Supporting Oklahoma Craft Breweries during COVID-19

ACS_0404(This blog post was written April 2, 2020 – Things may have changed since then.)

Support your local craft brewery even while social distancing!  I made it super easy for you to find Oklahoma craft beer. 2 of them are delivering – which is AMAZING.  Alcohol deliveries are only legal until April 17, 2020 so hop on it.  This is my list:

Stonecloud Brewing Company is offering beer to go and delivery. Delivery is Thursday-Saturday 3-7pm. You must show your ID and live within 5 miles of the brewery. There is a $20 minimum with a $5 delivery fee. Orders over $40 receive free delivery. Place your curbside pickup or delivery order here.

Vanessa House Beer Co is offering curbside pickup and delivery through this link.  Their address is 118 NW 8th in Automobile Alley.

Twisted Spike Brewery is selling beer to go. 1 NW 10th Street in Automobile Alley.  Their Instagram says they will be offering delivery soon.

Prairie Artisan Ales at PrairieOKC is selling beer to go at 3 NE 8th Street in Automobile Alley.

Skydance Brewing Co is offering beer to go at the Brewer’s Union on 520 N. Meridian Ave.  Call ahead at 405-604-8989.  They are doing a good job keeping you updated here.

Anthem Brewing is offering curbside services via call-in orders Monday-Friday 3-7pm and 12-5pm on the weekends. You can reach them at  405-604-0446 and their address is 908 SW 4th Street.

Coop Ale Works is suggesting you buy their beer through restaurants and other locations.

Did I miss anyone?

(Quarantine lewk by DODO BAR OR via Rent the Runway. I washed my hair yesterday but I don’t think I brushed it today.)

 

 

The “No New Clothes Challenge”

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Inspired by Elsie of A Beautiful Mess, I tried my own No New Clothes Challenge from November 2019 to October 2020. I had three reasons: the environmental impact of fast-fashion really bothers me, I want to minimize frivolous spending, and I wanted to be more content with what I have.

My rules:

  • I will not spend money on new clothing or shoes for 12 months.  This includes dresses, jeans, shoes, coats, etc.  I will, however, allow myself to buy new underwear, tights, bras, swimwear, etc. if I need to.  (I’m not THAT strict.)
  • I CAN spend money on second-hand and vintage items on sites like Poshmark and ThredUp. (Photo above is a vintage 60’s dress I bought for $40.) I can also rent from Rent the Runway. (Photo below is a t-shirt I rented from Rent the Runway.)

 

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Back in Business – A Cool Mom?

Victoria-Still-3064After a two-year hiatus, I’m bringing back my site.  It is extremely difficult to blog about beer while pregnant since you can’t really drink the stuff.  You’ll see my posts naturally drop off in the early spring of 2018 when my husband and I found out we were expecting. The best news for me…not so much, for a blog about beer.

In December of 2018 I had my daughter and started my own social media management company.  I barely remember 2019.  Not sure if I slept at all.  But in 2020 I feel like my life came back.  My baby started sleeping (slightly) better, my work became more streamlined, and I found time for hobbies again. And yes!  I can drink beer again!

But not only that, I feel like my passions and projects have exploded now that I know what all I can do in one day. Moms are incredible multitaskers.  We have to be. I feel like I have the least amount of free time I’ve ever had in my life but now I’m somehow cooking more, writing more, reading more, and even picked up painting.

So my blog is coming back but instead of just beer, I am writing about all the things I’m interested in – and yeah, there will be some mom stuff.  But, in the wise words of Regina George’s mom, “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”

7 Products I Love for Summer

7 Products I Love for Summer

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It’s a cool 85 degrees in Oklahoma and my skin is going through some changes.  Hello clogged pores. Hello sweat.

I gathered my 7 must-have items from Beautycounter since they’re cruelty-free and non-toxic.  Beautycounter’s mission is:

To get safer products into the hands of everyone.

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If you want to feel good about what you’re putting on your skin, you’re in great hands.  Beautycounter is more than just a cosmetics brand; it’s a movement that intentionally bands more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through their “Never List”. And they actively lobby for change.  In March of 2018, the founder marched on Washington D.C. to urge Congress to pass more protective laws for the personal care industry.

