We Smell Like Camp Fire and Red’s Tavern

I was tempted to just give up on the whole blog, but then, it auto renewed this weekend. I figured since I was changed for a whole year, I might as well keep it going.

A couple weeks ago, we went camping at the Ichetucknee Springs for Deena’s birthday. I actually haven’t been camping since I was a kid, and wasn’t sure how I would like sleeping in a tent. I’m not a fan of bugs. And I like the A/C and fan.

We left Friday afternoon and planned to stay until Sunday morning. Ichetucknee is about 2 hours North of Orlando for any of my GA friends looking for a place to go camping, tubing, and kayaking.

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Packing for a camping trip is much different than packing for a weekend stay in a hotel. We all, literally, packed one small bag for clothes and bathroom stuff, but then we had sleeping bags, air mattresses, coolers, beer, tents, food {OMG did we have a bunch of food! If anyone went hungry on this trip, that was their own fault! And we ate good too!} Alex’s truck was packed! Deena said we had more for this trip than all 9 of us had for Key West combined! I think she was right, too!

We made it to Ichetucknee Family Canoe and Cabins about 30 minutes after the sun went down. It really sucked because either of us had ever put our tents together before arriving. It made for a very interesting start. It was even better when we realized Alex’s pump didn’t fit our air mattresses. At that point, I was ready to find a hotel. Alex said it best, “I’m to old to sleep on the ground!” Luckily, we got the tents up and mattresses pumped up thanks to a box of camping stuff some friends sent with us.

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We spent the rest of the night sitting around the fire, drinking beer, making s’mores, and talking.


We were up bright and early thanks to a dickhead bird that insisted on squawking right outside our tent. I looked over at Huck and the first thing he said was, “Yep! He is right there!” Earplugs are now mandatory on all camping trips. The weather temperatures were perfect, though. Cool at night and warm during the day. Besides the birds, I slept fine.

I made Egg and Sausage Burritos, the first morning, for breakfast before we headed out.

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Game face!

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The campground offered kayaking and tubing rentals and provided a shuttle to and from the launch sites.

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They offered two options, kayak from the beginning to end, or tubing from the halfway point to end. Since we started early, and it was still a little chilly outside, so we decided to kayak and try tubing in the afternoon if we had time. They told us it would take about three hours if we went down with the current.

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The water, in the river, was crystal clear! And stays in the low 70’s year around.

The double kayaks were the best decision we made the whole trip. Our butts didn’t sit in the cold water, and we had plenty of room for all our stuff.

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While floating down the river, we seen lots of fish, a million turtles, and a mommy and baby manatee.

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The manatees were my favorite part!

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We made it to our pickup site right as the shuttle was pulling in.

Once we made it back to camp, I setup the decorations for Deena’s birthday. We had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme party. She loves TMNT, and I think I bought every party item Walmart had. {Side note: I was obsessed with TMNT growing up. My mom even handmade me a costume for Halloween one year! Just another reason we were meant for each other!}

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I also made a very unhealthy but very delicious brownie cake using a boxed brownie mix, chocolate chips, almonds, and a container of Hersey Chocolate and Caramel frosting.  Ichetucknee Camping Trip 2014 (72)


I’m sure the people around us were freaked out by our mask. I’m also a big fan of making people wear buttons on special days {Ask my mom!}


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I think Deena liked her little party!

After we had dinner, we went to Red’s Tavern to watch the Gator basketball game.

Red’s is one of those rough bars that smell of cigarette smoke and Bud Light, but they had the game on and $6 pitchers of beer. Win Win!

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And the beer was served in mason jars.

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Unfortunately, the gators lost. I only stay that because Alex was really upset about it.

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He was one sad gator fan!!

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One happy FSU fan!

We spent the rest of the night around the campfire, talking, and making brownie s’mores.

Sunday morning, that damn bird woke us up bright and early again. We made breakfast {campfire cinnamon rolls} and packed ALL our stuff up. We dropped Alex off at one of the Disney resorts for a work conference, a serious upgrade from the campground, and had lunch with one of Deena’s friend before heading back to WPB.

Our first camping trip was a success. I definitely want to go again in the Fall or Winter. Next time, maybe we can go camping in the Keys, on the beach.

