Crazier Than Normal

Not sure why I am compelled to step up and give of myself by way of volunteering but it seems I went from so much free time to none are you that way as well.

Volunteering for community based events and the garden club have taken on an a life of its own. The self-watering container in town will be emptied this week and the soil inside them added to closeby garden we do. If we get a warm day where we can use the hose, a bleach solution mixed with dawn that will get them back to bright white and germ free for next springs Pansies. We will leave the leaves for Butterflies as well as all other bugs and maybe they will do their work on making the soil even better and feed a few birds.

I am also a member of our library group that holds books sales, scarecrow events and the like but I have to tell you about our latest! We pulled off a Brewfest with just 5 members to start then a few more joined to make 9 or 10 of us. We bought glasses, event T Shirts and even made beer maps for the attendees we hoped would come as it is a crapshoot weather wise in NH on Nov. 2nd.

As we planned another member of our team reached out to all she knew in town to get volunteers. None of us had done this but I knew we could and it would bring in much more money than a bake or book sale. When I start something that I know will benefit many there is no stopping me but even this for me was daunting starting with our chairperson who was dead set against it from the start and refused to help in anyway.

In the end it doesn’t matter as we raked in $15,000.00 and those who attended want us to do it every year from now on! I just hope we can get some twenty year olds to give back by way of volunteering, as we are not spring chickens.

Here is a photo from our famous dragstrip in Epping NH with a group of 400+ sampling craft brews from 20+ local brewers. Food trucks and live music we went all out for our first of course and listened to the feedback which is still coming in from our happy attendees and will add to and let go of other not necessary items but we will have a firepit! 🙂

Beerfest in Epping NH
1st Center of the Universe Brewfest

We are well into fall here in New England with the promise of higher heating bills and aching backs soon to follow grrr you know how much I dislike the snowstorms, power outages and the loss of light that is the worst of my list here. I do have much to look forward to though like all my birds coming to feeders that sit clean and awaiting those naughty bears to take cover for a bit. I will sit by my window overlooking the river and paint a lot more than I have had time for or desire to.

Nice to catch you up here on my blog now to curl up evenings and see what you have all been up to as I missed you but was just out straight.

Take care


spicy beer candied bacon – easy perfect party food

Celebrating BACON IN A BIG WAY!


spicy beer candied bacon

This is the time of year that we entertain constantly. Every weekend, we invite anywhere from two to a dozen friends over for dinner. An invitation on Friday means casual homemade junk food. Pizza, nachos, burgers – stuff you’d order at a drive through except I make it. Saturday night is usually the night I put on the dog. I’ll have thought about it all week and then play all day in the kitchen. Sunday, without a doubt, involves football. Needless to say, the food flips to a tailgate party.

This past Sunday, I tested some new-to-me recipes from the queen of apps. Whenever, I need a little inspiration all I need do is send her a note and BOOM my inbox is brimming… I took the original recipe and added a little Frank’s Hot Sauce. If you’re looking for this year’s hot party favour, I’ve found…

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Guinness Lamb Stew

What's 4 Dinner Solutions

DSC_5396 [1600x1200]We had plenty of lamb left over from that crockpot leg of lamb yesterday so it seemed a no brainer to make an Irish stew for St Pat’s Day.  This one started with browning bacon in the pot.  Remove the bacon to a paper towel and cut up a carrot and potato to brown in the bacon fat.  I had plenty of onion from the dish yesterday or I would cut one up to go with the other veggies here.  (If you are starting with fresh lamb pieces you would brown them in the bacon fat before the veggies go in.)  Let the potato get a little color,  then add a tablespoon of tomato paste and a good sprinkle of flour and stir that for a minute to cook the flour a bit.  Now add beef broth and a bottle of Guinness or whatever other dark beer you have, and…

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Ale To The Chief – White House Honey Beer

Romancing the Bee

white house beer recipes

Reprinted from the White House Blog

Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen. After the few first drafts we landed on some great recipes that came from a local brew shop. We received some tips from a couple of home brewers who work in the White House who helped us amend it and make it our own. To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before.

As far as we know the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds. George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson made wine but there’s no evidence that any beer has been brewed in the White House. (Although we do know there was some…

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