Texas Christmas Recollections Day Five

Is it over yet?  We’ve been every where man. College Station, Austin, San Antonio, Bastrop.  Today we got to go see Hubby’s Dad and R at their new Texas Ranch (ok, mini-ranch, but there are cows!).  It was a really nice relaxing afternoon and it was awesome that we got to see them.  We had a great lunch, but left before dinner was ready. She was making a French Market Soup and it smelled go good.  I tried looking up a recipe, but none of them seemed to match hers.  Maybe we can get her to share?

Today officially starts Texas New Years! and I’m happy to report that I found my special houseslipper socks, it might just be a great New Year!

Texas Christmas Recollections Day Three & Four

JD’s wife’s daughter’s husband.  That’s how people are described in Caldwell.  It’s not enough to say JD Smith, because there could possibly be 3 JD Smiths in a town of 3,000 people.  For example, I’m Nada’s oldest daughter’s husband’s daughter.  Hubby is Reube’s oldest daughter’s oldest son.  It’s important that you go back at least three generations, lineage is very important to everyone knowing exactly who and what you’re all about. It’s kinda cute.  I’m back from a road trip with the family.  We went to San Antonio and we had a lot of time to talk about who all we’ve seen since we’ve been here, so all conversations about people have to include a genealogy.

San Antonio;  It’s my favorite city in Texas.  Here’s some highlights from our trip down.

Of course, the Alamo.

The Original Mexican Restaurant on the Riverwalk (daytime).

The Original Mexican Restaurant on the Riverwalk (nighttime).

My most favorite place in San Antonio is Mi Tierra’s.  Think Mexican Gone Wild then times 10, then add a few Hail Mary’s and perpetual Christmas and you’re starting to understand this place.

Here’s my dad.  He’s an Aggie.

Lizzy approves of this meal.

Remember what I said about Christmas- Did you imagine this? There are actually Mariachi’s in the bar.

Texas Christmas Recollections Day Two

James Brown died.  Merry Christmas. Can you believe that’s the line my dad blurted out during Christmas present time this morning?  Then he preceded to walk around the living room, in his Christmas pajamas singing, “I feel good,” hip wiggle, “I knew that I would now.”  Very inappropriate, right!

Excess should be the word of the day, so far it’s been full of it and it does feel good (da da la da da).  Here’s some snapshots:



In other news, we think LoLo has a slight Orange Soda addiction.  I’ll let you figure out which one she is! LOL.


Sock update.  I’ve ruled out my Aunt B as being the sock culprit.


Texas Christmas Recollections Day One

Church bells.  Lawn mowers.  Shoes on wood floors.  Waking up in Caldwell is always the same.  The Lutheran Church is two down from my house and the church bells sound every hour.  When it’s Christmas time, there’s usually a Silent Night chime and then the “DONG!” “DONG!” “DONG!”  On our first morning back, there were 11 dongs before we got up.  I guess that happens when you don’t get in until 2 AM.  Denver weather backed everything up.

Mr. Perry is our neighbor.  He loves his riding lawn mower.  So, most mornings you can hear him and since my bedroom window faces his house, I get it in full effect.  I don’t mind.  I like the sound of lawn mowers.  It sounds like progress.  You know that when you’re finished mowing that you can see what you’ve done.  You don’t have to run any reports to chart your progress, there’s no specific measurable matrix you have to fit into.  The yard is either mowed or it isn’t.  Simple huh?

My parents house, which was my grandparents home and the one my Mom grew up in is really old.  I think it’s almost old enough for Willard Scott to wish it a happy birthday and it comes with all the moaning groaning you’d expect from a house that old.

Dad wakes up early. Which can be good, when he’s got a project.  When he doesn’t have a project, then it’s bad news for everyone.  This morning it was breakfast and inappropriate jokes.  His first one started, “Hey”  (that’s how all his jokes begin), “Hey, have you heard of the new sexual position for married couples?”

Finally, I’ve got a bit of a situation cooking up here.  You see, my parents keep the house freezing!  I’m serious, I can see the thermostat from here and it says, 68! So, not that that’s ridiculous, but I, knowing how cold they keep the house, brought socks specifically designed for cold weather and walking on wood floors.  They’re the kind with rubber traction on the bottom and they have little slots for each of your toes.  You know the ones right.  So, now I’m forced to wear borrowed flip flops and freeze my little tootsies off :(

To my delicious and fabulous blogroll posse, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

African Kelli

Kelli, most times I get tired reading your blog.  How do you have time to bike, run, swim, sew, craft, cook and be so thoughtful at the same time?  When I think about what I liked about biking most, it was the spokes and the plastic things on the wheels that made noise when you rode.   Then I thought about streamers, man, I loved the streamers on my bike.  And being the crafty little vixen you are, I thought you’d like to make your own!

