3 B’s: Beer, Brats, Backyard


What do you with your leftover cans of beer? If you just laughed and asked what leftover beer, you’re a good person. I have often found after a party there always a can of beer, as if someone thought it was good etiquette not to drink it or take it with them. This is not a sweet gesture- it leaves me with a pantry full of random beer taking up space and trying to figure out what to do with it. It’s not like you can donate a random six pack. I decided today I could smartly get rid of a bottle by making beer brats on the grill. Since I am in my backyard, I will also give you an update on my backyard dreams. Thought first let eat



  • 1 pack of brats
  • Beer, to cover
  • 1 medium large sweet onion
  • 2 ounces (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 pack of buns
  • Ketchup, and/or mustard.

Directions: Place brats in a Dutch oven with onions and butter, cover the brats with beer. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer until brats are cooked. Remove brats and set aside beer mixture. Grill brats until golden brown and return to beer mixture until ready to serve. Serve brats on buns with, onions, ketchup, and/or mustard.


Water fountain: Let me be clear the damn thing never worked. When we bought our home over a decade ago, the one previous owner said “Oh, it just needs a new tube” Liar! I decided it wasn’t worth my money to fix it, and used it as a planter. However, with the new backyard vision, it had to go. I once again channeled my wonder woman for this project. Forty-five bricks and a mountain of slate and rocks later, it is gone. I did not need a sledge hammer, but I did have to break out my Kobalt hammer. Yes, I felt like a female Thor. I am also itching to wheelbarrow the bricks to the front of our home and tack up a free sign, as this is the time of year where many are working on home projects (what’s yours?). However, my spouse thinks we should save them to either build our own fire pit (no, neither of us have ever done this) or for seating. What would you do with these bricks?


Lighting: Was not a part of the original dream; but just take a look at the before and after and tell me you don’t agree I needed new sconces. Oh, wait, there is no good  before  photo as I was so excited to get these installed.


Deck: Real life moment: this is a tedious fucking nightmare! We have tried sanding and power washing, and only thing that seems to work at this stage is applying paint remover every 30 minutes, scraping, sanding, power washing, and then repeat. Silver lining- we only have come across three boards of dry rot so far. I also experienced a beautiful silent conversation as my spouse and I found our groove we worked in silence with occasional looks that said “I would only do this bull shit for you”.




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