really blew my mind; sponge cake studded with walnuts, a layer of poppyseed cake, thick layers of crunchy meringue and coffee infused buttercream frosting. Take a look!

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The dessert table was incredible and ultra impressive.

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The waffle tower was my favorite. Such a clever way to arrange them! P.S. I have an easy waffle cake recipe here.

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We also got to spend time with family; eating and chatting it up. I am so blessed with great relatives both on my side and my husbands side of the family.

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One of the best things about this trip was exploring nature near the beach and hiking up a mountain to take in that clean mountain air.

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This totally took me back to my childhood; looking for shells and little crabs on the beach. My son loved it!

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And so did I.

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We also did a little chilling on the front porch. I should do this more often! Maybe if we all do it, we can make it cool again? What do you say?

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P.S. Stay tuned. I’ll be posting another recipe tomorrow that I know you will love!

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  • lily
    March 3, 2017

    hi Natasha. i was wondering what is the recipe for the cake that’s on the dessert table picture 3, the cake in the middle that’s been cut into little squares? looks so delicious. i’ve been asking my mom to bake a Ukrainian cake for so long but she doesn’t know what cake i’m talking about. lol. please help =). Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2017

      I wish I knew, but I had nothing to do with that fabulous dessert spread 🙂 Reply

      • lily
        March 5, 2017

        ahhh =(. ok but do you know at least the name of that cake? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 5, 2017

          I don’t, sorry,… Reply

  • Kitti
    October 31, 2014

    Natasha – Where did you guys go on a hike to? I don’t recognize the view from the picture of your husband & son and would love to go there! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 31, 2014

      Kitti, this picture was taken on the top of Tiger Mountain in Issaquah after they did a 4 mile hike to the top. You should definitely go there :). Reply

  • leviana
    October 4, 2014

    hello, i was hoping you have that cake recipe that’s in the middle by those green cookies with mushrooms on them? & the recipes of those tube cookies & shells? i want to make some for my friends wedding. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 4, 2014

      To be honest, I don’t even remember what that cake was. It may be a honey cake but I’m not sure. I have a good honey cake recipe here: https://natashaskitchen.com/2013/12/26/prune-honey-cake-recipe/. I’m not sure if I will be posting the waffle cookies or the shells (oreshki) since most folks don’t have the special oreshnitsa or pizzelle maker required to make those. I try not to do anything too specialized, even though I have an oreshnitsa. I hope you love the honey cake! It’s definitely a favorite 🙂 Reply

      • leviana
        October 4, 2014

        spaciba =) i will try out your recipe. my mom has an oreshnitsa & i was hoping you have those waffle & shell cookies because they do look sooo good lol but if you change your mind please let me know or i guess i’ll just be checking your postings, thank you again. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          October 4, 2014

          If I come up with a great recipe, I’ll definitely share :). I’ve never been very good at keeping a good recipe a secret 😉 Reply

  • lily
    July 22, 2014

    hi, i was wondering if you have the recipe for those green cookies with the 2 hazel nuts on top of them right by the waffles in pictures…hopefully i get an email from you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 22, 2014

      I don’t but I’ll see if I can get the source one day :). They were little tartlets with green frosting made to look like grass with little mushrooms on top. Reply

      • lily
        July 22, 2014

        yeahhh =)lol those are mushrooms? ahaha i thought they were hazelnuts but also that cake thats cut into a lot of squares, do you know that one?…thank you very much for the responce. Reply

      • lily
        July 22, 2014

        from the white yellow wedding cake it being picture 1 i want the picture 5 cake. Reply

  • marusha
    May 27, 2014

    Natasha: After reading your recipes, seeing your photos, and hearing your gracious comments to all who post to you I have to commend you for making your readers feel like you are part of our family. Being Ukrainian, I love to see our family recipes stay alive so the younger generation can learn the old world ways of cooking for good health. Love your site, keep posting all those recipes, especially the ones Baba tucked away. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 27, 2014

      Marusha thank you so much for your sweet comment and compliments 🙂 It does take time but you’re all so important to me that I can’t help myself ;). You just made my day! Blessings to you! Reply

  • Tiffany Brown
    May 26, 2014

    What beautiful pictures! The dessert table at the wedding was gorgeous; and so was the place where you stayed. (What city was this in?) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 26, 2014

      Thank you Tiffany! Wasn’t it lovely? We were in the Seattle/Kent/Issaquah areas 🙂 Reply

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