Last weekend I took the train to Seattle for the Second Annual Girls Gone Wild Holiday Weekend with my friend Dawn. Truth be told – we’re no longer girls and it’s been a very long time since either one of us has gone wild. And that’s OK because we hang out, catch up on each other’s lives, eat, drink a bit, and do LOTS of fun stuff. I’ll take that kind of wild every time and I’ve been looking forward to this visit for months.
This year my adventure started with a missed train and a four-hour delay. Snow dusted the Portland streets and brought traffic to a standstill. Instead of lunch in a lovely restaurant in downtown Seattle, I made do with a Bloody Mary and a bag of chips in the club car. Entertainment was provided at no charge by the two truly wild women sitting in front of me. These girls came prepared – glasses, corkscrew and two bottles of wine. By the time we were mid-way to Seattle, all was merry and bright in our compartment. Love you girls!
Last year we had tickets for the Seattle Men’s Chorus – Baby It’s Cold Outside show. It was truly magical and I wrote a post you might enjoy. This year, we decided to split our time between downtown Seattle and Port Ludlow/Hadlock/Townsend, three delightful little towns just a short ferry ride and a world away from the big city. It was 19 degrees and I was dressed up like that kid in A Christmas Story, but we didn’t let the weather slow us down – even when breakfast in my favorite Port Townsend restaurant, Sweet Laurette’s, meant keeping the puffy coat, puffy vest, scarf and hat on because the heat had gone out. Let’s just say you could see your breath in there but breakfast was still delish. We got our art on in a festive luminaria making class at Daily Bird Pottery, sipped wine while Jack Frost nipped at our nose and toes during the evening art walk, and I way over-indulged in the best holiday treat I’ve tasted in a very long time – Fancy Nancy’s Tropical Toffee. Oh My! I nibbled my way through the weekend. I even had a piece for breakfast with my cup of tea. Yes, like crack (so I’m told), I was hooked from that first bite. And really, how could I resist anything called Fancy Nancy’s?
Last night I made a big batch of this tropical toffee crack with the help of the fabulous Miss Nicholette, hubs, and couch-side color commentary from my son, Mitchell. It was a family operation. We all proclaimed it delicious. And now it’s bagged, tagged, and ready to deliver to the kids at my local Starbucks as my Thank You For Your Outstanding Service holiday treat. They’re gonna love it!
And so will you. Here’s the recipe “Liddabit Sweets Tropical Toffee” from candymaker Liz Gutman courtesy of the Seattle Times/Nancy Leson. Note: when you add the chocolate and coconut, it becomes the Fancy Nancy version.
May your days be merry and bright.
Ho Ho Ho and Yum-O!