I’m going to miss…..

….how all the stores give you free coffee to sip while you shop!



Playing catch-up: Summer and Fall

Whoops, haven’t been doing much blogging!

We finished out our time in Knoxville with a few roadtrips: NC, Chattanooga, and a hike up to the Appalachian Trail.


Gwen, Nick, Rachel, and Alice


the Gwens


brewing an all-grain batch

DSC_0915 DSC_0914We met up with Gwen’s cousin and his family at the Children’s Museum.


…..and sought refuge in this art museum, because we thought we might otherwise die from the heat.

DSC_0971 DSC_0966And then on the way home got stuck in a crazy tornado!DSC_1007 DSC_1024

We made it up to the Trail on our last day in the south.

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The drive home was more insanity.

DSC_1125 DSC_1122 DSC_1121When we got home we were clearly starved for culinary creativity, since we didn’t have much of a kitchen in Knoxville.  These are the products of our kitchen in August (the yellow dots are bottles of the lager I started in May):

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Dave set up his own all-grain system at home. I am trying to get him to do a post about it!

And we got in one camping trip at Rifle River.DSC_0084


we picked up MORE cast iron accessories in TN!


We dine on Pear Clafoutis when camping because we are FANCY

DSC_0170 DSC_0121 And then we were back to life as normal for the fall semester!

I made a lager

While out of the house for 8 weeks, we wanted to use our fridge to lager a beer. Lagers have to be held between 32 and 50 for about 6 weeks, which is pretty hard to do unless you have the right kind of garage, or a dedicated lager fridge.
So I made a batch (all by myself!!) and put it in the fridge in mid-May.
It bubbled over the airlock many times, and I had to problem solve that a bit.  I went with a foil cap for a couple weeks until the pressure died down, then put the regular airlock back on and hoped for the best while we were gone!