MIA: Holiday Highlights Edition

Hey, there! Long time, no see. As usual, early winter breaks into a bit of a chaos around here with the holiday season and readjusting to real life once the celebrations are over. Here are some highlights of our cold-weather season (hopefully it won't last half a year again!) so far:

We Prepped For Christmas At The Eastern Market
Until this Christmas, I'd never had a real evergreen wreath to hang on my front door. Hearing nothing but good things about the Eastern Market's Holiday Market, I figured that a locally-made wreath would be the best place to start. And guess what? I love it (duh). It's still hanging on my front door, and somehow, the continual frigidness of the past few weeks has sustained its color.

We Figured Out Why Detroiters Love Sanders Chocolate
Sanders--have you heard of this stuff? Sanders chocolate is all the rage in southeastern Michigan (and probably the rest of the world by now). Detroiters can't eat an ice cream sundae without this brand's iconic hot fudge. Well, I visited the source (factory) directly and I've gotta say . . . the fans are not crazy. Read more about my take on the candy company by clicking here.

We Hosted Our First House Party(!!!!!)
Thirty-five people in one house? Bring it! Turns out, the best way to host your first real party is to just jump in and invite the whole neighborhood (or in this case, the whole youth group). Brad put together some snazzy decorations, while I cranked out about 57 billion pounds of taco fixings. Throw in some fun games (courtesy of our fellow youth leaders), and it turned out awesome. Plus, Brad and I now get to eat leftover tacos for approximately the rest of our lives.

We Enjoyed Good Food and Entertainment at the Eagle Tavern Holiday Nights Dinner
Holiday Nights is my absolute favorite event at Greenfield Village--but before this year, I'd never visited the Eagle Tavern Dinner! Of course, I had to remedy that mistake this year (You can read more about the event here).

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Celebrating Christmas with family is always the highlight of winter for me. If I had to change one thing though, it would be to not enter the holiday season already exhausted. This was an eye-opener for me and a lesson to keep my eyes on what's most important during the Christmas season (hint: it's not making sure you've completed your shopping list before Christmas Eve!).

Currently: It's Cold Again!
Deja vu, guys. The winter boots are out, and I've started carrying extra shoes (indoor/outdoor) with me to work every day. In reality, it feels like winter never really left last year . . . instead, it took a little break to help us get a hold on things (and maybe to get some fresh air and sunshine before we all went completely mad).

Anyway, I've been using this "opportunity" to preoccupy myself with lots of indoor activities: Writing for the Awesome Mitten, visiting Pewabic Pottery (new post arriving tomorrow on www.awesomemitten.com!), buying cool stuff on Etsy, and watching Brad tear up lots of things in our house to make them look even better (pictures to come). Long story short: we're really re-establishing our lifelong relationship with IKEA these days.

So . . . what have you guys been up to? And what would you like to see me write about next? Tell me in the comments below!