Holidays are meant to be spent with family and loved ones. This year, I spent Christmas with my future in-laws in Austin, Texas! From mouth-watering BBQ to hikes in a state park to relaxing nights putting together a puzzle, this Christmas was one of the most memorable ones. Here are some snippets from the trip!
I was so excited to leave this dreary Chicago weather behind for a few days and enjoy temperatures in the 70s in the middle of December!
What’s a trip to Texas with some BBQ?! Our first BBQ stop was at Louie Mueller in Tyler, Texas, a small town just outside of Austin. Louie Mueller, along with other top BBQ joints, dooes not have much of an outward appearance, but definitely do not judge them by the storefronts. These are some of the BEST BBQ places you’ll come across and definitely be sure to come in early or else they might run out of smoked meat heaven! Another BBQ place that we ate at was Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, Texas, complete with wood burning where you order your food for the smoky ambiance of BBQ. No matter which BBQ restaurant you visit, always try the brisket and ribs!
Another Austin area food stop that we visited was Round Rock Donuts, home of the Texas sized donut. Super fluffy and amazing donuts – I do not recommend walking by on an empty stomach, the aroma of the glaze will lure you right in!
This Christmas was a time for me to spend more time with my future in-laws and to continue bonding with them as my wedding approaches in November. They have an annual tradition of going to the movies every Christmas morning before opening presents. This year, we watched Stars Wars: Rogue One and Sing!. They also try to complete a large puzzle before leaving, our puzzle for the year was a panorama of a football game at Memorial Stadium (Go Fighting Illini!).
We went out hikes and walks along the river at Town Lake. After all the eating we did this week, some exercise is much needed to combat those calories! With the weather in the mid 70s, there were so many people out and about. A large state like Texas provides no shortage of state parks and trails to explore. This was such a fun trip to Austin, filled with memories and time with my expanding family.
Until next time, stay humble and love one another.