I think it’s clear that I love holidays. So, of course, I had to make sure Valentine’s Day was celebrated properly. I’m traveling next weekend and knew that this was the weekend to do it. On Friday night, I invited a bunch of people over for dinner to enjoy some things I love (think, guacamole, hummus, cheese, and heart-shaped iced sugar cookies).
The homemade iced sugar cookies were going to take some planning ahead due to my trip to Paris early in the week. So, I made the dough on Sunday and put it in the refrigerator until I baked them Thursday evening. AFTER making up the dough on Sunday, I was going through my cookie cutters to pull out the heart. It was only then that I realized I only have Christmas cookie cutters – no hearts. Why did I think I had a heart-shaped one?! And further more, where was I going to find one?!
I ran to the store over lunch on Thursday to buy some groceries for dinner and to look for a cookie cutter. Since I don’t know if that word exists in French, the best I could ask was “Do you have a heart for cutting cookies?” Ha. I looked at three places before bumping into a friend who recommended a fourth store that has “everything.”
It turns out that Casa does have just about everything – including cookie cutters. But of course, they don’t have just one heart. Nope, I went home with a whole container of cookie cutters for 21 CHF.
I dumped them out when I returned home Thursday night only to find NO HEART!!! There was a double heart (which no longer looks like anything after it’s iced) and a pair of lips (which again, are unidentifiable after icing).
I guess the good news is that I am ready for just about any other occasion. Need sheep cookies? Don’t worry; I have you covered.
In the end, there were nine of us at dinner (with enough food to feed about 20 people…in all things, excess). It was so much fun to laugh and eat and unwind after a crazy week. And it’s always fun to introduce new friends to other fun friends. Here’s a few pictures of the food, the Valentines decor, and some of the guys enjoying the cookies. (I opted for an assortment of shapes in the end, including snowflakes and mittens. It is still winter after all.)
On Saturday morning, it was time for sledding (or should I say, faire de la luge)! And the first little roadtrip in the new car! Five of us piled into the car, and off we went in search of Les Diablerets and the 7 km ( approx. 4.3 miles) sled run!
There was SO MUCH SNOW when we got up into the mountains. It was beautiful!! After 40-45 minutes, we arrived and met up with two other friends who took the train.
We took a bunch of pictures, so I’ll stop talking and let you see for yourself. But just one bit of explanation…we took a ski lift up the mountain and then sledded down the mountain on a road that they don’t plow during the winter. Instead, it’s used for winter fun, and I’m oh-so-glad that’s the case.
[Yes, that’s my Barnacle down there in the trees. She let go over her sled, and it slid down the hill we just walked up. Getting a workout in early chasing sleds and dodging skiers.]
[Riding the ski lift to the top with my Barnacle]
[At the top of the mountain ready to go!]
[The view from my sled on the way down. I can’t believe I live here!]
[It’s not really reassuring to see these warnings on the way down….especially when you haven’t mastered steering.]
It probably took 30+ minutes to get all the way down. We had a quick lunch outside before doing our second run. So much fun!
On the drive home, my digitally savvy friends figured out how to hook up the bluetooth for my phone in my car (following directions in French!), so we weren’t forced to listen to the radio on the way down the mountain. And for the record, if you haven’t tried Haribo “World Mix” candy, you are missing out! We pounded an entire bag in the car. It’s some of the best gummy/sugary candy I’ve ever had!
The evening ended with dinner at a friend’s house in Lausanne. One of our mutual friends is in town for work this week from St. Louis. It was fun to have a St. Louis infusion!
This morning, I went to a really awesome church service followed by a walk along the lake in the sun with my Barnacle. I’m ending the weekend feeling happy, grateful, and overwhelmed by all of the love here. It just keeps getting better and better!