Huck also made a video of our trip down the river. He has some really good video of the manatees, too! {Click here to watch the video–> Ichetucknee Kayaking video}

Happy SUPER late birthday Deena! Thanks for stalking me! Winking smile


Ales for Anglers

This weekend we attended the Ales for Anglers. It was a beer and music festival in Boca Raton. Huck and Karl were entered into the homebrew competition. They spent many weeks brewing the required 20 gallons of beer for the event. Well, they actually brewed 40 gallons of beer. Four 10 gallon batches. Our house was overflowing with beer the days leading up to the event.

The night before the event, I made signs for each of the beers. Zink Brewing Company {Karl’s homebrew name} made Sunburn Imperial Red and Sinkhole Russian Imperial Stout. Hucklebuck Brewing Company {Huck’s name} made Whitecap Wheat and Operation IPA-1A. I corrected the sign before we left. And don’t worry, the boys wrote the descriptions! 

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Our car was loaded down with supplies.

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Karl and Huck went all out of this event, too. They bought banners, signs, stickers. Actually, all the homebrews at the event went all out. Everyone had names and banners for their beers.

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I helped set up the kegs… I’ve been working out!

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I can’t tell you how many times I had to explain to people they could not buy any of the beer at the event commercially. I think that says a lot when people ask where they can find more of your stuff though!  Ales for Anglers  (7)

Creative tap handles. I handed out beer the whole time. I love Huck’s IPA and didn’t sample much else.

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The women that put up with their homes being taken over by beer and countless Sunday devoted to brewing… Karl and Huck are lucky!!

Greg was at the event, too. He was representing 26° Brewing Company {I had to Google how to add the degree symbol! Holy Hell! It took 6 key strokes!}



Greg tapped out before we did, and came over to get his Vitamin C fix!

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In the end, Huck and Karl came in 2nd! They were pretty disappointed, too. They were really hoping for first, and worked so hard for it. I felt bad for all three of them.

Right before they announced the winner, it started sprinkling and you could see lightening in the distance. Once they announced the winner, we decided to head out. 

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I thought we’d go home with at least 10 gallons of beer, but managed to tap all four kegs! The IPA was the first to go.

We ended the night with the traditional, post beer competition, pizza before calling it a night.

They actually had to cancel the rest of the event before the headliner started performing.



These people were hard core! My ass wouldn’t be standing out there! I have a slight fear of lighting. Actually, I don’t consider it a fear. I’m just not stupid enough to stand outside “watching the lighting!”

Huck also made a great video for the event, too. {Click here or on the picture below to watch the video}

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Such a fun day with some of our best friends!


Wynwood Brewing and Wynwood Art District

After our South Beach tour with Miami Culinary Tours, we headed over to Wynwood Art District to check out Wynwood Brewing Company {My goal is to see how many times I can say Wynwood in one post!}

Wynwood is a very interesting area. At first it appears to be an abandoned, rough, part of Miami covered in graffiti, but what looks like rundown building are actually full of restaurants, art galleries, and a brewery.

It actually passed Wynwood Brewing Company twice before we realized what it was.

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Huck noticed the banner hanging on the wall. I was to busy looking at all the artwork on the walls. Every wall through Wynwood is covered in artwork.

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The walls of Wynwood even had a beer theme. Wynwood Brewing Company (7)Wynwood Brewing Company (8)

Once inside we sat at the bar, enjoyed a flight, and watched the guys brew beer.

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I tried the La Rubia, Pop’s Porter, Beat The Meat, and Wynwood IPA. I really enjoyed the La Rubia. I’ve noticed I do not care for wheat and blonde styles as much, but this one was really good.

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Even the inside of the brewery was full of artwork.

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Once we finished our beers, we walked around.

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We walked in a couple art stores and passed countless art galleries during our walk. It’s such a neat area. You think a building is abandoned, but behind the gate, there would be a bar garden.


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I really wanted to stop at this coffee shop and see if they had Cafe Cubano. We decided against it, though. I wanted to sleep that night!

I want to go back and explore more of the city and take the Wynwood Miami Culinary Tour.

