Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's All About The Food...

What is it about my relationship with food and a snow storm?
As soon as the weather person says snow...
and that orange warning banner starts streaming on the T.V.,
I start planning the meals.
And it can't be just any food, it has to be "the food", "snow food".

Chicken, stuffing and mashed potatoes, that's a snow storm meal!

A big pot of chicken, and potato chowder,
I added spinach this time...
that's food good enough for a snow storm.

And a fresh loaf of french bread is a must.


You have to make hot cocoa, don't bother if you don't have peeps!

This came home as a part of Chuck's Costco haul.
It's a cheesecake, can you believe that.
Under all the caramel sauce, chocolate and nuts, there's cheesecake.
Big enough for a family of 10.

I finished my cards as I watched it snow...

and the hubs helped me wrap.
We don't buy a lot of presents, I like it that way.
We just buy for the little ones and for our two sons.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Savannah's Candy Kitchen

Savannah's Candy Kitchen
It looks and feels like a mom and pop shop,
and it is decorated like a home town candy store.
But it's a chain, and in this case, that's a good thing, because mail order is available.
The hubs has a sweet tooth, me not so much but the pralines here were to die for.
You get a sample as you walk in, of course, that's a great marketing strategy,
and it worked, we bought some.




The train up above was amazing, you can see it in almost all of the pictures.



Ice Cream & Gelato

The Great Wall of Candy


This sweet young lady waited on us and was very kind and helpful.
I can't remember her name.

They have adorable bags for your sweets and treats...

The hubs bought some peanut brittle, 
finished that...
and ordered himself another big ole' tin once we got home.
That tin is just about gone, and I see another order in his near future.
He can't have chocolate anymore...
a kidney stone,
so he has become addicted to other types of sweets and treats!!

This store is in the Washington, D.C. area, we visited when we were there.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Winter Wonderland

As you may already know, it snowed yesterday on the East Coast.
I didn't have anywhere to go or anything I had to do.
"Stay Home" was written on the calendar!

The lights on the back deck alway look beautiful when covered in snow.

We woke to this...



Snow on every branch of every tree...


The sun is out and all the snow is starting to melt.
We didn't get too much, it will probably all melt off today.
But for this brief moment in time, before it melted, it was a winter wonderland!

December 9 - 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 208 ~

Lake of the Lilies - pictures from a visit way back in October.

Everyone was home...

It was so cloudy, 
but the sun came out for a brief moment,
and I was able to capture the swan, drenched in sunlight.

A pack of Ruddy Ducks and two Coots.


2 American Coots





Two juvie swans, cuddling!!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Gaylord National - ICE

I have a few exciting pictures left from our trip to 
the Washington, D.C. area 
and

Inside the resort, this was the view from our room.

It's like a small town, with shops, restaurants, a bar, and activities for the kids.

After enjoying the ICE Display,
there are lot's of "after ICE" activities to enjoy.

Some much needed hot cocoa.


A large room devoted to decorating Gingerbread houses.
You needed a reservation or I would have been all over that!


Ice Skating

A Train

A pretty Merry-Go-Round

The area was decorated beautifully, perfect for taking pictures!

We had just finished up the ICE display, so I was still bundled up!

Each night the hotel had a Tree Lighting show.
Music, lights, dancing water fountains (you can see them in the center of the picture)...
The show ended with an artificial snow fall.

This trip is one of my favorites that we take each year.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Algonquin Theater

A Christmas Story

The beautiful Christmas Tree at
 The Algonquin Theater...

The Algonquin Theater
The theater has an interesting history, that you can read about here.
This beautiful theater, located in Manasquan, NJ, is only about 10 minutes from home.
The productions are professional, the costumes and sets are beautiful.

The popcorn was really good...

A Christmas Story 
- The show was excellent -
A Christmas story that I was not familiar with.
The very funny account of Ralphie's desperate quest to 
ensure that his most wanted of gifts ends up under his Christmas Tree.


No pictures were allowed but I took one of the curtain at the beginning and two at the end.
The cast was wonderful.



It was a great date night 
with dinner afterward at Spano's in Point Pleasant.
December 2, 2017