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Knotzland: Tie’ing Pittsburgh Together

In the world of fashion, artisan bow ties have stood the test of time.  When you decide to wear one, you are making a personal statement about who you are, the richness of your character, and your unique personal style. Pittsburgh business owner and native, Nisha Blackwell, celebrates the endless potential of these small, yet profound fashion statements with her local business, Knotzland.

The Finest of Dining at Nemacolin

2015 has been a year of many firsts, including our first Pittsburgh Blog Swap. And we are the lucky bloggers to guest write for the awesome blog Beezus KiddoAs I was perusing the site, I noticed that one of her 40 before 40 bucket list activities included a weekend stay at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Well, it just so happens that my husband and I loooove Nemacolin, and we’ll take any excuse to get back there.

Beer Peeps

It’s Easter, for Peeps® sake! A very Hoppy Easter to you and your family! This year, we remixed an Easter staple to include our favorite drink: BEER! These boozed up homemade marshmallow treats are made with Penn Brewery’s Ginger Beer. The ginger beer was our obvious go-to because we love the flavor profile of ginger, especially when it’s in candied form. So make these for some-bunny verrry special. Or keep them for yourself when you’re having a bad hare day… We hope you enjoy this peeps offering…Okay, I’ll stop it.

Branding Pennies Pints Pittsburgh w/ Commonwealth Press

A little over a year ago, Tim and I decided to enter the world of blogging. We had absolutely no formal training in any aspects of blogging, but what we did have was an insatiable lust for good beer, good food, and good ol’ Pittsburgh. Our first task at hand was coming up with a blog name. The words Pints and Pittsburgh came to mind easily. But the word Pennies reflected our new status of dining in. Our days of dining out were put on hold until our little ones could sit down for more than five seconds at a time. Inevitably, we ended up saving a ton of Pennies by cooking some tasty meals at home. So Pennies Pints Pittsburgh it was! Our next challenge was creating a killer logo. But we left that one for the best in the business, Commonwealth Press.

Naturi Coffee & Chicory Chocolate Cake

A celebration isn’t quite a celebration, unless there’s cake involved. And boy is it time for Pittsburgh to celebrate! Local CMU Graduate Students Jen, Anes, and Aditya joined forces to start Naturi, an Organic Food Company. The cofounders made it their personal mission to revolutionize the food industry, starting right here in the ‘burgh. They have committed themselves to exclusively using the best, most nourishing ingredients in their yogurt. By adding exotic ingredients like Saigon Cinnamon and Indonesian Vanilla, they are able to make delicious Organic Greek Yogurt with less sugar, more protein, and richer flavors than the national brands.

The Ritz-Carlton is for Foodies, Craft Beer Fans, and Lovers

A few weeks back, Tim and I skipped town to celebrate our 5th year wedding anniversary. We bid farewell to the Pittsburgh snow and said hello to warm, Florida sand.

For the past couple of years, Tim has been summoned to participate in an annual orthopedic conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Work conference…in Florida? Um…sign me up! Anyway, he has enjoyed his time spent there so much that he decided that I too need to experience such a little slice of heaven. So we traded in all of our Marriott points for two glorious nights at the Ritz.

Beer Advent Calendar Tutorial

Advent calendars are great for counting down the days until Christmas. Growing up, we had little chocolates to open each day. As adults, we wanted to recreate that same daily excitement-but those chocolates do not tickle our tinsel as much as they used to.  Therefore, we decided to count down the days with one of the most exciting things in the world- Beer! We created a  Holiday Beer Advent calendar using Christmas beers.  Let’s Eat, Drink, and be Merry People! Here’s what you’ll need to make this beautiful Beer Advent Calendar that you can use for years to come.

Ultimate Beer and Halloween Candy Pairings

Halloween is all about indulging the little ones, right? We’ve got mums running all over the place to find the finest and freshest Disney swag their money can buy. Dads’ brows are covered in sweat as they attempt to carve their gigantic pumpkin with those cheap little knives that invariably break halfway through the second eyeball. Five separate trips to gian iggle are necessary to ensure a candy stockpile large enough to keep those devilish (yet very cute) trick-or-treaters at bay. On October 31, moms and dads everywhere indulge their little monsters on this ghostly night; even if that means breaking the bank to afford all that candy, risk losing a finger or two while carving that darn squash, and trekking through the inevitable Halloween rain, sleet, or snow…