After leaving Wynwood, we stopped at a craft beer bar in Fort Lauderdale. Huck read about Riverside Market in a craft beer magazine and wanted to check it out.

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Riverside is like an old gas station, with over 550 craft beers. You’re allowed to pick out whatever beer you like and take it to your table. When you’re ready to go, you take your empties to the cashier and check out. They operate on the honor system.

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I picked a Gluten Free beer just to try it, and I had about three sips! It was GROSS! I imagine if I couldn’t have gluten, I’d be excited to drink it though.

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Huck was in Heaven!

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We ordered a BBQ Chicken Pizza while Huck enjoyed his beer. It was really good, too! It was such a fun day. It’s easy to forget there is still so much we haven’t seen or done in Florida, and it doesn’t require airfare or a hotel.

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Well, that was our day! And it only took two weeks to finish! I’ve been REALLY slacking on my blog lately. It’s just SO HARD to find motivation to blog when I sit at a computer all day. The last thing I want to do when I get home is work on the computer more.


Miami Culinary Tours- South Beach

I’d like to start this post by saying I’m not usually a fan of guided tours. They make me feel like… well, a tourist! When I travel through a new city, I like to wander through the streets hoping to find something amazing or exciting. Or I’ll plan out an activity before hand. You will not see me holding a map on a street corner trying to figure out where to go! It also helps I’m really good with directions {ask Huck}. I’m sure that’s why I was nicknamed the Sleuth during my study abroad trip.

I’ve found some amazing, off the beaten path, restaurants this way, but sometimes it’s a little overwhelming trying to pick just one place when you have SO MANY options. I want the best of the best when I only have limited time. A places that showcases everything that’s great about that city.

Miami is know for being a melting pot of many different cultures and a foodies dream, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to pick just a couple of restaurants to sample on my own. I wanted to go EVERYWHERE! Luckily, I found Miami Culinary Tours, so we didn’t have to decide. My blogging buddy Dianna {The Kitchen Prep} recently toured South Beach, and after reading her recap, I knew this was the perfect way to experience everything South Beach had to offer in a short amount of time.

Huck and I decided our 6 year dating anniversary was the best day to explore South Beach for the first time {Yes, we’ve lived in South Florida for over 2 years, traveled to Miami weekly, and still had not been to SOBE {South Beach}! Oh and yes, we’ve been together 6 year!! Crazy right?}

We started our trip to SOBE with a walk on the beach.

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After our stroll, we meet our group at our first stop, Bolivar Restaurant. A cute Colombian restaurant located on Washington Street.

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Once inside we met our guide Ann and the rest of our group and handed a drink to start the day. Refajo is a Colombian Beer Cocktail made with two parts Cerveza Aguila {Colombian Beer} and and one part Colombiana La Nuestra {A Colombian Soda}.

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While we enjoyed our cocktails, we were served our first meal of the day, Ceviche marinated in lime and Passion Fruit and Papas Rellenas {Stuffed Fried Mashed Potato Balls}.

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The ceviche was fresh and you can’t go wrong with fried mashed potatoes! I’d like to point out this was our first stop and still had 6 more to go!

Next up, Manolo’s for some Spanish street food, Dulce de Leche Churros {Caramel Stuff Churros}.

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I told Huck I wanted to skip the rest of the tour and go back for more yummy fried doughnuts stuffed with caramel! I was really hoping he didn’t like his so I could eat it, and was really disappointed when I looked over and he was happily enjoying his, too!

As we walked along Ocean Drive with our Churros, Ann provide us with history about Miami. Did you know in the 70’s, Miami was just a bunch of retired senior citizens? Not the lively, party place it is now.

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Along our walk, we made our third stop of the day, David’s Cafe for Cafe Cubano {Cuban Coffee}.

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Cuban coffee is coffee on crack! Actually, I think it is crack! It’s like a really strong shot of Espresso brewed with sugar. It’s actually served in these little cups because really that’s all you need! Trust me!!

Now that we were wired, we made our way to stop four in recorded speed, Polo Norte Cuban Restaurant for Yuca Frita {Fried Plantains drizzled with Mojito sauce} and Vaca Frita Sliders {Beef Sliders with Chimichurri sauce}.

