Brewmaster // Twin Stripe

It’s that time of year when everyone is staying indoors, keeping out of the cold and snow. It also means that it’s soup season and what better to pair yummy soup with than a glass of tasty beer! I’ve paired five different combinations of soup and beer together, so you can find something to match your taste.

One pairing that you can’t go wrong with is she-crab soup with an Allagash White or Hitachino Nest White Ale. This crab soup makes my mouth water just thinking about it and pairs nicely with a witbier like the light and delicious Allagash White. Any shellfish soup will pair well with a witbier if crab isn’t your thing.

Oskar Blue’s Mamas Little Yella Pils is well matched with a vegetable soup like this Italian orzo spinach soup. Little Yella Pils or Victory’s Prima Pils will not overwhelm the spices in this soup while the clean hops flavor complements the vegetables perfetly.

Brewmaster Soups // Twin Stripe

1. She-crab soup from Southern Living + Allagash White  |  2.  Italian orzo spinach soup from Gime Some Oven + Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yella Pils  |  3. Chuck Roast with Balsamic and Dijon soup from The Wicked Noodle +  Bear Republic Red Rocket Amber  |  4. Quick Healthy Chili from Camille Styles + Bells Kalamazoo Stout  |  5. White Cheddar Potato Garlic soup from the Curvy Carrot + Odell Brewing IPA

If you are craving a heartier soup, try pairing chuck roast with balsamic and dijon soup with the smooth caramel flavor of Bear Republic Red Rocket Amber or Bell’s Amber Ale. These ambers have nice caramel undertones that will really let the meat and onions of the soup shine through.

Who wouldn’t love this quick healthy chili recipe that will pair perfectly with Bells Kalamazoo Stout or Left Coast Brewing Voo Doo Stout. Stouts are perfect this time of year to match up with a hearty healthy chili. Chili comes in a variety of ingredients and flavors, so, depending on your recipe another great pairing are spiced fall beers that might be left over or on super sale at your market. Fall spices will blend well with a heavily seasoned chili or if you’re making your own batch of chili, I suggest pouring some in while you’re cooking.

Lastly the bitterness of the Odell Brewing IPA or Ballast Point Sculpin IPA will pair well with this white cheddar potato garlic soup.  If you haven’t tried IPAs and cheese, they are a perfect match. The hoppy notes of the IPAs are a great balance to strong cheeses like sharp cheddar.

I hope that one of these soups fits your fancy and you end up with a new favorite soup and beer. I for one can’t wait to try the white cheddar soup from the Curvy Carrot which will go great with one of the many IPAs I have stocked in my beer fridge.  Here’s hoping you find a new favorite to warm up with!

Brewmaster Chad

Redhot Popcorn // Twin StripeThis may come as no surprise to you, but I am a huge fan of all things Valentine’s Day: the color pink, hearts, candy, cards and more! I also love adding modern elements – colors, glitter, animal prints and more – to the traditional Valentine’s Day aesthetic. When I was planning the packaging for my favorite Valentine’s Day treat, red hot popcorn, I decided to go bold and graphic and create leopard print “fry boxes” with neon hearts on them. As I mentioned, these boxes are also the perfect vehicle to house my beloved red hot popcorn.

Redhot Popcorn in Valentine's Day Fry Boxes // Twin Stripe

If you haven’t tried red hot popcorn, I highly recommend it! It is one of Chad’s favorite Valentine treats and his mom, Alice, was kind enough to share her secret recipe with us. Be careful, this popcorn is addictive!

Red Hot Popcorn: Ingredients

20 cups popped popcorn (around 2 1/2 bags)
9 oz. Red Hots candy
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt

Put popcorn in a large grocery bag. Mix remaining ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave on high until boiling. Stir and cook one additional minute and pour over popcorn. Shake the bag vigorously. Put the bag in microwave one minute on high and shake. Repeat once more, microwaving then shaking. Pour popcorn on large cookie sheet and wait until it cools. Once cool, break up and eat! Store in an air tight container.

Redhot Poprcorn in Valentine's Day Fry Boxes // Twin StripeIn addition to making tasty red hot popcorn, I decorated my fry kraft paper boxes in crazy leopard print paper with a bright pink hear. Decorating your own boxes is easy and just a few tools are need:

Supplies

Fry Kraft Paper Boxes
Scissors
Glue Stick
Pencil
Assorted paper(s)
Heart Paper Punch

To decorate the boxes, you can use any paper that strikes your fancy. I found wrapping paper worked well. Once I picked out my paper, I disassembled one of the fry boxes to use as a stencil. I traced the front panel on my paper and cut the piece out. I carefully glued them to the front of the fry boxes and added the neon heart in the middle.

Filled with treats, these boxes make fun gifts. Using a different papers will help keep the boxes versatile and ready to go for any occasion. Fill them with red hot popcorn and they make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for anyone in your life!

katie

Even though they are not be teaching cursive in grade schools, I believe the art of the handwritten greeting card will never go out of style. I can easily spend hours in a card store drooling over all the beautiful cards – letterpress, foil, hand painted, scripted and more – I don’t discriminate!

DIY Greeting  Polka Dot Card Box // Twin Stripe

I often find myself purchasing a few each time I find myself in a new stationery store. Until recently I didn’t have one central location to store all the cards, so I could never find the right card when I needed it. I remembered that my mom had a box at home that she kept greeting cards in organized by category which seemed like the perfect solution for my greeting card problem. With just a few supplies, I easily organized my greeting card collection in style.

