3 ingredient dip and 5 fun girls…


last friday i was invited out to alderbrook resort on hood canal.

for those of you who do not know where that is… i suggest you google it, book a room or cottage and go there asap.

i asked what i could bring.

they said “just yourself”.

i mentioned that i needed to post recipes on my blog all week for brooke.  so they suggested i bring an appetizer to share.

sounded great.

until 5 minutes before i had to leave.


in typical tracy fashion, i didn’t pick anything up.

but these three ingredients are always in our fridge…buddig ham (it hangs in a little bag in the deli section.  under $1.  cheap and yummy), whipped cream cheese (gotta use the tried and true Philadelphia brand cream cheese) and green onions.

this recipe originally comes from my friend stacey who is a gourmet cook.  we always ask her to bring it to our girls getaways and she begs to make her fancies, but we say… “the dip” is fancy enough.


1 pkg Buddig ham, cut into little pieces

1 large containger Philadelphia whipped cream cheese

4-5 thin green onions, chopped

mix all together and chill in a bowl at least one hour.  my kids like it served with ritz crackers.  yummmmm.

okay, back to my weekend story…


these are my friends.  my alderbrook friends.

i love them.  my mom behind me.  my aunt to the right and her two lifelong friends in the middle.  let’s just say we are all lifetime friends.  whenever i hear they are at alderbrook (at their cute little cottages) i am thrilled to be asked to join them.  i think they think i’m fun.  sometimes i forget to be fun.  and they remind me.

we drink wine.  we eat appetizers outside and watch all of the hotel guests.  we watch bill gates sea plane come in (he has a little place (haha… it’s a huge compound next door).  we chat about life (they are soooo full of knowledge and tidbits of advice).  they give me “mom” tips.  i give them “ipad and iPhone” tips (they think i know everything about electronics… i have an old iPhone 4 and they all have 5’s and 6’s and don’t even know the difference).  they talk about their marriages (as 3 of them have lost their husbands in the past few years).  they talk about the importance of relationships with their children (3 of them have lost a child over the years… including my mom).  they show me how to dress up polar fleece with pearls, crisp white shirts and cashmere sweaters tied around the neck.  they keep me up to date on people we know.  they talk about upcoming vacations (you see, they have all traveled the world many times… they tell me i will get to travel one day… hmmm… when?).  and we laugh.  the most important of all.  laughter.   oh, and they make funny faces while i take selfies of us.  and they laugh about that too.


every time i visit “my girls”… a quick trip to the union store down the road is a must.

cutest little hole in the wall.  you will drive right on by if you blink.  hammock out front.  cars stopping for the hidden secrets inside.  homemade yummies…


it’s filled with fresh baked pies in little mason jars,  “my mom’s potato salad is better than your mom’s potato salad”, pasta salads, horseradish deviled eggs, warm out of the oven french baguettes, brownies, lemon bars and hot, melt in your mouth muffins.  and don’t forget the daily specials… we saw prime rib!

when you look up, you will see old school water skis on the ceiling.  classic!


oh, and almost forgot… the famous deer head looking at you when you get your scoop of ice cream!


it comes in all forms.

i learn so much about life with these ladies.  be strong.  but also be a lady.  think big.  but take advice.  love.  and be loved.

thank you for the weekend my friends.

happy monday.



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