Cupcake Queen

I won’t forget the day Hubby came in and said Aunt L has a blog, you should read it.  I thought it was the coolest thing since, well, the coolest thing since the cupcake!  I’ve had a ton of fun blogging and even more fun seeing all the cool stuff you’re doing.  For Christmas, you get this kick ass video!


Feasting in Phoenix

Seth, I know your roomie has moved out and I hope that you’re adapting.  I laughed out loud when I read about the ‘ax whilding’ night at your house.  I thought you could use this. And if you DO wear this outside, please call me.

Super Wife

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the prettiest blogger of them all?” “Why Molly of course.”  I know that since you have a tall, handsome, guitar playing, poetry speaking hottie, that you would like nothing more than for him to get out of medical school so you can be that amazing trophy wife you always wanted to be. Well baby girl, Merry Christmas!


Tequila Stakes Croquet

Melati, Thank you so much for inviting Hubby and I to your most amazing party.  Fitting with your karaoke legacy, I’d like to get you for Christmas, a few props.  I’m guessing you can figure out what to do with all of it :P


It’s really old by now, but the image of you running through that ghetto mall, with your two laptops (nerd alert!) trying to catch a bus really does make me laugh.  I didn’t know if you’d be lonely this holiday, you know now that you have the luxury of going to and from work in your own car, so for Christmas, I thought I’d get you a little visit from your old friend.


I love you.  Desde aqui hasta la luna.

I have a tamale lady, but I don’t know her name or have her number.

I take my tamales seriously. So much so that, at a work function the other night, we all had to submit a statement or a fact and the title of this post was actually submitted by a colleague. Poor thing, I badger him regularly, because he has a tamale lady and he has never brought any to work.

You know what, I don’t need your tamale lady, there’s a whole festival where all they have is tamales!  I’ll go there and you and your tamale lady can be happy by yourselves! And to show you, I’ll eat a million of them!  See,

And if you try to get in between me and my tamales, this guy’s got my back.

Everyone is busy :(

Everyone seems that they’re busy with conference calls to India, writing on this, advocating that.  Heck, Hubby’s just up and left for India then decided he needed a suit from China, so now he’s there.

You know what people! I’ve been busy too.  For example, on Sunday night I reached the end of the Internet and do you know who I met there? Huey Lewis and Gweneth Paltrow.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and I didn’t bake a thing!

Sweet snacks.  That was my agenda for today. One thing I miss about my mom’s house is that during the Holidays there are so many sweets around.  She must have 1o cookie jars and each one has something different in it.  Pralines, divinity, sugar cookies, peanut brittle and the list goes on.

I wanted to be in the kitchen today, but I didn’t want to commit to the whole baking thing today, so I managed to pull together a few quick, minimal prep sweet snacks.  Something to feel a bit like home.

Peppermint Bark

2 lbs White Chocolate
8 oz crushed Peppermint (candy canes)
1 t Peppermint Extract

Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler, add in the crushed peppermint and a dash of peppermint extract. Smooth the mixture out on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and put in the fridge for until its hard. Break into bite size pieces.

Deb’s Sweet Trail Mix

2 c Peanut Capt’n Crunch
2 c Rice Krispie’s
2 c Mini Marshmallows
2 c Salted Nuts (cashews)
1 c Pretzel Sticks

16 oz White Chocolate

Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, spread out the cereal mix. Pour the melted white chocolate on the mix and stir all together. Put cookie sheet into the fridge until it is hard. Break into bite size pieces.

Melissa’s No Bake Bars

Morsels (chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch)
1 can condensed milk

Graham crackers
1 c butter

Not a lot of exact measurements for this recipe. Use a 9×12 baking dish and spread crushed graham crackers and butter mixture (like you’re making a cheesecake crust). Pour one can of sweetened condensed milk over the graham cracker crust. Pack your choice of morsels on-top of the condensed milk. I used chocolate, peanut butter and toasted pecans.

Ah, and here’s another Christmas tradition, the Christmas Tequila Shot, ahhhhh.