Tree in da house!
Matt and I went to pick out our tree (and unsuccessfully pick out a new dining room pendant light – why are all lighting stores closed on the weekends!? Do they expect us to shop for lights on a Tuesday at 10am?).
On the way home, we stopped into the bakery to close, and so I could sample some of our latest items – including the Eggnog Scuffins!! These have butterscotch and are SO eggnoggy!! LOVED them!
This week was pretty slow after the Thanksgiving rush [everyone must be on cut-back] and we had a lot of extra sweets leftover. We give all of our breads to the food banks on Monday, but the sweets aren’t always in as good condition. We had enough left that I decided we were going to find a good place for them tonight. I packaged them up in boxes and we drove around looking for businesses or people who would like them (you’d be surprised how many businesses are NOT open at 6pm on a Saturday night). The best match we found was the Live Arts Theater, and I took 2 huge boxes of sweets for the theater to give out to tonight’s volunteers. Perfect match and so worth the time!
Our tree took us all of 20 minutes to assemble. Love that. Growing up, my family’s tree used to take 20 DAYS to put together. My parents would get a 10 foot tree (so it seemed) and we’d have mandatory ornament hanging time every evening in December!! These days I’m content so long as the tree smells like pine and is an inch taller than me 😉
Matt and I had a good time laughing at our ornaments. We have an eclectic mix of complete wacky, heirloom, 1982 + 1983 baby ornaments and fun ones we’ve collected. See if you can guess which is which. That last one makes me laugh out loud.
The holiday decorating began with the very last of the pumpkin beer. Goodbye fall, hello winter.
For dinner tonight we invited our friends Brian [Albers] and Melanie over. Brian and Matt were fraternity bros at Davidson and he moved here for a new job this year.
And a greens + beet + blue d’auvergne salad with spiced pecans (a bakery sample) dressed in EVOO, honey and pink Himalayan salt.
With dinner we enjoyed sharing a few more beers, including this Nashville Dos Perros from my friend Hillary! [It was great H!]
We had a leftover Ambrosia Wreath to share for dessert!! A fruity bread – tastes like coffee cake – with cream cheese frosting.
Along with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip!
Taste of each to end the night – [FYI, that plate looks huge but it’s an appetizer plate!]
Sleepy and thankful tomorrow is a low-key Sunday!