We finally got our Christmas tree up yesterday. I would’ve liked to have gone to a picturesque farm where all the trees are lined up in neat little rows waiting at attention for their adoptive family to gather round and cheer how perfect it is then chop it down.
I hope we can do that one year. But this year we found ourselves 9 days before Christmas with a million other errands to run, one of which required a visit to Costco, which luckily also sells Christmas trees. Or at least they had sold Christmas trees, until they sold out of them…….last week.
After going on a grand tour through Fargo looking for someone, anyone selling Christmas trees we found a stand located in a church parking lot that had a few left. We picked out the fattest, bushiest little Christmas tree you ever did see, wrapped it in a plastic bag and strapped it to the top of our car and set out for the 50 mile drive home.
About 10 miles later we see big swaths of white plastic blowing up over the windshield and frantically pull over. What happened next was 20 minutes of gymnastics, strap-tighting, tree throwing, and maybe a little profanity before the trunk was opened and the tree was shoved in the back of the car. All I can say is THANK GOD it was warm outside otherwise that emotionally chilly ride home could’ve been FREEZING!
I know you all are very concerned about the condition of the Ramos Christmas tree so I want to assure you, that hearty thing made it home in near perfect condition and is smelling up our house like a champ. I am now officially in the Christmas spirit. I may even send out a couple of those Christmas cards that have been sitting on my desk for two weeks.
As for this nutty, figgy candy it is so chewy and full of spice. I’m not ashamed to admit that aside from the two teensy bites I gave Hiro I ate the whole thing myself. It is a super fancy addition to any cheese tray and also makes an excellent edible gift to send in the mail—wrapped tightly it will keep for weeks.
You can use other nuts or dried fruit too, like dates or prunes or pistachios, but I think this combo is the best. It’s pretty good with a nice glass of port too, maybe while gazing at your Christmas tree.