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Sam Adams Cherry Wheat

I picked up a bottle of this on a whim in a "mix-and-match your own six pack," and now I wish I'd gotten more than one. It's delicious! If you like a slightly sweet ale/lager, I recommend it!

Today I thought to get up and maybe clear out the back shed, clean a little, maybe organize some... but once we started, we had to do it all. We went and bought shelves and some drywall (Barb looked at the half-finished interior of that back shed and said, "I think we should..."), a shop vac, and went to work. It's not done by a long shot (for one thing, we didn't paint it, but there is SOME amount of organization. Next we actually go through each of the boxes of books and other stored items and cull it down to fewer boxes so they will all fit on the new shelves. Then we might actually be able to USE that shed instead of just throwing junk in there.

But very tired now. Books should be the heaviest element in the periodic table.

It's a little more organized, though. Will be more so when we go through each of the boxes and clear out duplicates, etc. We did some of that when we first put them away, but goodness knows it's hard for me to put my books completely out of sight, and I kept taking out books I'd wanted to read, or wanted to re-read, and so on and so forth...

My feet are killing me. So I'm kicked back now in my jammies with a beer and a nommy sandwich.

Yesterday I made pork banh mi in the crockpot, and it made some really, really awesome sandwiches (with spicy mayo and shredded veggies). A very successful attempt. (But we have a LOT of shredded pork left.)

Also made an eggnog pie because I had almost a whole quart of the stuff left and it had about a week left before it expired, so I whipped it up with cream and chocolate and amaretto (because I only have spiced rum, not plain rum), and we'll try that tonight and see how it came out.

So there's a couple of new recipes tried. At least one has a big thumb's-up. We'll see how the other goes this evening.

This week the photo_scavenger prompt was "Birds." I posted a number of my favorite bird pictures, but I kept forgetting about some of them, like the ones we took when we saw the hawk eating another bird (we didn't know if it was a pigeon or something else, by the feathers) on top of the phone pole across the street, or our little parrots in the park, or this little fellow:

I think I like taking pictures of birds. There were a few ravens around our house today -- saw at least two, possibly three. One was a HUGE fellow on the aforementioned telephone pole who flapped ponderously away going RAWK RAWK RAWK, and then a smaller one went by making more of a "quack" sound (at first I thought it was a duck), and then another sort of in-between sized one flew by. I see ravens as good portents, so this should mean some good stuff will happen this week.

Ah, and the eggnog pie is quite yummy. Yay.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 27th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
That's a cheeky little guy in your picture.
Jan. 27th, 2014 11:16 am (UTC)
I've always liked him!
Jan. 27th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
OMG, I love your comment about books and the periodic table. Love that fat little birdie, too.
Jan. 27th, 2014 11:15 am (UTC)
It was our friend sillymagpie who came up with that one. We've moved her books a zillion times, so it's not a stretch. (And I should always remember -- when I was a college student moving out of the home for the very first time, I put ALL my books I owned at the time into one big box. Which I then could not move.)
Jan. 27th, 2014 06:11 am (UTC)
Cherry wheat is my favorite of theirs

Yay for getting some work done.

Eggnog pie? that sounds good.

I love the face on that bird.
Jan. 27th, 2014 11:18 am (UTC)
It's very yummy. I'll have to get it again.

And after trying several different varieties of hard ciders, I really think Woodchuck (almost all their flavors) is my favorite. Some of the ones I tried in this mixed sixpack were Crispin and Ace, and they were okay, but Woodchuck is best.

It came out very good. (And this was "vanilla spice" eggnog, too.)
Jan. 27th, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
I was thrilled when the local casino back home got it since I didn't like their other beer selection.

Hmm, honestly I pretty much agree with you. Angry Orchard and Strongbow are good but Woodchuck is just a bit better.

How do you make it? Is it something like buttermilk pie
Jan. 28th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
I've never made buttermilk pie -- this was sort of a combination cream or jello-type pie; cook the eggnog with some cornstarch until it's thickened, then split it -- mix half with whipped cream/topping and a splash of rum (amaretto) for the bottom, mix the other half with cocoa for the top, pour the two halves into crust and refrigerate until set. This is it.
Jan. 28th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
Oh cool. thanks. (as if I need to be making a sugary pie...)
Jan. 27th, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
Applause applause for the clearing and construction on the shed! :)
Jan. 28th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
Many steps taken in the right direction! Hugs!
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