Virtual Vegetarian Cooking Class Through Penn State Extension

Looking into eating vegetarian? Maybe you already started but needs some tips and ideas? Penn State Extension is offering a virtual vegetarian cooking event called: Let’s Cook At Home: Vegetarian.

Vegetarian meals provide an opportunity to explore new flavors and recipes that highlight plant-based foods. Join “Let’s Cook at Home: Vegetarian” and learn how to eat a balanced, plant-based diet with tips to make traditional entrées the vegetarian way. This event is for anyone who wants to improve their diet and health and explore the health benefits of plant-based eating. Participants will learn how to prepare a healthy, vegetarian meal, plan a balanced plant-based diet, and simple cooking techniques and recipe modifications for vegetarian recipes.

Register

This live webinar will take place September 27 from 12:00 pm – 1 pm EST. Registration is $10. You must register in order to receive a link to the webinar. You can register for the Let’s Cook At Home: Vegetarian cooking event here: https://extension.psu.edu/lets-cook-at-home-vegetarian

About Penn State Extension

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Penn State Extension offers a variety of online non-credit courses for the public. Consumers can access educational articles, videos, online courses and publications at their convenience, and register for regional in-person workshops and online webinars on a wide range of topics.

Great Tasting Energy Tea from Zest Tea

When you think about tea, what do you think of? Honestly I have so many thoughts. I think of a cold refreshing tea on a hot summer day. I think about a nice warm cup of morning tea to start my day. I think about a beverage that has benefits beyond quenching my thirst pallet.

Zest Tea offers a variety of energy teas to enjoy anytime you need a boost of energy.

This high caffeine tea is delicious, refreshing, and just the kick you need without the crash.

Zest Tea loose leaf tea and tea bags are available in 6 different flavors:

  • blue lady
  • pomegranate mojito
  • earl gray
  • cinnamon apple
  • spicy masala chai
  • superberry samba

The Zest Tea sparkling teas are available in different flavors and varieties

  • Passionfruit Berry (this is the flavor I sampled and LOVE IT!)
  • Sweet Chai Infusion
  • Pomegranate Mint
  • Blackberry Lime Zero Sugar
  • Blood Orange Mango Zero Sugar
  • Cucumber Melon Zero Sugar

So what is in a cup of Zest Tea caffeinated tea?

  • ENERGY: Up to 150mg caffeine = 3x regular tea
  • FOCUS: 40mg L-Theanine = no jitters, no crash
  • HEALTH: Natural, Non-GMO certified ingredients

Honestly, I loved all the teas. The flavors, the quality of the tea, the fragrance, it was definitely high quality.

One thing I really loved though was the Sparkling Teas for the summer. Cold, refreshing, crisp, just what I need on a hot day. I took several cans with me when we went to the beach. Because Zest Tea is the tea with the most caffeine, it’s great for long road trips. The added focus benefit was awesome too.

I’m usually the one driving when we go on roadtrips. My husband actually enjoys the fact that I drive and it benefits me because I get motion sickness as a passenger. I’ve tried a lot of caffeinated drinks during road trips but this was by far the best. I’m gonna have to order more for our next trip. We’re headed to State College in November to see Kane Brown, just me and the hubs.It’s a long awaited overnight getaway for me and the hubs. That hasn’t happened without the kids in a couple years.

With the kids starting back to school I’ll be enjoying my sips of hot Zest Tea on the porch while waiting for the bus to drop them off. That way I’ll be sure to meet them with the same energy they meet me with.

You can check out Zest Tea out here. I haven’t had the opportunity to try the zero sugar but the flavors sound amazing. I’ve been trying to cut sugar out of my beverages because it’s a pretty easy way to start reducing daily sugar intake.

GIVEAWAY

1 US winner will win a 20 ct package of Zest Tea tea bags.

Zest Tea

I received sample products in order to complete this post. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Hosting a Board Game Night At Your Bar

Hosting a board game night at your bar can be a fun way to draw in a crowd, particularly if you have nights that are typically slow business nights. If your game nights are special events, be sure to advertise them well so people know to come. Here are a few other tips for using board games to boost your bar business.

Choose Great Games

When you offer games for your bar patrons to play, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. First, choose games that can be completed fairly quickly. Monopoly is probably not a game people would choose to play when going out for the evening. Second, choose a wide variety of games. Some people like classic games like cribbage or backgammon. Others are into fantasy or strategy games. Having plenty of choices means everyone is likely to find something they can enjoy. Also, be sure to have some games that can be played by only two players, and some that can be enjoyed by a large group.

Offer Special Drinks

Once your bar has its liquor license Houston TX in place, you can start planning fun drink offerings. Creating a specialty, game-themed drink for the evening can get everyone in the board game mood. If one of your games is Clue, why not offer a bloody mary, or a specialty cocktail featuring blood orange? A rousing game of Apples to Apples would certainly be improved by an appletini or two. Offering special drink pricing at the beginning of the evening can encourage patrons to arrive early and get settled in.

Host a Competition

Some board games work quite well for a bracket-style tournament. You can plan a quick, one-night competition, or a multi-week series of tournament game nights, culminating in a final victory round. Think of games such as Scrabble or Parcheesi that can be learned easily by most people and require some amount of strategy, rather than just luck. Offering prizes is a sure way to bring in more competitors. Some venues choose to charge an entry fee, and others just count on increased sales for the evening. You can also choose to have teams register in advance, or let people join in at the last minute. Offering team-matching services can help include patrons who don’t already have a team to play with.

