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Dark and Brewding (Minus the Dark)

Dark and Brewding (Minus the Dark)

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So, in general, when we get invited to an event it is to try a new restaurant or to try the new menu at a restaurant we have been to before. This time the event was a little different though; we were invited to schmooze with a brew master, taste his beer and snack on appetizers that went well with said beer. The beer man (not Spoonman, that’s Soundgarden) in question was Brian Peters, the restaurant at which he works his magic, Uncle Billy’s on Lake Travis and his product, absolutely stellar beer made right there on the spot.

We tried all of the available beers at the pub in order from lightest in flavor and color to richest and darkest. I thought everything we had was great, the Bottle Rocket lager is now my second favorite lager/pilsner style beer after Paulaner Pils. I would like to focus on a few that really got my attention though: the Agave Wheat, the Hop Zombie IPA and the Woodeye IPA. The Agave Wheat is the perfect example of a great German wheat beer, nicely balanced with great flavor and not too much body, the perfect hot day beer. The nose is a little sweet and very malty, but the maltiness does not make the beer too thick or too heavy, instead you are left with a nice medium bodied beer full of great spicy notes and ester flavors (ester is the flavor some people describe as sort of like banana in many German Hefeweizens). The Hop Zombie is a nice, punchy India Pale Ale, perfect for a hop head like me. The beer resounds with that great hoppy flavor and aroma you look for in any good IPA, a little bitter, a little sour and a lot floral. One of my favorite things about this beer is he uses the Amarillo hop for aroma, a personal favorite of mine. Brain said he named this beer because hop freaks, like myself, often seem like they have risen from the dead to get their IPA’s, they walk in the bar and don’t even say "Hi.", just "What’s your hoppiest beer?" Well Brian, I gotta say that I would definitely come stumbling into your pub for one of these, looking for all the world like I just came off of one of George A. Romero’s movies only uttering the word "Hops, HOPS!" Finally, the Woodeye IPA, another nicely hopped beer. This one is not only hoppy, but a little oaky as well, since it is barrel aged. This beer has a nice balance of smokiness and hops that hits the palate just perfectly.

The appetizers were very nice, homemade kettle chips, wings and spicy fried pickle chips. I love fried pickles, I don’t care If it’s chips or spears, just give me a fried pickle and I’ll devour it like a hungry llama(llama’s being the most ferocious eaters when they are famished, look it up!). These fried pickles were stellar, not too much breading, perfectly sour and salty with just a little bit of spice to them. They were the perfect complement to the beer that was flowing like wine (or beer as the case may be).

This was a fantastic night at a great location with some wonderful beer and food. Thanks to Brian Peters for having us out and sharing some of his vast knowledge of all things brew with us. We look forward to coming back out again for a pint soon!

Dragon City Complete Dragon Breeding How To Guide

Your favorite complete breeding guide for Dragon City is now updated for 2014! Dragon breeding is a unique part of the game play in Dragon City. However, it is hard to figure out how to breed what without the formula. In this guide, we will provide some formulas and tutorials on how to breed the dragons that you love and use in Dragon City. Please share this guide with your Dragon City and facebook friends if you have found it helpful. Lastly please check out the rest of our Dragon City guides.

This definite Dragon City Breeding guide 2014 has been updated. We have made this best breeding guide even better this time around. All the dragons breeding have been included plus better organization to help you keep track of your breeding progress. Unlike other breeding guides or calculators, we have organized the information so that all the breeding combinations are easy to use and follow. Please enjoy and share this simple 2014 updated breeding guide Dragon City with your friends!

Please note that we have made multiple improvements to this updated dragon city breeding guide 2014. We hope that this can improve your game play and please feel free to leave comments! Please note while updating this guide, we have taken out majority of the old update news because well, they are quite outdated. All of the breeding combos work, however some of they may take luck and persistence to work, good luck in getting the dragon breeding that you need!

Getting started

To breed any Pokémon, a ranch block is required.

After placing down a ranch block, two Pokémon from the player's PC (not the player's party) can be put into the ranch block, where they will begin to wander within a 9×9 block area around the ranch block. If these Pokémon are compatible for breeding, the breeding process will begin. Before 7.0.0 the ranch block could hold up to six Pokémon and multiple breeding processes could occur concurrently within the ranch block if there were multiple pairs of compatible Pokémon.

