Today is no joke, people! Three very important things are happening. Today is …
- National Rum Day. Suh-WEET! Now I can blame my love of the drink on the nation. America made me do it!
- National Bratwurst Day. Could there be a day more special than one devoted to a meat weiner? I mean, really.
- National Tell a Joke Day. Good or bad, everyone has a favorite. What’s yours?
In honor of these fabulously made-up holidays, let’s celebrate! Here’s a little something in honor of each one.
National Rum Day
A recipe for a Strawberry Ginger Mojito from the over-the-top stylish gals at Fashionably Bombed, who were another highlight of my recent BlogHer ’11 experience. Check them out (later, obviously), they are AWE – SOME!
National Bratwurst Day
~1 lb of bratwurst
2 tbsp butter or olive oil, divided
I bag frozen tater tots or cubed potatoes
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 yellow onion, sliced thin
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cheddar cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bratwurst in a pan – either sliced or remove casing and cook just the meat. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Using the bratwurst pan, cook onions in butter until translucent and tender. Deglaze with the veggie broth.
- While onions are cooking, cook potatoes in olive oil in a separate pan until brown and tender.
- Place cooked potatoes in a casserole dish.
- When onions have finished cooking, mix them with the bratwurst meat and sour cream and layer on top of the potatoes.
- Layer cheese on top and cook for 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
National Tell a Joke Day
- What do you get when you cross a hippo, an elephant, and a rhino? Helephino!
- What do you call an Ethiopian with a penny on its head? a Quater-Pounder!
- What’s the difference between a pregnant woman and a light bulb? You can unscrew a light bulb.
Picnic sangria, that is! Not sure why, but I have a hankering for something fruity (and boozy) today and this looks like it would fix that craving right quick!
GOOD Magazine asked people to nominate their state’s best-tasting, sustainably-brewed, independently-owned, community-oriented craft beer. Here are the results. Strangely enough though I consider myself to be a avid beer drinker, I have never heard of my state’s beer: Lagunitas. I’ve got to make a mental note to check that one out. Click the image for a full-size view.
Let’s go ahead and file this one under “things I must have!” I have had my eye on a hip little flask for some time now and this one is clearly IT! That damn Urban Outfitters has done it again with yet another ‘why didn’t I think of that’ product. The only teeny problem I see with it is that it only holds 5 oz. What? I’m a lush and if I’m gonna carry my own booze, it had better be more than 5 oz!
via Cool Material
This is quite possibly the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. Yet somehow, I kinda want one. Because really, if you’re going to spend the day drinking beer, you certainly don’t want to get up off your fat ass for a refill.
Here are some of the ahh-mazing features of the Shoot a Brew Cooler:
- an automatic tossing device (which allows beverages to be retrieved from 8 feet away)
- a waterproof remote control
- tosser reloads in TWO seconds
- pass through lid, keeping contents inside cold
- 2 wheels and a handle (so you can drag that sucker just about anywhere)
- holds a case of beer (24 cans for those not in the know)
The down side? Because we know there always is one… The Shoot a Brew Cooler is…wait for it……….
Whaaaaa??? I think not.
Mmmmmm… I am normally not a hard liquor kind of gal. I find it quite nasty as a matter of fact, but I find my tastes change as I get older and what I used to find off-putting, now I kind of like. Not everything, but some things. And I’m always open to trying new things as well which is how I was introduced to Sortilege – a Canadian maple whiskey.
I tasted it while visiting my cousin recently. The men, half crocked, thought that after nearly 7 bottles of wine, a little whiskey to finish off the night would be a good idea. They filled a small shot glass – though a snifter probably would have been more appropriate – and microwaved the whiskey for about 30 seconds. It came out steaming and looking equally unappealing as when it went in. But boy was I wrong and officially stand corrected. This stuff is good. Damn good. It was like a very light, maple syrup, warm and filled with fall, making you all warm on the inside and out. If you like maple flavor – try this. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed!
= 2 of my favorite things. So when I came across this in my reader this morning, I just about fell out! Did you know that a) Sam Adams has a Pumpkin Ale (among many other seasonal goodies) or b) that they also have a Pumpkin Bread to go along with it? Holy hell, neither did I! But I tell you what – I have never wanted to eat beer and bread together so much as I do right now! Deeeeeelicious!