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Tonight the Hubs and I went to Newberry’s Yards of Ale located on Main Street in Stroudsburg to meet up for Happy Hour with the Pocono’s Young Professionals Group. There was a nice show of people from engineers to financial advisors to teachers and nurses and everything in between!! It was nice to meet new people and mingle with others at this Irish pub inspired bar that offers a wide variety of micro brews and craft beers (many on the more hoppy end). Tonight I opted for a crisp glass or 2 of Pinot Grigio. Delish!
After mingling and talking to other fellow fur parents. (Yes, we showed pictures and videos of our fur babies and are planning on a doggy play date… Don’t judge!) okay who am I kidding, judge away- ain’t nobody got time for that!
We decided to take a look at the menu and order some dinner.
I went with the grilled chicken salad with bacon, avocado, and gouda. The Hubs went with a BBQ chicken and bacon personalized pizza. Both were scrumptious!

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The pizza was so delicious, I couldn’t get a picture in before the Hubs ate a slice!!!

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After eating we explored the two levels that Newberry’s Yards of Ale has to offer. Like a cool basement hangout game room.

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We also checked out the classic cigar smoking lounge, which I absolutely loved!!!!

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We had a lot of fun. Too bad there wasn’t a ping pong table or we would have been there forever!
I love how Yards of Ale has an outside dinning space and an open airy feeling with the wall to ceiling sliding glass doors.

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On the way out the sky turned gray and a storm was starting to roll in. Perfect cuddle weather!!! 😉

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Good night and until next time
xoxo
the tasti life

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I’d like to think of myself as a good cook. The hubs and I are also trying to eat more at home and make some use out of our new kitchen. (Don’t worry we still go out at LEAST 2x per week- and we do have a night out planned for Thursday). With that said last week I decided to play housewife and prepare a home cooked meal that I knew the hubs would LOVE.
I started with a loin of pork that was seasoned with honey, cinnamon, and a hint of hot sauce for a little kick.
Next, I cut up 3 large apples and added a touch of cinnamon sugar.
After that, I threw that baby in the oven.
While the pork was baking, I decided to whip up some homemade mashed potatoes. I used red skinned potatoes, crushed garlic cloves, real unsalted butter, organic milk, and of course CHEESE!!! The whole meal prep and cooking time took a whopping 45min. and the results were delicious!

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I love experimenting with food and this dinner turned out great, but I am sure the next time I make it- it will turn out differently. Who needs recipes! 😛

xoxo
the tasti life


Well this is the married life. While the hubs is away the wine comes out to play!
When all else fails and there is no one around to bug. I did exactly what a good housewife would do. Turn on The Style network and flip flop back and forth from E to Style. Then go searching in my growing collection for the perfect bottle of wine.
Here was my wine-o adventure before I found the perfect spot on the couch with the remote in hand! take that hubs!! All the glorious fashion and trash TV I can handle and a delish glass or bottle of Gascon Malbec from Argentina voted #1 in The Wall Street Journal.

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Bottoms UP!!!

Cheers!
xoxo
the tasti life


Hello out there my fellow food loving readers and bloggers. I apologize for not blogging in awhile. But don’t you worry while I was absent in the blogging world I didn’t go hungry in the real world. just because I wasn’t blogging doesn’t mean I wasn’t eating
This post is from a dinner I made a couple weeks ago and I was inspired by looking through a take out menu.

Take out is always fun and relaxing. But recently I have been feeling more a bit domesticated and decided to do my own take on Asian. Yes, I cooked and pigs didn’t go flying around like the hubs said they would.
I would have to say Asian and Asian fusion type restaurants are the hubs favorite so when I told him we were having Chinese for dinner he was very excited until he saw me take out the pots and pans.
I would like to say that cooking a take out inspired dinner was a delectable decision.

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Until next time,
XOXO
the tasti life


Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! It has ALWAYS been a tradition in my family to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef & cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread, mashed potatoes, green beer, family, and music. It all started with my Irish grandparents, wearing green, sporting Irish sweaters and hats, and listening to traditional Irish music! The BEST part about St. Patrick’s Day is EVERYONE is IRISH and can partake in all the festivities! So my hubs and I decided to take on and carry out the tradition of having St. Patrick’s Day at our house! Let me tell you, it’s a lot of work, but definitely worth it!
I started cooking bright and early… 8:00 am!!! This meal takes ALL day to cook and the prep for it is also a process, but once its in the pot it simmers on low all day for a whopping 7 hours!

