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A simple appetizer plate and a giveaway!

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to visit Fresca Foods and 34 Degrees.


We got the opportunity to see the super secret process of how these ultra thin crackers are made and we were even able to try some brand new, not even available yet flavors.  If everything goes according to plan, these 2 new flavors should be available to snack on later this summer.  The best part of my visit was bringing home the snacks to share with my family.

We regularly have the Husband’s parents over for dinner and I thought a quick appetizer plate would be a great way to round out the Chicken Ceasar salads!  I ran out for some supplies and got started.



One of the best part of these crackers is that they go with everything!  They are thin but sturdy crackers so they can hold up to all kinds of toppings.  I had all four flavors to sample but my favorite was definitely the rosemary!


I laid out a few samples of cucumbers and goat cheese on wheat and salami, cheese, and tomato on the natural.  Of course, I just put all of the options on some plates and let everyone create what they wanted.  We had a great time trying different flavors and combinations.  The 34 Degree crackers were definitely the star and we polished off most of the samples.


Do you want to win your own 34 Degrees Crackers?  Just enter my letting me know your favorite go to summer appetizer below!  The winner will be selected on May 28th! 

Bonus entries for following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Just let me know you did with a comment below!

**Crackers were provided by 34 Degrees but all opinions are my own**



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Weekday Suds: You mean that Erie has a craft scene?

Up until recently, there wasn’t a lot of beer drinking to be done in Erie.  There were a few pubs and restaurants but no one was doing their own thing.  And then along came a brewery, a cidery, and barrel house is on the way!  I wasn’t feeling great so I thought stopping at the Cidery would be ok.  I knew there were only a few choices on tap so I wasn’t going to get a big tray of things to try.  And cider is like apple juice, right?  That’s good for you when you don’t feel well…


I brought my crew of trusty taste testers and we got started at this brand new stop, The Old Mine Cidery and Brewpub.  One the Super tap was the original, the the Citra Hopped version, and two limited releases (a chocolate bourbon barrel imperial cider rings a bell).  I can’t wait to go back and check out the craft collection and maybe I can even get a peak to see all of the beers that are cellaring at 500 Briggs St!


For those of you out there who don’t do gluten, this is your place!  Due to the nature of the process, the cider is gluten free and so are some of their pizzas and snacks.  If you are on your way back to the patio, you can see the entire process on the way.  It’s a small 5 barrel system but the product they put out is fresh, crisp, and refreshing.  (BTW, this is the last picture of me was the last one before I was down for the count with the flu!)


While I had tasted some of the beers at the New Brew Fest, what I was most impressed with were the fusions.  Because cider isn’t everyone’s thing, Old Mine carries other local craft beer.  When you combine beer with cider, you get some interesting combos.  I had already tried the regular cider so it was time to try a fusion.  I went for the peach, part IPA and part cider.  Everyone was fooled and I was in love.  I will definitely be back to try some other fusions.  I really like that they aren’t tied to a brand with the fusion, just a style of beer and cider.


I don’t think I can replace all of my beer drinking with cider (too much sweet for me) I will definitely be back for another glass and a gluten free pizza!


Odd fact for the history buffs: the Old Mine is a building that is 120 years old!


Check them out on Facebook here!

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I’ll keep this short!

So it’s Friday and it is 75* out!  Who doesn’t love that?

Last night I was able to catch up with some blogging friends at the 34 Degrees event.  More info on this (and a giveaway!) next week.  It was so great to see one of the amazing companies that is part of the Fresca family at work!


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And this weekend!  What am I doing?  I will be at the Echo 2nd Anniversary party.  Want to know what to expect?  Check out the event page here and my post from last year’s crazy party!  And I should be pouring beer for a bit between 1-6 tomorrow so come and find me!



Happy Friday!  Have a glass of wine for me!

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Day 18… we still haven’t found any coffee

So it’s been 18 days on the cleanse.  There have been a few stumbles but I have held strong against coffee.  Today has been particularly tough.  I woke up wanting a doughnut from Tee and Cakes and a latte!  I don’t feel well and I just want some comfort food and a nap!

