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Six Pack Sundays: Green Beer and Grad School

March 18, 2012

Ah, the morning after St. Patrick’s Day. The birds are chirping (which I can’t stand), the green food coloring is starting to fade off my hands, and the desire to make something productive out of my day is doing battle with the wish to never leave this couch.  It’s been a busy week with a quick trip home to Pennsylvania and little to no time to blog.  But now, on a foggy Sunday, there’s no better time to whip up a Six Pack Sunday post!

1. BYOB(lue)

Blarney Beer

Fun tip I learned last year. If you wanna drink green beer on St. Patty’s Day, but don’t wanna chug the swill that most bars are shelling out with green in them, bring your own blue food coloring. A drop or two in a golden ale or lager, and VOILA you’ve got a beautiful green brew without having to force down warmish Natty Light that’s neon green.  A tasty Harp Lager in Raleigh’s Moore Square was just what I needed on the sunniest St. Patty’s Day in recent history!

2. Might as well fact it, you’re addicted to Judd

Nice guns, Ashley

Is anyone else watching Missing? I have only just started, but I already know I’m a fan. With my luck, this probably means the show will be canceled in less than a season, but fingers crossed other folks get in on this trend.  I sense it’s a similar idea as the film, Taken, which is pretty much my favorite action film of all time.  And it has ASHLEY FRIGGIN JUDD as the lead!  Ever since watching Double Jeopardy with my mom as a little one, she’s been a favorite leading lady, but I haven’t seen her in anything too exciting since High Crimes.  I think this type of role (ex-CIA, serious badass mother trying to find her son who was lost or taken in Rome!) is meant for her.  Knock on wood that my notorious bad luck with new shows won’t rub off on this one.

3. Help a Sister Out?

Contest is over BUT thanks to y’all who voted!

If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re on Facebook sometimes, too.  If you could take a quick second to “like” this picture of tasty beer ingredients from my visit to Big Boss with NC Girls’ Pint Out, I could win VIP tix to World Beer Festival! I know there’s not really much in it for you BUT I’d really appreciate it.

Here’s a hilarious picture/caption of Tyler Zeller, instead!

What a catch.

4. Brunch and Beers!

Better than Christmas?

This is most of the tastiness that we had for our St. Patrick’s Day morning party at my friend, Andrew’s house. Since I’m still going strong on the Pescatarian Lent, I brought a French toast casserole to deal with not enjoying the tasty Chick-fil-A biscuits.  I also whipped up some pistachio cupcakes inspired by the most delicious one I enjoyed from Glen Mills’ new Whole Foods!

I wish all brunches came with Guinness.

5. Seafood at a Steakhouse

I promised myself that I’d never be “that person” that goes to a steakhouse and doesn’t order the steak.  But when your mom mentions that all she wants for her special birthday dinner is Alaskan King Crab, you make it happen, no matter where you’ve gotta go.

Luckily, we found them at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Wilmington, DE.  Mom got her Alaskan King Crab and I was in for a treat of my own.

Seafood Heaven

My dinner was total perfection.

Pan-seared mahi mahi over sauteed spinach with “crab-stuffed shrimp” (which basically translated to butterflied shrimp surrounded by tender crab meat.  I couldn’t even finish it (though I only left one crab-stuffed shrimp) but it definitely gave me faith in steakhouse seafood.  I’m a believer.

6. Celebratory Sushi

Get inside of me.

After an early flight on Thursday morning, following a fantastic (albeit brief) visit home, the last thing I wanted was to go home and cook for lunch.  But it was my coworkers last day in the office, and I also had to celebrate a little bit.  We got sushi at Shiki in Durham and it was fantastic! Scallops, tuna, avocado, I totally splurged and got some special rolls I’d never tried before.

What was I celebrating?

I got into grad school!!

I applied to four programs and, though I’m still waiting to hear back from three, I was accepted into one of my top choices!! I’ll definitely be moving back to Pennsylvania sometime this summer because next year, though I don’t know where yet, I’ll be a student again!!

I can’t wait for this next step in my life, and to move back to the North. There’s a lot left to do in NC before I go (Triangle Bucket List, anyone?) but it’s a great feeling, like a weight off my shoulders, knowing there’s at least one program that wants me as much as I want them!!

I may actually go and celebrate a little more with a trip to the mall/bookstore.

Again, I’d deeply appreciate any “likes” on my Facebook photo!

Did you make any tasty green treats for the holiday?

What’s something you’re celebrating?

D

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) permalink
    March 18, 2012 12:12 pm

    I liked your picture! :)

    I also think Ashley Judd is awesome. I haven’t seen her in anything in SO long.

    I made Eat, Live, Run’s lime squares. They were very tasty!

  2. March 18, 2012 3:19 pm

    Grad school supaaastaaaarrr!!!! And omg I want that sushi, too! Congrats again!!! XO

    • March 19, 2012 8:38 am

      Thank you, Kikster.

      I’m hungry now so, despite the fact that it’s 8:30, I still want that sushi…. again.

  3. March 18, 2012 5:33 pm

    French toast casserole sounds soooo good right now. Congrats on the grad school news!!!

  4. March 18, 2012 5:59 pm

    congratulations on getting into grad school!! that is awesome! :)
    both your seafood meal and sushi are looking delicious! i would totally celebrate with sushi too… that, or mexican food. they’re so different, but i love them both.

  5. March 19, 2012 8:36 am

    Congrats on getting into grad school!! that is super exciting. I love the tip about green die in your beer. Always helpful when celebrating Saint Patty’s Day

    • March 19, 2012 8:40 am

      Better green than mean, I always say.

      Really, I’ve never said that, but it sounds legit. Thanks for the congrats!

  6. March 19, 2012 10:49 am

    your blog profile photo is totally adorable :)

  7. March 19, 2012 1:18 pm

    Congrats on the acceptance. NC will miss you!

    Oh, and way to stick to pescetarianism. I don’t know if I could deny the awesome of chic-fil-a biscuits.

  8. Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family permalink
    March 19, 2012 2:36 pm

    Congratulations!!!! That is SUCH exciting news for you!

  9. March 19, 2012 4:16 pm

    Congrats about grad school!! And that sushi looks amazing!!

  10. March 19, 2012 5:00 pm

    CONGRATS on getting into grad school girl!! Sushi celebration = perfect!! Looked amazing!

  11. March 20, 2012 10:08 am

    I LOOOVE the layout for the party. that table IS better than christmas :) maybe!

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