root beer floats

yum!

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I haven’t had a root beer float in quite sometime. I bet it’s been upwards of ten years since I’ve sucked down one of those bad boys. Root Beer Floats were a staple summer treat in our house as I was growing up. Today, is National Root Beer Float Day! Between the creamy vanilla ice cream and the frothy root beer foam, how can anyone resist this sweet refreshment? Today we celebrate this tasty summer treat.

At the end of the 19th century, a man named Frank Wisner invented the first root beer float. This early version was also known as a “black cow.” To make one of these delicious beverages, just add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a tall glass of root beer. (Note: If you reverse the directions and add the root beer to the ice cream you’ll end up with a big mess!)

Today, enjoy this delicious American tradition and make your own float for National Root Beer Float Day!

Root Beer Floats are easy to make, just follow these simple instructions below and your taste buds will thank you for the treat later.

Ingredients

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Root beer/beer

Instructions

Spoon a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream into a tall glass. Slowly pour root beer into the glass, allowing the foam to rise and then recede before adding more root beer. It’s true you can make a beer float, too. Personally, I would try pumpkin beer and vanilla ice cream, but save that for an autumn treat.

Serve with straws and spoons.

where beer is cheaper

than water, literally

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Thank to BBC’s Brian Cohen I am still convinced that Prague is the next place on my travel list. A microbrewing boom is enticing Czechs to discover new flavors, and when it’s a good brew, each sip invites another. When you are a thirsty traveler, Prague seems to be your best bet for beer.  Make sure to click the link below to learn more about micobrewing in Prague! http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20140310-the-heart-of-prague-pumps-lager 

 

summerfest

in DC?

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Over the weekend, there was an awesome summer kick off festival called “Summerfest DC”. Now, as you know I come from Wisconsin which is home to actual Summerfest. Summerfest back home is a BFD. In fact, it’s a big deal all over the place. Milwaukee holds the world’s largest music festival in the world. Yes, you read that correctly, Milwaukee holds the WORLD’s LARGEST MUSIC FESTIVAL and it is pretty spectacular! For 11 days, Milwaukee is flooded with people from around the world to nibble on cheese curds, drink Wisconsin beer and to jam out to their favorite music. This outdoor music festival is unlike any other. It’s incomparable.

This weekend, I had the pleasure of hitting up Summerfest DC. Yes, there was music and it was a kickoff to summer event but it wasn’t comparable to (my) Summerfest. DC Summerfest is THE official kickoff of the summertime season in our Nation’s Capital on Saturday, May 24th. Upon arrival we were handed a  tasting glass to enjoy more than 100+ Craft Beers and ciders all afternoon. That sounds good, but that’s not it along with the beers and ciders came wine. There were also unlimited tastes of 20+ wines, of all varieties! And because you get rather hungry when consuming a lot of liquids, food trucks were available for our munching. Thankfully Summerfest DC also offered live music all day and outdoor games, like bags (also known as corn hole).

Like I said, they are totally incomparable festivals but I am happy I have been able to attend both. If you live in the District and haven’t been to Summerfest DC yet, be sure to make it next year. Likewise, if you live in Wisconsin (or the surrounding area) check out Summerfest.

wisconsin

heck yes!

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After a busy day, I took a break to take the “What State Do You Belong In?” test on Buzzfeed. With no surprise, I got Wisconsin! Check out the test. I am interested to see what your results are and if they are as accurate as my results. state

planning for oktoberfest

oktoberfest, the real deal

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Guys, one of my biggest dreams was finally accomplished with two awesome human beings! Last February we toyed with the idea of going to Germany and crashing Oktoberfest. No one ever thought we were serious until…we bought our plane tickets. Things started to great real as we dove into the travel guides, websites, conversation with friends and so on. There were so many mixed messages about Oktoberfest and the survival guide and we were getting clouded; we didn’t know what to think. The last thing I wanted was to be scammed. We wanted to have a great time, and spend the least amount of money as possible, after all this trip had a beer fund.

If you have the tiniest inkling to hit up Oktoberfest read the following. Now after being, yes I would go back in a heartbeat–but I want to experience a few more things before heading back.

1) Whatever anyone says, you DO NOT need a reservation to be inside a beer tent.

2) However…if you want to guarantee yourself an unreserved seat on the weekend, it is best to arrive by 8 am.–so this is what everyone says. I don’t by it.

3) Be aggressive, yet fun! You need to get into a ten/garten, so do it. Just flash that smile and show your confidence, act like you belong and head straight to the middle section. The middle section is the unreserved section– you will notice it right away, because it will be PACKED and everyone is standing.

3) Know that the Biergarten tables fill up by 11 am both on the weekdays and weekends.

4) A huge myth is that you need to be seated inside a tent or in a biergarten in order to be served a beer.– this is wrong! You do not need to be seated. You need to be at or close to a table. Find a waitress and tell her how many beers you want, she will fetch them.

5) In Europe it is customary to not tip your waitstaff, but here at Oktoberfest, I would recommend you tipping your waitress. She will keep bringing you beers until you tell her to stop.

6) Find a hostel that is close and cheap. We found a hostel 4 blocks from the grounds, we didn’t have to mess with a cab or public transportation. Note, hostels get reserved FAST– we booked in June.

7) Don’t bother eating in a ten. You will find: wiener schnitzel sandwiches, bratwursts, crepes, and anything else you can think of outside of the tents. Not to mention they are all 5 euro.

8) Talk to everyone! Make sure to be friendly and talk to everyone. Almost 15% of attendance at Oktoberfest are travelers, find out their story and make new friends.

