I have a confession to make, the last few days I have enjoyed doing pretty much nothing. Sure I celebrated the New Year with friends, ran a few errands and finally took down my Christmas decorations (finally as in, well, today). But other than that I have been pretty lazy (besides the few hours of work I HAD to do). And you know what, it felt good, real good.
But it is time I finally get my act together and get back in the swing of things! So with December (and 2013 over) and January 5 days in, here is another installment of Dishin’ it Up…. December edition.
December was kinda crazy for me. Not the normal it’s the holidays and we have a million holiday get togethers, tons of shopping to get done, decorations to get up, kinda crazy. But I was actually out of town for most of the month. I spent the first half of December cooking three meals a day at a hunting lodge in south Texas. It was long exhausting days and a lot of hard work but a lot of fun! I met and worked with some neat people and got to do what I love cook and bake. There were even a few moments to sneak out and relax…..
and enjoy a few moments of peace and quite during my favorite time of day…..
I even got to try some different wild game for the first time like Blesbok, Blackbuck and Ostrich. And I have to say Ostrich was my favorite! Seriously so good. We just marinated it and threw it on the grill, and the end result was a juicy steak like meat. If you ever have the opportunity to try Ostrich don’t pass it up!
When I got back from my little adventure, it was only a week until Christmas so we had to cram all our holiday traditions into one week. First on our list was to see the Trail of Lights! The Trail of Lights is so magical and one of my favorite holiday events. We spend the evening leisurely walking around the Zilker Park looking at all the beautiful displays. Definitely a holiday must!
My family has a holiday Christmas party every year. This started three generations ago with my Great-Grandparents and hasn’t stop since! I look forward to this every year, to see all my extended family and to see what that year’s ‘host’ family cooks up for food and entertainment. This year’s party theme was ugly sweater and my aunts and cousins and I all went in together and created matching stocking sweaters. Each stocking said something different and my cousin and I were deemed ‘the smart’ ones in the family. I couldn’t agree more! ; )
The rest of the month was spent celebrating Christmas and New Year’s with friends and family! All my siblings and their families and mine were able to get together for Christmas (the first time in yeeeaaarrrrsssss) and New Year’s Eve was spent low key playing board games and cards at home with friends. Hope the new year has been great for all of you! Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2014!!