DIY Greeting  Polka Dot Card Box // Twin StripeCard Source

Supplies:

I picked up a simple unstained wood box from Michael’s to store my greeting card collection. I choose to stain my box with cherry stain we had leftover from another project. (Here are some great tips if you are new to staining wood.) Let the wood stain dry at least four hours. If you don’t want to stain the wood, you can also paint the box a color of your choosing or leave it natural.

Once the stain was completely dry, I used a medium size foam pouncer to apply polka dots with acrylic paint on all sides of the box. After they dried, I painted the inside of my box, which remained unstained, metallic gold for a bit of sparkle.

DIY Greeting  Polka Dot Card Box // Twin Stripe

To make category dividers, I cut strips of card stock into 5.25″ x 2″ and wrote what each section contained. It will help keep me organized for years to come and I now know I don’t need to buy Thanksgiving cards this year!

Tip: I also pick up birthday cards for friends and family months in advance if I see the perfect card. So I don’t forget who the card is for, I write the recipient’s name and birthdate on a Post-It note as a reminder as shown in the second photo.

Category Suggestions:

  • Birthday
  • Wedding/Engagement/Shower
  • Anniversary
  • Baby
  • Friendship
  • Hello/blank
  • Encouragement
  • Condolence
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah
  • New Year

Valentine's Day Card Roundup // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from top left: Donuts About You, Paper Source  |  Girl Scout Cookies, The Patterned Owl  |  Je T’aime, Sugar Paper  |  Hey Lover, The Social Type  |  I Pine For You, Rifle Paper Co.  |  All the Single Ladies, Sea & Lake Paper Co.  |  Viva Love Paint Cards, Yellow Owl Workshop

If you don’t have card collection yet, you must start by picking up some Valentine’s to add to your greeting card box. I love the ‘Single Ladies’ card for your single BFF and the Girl Scout cookie card for your significant other, but honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these beauties. Do you have a large greeting card collection? How do your organize it?

katie

Earlier this week, Jess of Twenty Six and Not Counting asked if I would be her blog wife. After she got personal by answering questions from this New York Times essay, ‘To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This’, I had to say ‘yes!’ and participate in the challenge that Hallie of Corals and Cognacs first began.

Katie - Let's Fall in Love // Twin StripePhoto by Ali Turner

The New York Times essay shares the secret to falling in love with anyone – just answer a series of 36 questions truthfully with your partner and a sense of intimacy will be created and accelerated. I decided to accept Hallie’s challenge and answered a handful of the 36 questions. I want you all to get to know me better and this seems a great way to do that. Let’s see if we can fall in love.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
I’m a huge fan of Mindy Kaling. She is smart, funny, beautiful and would be the most fun dinner guest. I’d totally serve burgers, fries and margaritas!

Would you like to be famous? In what way?
I don’t want to be a household name, but I would love for Twin Stripe to grow and have an even larger readership.

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
I don’t rehearse, but depending on the type of call I have to make, I will think through what needs to be said.

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
A day spent with loved ones makes for a “perfect” day. We don’t need to do anything fancy – just have good conversation and tasty food and drink.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
I sing to my dog all of the time and I’m pretty sure he loves it!

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
I have so many things to be grateful for, but I’m most grateful for my loving and supportive family. They are always there for me through thick and thin – supporting my decisions, cheering me on and catching me when I fall.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
I would love to be able to teleport anywhere in the world, like Harry Potter. I would teleport to the beaches of Hawaii on weekends, enjoy workday lunches at Paris cafes and grab a sushi dinner in Tokyo.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?
I would not want to know about my future specifically, but I would want to know what I could do to help improve the future for those coming after me.

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
I would love to own my own business, even if it is just small. I’m making moves to get there sometime soon. I’ll keep you all in the know!

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
Receiving my graduate degree was a proud moment for me. I worked really hard in graduate school, so walking across the stage was a wonderful moment.

What do you value most in a friendship?
Trust and understanding are so important in any relationship.

What is your most treasured memory?
I love looking at Chad and my wedding album. It was a beautiful day filled with so much love, family and friends.

If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?
If I knew I only had a year to live, I would quit my job in order to spend more time with family and friends and complete my travel bucket list.

How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

As I mentioned before, my family is loving and supportive. I don’t know if my childhood was any happier than anyone else’s, but I know I had a wonderful childhood filled with happy memories.

How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?
My mom and I have a great relationship that has only strengthen as I have gotten older. I make sure I talk to her at least one a week, but often times I talk to her more often than that.

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
I would want to take photos – I have a lot on my laptop, so I am inclined to grab that, but I also would want to grab my wedding album.

And so I ask you, are we in love? I would love to hear some of your answers to the 36 questions, so answer a question or two in the comments or tweet me your answer(s). Happy Friday!

katie

Snuggling up with a good book and a cup of coffee is a perfect way to spend a weekend morning. I’ve always loved to read, but for most of last year didn’t make much time to it. In order to change that, I’ve joined a book club with some of my friends from the office. Like all good book clubs, we gather together over wine and snacks to discuss the monthly book.

Cozy Winter Reading List // Twin Stripe

We recently read The Night Circus and The Husband’s Secret. My favorite of the two was The Night Circus, the book was filled with beautiful imagery and an imaginative plot. I’m planning to start the February book, The Rosie Project, this weekend so I can host a book club brunch! a weekend brunch. If you are looking for a good way to get more reading in, be sure to check out a local book club.

Cozy Winter Reading List // Twin Stripe

1. Yes Please, Amy Poehler  |  2. Make It Happen, Lara Casey  |  3. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern  |  4. The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty  |  5.  The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion  |  6.  Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham

Other than my book club books, I received a few books for Christmas, like Amy Poehler’s new one, that  I can’t wait to read. What books do you have on your winter reading list this January?

Also, don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Cara Reed’s Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking cookbook!

katie