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Spicy Pickles!

I think exclamation points have become my new coffee.

If we have moved to one post a month, SO BE IT!

I remember those good ‘ol days, when I could post once a week because I wasn’t in the classroom.

Sadly, those days are gone until August.

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Right now, I have been juggling exams, papers, homework, and editing my case report. Apparently I needed to read up a lot more on citing in AMA format because right now, trying to figure out if we should hyphenating words has been cramping my style and it may relate to AMA formatting?! I really have no idea.

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Beer in and with your brownies x3

We ate a lot of chocolate, may have messed up, but had a good time. Disclaimers included.

Where did April go?!

Last time I posted was April 9.

 

Most importantly, I missed the best day, April 30th when you can use the “It’s gonna be May” meme of Justin Timberlake.

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I will tell you what happened in April that took a lot of mental power… Continue reading “Beer in and with your brownies x3”

Math Flops and Muffin Tops

Where math doesn’t make you cry and muffin tops are accepted.

I actually used math skills in the real world

Pam spray really works

We’re having weird weather

I think you can just forward my mail to the gym because I live there

I just want someone to cook dinner for me

 

And thank you for reading!

Those are all my thoughts for this windy day. Come back next time!

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ale Pie and Dip

NSFD: Not safe for dieting

Hi!

I don’t even know where to start! Back in the classroom and back to work. Exam this Thursday but it’s (only) Monday and I’m typing this in bed with the lights off. I took a jog today and continued sweating for 2 hours after. I ate potato chips for breakfast and frozen yogurt and cheese quesadilla for dinner. I paid my credit card bill. I’M an ADULT!

Update: Finishing this Wednesday. Watching Property Brothers. I’ll get to studying soon.

 

 

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This past weekend was the annual St. Patrick’s day celebration downtown. This year instead of going, I made this peanut butter and chocolate pie with PB & J’ALE’Y from Elk Brewing. Bought a whole growler, yes I did. A man was so interested in what I was planning on getting with my growler so we chatted briefly. He instructed me to get the Brewtus coffee porter. It was DELICIOUS. I highly recommend this when you go.

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On actual St. Patrick’s day, I went to Founder’s Brewing Co. because they had a firkin of Dirty Bastard with licorice root and coconut extract. It was DELICIOUS. They also still had KBS on tap. MAN IS THAT STUFF GOOD. I wanted to sit and smell it because it smells like delicious coffee.

 

I also stopped by the Craft Beer Cellar downtown. This place is AMAZING. You need to go if you have one in your town. I instantly fell in love with this place. I don’t know what I was expecting but my mouth dropped as soon as I walked in because of the variety of items they sold there. They also have beer on tap and a corking fee if you want to drink what you purchased there! Food is also available. “Small” place for such an awesome concept and welcoming environment. SO great!

 

Anyway. So. Here is what I did with the pie. If you are on a diet, just stop reading.

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I didn’t expect the chocolate on top to harden because it was made with beer and that would prevent it from becoming stiff. I guess that would prevent the peanut butter from getting hard, too. However, If you let it chill for a full 24 hours and serve it straight from the fridge, it stays “put together.”

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The pie was so much better after waiting 24 hours. I wasn’t blown away initially but I really enjoyed it later. The BEST part was the peanut butter filling! I had extra so I put it separately in a container and refrigerated it. I am unsure why, but I decided to eat it with animal crackers and graham crackers and this was BETTER than the whole pie itself.

 

SO! I will somehow put the two recipes below. ENJOY a PB & Chocolate Ale Pie or Boozy PB Dip!

 

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ale Pie

Adapted from this recipe.

