Sunday, December 13, 2020

Holiday Wonders and Cheese

 I have missed out-of-the-house date nights so much since COVID hit.
We still have a weekly at-home date,
but it is just so refreshing to change our environment and go somewhere with just Sam.
So we took advantage of the fact that Breanne was in town and went out for a date night on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!
We headed to the "Holiday Wonders at the Garden" exhibit at the Memphis Botanic Garden.
It was lovely. And I'm becoming a bigger fan of mask-wearing now that the temperatures are face stayed nice and warm! :)

There were beautiful light exhibits all through the garden and perfectly magical cottages and other play areas tucked around every corner. Many of the play spaces were made from plants and my imagination was going wild thinking of all the things we could do in our future backyard.
Afterward we grabbed hot chocolate, and when we came home, Breanne and the kids had set up an enormous cheese-tasting party for us all to enjoy!
I had asked her earlier in the day if she had ever tried baked Brie, and it sparked the idea, so she ran to Aldi before we left on our date and came home with a TON of cheese, crackers, sparkling juices, grapes, and European desserts.
They were laying it all out on the table when Sam and I walked through the door.

It was a rather impressive spread!
The cheese included:
-Applewood Smoked Gruyere
-Goat Cheese with Honey
-Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese
-Mobay Cheese
-Fontina Cheese
-Old Amsterdam Gouda Cheese
-Tomato Basil Goat Cheese
-Cranberry White Cheddar Cheese
-Roasted Garlic with Tomato Basil Cheese
-Menage Cheese
-Jarlsberg Cheese
-Brie Cheese
-Camembert Cheese
-Wild Garlic Cheese Stuffed Peppers

I'm pretty sure I ate more cheese than I ever have before in one sitting.
It was such a fun, tasty party--thanks, Breanne!

I loved the Botanic Garden display so much that I returned to take Maxwell on his first outing!
It was so cute to see him scampering around, being in awe of the fake snow, exploring the little cottages, and climbing the branches of the magnolia trees.
At one point we were about to walk down a bridge and, when he saw it was wobbly, he backed away and didn't want to do it. I never want our children to act out of fear, so I grabbed his hand and pulled him onto the bridge in spite of his protests. The funny thing is that at the end I asked him what his favorite part was and he said it was the bridge! I was so happy to see that he overcame his fear and loved it.

1 comment:

  1. Very kind of you to say we were "laying it out on the table" when you got back when really it took almost another hour to get all the cheese cut... :)


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