I Survived the Holidays!

I survived the Christmas holidays and we are now halfway through January. I packed away the Christmas decorations this week and swept up all the debris left from the Christmas tree shedding. I made my goals list for 2015 and hope to complete everything on that list. Some years it seems like I barely accomplish anything on my big list despite the fact that I am always busy.

This gifts I received this year were very thoughtful and intentional. I tried to be that way also when I was buying for my family and friends. I did not want to buy gifts just to be able to hand someone a wrapped present and fulfill my gift-giving obligations. I wanted to give useful yet mindful gifts. And this seemed to be the year of books as I bought books for almost everyone on my list. You can rarely go wrong with books!

One of my favorite gifts to receive myself was this beer mug:

It is made of pewter and really does keep beer colder. I also received a large batch of random craft beers as a gift and I have been happily sampling my way through them since Christmas. This mug also develops a flavor profile because you first wash it thoroughly, then fill with beer and leave on the counter overnight. Dump the beer and then rinse the mug. It is ready to use after that and you don’t wash it with soap and water anymore. Just rinse thoroughly after each use.

Each time you use this mug, you fill it with ice cubes and let it sit a few minutes. Dump the ice cubes and fill with beer. The beer stays far colder than in a conventional glass or pottery mug. So I’ve been happy with my new beer mug and I can highly recommend it to other beer drinkers out there.

Liefmans Cuvee Brut

Liefmans Cuvee Brut

This is a beer. But packaged like a champagne complete with a champagne cork!

I picked up a bottle of this tasty beer at the Spec’s Liquor store in Galveston, Texas when I was there last month.

It has a nice cherry flavor and good bubbles. It doesn’t seem like a beer at all to me. There is a tartness to it. A very easy drink and I highly recommend.

And yes, I am making efforts to return to my blogging after a year of devoting myself almost exclusively to my restaurant. I sure wish I could serve this in my restaurant. But alas, I live in a dry county and my restaurant is here in the dry county.