 

Dip only ingredients:

1 c creamy peanut butter

1.5-2 c powdered sugar

1 stick softened butter

1 C PB & J’ALE’Y from Elk Brewing

Items for dipping (animal crackers, graham crackers, pretzels,…)

 

Making the whole pie? Combine list above with this list below:

1 package of oreos

1 stick of melted butter

16 oz of good chocolate

1/4 c heavy cream

1/2 c PB & J’ALE’Y from Elk Brewing

 

  1. Crush entire package of Oreos in food processor or in Ziploc with rolling pin (I did the latter method, then put in my food processor. I have a small Ninja and all of those cookies wouldn’t fit!)
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Using a rolling pin

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  1. Melt and cool butter. Mix with crushed Oreos. Press into 10-12” inch pie pan. Freeze 10 minutes.
  2. Mix dip ingredients in bowl of stand mixer. Pour over pie crust and freeze for 15 minutes
  3. Put chocolate in glass bowl. Heat beer until luke warm. Pour over chocolate. Heat heavy cream until luke warm. Slowly whisk into beer and chocolate. I used a double boiler method (on medium low) to melt the chocolate. When fully melted, cool slightly and pour on pie. Refrigerate at least an hour

 

If you’re making jus the dip, just blend together. Serve with crackers, pretzels, or something of the like. I liked mine chilled.

 

So! Another example of how one “okay” recipe turned out pretty darn good!

 

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Carrot Cake

For your health.

SPPRRIINNGG BRREEEAAKKK

 Now that I have that out of my system, it has been an interesting and exciting week!  Last Friday, an old friend from high school and I attended the state finals for division 1 cheerleading. Our team (finally) made it and we stayed in 5th place throughout the competition! Very proud of the girls! It was great to see old friends again as well.

Saturday morning my travel buddy EM and I set off for Illinois to see a fellow American we met while abroad at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England. It has been 3 years since we were all together last. We have been in constant contact for almost a year now and finally decided to get together. 3 years WAY too long. They are probably the two most people synced up to my crazy thoughts, including giving me the drive and help needed for me to start this blog. Our poop group has been a saving grace.

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EM and I are also very excited to expand our traveling group!  Continue reading “Carrot Cake”

Winter Shandy with Roaka Cadabra by Roak Brewing

“Don’t stop. Never give up. Hold your head high and reach the top” – S Club 7.

Well ladies and gents, I am back! Back in the classroom, back in Beer City, and back at my home away from home.

 

It feels SO GOOD to be back!

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Finishing writing this post from one of my many frequented coffee shops

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Marbled Shortbread Cookies

The spirit of Scotland wherever you go!

I have 2 more days left working in the hospital! Wahoo!

I enjoy baking for people to show my appreciation so I baked these marbled shortbread cookies for my instructor and the PTs and OTs I worked with the past 6 weeks.

 

Really easy to make and fancy looking. Win win for you!

 

On a side note… Cravings for food hit me hard last week. Cravings for what you may ask? GOAT CHEESE. I ate around 10 ounces of it in three days. I think that is a lot. I had it on everything. I have never craved goat cheese so much and I may have overdosed on it. No regrets. I did NOT, however, have goat cheese on this cookies.

 

Let’s talk about cookies in general.

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Eggs in Purgatory

Breakfast is for winners

Happy (day after) Puppy Bowl Sunday!

This recipe is not baking and it does not have beer. Sorry. This is a recipe that I have always wanted to try and I hope you enjoy it!

 

If you love salsa on your eggs, this recipe is for YOU!

 

This past week has been the busiest week of 2017. I spent M-F  working in the hospital and I had an engagement to attend every night. By grace alone I have made it to my last two weeks in the hospital! Hopefully my classroom education will continue to produce good fruit!

 

So. This is a quick recipe. Time for you to experiment with your cooking and get a feel for fun stuff!

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Blonde Ale Cupcakes & Trifle

Sometimes baking requires a little trifle and error

If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.

If you try a recipe and it doesn’t turn out right, fix it or try a different recipe!

 

A long time ago I was watched an episode of The French Chef and Julia Child explained that making mistakes in the kitchen is okay! I loved her honesty about how not everything goes right in the kitchen. I do not remember the quote so I found this one for you instead:

 

“One of the secrets and pleasures of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed.”

                                                          -Julia Child

 

Here’s to not being perfect.

 

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Affogato with Vanilla Java Porter by Atwater Brewery

A bold attempt at a classy favorite.

New Oxford American Dictionary

Affogato: (n) an Italian dessert consisting of vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso coffee.

Me:

Affogat’no: (n) attempting to recreate an affogato with a java porter and being highly disappointed.

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