Sunday, September 28, 2014

Texas Craft Brewers Festival


Yesterday, my friends and I went to the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. I'm not much a beer person, but I figured this would be a festive way to try something new. Tickets were $25, which included a small tasting glass and six tasting tickets. You could also purchase extra tasting tickets for a few dollars at one of the stands.

This is definitely on my to do list for next year!! The food was good, the music was good, the people were friendly, the parking was free, there was a wide variety of beer, and the event was well organized. They provided us with a map, a list of breweries, and a list with a detailed description of the beers available. The breweries were in alphabetical order and the food trucks were all in one general area. Easy, easy, easy!! The only downfall was the line to get into the festival. The gates opened at 2pm and the line was huge!! I recommend arriving a little early to beat the line, and don't forget to buy your tickets in advance!!

Here's a list of some of my new favorites:
High Esteem from Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery 
Nightmare on 1st Street from No Label Brewing
Krunkin Pumpkin from Karbach Brewing
Yellow Rose Ale from Lone Pint Brewery
Blood and Honey from Revolver Brewing
Siesta from Twisted X Brewing


For more information visit their website:  http://texascraftbrewersfestival.org/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Burlap Wreath

So I am officially a "wreath person"!! I use to think wreaths were cheesy, but then I started seeing some cute, simple wreaths on Pinterest. So I decided to just spend the $13 and give it a shot!!


1. Cut about 5 inches worth of the burlap in half.

2. Using the cut part of the burlap tie a knot. It's best to do this around the middle section of one of the dividers.

3. Pull a small piece of the burlap up through the wreath form. Twist and fluff the burlap. This youtube video really helped me understand how to do this step: Burlap Wreath Tutorial

4. Repeat step 3 until the wreath is completely covered in burlap.

5. Cut the excess burlap off at the end; leaving about 1 inch to fold over one of the wires. Use hot glue to secure the burlap (see the photo above).

6. Hot glue your decorations on the front of the wreath. I bought a $4 bouquet of fall flowers at Walmart and used these to decorate the front. 







Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stuffed Zucchini Enchilada Boats


Ingredients

4-6 zucchini, halved
8-12 ounces of lean turkey
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced and pressed
1 jalapeno, finely chopped (if you don't want it super spicy, remove the seeds)
16 oz tomato sauce
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground coriander
15 oz can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1-2 cups of shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese (or even a combination)
chopped cilantro for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Scoop out the center of each zucchini, discarding the seeds and leaving the outer zucchini about 1/4 inch thick, forming little zucchini boats. Sprinkle the inside of each zucchini with a little bit of salt (about a pinch for each halve). Set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the ground turkey over medium heat with the salt and pepper. Once cooked all the way through, drain the excess grease. Place the meat onto a plate and set aside.
  4. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Cook the mixture until the union has turned translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, sugar, oregano, and coriander. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch glass dish with nonstick cooking spray. Ladle in about 1/3 cup of the sauce and spread across the bottom of the dish.
  7. Stir the cooked meat and beans into the remaining sauce in the skillet. 
  8. Scoop an even amount of the meat and sauce mixture into each zucchini boat, pilling it on.
  9. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and layer the cheese over the top. Bake for about 20 minutes more.
  10. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro on top and let the zucchini enchilada boats rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

The original recipe can be found at Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lake View Winery


My friend and I were planning on going to a wine tasting event in Dripping Springs today, but the tickets were $50 and it was raining. So we went to the  Lake View Winery instead. Lake View Winery is located in the Oasis Shopping Village. If you've never been to the Oasis, it has a gorgeous view of Lake Travis. 

The $10 wine tasting includes 5 tastings and a souvenir wine glass. If you buy 2 bottles of wine, the wine tasting is free. Also, the $8 cheese is a nice little snack to enjoy with your wine. FYI: Minnie Lee's Delight was my favorite wine. I highly recommend it!!