Can you believe it’s already one of the best days of the year?! In case you haven’t seen all the foreshadowing on social media I’ll bring you up to speed. September 1st is the day it is FINALLY socially acceptable to start consuming ALL things pumpkin (And no, not pumpkin bleach…hahahaha…not funny…whoever thought of that should seriously think about who they are as a person, and then consume something pumpkin. Perhaps they’ll rethink their stupid gif).
Back to my happy place…pumpkin patches, hot pumpkin spice latte, warm pumpkin spice cookies, and then home to an oh so refreshing pumpkin beer. *Sigh*
Which brings me to today’s post. I thought I’d enlighten you with a mixture of my favorite things on this first day of September. Thus, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale; one of the best pumpkin beers out there.
Isn’t that a gorgeous looking beer? Yes, yes it is. It pours a beautiful orange with a nice layer of foam on top. The pumpkin flavor isn’t too overpowering or fake tasting, but rather smooth and subtle. The pumpkin pie spices and brown sugar smoothly dance over your tongue leaving you reminiscing about pumpkin pie and fond memories.
I’m kicking off the new look and name of Brown Bottle Baker (previously Brown Bottle Baking) with a review of our local Yum Yum Fest; 2016 edition.
This fest is a definite must for anyone living in the Madison area, and anyone who has or (sadly) hasn’t ever been lucky enough to experience the amazing foodie scene we have here in good ol’ Mad-Town. Seriously. Madison houses some of the greatest chefs around, and what’s even more fabulous is how they work together to benefit their home base and community. Beyond doing events such as this one, most of the restaurants featured source the majority of their ingredients locally. Now if that isn’t good ol’ Wisco love I don’t know what is.
The halfway point is always the point in which I think to myself, “I just might be able to make this happen again!”
I am really trying to mix up the types of treats I am presenting to you, as not everyone wants sugar cookies and gingerbread men. Sometimes, people want mini muffins!
Adorable, sweet (but not too sweet) and dotted with chocolate (the best!) these muffins are bite sized and definitely a crowd pleaser. And even better, I was able to bake all 48 at once thanks in part to my wonderful 48 mini muffin tin I snatched (well, I payed of course) from Target a few years back from the clearance section…Heyy-o!!!
Well we are almost halfway through this Holiday adventure, and I don’t know about you, but I’m sure enjoying myself.
Yesterday we went to Target and per usual checked out the clearance backing rack…good idea. Steven picked up a package of Pumpkin Spice Chips…SCORE! I had looked for them in October with no luck, and now they were on sale! I definitely considered myself one lucky lady.
I went right home and proceeded to bake these super tasty bars.
Think blondies, but amped up!
These pumpkin spice chips are SO delicious and the bars would make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert.
Puppy Chow, that nostalgic treat that brings us all back to elementary school snack time and cartons of cold milk.
I am pretty certain the idea of Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies for some of you) does not need to be sold to anyone. Sugar coated chocolate and peanut butter covered Chex? Sign me right up!
And I get to shake the shit out of a bag until the insides are evenly coated with powdered sugar?
Right on! AmIright?!
We are definitely moving right along as we are already on day 3 of the 12 Days of Holiday Treats! Whew!
Today I have for you the ever classic Coconut Macaroon…beautiful aren’t they?
Gorgeous toasted tips and pillow-like mounds of coconut…they sure do make you want to commit a serious diet crime, huh?
Welcome to day 2 of the 12 Days of Holiday Treats here on BBB!
Today I have for you quite possibly the best cookie ever made to date. Yup, you heard me. Shit’s getting real, and now I know you REALLY want to bake these for yourself so you can make your own adult decision.
These cookies have Nutella, dark chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips, and I do believe that equation equals one Hell of a delicious outcome. For all of you peanut butter and chocolate lovers out there like myself, just the smell of these will make wipe you off your feet. And for all of you haters…learn to love this combination, it truly is amazing!
Is there anything better than the Holiday Season?!
Putting up Christmas Trees, hanging stockings, NSYNC’s Christmas album, baking cookies …and doing these posts!
First up are these lusciously delicious Peanut Butter Cookies…rolled in sugar and served best with a glass of cold milk.
There is nothing crazy going on with these Peanut Butter Cookies. They are straight up with no frills…just a sweet coating.
My Uncle Bob was one of the grandest people you’d ever met to all those who were lucky enough to know him, and for those unlucky ones, well perhaps you might get the opportunity to try some of the kraut made in his honor, with his recipe.
You see, I wish I could really describe Bob to you, but I promise my words could never do him justice. To Bob everything was an “opportunity”. You need a picture hung? Why that would be such an opportunity. You need help moving? I do believe that would be such an opportunity.
Bob always had a smile on his face and that is no lie. He brought a presence to the room you’ve never experienced unless you were in the same room as Bob. He shared his coveted sauerkraut and Irish cream every Christmas, and both of those were not to be missed. He danced so hard his clothes were wet post-dance, and in the most impressive way.
Good food…is there anything better?!
Hmmm…nope…other than it paired with good drink AND good company…nothing better.
I mean, why put anything in your mouth if it isn’t worth the time (ohp! dirty much?!)?!
My family and I attended The Taste of Madison this year, with Trapt playing at 2:50PM on the JJo stage, and whew, they were more than I ever expected them to be. Trapt has a special place in my heart due to my late best buddy and I both obsessing over them in high school and college…but beyond that, they are definitely a talented group. They put on a show like whoa, and I am SO glad/stoked I was able to see them in Madison at a local food/music fair next to the most beautiful capitol in the world.
Living in Madison, WI some people tend to forget we are spoiled to the MAX with music, food, and entertainment, but it’s true, and daily there is amazing events to attend and experience.
The Taste of Madison is one of these events…and this year, though stands tended to serve smaller servings, the actual food did not disappoint.
Following is the list of tasty foods and drinks we ingested during this years’ Taste of Madison 2015!
First up is the Black Raspberry Maui Wowi chosen by my little sister. It was served with an umbrella, so I am convinced it was super RAD!