A few weeks ago, Huck asked me to make Brownies. WHAT? My sweets hating husband wants Brownies? After the shock of his request wore off, I told him I’d found a recipe for Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies recently that I wanted to try making with Beer. He thought that sounded like a great idea (Who is this man?)
Then, he told me the catch. He only wanted brownies if they were all corner pieces. I do not have a brownie pan, so unless he considered the whole pan a “Corner Piece” he wasn’t getting his wish. And I wouldn’t have anyone to help me eat a whole pan of Brownies.
The same day we had this conversation, Laura, a Pampered Chef Consultant, emailed me about using my Margarita Beer Cake recipe. I decided to ask her a few questions about the Pampered Chef Brownie Pan. I’ve seen so many neat recipes on Pinterest using the pan and thought it could come in handy.
Laura was kind enough to sponsor a Giveaway for a Pampered ChefBrownie Pan and one E-Cook Book for one Life Food and Beer reader. I used mine today and it’s awesome. My Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies with Brown Ale came out perfect, and Huck got his corner pieces.
I used Cigar City’sMaduro Brown Ale for this recipe. Any Stout, Porter, or Brown would work. This recipe uses Greek Yogurt instead of Butter, so it’s a little better for you than traditional Brownies.
Pinterest has other great recipes for the Brownie Pan like Omelets, Pancakes, and pizza. And it helps control proportion size, too.
I made this the other day and it was amazing! I’ve made my version of Chicken Gyros a few times in the past and realized it hasn’t made it on the blog yet.
The first time I made this, I found a recipe in a magazine. I used chicken cutlets and layered it with different ingredients. Then, I baked it in the oven. I’m not sure where that recipe is now. In a box somewhere in the garage probably.
For this recipe, I added some of the beer I used in the Lemon Bars. I had all my ingredients mixed in a bowl and the beer was just sitting there. I was going to drink it but realized it was only 9:30. That’s a little to early for anything but coffee.
Huck told me he really like the Chick-a-Pea Salad. I laughed and told him they were called Chickpeas! But I’m calling them Chick-a-Peas from now on.
Huck pulled a stick from our Date Night Jar Wednesday.
This is one of the dates Huck added to the jar.
We decided to find a Burger place we’ve never been to. I pulled up Google and found Chuck Burger Joint on PGA in Palm Beach Gardens.
After we went to the gym, we headed over for dinner. I’ve past this place a hundred times and never noticed it.
The first thing I did noticed was the small menu. Nothing annoys me more than a big menu. I get overwhelmed with too many options. One page menus make me happy. I can’t second guess myself to many times.
Huck ordered the ChuckBurger with Bacon, and I ordered the BellaBurger. My “burger” was a grilled portabella mushroom with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and chuck sauce (like a flavored mayo). And we split an order of fries.
When we got our order, we both agreed, the burgers were pretty small. About the size of a regular cheese burger at McDonalds.
Huck said his burger was OK, but I really enjoyed mine. I’ve seen portabellas burgers before but never ordered one. I’m definitely a fan! And we both agreed the fries were good.
I’m not sure if Huck would return, but I would order the BellaBurger again.
We do not have much planned for this weekend. We are going to the Food Truck Invasion in Downtown Abacoa tonight and hoping to go back to the beach.
Oopie loved the beach last weekend.
Let me rephrase. He loved the beach… Hated the water! A wave attached him. He wasn’t happy with us after that!
This is the “I’m wet and hate you” face!
We made him a little shade to keep cool. He was happy here. He could people watch without fear of another wave attack!
Well, that’s all for now. I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl (Not the pita, toppings, or tzatziki sauce) Stir to fully coat chicken in sauce. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray pan with cooking spray and add chicken. When adding the chicken remove any excess marinate. Otherwise the chicken will boil in the sauce. This isn't bad, but it will not brown.
Cook 2-3 minutes and flip. Cooking times will depend on the size of your chicken strips. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.
Serve in a warm pita topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions, and my homemade tzatziki sauce.
I went back for seconds of everything. I think I impressed his boss
Once they arrived back, we showed her around the area.
We stopped at Bubba Gump for an early dinner. Huck and I split the Run Across America Sampler. It came with Bubba’s Far Out Dip and Chips, Chilly Shrimp, Spicy Chicken, Seafood Hush Pups (SO GOOD), and Fried Shrimp. It was the perfect amount of food for the two of us.
And it came with the perfect view!
