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Quick Holiday Recap: Pennsylvania Edition

Home for the Holidays

The holiday season brought me back to my sleepy hometown in rural Pennsylvania. In my area, you won’t find tall skyscrapers or even a busy bus route. All you’ll find are pristine highlands and friendly townspeople.

During the 2.5 hour journey from the airport, we ventured over the Laurel Summit which has an elevation of 2,739 feet (835 meters). The high elevation brings out a scenic winter wonderland for all to enjoy. The trees were lined with crisp white snow which put me right in the holiday spirit.

Winter scenery, winter road, driving

Once we arrived back home, I finally got to see my beautiful furbabies: Tuni, Boo, and Coco. They always demand lots of cuddles and a warm lap to snuggle up on. Later, my mom and I decided to take my grandma out for a nice dinner and hopped in the car to take in some of the more enthusiastic light displays in the area.

I really enjoy Christmas activities and I got busy baking sugar cookies and loaves of bread for our Christmas dinner the following evening. Things were pretty low key this year since my brother recently moved out of state and couldn’t make it home for the holidays this year.

sugar cookies, cutouts, christmas tree shaped cookie cutter, simply nel belle blog

Smalltown Visits

During my visits home, we already make time to visit my favorite nearby town called Ligonier. This cute town was originally a British fort founded in 1758. Today, it is a cozy picturesque town complete with a central gazebo and surrounding boutique shops. Year-round, I recommend stopping by the tavern or creamery near the town square to try all their tasty treats! This town has a Starshollow feel to it.

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New Beginnings

As we rang in the New Year, I reflected on how far I have come since I relocating from Houston this time last year. I lost a lot back at the beginning of 2018 but now I’ve gained so many incredible opportunities. I feel very blessed this year. I can’t wait to see where 2019 takes me and wish you all lots of happiness and blessings in this new year.

Champagne flutes, new year, happy new year.

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