…with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock. And don’t forget to hang up your sock.
Um…anyways. Despite the lack of snow and temperatures in the 50s this month in Michigan, it actually is starting to feel like the holiday season around here. No tree for us, but the decorations are out and the lights are hung outside.
More evidence of the holiday season – gift giving and receiving. This past week, my BFF and I met for dinner and to exchange Christmas gifts. We again decided to meet for dinner at Highland House for some of their spectacular pizza and bread. My half: bacon, pineapple, and green onions.
This bread is swoon-worthy. One of my first food-swoons in a while. I truly ate around six pieces; it is wonderful, especially with the garlic cheese butter. It is served piping hot, buttery, and has a thick, crusty consistency, liberally sprinkled with a salty garlic seasoning.
Also, we had our center holiday party for work this week at our director’s house. We had a nice spread of food including a baby greens salad with mandarin oranges and spiced pecans, au gratin potatoes (these were my favorite part!), fried chicken, ham, green beans, and roast beef.
Nice plate of food with a glass of zinfandel.
Holiday lights downtown Ann Arbor always get me in a Christmas-y mood.
Saturday night the huz and I put on our fancy pants for my departmental formal event.
The party was held at the Michigan Union.
We nibbled on a few plates of hors d’oeuvres. There were two buffet tables of hot and cold appetizers. One table was full of cheese, hummus and tabouli, and a giant mountain of shrimp cocktail, while the other table had warm appetizers such as BBQ meatballs, zuke fritters, chicken skewers, mini quiches, spinach and feta-stuffed mushrooms, and various little pastry bites filled with almond chicken salad, shrimp and avocado, seafood salad, and hummus. We also took advantage of the cash bar with complimentary soft drinks and $1 beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
The dessert table was filled with various fondues and dippers and also a tiered tower of cookies. White chocolate, dark chocolate, and caramel fondues were available, and marshmallows, strawberries, pineapple, pretzels, and other dippers were available. My favorite combination was marshmallow in dark chocolate!
Beyond the food and wine (obviously the main attraction for me, let’s be honest), there were opportunities to socialize with others in our department. Huge turnout. I don’t think I realized how large our department is. Hundreds of people in the ballroom:
At 10:00 PM, the lights dimmed and the DJ started doing crazy shiz with his lights.
We did dance for a while, and had fun, but I could only handle a limited number of Electric Slides, Stevie Wonder Hustles, and Margaritavilles. I joked to the huz that the first 30 minutes of music was basically, verbatim, my entire do-not-play list at our wedding. I actually LOVE to dance, but I just can’t embrace the cheesy group dance songs – what a lame-o I am!
I saw this dress, thought of Black Swan, and bought it immediately. Yes, I was also Black Swan for Halloween.
View of State Street from the third level of the Union. Yeah, we did some creepin’ ‘round the Union. I just can’t help a little lurking, it’s in my nature.
Saturday night I decided that we should go out for brunch the next day since we haven’t in a while. We decided to go to Nick’s and were seated at a booth beside this snowman family. This is the cutest thing I have ever seen. EVAR. Do you see the little guy’s earmuffs!!? I just melt.
I wasn’t in the mood for anything too crazy at brunch so I ordered an eggs, bacon, and pancakes combo. This is actually this first time I’ve ever tried Nick’s pancakes. This is notable because “Nick’s” is actually called “Nick’s Original House of Pancakes.” …And the pancakes were good! Super-thick and fluffy. I felt like the syrup could be better though. I should also note that the bacon was excellent, and I doused my eggs in pepper and Frank’s.
I actually have some bloggable meals planned this week, so stay tuned! These may or may not include:
- Moroccan Harira
- Cheesy Beef & Potato Soup
- Polynesian Sausage Supper
- Corn Chowder with Shrimp
- Biercamp Gouda and Portobello Brats
Currently listening to: Never Let Me Go – Florence + the Machine.