Whenever Matt goes down into the basement, you never know what he’s going to bring up.
We were on the porch, swinging and talking, when he excused himself to the bathroom. Upon his return, he had what appeared to be a Budweiser in his hand
But if you know this family, you’d know that we only consumed Bud in dire emergencies, like we’re parched on a hot summer day with no clean water for miles around.
This was actually a new kind of mocktail. Instead of seltzer with a splash of juice or POM or cherries or lemon, it was seltzer with a splash of beer! Matt’s home-brewed hoppy pale ale, to be precise.
I was skeptical at first – but it was really GOOD! In a lite fizzy beer way. It tasted like water (Matt only put a tablespoon into the seltzer) but had the aroma and a hint of beer.
Why would you ever drink this when you could just drink a beer? On a night when you don’t want a buzz. Or are so dehydrated from your 6-miler in the spring 75* that you just don’t want alcohol ; )
Because we all know how much I do love beer!
And sweet potatoes and kale!!! Two of my very favorite foods.
Tonight’s dinner featured sweet potato fries made with a white sweet potato. All of those stripes are because we’ve discovered the PERFECT method for cooking fries: a cooling rack. [See the rack on a sheet pan in this cracker post.] The rack elevates them and allows for ideal air circulation. We cook them for 40 minutes at 400*. No need to flip or tend to! We also lightly coat them in olive oil before cooking.
The kale chips were cooked per usual and topped with SMOKED PAPRIKA!! Oh smoke, I knew I’d fall madly in love with you. World Market is the first specialty store I’ve found it. And it was only $2.99!
We also had baked Twin Oaks tofu! The Italian herb style.
Oh and ketchup! This was the Tribal Moose Cranberry Ketchup! I liked it OK, but after a few tbsp it was a bit too much.
Matt and I watched Cider House Rules tonight. GREAT movie!!!!!
We enjoyed the last of our homemade chocolate cups for dessert
Tomorrow’s gonna be a busy one – packed with fun I hope!