BBQ Beer Brats

Brats and Beer 041Oh HELL no! My liquor store is out of my favorite beer Sad smile. What can I do now for after work libations? I had to pick a different beer brand. And actually, I was interested in making some Margaritas. I am out of frozen Lime-aid, so I hope beer will be a good replacement.

I found some Beer Margarita recipes online. They all mentioned Lime-aid. Then I remembered that I had a Margarita Mixer in the fridge. I was sure it was expired, but lucky for me, it says best by August 2020. So I can substitute that for Lime-aid.BBQ Beer Brats 001

One of my co-workers LOVES Patron. It is expensive, so I never had interest in buying it, until now. I call this my: Seems like the End of the World Beer Margarita. I got the Oyster Smoothie blender just in time to try my wacky beer combination.


  1. Beer Bratwursts, 5
  2. Liquid Smoke, Applewood, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap
  3. Barbecue Seasoning, recommended: Gates, 3 teaspoons.BBQ Beer Brats 013
  4. Barbecue Sauce, recommended : Gates, 5 tablespoons
  5. Stir Fry Oil, recommended: Tsang, 2 to 3 teaspoons
  6. Beer, recommended: Bud Ice, 16 oz (or half of the can)
  7. Baked Beans Maple & Cured Bacon, recommended: Bush’s Best, 28 oz.
  8. Soft Pretzel Sausage Buns, recommended: Pretzilla, 1 per Brat
  9. Celery Seeds, recommended: Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  10. Ground Mustard, recommended: Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Red Onions, diced or sliced, ¼ cup
  12. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchen, 1Brats and Beer 013


  1. Pre-season the Brats 30 minutes before cook time or the day ahead. Score the Brats and add to a plastic storage bag.
  2. Add the BBQ Seasoning, Celery Seeds Stir Fry Oil and Liquid Smoke to the bag. Massage into the Brats
  3. Marinade 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Pre-heat the skillet. I used a Cast Iron Grill skillet and pre-heated for 3 minutes.Brats and Beer 017
  5. Grill the Brats 3 minutes per side
  6. Remove from heat and deglaze with Beer. I had the pour the Beer a little at a time so that it did not flare up. The heated Beer had great aroma.
  7. Add chopped BBQ Sauce, Onions and Ground Mustard.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
  9. Next, you can toast the Pretzilla bun and serve with a pickle.
  10. The next day, I added the Baked Beans to the same skillet and cooked on low for 1 ½ hours. You can also use a Slow Cooker.Brats and Beer 018
  11. This made an “easy” lunch because I could cut up one Brat with some of the Baked Beans and eat it in a bowl.

Beer Margarita:

  1. Tequila, your favorite brand or recommended: Patron, 1.5 oz (or Jigger shot)
  2. Beer, your favorite brand or recommended: Bud Light, 12 oz.
  3. Margarita Mixer (with Key Lime Juice & Agave Nectar), your favorite brand or recommended: Master of Mixes, 1.5 oz (or Jigger shot).Brats and Beer 025
  4. Add a splash of Orange Juice (or Lemon Lime soda)
  5. Add an Ice Cube, 1. Don’t go over the Smoothie limit, mine is 20 oz. Fill, Blend and get Drunk!

Holy Beer Foam! It was like opening a can of beer that was shaken. Open slowly over a sink. Watch out for the beer explosion.

Beer Update: I was using the wrong method to order it Sad smile.  I used my iPhone Liquor app and found my favorite beer. Happy times!Brats and Beer 031

Happy Birthday Queen Gina! My little sister is gone, but not forgotten and still very much loved.





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Crazy Awesome Games: The Game of Life!

Game1The Game of Life was not very popular when it was invented in 1860.   But the 1960’s version gave The Game of Life NEW LIFE!

It is one of my all-time favorite games!  I play it on my:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPad
  • Kindle
  • XBox 360Game2
  • Wii
  • PC (1991 Version)
  • PC (2005 Version)
  • The Game of Life Zapped

So many different versions!  Which one is the best?

Game5My favorite version is actually the PC 1991 Version.  I love the announcer, the music and way the game starts out in the 1950s and ends up in the 2000s.  When you play the 1991 version, I prefer to go to College and get the Police Officer as my career (you get 10K anytime a 10 is rolled).  Also $90,000 is the best salary to get.  If you get the top salary of $100,000, the other players want to get that one.  So stick with $90K and the Police Officer and you will win.  CHEAT: If you are playing against the AI computer players, save the game until you land on Stock Market Zooms – Collect 1 Stock!  I usually start the game by buying the “8” stock, when I land on the Collect 1 stock, I choose the “9” stock, so that if anyone rolls 8, 9 or 10 – I get paid!

Game3Be sure to buy the Victorian Mansion, even though you may pay up to $300K for it, you get the entire $300K investment back right away.  And by all means, always buy house insurance right after you purchase your house.  And be sure to buy your stock number and car insurance at the very beginning of the game, so you won’t have the most money.  The other players will “take” money from the player who has the most.

When playing the PC 2005 version, I prefer to choose a Career, rather than college.  But this time, go for the Athlete!  The Athlete will earn the most money and gets double the amount on raises.  The next best career is the Entertainer.  GAME STRATEGY: If possible, try not to lose your Game6career and keep the Athlete throughout the entire game.  Don’t go back to school and of course choose the Safe Path and Family Path.  Try not to get any loans, for College in this version, because it will hurt you in the end.  Also, get the MANSION!  You don’t want any RED X’s when you view the Goals of Life!

When comparing the different versions for iPad, iPhone and Kindle, the iPad is the best and the Kindle is the worst, in my opinion.  I have noticed that many of the same games that I have on Kindle does not have the same graphics and options as the iPhone/iPad offers.  For Game4example, when you click “Explore” on the iPad version, you can touch the grass and hear it swoosh.  Or, if you touch the water or church bells, you hear them, but not on the Kindle.

When if comes to The Game of Life on the XBox versus the Wii, there is no contest!  With the XBox, of course, you can use your own personal gamertag avatar.  I prefer my XBox avatar over the Wii Mii because first of all, the Mii’s have stupid arms.  YUCK!

I got my iPad late last year and ZAPPED was one of the major reasons why I wanted an iPad.  I am a Monopoly collector and noticed Monopoly Zapped on the internet one day.  I was stunned!  I thought I had every version possible for Monopoly (WHICH IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE GAME).  So when I saw Monopoly Zapped, I Game9felt like I had been left uninvited to a party.  I had to have it to add to my Monopoly collection.  So I purchased my iPad just so I could get Monopoly Zapped.  Strange reason to buy an iPad, right?  And at the same time I purchased The Game of Life Zapped.  I have only played the Game of Life Zapped twice, but I really don’t prefer playing physical Board Games, if I can play the same game on my iPhone, iPad, PC, Kindle or XBox.  But I had to try The Game of Life Zapped.  It was not really worth the effort.  There is money to distribute and those little tiny Game10babies get lost.  I swear, there is 1 or 2 of those tiny babies under my couch.  Too much work, too much to do and too much effort.  Sort of nerve-wracking.

So I plan to stick with playing The Game of Life on my PC, usually the 1991 version.  But sometimes I play the 2005 version.  Or, if I’m in my bedroom or bored somewhere when the PC is not available, I can play on my iPhone, Ipad or Kindle (only if the iPhone or iPad is being charged). LOL

Game7So get a version of The Game of Live and try it!

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