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Monday Suds: It’s a party, a Superbowl party!

I would like to open this post with a moment of silence for the city of Denver.  I have a feeling that most of the Colorado Natives we know had their victory parades planned and their party clothes picked out.  Unfortunately, the Broncos were asleep at the wheel.

Growing up I always went to a great Superbowl party.  No matter who was playing, there was great food (I seem to remember a fantastic basket of warm buns that never made it through the first quarter), great friends, and a big screen to play the commercials that happened between plays.

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Last night, our family gathered for good food, good friends, and some great beer for a good cause.  Left Hand Brewing took advantage of a not so great situation and continued to raise beer for Colorado Flood Relief.  It was a great way to celebrate the local team and support the local charity efforts.IMG_4401IMG_4400

Do you see Left Hand owner Wallace there in the orange behind the bar?  He was personally taking care of the football fans!

This was an impromptu event of sorts that went off without a hitch.  I can’t wait to hear from Josh and the team how much money was raised for flood relief.  There will be five more events throughout the year.  The Husband and I are usually attending and volunteering and you get to have a good time by drinking beer for a good cause!

I want to raise a pint to Left Hand and their team for making such a difference in our community and allowing us to take part!  Check out the events below and let me know if I can get you more information!

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Monday Meal Planning

Happy Monday!  I really wish that I had an extra day to finish everything that ended up on my to do list over the weekend.  We got most of the cooking done but anything that fell outside of the kitchen most likely did not happen.  We will be hopefully getting those things done over the week and early Saturday!

So what did we get done…

First, we brewed batch 4 of beer this weekend.  It’s a English Style Brown and we added some extra chocolaty grains as well as some of the spices you would find in a pumpkin pie recipe.

We tested the gravity on this beer and we are going to be much more calculated with this beer, writing everything down and really trying to document the process.  I also picked up a brewing basics book this weekend.  Ready to learn what it takes to really brew our own quality beer with our own recipes! It’s John Palmer’s How to Brew and I am ready to get started!!

We also did a lot of cooking.  The Husband got the chicken going early, I made a quinoa salad, I roasted garlic, and pickled beets.  We also got all of our snacks packaged and ready to go.  I also sorted through the kitchen and got all of our ingredients in jars and organized.  Now that we can see what we have, it will make it easier to cook (or bake, we have two full jars of oats!).

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I find that if you get your menu and your kitchen together one day a week, it makes it easier not too cheat when it comes to your menu.  If it’s all there, why go out?

This week’s menu looks something like this:

Monday Steak and Twice Baked Potatoes

Tuesday Enchiladas

Wednesday Out with Friends (It’s a paired dinner at Martini’s)

Thursday Eggplant Casserole

Friday Shrimp and Salad

I’ll be back later in the day with a review of our trip to Big Choice Brewing!

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