Today is Christmas Eve! I hope everyone has all their Christmas shopping done and presents wrapped. I’m still behind on my gift wrapping. My last few presents came via delivery yesterday so I’ll be wrapping today —yay!
The temperature lately has been extremely chilly! Chris and I are constantly wearing our sweaters and jackets inside the house with the heater on. Yep, it’s that cold! Some nights, the temperature even dropped below freezing. We lost a few of our hibiscus plants because of it (I think! We don’t exactly have green thumbs). I’m hoping our citrus trees will survive through the winter.
Oxtail soup has always been a favorite of mine. I didn’t grow up on it but I eat it often enough, as if I did. My sister made this dish for me years ago and ever since I always make it a point to cook it whenever Chris or I are sick with a cold/flu or when it’s cold out. It’s not a heavy or chunky soup, it’s a brothy soup with a ton of flavors. I always make a big pot of it but having it day after day can get boring and tedious.
My mother-in-law’s visit was super brief! I thought we were going to spend the entire day together. It turned out, we only spent lunch and dinner together eating out. During the in-between time, she jetted off to sightsee with her fiancé. On the way to the city, they saw traffic on the Bay Bridge. The traffic in the city was so bad that they couldn’t make it to the Golden Gate Bridge so they turned back around. Bummer!
After a long weekend of eating out, I was relieved to be back in my kitchen cooking my own meals. I don’t know what it is but it’s really hard for me to constantly be eating out. I love the idea, but the food just tasted utterly heavy and it weighed me down. Not to mention how overly and heavily seasoned some of the meals are, I felt disgusted after eating!