But I am so turned off by the crazed consumerism that goes on this time of year, that I just choose not to participate at all. Very few gifts are purchased, and if need be, we use the ubiquitous gift card. Hubby and I usually make gifts for each other, but we haven't even managed that this year. At least I have not, and I have not seen any evidence that he has been working on anything. It's okay though, we may find something at the Armadillo bazaar next week. If we do, at least it will be handmade. If we don't that's okay too, as we are running out of room for anymore artwork of any kind.
We have only had to go to one Christmas party, it was work related and also a charity event. This was held in traditional fashion, keeping with Texas tradition anyhow, at this famous local place. Not being a native Texan, I still struggle at times with the fascination with B-B-Q. I did not partake of the ribs, brisket and sausage, but managed to work my way through a pretty big helping of delicious smoked turkey. Was hoping for pecan pie for dessert, but they gave us all a cup of their also famous vanilla ice cream. It was pretty darn good. It was the proper size serving, but Hub said, is this all we get? I told him it was not like what he calls serving size at home, which probably equals 4 scoops.
If wondering what the weird looking hand in the photo is, it's the Hook 'em Horns sign for the Texas Longhorn football team.
Here at home, the soup making marathon continues. I am not getting tired of it, and don't know if hubby is or not. I made corn chowder earlier in the week. Yesterday my friend Pat came over with cream of broccoli and tomato soup from her work, and we had the tomato for lunch. It was delicious. I do fear, however, that we are consuming a bit more "cream" than anyone should have. There has been no attempt to make these soups low calorie, I can assure you. I have never made tomato soup from scratch, but plan to look online for a recipe and do that pretty soon. I have never liked canned tomato soup, but homemade now that's a different story.
Having a slow relaxing week-end here, where it is dark and drizzly, just the perfect kind of soup weather.