04/17/14

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.

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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

04/2/14

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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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!}

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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.

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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!

04/1/14

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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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.

03/24/14

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.

03/3/14

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}

Ingredients

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

Directions

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!

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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.
02/21/14

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!

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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.

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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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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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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!

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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.  

02/16/14

February Trip To Georgia

We’re back from GA. We actually made it out just in time to miss all the sleet, freezing rain, and snow. We made our way back bright {Actually it was still dark outside} and early Monday morning.

I had a great time with my family while Huck was in TN riding four wheelers with his friends from high school. We arrived Wednesday night before midnight, and I dropped him off at his buddies work early Thursday morning. Originally, he was going to fly into Knoxville to meet up with everyone, but we needed to take Ginny back to the vet and with the cost of airfare, it was cheaper for us both to go.

Thursday, I had lunch with my mom and Papa Mathis at our favorite Korean place. I could tell my mom was excited to spend time with me when she said she’d go to lunch with us, too. She really surprised me with how much stuff she tried. She even tried using chopsticks. And she agreed the food was really good!

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Friday, we had seafood with my Papa Brooks and took Ginny to the vet. When we were home for Christmas, we took both dogs to have their teeth cleaned and get their yearly shots. Ginny’s liver functions came back really bad and the vet said it could be related to gum disease. He gave us 2 weeks worth of Antibiotics and told us to follow up in a month. Unfortunately, his levels were worse this time. The vet said it wasn’t due to his age {he’s 9} and $500 later, we’ll still not sure.

He gave us two new Rx to try and told us to follow up in a month. Hopefully this will work!

Friday night, Tabby took me to the new Growler-To-Go place in Downtown Flowery Branch. We sampled a few different beers trying to find something she’d like, and surprising we did! She enjoyed a Cedar and Wheat beer.

After we got our growlers, we had dinner at Show Guns. It was nice having an evening with just the two of us. I don’t see or talk to her nearly enough!

Saturday, my whole family {minus Huck} loaded up and headed to North Carolina to see my parent’s new property. In December, they purchased some land in the mountains right on the river. It currently has a RV with shed built around it with a large front porch facing the river, but they plan to build a small cabin. They’ve spent a few weekends cleaning up and were both really excited to show off their new home! I’m so happy for both of them.

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When we left their property, we took the scenic route home. We stopped at the Hiawassee Lake Dam, Field of the Woods, and Murphy, NC for lunch.

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Once we made it back to GA, we stopped at The Cottage for a wine tasting. We tried 5 different wines, and I purchased a white wine to take home. The view from the place was amazing, too!

The Cottage Vineyard and Winery

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Sunday was spent with my parents visiting my grandparents again.

I left my parents around 5, which really sucked by the way! I always have a hard time leaving, but usually, I’m just ready to get the ride over. This time, I was going to meet Huck at his parent’s house. My whole family was standing in the driveway when I left. I started crying before I even made it to my car.

I managed to calm down after a few minutes, but started crying again, right before getting to Huck. He felt bad and we had to go over the whole I want to leave… I wanted to live in Florida… I love you more because I left a driveway full of people I love to come be with you, spill. I honestly missed him so much, though. We haven’t gone 3 days away from each other in a LONG time! We haven’t gone more than a night a part in over a year! We’re cheesy like that!

We had dinner with Huck’s parents and called it a night early. The ride back was LONG and horrible like always. I start getting angry around the 7-8 hour mark. That’s my car ride threshold.

Tuesday, Huck had his 6ish month follow up for this Colon Cancer. Everything came back great and the doctor said he would only need to follow up yearly, now. Exactly what we wanted to hear!

We celebrated the good news with Tacos and Shrimp Carbonara {Not at the same time!}. Two of Huck’s favorite foods.

That was my trip to Georgia. Nothing crazy but lots of time spent with my family. Just what I wanted/needed!