After eating, we walked next door to Square Grouper for another beer and enjoy the beautiful day.
I enjoyed another Lemon Bar when we got home, too. I took the rest to our neighbors. Huck doesn’t eat sweets, and I knew I would’ve ate all of them if they were left in the house.
And that was another WIAT. Go check out Peas and Crayons for more great recipes.
In other news, I FINALLY received my new logo. It only took 3 graphic designers and 2 months, but it is complete.
I wanted a cartoon girl holding a wooden spoon and dark beer. And her shirt to be black with GEORGIA across the chest. When I opened the file, it kind of scared me. I didn’t expect it to look so much like me. The mouth looks weird but it’s a cartoon. That’s what I keep telling myself.
I was able to order my business cards this afternoon, and they will be here just in time for the Bloggers Conference next weekend.
Combine flour, powdered sugar, butter, yogurt, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until fully combined. Spray a backing dish with cooking spray, and press mixture into bottom of pan. Chili for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350. Bake crust for 25 minutes or until brown. Allow to cool.
Combined eggs, sugar, flour, and corn starch in a large bowl. Add lemon and beer. Pour filing over crust and bake for 25 minutes. The center will be firm.
This weekend was busy and fun! Just the way I like it.
These two are not fans of us having fun without them. They get a look in their eyes when they know we’re leaving.
Reminds me of the Sarah McLachlan videos.
Wake Boarding and Day Drinking!
6% Alcohol + no breakfast or lunch = Free entertainment for Huck!
Huck brought our wakeboards, and I didn’t think we get a chance to use them. I told him to just leave mine in the car. Never again!! We did get to wakeboard, and his board was way to big. I only got up once and fell a few seconds later. It was awesome wakeboarding though! I miss it so much.
The problem with day drinking… Unless you keep drinking, your whole day is done. We spent Saturday afternoon/night watching TV and eating Chinese.
Sunday, after watching the guys brew beer, we went to Deck 84 in Delray Beach. Not a bad way to end a beautiful weekend!
Yep. I made a YouTube video. Just in case you needed more Life Food and Beer.
This first video is… rough. I say um way to many times, it’s cheesy, and the lighting makes me look older. But I’m posting it anyways. While editing, I learned a lot about Windows Movie Maker and know the next one will be a million times better.
For now, you are stuck with this one… ENJOY!
I can not upload my video, but you can click the link below.
In sauce pan, reduce beer over low heat by half. You will have 3 oz beer when finished. Cool to room temperature before adding to mixture. Stir often because it can burn. See video for detailed instructions on how to reduce the beer.
Mix together butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, and beer.
In a different bowl combined flour, salt, and baking soda. Add dry ingredients, in small batches, to wet ingredients.
Mix in oats and fully combined.
Measure out 1-2 tablespoon of batter and place on lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. (I like my cookies gooey so I cooked them for 10-12 minutes. Huck likes his crispy 12-15 minutes.)
A few weeks ago, Fran from TBC called Huck and asked if we would like to help with an upcoming event. Considering most of our days are spent just the two of us in our home working, we jumped at the opportunity.
The event was hosted by TBC and Els for Autism. I learned that Ernie Els is a famous golfer and started Els for Autism after his son was diagnosed with Autism. The Ernie Els Foundation raises money for research to better understand and treat autism. They are also raising money to open a facility, The Els Center of Excellence (you can read more about the center on the website. It’s very interesting.) The Els’ have donated $6 million of their own money to the project.
Last night’s event was held at the Old Palm Golf Club.
This was my location for the night. We had a great view of the sunset!
Huck had a great view of the waterfall.
The event was a Craft Beer and Food pairing. Local restaurants prepared a dish to complement one of TBC’s beers. Each restaurant was given a different beer.
Huck arrived early to help setup. All the guys were running around none stop when I arrived. I felt so bad just standing around while they were working so hard. I did help hang the signs It also gave me a change to check out what was on the menu and take pictures before the guest arrived.
I failed as a Food Blogger when it came to the pictures. It is so hard holding a plate of food, a glass of beer, and trying to take a picture.
I was really excited to see Coolinary Cafe was one of the restaurants at the event. It’s on my list of restaurants to try.
Evo was out of food when I made my rounds. I heard a few people say it was good, though. They are another restaurant on my need to try list.
I literally got the last scoop of Paella from Red Tapas. I know the picture doesn’t look great, but it was pretty good. I’m a huge fan of Paella anyways. Rice with meat and seafood… Yes please!