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The Plantains were my favorite. I’d take them over a bag of chips any day.

Stop five, Charlotte’s Bakery, the “Best Place For Empanadas” according to the Food Network.

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This Empanada had a flour exterior and full of shredded chicken and topped with an avocado sauce. They lived up to the reputation.

Stop six, are you full yet? Because I was!! Stop six was at Block’s Pizza Deli for Block Pockets filled with Pesto, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, and Kalamata Olives.

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The dough was super crispy, and I loved the ingredient combination. Huck agreed the crust was great, but he wasn’t a fan of the ingredients inside. He said if we would have tried a regular style pizza, this stop would be his favorite of the day.

Another interesting fact about Block’s, they use a Mother Dough that’s 300 years old!

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After Blocks, we rolled over to Espanola Way for authentic Gelato at Milani Gelateria.

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When I was in Italy, I ate Gelato almost daily. I haven’t found anything that compares in the states. Everything taste like regular ice cream.  I’d say this was spot on, though!

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They also had the coolest display! I went with the Tropical and Chocolate, and Huck picked the Pistachio and Dulce De Leche. We both picked Dulce De Leche as the winner with Tropical as a close second.

After enjoying our gelato, we walked around the streets of South Beach, as we made our way back to the car. I was searching for more Cafe Cubano the whole time but didn’t find any! We did find a Burger King Bar. It was a regular Burger King that sales beer, too.

I highly recommend Miami Culinary Tours to anyone who’s interested in learning more about about South Beach, and anyone who wants to explore the food. I wasn’t concerned about feeling like a tourist. We never would have learned as much about the area and tried so many different restaurants on our own.

They also have tours of Little Havana and Wynwood Art District. I’d love to try the Little Havana tour… More Cafe Cubano!

I’ll be back later with a recap from our trip to Wynwood Art District and Wynwood Brewery! As you can tell, we had a busy day.

Disclosure: Miami Culinary Tours provided me with a complimentary pass for this experience. I was not compensated for this post, and as always, all opinions are my own.


Baked Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Monday was a bad day. Dane Cook does a skit about crying and that was me yesterday. It got worse after I got off work and went for a bike ride. I was tempted to just go home and crawl in bed but thought some exercise would make me feel better… HA!

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Huck had us go down a new trail that I’m sure is called The Sand Trap. Imagine riding your bike on a frozen lake. That’s about what it was like. I was getting so frustrated and combined with everything that happened earlier in the day, it was bad! At one point, Huck stopped on the trail, near a log, to wait on me. I went to go around the log, my pedal hit the log, and I almost fell… AGAIN! {Last week, I fell into a bush and scratched my legs up and bruised my ankle pretty bad}

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I knew he was about to tell me what I did wrong and at that moment I didn’t want to hear it. I just wanted him to go away! I acted like a total girl, too. I screamed at him to just go away. I didn’t want to hear it! Just leave! I may have scream out loud a few times, too. Luckily, it was just the two of us out in the woods because I made a total ass of myself.

He told me he wanted to make sure I was OK, and he didn’t stop to make me mad. Of course, I felt like a bigger ass after that, but I just wanted to be pissed off alone. He finally took the hint and carried on. Once I made it out of the sand trap from hell, I did laps on the paved portion of the park waiting on him to finish and allow myself time to cool off.

Once I got home, I went straight to the kitchen. I don’t know why, but cooking makes me feel a million times better as long as I don’t burn anything!

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Chopping is therapeutic for me! An hour later, I had this amazing meal and felt like a new woman.

Surprisingly, I never cried. We just didn’t talk about my meltdown on the trails or my bad day at work. And Huck told me like 10 times how great dinner was {he was trying to make me feel better and I love him for it!!}

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It was already dark outside by the time I took dinner out of the oven, so I didn’t plan to photograph our meal. Huck insisted and had everything ready before I could say no. Another way I know he was trying to make me feel better.

The pictures are not that great, but this meal was really worth posting. I was being so hard on myself yesterday, but I did admit, I can cook some yummy food. Cooking is the one thing that is 100% mine.

