I know, I know, it has been quite awhile since our last blog post.  The holidays are always a busy time and somehow it just goes by faster and faster each year.  Luckily for us, this holiday we did something we’ve never done before.  Being foodies, we’ve joined our local food blog alliance and took part in a festive holiday event…..a FOOD SWAP!  We were paired up with Boston Food Swap and were given the guidelines of spending $30 or less (we might have gone a bit over here…) sending it before Dec. 15 (sorry, that didn’t happen either!  I know we’re terrible!) and then writing a blog post about what you sent (so here it is folks!).

Here’s a picture of our Texas “foodie” items and a little explanation of each:

[list]

  • “Keep Austin Weird” bumper sticker: If you live in Austin, you see this EVERYWHERE!  Basically it’s to promote supporting your local business and to remind everyone that Austin is unique and PROUD OF IT!  We love to find new local restaurants and support them as much as we can.
  • “Don’t Mess With Texas” postcard: I’m not sure if it’s our official state motto, but you will see it on any Texas highway.  I think it’s mostly to promote the fact that if you litter you get a large fine, so if you’re eating something in the car, don’t throw it out the window….or else you might just mess with Texas, and it’ ain’t gonna be pretty!
  • “edible Austin” magazine: This is a free, local magazine that promotes local food establishments, farms, and proprietors that are usually up and coming.  We like to read this anytime we go to our local restaurants because they usually have them free to take! You can also find great content on their site.
  • State of Texas cookie cutter: Being in Texas, everyone is loud and proud to be from here.  Heck, most native Texans think Texas should be their own country!  Why not make cookies in the shape of the best state in the U.S.?
  • “Mr. Bacon” air freshener: Who wouldn’t want their house to always smell like bacon?  After all, you can’t walk into a restaurant in Texas without seeing at least one item on the menu that involves bacon.  We even have a restaurant we like to go to called “Bacon” where that is the featured ingredient in almost 99.9% of the menu items.  It’s delicious!
  • Alamo cookies: When in Texas, you must be sure to visit all the major cities: Austin, Houston, Dallas.  One of our favorites is San Antonio.  They have so much to do, eat and see!  It’s near and dear to our hearts because we went to college right outside of San Antonio and we visited the Alamo when we first started dating, so we always “Remember the Alamo….” :)
  • Salt Lick Original dry rub: The Salt Lick is a Texas tradition.  The original location is in Driftwood, TX and has been featured on a variety of food shows.  They are known for the their all you can eat BBQ- ribs, brisket, turkey, sausage, chicken, potato salad, beans and coleslaw!  Lucky for us, they opened a location in Round Rock not too far from our house so whenever we get a craving for good bbq, that’s where we go!
  • Kerbey Lane Cafe Buttermilk Pancake Mix: If you don’t live in Austin, think of Kerbey Lane as the equivalent of a much better, local 24/7 Denny’s!  They serve breakfast all day long and have other menu items as well, but the pancakes are where it’s at!  It’s an Austin tradition!
  • “Fixin to Do” list: In most of the United States of America people get ready to do certain things.  However in Texas, everyone “fixes to do” something!  I don’t know exactly what they’re fixing but they do it ALL the time!  So if you ever find yourself in Texas, now you know about all the fixins!  You’ve been warned!
  • Austinuts: Locally owned and operated, you can find these tasty nuts all around town.  They are some of our favorites!
  • D. L. Jardine’s Texas Chili Kit:  You can’t live in Texas and not eat chili.  Now you have the tools to make traditional Texas chili at home far away in Boston!
  • Central Market Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread Mix:  You can’t have chili without cornbread, so we got a mix from our favorite grocery store, Central Market.   Because everything is hot and spicy in Texas and every Texan LOVES their jalapenos and cheese, we thought that this mix would be a great variation of traditional cornbread.
  • Christmas Crinkle Cookies: John’s favorite Christmas cookies. Yum! (not pictured)
  • Texas White Trash: A snack mix made with Crispix, Dry-roasted peanuts and Texas shaped pretzels. It’s coated with a mixture of melted chocolate, butter and peanut butter and then shaken in a bag of powdered sugar. (not pictured)
  • Lammes Candies Longhorns: One of Diana’s favorites. Lammes is an Austin original(since 1885), so we had to share! Random note of trivia: the original owner, William Lamme, lost Lammes Candies in a poker game. His son David later returned to Austin to reclaim the store. Learn more about Lammes Candies (not pictured)

[/list]