There is little in this world as comforting as curling up with friends and family sharing memories and laughter together. Every cookie tray passes by with warm chocolate chips melting and staining your fingers as you break the perfect disks in half for nibbling while watching classic holiday movies. Moist buttery cakes with crumbs lining nothing but their remains on plates as you share moments over a game of Yahtzee. These are the moments I am most fond of when I recall long winters and holidays gone by with my loved ones. After everything settles down and the excitement of a special day has grown thin and you can just savor the time together. The hours that linger late into the evening where you can listen to one another without any expectations or pressure of the big meals.
Long after the tour has split last night when we were sitting in a cafe enjoying a few minutes in Wurzburg, Germany last night, a couple walked by from our tour and we invited them to join us as we sat under heated lamps absorbing it all. They told us stories of adventures together in years past and there was a gentle smile creeping upon both of their faces and shared seconds of eye contact that was so special and perfect. Married 32 years and still smiling at one another. Hearing about a snow covered train ride through the country some 20 years before sounded like a fairy tale dream. The husband had planned every detail – from train ride to hotel. I was left romanticizing over how magical and charming the whole adventure must have been, and admiring them for both taking the time to share these experiences together.
We walked back to the ship, the husband taking his wife’s hand for the whole trip. It’s hard to not feel the magic in that moment. Those are the stories that will be shared late in the evening after the big moments have passed any everyone really just starts to let down their guard. These are the stories I love.
Perfect for these moments, and all of your holiday entertaining, this Browned Butter Coffee Cake with Spiced Maple Cream Cheese Frosting is a perfect slice and serve while appreciating those memories.