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    Boyfriend’s birthday was last week and to celebrate, a bunch of us took a trip to Munster Indiana for a tour of Three Floyds Brewery.  This small brewery is known for their high quality, unique beers and their “it’s not normal” attitude which is apparent in their beer names and artistic labels. 

      I don’t know much about beers or brewing but the tour was very interesting just the same.  The brewery was started in 1996 by 2 sons and father and they’ve been  growing ever since!  They pride themselves on using only the freshest ingredients and their beers have won several awards and a strong fan base as a result.  

 As far as drinks go, I am not much of a beer girl (as you might be able to tell from my blog name).  But it was a veritable heaven for the beer fans in our group.  I tried a few of the different brews and my favorite was definitely Alpha King (pictured below).  And on the girly side, I love the labels!  Each beer has it’s own character and unique drawing on the front. 

    This was a special treat for my dad because Gumballhead is his favorite beer!

  So if you ever find yourself in Munster Indiana looking for something to do, the tour is free and the beer is cold.  But be prepared to wait in line at the brew pub on a weekend night.  Since the establishment is still very small and the demand keeps growing, they’re running out of places to put people!   You can also find 3 Floyd’s beer at liquor stores and certain bars throughout the midwest.  Locally, I know for sure Chalet Party Shoppe and A Constant Spring in Goshen carries it! 

Hope you’re having a good Monday!

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     I bought some Matcha from amazon.com for cupcakes I made a few months ago and I’ve been trying to figure out what do to with the rest of it. For those of you who don’t know, Matcha is like the ultimate version of green tea.  It’s made of  finely ground Japanese green tea leaves and it trumps bagged green tea since you get the WHOLE leaf instead of just a water infusion.  This stuff is loaded with antioxidants shown to help reduce the risk of chronic disease, cancer and aging.  Of special note are the catechins found only in green tea that are believed to be the most powerful of the antioxidants.    One gram (1/4 tsp) of matcha has a higher antioxidant rating that pomegranates and blueberries combined!  The recipe below uses only 1/4 tsp so a little bit goes a long way! 

Matcha Green tea Latte 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or cow’s milk is fine too)
  • 1/4 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 packet of stevia sweetener (I used Pure Via but I also like Truvia)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp whipped cream (optional)

     Heat almond milk until boiling then turn heat on low and add all ingedients and stir until mixed.  Add whipped cream on top and enjoy!    Nutrition information (including whipped cream)  99 Calories, Fat 5 g, Sodium 270 mg, Carb 10 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 2 g

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