Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY Craft Beer Christmas Wreath

Bring your love of craft beer to Christmas by making this awesome craft beer Christmas wreath. It only takes about 2 hours to put together and will make your decorations the talk of the town!

What happens when craft beer crashes Christmas crafting?  This wreath happens!! I totally meant to makes beer cap wreath last year and never got around to it. This year I made the time for my own little crafting project!

I had some craft beer caps I had been saving and we bought a real wreath. At first I thought of doing a beer cap wrath with a styrofoam wreath and just gluing caps to it. But we bought a real wreath at Trader Joe's and then it struck me- why not use a real wreath?!

So glad I did because look how darn cute this is! The caps almost look like ornaments on the wreath! Super cute and only took me about two hours to put together.


I didn't originally plan on posting this so I don't have lots of step by step pictures, but I assure you it is SUPER easy and fun to do while watching a Chirstmas movie and drinking a beer!

But ummm not too much you don't wanna burn yourself with the hot glue!

So bring your love of craft beer to the holidays with this craft that only took about 2 hours!


What you need 

1 Christmas wreath
Fake Holly if desired
Pine cones (mine came with pine cones on it already)
A variety of craft beer caps
Hot glue gun and some extra ammo
Scissors
I think that red stuff is called nylon batting or something

How to make it

Takes about 2 hours.
1- Heat up your glue gun.
2- Place a large blog of hot glue on the back on the beer cap, I learned to put it inside the middle, the edges won't hold.
3- Place beer cap where desired and as many as desired.
4- I cute two 5 inch wide strips of that nylon badding and rolled it in a tube lengthwise. Then i folded it on half, but on an angle and hot glued it to the back of the wreath.
5- I also cut up some fake holly berries and hot glued them around the pine cones and a red Dogfish Head cap.

ENJOY! Merry Christmas to ALLLL!

I am thankful for each and everyone of you that actually gives a shit what I write and what I share. I appreciate it and look forward to sharing more in the coming year!

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This is my old house!

It really pops against the bright blue door.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bakery Style Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

This recipe is by far the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made!  Calling for melted and  browned butter it adds a nutty flavor without the nuts and gives this cookies the most soft chewy texture!

I'm soooo excited guys, not only am I bringing you my FAVORITE cookie recipe to date, but this is also a part of The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

In true NY Foodgasm style I was a bit of an over achiever, trying a bunch of cookie recipes until I eventually settled on these Bakery Style Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt. Man that title is a mouthful!



So I stumbled across a recipe on Bunny's Warm Oven, the name always makes me chuckle and smile. Anyways, I saw this recipe and I knew I had to try it. I have made chocolate chip cookies MANY times and they are cook, but not chewy. They are usually crunchy and I wanted to make a cookie like that you get at a bakery. Well this recipe delivered and then some. I am guessing the use of melted butter is what really transformed the texture of this cookie. After 15 minutes in the oven, you may not think they are ready, but they are. You let them cool about 10 minutes and you have the damn perfect cookie! PERFECT texture.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sage Pesto

Take a classic pesto and spin it for the fall and winter season with this sage pesto. It goes well on anything from potatoes to poultry to toast!


I live to put a spin on classics. Mac and cheese- great! Philly cheesesteak mac and cheese- YES I must have it!!

Classics become so for a reason. They are tried and true and amazing. But I can't ever just leave it at what it is. I live to put my own stamp on something, to make it original. After all I am a creative, I was just born this way. I need to be different and think different.

Pesto, I loves it. Especially when you discover how truly good it is when you make it fresh. Fresh also means what's in season.

I grew a sage plant in my garden this year and it got MASSIVE! Like totally huge! 3 feet tall! I have also learned the value of cooking in season and with the season. When I saw sage pesto online I decided to develop my own recipe for it.

I totally rocked it! It's super delicious! Sooo sooo good! Since sage is a bit strong I added some arugula to cut it a bit. For my nut I used pecans since we see so much walnut action this time of year. I used parmesan cheese since it's strong sharp quality competed well with the other flavors.


What to do with it? IDEAS here:

I put it on some toasted italian bread with sweet potatoes as an appetizer.
Toss it in some pasta!
Put in on top of chicken!
Put it on your pork roast to add a nice crust!
Add it to homemade mac and cheese
Add it to a queso dip
Add it to roasted potatoes

What you need

32 sage leaves
1/3 cup baby arugula
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


How to make it

1- Put all ingredients in food processor, pulse and slowly add in the olive oil.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Crangria (aka Cranberry Sangria)

Regular sangria just won't do for the holidays, crangria (cranberry sangria) is a festive twist on this delicious drink! 

 So the holidays are coming. Two possible scenarios...

You're hanging with friends, going to a party well this is the answer. Be at the butt of everyone's toasts with this holiday spin on a classic sangria.

Or your hosting some family- in that case make the crangria early and maybe IV drip it in... Before the chaos and the asking of my ovaries business begins.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Get Sauced Cranberry Sauce

Pinot Noir red wine is the perfect pairing with cranberries and your thanksgiving meal. The addition of red wine and a hint of orange liqueur will make your cranberry sauce sauced!

So I told ya'll I was gonna be trying a bourbon in my cranberry sauce, but I took a detour.

10 Myths About Dark Beers + A Giveaway


So most people say, I don't like dark beers, I like light beers (both men, but especially ladies). There's these perceptions about dark beer that are plain wrong. Well I am here to BUST all these myths! So let's get started with 10 myths BUSTED about dark beers. Plus I also have a giveaway of Southern Tier's Warlock, one of my FAVORITE dark beers!

Read on and make sure you enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sexy Spiced Sweet Potato Bread

This sweet potato bread is has sugar, spice and everything nice- but it's skinny and that makes it sexy!


Sweet potatoes, that sweet bi-curious veggie. It seems so sweet, but we all know that it's begging to be naughty. Maybe like that chick from 50 shades of gray. She seems so sweet and then next think you know she's getting all kinky and shit.