Last weekend was bottling day for the Beer Making Process. It was very interesting to me. But mostly, it was fun to see how much fun Mr. G and our son in law Jake were having. They were like a couple of little boys on Christmas morning.
They are starting a siphon to transfer the beer that has been proofing, from one barrel to another. They had to distribute the sugar water into the beer to begin the next process by which the sugar water creates the carbonation after the beer is bottled, and rests another 2 weeks.
Oh, and they trashed my kitchen! Here they are talking about what to do next.
Today, I cooked all day. I wanted to make a meal to bring over to my neighbors house this afternoon. I made a big tray of baked ziti, a green salad and a home made loaf of English Muffin bread. French would have been the obvious choice, but this English Muffin bread is perfect for toasting, and I know my friend Sue likes it, so I made that.
This was our baked bow tie pasta. I made a sauce with lean beef, sweet Italian sausage, Italian seasonings. Layer the pasta with ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Then add second layer of pasta, and repeat cheese layers. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. For ours, I made a salad of fresh orange and avocado. If you have not tried this combination before, I suggest you do! If I had some butter bib lettuce, I would have used that in the salad too. But it was wonderful just with those two ingredients, and a bit of fresh ground sea salt and black pepper.
Over the weekend, we had a cold rain! Once in while, we get snow on the mountains right above us. These are the Santa Ana Mountains. They are very close. We hike up there from time to time, and have even seen deer! On Sunday morning the snow was beautiful!!! I leave you with a few photos of the beauty of those mountains after a dusting of snow. These were taken from our front yard.