It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! I’ve got The Santa Clause movie marathon going, hot chocolate the Christmas tree is glimmering and I don’t know if it’s just my Italian heritage but the smell of fresh meatballs and tomato sauce is in the air and it’s absolutely incredible! Christmas traditions are great and around the holidays I can’t help but reminisce. The entire month of December leading up to Christmas is my favorite! In particular this month for me has been so entirely crazy busy. I’ve been all over the place, my move to Denver in early June this year has brought so much joy and adventure to my life and I have so much to be grateful for!
Each weekend has been packed with activities and new traditions! At the beginning of the month Cory and were able to fit in some Christmas pictures, I’m obsessed with pictures, I literally collect them! I’m a scrapbooker! I absolutely love it being able to go thorough past pictures of great times with family friends and loved ones. I really love being able to get as creative as I want with making the different pages too! I’m not so much an artist but I’d like to say I have an artistic eye and I’m able to put great designs together and work with colors, prints and design. I’m currently working on a scrapbook for my aunt in Florida as a Christmas present, I don’t have that much time left but I’m excited to get it finished for her! Anyways, because we were able to get some holiday pictures done early I’m able to send them out with the Christmas cards we have for our family!
As you know if you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I was lucky enough to go to the Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets Game which was so much fun! Not only was the pre-game bar hopping a blast it was also the Broncos first WIN since week 4 in the NFL and the crowd was HYPE!! It was even noted that Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos Head Coach, said that the crowd and the fans showed up for their team that day and it helped make it happen for Bronco Country!! So I mentioned that we did some bar hopping along the way to the game, now don’t worry since we live downtown we are in walking distance of basically everything (it’s so AMAZING!) so we walked to the game! From our apartment, all swagged out in our Denver gear I might add, I had my number 7 Elway jersey and Cory had his number 10 Sanders Jersey on. We walked down Market St. to a bar called Sports Column, a nice spacious bar with tons of TV’s so we could watch some of the other teams as well. They also had some great game day specials, I will mention we took some time the Saturday before the game to check out places along our way that had great specials and deals, it made a difference to be coin conscious especially since we were heading to the game. The second spot we ended up in on our walk was a nifty little pizzeria near the Highlands but not exactly because it’s not past the river just yet. It’s called Proto’s Pizzaria Napolentana, a smaller space but packs a punch with their homemade pizza and it was to die for! We had a simple salad and one of their Proto Pies as they called it, with mozzarella, tomato sauce, fresh basil and Italian sausage! Can I just say YUUUMMMM and it was exactly what we needed half way to our destination to keep us going strong!
Yesterday my parents came up from Colorado Springs for some Denver Christmas fun and we initially started the day walking down to 16th St Mall passing the end of the Ugly Sweater Run that took place earlier that day. Our destination was the Christkindle Market, located off 16th and Arapahoe St. and if you haven’t been yet I would hustle down there and see the market for yourself it’s only open until December 23rd. Originally a German tradition this market offers many different pop up stores including handmade glass ornaments, hats and scarfs, and you can’t miss the smell of fresh German treats, they had fresh baked strudel, cookies, and meringues; warm drinks like flavored mulled wine and German beer. I will say the first thing that caught my eye was that people were walking around with those gigantic pretzels, but the star of the show for us was that there was a tent there smoking salmon! Once you walked around the corner the smell was just magical, I feel like I was one of those old school cartoons, when they smell something incredible it just carries them to the source! Haha
We ended up buying a quarter cut for just $20 and we love pairing it with a good cheese and spicy sausage, crackers and olives. A nice charcuterie plate, I never used to eat smoked salmon until one night when Cory and I first started dating he made it for me and from then on it’s one of my super easy go to meals and it’s super special to me too.. I know sappy…
Yesterday was a full day for us, which I hope it becomes a tradition for Cory and I we got tickets to the Denver Center of Performing Arts and we attended the play, “A Christmas Carol”. Cory’s favorite play, he loves the theater and this play was honestly 5 stars! I’ve never seen a play or ballet at this theater and it was a great date night! So 4 o’clock came around and we were getting ready to head out to happy hour we found at a restaurant called Blue Sushi, they had a great variety of rolls along with warm and cold dishes. A really extravagant happy hour menu, we ended up getting 4 rolls a beer and martini (all signature martini’s were on the HH menu!) all for under $35. After dinner we headed to the theater and stopped at one of their house restaurants for another quick drink before the show, we walked into the theater and I splurged a bit and got us seats right in the front it was such a great show, I really can’t say enough about it, the cast was exquisite and the props were out of this world. As the story goes, Scrooge is visited by three spirits in one night, but first his Scrooge’s late business partner Marley’s spirit comes to him to announce that Scrooge needs to change his ways. I will say the effects, Marley’s costume and his stage entrance were executed perfectly! I literally jumped in my seat! It’s a classic Christmas story and if you are able to get to the theater to see it I highly recommend it! Overall it was a great night, and I’m lucky to be able to spend it with Cory, my family, his family and our wonderful group of friends! It’s not even Christmas yet and so much has happened, I’m looking forward to sharing more experiences, recipes, stories and activities with you from now through the New Year!
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