Buckbean Beer, Roller Derby, Roses and Recipes

Had a nice slow weekend ~ spent part of Saturday at the Buckbean Brewing Company‘s Grand Opening. Sampled beer, bought beer, ate bbq snausages, ate lots of cheese, a chocolate cupcake (great with the Black Noddy), sampled more beer and watched a Roller Derby exhibition.

I’m not a beer and wine snob…I can’t tell you WHY I like what I like, I just do. And I REALLY LOVED the Black Noddy (they call it a traditional Bavarian Schwarzbier)…sort of a Guinness Light. A very, very, very tasty dark beer. I liked their Artown Vienna Lager, too. Not so much the Orange Blossom Ale, guess I’m not much in the fruity beers. It looked good though. You are suppose to be able to buy the beer in all Scolari’s and Ben’s, but we couldn’t find it either stores we looked at on Sunday.

The Battle Born Derby Demons were at the Buckbean Grand Opening ~ LOL! I’ve never seen a roller derby team before. What a blast. They have a “bout” on 28 June at the Rink on the River at 7pm…they skate against the Silicon Valley Rollergirls. It’s the same weekend as the BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival that is held in downtown Reno.

My David Austin English Rose ~ The Squire ~ is blooming! Very pretty roses, I love all the ruffles!

I can’t remember if I was on Perpetualplum's or Blazedanielle's blog and saw a link to Pinkpurl's blog…while there, I printed out one of her recipes. She has a great blog and etsy shop!

Her recipe ~ London Memories Salad.

My changes/additions!
I used 1-1/4 cup Bulgur wheat.
1 large cucumber
corn from two ears of BBQ’d corn
1 large red onion
1 can of Black Beans
1 tub of crumbled feta
1 can of sliced olives (small can)
Chopped Italian Parsley
1 can of artichoke heart bottoms (not marinated)
1 avocado
DRESSING ~ doubled hers and added two grated garlic cloves

I like black beans over kidney beans and I love bbq corn instead of frozen or canned. I take the ears of corn, peel back the husks, take off the silks and wash the corn. Put a bit of butter and sea salt on the ears then wrap back the husks, wrap in foil. We still have a charcoal bbq…while getting the coals hot I place the corn all around the pile of coals. When the coals are ready…put the grill on, place whatever meat I’m bbq’ing, and put the corn around the meat. All in all, it’s in & on the grill for 1 hour. I had four ears on Saturday…we ate two and I took the corn off the cob of the other two. It was VERY SWEET AND TASTY in the salad!!!!!

My picture isn’t as pretty as hers…but here’s what the salad looked like ~ just ate it with some good sourdough garlic bread (little bit of olive oil and fresh chopped garlic ~ broiled) last night.

I Played Hooky Yesterday!

Didn’t even tell my husband…got up at the regular 4:30 am, got dressed…but then said I was going to eat breakfast at home instead of at work.  Then he left for work and I got back into my sweats and dug out my butters and oils to make a batch of soap!  Hee!    He had no clue…I hate when he knows I have a day off as I always end up running HIS errands and never get anything done that I took the day off for in the first place.

So!  I made cold processed Raspberry Lemonade Salt bars and I had an order for Oatmeal Milk and Honey solid lotions and two regular lotions ~ finished all by 8:30 am. 

Here is the Raspberry Lemonade salt soap bars (the box that my friend Sue mailed books in made an EXCELLENT soap mold!) before cutting them.  These have to be cut sooner than my regular soap as coconut oil and salt make for a harder bar.  I used coarse Dead Sea Salts and fine Pacific Sea Salt in this batch ~ along with colloidal oatmeal.  The oils used were Sunflower, Castor, Jojoba, Palm & Coconut.  Butters used were Shea, Cocoa and Mango.  Then I swirled with ultramarine pink.  Berry Berry Pretty if I say so myself!  Smells great too.   This will be ready in about 3 weeks…they cure faster then the regular soap.

I made my first salt bar last year and used Pineapple fragrance oil…came out pretty good. Just couldn’t sell any of it ~ which is ok as I make all my soaps as if I’m the only one going to use it. That way if it doesn’t sell, I’m happy as can be using it. I love the salt bar in the shower…makes my skin nice and soft. Doing wonders on my face too…those “monthly” pimples are gone gone gone! I hate being 41 with pimples! Patooey! 🙂

After 1/2 hour on the elliptical I headed to the Sparks Library to check some silvermithing books that Sue of PERPETUALPLUM recommended for me to read…found those, plus another that looked really interesting.

Speaking of Sue…she sent me four books in trade for some of my soaps, lip balms and room sprays. Received those in Monday’s mail. I really like the metal crafts book…will probably pass on the Tinwork books.

Anyone still do puzzles?! They are so addicting ~ like eating a whole bowl of popcorn. Started one Monday night and worked on it yesterday too. This one is a Charles Wysocki puzzle ~ Hellraisers on Halloween Night…my favorite time of the year! 🙂 It was a .50 cent puzzle from Thrift Depot in Sparks.

Spent the rest of the afternoon out front in the lounge chair soaking up the sun reading JEWELLERY AND SILVERSMITHING TECHNIQUES by Carles Codina.