Thursday, August 28, 2014

Space Biscuits by Picture

Buttermilk Biscuits
2 cups self-rising flour, plus extra for rolling
2/3 - 3/4 cups buttermilk, cold!
1/4 cup Crisco

Raleigh Beer Week : Wednesday

Yesterday was an eventful day! At 5 pm we stopped by Lynnwood Grill for a meet and greet, and had fun talking with the staff of All About Beer Magazine. They provided free beverages, snacks, some freebies, and also signups for future events and volunteering.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Raleigh Beer Week 2014

This is an epic week my friends! This week there are many events for Raleigh Beer Week, including but not limited to the following future activities. I hope I can make it to several of them :)

Wednesday 8/27 :
Schneider Weisse Triple Tap Takeover @ Capital Club 16, 5 pm   
 -- they will also have a "German Beer Hall Menu" - where there is spaetzle I will follow!

Thursday 8/28 :
Highland Brewing 20th Anniversary Party @ Flying Saucer, 6 pm   

Friday 8/29 :
Lusus Naturae / Wicket Weed Tap Takeover, @ Tasty Beverage Co., 7 pm   

Saturday 8/30 :
10 Taps of NC Beer (yay!), @ Bottlemixx,  2 pm   

Sunday 8/31 :
7 Shades of Betty, @ Lonerider Brewpub, 2 pm   

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Counter Culture Coffee + Sierra Nevada

A marriage made in Valhalla

I recently got word that Sierra Nevada has teamed up with Durham-based Counter Culture Coffee, to produce a limited edition coffee-infused India Pale Ale!

The beer, No Middle Ground, is a coffee-infused India Pale ale brewed using hop varietals known for tropical fruit flavors--Mosaic, Calypso and an experimental hop known as 291. Counter Culture's Haro, the coffee used in the brew is able to match a lot of those citric, floral notes common to IPA.
 - All About Beer Magazine

There is a free tasting for this new brew in Raleigh coming up - get the details and RSVP today!

#1 Brew in the USA

This, my friends, is the number one beer in America (as rated by BeerAdvocate, at 100 points).

Heady Topper IPA
It is brewed by The Alchemist, located in Vermont - and only there it may be purchased. Thankfully, I have not one, but two friends who brought some over the other evening! It really is delicious - citrusy, creamy, and drinkable. Prost!


Spoiledest. Dog. Ever.

My dog Tesla
Read more about English Springer Spaniels.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Shoe-tacular

Loeffler Randall, Irini sneaker
J. Crew perforated monk strap loafers ...

...are maybe not the greatest cycling shoes, but they look cute.

Vince, Niven flat
Madewell, Mira pump

Kate Spade, Nisella flat

Freda Salvador, Fringe booties

Stuart Weitzman, 5050 Wildcat

FYI, the 5050 boots have 43 reviews on, with an average rating of 5/5 stars, and 67 reviews on Zappos with an average rating of 5/5 stars! If you're interested, you might see want to read some FAQ about the 5050 boot, as they are the most expensive on this list. Statistics are important!

Super Secret Tasty Sweet Tea Recipe

After much trial and error and gnashing of teeth, I present my Super Secret Tasty Sweet Tea recipe:

You will need:
  • 1.5 L boiling water 
  • 6 normal-sized black tea bags
  • Pot for steeping 
  • 1 Pitcher
  • 1/2 cup sugar or 1/4 cup honey
  • Timer
  • Lots of Ice

As for the tea leaves, I use 4 regular grocery-store brand black tea bags, and 2 tea bags worth of a flavored tea; today I used "Key Lime Pineapple" from the fancy tea store up the road. It's very tastea!  :P

Boil the water - I prefer to use an electric kettle because it is super fast.Then I steep the tea bags/boiling water in my handy dandy Fiestaware (stoneware) pitcher. I steep for 6 minutes - no more, no less. Any longer and bitter flavors are extracted from the tea leaves. After steeping, remove the tea bags and toss them in the garbage. Stir in the sugar or the honey while the tea is still hot. Personally, I prefer plain old white sugar (probably because Dear gets irritated when I use too much of his special local honey, and I always have sugar on hand). Of course if you like sticky-sweet tea, you might want to double the sugar.

Fill the pitcher full of ice - really full. This will dilute the tea a little bit, and cools it quickly so that you don't accidentally melt your plastic pitcher :) Pour the tea into the pitcher, and store in the refrigerator. Tea Complete!

"I'm a doctor, Jim, I'm busy!" ... drinking tea!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DIY - Retaining Wall

It seems to rain here every day during the summer, and the drainage situation around our house is not so great. Mosquitoes are a giant nuisance! Dear tells me he thinks he has Chikungunya almost every day - I think he just likes saying Chikungunya.

On our side patio, there is a mulch bed that is right underneath the (more-than-likely clogged) gutters, and so the mulch migrates onto the patio concrete every time it rains.This weekend, Dear built a small retaining wall around one of our mulch beds. He used 4x6 inch planks of treated lumber, secured with 1/2 inch Rebar stakes. Notice how the ends are cut so that they overlap.

Measure twice cut once!

This should stop the migratory patterns of our mulch :)

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