Offering your bar customers an evening of board game fun is a great way to increase patronage on an otherwise slow business night. A good selection of games and drinks will keep people coming back for more of both.

HUGE Wine Deal! TWELVE Bottles of Wine for $89 Shipped!

Sometimes I see wine deals and I just shake my head. Sometimes the price on the wine itself is great but then they want to charge a crazy amount for shipping. Then the deal is no longer and deal. They hook people with wine prices and keep quiet on the shipping until you’re filling out your shipping info. I dislike that a lot. I abandon the cart and hope for a better deal down the road.

Splash Wines has an awesome deal that will take advantage of you with the shipping! Get TWELVE, yes TWELVE, bottles of Summer White/ Rosè Wines for $89 plus free shipping. That breaks down to about $7.42 per bottle.

So maybe you’re thinking, yea but what kinds of wines could they be for that price? They probably taste like grape juice with rubbing alcohol. Well they’re gonna throw that thought out the window. Each box has 12 premium wines, including 4 bottles of Gold Medal Winning Chardonnay and Rosè valued at $44 each. All of this for only $7.42 per bottle + FREE SHIPPING.

So maybe the next point would be “but I don’t like Rosè Wines” or “I don’t like white wines” It’s cool, we all have our likes and dislikes. When you order this package you can choose: all white wines, all Rosè Wines, or a mixed case. The choice is yours! This is one of the best wine deals I’ve seen in a while.

There are some state exceptions sadly. Not available to ship in UT, HI, AK, MS, KY, RI, DE and MI. Sorry guys, but thems the rules. Oh and, of course you have to be 21+ years of age to order.

I’m thinking I’m gonna jump on this deal. I buy this and I probably won’t need to buy wine for the rest of the year. Maybe, we’ll see how school goes this year lol.

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National Cheese Lover’s Day With Wisconsin Cheese Monday January 2020

When you think about the US and everything it’s known for, a lot of things come to mind. When you think of Hershey, Pennsylvania, for instance, you might think of chocolate. When you think of Philadelphia you might think of cheesesteaks. When you think of Florida you might think of Disney World or the miles of beautiful beaches. When you think of Wisconsin you might think of the Green Bay Packer or cheese. After all, they do call them cheese heads right?

Wisconsin has earned its reputable name in the cheesemaking industry with a legacy of over 175 years – before Wisconsin was even a state! Differentiating itself from other cheese-loving states, Wisconsin is home to one of only two Master Cheesemaker programs in the WORLD – making it a hub for high quality, top-notch cheese shops and enthusiastic cheese lovers.

Here are just some highlights on our virtual cheese tour through Wisconsin today:

–          Andy Hatch’s Uplands Cheese (Dodgeville, WI)

    Upland farm’s location and layout is specified to curate the most flavorful and fresh cheese by producing cheese in accordance to the season. Cheesemaker Andy Hatch spent years making cheese in Europe before returning home to Wisconsin to create his award-winning varieties.

–          Marieke® Gouda Store & Penterman Farm (Thorpe, WI)

    Known for its’ modern twist on family farming and award-winning Marieke Gouda, created by Master Cheesemaker Marieke Penterman who came to the U.S. from the Netherlands and essentially earned her green card from cheesemaking!

Marieke Penterman Wisconsin Cheesemaker

–          Dane County Farmers’ Market (Madison, WI)

   America’s largest producers-only farmers’ market with specialty products from approximately 275 vendors throughout the year, this is a can’t-miss stop overlooked by the beautiful Capitol building.

–          Emmi Roth Cheese (Monroe, WI)

   Visit the leading provider of specialty cheeses inspired by two distinct cheesemaking regions – Emmi, imported from Switzerland and Roth from the State of Cheese™, Wisconsin!

–          Fromagination Artisan Cheese Store (Madison, WI)

   Iconic WI cheese shop that offers an array of artisanal cheeses and leaving guests with a truly immersed cheese-loving experience.

–          Widmer’s Cheese Cellars (Theresa, WI)

   Operating for more than 80 years, Widmer’s is renowned for producing the finest Brick, Cheddar and Colby cheese in the world. You’ll be greeted by Owner Joe Widmer, the third of three generations of Master Cheesemakers in the Widmer family.

–          Carr Valley Cheese Company (La Valle, WI)

o    Operating for over 100 years, with over 8 locations throughout WI, Carr Valley has won a variety of awards on the basis of tradition and taste. Owned and operated by the Cook family, including Master Cheesemaker Sid Cook who is a fourth-generation cheesemaker.

–          Wisconsin Cheese Mart (Madison and Milwaukee, WI)

    Wisconsin Cheese Mart carries over 150 cheese varieties and ships cheese to all 50 states. Cheese Marts efforts to provide its customers with both quality and quantity does not go unrecognized, as they carry an array of award-winning cheeses.

Julie Hook Wisconsin Cheesemaker

–          Roelli Cheese Haus (Schullsburg, WI)

    Roelli prides itself on four generations of Roelli family cheesemaking. Chris Roelli is a fourth-generation cheesemaker and in 2015, became one of Wisconsin’s distinguished Master Cheesemakers – cranking out over 135,000 lbs. of cheese per year at Roelli Cheese Haus!