A litte bit of Cincy in Seattle

This past weekend we had a bunch of Joshua's beer loving co-workers over for a Cincinnati party. We have a lot of Cincinnati pride and honestly love showing it off a little. Recently there have been some really great breweries popping back up there and so when we were home last time we stuffed a bunch into our checked bag. Then I made signs because it makes me happy and a bunch of Cincinnati food and had a little shindig.
We had skyline dip (duh), goetta, ribs with Montgomery inn bbq sauce, and buckeyes to go with our Cincy brews. It was fun because, all except for one fellow Ohioan friend, no one knew what any of the food was. In Seattle I feel like everyone has such a wide knowledge of squash types and fancy chocolates so it was a blast to watch them scarily dip their chip into the greasy cheese layer that is skyline dip, and come up with brown mush on the chip :)
Good ol' comfort food and they all actually loved it, goetta was a hit!


Plus it was the first party we'd held in our new apartment. Like 16 people were in there milling about and they all fit. It was a fabulous night and we were so giddy to share some of Cincinnati and their up and coming good beer selection with some great people!

our fellow Ohioan had just had a birthday, so we added candles to the buckeye pile


Clay Pigeons


 This past weekend we went out shooting clay pigeons with a friend in the sunshine. Here you can drive into a National Forest and shoot at the sides of mountains, and that's just what we did. Our friend Erin had scouted out places and been here before so we walked our equipment out and set up shop for the day.

Shockingly the day was beautiful and warm and we even got to shed layers throughout the day. Happily on my second shot of a shotgun ever! I hit the clay pigeon (I'm very proud) Sadly that was the only one I hit all day because on my third shot I pinched the nerve in my neck (sadly I do this a few times a year) and was out of the game.

The guys did awesome though, Erin's gun made the clays break into hundreds of pieces and the shatter always felt so satisfactory. Joshua was a pretty good clay pigeon slinger and it was fun watching them try to throw them different ways.

Later on the guys set up clay targets out in the brush grabbed pistols to play what I think of as the Dave & Busters game (you know the old time saloon were targets pop up and you shoot at them) I tried my hand at this, but sadly it hurt my neck quite a bit and I had to concede again. But I seriously felt like I was watching a fun video game with the guys moving around and aiming everywhere- Safely! We were very safe I promise!
Not being able to shot my largest contribution was then snacktime! I brought freshly made homemade apple butter, homemade wheat rolls, dehydrated apples, and addicting chili lime corn nuts. Joshua teased me about my girly spread but once Erin saw it he was pretty excited! All in all snacktime was a huge win :) The whole day was really pleasant and probably one of the last days for awhile that we'll be able to hang out outside all day and still feel our fingers afterwards. I'm glad we got to capitalize on it, even if my neck is still paying for it.