Archive | December 2014

Merry Christmas

Taking the time now to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

I have next week off and I am going to enjoy it to the max.

I know this year was busy and flew by….
And I know for a fact next year is going to fly by even faster.

Do the things you enjoy and live life to the fullest while you can.








And Time Moves On

Misc. updates cause it’s just easier this way….
At least until after the holidays.

The ’56 Chev is finally back home again after being in the hot rod shop two years…..
Don’t ask me where those two years went as I don’t know…all I know is they’re gone.
The truck by the way is wicked cool.
For now it’s parked in the garage waiting for spring.







Steve’s coupe is back down at the shop getting body work and a paint job…
Then it too will be back in the garage….waiting for spring.

Cider / Mead

My base cider for what is going to be Caramel Apple Hard Cider appears to be done fermenting.
I will take a gravity reading tonight, if it is ok I will be adding the flavoring and additional ‘sugars’ and bottling this weekend.
Will need to keep a close eye on things for 4-5 days and open a bottle each day to test for carbonation (I am self carbonating in the bottles).
Once the desired carbonation is found then we stovetop pasteurize (to prevent bottle bombs).

In October I made my first 2 gallons of orange mead.
It was made using bread yeast vs. the normal ‘fermenting’ yeast (the original recipe formulator swore by it).
Well……after two months it’s ready and totally drinkable!!
I had enough to bottle two wine size bottles with enough left over for three wine glasses worth. (this was only 1 gallon not both)
It is very, very sweet with a bit of spice.
I will be starting new batches this weekend reducing the honey a bit and a couple of other recipe tweaks.
I do think it’s a tad too sweet and I’m not really digging the clove/nutmeg completely.

Latest ventures:
Two holiday toy drives under our belt.
And our first parade.

Really loved the parade!

I had purchased candy to hand out.
I have no idea how many pounds of candy I packed but it disappeared fast!!!!!
It was a short parade and I ran out before the end.
I’m planning on revising my candy distribution so I can refill during the parade.

Best Part: Seeing just how much everyone (kids & adults) LOVES the pirates.
Worst Part: Not being able to give EVERY kids a piece of candy…it’s just impossible.

Tonight we put up the Christmas Tree.
I see Christmas music and merriment later tonight.
Should be interesting with three adults, two teenagers and two under-fives!



Two Delicious Beverages!

Over Thanksgiving I got a little fancy!

I had purchased glass beverage dispensers…you know…the ones with the spout….
And made the two beverages below.

One is non-alcoholic
And the other one…

BOTH are wonderful and I highly recommend them both.

I will be making these again soon!

Golden Apple Punch (check out their drink bar….LOVE it!)

1 part Apple Juice
1 part White Grape Juice
1 part Lemonade
2 parts Gingerale

Mix and serve cold.
(I added cut up apples for eye appeal)

Apple Pie Sangria

2 bottles (standard size) white table wine, riesling, or moscato
5 cups fresh apple cider
2 cup club soda
1 cup caramel vodka
4 honey crisp apples, chopped
3 pears, chopped
2 cinnamon sticks (note: I did not use any cinnamon sticks and didn’t miss it)

Cut the fruit and place in the bottom of your pitcher or jug
Combine all of the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks
Stir, stir, stir
Let sit overnight (or at least a couple hours)
About 4 hours before serving, throw in the cinnamon sticks
Stir, stir, stir 🙂
Serve over ice