Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Beer Fest

No, you have not died and gone to heaven...close though! If any of you readers live near, or have ever shopped a Wegmans grocery store, you know full well the awesome selection of beer that they have on hand. One of the features that I can hardly ever bear to pass up is the "Create Your Own Craft Pack." Essentially they have various individual bottles of beer (usually lots of really awesome seasonals) that you can mix and match to create your own six pack. With all of the awesome looking (lets be honest, I'm sometimes a sucker for packaging) seasonal beers, I knew I had to go with a fall/pumpkin theme. From left to right we have 

Hex- Magic Hat Brewing Company

Saranac Pumpkin Ale- Matt Brewing Company

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale- Shipyard Brewing Company

Dundee Oktoberfest- Dundee Brewing Company

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat- Shock Top Brewing Company

Woodchuck Hard Cider Fall Edition- Woodchuck Cidery

I've decided to go through each beer (not all at once!) and give you my review/opinion. Keep in mind, I'm not a "professional beer critic" (best job ever???) but hopefully I can give you a bit more than "Get in mah belly!"

First up is the Woodchuck Hard Cider: Fall Edition. As I mentioned in my Fall Favorites post, The Belly Dancing Gamer ordered this at dinner the other night and offered me a taste. I had gotten an Oktoberfest (can't remember which) and while that too was delicious, I wished we had time to stay for a second drink so I could get a cider of my own. This cider, like the normal edition, is very crisp. It reminded me of an apple pie with a hint of nutmeg and other spices. I definitely recommend it for the season!

Question: What is your favorite brew?


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Favorites

With my mind on the upcoming chilly fall evenings (see: Home Sweet...Hogwarts) I couldn't help but think of all of the things on my wish-list for the upcoming autumn season. (Although here in VA, the weather has been flip flopping lately! One morning humid and 80, the next breezy and 50. I always bring a light jacket and scarf with me just in case.)

Fabulous Rain Boots- I have been lusting after a pair of glossy black Hunter rain boots for a while now. I'm just stalking a few websites to see if they go on sale. You can also find them here, here, and here.

Rich Plum Coat- I'm not going to lie...I saw this plum coat on Pinterest and was smitten. From Victoria's Secret.

Baked Pumpkin Donuts- Another Pinterest find. I am going to try the recipe this week (with pictures of course!) I would pair these with warm apple cider or some hot tea.

Woodchuck Hard Cider (Fall Edition- Limited Release)- Speaking of apple cider...The Belly Dancing Gamer ordered this the other night at dinner and offered me a taste. 2 words: APPLE PIE.
Vintage Dooney and Bourke Leather Bag- I'm not quite sure what peaked my interest, but I have been on a vintage D&B kick lately. I am tracking a few eBay auctions with the hope that I will find one in great condition.

Dramatic Winged Liner- Lately I have been loving a dramatic black winged liner. I am still working on perfecting the art, but if you want to see a real master, check out the lovely Keiko Lynn (pictured above) and her winged liner tutorial.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Favorites

Hello readers! Work has been quite busy lately, hence the lack of posts, but I'm back with some of my favorites from this week.

Beautiful nails like these, these and these. I've been sporting french nails lately, and I love it!

The Merlin series on BBC. A new take on the Arthurian legend. Not as visually appealing as Camelot, but its good fun! (Seasons 1-2 available streaming on Netflix!)

No heat curls. Love this for when I shower the night before. I can wake up, take out the headband and have awesome curls which last through a full work day. (That girl's accent is super cute!) It's nice to not cause as much heat damage to my hair. ( Bigger curls tutorial here.)

Pinterest, aka the biggest time-sink EVER. Follow my pin boards here.

I adore these denim trousers by EmersonMade. I want them in my fall wardrobe. 

I need to make an appointment with my stylist to get red red red!

I saw a poem yesterday morning and it really struck me. "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Juice Must Flow

Streaming Netflix is absolutely amazing. Without it, I never would have seen a little documentary called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” about an Australian man who embarks on a juicing journey to lose weight, get healthy and “reboot” his body. He juices for around 2 months, under a doctor’s supervision. If you’ll notice, not once did I use the word “fast.” In this instance, the subject of the film was getting his daily calorie and nutrient needs from the juice he replaced meals with. Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is an awesome way to get your vitamins and minerals in a quick, easy, and tasty way. (I know there have been some days in the past where I have looked back on my meals for the day and not had ONE single colorful thing in my food. Behold, my beige shame) Keep in mind that you don’t want to deprive your body of the (healthy) calories it needs to function on a day to day basis, especially if you lead an active lifestyle. I have made fresh juice a handful of times now (my favorite is carrot, apple, ginger, spinach) and last week I had a juice every morning for breakfast.

 Breakfast of Champions

Chris and I had some Crate and Barrel gift cards saved up, so we were able to purchase a Breville Compact Juice Extractor, exactly like the model below.(Retails for about $99.95)

I know there are probably less pricey juicers out there but the Breville gets stellar reviews in a cost/performance comparison.

Check out the documentary if you can, and then head on over to the Reboot your Life website for recipes and advice. If you have any questions about juicing, leave them in the comment section below.

Question: Have you ever made fresh fruit/veg juice and if so, leave your recipes in the comment section!

*** Disclaimer: I am NOT a registered dietician, nutritionist, or health expert. However, there are plenty of resources available online for you to assess your own nutritional needs.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

To Mordor!!

Okay, I just found the most awesome geek exercise challenge/experience that I think I’ve ever seen and I HAD to share it with you guys. I found it yesterday while I was perusing the MyFitnessPal community. For those of you who are unaware, MyFitnessPal is a website (and iPhone/Touch/Pad app.) with a nutrition tracker (calories and nutrients) and  a forum where users can contribute recipes, post success stories, discuss fitness and nutrition, and provide support for those looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. I happened to be scanning the Fitness and Exercise boards when I came across a post entitled “To Mordor!” (Obviously you can see how that would intrigue me!)The user stated that she would be “walking to Mordor” (based on accumulated mileage) and upon further research I realized that this was all part of something called the Eowyn Challenge. The Eowyn Challenge was started back in 2003 when a group of Tolkien fans calculated the mileage from different segments of the journey’s undertaken by the famous fantasy characters. They used official maps, milestones, and detailed charts to create the foundation of the challenge. 

Let's just go ahead and get this out of the way.

I think this would be a SUPER fun thing to keep track of, as you can use mileage from walking, running, biking, hiking and swimming to make it to your Middle Earth destination. Once I get some updates to the blog (including tabs at the top!) I am going to have a section where you can see my progression. Apparently it is 1100 miles all the way to Mordor and 1560 if you go the way Frodo and Sam went. I think I am going to start from the beginning and log my progress to Rivendell, a mere 458 miles from Hobbiton. 

If you want a more detailed explanation and access to the charts, check out the Eowyn Challenge Walk section.


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