Since my freshman year at Penn State I have been collecting Christmas tree ornaments. My Mom gifts them to me almost every year, and a few friends and family have contributed over the years.
When my parents stepped foot into my house for the very first time two years ago, they dropped a small suitcase off, instructing me to keep the bag and its contents. Clearly they were ready to unload some of the stuff they'd been holding onto for 6 years (and many apartments) of my life. I was excited to find that the bag was full of my PSU ornaments. Last year I snagged a white tree at an after Christmas sale. This year my life goal of having a Penn State Christmas tree came true!
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.
This Christmas we're staying in Seattle. Bryce and I will celebrate with my parents, plus my Uncle, plus a new friend who just moved to Seattle (and also went to Penn State, of course). With the exception of said new friend, everyone else is staying with us! We've got the room and are looking forward to the excitement. Of course, there's plenty of preparation going on for a Christmas dinner for 6, plus meals and snacks in the meantime.
Yesterday was all about making a list for meals and groceries, then stocking the house, pantry, and fridge for our guests. Checking it twice is optional!
Now it's really getting fun! Last night we celebrated with friends.
My friend Sarah has an annual girls night Christmas party. The wine was plentiful, there were Jell-O shots of red and green, Elf played on repeat at least 3 times, and everyone had a great time. There wasn't a cotton headed ninny muggins in sight!
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!" - Buddy the Elf
Last night was my office holiday party. My colleagues and I celebrated together with loud, enthusiastic karaoke singing! Hilarious headwear, tasty food, and unlimited drinks helped us to be merry, as well.
It is always telling to spend time with work buddies outside of the office and singing duets together may be the best way to build that sprit of teamwork!
I'm Angela. Here you'll find tons of chatter about food & travel. Enjoy!
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