Winter warmer time

The holiday season brings not just cookies.  It brings beer.  I happen to have a soft spot for Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale.

On the Sam Adams site, it is referred to as the Christmas cookie of beer.  It does have some spices, but I wouldn’t say it reminds me of a cookie.  Perhaps they mean that it’s just as delicious and festive as a cookie.  That I’ll buy.

And I’d buy more of this stuff if I didn’t have to take the entire 12 bottle winter classics pack just to get it.  Within the collection sits a couple bottles of disgusting Cranberry beer.  While I’ve yet to meet a beer that will ruin my pot of chili when dumped in and cooked up, I only make so many batches of chili.  So I’ll stick with just the two measly bottles of Old Fezziwig.  After all, there are other holiday beers to be enjoyed.

Last year I tried the Harpoon Winter Warmer.  While some people really love it, the rest of my six pack ended up in the chili.  The two I did enjoy last year were He’Brew Jewbelation and Rogue’s Santa’s Private Reserve.  I do also like the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, though I think I’ll have to enjoy that when I’m home for the holidays as it isn’t available around here.

Does anyone have a favorite holiday beer or do you just stick with your everyday favorites?

By on December 10, 2008 · Comments ( 6 )

The animals are saved

The frosted cookie animals with sprinkles, that is.

Kellogg’s knows a good thing when they see it and will take over production.  Hopefully the cookies will remain the same.

In other cookie news, I am two batches into my holiday baking.  You saw the sugar cookie cutouts.  This weekend I whipped up some peanut butter blossoms.  You know, with the Hershey Kisses on top?

All this baking is kind of a lot of work.

By on December 9, 2008 · Comments ( 3 )

Don’t forget about Dexter


Is anybody watching season three of Dexter?  I am and it is good.  Actually, it’s great.

Seriously, if you haven’t watched this show, start back at the beginning.  It’s on DVD.  What’s that you say?  It’s recession times?  Well, check it out from the library.  My library has the first two seasons available.

Has anyone read the books that the show is based on?  Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first one.  Maybe that will be my holiday reading.

By on December 6, 2008 · Comments ( 2 )

This was great

Posting every day this month was rarely a chore and the benefits have been many.  A lot of comments.  A lot of hits (yes I do check those). A lot of fun.  At least, I had a lot of fun.  So, thanks.

Oh, and I saw the vampire movie.  Twilight.  I thought it was fantastic.

While I hope to keep on keeping on, I will be out of town for three days.  In the meantime, Oliver will keep you company.

By on November 30, 2008 · Comments ( 6 )

Baked, frosted and delicious

From Cookies

Batch number one of holiday sugar cookies is complete. The cookie cutters were great.

By on November 29, 2008 · Comments ( 2 )

Fire up the French horn

Now that the turkey is officially leftovers, it is legal to listen to holiday music.  Last year I enjoyed the Peace on Earth album.  Well, this year, the second volume is available. The proceeds go to help kids in Uganda and the music is good, so what’s stopping you?

Peace on Earth : A Charity Holiday Album Vol. II

By on November 28, 2008 · Comments ( 0 )

Happy Thanksgiving

Gobble gobble to everyone!

By on November 27, 2008 · Comments ( 0 )

Thanks Mom

From 2008-11-25

My first Harry & David Tower of Treats, courtesy of Mom.  Delicious.

By on November 26, 2008 · Comments ( 1 )

$3.99 are you out of your mind?!?

Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern.

At first, a few weeks ago, I thought it was some kind of fluke that the very album I wanted to download from Amazon was priced at a low $3.99.  I snapped it up in case it was an error.  The next album I went looking for a couple weeks after that was offered at the same discounted price.  At that point, I thought Amazon was reading my mind or something.  So this week I’m checking out the new Killers album and it’s listed as $3.99!

What’s the deal here?  It isn’t exactly advertised anywhere.  A couple Google searches showed these $3.99 sales being reported in deals forums and the like.  They have all been new releases and the price has been offered on the release date only.  I guess I won’t question it, I’ll just hand over my four bucks and enjoy the music.

Killers – Day & Age for $3.99 (probably today only)

By on November 25, 2008 · Comments ( 2 )

Hangman

UPDATE: The winning phrase is in!  Roasted turkey with gravy.  Lana Banana has taken home the trophy!

It’s nearing the end of the month and I’m running out of things to write about.  So, how about a game of hangman?

r _ aste _    t _ r _ e _    wit _    gra _ _

Leave a comment to guess a letter.

By on November 24, 2008 · Comments ( 22 )