Best Homemade Chocolate Cake

Move over cafeteria lady and Principal Trenchpult! This cake is taking center stage, minus the sweat she added to her’s. (Remember that chocolate cake on Matilda? Please tell me you’ve seen that adorable movie)

Anyway, goodness yall, I do apologize for taking so long to get this chocolate cake to you. I usually only make it for special occasions (usually last minute), but this week my husband requested it out of the blue.

Perfect timing because I’ve been getting so many requests for a chocolate cake. It was about time I gave this chocolate poke cake and devils food cake some company.

What Makes This Chocolate Cake EPIC

1. The Buttermilk: Chocolate cake NEEDS buttermilk. It’s a match made in heaven and creates a very subtle tang that compliments the chocolate like a boss!
2. The Coffee: Coffee really bumps up the flavor of chocolate. You won’t be able to taste it in the cake, and it helps create a moister texture as well.
3. Oil: As much as I love butter, chocolate cake is best with oil. It keeps it moist and light.
4. Brown Sugar: Brown sugar belongs in chocolate cake. Not only does it add to the moisture but it works well for flavor.
5. Dark cocoa powder: Using dark unsweetened cocoa powder creates that dark and lovely color

This chocolate cake is everything a chocolate cake needs to be. Moist, dark, fluffy, and oh so chocolatey! It’s incredible the first day but seems to get even better (and darker) the next day.

It’s full of everything good, holy and fattening! I hope you aren’t dieting this time of year. I mean….that sounds like cruel and unusual punishment anyway with all these yummy holidays back to back!

There’s Thanksgiving and all that comfort food, Christmas with all those decadent treats and then New Years is right around the corner with those tantalizing cocktails. Mercy!

More power to ya if you’re on a diet sister! But I’ll leave this photo riiiiiiight here.

Not trying to bribe you to cheat on your diet or anything just saying. Look at it!! Just look at it!!

The chocolate buttercream frosting is EVERYTHING on this cake! It’s full of dark cocoa powder, butter, sugar, and heavy whipping cream. Yeah, you already know what time it is right?

Pass the milk!

Oct 09

Easy and Delicious Black Buttercream That Won’t Stain Your Teeth!

It’s true! You can actually make a black buttercream without the fear of staining all your guests’ teeth black!

You’ve had that fear before, right? No? Just me?

Black Buttercream Attempt #1

It actually wasn’t just a fear. I actually did dye all my guests’ mouths black at Westin’s 3rd birthday party. At the time Westin was hugely into superheroes and asked for a Batman cake. Not knowing nearly as much as I do now, I thought using a vanilla buttercream base was the best way to tint any frosting. Ha!

I had to use SO much black food gel to turn that white frosting black that a single bite of the cake quickly tinted everyone’s mouths’ completely black. I couldn’t believe it! Well, actually I could based on how much food gel I knew went into that frosting – so I guess a better way to say it is, I was so embarrassed!

Black Buttercream Attempt #2

Since then, I haven’t even thought about making black frosting until last year when I tried Sweetapolita’s Black Chocolate Cake and Black Chocolate Frosting. What did I learn? First and foremost, you’ve got to start with a chocolate based frosting! That seems like a no-brainer now, but back in the day, the thought didn’t even cross my mind.

Sweetapolita’s black chocolate frosting is fudge-y and delicious, but I made a few tweaks to the recipe for taste and to simplify it even more.

Black Buttercream Attempt #3

There are a few key components to making black buttercream black without staining your guests’ teeth. Here are the essentials:

I like Americolor’s Super Black food gel, but Wilton also has a great one if that’s easier for you to track down.

Next, you really need a dark or black cocoa powder. I like Extra Brute Cocao Barry (linked in the recipe), but there are several other “black” cocoa powders you can find on Amazon. I have also tried Hershey’s Special Extra Dark Cocoa Powder which you can get just about anywhere now. It works great! The cocoa didn’t change the flavor at all, and only had to use 1 teaspoon black food gel to darken it just a bit more.