So the moral of the story, don’t ride your bike on a day when you feel shitty about yourself, I can be a crazy person sometimes, and I have the world’s greatest husband!! He has to be the greatest to deal with my meltdown and try to make me feel better instead of being mean or yelling at me like some husbands would. But that’s why I married him!

Now, I’m off for more kitchen therapy! I’m sure I’ll be spending a lot of time in there between now and Friday!

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce


  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic (Chopped)
  • 1/2 small Onion (Diced)
  • 1 medium Zucchini (Diced)
  • 1 medium Bell Pepper (Diced)
  • 1lb Ground Turkey
  • 4oz Mushrooms (Diced)
  • 2 cups Crock Pot Tomato Sauce (See Below)
  • 2 medium Spaghetti Squash
  • 6oz Fresh Mozzarella (Shredded)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan (Grated)
  • Basil and Parsley (Chopped {Optional})


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place Spaghetti Squash on a microwave safe plate and cook in the microwave for 8-12 minutes {depending on size} flipping half way through. The outside will be slightly soft when done. Remove and allow to cool.
Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add Oil, Garlic, Crushed Red Pepper, Onion, Zucchini, Pepper, and Turkey. Cook until Turkey is fully cooked.
Once meat is cooked, add Mushrooms and Sauce and reduce heat to low.
Cut Spaghetti Squash in half and remove seeds. Using a fork, scrap the insides of the squash into a large bowl.
Combined spaghetti squash and meat sauce.
Add to a large baking dish and top with Cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and brown.
Top with fresh herbs and enjoy.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Pizza Beer

Serves 6+
Prep time 15 minutes
This is a thick tomato, pasta sauce, soup. Crusty bread or Beer Bread is a must with with soup.


  • 4 cloves Garlic (Minced)
  • 1/2 Red Onion (Small Diced)
  • 2 large Carrots (Grated)
  • 28oz cans Tomatoes (Crusted)
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Pizza Beer (or a light lager)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 large Bay Leaf
  • 1 Parmesan Rind (Optional but I recommend it!)
  • teaspoon Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Extras (Parmesan, Parsley, Crusty Bread)


Add all ingredient into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Serve with extra Parmesan and crusty bread for dipping.

Apple Ginger Pork Tostadas with Pineapple Slaw

I’m really excited to share this recipe with you guys. This recipe actually starts with a Cider, Angry Orchard Cider to be exact. This isn’t something I usually drink or cook with. I found one in our refrigerator a while back. I’m not even sure where it came from, but I’ve been brainstorming recipe ideas for weeks now. I’d like to add Angry Orchard has one of the coolest tap handles.

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The Ginger was throwing me off, but I figured, I’ve give it a try, and I’m glad I did. The Apple and Ginger flavor were perfect with the Pineapple Slaw.

Growing up, I hated cabbage and that included slaw! I’m not sure what changed but recently, I’ve started liking it. It’s crazy how your taste buds change. I still HATE sauerkraut, though. The addition of Pineapple really made this dish. It added a nice sweetness to the spicy BBQ sauce I used.

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I’m also in love with my slow cooker. I can prep everything before work, and when I get home the house smells amazing and dinners finished! The best part, it’s a one pot meal! Win Win!

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Any BBQ sauce will work for this recipe, but I recommend trying something with a little heat. The slaw helps cool the spicy but adds an extra layer of flavor.

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You can also make these ahead and assemble when ready to eat. Honestly, it’s the prefect meal. It’s a full meal on a crispy tostada.

Weekend Recap

Friday night, we had dinner with our friends Brent and Leaha, in Lake Worth at Havana Hideout.

We started with a massive plate of nachos, and I had the What Guy Ate {the restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.} My dish came with a  Half Cuban Sandwich, Fish Taco, and Pianono, and Huck ordered a Tamale. Everything was really good.

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After dinner, we went to a bonfire on the beach. This is my new favorite thing to do, now! Unfortunately, it was the last one until September.

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Saturday, we were sitting around the house. I went out to walk the dogs and told Huck to get ready. We were leaving. I was way to nice outside to be suck inside. We started the day at Guacamole in Jupiter Farms.

We started with the best tortillas chips EVER! The were thick and crispy. Man they were good!

