Friday, December 2, 2011

New York City Fun

John and I treated ourselves to a short getaway.
An overnight trip to NYC.
We drove to Hammilton, NJ then took the train to the NY Penn Station.
A few blocks and we were at our hotel.
 Our first stop was Radio City Music Hall to see the Rockettes.
It was a beautiful show!
 Very festive
After the show, we walked and walked and enjoyed the tall buildings and the liveliness of the city.
John calculated that we walked more than 60 blocks!
Oh, our aching feet and legs :)
 We oohed and aahed at amazing jewelry and sporty cars.
We strolled Rockefeller Center to see the lighted Christmas tree.
While reading a post of a blogging friend (Pat @Mille Fiori Favoriti) we really wanted to visit Rolf's German Restaurant.  I found the over-the-top abundance of holiday decoration quite festive and fun.
It seemed the other guests did too as the room was filled with a happy crowd.
I had read reviews that are not all favorable so went more for the decor than the food.

Our server was very sweet, friendly and attentive. 
She had no problem when we asked to be moved to a different table as the one we were seated at was very tight. The tables are squeezed in but our fellow diners were of the friendly sort and it didn't bother us.

John ordered Wiener Schnitzel with green beans and spätzle.  He loved the meat but found the spätzle too bland.  I had the Roast Loin of Pork, braised red cabbage with mashed potatoes that I really enjoyed. The Apple Strudel for dessert was good but way over priced. ($12.00) which brought us to the one thing that we were surprised by.  Apparently the holiday season is when the prices are hiked up.  The on-line menu that we checked just before we left for our trip listed prices for entrees ~ those same entrees were each $9 more on their Christmas Menu.  Maybe that is typical but we were not expecting it. 
 The small dining area was really beautiful in my opinion.
A lovely way to usher in the Christmas season.
The highlight of our trip was meeting up with a fellow blogger who lives and works in the city.
Her blog is Buttercup Counts her Blessings and it is a fitting name for this sweet, sweet lady!
We chatted and walked and thoroughly enjoyed her company. She was our guide as we strolled down the streets taking in the beautifully decorated windows and nighttime in the city.
So personable and down-to-earth, our conversations flowed freely and our blogging friendship grew to a real-life friendship.
Our experience in this city was so much grander thanks to Buttercup.
She knew just the right places to take us.
When we came to this window I couldn't help but to think of another blogger who does amazing paper cutting.  I had to snap these photos just for Snippety Gibbet.
One of the most beautiful places we saw was The Plaza.
It is stunning inside and out.
We finished our evening together at a cozy place where we enjoyed more conversation along with some warm beverages and of course, something sweet.
A perfect way to end the day.

Linking to Mosaic Monday @Little Red House

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sweet Nostalgia

My Christmas trees have some new ornaments this year.
Or, rather old, vintage ornaments that once hung from the branches of the trees we knew as children.
My little white feather tree is adorned with white and gold pine cones, musical instruments and a few other baubles that I brought home from my mom's as we were emptying her home.
 The family room tree now has mercury glass ornaments.
Daddy loved color and these were his favorite.
I have little white lights ~ Daddy had the large colored light bulbs.

It makes me feel happy to now have these special ornaments on my Christmas tree.

Linking to:
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants Linky Party Launch
White Wednesday @Faded Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday @Knick of Time
Home Decor and Organizing Link Party @Organized and Decorate Everything
Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home
Christmas Tree @2805

Sunday, November 27, 2011

We've Been Decking the Halls


 In the dining room
(paper star tutorial here)
 In the family room
In the living room
in the kitchen
Inside and out


Linking to:
Mosaic Monday @Little Red House
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Whatever You Want Wednesday @Free Pretty Things for You
Wednesday's WOW @This Good Steward
Blogger Block Christmas Party @ No Minimalist Here
The DIY Show Off Live, Love, TRAVEL

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