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Weekend Roundup: Christmas Crafts & The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Raise your hand if you still haven’t decorated a Christmas tree!  Oh, good, I’m glad I’m not alone!

This past weekend we managed to get our tree into the house, and I sewed a Christmas Tree Skirt (without a pattern!) but . . . we didn’t quite get the decorations on the tree.  Also, the tree has an enormous girth, and I’m feeling a little intimidated by its awkwardness.Christmas Tree Skirt Progress

The highlight of our weekend was, without a doubt, another brunch at The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm outside of Leesburg, VA.  It’s an hour drive from our house, but the ambiance, the food, and the company are all totally worth it.   It also forces us to relax for a bit.

This week, as we walked down the path to the greenhouse (i.e. the dining room), we were greeted by the best surprise:  turkeys!


The food was so beautifully presented, as always, that I had to take photos. Again. I’m not a food critic, nor am I a food blogger – so I don’t know how to accurately explain the dishes or the flavors. But they do say a picture is worth a thousand words!

First, a few appetizers:Patowmack Farm Appetizers December 2012Top to bottom:  Bay Scallops & Oysters (raw) with radish and mint.  Seared pork belly.

And the equally mouth-watering entrees:  Patowmack Farm Entrees Dec 2012

(Top to bottom:) Diver scallops with frisee and beets.  Oh my word, this was just to. die. for.  Others had the Chicken Paillard or the Turbot (fish).

Ryan and I are looking forward to introducing some of our best friends to this farm restaurant on New Years Eve.  One of them is leaving for a 6-month stint in Afghanistan a few days later, and I’m glad we’ll be able to do something so special with her to send her off in style.

Patowmack Farm Dining Room Greenhouse

But before NYE, I have to survive Christmas.  Which means it’s time to package up the final Janery orders and wrap those presents.

Oh, and there’s some pine tree in the living room that’s asking to be decorated. Maybe then my dog will stop waking up in the middle of the night, growling at it like the tree is a massive burglar.

What’s on your schedule for the final holiday countdown?  Are you all ready, or like us, are you racing against the clock?

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  • Reply Christina @ The Scrappy Housewife at 9:13 pm

    We had Patowmack Farm last year on our anniversary. We *love* it. It’s about 30 minutes from us. We should meet there for brunch sometime. We haven’t tried that yet.

    And girl, you are so not alone in being behind on decorating for Christmas. I didn’t finish my tree until last night!

  • Reply Becky at 10:39 pm

    I love the tree skirt — so fun!

  • Reply Funnelcloud Rachel at 12:25 pm

    Ooh, great food pics (and turkey pics)! Are you still borrowing a DSLR? Are you getting one of your own for Christmas? 😉

    I’ve always wanted to try Patowmack Farm and now I REALLY want to try it! Maybe over the holidays…

  • Reply jenn at 12:33 pm

    Your tree skirt is adorable! And, that restaurant looks AMAZING. Scallops and beats?? OMG!! 🙂

  • Reply Sunny's Life in Rehab at 11:49 pm

    Fantastic tour! The tree skirt is wonderful, BUT, I’m kind of in love with the trees, and that big green pillow needs to be a project on my list. You two have fantastic, unerring style, and seem to nail it every time.

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