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Chocolate Caramel Porter Pops

I think it’s official. I think we may finally be over the random days of waking up to find snow covering the ground! (Knock on wood.)
Cloudy ColoradoThere have been many a wonderful spring shower in the afternoon, but the temperature is finally on a continuous upswing! We’ve been getting 90+ degrees for the last week. Summer is coming! And summer calls for…
am7Popsicles!!! Not just any popsicles though. Popsicles with BEER in them!
amI teamed up with fairlife to bring some boozy recipes to the table. Some of them definitely haven’t worked out.
am9Beer + dairy = curdled sadness. But these beersicles are a winner!
am8The rich creaminess of the fairlife 2% chocolate milk makes the texture of these like fudgsicles, not the bland, crystallized, icy frozen milk you might expect. You’ll notice that I instructed to put the beer in the base of these popsicles whereas the pictures are reversed. After a horrible disaster that ended with me hand mopping my entire kitchen floor, I determined that the softer consistency of the frozen beer part would better be placed on the top of the popsicle so you don’t get stuck with puddles of sweet beer and chocolate milk on your floor. You’re welcome.
am2I used one of my favorite porters around – Killer Boots caramel porter by Verboten Brewing. First, make a simple syrup and let cool completely. I chilled mine in the fridge for a good hour.
am3Slowly mix together the beer and simple syrup, tasting as you go. These beersicles end up pretty sweet, so you may want to use less than I did.
am1Fill the bases of the popsicle with the beer mixture and let them freeze for 2-4 hours, or until slightly solidified.
am6Fill them the rest of the way with fairlife 2% chocolate milk, until 1/4 inch to the top.
am5The genius that I am, I forgot science and the fact that liquids expand as they freeze, so after filling the molds up all the way I ended up cleaning out my freezer and rinsing off the overflow. Don’t do that.
am7When completely frozen, place the molds in a cup of hot water for about two minutes until the popsicles slide right out and enjoy!
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am10Happy almost summer to everyone! What’s your favorite style/flavor of popsicle?

Note: I was provided free product and compensation by fairlife to create this recipe. All text and opinions are my own.


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Brewing at Verboten

Did anyone celebrate “Learn to Homebrew” day on Saturday?
am8The Verboten Sisterhood celebrated with a Saison brew at Verboten Brewing in Loveland. Mash in time: 8:30am.
AM6I broke the boots out of their retirement.
am7And the pumpkin chocolate chip donuts! The best thing about brewing with ladies, or culinary-inclined men – the spread. We had my baked donuts, sausage and cheese croissant rolls, fresh cinnamon rolls, pumpkin walnut bread, chocolate chip stout bread, porter gingerbread, apple cider and coffee that had been freshly roasted at one of the sister’s houses. Edible bliss.
AM2All set up to mash in!
AM1Shiny 6bbl fermentor, ready to be filled.
AM4AM3We mashed in with a heavy grain bill.
am9I’ve had plenty of experience shoveling out wet mash, so I decided to let the other ladies handle this one. Let’s pretend it was me being selfless and not lazy…
AM10In between transfers, boils, hop additions and spice additions we sat around chatting, walked around outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, consumed massive amounts of previously mentioned baked goods and paired pizza with one of the new brews on tap.
mountainMountain Man – Imperial Dark Cream Ale coming in at 10.5%ABV. I didn’t actually plan any pairings. This was the beer that had been tapped the night before that I had to try.
sistasThanks to Josh, Angie and Verboten Brewing for hosting and letting us spend the day! Now to make some spent grain bread with the remains of our brew!

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My Little Town

My little town is wonderful. As are all the towns around it. Since moving here, I’ve been exploring every nook and cranny and loving it.
amA shared flight at Verboten Brewing in Loveland.
am2Vegan nachos with cashew cheese at Tasty Harmony in Fort Collins.
am10I found this 2009 (!!!!) Angel’s Share in the local liquor store, just chillin’ there, waiting for someone to realize its worth. That baby went straight to the cellar after the moths fluttered out of my wallet.
am9A flight at City Star Brewing in Berthoud.
am5Motorcycling around town and through the backcountry and mountains. Happiness.
am1The simple things like being home on a cold and rainy day with a blazing fire and a glass of pumpkin ale.
am3Sleepy puppy on the drive home from a playdate with his brother.
am6Sleepy puppy still worn out from playing with dogs three times his size.
am7Awake puppy interested in a perry.
am13New camera lenses.
am11Hockey season! I was a diehard Colorado Avalanche fan for years when I lived here before, and now that I’m back, I’m diving in headfirst.
Screen shot 2013-10-09 at 8.29.34 AMI most definitely got that “Guys Night Out” deal. Avs vs. Red Wings with a beer and t-shirt? Give me the worst seat possible, I wouldn’t miss that game for the world! Now I just have to figure out where I packed my fake mustache. And no, I’m not kidding.
am14I’ve found that the best way to truly enjoy a hockey game is with my Pumpkin Mac ‘n Cheese. With bacon. Bacon makes the world go round.
am15My new camera bag I found at Jax! After my stupid Nikon bag buckles broke and dropped by beloved camera to the ground, I’ve been in search of something more secure. While this Kavu bag isn’t technically made for cameras, it happens to fit a camera and two lenses in two separate compartments with foolproof zippers.
am16And the strap is made of climbing rope. Awesome. I think I’m in love.

What’s your favorite part of your little town?


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