Monday Must-Haves: Home Reminders

I haven’t lived in Vermont for over 9 years, but I still call it home. The majority of my family remains there, as does Husby’s. Looking back, it seems hard to believe that I spent the first 20 years of my life there because the memories seem so faded + distant. I feel as though I can’t navigate my way around there anymore without a GPS, which seems insane to me because I used to drive all over the state aimlessly, when I got my first car, without ever getting lost.

Vermont brings a lot of great memories: playing in the woods, camping, walking everywhere, dirt roads, mountains, swimming in rivers, fresh air, college… the list goes on.

Now, living about 18 hours away (driving), there are a few things that we like to keep around the house to remind us of home:

 

Woodchuck Cider (photo via Pinterest) ~ a nice cold cider on a hot summer day is simply amazing! I’m not a beer drinker, but also great Vermont brews include: Magic Hat, Long Trail + Otter Creek

Vermont State Flag ~ Husby has the VT state flag hanging in our garage. Such a simple design, but it represents Vermont the best.

Vermont Maple Syrup ~ there is nothing better than 100% pure Vermont maple syrup on your pancakes or waffles… or on everything!

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (photo via Pinterest) ~ a freezer isn’t complete without B&J ice cream. With soo many different flavors, I don’t think I can have just one favorite… but among them are: Creme Brulee, Late Night Snack + Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch.

Cabot Cheese (Image Source) ~ hands down, the best cheddar cheese there is out there!

What reminds you of home?

~katie

Cheddar + Chive Guinness Bread

St. Patty’s Day in Savannah is pretty crazy, so we tend to stay away from downtown to avoid the mayhem. Instead, why not stay at home, bake some bread + drink some beer? Try out my version of The Kitchn’s Guinness Bread:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (12 oz) bottle Guinness Extra Stout
  • 1 cup shredded Cabot Reserve Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat your oven to 375 F. Prepare your bread loaf pan with either parchment paper or a light coating of butter.

In your stand mixer (or medium bowl), whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, + salt.

 

Then pour in your beer + mix until the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

 

Fold in your chives + shredded cheddar, reserving 1/4 cup of the cheese for later. Transfer mixture to your prepared loaf pan + pour the melted butter on top. Place in the oven + bake for 30 minutes. Cover the top of the loaf with the remaining cheese + continue to bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

 

Cool bread in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn out on a cooling rack, slice when warm + serve. Don’t forget to crack open a Guinness to drink as well!

 

HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY!

~katie