Last night, TH and I touched down in Austin, Texas at 8:15 pm (our flight was actually on time – total shocker). We were greeted by TH’s super warm and loving parents, Lovely L (his mom) and BZ (his dad). It is kind of weird to adjust to the fact that they are now my family too, my in-laws! But, I guess at the same time it is a pretty natural switch. I feel so at ease with them and I am truly lucky to have married into such a beautiful family. That is certainly something to be thankful for.
They whisked us off and took us to a well-known Mexican restaurant, Chuys. Way to start off an already unhealthy weekend with bang! I tried to be relatively good there by limiting my tortilla chip intake and by totally ignoring my rice. I ordered grilled chicken soft tacos and just loaded them up with a ton of pico de gallo (commonly referred to as salsa fresca in TX), lettuce and a touch of guacamole. The worst part of the meal was likely the sopapillas – kind of like a Mexican version of an Italian zeppole – fried dough with cinnamon powdered sugar – now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! (I’m a bad little fat girl).
Today, I am writing this post on my iPhone in bed listening to my husbands rhythmic breath as he catches up on some much needed sleep. When I have hit the publish button, I am going to hop out of bed, change into gym clothes, swoop my hair back into a pony tail and get my big giggly booty to the gym. I LOVE going to the gym down here – it is like a playground for adults. 1. It is enormous. 2. It has like four or five pools, a jacuzzi, a sauna, basketball courts and a lot o super in shape people roaming around inspiring me to push harder.
After I get in a decent workout, I am planning on heading to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for an awesome holiday drink I concocted about two years ago – Apple Cider Sangria! It is super tasty and great for the entire holiday season – recipe below:
1.5 bottles of white wine
2.5 cups of apple cider
4 red apples (sliced into wedges – leave skin on)
1 orange (sliced into pretty round discs)
1/2 cup of Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of real maple syrup
Cut your apples and drop them into a pitcher. Any sort of red apple works – Granny Smith is too tart for this, but if you want to use something with lower sugar go for Gala or Fuji. Dump in all of your liquid ingredients (Grand Marnier, Wine and Apple Cider). Add the syrup and cinnamon and mix. Leave brewing in the fridge for three hours or more. Before serving insert the oranges into the sides of the pitcher for decoration. Voila! A wonderful adult beverage to enjoy by the fire!
We will be spending the evening at TH’s best friend’s parent’s house. They are from Poland and they are amazing cooks so I am looking forward to a little Polish infusion into this great American holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Lots of love to you and yours.