Nomiation for Girlfriend of the Year?

26 02 2009

I’ve been itching to post about my birthday gift for BF since I first got the idea on Etsy.  But, I didn’t want to ruin the surprise.  BF’s B-day was just after Valentine’s day and life’s been busy ever since.

Bullfrog Creative Laserworks gave me lots of great ideas. In addition to the beer carrier I got, there is a great wine carrier and an eco-friendly re-gift pack. BF and I both enjoy good beer.  We’re always mixing beers to make a 6 pack to bring to friends houses, parties etc. The wood 6 pack carrier was perfect.

The best part? You can design it yourself.  Being creative I took this challenge on- BF’s last name is frequetly mispronounced but it rhymes with Ale, so “kale” ale had a ring to it.  Robert (Bullfrog’s owner) found me a font that looks like the Leinenkugel beer bottle label (Leinie’s is made in WI and reminds us of the great summer vacation we took with his family last August) and I thought a mountain that resembled Mt Rainier was perfect. The front says Established 2009 Seattle WA. Some skull and cross bones and fun beer quotes on the sides topped it off.  I’m pretty proud of myself, and BF was quite pleased too.

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Mile high weekend

26 01 2009
Beer Tasting is Serious Business at New Belgium Brewery

Beer Tasting is Serious Business at New Belgium Brewery

Last August I went on vacation with BF’s whole family. I am talking parents, siblings, siblings significant others, aunt/uncle/cousin and Grandma and Grandpa.  It was the trial by fire approach. We had so much fun and I absolutely adore his family.  Mom lives with me so BF met her around May after he and I had been dating for a couple months.  He spends so much time at our house he and my mom have a great relationship.  On the same vacation where i met his whole family he met my Dad and my Dad’s whole family in Michigan.  Hey, if I had to meet his whole fam all at once I figured turn about was fair play.  The last family members to meet (besides my East coast family of course…) was my brother and sis in law (Claudia and Luc too).  In all fairness, they “met” over video chat a couple months ago.  BF and I flew to Denver a couple weekends ago  for a long weekend.

Weekend Highlights:

  • Visited the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins with big brother Pete
    • Home of Fat Tire
    • Uses Wind Powered Energy!
    • Lots of Yummy Beer tasting
    • They had mini-bikes- way fun to ride… 🙂 and a super fast spiral slide inside the brewery- fun! BF and I want to get jobs working at New Belgium… it’s an adult playground!
  • Built Legos with Luc- BF is a big Lego fan and he helped Luc build some small star wars and a big T-Rex Lego. Luc was way impressed.  He gives BF the Luc stamp of approval!
  • Visited with a friend from high school who I hadn’t seen in almost 13 years.  Was great to catch up.
  • Visited Garden of the Gods with the kids and Sarah- beautiful rock structures and a fun walk with the kiddos
  • It was sunny! This was a shock for BF and I, as Seattle is virtually sun-free from October through to June.  We enjoyed sunshine and were happy to be able to use our sunglasses.
  • I finished BF’s yummy Alpaca scarf.  We decided he looks like a rockstar in it- might just call it his rockstar scarf.  It is super soft and I don’t think he’s been without it in the weeks since we got back.
  • The adults tried to play 1980s trivial pursuit.  I say tried cause those questions are super hard!  It also wasn’t fair ’cause BF was born in 1981!  I won by default- I was the only one to answer a question correctly or something like that.
  • BF and I cooked for the family. It was so much fun!  Pete and Sarah have a large kitchen with lots of prep space.  BF and I are always bumping into each other at his place and even a bit at my place.  I will post the recipe we made below. it was yum!
  • Pete is home brewing and his beer is quite good. We enjoyed it a lot- for Christmas my friend H bought me a Mr Beer kit– which is how Pete got started- so we’re encouraged that we too can progress to brewing equally good beer.

Dinner

Mushroom Bacon Green Beans

  • Fresh Green Beans snipped
  • Fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • Onion chopped
  • Bacon (snipped into small pieces with kitchen shears- easier than cutting with knife)

No real proportions.  Cook bacon in stock pot, add onion and saute in bacon grease (yum!), add mushrooms saute.  Add greenbeans and a small amount of water- (if needed)  cover and steam for 5-10 minutes. Mix well and serve.

Veneto Chicken

From my ipod touch application dinner spinner. Time: 1 hr 5 minutes. makes 8 sevings- 463 calories per serving.

  • 3 lg tomatoes chopped
  • 1 three pound whole chicken halved and cut into pieces
  • 4 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch salt
  • flour
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 pound large mushrooms sliced

Dredge chicken lightly in flour. Heat oil over med high heat. Fry chicken pieces briefly, turning to brown evenly. Add onion and celery; cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in wine and chopped tomatoes. Season with oregano, salt, and ground pepper to taste. Cover, reduce heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes, turning pieces often.  Pour in Balsamic vinegar and mushrooms and cook another 5-10 minutes.