8-oz Gingerale + 3 Tbsp Butterscotch syrup + ReddiWhip = Tummyache

But it was delicious, and looked exactly like the drink Hermione and the boys were enjoying at The Three Broomsticks. I think maybe next time I should cut the recipe in half, because even though my tastebuds wanted more, my stomach definitely had its limits.

Ale + Egg Yolks + Sugar + Nutmeg + Butter = ???

It has sort of a before-taste rather than an aftertaste... when it first goes in your mouth it's definitely unpleasant, but only for a milisecond, and then it's sweet. It was confusing really. Tia said it wasn't disgusting, but it wasn't good either... I think that about sums it up. After a few sips, I decided I wasn't in the mood and poured it down the drain. It wasn't much different than the Egg Beaters version I made earlier except for the funky before-taste and a slightly more golden color.

So... my butterbeer experiment is done. We have a clear winner, and it's got gingerale in it. I'll take the remaining 2 cans of Blonde Bombshell ale to my dad and let him enjoy them.

I keep adding to my website. I wanted to add Google Friend Connect so I could get comments and people could 'join' and 'share' and do all sorts of neat things, but Weebly doesn't support it yet. Other than that though, Weebly has been fantastic. I know nothing about websites or indexing or web crawlers or robots.txt files or root directories, this is all new to me... and FRUSTRATING. Google pretends to make gadgets for the technologically retarded ("no programming required!"), but they're grossly overestimating my abilities. The most frustrating part of the whole thing is that when you go to look for useful help files... they don't exist. They figure they've told you all you need to know in the little video snippets. *laugh*

I still haven't found a search tool for my site that actually works (granted I'm bitching about free stuff), it always comes back telling me that nothing has been found, or it goes out onto the web to look. Not sure it matters right now, but I think I'm eventually going to clutter up my site with so much information that a search tool would be nice to have. Ah well.

Time to go have lunch, hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Went to the store to get gingerale and butterscotch syrup for gingerbeer 2.0, and since I was getting ice cream topping, I wandered down the ice cream aisle... OMG, they had ginger ice cream!  Haagen Daas ginger ice cream, some new-fangled marketing scheme, 5-ingredient ice cream and it's lovely... love... ly... Some ice cream tastes good for a couple of bites, until your tongue freezes, and then you may as well stop -- but this -- this was good until the last bite...

I also bought eggs, because I have 4 more cans of ale, and I'm going to try gingerbeer 1.0 with just yolks this time. Not expecting a significantly different outcome, but... I have 4 more cans of ale.

And it's raining!  I went outside and twirled around in it just to make sure, and it was... water was falling from the sky... just like rain. I love rain.

 
 

So... butterbeer... not the most disgusting thing I've ever tasted...

The guy who magically appeared by the beer cooler at Spec's said this Blonde Bombshell was really good... and the guy at the counter independently verified it, so I'm guessing I started with a good base.

Brought the ale to boil and realized I had Egg Beaters in the fridge... so that's egg white and yolk, so I have a feeling this was supposed to be thicker, but... it's okay--I can drink it. It still tastes a lot like ale, just a little sweeter, and it's warm, so it kind of tingles a little as the carbonation hits my tongue. You have to keep in mind that I don't like the taste of beer or, in this case, ale, so I'm probably not the best judge, but it tasted alright, the eggs aren't as bad as you might think.

I think where I went wrong, is that I assumed a butterbeer was a butterbeer was a butterbeer, and apparently the consensus on butterbeer in the HP universe is that it's more of a cream soda + butterscotch syrup concoction, or sometimes it has milk in it. In fact, there are ten different recipes listed on this website alone: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/333367/harry_potter_top_10_butterbeer_recipes_pg3.html?cat=22


So I can say I tried it out, and it wasn't half bad. Other people might actually like it. And tomorrow I'll try the frou frou version, which is what I think Hermione might have been drinking... and ironically probably has fewer calories even though it looks more decadent...


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Played hookey from work today so that I could watch the new Harry Potter movie... so worth it. It was the best one yet... but also the saddest (yes, I cried). It's amazing to see the words of the book translated onto the screen... it's a testament to JK Rowling's descriptive abilities that watching some of it was like deja vu; my imagination and the film were pretty close.

Butterbeer looked so good that I found a recipe online and will add it to my recipe page as soon as I finish writing this. Looks almost like egg nog with beer instead of rum... or maybe hot buttered rum, but with beer and eggs... I don't normally like beer, but I'm willing to try it out. Hopefully I won't like this either, I'm sure it has about a zillion calories... but something about the way it looks just calls to me...

Looks like there are some good movies on the horizon, another tween novel, The Lightning Thief, as well as Robert Downey, Jr in Sherlock Holmes (and though I never would have imagined it, the trailer was really interesting... besides, I love Sherlock Holmes). I feel like there's been a drought of good movies lately, so it's nice to see that there are a few to get excited about.

I always enjoy taking a day off from work. I feel like I get a lot done. If I didn't have to work for a living I could accomplish so much more. There are some people who continue to work well past retirement age because they claim that they have nothing else to do--I don't intend to be one of them. There are about a million things that I could think of to fill my time instead: travel, gardening, writing, reading, learning new things (languages, cooking classes, knitting, brewing mead, etc), hiking, fixing up the house, relaxing (and of course, spending time with friends and family, but that kinda goes without saying).

All in all, I wish I had more time to spend on personal pursuits (and more money, because some of those pursuits require it), but alas, don't we all? It's the human condition.


 

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