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Huck ordered Steak, Chicken, and Shrimp Fajitas

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and I ordered Tamales and Chicken Tacos.

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We ate this for 2 more meals, too. They didn’t mess around with portions.

After dropping our leftovers off, we headed to TBC to grab a growler.

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With a growler of Gnarly Barley in hand, we made our way to the beach.

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Saturday, we went to the beach, went swimming at our neighborhood pool, and grilled outside. We acted like real Floridians.

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Apple Ginger Pork Tastadas with Pineapple Slaw

Serves 4 Servings {2 tostadas each}


  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • Cooked Apple Ginger Cider Pulled Pork ({See Recipe})
  • BBQ Sauce (I used Honey Habanero)
  • Pineapple Slaw ({See Recipe})


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place corn tortillas on a baking sheet in a single layer, and bake until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
In a large bowl, combined Pork and BBQ sauce.
Top each Tortillas with BBQ Pork mixture. Add a spoon full of Pineapple Slaw.
Drizzle with extra BBQ sauce and ENJOY!

Apple Ginger Pulled Pork


  • 3lb Pork Tenderloin (Excess fat removed)
  • 4oz Apple Ginger Cider (or Apple Cider)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (Chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Red Pepper Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock


Combined all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
Once meat is done, remove to bowl and shred with forks. Meat should just fall apart.

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  • 1/4 Head Cabbage (Shredded )
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper (Thinly Sliced )
  • 2 Scallions (Sliced)
  • 1 Carrot (Shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/8 Low Fat Sour Cream
  • 1-2 tablespoon Honey (Depends on how sweet you want it. )
  • 1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar


Combined Cabbage, Peppers, Scallions, and Carrots. (I used my food processor for the veggies)
In a small bowl, combined Yogurt, Sour Cream, Honey, and Red Wine Vinegar.
Serve on the side or on top of Asian Tuna Burgers.

Beer Bread BLT

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OMG!! I have a recipe to share! With halfway decent pictures! I know; I couldn’t believe it either. I’ve been in kind of a beer recipe funk lately. I honestly couldn’t think of anything to make. Everything I thought about, I’d already made. I was tempted to go through old post and re-photograph some of my recipes. I’m that desperate for content, and some of those recipes are amazing but will never get the time they deserve because of crappy pictures!

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All that changed yesterday afternoon at work. I was staring at my computer and BAM! A recipe came to mind, then another one. I thought of 5 ways to include beer recipes into our little ‘challenge’ we have going on right now.

We’re really bad about going to Publix and buying stuff for dinner when we already have a freeze/refrigerator/pantry full of stuff. When I opened the freeze last week and a pack of chicken thighs landed on my toes, I decided to start Operation Clean Out The Freezer. I made a list of all the meat we currently had and took inventory of everything in the pantry and fridge that needed to be used. Some of the items in the freezer are starting to get freezer burn and need to be used ASAP! All the more reason to not buy more, right?

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From my inventory list {Yes, I’m really that dorky. I created an inventory list! An actually list!}, I came up with a list of 16 meals we could make using the meat in the freezer, items in the fridge, and stuff in the pantry. Actually, I came up with 14, but I’ve added two meals for lunch {Tuna Casserole and these BLT sandwiches}. We’re not buying anything new until everything we currently have is gone, so no random trip to Publix to buy stuff for tacos. I actually feel like this little challenge has made me more creative in the kitchen the past two weeks. That could explain me coming up with beer recipes.

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Now, back to this delicious BLTs. Our friend gave us a bag of fresh tomatoes from their neighbor’s garden on Sunday. Holly said something about BLT sandwiches, and I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. We had a pack of bacon that needed to be used up, too. The only problem, I didn’t have any loaf bread. I did have a whole bag of self-rising flour in my pantry, though! And an endless supply of craft beer.

At first, I was worried the Beer Bread would fall apart, and a few pieces did, but after toasting each piece in a pan, everything held together fine. And nothing beats warm, fresh, bread right out of the oven!

I skipped the iceberg lettuce on this one. I think it’s so boring, so I decided to try some baby spinach to switch things up. Plus I’m sure I helped increase my Calcium, Vitamin K, etc. for the day.

