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Old Menus October 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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I get a kick out of old menus . . . both the description of the food AND the historic prices.

In 1970, we toured Washington DC and Williamsburg as a family, spending two days in DC (the Smithsonian, the Supreme Court, the White House, the Treasury, the Mall), two days in Colonial Williamsburg, and a day at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.

While in Williamsburg, my parents took us to lunch at the King’s Arms Tavern, considered at the time an expensive place to dine.

Check out these prices from the menu I saved:

Peanut Soup . . . $0.45 a cup or $0.65 a bowl

Virginia Ham Sandwich . . . $1.35

Pecan Pie . . . $0.55

Aah . . . soup to nuts for just peanuts!

 

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Soup Is Magic! October 3, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Magick & Mystery, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Last night I walked into the kitchen at 6 pm hoping to find something suitable for dinner and found nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.

So I got out the soup pot and started chopping and dropping. I heated the olive oil and added a chopped onion. I got out the salad fixings and chopped up some carrots and celery to toss into the pot. I grabbed a head of cabbage from the crisper and some sliced red & yellow peppers from the freezer.

While they sautéed, I gathered the remaining ingredients ~ 4 cups of water, 1/2 a jar of spaghetti sauce (rinsed clean with the water), a tablespoon of “better than bouillon,” some leftover rice and pasta.

After tasting the mélange, I decided to kick it up a notch with some curry powder.  Voilà!

“Soup’s on!”

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

 

A Campus Tour August 17, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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While in Williamsburg, we took advantage of gorgeous summer weather to tour the campus of William & Mary, my alma mater.

We stopped in at the Alumni House . . .

Checked out the Stadium . . .

Toured the Sadler Center . . .

Inside . . .

And out . .  .

We stopped to admire its stacked stone walls . . .

Then crossed the street to The Daily Grind, a coffee house housed in Lodge 2 (former campus housing) . . .

From there, we hiked through the woods around Crim Dell . . .

Enjoying the meandering path and dappled shade . . .

Until we spied the Crim Dell Bridge through a break in the trees . . .

We walked further to get a closer look before crossing its curved planks . . .

On the far side, we stopped to read the dedication plaque . . .

“. . . that one may walk in beauty, discover the serenity of the quiet moment, and dispel the shadows.”

After dispelling the shadows, we trekked across campus to Lake Matoaka to check out the new amphitheater . . .

And its inviting stage . . .

At this point, we were hot, tired, and famished . . .

So we hoofed back across campus to the College Delly to split a 3-Way Cheese Sub & a basket of fries . . .

Washed down with a Ray Ray’s Extra Pale Ale from COTU (Center of the Universe) Brewing Company . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

FREE Ice Cream, Glimpse The Eclipse, Movies August 15, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Food & Drink, Humor, Nature.
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These 3 stories might interest you:

#1  Uber is giving away FREE Ice Cream on Fridays

#2 How the Solar Eclipse will appear in your Zip Code

#3  Hollywood misses seeing us at the Movies

Maybe if movie theaters gave away FREE ice cream with each ticket they’d get a bigger crowd!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Broom’s Bloom Dairy August 3, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness.
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While visiting BFF’s sister in Maryland, we went out for a perennial summer treat ~ ice cream!

Broom’s Bloom Dairy makes homemade ice cream and serves it up in LARGE portions.

Everyone here is eating the EXTRA SMALL cones and cups.

The EXTRA LARGE portions must be the size of that silo.

Ice cream served up with a side of sunset.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Breakfast of Champions August 1, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Travel & Leisure.
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We just got back from our second road trip of the summer.

We drove to Maryland and New Jersey to visit family, with a stop “just for us” in Williamsburg on the way home.

While in New Jersey, we were well fed by my brother’s wife, Laura.

Here’s the breakfast of champions we enjoyed on Sunday morning, the day before we left.

Are you hungry yet?

How about now?

Laura’s breakfasts are one reason why “they” say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

In case you’re wondering, mom agreed with “them” ~> “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

No Bake Oatmeal “Yummies” July 17, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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In a mixing bowl, combine:

1/2 c. rolled oats
1/3 c. peanut butter
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey)
1 Tbsp. warm water

Stir in chopped walnuts or pecans, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips.

Once well combined, roll into 1″ balls.

Chill for an hour, then store in a covered container in the fridge.

Aah . . . that’s YUMMY!

Related:  Peanut Butter Protein Balls with Coconut, Pecans, and Honey (Nosh with Chef Julie) * The Best Snack

 

Be Healthy, Well, and Wise! July 3, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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#1 ~ Washing Hands In Cold Water Works As Well As Hot Against Germs

In handwashing experiments with 21 volunteers, Rutgers University researchers found no significant difference in cleaning power between water that was 60, 79 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

They also found that lathering hands for just 10 seconds was sufficient to remove germs.