02/3/14

Jupiter Beer Fest Weekend

I’m a little behind on some stuff. So, I’m going back, way back, to Beer Fest Weekend. If you remember last year’s Beer Fest was a LONG weekend. This year was no different, but I was more prepared for the festivities.

THURSDAY

The weekend started on Thursday folding T-Shirts. It ended with beers at TBC. I needed to prep my liver after all.

FRIDAY

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Friday, I got off work early and went home to get ready for Field of Beers. This is hands down my favorite food/beer event. Food made with beer + beer pairing = Heaven for me! My favorite food was, of course, the Cider Donuts. Second was the Scottish Egg. It was a hardboiled egg, covered in sausage, breaded, and fried. Honestly, it tasted like an egg wrapped in stuffing. Yum!

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Huck has some great video of me talking about how much I love the donuts. I was waiting for him to finish the video before doing this post, but he hasn’t finished it yet. He has lots of videos to go through.

Field of Beer 2014

The Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha was really good. I wasn’t sure about it at first, though. I’ve tried a Maple Bacon Porter before and it was like drinking pure maple syrup… Blah!! None of the favors, in this beer, were too overpowering.

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I left only feeling slightly miserable and fairly sober. Over the course of the night, I had 4 donuts total, thinking I could get more on Saturday. They were not available at the beer festival : (. If I had known, I would have consumed a lot more! Next year, it’s on!

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SATURDAY

Saturday, started with me frantically trying to find baskets for the Barley Dolls. I put it off all week, and had to go to 3 different stores to find a plain wicker basket that wasn’t $10+ each. I finally found some at the Dollar Store.

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I arrived at Roger Dean Stadium sporting my new Barley Doll shirt.

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A few weeks ago, the organizer of Beer Fest, asked if the Barley Dolls would be interested in helping with the event. I agreed and asked a few ladies to help out. Our task, throw hops along the “parade” route behind the bagpipe players. When I opened the bag of hops, to fill the baskets, everyone started questioning what we were throwing. Dianna posted a picture with a hashtag saying “Hops not Hash”.

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Once it was time, two groups of 4 bagpipe players, 2 drummers, and 3 Barley Dolls walked around the stadium, starting in the outfield. Each group followed the road around the stadium. We passed the lines of people, one for people who already had tickets and one for people waiting to buy tickets before our groups met at the main gate. Once our group was inside, the gates opened and the Beer Festival officially started. We all laughed as we looked at each other covered in Hops.

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Huck was nice enough to hold everyone stuff during the parade.

I ordered cards to hand out, and everyone spent the day drinking beer and promoting the BD’s. Honestly, I think more guys asked us about our group than girls. The girls that help were awesome! Thank you ladies, again!!

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I actually did an interview for the yearly video as part of the Barley Dolls. It’s never a good idea to agree to be interviewed while drinking, by the way. Guy dressed like a monk: “What’s your favorite part of Beer Fest?” Me: “The Beer?” Really, how else could you answer that?

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After the festival was over, we had dinner, and went home to let the dogs out before heading to TBC. We both sat on the couch and fell asleep around 9:30 and never made it. I’m not even sad about it either. Apparently, some people stayed up until 4AM. NO THANKS!

SUNDAY

Sunday, we woke up nice and refreshed. We headed to the beach around noon where we mingled, ate more good food, drank more good beer, and enjoyed the sunny warm day. After the beach, we made our way to Square Grouper where I called it a night around 8PM. I had a ride home and jumped on it. I went home, cleaned up some, and was in bed by 11PM, “Who am I??” Huck rode the bus back, and arrived home around 1AM. When he woke me up to let me know he was home, I was happy to already be in bed. I told my coworkers I’d be in late Monday, my job is pretty laid back about stuff like that, but ended up getting up early and making it to the gym, “Again, What’s happen to me??” This damn 9-5 job has me all messed up!

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As always, it was a great weekend. As soon as Huck’s finishes the video, I’ll have it uploaded for you guys.

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