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It's my one-year anniversary... Or Christmas, 2012

Posted Dec 30 2012 9:34pm
Some of you may remember the story of how this blog came to be. For those of you who are unfamiliar, here is a recap.

On Christmas Day last year, I found myself relaxing on a reclining sofa at Chris's sister's house surrounded by food-related gifts. I was working part time in retail and was struggling to find a direction. It was then that I realized, "Hey, you kinda have a thing for cooking. Maybe you should try food blogging?" The next day, that is exactly what I did. I started by writing a post about what I received for Christmas . I think it only appropriate to do the same thing today.
This year was pretty special. It was the first year we spent the holiday at home since moving to Texas. My cat, Mia, has spent the last two Christmases alone as Chris and I have gone to Midland to spend the day with her family. She seemed a bit confused by all of the gifts, the flying balls of crumpled up wrapping paper, and the strange man that took up residence on her couch...

That's right, my brother came to visit! I am originally from New Hampshire and I see my family fairly regularly for living so far away. My father visited Chris and I in Midland in 2009. Mom has visited us in Austin, twice, for Thanksgiving in 2010 and Easter in 2012. I also went up to visit in October 2011. But Sean had never come to see us before, not in West Virginia or in Texas. So this was pretty special.

He flew in on Christmas Eve (which is also my mum's birthday) and just left today. In addition to exchanging gifts, I made a quinoa veggie loaf and rosemary sweet potatoes for Christmas dinner. And orange chocolate cake balls for dessert. I had to work two of the days of his visit, but he seemed to enjoy himself by taking the train downtown on both Wednesday and Thursday. I made pizza Wednesday night with homemade crust, crushed tomatoes, fresh rosemary, red peppers, and spinach with Daiya cheese. Thursday we shared with him our love of the Steeping Room . I had intended to take him to the Alamo and the Riverwalk in San Antonio on Friday, but we stayed local, stopping for breakfast at the Vegan Nom before doing some shopping, relaxing, and then enjoying the Hobbit at the Alamo Drafthouse . Saturday was devoted to exploring the Blanton Museum of Art which featured an exhibit of rare Tibetan Buddhist artwork. I just got word from him about his connecting flight; seems like it's delayed and he'll be stuck in Baltimore until at least 10:30. Oh, snow. Such a bother.

It was a good week. So, let me go over my food-related gifts with you.
  • Stocking stuffers included Swedish Fish, dark cocoa roasted almonds, Dark Chocolate Ritter Sport, Malibu Rum truffles, and allergy medication. Lol. Yes. That's my Chris.
  • I received two cookbooks; The Fix It & Forget It Vegetarian Cookbook and Vegan Eats World .
  • An Amazon gift card with which I will likely buy cookbooks, tea, and cookies.
  • And my mother surprised me with an amazing and unexpected gift; an industrial 6-quart stainless steel KitchenAid standing mixer . Whoa! You should take a look at it. For realz. Huge.

I received many other things, of course, including pretty jewelry and tasty liquor. But those were the definitive highlights.

It was a great holiday (and anniversary) and it has me excited for what I'll be focusing on, blog-wise, for 2013. I'll be sharing that with you tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Have a Happy New Year, too!
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