Recipe: One Pot meal- Corned Beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots:

  • Corned Beef Brisket (I bought 2)
  • Red skin potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • One large onion
  • Guinness (2 bottles)

Directions:

  • Using a big pot on the stove top
  • Take out corned beef-place in bottom of the pot
  • **make sure you use spice packet that comes with it.
  • Add spice packet
  • Add 2 bottles of Guinness or any other dark colored stout you might prefer
  • Add water until corned beef is submerged.
  • Bring to a boil
  • Once boiling- cover and bring to a simmer- (about 50min per lb of corned beef)
  • While corned beef is simmering- prep veggies.
  • Wash and half potatoes (keep skin on)
  • Wash and peel carrots and cut in thirds
  • Wash cabbage and cut (however you prefer)
  • The last 30min add potatoes and carrots.
  • The last 15min add in cabbage.

Then ENJOY!!!!

Here are some pictures of the process… the hubs and the pups helped decorate and prep the house for company. We had such a great time spending the day with family and friends. We had some delicious homemade deserts brought over to enjoy like homemade Chocolate Guinness cupcakes… AMAZING! And homemade fudge… SO GOOD!!! My contribution to the desert table was funfetti cupcakes… LOL… FYI… I am NOT a BAKER! I decided to garnish mine with green dyed frosting and a green bunny peep (to make it look more homemade).

I wish I would have taken more pictures of all the yummy food and drinks, but I was too busy enjoying the moment! 🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend and joined in on the St. Paddy’s fun…(even if you aren’t Irish).

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Tonight there was no ordering off a menu or having to tip. I am feeling very domesticated weird! Not really, I just think I should get a super wife award for cooking a kick ass dinner.
I planned our meal in advance- which makes cooking dinner so much easier after a loooong hectic day in the classroom.
So, what was on the menu tonight? I know your dying to know
Garlic herb pork tenderloin with tomatoes, carrots, onions, and peppers. With a side of delicious and protein packed quinoa blend with brown rice!!! So good!
I would give you a step by step recipe… But that wouldn’t be me because I never follow them. I like to cook by taste and smell and sight. A total sensory experience…
Recipes actually make me anxious. Did I use the tablespoon or the teaspoon?!? Did I give a pinch of salt…?!? You get the gist of it.
Anyway I searched the fridge and freezer and this was created for dinner:

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xoxo

the tasti life


Last weekend the hubs and I ran around with our capes because we were SUPER AUNT and SUPER UNCLE. We drove hours and were the cheering section for my nieces Cheer Nationals Competition and my nephews District Swim meet!!! Those kiddos seriously ROCK! We decided to make it a whole weekend for us. So we spent Friday night in downtown Harrisburg and stayed at the Hilton, and on Saturday night we stayed with some friends in their BEAUTIFUL new home!!!

Friday afternoon we drove to Harrisburg early so we could make it out for happy hour and bar hop around our State’s Capitol… no pictures in front of monuments or the Capitol building for us… It was all about the FOOD and BEER photo-opts!

First we got a couple drinks at the Bar in the Hilton and pre-gamed with some delicious homemade fried bacon and mac and cheese balls. (sorry no pics. the hubs inhaled them). Next we decided to check out a new bar called The Susquehanna Ale House. A bar that is all about the beer and offers 70 craft beers!!! I had a Rouge Ale from Newport , OR called Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale with 6.2% alcohol… which was an amazing dark beer with a hazelnut aroma and a smooth nutty flavor! LOVED IT!!! My next brew I decided to go with another dark beer that I never had before from Troegs Brewing Co, PA called Javahead Stout with 7.5% alcohol. This was amazing! I mean how can you go wrong with COFFEE and BEER!?! The Javahead Stout has a lush flavor of cocoa and coffee flavors. A MUST TRY!!! Also at the Ale House we made friends with a couple from Texas who had their dog Mara in the Bar… and no Dad, he wasn’t the BARKTENDER!!

After trying some delicious beers I wanted to fill my belly with some good ol’ bar food. We then headed to AROOGA’s. The hubs and I decided to try some other beers we never had before… Arooga’s offers a “Kick the Keg” special and has $2.00 beers until the keg is empty. So we had to go with that bargain. The “kick the keg” special was a Nugget Nectar that was very hoppy, definitely woke up my tatse buds! But my FAVORITE find was a beer from DUCLAW called Sweet Baby Jesus which is a chocolate peanut butter stout! It was a dark rich beer that had a strong peanut butter aroma and tasted just like peanut butter and chocolate… a match made in heaven! 🙂

On top of all this amazing beer testing… we decided to go all out with a slider sampler with loaded fries… finger lick’n goodness!!

I think I am still recovering from all the running around, driving, and eating this weekend!

Until next time,

xoxo

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