1.29.2014

NEW WEBSITE

Hey everyone! I am really excited to announce that I have taken Slow Down and Savor to a whole new level. I have made the decision to leave Blogger, and become self-hosted! I LOVE Blogger, but I was outgrowing it, and needed more room to grow. So after making my decision, and doing a lot of research, I took the plunge. Instead of using someone to create my site for me, I went for it on my own, at my husband's suggestion. I love my new site, and I know you will too.



I won't be posting over here any longer, so, follow me over to my new URL: www.slowdownandsavorblog.com and add it to your feeds, and bookmarks! Thank you to everyone who has helped Slow Down and Savor grow and thank you for all the amazing input throughout the years!!! Keep it up.

1.24.2014

Snow Day in Texas: Snow Cones and Icey Roads


Snow day! Wahoo! In the past four and a half years that I've lived in the Texas Hill Country, I'd only seen snow maybe one time. So when the forecast suggested snow through the night into today, I was a bit skeptical. But last night, our school district delayed the start of school for two hours, and the temperatures plunged. The icey sleet slammed the windows and the skeptic in me retreated. There really might be some snow!


We woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow, and the school delay changed to a full day closure, and I was pretty happy. Though it wasn't a whole lot of snow, snow is always a fun surprise, no matter the amount.


This snow day was especially exciting for the kiddo, who has never had one before. After playing outside for a while, we enjoyed legit snow cones with a splash of vanilla syrup and passion fruit Crystal Light.


So here's to a happy snow day!

The Big Kahuna and Redbud Roasters are the bombdiggity.

I love trailer food. That's no secret. And when the San Marcos food trailer scene emerged in the summer of 2011, I couldn't have been more excited. I remember when I first visited the Big Kahuna trailer almost a year later in 2012, I was blown away by the Hawaiian-inspired and exquisitely fresh cuisine Chef Mark Jakobsen and his wife Lori prepared in the bright yellow and blue trailer.


So I shouldn't have been surprised when a few days ago I found myself sitting at a familiar purple picnic table at The Hitch food trailer park, with a stunning plate of Big Kahuna's food set in front of me.


1.22.2014

Bottling beer is fun, especially when we made the beer. (Part 3: Live Oak Hefeweizen Clone Homebrew)

I am pretty much in love with home-brewing, and the other day it was time for my husband and I to get our bottle on! Wahoo. Yep. It was time to bottle our Live Oak Hefeweizen Clone.


After sanitizing all of our bottles, we transferred the beer from the glass carboy from part 2 of our home-brew adventure to a third plastic bucket that has a bottling nozzle.


First things first, though. We got 2 cups of water boiling in a saucepan, and added a 4 oz. package priming sugar in order to create sugar water. Once the sugar and water were one, we removed the pan from the burner, and allowed it to cool down to 80 degrees F. Then, we poured it into the big plastic container. Basically, the sugar water will create the CO2 in the bottles. I don't completely understand how it works, but it's pretty cool.


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