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December 31, 2018

Christmas Day Turkey Fry Feast with Family

We hosted most of my family this year. We are getting pretty good on this turkey fry method by now.

turkey ready for his bath/boil in hot oil 

the men lend a hand for the turkey drop 

Traditional all hands on drop.  

turkey fry austin 2018 78746 

The turkey fried up perfectly.  

christmas 2018 food coma west lake hills tx 

We ate, and ate some more.

Then I got my tripod and studio strobes out... while the victims were all happy and slow moving.  


It's not easy getting everybody to cooperate (smile and look at the camera) in one pic. So I took multiples.  

schuster family portrait christmas 2018 


west lake hills family portraiture  


group photo xmas 2018 austin tx schuster family 


all the people christmas 2018 








December 24, 2018

Christmas Tree is primed and ready to go!

christmas tree gifts

The tree is all decorated and presents are in place.

I have the whole family in Austin this year.  

family table at Pinthouse Pizza Austin

I made the Nebraska relatives go to Pinthouse. It's part of my Sunday routine.  

sway westlake rooftop deck sunset

We also enjoyed the sunset from the rooftop area of the new SWAY.  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018/19

porsche 944 christmas card tree haul

(Bringing Home The BIG Tree) 

December 17, 2018

Law Firm Christmas party at the Arcade....

Kat's work party was at an arcade this year, and all the kids were included.


skeeball at game plan austin  

While the kids gravitated to the electronic console games, Kat quickly dominated the physical games. She can skee-ball, throw the basket ball through the hoop, and punch the bag better any of us.  


Her high score on the punching bag was impressive (intimidating). Even the big guy at the firm could not get close to her score.  


pinthouse pizza electric jellyfish php ipa 

They served Coors Light at the party, Kat refused. So we stopped at PHP on our way home for our usual Sunday 5PM pint of Electric Jellyfish. We came home, made popcorn, and watched another Christmas movie. Another great week comes to a close.  Christmas day is getting near. We have purchased the turkey for the fry. Kat LOVES that fried turkey.

Quiet Company Holiday House Party 2018

quiet company holiday house show austin 2018

Another Sold Out show.  

zombie christmas nutcracker 

They worked together to secure a great gift at the White Elephant Gift Exchange.  

taylor muse quiet company band from austin tx holiday house show 2018 christmas 

Quiet Company sounded great this year.  

taylor muse quiet company austin holiday house christmas party 2018 

white elephant quiet company zombie nutcracker 2018 paul osbon  

pinthouse quantum haze 

paul schuster austin tx  

December 10, 2018

Easy Tiger Linc Grand Opening, Westlake Sway and Kat's BDay.

We attended the opening day of the new Easy Tiger location at the Linc.

Easy Tiger beer garden bier garten austin at the linc 

This location has a large beer garden area. They provided blankets for those braving the cool temps we had this weekend. We managed to secure a couple seats at the bar.  

easy tiger draft beer at the linc grand opening austin  

Tupps DDH5

bratwurst easy tiger at the linc austin 

Kat loves a good Bratwurst and theirs was very good.  


They have a large bakery there. We bought a beautiful ciabatta loaf for $4.  

easy tiger bakery at the linc  

easy tiger ciabatta french toast fresh nutmeg 

I sliced it up for French Toast breakfast. Freshly grated nutmeg made it extra special.

Sway Westlake opened this week.  

sway thai westlake austin  

The look and feel is very similar to the original location on S. 1st in 78704 

sway westlake rooftop austin downtown view west lake hills thai 

They have a large rooftop bar and patio area that features a nice downtown view. It was tool cold and windy for us this weekend. We managed to secure a couple seats at the bar.  

sway mussels thai spicy westlake austin  

The mussels were really good and spicy.  

chinatown westlake jorge austin sushi best 

We stopped by to see Jorge at Chinatown.  We managed to secure a couple seats at the sushi bar.  

chinatown sushi westlake austin

sushi austin chinatown westlake  

austin sushi westlake chinatown jorge 


It was all so delicious, we had great fun there.  

funny funny ha ha 

pluckers spicy chicken birthday meal 

No Kat birthday weekend would be complete without collecting her meal from Plucker's. #2 son had decided he wants his picture on their "Wall of Shame". That requires eating 25 Fire in the Hole (super spicy) wings. He managed three on this meal. If you've not had these wings, let me assure you that three is an accomplishment.  


December 03, 2018

Lost Maples, the perfect camping trip.

lost maples tx dec 2018

The weather was absolutely perfect for camping.  


lost maples waterfall dec 2018 texas camping



monkey rock lost maples camp texas dec 2018 

The boys throwing rocks into the mouth of "Monkey Rock". 



betty pappalexis  

monkish foggier window and pinthous pizza electric jellyfish texas ipa growler 

My friend Dave hauled a Growler of Monkish Foggy Window DIPA back from Los Angeles. We enjoyed it along two of our favorite beers from Pinthouse (Electric Jellyfish and Supposedly Hazy). The Monkish was really good, but it was notably sweeter. The PHP was just as enjoyable.