We’ve been back from Idaho for a week now, and 2014 is off to a pretty good start minus the fact that it feels like -30° F outside. Anyway, I wanted to give you a little recap of our Christmas holiday. It was a glorious vacation filled with lots of family, friends and food. We flew in late Christmas Eve and then back on New Year’s Eve. Our days were jammed packed but in the best way possible.
^^^We celebrated Christmas Day with both of family’s this year. This used to really stress me out because I was always afraid someone was going to get hurt feelings that we weren’t spending enough time with one side or the other. But this year, my anxiety took a back seat and I just enjoyed the day. We spent the early morning with my family in our jammies, opening gifts, snuggling by the fire, and eating our traditional Christmas breakfast of lox and bagels. Then we threw on our clothes and headed over to my husband’s parents for the rest of our Christmas day which was full of numerous Tom & Jerry’s, snacking on my favorite homemade Chex Mix, crafting and taking photos with my niece and nephew and playing multiple rounds of our family game of marbles.^^^
^^^My parents decided to throw a Boxing Day party this year. We used to go out to my cousin’s place on Boxing Day when I was growing up and have a huge feast and drink champagne all day. Since we didn’t have our usual Christmas Eve party and my cousin’s weren’t hosting Boxing Day, my parents invited all of our close friends and family over for an after-Christmas get together. It was the perfect way to see everyone and catch up. My parent’s love throwing parties, and it was so fun to be able to help them get ready for this one. We spent most of the day in the kitchen preppy food for the most beautiful smorgasbord delights including homemade cream of mushroom soup with morels, persimmon pudding with caramel sauce, a glorious cheese board, and orzo and potato salads.^^^
^^^This is a photo of my parent's fat-cat, Bert. I just couldn't resist including it because he's just so awesome. Truthfully, this cat is actually mine because I insisted on adopting him after I graduated college and then decided to go work in Switzerland. Sorry, Mom and Dad. So, my parent's have raised him which essentially makes him theirs. Isn't this photo just amazing? Bert is starting to look more and more like Garfield and I can't get enough of it.^^^
^^^As you have probably noticed, we ate a lot while we were in Idaho. We don't go out to eat much when we're back because both of our family's are pretty good at cooking. However, there are a few places that we must stop by when we're home. First off, if you're ever in Boise and you really want to eat local head to Bar Gernika on the Basque Block and order the Solomo Sandwich with Croquetas or a Spicy Lamb Grinder and any beer from Payette Brewing Company. If you’re looking for a quick lunch, pop into Zeppole Downtown and grab the Roasted Red Peppers, Provolone Cheese, Feta Cheese, Black Olives & Spinach Sandwich with pesto mayo and a side of balsamic. Oh, and if you’re in the mood for a fabulous breakfast and a cup of coffee, stop by Big City Coffee & Café (pictured above). You can get a scone or cinnamon role the size of your face and a slice of the most divine Feta and Artichoke Quiche (which I am going to have to try and recreate one of these days because it’s just that good).^^^