After a super fun night at Greg and Courtney’s wedding, nothing could have been more delightful than waking up Sunday morning to the sight of falling snow. It really capped off the Currier and Ives feel of the weekend, and since I knew I wasn’t the one that was going to be driving in it, I could enjoy it without an ounce of dread.
After we packed up the car and said our goodbyes, we headed towards North Conway to see what we could find for breakfast. It’s no secret that I like breakfast as more than a friend. I used my phone for suggestions, and we ended up at the Stairway Cafe, a mother and daughter owned spot on North Conway’s charming, shop-filled main thoroughfare.
Up a flight of stairs we found a small dining room, with a cluster of tables. The decor was warm, colorful and kitschy. Faded wooden signs were on the walls, snowshoes filled the window, and a gas stove made things cozy.
The tables themselves were delightful, covered in a retro-patterned vinyl. Large blue mugs held soft, worn bandana napkins. Colorful mini colanders held jams and sugars. An old-fashioned milk bottle held the milk that came with our coffee (which was darn good!). Needless to say, I loved it all.
When our food came I am pretty sure I closed my eyes and sighed with happiness. Both of our dishes came with either home fries, vegetarian baked beans or homemade MacIntosh applesauce. I wanted to try the apple sauce, but I absolutely cannot turn down vegetarian baked beans. John got the home fries.
I got the “Bonzo Breakfast Burrito”, which was a grilled whole wheat tortilla filled with onions, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, black beans, scrambled eggs, cheese, and was topped with sour cream and homemade salsa.
John got “The Omelet”, which came with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, ham, bacon and cheddar cheese.
Everything was fresh and delicious, with quick and friendly service. Needless to say, we left very happy, full, and ready for the 3 hour drive home in the snow!
(I also loved this plate. I am a little obsessed with chartreuse right now.)
In holiday-related news, I am trying hard to maintain my pure holiday spirit despite how behind I am in the many things I want to do, bake, make, and give. Oh well…what I get done, I get done. I have my Christmas playlist keeping me company on the bus and at work (one part classics like Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, etc…one part Handel’s Messiah…one part “A Smoky Mountain Christmas”) and it does the job.
Today’s Cup of Cheer is one of my favorite Christmas photos. It’s my Papa with me, my sisters, and my cousin Jaime on Christmas morning circa 1986. We were all living with my grandparents at the time, and he is reading a note from Santa to us, written on the back of a paper plate.
The fact that he is shirtless and eating Eggo’s and drinking tea out of a Pyrex mug is what I love the most about the picture, because it is classic Papa…but I also love how the scene totally embodies the childhood wonder of Christmas. We 4 girls, in our matching pajamas, totally believed. We had been good and Santa had come and brought us presents and a note. Very special stuff.
Today, December 17th was my Papa’s birthday. He passed away in March of 2001, and we all sure do miss him.
One more reminder to let the stress of the holidays go, and keep the real reason for the season front and center. Family, friends, love, hope, peace, and joy.