And lastly, give this frosting some time to rest. It will likely not look black right away. The color will darken the longer it sits out (just like my red and blue frosting). I recommend you make this frosting a day before you want to use it. It can be stored covered in the refrigerator for the night or left at room temperature for half a day.

Breeding Legendary Dragons

successfull Legendary breeding

Light and Dark elements are exclusive to Legendary dragons. To obtain them, certain rules need to be followed:

  • Legendary dragons can be obtained only by breeding two Epic dragons
  • Both Epic dragons need to share one element. Two shared elements won't work, regardless if the species are the same or different.
  • Shared element determines if the Legendary outcome will have a Light or Dark element.
  • The non-shared elements of both Epic dragons determine which 2 Legendaries will be possible outcomes. Because of that, there are always two possible Legendary breeding outcomes being both Light or Dark. There is no way of having only 1 possible outcome or both Light and Dark Legendaries.

Cernunnos Ammit

Possible Legendary Results:

Shared element is Nature, which means the possible Legendary outcomes have the Dark element.

The non-shared elements are Metal and Earth, which narrow the possibilities to Asura and Kur.

Fairy Velociraptor

Possible Legendary Results:

Example of a breeding combination for Light Legendary dragons.

Ruby Sword

Possible Legendary Results:

Because the parents share both of their elements, there is no Legendary outcome.

Spiced Rum Milk Punch

The Milk Punch is a classic cocktail that traditionally combines brandy or rum with sugar, vanilla extract and milk (of course). Its history is extensive, dating to at least the 1600s, when the recipe first appeared in print. Benjamin Franklin was a fan, and so was Queen Victoria—so there’s a reasonable chance you’ll like it, too.

Today, it’s common to find all manner of Milk Punches, including clarified versions, in which citrus is used to curdle the milk, the solids are strained, and you’re left with a beautifully clear cocktail. This Spiced Rum Milk Punch, however, sticks close to the traditional version. It comes from bartender Abigail Gullo, who created the drink while working at Sobou in New Orleans, a town with a predilection for the creamy concoction.

Gullo starts with spiced rum, merging the flavorful spirit with milk, simple syrup and vanilla extract before dusting the surface with freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon. The result is similar to Eggnog—which is a type of milk punch—but minus the egg. So it’s a great option for anyone who desires a rich and delicious treat that’s quick and easy.

The Spiced Rum Milk Punch and its many cousins can be enjoyed any time of day, but they are most popular during brunch, particularly in New Orleans. The combination of protein-packed milk with eye-opening rum is enough to kick-start any morning.

  • 4 scoops Slender Pancakes (Use Vegan Pancakes for VG)
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Slender Blend (Use Vegan Slender Blend for VG)
  • 2 large strawberries
  • 100ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 squares dark chocolate

Add Slender Pancakes and Slender Blend to the milk & shake well

Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil to a pan

Pour the pancake mixture into the centre

Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl in the microwave

Drizzle the melted dark chocolate over the pancakes and add toppings

With the mix of richness and one of the greatest anti oxidants on the planet, dark chocolate, this recipe will fuel your day and help you to feel good!

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5-Ingredient Vegan Dark Chocolate



  • 1 1/4 cup finely chopped cacao butter*
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder (sifted // I prefer using half cocoa, half cacao for flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup*
  • 1 healthy pinch sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional )
  • 3 Tbsp cacao nibs




Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

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  1. Combine all your ingredients except the milk, Baileys, and garnish together in a pot. Whisk until smooth (get in there with a spatula if needed—you want to make sure all the ingredients are fully incorporated).
  2. Set the burner to medium high heat and whisk continuously for 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in the milk and Baileys. Turn the burner up to high and heat the hot chocolate for about 7 minutes or until steaming, whisking every once in a while. Watch it carefully if it starts to simmer and turn down the heat if it looks like it might boil.
  4. To store, chill in a sealed tupperware container for up to 24 hours. To reheat, whisk gently in the storage container until the chocolate that has settled to the bottom redistributes evenly throughout the liquid. Transfer to a pot on the stove and heat on high for 7 minutes or until steaming.
  5. Enjoy in a sledge during a Narnian winter!

That’s it for our Narnia menu! Curious as to what our next Book of the Month will be? Tune in on Sunday for hint!


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