These are just a few tips for Oktoberfest we used and I would suggest looking at them as well. I cannot wait to go back and enjoy myself again now that I know the ropes. While I was in Germany/Oktoberfest, one thing I didn’t do and probably should have done was eat: pork knuckle. A few people told us how amazing it was and what a true German tradition is is, but I couldn’t get myself to order it. Alas, I suppose this means another trip to Oktoberfest is in my future!

ready or not

here we come, germany!

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*squeals* Holy Mother of God! TODAY IS THE DAY! Today is the day that I am getting on a plane and heading to Munich, Germany. Honestly, this day has been lingering in my future for far too long. I cannot believe it is here and I am beyond ecstatic about it. Once this blog is posted, I am strolling on to a plane that will take me to Reykjavik, Iceland, this is where I will be reunited with two incredible human beings. After a much needed reunion, we will board a plane that takes us to Munich, Germany! *SQUEALS*.

In the past I have planned 3 trips to Germany in the past. ALL of them fell through for one reason or another. The past is the past and it doesn’t even matter now. In a few short hours, I am getting on that plane and honestly, nothing is stopping me. This is one of my biggest dreams come true. I have the most awesome opportunity a head of me. I am getting to do the most incredible things.

Here is a little glimpse into our trip. Thanks to Lindsay who actually wrote all of this out. Mind you the following are the main events and attractions. I know in Munich we will be doing a walking tour, heading to the square, going to biergartens, shopping, eating a Döner kebab and hitting up a discoteca. All things do not need to be put on the schedule. This trip is all about new experiences, life experiences, and really hitting it out of the park. This trip is about adventure, a road trip, finding inner peace, and drinking damn good beer. This trip is about so much more than I will ever have the words, or be able to find the words to convey. This trip is about wanderlust and happiness.

Saturday, September 28: REYKJAVIK

Sunday, September 29  : MUNICH

Munich: Meet up with Adrienne

Drink mad amounts of GOOD German beer

Monday, September 30

Munich: Oktoberfest Tent Day

Tuesday, October 1

Munich: Have a drink of course and walk around Munich’s downtown square

Wednesday, October 2

Pick up rental car (DRIVE ON THE AUTOBAHN!— life goal, check!)

Drive to Neuschwanstein Castle

Salzburg, Austria- walking tour

Thursday October 3

Salzburg, Austria

  • SOUND OF MUSIC BIKE TOUR!
  • FREE walking tour continued (See attached pages)

Friday October 4

On the way to Frankfurt… stop off at Dachau—concentration camp just north of Munich

Frankfurt, Germany

  • A Bird’s Eye View of Frankfurt—See the city from The Main Tower
  • Cider Taverns in Sachsenhausen for some Apfelwein
  • Das MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main

Saturday October 5

Frankfurt, Germany

  • Paulskirche – St. Paul’s Church built between 1789 and 1833
  • The Römerberg (“Roman Mountain”) is the historic heart of Frankfurt and home to its City Hall, which dates back to 1405. Flanked by half-timbered houses, this historic square used to be the place for Frankfurt’s first trade fairs in the 13th century.

Sunday October 6

Drive back to Munich from Frankfurt for our flight out

sconnie native

“Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.”-Charles Henry Parkhurst

when referring to the Packers, you say “we.”

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*squeals* in less than twenty long minutes, I will be boarding a flight that [unfortunately takes me to Ohio, first–SNORE–the second worst state] will take me to the most majestic state; HELLO, WISCONSIN! I absolutely cannot wait to get off of that plane and breathe in my first breath of that fresh Wisconsin air. If you couldn’t have guessed, I’m a full-breed, born and raised Wisconsinite. Wisconsin is home for me. No matter where I have lived, live and will live–Wisconsin and the Midwest will always be home.

You asked what a Sconnie is

You asked what a Sconnie is

There are so many weird little things I am excited for about this trip. Obviously the usuals and the reason I go home, to see my family but beyond that there is more. Let me give you a breakdown of the simple joys I cannot wait to encounter

  1. a squeaky cheese curd- when a cheese curd is fresh is squeaks on your teeth
  2. the Brewers game
  3. Miller Park
  4. tailgating–I’m sorry Nats I love y’all, but shoot, you have to get it together with tailgating
  5. sipping on coffee on the front porch in the morning
  6. hanging out by the bonfire at night
  7. listening to the crickets and frogs as I fall asleep
  8. sleeping with my windows open
  9. wearing that perfect summer outfit: a long sleeve and shorts
  10. enjoying a Spotted Cow
  11. kayaking to on the lake
  12. the local coffee shop where everyone knows your name
  13. seeing familiar faces at church
  14. a fish fry
  15. the back country roads

Being back in Wisconsin at my parent’s house is always surreal, but this time is going to be better than ever. I cannot wait to get back there and to be greeted by the warm embrace of my loved ones. I cannot wait to get a thousand kisses from my pup and I cannot wait to sleep in a twin bed. So, here’s to you Wisconsin! I’ll be seeing you!

*oh and as soon as I land, I get to experience why airports are the best places on earth (wait for another post on that). Waiting for me at the security check-in will be Matt, yup you guessed it: the boyfriend. What are we waiting for let’s get this show on the road, plane!

harvest season

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”-Benjamin Franklin

autumn has arrived?

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I’m the biggest advocate for a good beer as the next person is, but I’m an even bigger advocate for autumn! And when you put these two things together, it is honestly heaven for me. Both beer and autumn are a God-sent and they couldn’t have come at a better time.  Listen, I’m not saying I like having my Summer cut short and Halloween decorations to be out already–I just want a nice long autumn. So, hear this Christmas–don’t get any ideas about promoting yourself even earlier this year.

Take a listen and give me your thoughts!

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