Enough of the scary stuff. Here is the good stuff:

  1. Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage in SPF 30, $45.  This top selling tinted-moisturizer also protects you from the sun!
  2. No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask, $49.  This nutrient-rich kaolin clay mask deep-cleans and balances, absorbing excess oil and drawing out impurities.
  3. Color Intense Lipstick in “Garden Party, $34.  Vibrant, statement-making color.  Beautycounter’s first long-wearing, one-swipe lipstick in eight all-new shades.
  4. Matte Bronzer in “No. 1”, $40.  Beautycounter’s bronzers deliver a refined, natural-looking glow containing Porcelain Flower Extract to help moisturize the skin.
  5. Volumizing Mascara, $29.  Cleaner, plant-derived ingredients replace harmful emollients like carbon black.  Mascaras shouldn’t be scary.
  6. Glow Shimmer Oil, $35.  Get the sun-kissed skin without the damage.  The luxurious dry-oil formula absorbed into your skin to deliver a radiant, even glow.
  7. Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist with SPF 30, $36.  Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and California Poppy, this formula provides an effective shield from UVA, UVB, and Blue Light rays.   It’s air powered and coral reef-friendly. Yes, you can take this one to Hawaii.

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So I Tried Oklahoma Wine…

IMG_6563Did you know that (under current law) you can buy wine in Oklahoma on Sundays?  You sure can.  I was in a pinch while hosting a Sunday night dinner party and tried out Waters Edge Winery.  Oklahoma breweries are booming but Oklahoma wineries don’t get as much press.  I think we don’t give them as much credit because we see wine as something more sophisticated and harder to produce than beer, which isn’t very fair for two reasons.  For one, Beer IS hard to make.  Beer IS sophisticated.  And secondly, how is a business supposed to get better without customers investing in it? Oklahoma CAN make sophisticated products.  I have faith in the makers of this state.

But back to Oklahoma wine…I tried to answer some frequently asked questions about it.

  1.  Is Oklahoma wine good?  –  Well. It isn’t bad. We tried Concerto, a white wine, which was almost too tropical.  Had I been drinking this wine on its own or with some fruit and not with a heavy Indian dish, I think I would have enjoyed it more.  We needed something more dry.  We also tried Excabular which was decent.  It’s a medium body red wine with grapes from the Yakima Valley (which happens to be the Mecca of beer hops).  It went well with the meat dish.  But don’t take my review as the word of God.  I know way more about beer.
  2. Is Oklahoma wine cheap?  – Eh, no.  It’s not expensive either. A bottle of Oklahoma wine costs around $20.
  3. Where are Oklahoma wineries?  –  They’re all over the state.  You can find a list of Oklahoma wineries here.
  4. Where to Oklahoma wineries get their grapes?  –  It depends on the winery.  Indian Creek Village Winery & Village Inn has their own vineyard but others fly in their ingredients.  Don’t turn your nose up at that though.  Oklahoma breweries RARELY use local ingredients besides the water.
  5. Should I drink Oklahoma wine?  Uh, yeah.  Buying locally is one of the best things you can do for your community.  Grow where you are planted.

Spinach Bombs

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These spinach bombs are incredible and you would never guess that they are dairy-free thanks to Daiya Foods “Mozzarella”.  This recipe makes 12 and the serving size is 2 per person.

You need:

  • 8oz. of spinach
  • 1 cup of Daiya mozzarella shreds
  • 6 eggs
  • 2-3 cups of breadcrumbs –  there are non-dairy options out there like these
  • salt & pepper
  • any dried seasoning that you like – I chose basil, oregano, and garlic powder
  • olive oil (for greasing the pan)

Step 1 – Heat up a kettle or pot with a few cups of water. Pour boiling water into a bowl with your 8oz of spinach,  after 3 minutes, drain the water well and (be careful- the spinach will be hot) rub the spinach down with paper towels, pressing out the excess water.  Finely chop the spinach.

Step 2 – Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl and add extra breadcrumbs if the mix has too much liquid from the spinach.  Rub olive oil on the muffin tin.

Step 3 – Distribute mix into a muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350.  If the spinach bombs are not browning on the top or easily lifting out of the tin, bake another 5 minutes at 400.

 

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