The Pork Slider from Cafe Chardonnay was tasty. I love slaw on a pork sandwich.
Rockstar was setup in the very front, and I completely forgot to check them out when I was making my rounds. Foodie Fail!
I also forgot to try the Milk Stout! My glass was full, and I said I would go back and never did. I made sure to take a picture of the cow, though. I know it’s hard to tell but the beer was served from the udder. So creative!!
I was serving the Irish Red Ale. Matt told me they picked me because I looked Irish. I have pale skin; I get it
I was paired with Chef Carlino from ChefCorp. They are not a restaurant but prepare food for local private schools and healthcare faculties. They also have cooking camps during the summer for kids. I’ve tried Chefcorp’s food before at The Field of Beer event in January. A lady walked up and started talking about his donuts at the WPB Green Market. I wanted to hug him when I realized he was the guy that makes the Cider Donuts! If you remember my post from Field of Beer, you will remember that was my favorite dish from the whole night. The only one I actually took the time to talk about. Best Donut ever!!
He prepared an Irish Pizza to go with the Irish Red. Lots of people stopped by for 2 or 3 servings. The three of us decided we won for best food and beer. I tried almost everything and the pizza was my favorite from the night. TBC’s Irish Red was my favorite beer (I’m sure that would of changed it I’d tried the Milk Stout). And how can you go wrong with Pizza and Beer.
The pizza was served with a White Balsamic sauce. I want to recreate it at home and drizzle it over everything!
The event was over at 9 and the guys had everything cleaned up and ready to go by 930. It was a great event for a great cause. Thanks again, TBC, for letting us help out.
Tomorrow is a big day for LF&B. I’ll post a link for my first YouTube video, How To Reduce Beer. Super exciting!
This was the best group of people to spend the weekend with. There were 9 people that wanted to have fun. There was no drama, no one got lost, no one got arrested, and we all had a great time.
Deena- The Birthday Girl
Alex- The Director
Huck- The Beer Guru
Matty- The Dancing Machine
Jenna- The Beer Pong Champ
Kaitrin- The Key West Virgin
Morgan- The Social Media Coordinator
Ty- The Party Girl
And Me- The Photographer
We arrived at our condo, The Pelican Landing, around 2PM and started unloaded the cars. 9 people= a lot of luggage.
Our Condo over looked the docks.
We started our time in Key West by the pool with Alex’s famous burgers.
The rest of the day was spent the usually way…
The moment Huck lost his man card! (Thanks Deena;)!)
A Naughty Piñata named Ramona
and more alcohol…
Alex is a genius by the way (don’t let that go to your head!!) He handed out the address to our condo before we went out for the night. This came in handy when we were leaving the bar.
Saturday, we did a Reef and Rita Snorkeling trip with Fury.
The water was rough and made snorkeling really hard. I would try to put my mask on and water would hit me in the face and go up my nose. It didn’t help my life vest was getting way to personal with me.
My new favorite thing… making cake with beer. It’s so easy!
As you may remember, we are going to Key West tomorrow for Deena’s birthday celebration. The theme is “Mi Quince Double!” My Double 15 I thought the theme was awesome. This weekend will include mustaches, sombreros, Mexican Beer, and Tequila. I was so excited until I heard the word Tequila. I’m not going to lie… I’m a little scared!
To continue the Mexican theme, I decided to make Deena a cake. You can’t have a birthday without cake, and I can’t make a cake without beer!
(Please excuse the ugly pan. I didn’t want to misplace one of my good ones.)
My original plan was to make the cake with Margarita Mix. As I was making dinner last night, I found this in our refrigerator.
Huck found this in our cooler after the Easter Beach Party. I’m not really sure how it ended up in our cooler. Huck thought it was a joke.
I’m not going to lie, the Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita is HORRIBLE! It’s way to sweet for my liking. I couldn’t imagine drinking a glass of this stuff. I almost didn’t add it to my cake mix but remembered Margarita mix is really sweet too. Honestly, it taste like Margarita mix without the alcohol. The bottle said it was “Flavored Ale”.
I went for it, and I’m really glad I did. The lime flavor really comes through. I made myself a small sample to make sure it tasted OK. I don’t want to serve bad cake. SO GOOD!
Well that’s it for today. I have a few things to do before bed. My plan is to be in bed early. Not sure if it will happen.
You can follow me on Instagram to see how our trip is going… If I can remember how to post pictures. Today, I posted a picture of my photography setup. It looks much different than the view you see in this pictures.