Remember back in December when Matt put together a beer brewing kit for me to give to hubby for Christmas? Well, hubby and Matt finally scheduled a day to get together for Beer Brewing 101 at our house.

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After a wonderful breakfast of rice milk oatmeal, hubby and I got busy cleaning the house.

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Things don’t really look much like how I want them to look when we’re all “set up”, but at least having things semi-put-up is better than having things spilling out everywhere and needing sorting. Oh and the empty living room…yea, we need furniture but we need MONEY first! 😆

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I’ve received a few requests for updates of the house and while we don’t have a lot, have I shown you guys our pantry? It’s all installed now and looking mighty fine.

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Matt came over bearing goods – fresh-baked Great Harvest rolls – Virginia rolls and honey whole wheat. Hells yes! I freakin LOVE these things. Thank you Matt!

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I immediately dug into a virginia roll. It was so soft and tender like butter! I ate it plain – no toppings required.

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The boys got set up on our back porch to have a full day of brewing…

Round 1 Eats – Pizza

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…while I made a semi-homemade pizza for the boys, topped simply with pizza seasonings, sliced roma tomatoes and fresh basil.

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What goes better with beer than pizza, right? Ok, a lot of things pair well with beer, but pizza seemed like a good option they could nosh on while they worked.

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I took the pizza outside where they were getting things started.

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I enjoyed a slice upstairs. My first dairy since I first got sick earlier in the week! It went down A-ok, but I decided to not press my luck with any more slices.

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Instead, I went for another Virginia roll, which I put in the oven for just a couple minutes to make it taste fresh-baked again. I drizzled it with some local honey. So simple – so good!

Round 2 Eats – Hummus + Spiced Pita Chips

I figured the boys would be pretty busy with the beer brewing, so I tried to make a lot of things they could casually snack on.

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When I was pondering what to make, I consulted two of my faves – Eat Drink and Be Vegan and Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave.

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Next on the agenda was hummus with spiced pita chips.

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I’ve made these spiced pita chips before at Kath and Matt’s cookout last year (fun time – click here to check it out) and they were a BIG HIT! I highly suggest them. The spiced pita chip recipe is available online here (click).

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Once they were ready, I brought the hummus and pita chips down for the boys. That’s right – I’m in my PJ’s! 😆

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I kept some hummus/chips upstairs for moi but ended up snacking on the chips downstairs and hanging out a few mins here and there with the boys to soak up some of the bright sun.

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My beautiful new Anthropologie plates are great for eating a meal or serving company!

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I used an ED&BV recipe called “Kids’ Dynamo Hummus”, which included fun ingredients like cashews and nutritional yeast! Neat! I omitted the tahini because hubby didn’t find it at the store, but it still tasted pretty good without it.

Playtime

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For one part of the day, hubby tied Bailey up to a tree outside so he could hang out with them (no fence yet).

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Hubby and Matt decided to take a little playtime.

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They played frisbee…

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…and chased each other in circles. 😆

Round 3 Eats – Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The boys seemed pretty full, but I decided to make some of Dreena’s Homestyle Vegan Chocolate Chip cookies (click for recipe) because they’re just so darn easy to whip up.

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They are just too easy.

And Kate + Nate I so owe you a batch of these, but I figured you didn’t want cookies from someone who was just getting over being sick! 🙁

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Mmm…cooookies.

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I made some tea to enjoy with a cookie – Yogi Echinacea Immune Support with some local honey.

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I decided to enjoy my tea with a cookie outside. Yummers!

Finito!

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Signs of beer-brewing.

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Almost done!

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Hubby’s first batch – finito! Now we just have to wait about 4 weeks before we can taste the results!

FUN FUN Day for the boys!!!

Thank you sooooo much Matt for helping Dan with his first batch of beer! 🙂

Reader Question: What’s your favorite beer (brand, flavor or type of beer)?

PS Be sure to check out this post with some fabulous weight loss and diet tips!

PSS Hubby and I can eat meat again tomorrow!