Yesterday we reunited with family! My parents arrived and we got right to the shopping, cooking, eating, and drinking. My friend Holly joined us for dinner and we had my Mom's Italian wedding soup, which I requested.
We've totally abandoned plucking the little cards from the Advent Calendar and looking forward to charming and heart warming activities. We've reached the point of doing-only-what-needs-to-be-done.
Yesterday a few Christmas Miracles took place in and around our house: the outdoor lights were hung (FINALLY! We didn't have outdoor electricity until Sunday, minor details...), the stockings were hung, and the house is finalllllllyyyyyyyy clean. We don't have a tree skirt under the tree, because our cat demands that we don't!
My family arrives today! We're as ready as we're going to be.
Last night's event was a fun one, and didn't involve any chores, chocolate melting, or kitchen clean up! We met at a friends house for appetizers and hot beverages, then walked to the waterfront to watch the Christmas Ship Parade and listen to the Christmas carols.
I'd never seen anything like it before! The ships were all decked out with lights, they were so majestic, and the 20 minute performance was perfect timing. We walked back to our friends' place and watched the original Rudolf movie. We're almost to Christmas, little elves.
We've made it to day 18. It's officially time for questioning why did I ever commit to 25 days of activities and posts!? It's been mostly fun doing this Advent calendar/Christmas countdown but I'm feeling a wee bit like a South Pole elf as I'm taking food photos in the 7 am hour...
Regardless, here we are! Day 18 included making chocolate saltine bark. I'm too impatient to bake so this recipe for melting things is a winner. I made two pans: one with mint chips and chocolate chips, another with butterscotch and chocolate chips. The mint chocolate bark turned out great, while the butterscotch chocolate bark was a total bust! You'll see that we still picked at the butterscotch mess, despite it being a wreck.
Hello, I'm Angela.
Figs and Flights is all about traveling near and far & eating great food both at home and away.