We are having a cowboy christmas this year. We live in Austin Texas, and our chances of having a white christmas are the same as a snowball's chance in .... oh, you get the idea. To add insult to injury, it's probably going to be fairly warm (60s or maybe even 70s) on christmas day. Add to that that Hubby doesn't like turkey all that much, even though he makes the best smoked one around, and also dislikes ham, and you run out of options when you're the hosting the meal on the big day.
So, Hubby is going to smoke a brisket. My mom is making her famous picnic potato salad and a pecan pie, which I'll serve with bluebell vanilla bean ice cream. I'll make homemade charo beans. We'll serve as much "texas" themed food as I can think of, even for appetisers... sugared pecans, chips and salsa, and grilled jalepeno poppers... which are pickled jalepenos, filled with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, and grilled. So good! We're even having my brother and his family come over, so I'm really looking forward to having a good time with my family this year.