#2 ~ Want to Lose Weight? You Should Stop Counting Calories

The quality of calories is what matters most for staying healthy, losing weight, and maintaining those results.

People who are more mindful have also been shown to experience fewer weight fluctuations over time.

Even though eating quality calories will help you crave treats less, there’s still room for the occasional indulgence. Dr. Ludwig is a fan of dark chocolate, which has heart, brain, and satiety benefits.

#3 ~ How to Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Practice the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes with your screen, give your eyes a 20 second break and look 20 feet away, which will relax the focusing muscles.  Consider wearing yellow-tinged specialized computer eyewear, which takes strain off of eyes by focusing on the computer, reducing glare and filtering blue light.

And if you’re a real stickler for eye safety in the workplace, give your screen a friendly high five: that’s the distance you should keep to protect your eyes.

#4 ~ The Science of Sleep

This Guide to Sleep is a collection of links to 45 different articles on How to Fall Asleep, How to Stay Asleep, and How to Wake Up Refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

P.S.  It’s Mickey tested and approved!

#5 ~ 8 Ways to Stay Energized All Day

It’s no wonder so many of us struggle with energy issues. We go, go, go from morning to night, running on little but grit and caffeine. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  This complete guide to all-day energy is packed with proven strategies that will keep you powered up as you plow through your to-do list.

You’ll also learn about surprising energy drains (social media, we’re looking at you)—and how to keep them from stealing your mojo.

#6 ~ How to Create the Ultimate Black Bean Burger

Black bean burgers have something of a special status in the world of veggie burgers, and with good reason! Black bean burgers are packed with protein and flavor, they can be seasoned up in all kinds of ways, and they’re easy to whip up from a handful of pantry staples.

Every batch of black bean burgers the author makes starts with four base ingredients:

1 (14 ounce) can of black beans. Make sure to drain and rinse them.
1 cup of breadcrumbs or oats or oat flour.
1 small onion. Dice it.
1 to 3 cloves of garlic. Mince them.

Everything goes into the food processor and gets pulsed a few times until it’s finely chopped and well mixed. Just be careful not to overdo it.

For more tips on add-ins, spices, cooking, and serving, check out the recipe on Oh My Veggies.

#7 ~ Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

And last, but NOT least . . . Here’s Julie with 6 of her favorite natural Happiness Boosters!

Ginger + Cinnamon + Turmeric + Matcha + Cacao + Cayenne ~> S~M~I~L~E!

Aah . . . that’s better!

New Belgium Brewery & Fat Tire Beer June 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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After sampling Doug’s brews on Friday and Saturday, we went on a Tasting Tour of the New Belgium Brewery on Sunday . . .

New Belgium is home to Fat Tire beer.

The brewery is decked out with bicycles.

And some great revolving wall art.

The process is the same, but with much bigger equipment!

Did I mention that it was a Tasting Tour?

We enjoyed ample samples.

Here’s the group looking a bit sleepy before the tasting started . . .

Once the tasting began, interest picked up and we perked up . . .

Still farther along on the tour . . .

For the finale, we got to slide down a fireman’s pole transformed into a chute!

I also loved this montage . . .

And this beer can chandelier . . .

As we left, I spotted this sign of the times . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

My Brother . . . the Brewmeister! June 15, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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While in Fort Collins, we got to see my brother whipping up a batch of Imperial Russian Oatmeal Chocolate Stout.

After boiling the grain . . .

And boiling it some more . . .

And boiling it some more . . .

He added the several different types of hops and flavorings required by the recipe . . .

And cooled the brew down with a copper “chiller” . . .

Once chilled, Doug added the yeast and transferred the brew to a glass bottle to allow the yeast to percolate:

After the Krauzen (the foamy stuff on top) starts to sink a bit, Doug will start thinking about “racking” it over to a secondary (5 gallon glass carboy) for secondary fermentation.

Like wine, beer making is a slow process . . . especially for an Imperial Stout. This brew won’t be ready until Octoberfest.

But Doug didn’t disappoint.

He had other beers in the pipeline “ready to go” ~> specifically Red Banshee Ale and a delicious Bavarian Helles Lager.

We sampled both on Friday night while sitting around the campfire . . .

Right before toasting marshmallows and eating S’Mores ~> YUM!

Don’t worry, we didn’t drain his kegs.  And if we had, no worries ~> “Drink all you want, we’ll brew more.”

Aah . . . that’s better!