A lot has happened during my blogging break! Thanksgiving, good food, friends, and lots of holiday prep has filled my days and it’s getting me so excited for Christmas!
It’s hard to believe that it is literally right around the corner. Our recent dumping of snow has set the scene perfectly–frosty roads, snow-covered roofs, and white-tipped branches.
Let’s go through some days and catch up, shall we?
First of all, Thanksgiving was wonderful! Thursday was spent at my in-laws: eating dinner together and playing games which is becoming one of our favorite traditions. Each year we usually play Mexican Train Dominoes and have lots of fun in this fast-paced challenge to get rid of all of your tiles before anyone else. After playing this game for awhile, my sister in law, Casey, introduced us to a new game: Speed Scrabble. Oh my goodness, is this ever fun!
It’s basically a faster, more-challenging version of Scrabble that is played without the board. Each player takes 7 tiles and flips them over at the same time. You must then create words with your tiles and when you have used all of your letters, you yell “Go!” and everyone grabs two tiles from the center and keeps playing. This continues until all of the tiles are snatched up and the first person to use all of their tiles up wins!
Andy and I taught this game to my family when we headed over to my parent’s house on that Sunday and they loved it just as much! My cousins especially had fun playing it!
This time of year, I’m a sucker for all things seasonal. This includes but is not limited to hot chocolate with marshmallows, ice skating, peppermint-flavored everything, scarves, and cookies.
That being said, my friend Bre convinced me to have my second annual Christmas cookie party last week. She and Krystine came over for dinner, followed by some crazy cookie decorating, cranberry Sierra Mist, and a viewing of Home Alone.
It was so fun to hang out with a smaller crowd and get into the holiday spirit! That holiday spirit continued to flow to Sunday, when Allie came over for an afternoon of gingerbread lattes, cinnamon rolls, and holiday movies.
Allie’s mom used to work as a barista at Starbucks, so she taught me the ropes of our new espresso machine! Lots of laughter ensued as we tried to figure this contraption out and eventually got it working, thanks to Allie’s knowledge!
Our homemade gingerbread lattes hit the spot, especially when topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent munching on snacks while lounging on the couch–enjoying classics such as “A Christmas Story” and “Rudolph.” Allie had never seen “A Christmas Story” before so it was fun to see her reaction to the ridiculousness of that movie!
I’m looking forward to more holiday festivities coming up this month, including a knitting date with my friend Kaaren, a cookie exchange party on Saturday, and a holiday party the weekend after that!
I’m off to embrace the winter temps as I start my day! Have a great one!
Favorite seasonal snack?
Favorite game to play with family and friends?
What flavor of latte do you prefer?