In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. ~ Gibran

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Escaping for an Afternoon of Sand and Saltwater Taffy!

Swinging by to pick up Poh, we decided on a mid-day escape to the beach. Our leisurely drive to the stunning Oregon coast promised blue skies would eventually break through and by mid-day we were basking in the sun.  We landed in Cannon Beach at our favorite eatery JP's. Known for the best Salmon Chowder anywhere. JP's will be closing their doors after 17 years. Co-owner Diana told us her and her hubby are heading to Greece for a month in October and will be celebrating on Sept. 24 by holding a closing party and raffle for their well guarded top secret recipes for their clam, salmon, and seafood chowders. Raffle tickets are $20 each. Poh and I shared an amazing Chicken Salad Tarragon Sandwich while catching up on all the news. It became obvious we needed the recipe when we were both moaning.  Luckly we did not attract attention as all the other patrons were moaning over their plates as well. We coaxed the recipe from Diana who gladly shared... keep in mind, her version is made with their homemade bread... a must ingredient!

Diana's Chicken Salad Tarragon Sandwich

Roast chicken breasts with garlic herb seasoning, cool and then cube
Add Best Foods Mayo
1 dried sprig of Tarragon
Garlic and herb seasoning to taste
Add cashews right before serving so they don't get soggy

Spread on homemade white bread and enjoy!

Afterward we decided a quick run to Bruce's Candy Store was required to buy saltwater taffy for making the kids college care packages. Bruce's never disappoints...

Loaded up with all the goodies we headed to Ecola State Park. One of my favorite picnic and hiking spots. As we walked out to the bluffs we managed to pick up a stray companion.  This beautiful little guy followed us on our journey.

 We closed out our excursion with a drive through the Ecola Rainforest down to Indian Beach to see the surfers. Tide was up so we skipped the hike to the tide pools.

Hope you all are squeezing in the relaxing summer moments before school starts up again!

Come gather around the table ! MJ

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