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.

Front & Back Yard Gardening ~ Roses are in!

I took yesterday off work to work in my yard…wanted to finish up the front side-yard and my FIL came over to help me ro-do the raised garden beds.

THE ROSES ~ almost didn’t get my English Roses! G&G Nursery had a run on them over the weekend and there were only two Hansa’s left and a few David Austin Roses.

I bought a Weeks Roses Hansa ~ bred in 1905. Medium-tall/bushy round shrub that is suitable for growing in pots and hedges. Tolerant of poorer soils. Ornamental value of hips/large fruit. Very fragrant ~ spicy cloves. Large, full reddish-violet blooms. Very hardy and disease free.

In the ground ~ and a stock photo.

The Squire ~ a David Austin English Rose. The large double blooms of this rose are a deep rich dard red. The attractive strong fragrance of this wonderful cutting rose is a welcome addtion to your garden or bouquets. These roses are a wonderful combination of old world charm and new advancements in rose culture. They will help create a wonderful English Garden feel in your landscape and are excellent for bedding and hedges. Superb border plants.

They look great! Can’t wait for them to grow, grow, GROW! I did a jig out there on the lawn after mulching and watering! 😆

Now onto backyard ~ I decided to take the top boards off of the raised bed as it was just way too deep. My FIL came over yesterday morning and we whacked the crap out the top boards (5 nails each side into a treated 4×4 ~ OY!)…took us a while but we were able to pry them off. We then made a 6×6 box and a small 18″x18″ for a tomato box. We left a nice walk way in between the raised garden beds and will put DG around the beds. Now I have to call Oxborrow and order the double or triple mix of topsoil/grape compost/organic lite.

Now the beds are 5’x12’x1′ and 6’x6’x1′ ~ Soon to be planted ~ tomatoes, peppers, sugar peas, bush beans, potatoes, onions, garlic, corn, zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkin, lettuce. Near the corn I’m going to plant a couple of rhubarb plants and maybe some asparagus.