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I used Shiner Bohemian Black Lager for the bread. It had the perfect amount of flavor without being overpowering.

It took every ounce of willpower I have not of make another one {I needed some of photos!} l couldn’t wait to finish snapping these pictures, so I could devour this sandwich, by the way. I felt like Ginny with a strip of bacon in his face, “can I eat it now? NOW? GIVE ME BACON AND BEER BREAD!!” People that know Ginny know exactly what I mean by that.

Now, hopefully I’m back in the beer recipe making saddle again. The fact that it’s darker a little later helps with pictures, too. I’m not promising anything, though!

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Beer Bread BLT

Serves 4-6 Sandwiches


  • 3 cups Self Rising Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 12oz Beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter
  • BTL Toppings: Bacon, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Onion, Mayo etc.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a mixer until fully combined. Add dough to a greased loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with butter. Continue cooking for 10 additional minutes.
Allow to cool slight and slice to desired thickness. Serve with favorite BLT toppings: Bacon, Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Mayo.

Lake Okeechobee Bike Ride

It’s time for my weekly recap since it seems like all I can manage to blog about lately.

Friday, we spent Valentines Day at home making sushi and homemade Udon soup. After dinner, we watched Las Vegas. If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend it! So funny. Cheesy but funny!

Homemade Sushi (1)

Homemade Sushi (2)

Saturday, we drove ALL the way out to Lake Okeechobee to meet up with some friends for a fun bike ride along the lake. Every six months, a group of people meet at a park north of Indiantown, and ride, along the lake, to a hole in the wall bait shop/bar to drink beer and hangout.

Huck, Karl, and myself left Jupiter around 9AM and made the hour drive north west. It’s crazy how different the West side of 95 is from our area. Really, it’s like a different world over there. We passed countless horse, cow, and sugarcane farms. It’s very pretty, but I’d never live way out there!!

We met our group of about 10 people and headed North around the lake. It is HUGE by the way. Honestly, it looks like the ocean.

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As we were riding, we started passing people with race numbers on their shirts. Someone in our group asked what they were doing. There’s a race every year that goes around the whole lake. 118 MILES! And these people had been running for over 24 hours. I can’t even fathom that. I actually spend way too much time reading blog post about runners past experiences with the race. I thought maybe they’d stop and sleep or something over night. NOPE! They run all day and night. Last years winner finished in 26 hours. Is that humanly possible?

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After reading all that, our simple 8 mile ride seemed like a warm up for these people. We headed East through a trailer park before arriving at our destination. It was much nicer than I imagined a bar, which served $1 beers, in a trainer park could be.

Gator Hole Lake Okeechobee (1)

Our Biker Gang

Gator Hole Lake Okeechobee (2)

Lake Okeechobee Gator Hole

We stayed for about 2 hours, before making our way back to the cars. I did not go prepared to ride 18+ miles. My tiny mountain bike seat is not made for long rides sitting down.

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We made great time on the way back {a pain in your butt will do that}. Once we arrived at the car, we enjoyed our Publix subs and “Crack” {Karl brought some Salt and Pepper chips and we devoured, almost, the whole bag}.

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Lake Okeechobee

From there, everyone headed to Vine and Barley in Palm City. This is my new favorite bar. Besides the impressive craft beer menu, they have a wine bar. You load money onto a card {I did $10} and purchase the wine of your choice. Prices are different for each wine, and you can pick between a 1.5, 3, and 6 ounces pour. I tried 6 different wines 1.5oz samples with my $10. 3 reds and 3 whites.

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Vine and Barley (2)

I know NOTHING about wine, and this was the prefect way to try a few different styles and brands without spending $6+ for one glass and not liking it. I really wish we had a place like this in Jupiter!

Vine and Barley (3)

Vine and Barley (4)

Vine and Barley (5)

Sunday, we ran a few errands and cleaned up the house. It was nice having a whole day at home. I feel like we’ve been so GO GO GO lately. I actually spent most of the day watching the Olympic couples short dance and the USA vs. Russia hockey game. I’m not a big hockey fan, but that game was intense.

And that was my recap… I’m impressed I finished it before the week was over.  

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