First taste

It’s been entirely too long since this blog has been updated.  I suppose we’ve been too busy eating, working around the house, and dreaming of our summer garden to write.  This is of course no decent excuse when you consider all those blogs out here on the interwebs that are updated weekly if not multiple times daily.  Well, let’s get back to it, shall we?

The most exciting news other than the fact that we’re finally showering in our actual shower and not in the basement (hopefully more on that soon) is our recent foray into home brewing.  I got Max beer making supplies for Christmas, and since then, we’ve been brewing or talking about brewing most any day he has off work.  It’s become quite the obsession!

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Way back in mid-December, before all the holiday craziness, we had a big party “celebrating” Max’s impending medical student loan bill.  We served inexpensive eats and asked everyone to bring their favorite cheap beer.  We still haven’t finished the Old German, Schlitz, and Knights Head.  Luckily we also went to a fabulous beer exchange in December and stocked up on two mixed cases of craft beer.  Maggie kindly guarded the beer exchange booty and left the Schlitz and Old German for someone else.

Beer exchange

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we’re gearing up for Christmas on Mintwood Street.  But before we dive into all the cookies and jingle bells, I thought I’d recap some of the exciting things we’ve been up to the past few weeks.

Biggest and best news…for the first time in over three years, we can use the sink and take a shower in our bathroom!  After all this time showering in the basement, I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a nearly complete bathroom remodel.  Max is still working on building the medicine cabinet, but when that’s done I will definitely post pictures of the whole room.

The garden is pretty much done for the season, but we did experience some unusually warm weather in November with some interesting results out front. Not only were the irises pushing up through the soil, but our yellow rose bush started blooming again.

Thanksgiving rose

This photograph was taken the day before Thansgiving.  I can’t get over that!

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As the subjects of this blog would suggest, we’re definitely homebodies here on Mintwood Street.  Yet somehow the past three weekends have found one or both of us away from home.  First there was a conference in New York over Halloween weekend and a trip to see family back in York County.  Then this past weekend, Max and I visited Penn-Roosevelt State Park outside State College for a last-minute camping trip before it got too cold.  All three trips were filled with wonderful fall sights and smells, delicious food, and our fantastic friends and family.

There was amazing cheese, beer, and Polish honey vodka with my old friend Alex and her family in Brooklyn.

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Mint simple syrup

Chocolate mint simple syrup…more on that in a bit…

It seems quite contrary to start a food/gardening/renovation blog when two of those activities are winding down, but less work around the house and in the garden just means more time for everything else.  I was out and about in New York City last weekend (hopefully more on that in a post soon to come), but in the two or three weeks before that, much time was spent cleaning up the garden and using up what was left behind.  The veggie garden, which looked like this just a few short months ago now looks like this:

Fall garden    

Neat and tidy, but a bit too bare, don’t you think?

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