Monday, January 5, 2015

Holidays in North Dakota

How's the first week of 2015 treating ya?  If you saw My WIAT New Years Day video post, you know that I have been sick.  We had a terrible airport experience heading back from North Dakota on January 1st.  But, we are back home, feeling better and reminiscing about the highlights of our trip.  It is always great to be around family during the Holiday season especially when we live far away from them and only get to enjoy their company a couple of times a year. 

As a mentioned, we headed to ND to spend the holidays with Joseph's side of the family this year.  
Of course spending time with my nieces and nephews was my favorite thing.  Seeing their excitement on Christmas morning and getting to do "christmasie" things with them such as, building ginger bread houses and decorating cookies, was indeed priceless.  

Here I am with my niece Olivia, one of the coolest, sweetest and kindest person I know.  We teamed up to build this Frozen Castle as our ginger bread house.  Olivia is a Frozen fanatic so it was only natural to skip the traditional ginger bread house and build an Elsa castle instead.  
My job was to hand all the decorative pieces to Olivia, and her job was actually decorating.  
I think she did a great job.  
 Love this girl and miss her tons already!

As I mentioned on my Tips to Stay Active while Traveling video, hubby and I scheduled our workouts for the morning and managed to keep that up four days out of the week.  The night we arrived we headed out to the local grocery shop Hugo's, to get our healthy groceries so that we would have everything we are accustomed to eating readily available to us.  I was pleasantly surprised with their organic selection but, not their prices.  Holy expensiveness, Yikes!

To be honest we ate most of our meals at home with the exception of coffee.  Guys, I finally visited a Tim Hortons..  I had a small dark roast coffee and it was fantastical.  I did not know that we had one in the US.  I don't drink much coffee these days but, I had to give the Canadian coffee shop a try, I was not disappointed with their coffee.
 My favorite coffee shop was sadly not Tim Hortons, I know, heartbreaking... I absolutely fell in love with this cozy shop in Downtown Grand Forks called Urban Stampede.  It was so rustic and modern and just so darn cozy.  The only thing missing was the cast of Friends in this coffee shop. Perfection!

Such a great coffee shop, definitely our kind of place. 
I mean just look at that table, ahhhh, and the coffee was not bad either. 
For Christmas my sister in law and her boyfriend gifted us with a gift card to The Toasted Frog Restaurant.  Apparently they are known for creative modern cuisine and fresh ingredients.  I had a Frisee salad which consisted of two poached eggs and bacon sitting in a bed of frisee drizzled with a lovely vinaigrette dressing.  I also added a grilled chicken breast to my salad.  Hubby had a spinach pecan salad and decided to copy me and add chicken to his too.  So original! We also enjoyed a side of their delish sweet potato fries and aioli.  
 The salad was good, but, who are we kidding those sweet potato fries were everything that night, EVERYTHING!
On New Years Eve, the adults headed to The Boardwalk for a NYE party.  It was a pretty fun night! The Boardwalk is a beautiful restaurant.  The party took place in their banquet room where we laughed our night away with two comedians while enjoying appetizers.  After the comedians, there was some dancing involved thanks to a local country band.  There was a dessert table and of course champagne and sandwiches were being offered at midnight.  

As for the rest of the night... This photo is a good description of how the night went.  
 It is all a blur, we definitely were part of the "Drinking Class."  lol  Just kidding I only had a glass of wine and Champagne at midnight.

How about you? Did you have a good holiday season? 
Share your holidays with me below!

42 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed North Dakota! It would have been fun to meet up, but I figured you'd be busy with family. Also, I love Urban Stampede! I went to the university in Grand Forks for a few semesters and I practically lived in that coffee shop. Also, was the Tim Hortons in Grand Forks!? I've only been to them in Canada and Michigan (which is basically Canada).

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    1. Hi Jenna! We went to Fargo to drop off my niece and I thought about reaching out for lunch, but I felt it was very last minute and did not want to inconvenience my sister in law... But, we should plan to meet when we go back in the summer... Urban Stampede is the best isn't it? Love that little shop! Tim Hortons is in Grand Forks across from the CaNada Inn where they have the water park... I was so happy to see it there, apparently is new... Thanks for stopping by ;o)

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  2. Looks like you had a great time and really enjoyed yourself in ND!

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  3. Love the Frozen gingerbread house!

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    1. So cool right! Olivia was happy with hers ... thanks for stopping by Angela

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  4. LOVE Tim Hortons! Unfortunately I don't see Seattle ever giving up their Starbucks to bring in Tim Hortons. Looks like you had an amazing vacation!

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    1. I think that's one of 2 locations in the US... I think you are all set with Starbucks.. you right they would not give up the OG! lol

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  5. Sweet potato fries are my kryptonite!

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  6. So fun! Adorable pictures! Happy new year!

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  7. That Frozen gingerbread house is precious!

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  8. I love the Elsa castle so perfect.

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  9. Looks like you had a great holiday season. I can say that I survived my holiday season.

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  10. Sounds like you had a great holiday! Love the Frozen cake! Hope you have a great 2015!

    xxo,
    Kelly
    http://asideofsweet.com

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  11. Looks like such a gorgeous time over the festive break. I did a catch up post too. I had so many photos but decided to keep them private in the end!

    Katie <3

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    1. Awww.. I need to go check out that post! Thanks for stopping by Katie! ;o)

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  12. Great post! Glad you enjoyed the holidays! Here's to an awesome 2015!

    xoxo
    Lee Anne
    http://lifeinatx.com/

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    1. Thanks Lee! Happy 2015 to you as well!

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  13. Tim Horton's coffee isn't as good as it used to be, though the dark roast is a big improvement!

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    1. It was my first time and had nothing to compare it too.. I believe the dark roast is a new one for them... it is pretty good! Thanks for stopping by Rebekah!

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  14. Yumm those fries look so great! And that coffee :) Now I need some!

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  15. It looks like you had a wonderful Holiday! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Thanks Nichole! Happy New Year to you!

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  16. I so want to visit North Dakota..don't ask why...it's just been a place stuck in my head to visit one day. I'm from NYC so it seems even more stranger. The food --- umm,, looks amazing.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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    1. Really? That's something I do not hear often... Is a beautiful state, people are super nice and welcomie... My husband is from there, I am a city girl so it took a while for me to get used to the beauty of this state, but I now look forward to visiting family every year ;o)

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  17. Looks like a great vacation! That photo of you with your niece and the gingerbread house is the sweetest!

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  18. Um, yea. Those sweet potato fries looked amazing. Glad you had a great New Years!

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  19. Love the Frozen Gingerbread house. That is such a cute idea!

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    1. It is! So happy Olivia got one this year, she love the movie

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  20. That Frozen house is awesome!!! Looks like you had a great few days off!

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