And so another month has whizzed on by! It was a month full of swim practices, swim meets and finally some time away from home. The boys and I had a road trip up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and enjoyed ourselves. Yes, I survived driving them all by myself!
Between our travels and my parent’s 4+ week road trip I have a lovely collection of goodies from all over the States (and Canada) for this month’s post.
First let’s begin with items my fantastic mom found for me. They spent over four weeks driving across the country. The highlight was of course visiting my brother in Seattle. From their stop in New Mexico we got these lovely goodies.
Josh and I are big salsa fans so we can’t wait to open these.
Josh and I were meant to find each other, we’re both condiment people. Especially mustard. When our fridge was on the fritz a couple years ago I had to move everything to the fridge in the garage. In the process I found a lot of condiment jars. Call us the King and Queen of Condiments!
If you have a good selection of condiments you can cook anything, right?! After finding lots of half empty jars I managed to narrow down the collection to what we use most. With three growing boys in the house I can only sacrifice so much fridge space to condiments.
One of the mustards we use often is a Bavarian sweet and spicy mustard. It’s great on sausages like bratwurst or weisswurst. It takes a homemade soft pretzel to a new level. Since we’ve been eating more German food lately I figured it was time to make our own mustard.
Then Josh found this Shock Top twisted pretzel wheat beer. Combine a beer mustard with a sweet and spicy Bavarian mustard and this is what you’ll get. Plus I only need room for one jar in the fridge, not two. Score for me!
As with everything else you make from scratch, you can customize this mustard. If you aren’t into a big kick cut down the horseradish or even omit it. Want it sweeter, add more honey. Try using different beers for a different flavor. Dark beer, IPA, wheat…whatever you have in the house and want to drink the last couple ounces of. As for me, it’s time to go to the German meat market for more sausages. No need to buy the expensive mustard though, I’ve got my own.
Spicy Beer Mustard
1 c. beer
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. yellow mustard seeds
1/4 c. black mustard seeds (brown would work too)
1/4 c. ground mustard powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbs. honey
1 tsp. prepared horseradish
Pour the beer and cider vinegar in a small bowl, add both mustard seeds. Cover and soak overnight.
After 8+ hours of soaking add the rest in the ingredients and whisk to combine. Blend the mustard to desired consistency using an immersion blender, food processor or blender. I like mine with some whole mustard seeds left. Pour in a jar and store in the fridge.
Over Memorial Weekend we went to Brevard, North Carolina to enjoy the White Squirrel Festival. It is a family tradition now as we have been several years in a row. We stay with my parents at their house in the mountains and have so much fun.
This year we had some fun new food finds over the weekend, unfortunately I didn’t capture them all. I forgot to get pictures from the taco food truck or the food we ate from there. What can I say, I was too busy enjoying it to bother!
Our big dessert find was Sunshine Sammies. They make heavenly ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream is homemade as are the cookies. This is a food truck based out of Asheville, I plan on hunting it down again!
We tried only two of the flavors, but they were wonderful. The cookies and cream ice cream on chocolate cookies was easier to eat as the cookies were not frozen rock solid. The cookie dough ice cream on chocolate chip cookies was also great, but the cookies were very frozen and a little trickier to eat, not that it stopped us!
We also finally got to Oskar Blues Brewery. It is only a couple of miles from the house, almost stumbling distance if not for the busy road! Josh and my dad had a wonderful time tasting beers here.
It is a great place, both child and dog friendly! The boys enjoyed riding big wheels and playing games while the grown ups enjoyed drinking beer. They don’t serve food, so if you go plan to bring something along. You are more than welcome to bring in any outside food you wish.
So if you are in the Asheville/Brevard area give these places a try. They were a hit with our family!