Since today is tough, let’s focus on the good stuff!

Of course, this makes me smile


And this!  (I don’t even mind the rain, just look at the numbers!)



And finally, this.


That’s right! Brunch! I am throwing all food rules and cleanse restrictions (except coffee, because I don’t to do that detox again anytime soon!) and enjoying everything the Colterra Brunch menu has to offer!  And then, we are having Easter dinner too.  I can’t wait for Sunday!


If you celebrate Easter, I give you my early “He is Risen” and if you don’t, enjoy your chocolate bunnies and jelly beans!

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My end of week thoughts on Arbonne


Why you won’t be seeing a lot of food (or beer) in my Instagram feed this month.

For a long time, I said I wouldn’t buy into the gimmicks.  I wasn’t going to pick a diet trend that wasn’t going to be a long term solution.  But then after exercise and watching what I eat, I wasn’t see any changes.  And then there were several months of over indulging and now, honestly, my pants aren’t that comfortable.  So a lady I know from Left Hand told me about Arbonne.  It’s a comprehensive program for 30 days.  It’s a smoothie with their protein powder for breakfast and lunch, B Vitamin and Guarana Fizzy Sticks to add to water, candy like chews for the sweet tooth, and a full complement of fiber, digestion aids, and chromium.  Seems like a lot of powders and not a lot of real food.  I can stil have healthy snacks and dinner is on me!


How am I feeling?

Four days in and the caffeine headaches are slowing (no coffee or alcohol  on this plan) and I am surprisingly not hungry all the time.  The hardest part for me is waiting long enough to have dinner so that I am not starving at 7:00 PM with no options.  I have been creative with the smoothies this week and I think I will settle into a routine of a handful of combos that I like.  For now, the satiety part is working.  What am I missing?  The social glass of wine at happy hour and the tasty cheese and crackers with the in laws before dinner at their house.  These are the things that got me here and by dropping them cold turkey, I have really been dancing on my own last nerve.  What I do know is that it will be better for me in the long run to re-introduce them in moderation and in the right way.

4 days down and 26 to go…

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Monday Suds: Coopersmiths


With a little time to kill in Ft. Collins, the Husband and I found ourselves at CooperSmith’s.  This was a brewpub with a full bar, beers made in house, and a tasty menu.  I ordered a flight of CooperSmith’s beer and found a tasty chili beer, a fantastic brown, and three sodas made in house.  As I look back on our visit, what I remember are some pretty tasty beers (nothing I would turn down), and great space, and an amazing dessert!  That’s right, Monday Suds is turning into Monday Sweets.

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We were there on a weekday afternoon so it was pretty quiet.  There were some chatty regulars and some people in for lunch.  We had eaten but I couldn’t pass up the brownie on the menu.  There was whiskey ganache, fluffy brownie, homemade whip cream, and we nearly demolished the whole thing.  This was definitely the stand out of the afternoon.


If I find myself in Ft. Collins on a Friday night for dinner, I might try out this place and see what the pool hall is like across the way!

And a nice shot of downtown Ft. Collins.


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A little crabby

We finally got around to celebrating our birthdays last weekend. When you have a few good friends and beer around, what else do you bring to the party? We had a coupon for Maryland Blue Crab and thought this would be the perfect place for it! I had no idea how many crabs were in a half bushel but let me tell you the box was huge!


We headed out to Left Hand to meet up with everyone. We happened to be the Imbibers of the Month for November so we were treated to 25 ounce mugs of our favorite beers (which we get to enjoy all month) to go with the crab. And since the crabs were whole, it was a messy job! I only snapped a few pictures because I was too covered in lunch to much up my camera. I don’t think I have ever pulled apart my own crab but I was a pro by the end.CAM00419

By the end, we were all covered in Old Bay and Crab meat. Even though it was November, the heaters above us kept us nice and warm and the sun was out so it was a perfect day!  It wasn’t a milestone birthday but it was a great excuse to get together with friends!  Happy belated birthday!



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