Beefeater – a story from my youth!

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Hi friends!

It’s been a rainy, foggy day out there for most of the day. Most of our snow has melted due to the warmer temps of late (mid-50’s today!). It’s been such a weird January weather-wise… first bitterly cold with sub-zero temps, and now it’s spring-like! And you know what? You won’t hear ANY complaints from me about the current situation! I know winter isn’t done yet — we’ll probably be getting more snow soon… but for now we’re enjoying being able to see the grass again instead of the usual blanket of snow.

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So remember how I was at the Powder Ridge ski place with a few girlfriends over the weekend? We grabbed lunch at the restaurant there (I’m still thinking about those steak tacos and parm truffle fries, yum). While we were nomming our delicious foods, I spotted THIS at the bar:

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That’s right folks… it’s a bottle of gin called “BEEFEATER”! There is a story behind this… As soon as I saw this, I immediately snapped a photo and sent it to my oldest brother David and younger sister Wairimu (yes her first name is my middle name –> we are both named after our grandmother!). Also, Wairimu and I are only a couple years apart and shared a room growing up!

Ok so back to the beefeater story… One time back in like 6th grade, a few of my siblings and I went to Mombasa –> it’s a coastal town in Kenya that has beautiful beaches for vacationing. While we were there, Wairimu and I randomly decided that we were on a diet. (Sidenote: Is it just me or was the 90’s just one fad diet after another — it seemed trendy to always be on a diet?) …anyway so one day we were all at lunch and after perusing the menu, Wairimu and I both ordered their BIGGEST burger, which was of course called “the beefeater“! Of course as soon as we said that our other siblings had to CRACK UP because just moments prior we were all “we’re on a diet”!

Naturally this never ever ever ever lived us down!  Even all these years later, we sometimes still get teased (goodnaturedly of course lol) about the whole beefeater thing. So that is why when I saw the bottle of Gin at the ski lodge, I just had to send the photo over to my siblings! 🙂

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I have some thoughts to share about our new curtains! It’s been about a month or so since we installed these. One of the things I LOVE about them is being able to draw just the sheer white curtains. Sometimes the sun streams in right onto the breakfast table. I love natural light but prefer that the sun not be right in my eyes. Depending on the time of day, it can be pretty blinding when we’re sitting at the breakfast table! It’s so nice that we can close the sheer curtains. They still allow light to come through without us being blinded by the sun in our eyes!

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Another thing I am still enjoying…. (you guys DEFINITELY already know this one) is cantaloupe! That’s right, the cantaloupe craze doesn’t seem like it will be going anywhere anytime soon. I think I am about 90% cantaloupe at this point. Fun fact: Joel saved the cantaloupe seeds from the one he cut open on my birthday, and we are going to plant them in our garden this spring/summer! It will be so fun to eat a cantaloupe from our very own garden 🙂

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I quickly snapped a blurry one of a pretty sunset while we were headed to the store. I love when the sky looks like this. It reminds me of how the sky would look early in the morning when I would get up for my Saturday long runs. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those. I miss running long distances. During marathon training I would run 6-7 miles Mon-Fri and 12-18 miles on Saturdays. It’s been a minute since I’ve done a double-digit run. According to my training log, my last double-digit run was a 10 miler I did in August… feels like a lifetime ago!

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I dug into my book “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides last night. My delicious mug of hot chocolate kept me company. I made it through the first 4 chapters – so far so good! The writing style can be slightly verbose at times but the story is novel enough to keep me interested. I am curious to see what the next chapters have in store! 🙂

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Popcorn remnants. We are big fans of kettle corn in this house (THIS is our fave). Does anyone else like the partially-popped kernels at the bottom? I love the ones that are half-popped. You know, the super crunchy ones. Someone once told me that corn chips were the equivalent of half-popped popcorn, but I don’t find this to be the case. Thanks to Google, I just found out that half-popped popcorn actually exists! If you have tried THESE please let me know if they are as good as they sound!

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Dinner last night was very late (10pm) and included leftover Thai food. Mango curry with tofu! 🙂 The mango was a little softer than ideal but it was still pretty yummy. It’s a winning dish in my opinion!

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Betty Boop, spotted in the Guida’s diner over the weekend! The entire diner was very retro, decorated with red and blue all over the tiles, counters, bar stools, and booths. The ice cream menu is just above Betty’s head — I really like the sound of their cookies and cream. It’s too bad they don’t have rum raisin right now — that is Joel’s favorite.

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Another photo from the archives that made my mouth water just looking at it: this chicken pot pie from Eli’s! One day very soon I need to go back and have this again. Just LOOK at that beautiful puff pastry. I mean seriously. It’s so pretty.

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Here is a very important question for all of you: what are your favorite freezer meal recipes? I want to get to a point where we have a stocked freezer, especially for days when cooking is just not going to happen. As far as recipes go, the simpler/easier, the better! I’m thinking things like lasagnas, chilis, casseroles, stews, hearty soups, one-pot meals, etc. 🙂

Got any easy freezer meal recipes to share? Any embarrassing childhood stories to share? (I have lots…) What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?   

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13 thoughts on “Beefeater – a story from my youth!

  1. I don’t have any freezer specific meals in mind, but you can freeze pretty much anything! I tend to freeze leftovers if we don’t finish them right away. I know a lot of people will double the amount of food they make. One tray goes into the oven to cook and the other goes right into the freezer. I don’t have the freezer space for that but it’s definitely worth doing in my book.

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    1. Very true! I’m thinking about doing something similar (doubling the recipe and freezing half). It will be so nice to have the freezer stocked for days when cooking is the last thing I want to do! 😊

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  2. I freeze a lot of things. When I make things like lasagna, mexican meatzza, homemade sauce, soups, chili, and other things I can make in large batches I do and then freeze what we don’t eat that night. I have a stand up freezer in the basement and have it stocked with meats and leftovers so we always have options.

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    1. That’s exactly what I want to do! We have also talked about getting a freezer to keep in the basement for this purpose too! It would be so useful!🤗

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    1. oh don’t you just hate that!!! when i had braces i had to stay far away from popcorn (and a lot of other goodies) because they would get stuck between the wires! I hope you are having an amazing day AJ! 🙂

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  3. I have never drank this but, I remember seeing it in my dads bar. I think it’s neat your and your sister share the same name. I read Middlesex last year with my libraries bookclub!

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    1. I’ve never tried it either — I’m not a big gin person but I’d be willing to give it a shot (excuse the pun lol) just based on the name alone haha!! 😁

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  4. O Dawn, nothing makes me happier than a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Like you, I am not complaining about the weather, Monday was the warmest, but I enjoyed it, tired of the brutal cold. When I was in nursing school with my older daughter, we used to leave on frozen food. I used to cook everything on Sunday for the whole week. Gone are those days.

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    1. I love cooking large batches on Sundays and eating leftovers over the course of the week! It’s such a good way to save money instead of eating out, and it also saves time because you don’t have to cook during the week! I agree, I’m ready to see some spring weather! Let’s hope the rest of winter isn’t too crazy 😁

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