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Monday, January 6, 2014

Life Lately January 2014

Hello 2014!

I am sitting by my Christmas tree in all it's glory and looking at my nativity all lit up.  Today is the 12th Night of Christmas, Feast of the Epiphany, Little Christmas, January 6th, and my first day back to work since December 20th.  Tomorrow will be a sad day when I unplug my exterior lights as I walk out to my car.
Christmas living room - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Last day of Christmas
I am not one for resolutions but I am working on a goal list for 2014.  I for one am looking forward to a better 2014 than 2013.

Here are a few:

- Make a suit jacket out of Crown Royal bags.  It has been my husband's dream to have a jacket made out of Crown Royal bags since we saw this guy at Mardi Gras a few years back (I wish I took a picture) and I am starting the project.  I bought 130 bags on ebay and we have a few of our own.  I will be doing a blog post on the project because I have scoured the internet and have not found a tutorial.  I have sewn one whole jacket before and I have never quilted.  This will be a combination since I need to quilt the squares and then cut the pattern.  Wish me luck!
Crown Royal Jacket Inspiration - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Photo Credit I want to improve upon this design with rectangular patches - not so "bag" like.
- Create a vlog, or a few : )  I have a few drink recipes that I would like to video in the pub and we will see where we go from there.  Maybe a few on how to cook with the pizza oven...

- Buy domain names for our blogs YouTube channel.  (Check out my husband's blog on our ghost hunting vacations at Haunted Holidaze and our YouTube channel HitchhikerGhost where we share our paranormal evidence.  I can check this off my list because I did this tonight!  Now what to do with them.

- I hope to start to post and sell items in my Etsy shop. I created the shop months ago and it sits empty. Let's see if I still like to sew after hopefully completing the jacket.

- Complete a 30 day challenge.  I am trying the 30 day squat challenge and I have made it through day 6 and I hope I can make it through the end of the month. 

30 day squat challenge - The Tipsy Terrier blog

Do you make New Years resolutions or goals?  Or an item on your to do list that moving it's way up to the top?



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Friday, January 3, 2014

Hohenschwangau Castle - King Ludwig II's Childhood home

Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Today we awoke in the town of Schwangau at the Landhotel Guglhupf bed and breakfast and set off to visit two of King Ludwig II's castles.
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Hohenschwangau translated literally is "High Swan County Palace" and was built by King Ludwig II father, King Maximilian II in the 19th century as a vacation home.  This area must of had a large population of swans for quite sometime because the first fortress built on this site in the 12th century was called Schwanstein.   
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
This map shows the ticket center, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein and the paths to reach each one.
Visiting the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein - The Tipsy Terrier blog
 The town of Hohenschwangau has a few restaurants, hotels and a May Pole.
Visiting the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Tickets are purchased at the Ticket Center located in the middle of Hohenschwangau.  There is a slight discount if you decide to see multiple castles or the museum in one day (ticket prices and hours) and there are parking lots near by that you can leave your car for 5 euro a day.  If you were staying at a hotel in Hohenschwangau you could walk but since we were 2 miles a way in Schwangau, and raining, we drove.  You can also take a bus from the Fussen train station.  The staff is quite helpful to help pick times of tours if you are seeing both sites.

We opted for a carriage ride up to the castle for 6 euro, downhill is 3 euro, and is paid directly to the driver and takes about 15 minutes.
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
A view of the castle from the gardens.
Visiting Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
A gorgeous neo-gothic archway marks the entrance to the castle with quatrofoils and a crest of the Bavarian lion.
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
A well in the courtyard with a painting of the Virgin Mary, a lion's head spout, a crest of Bavaria and a crest of a swan which pertains to the area around the Schwangau region.
A well with the images of the Virgin Mary, Bavarian and Schwangau crestsThe Tipsy Terrier blog
A fountain with four Bavarian lions.
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Photos are not allowed inside of the castle unfortunately.   I found these beauties on line.  I love the gold and purple room! 
Maximilian II's study
Dinning room at Hohenschwangau - The Tipsy Terrier blog
swan chandelier in dining room
King Ludwig II would observe construction of Neuschwanstein from Hohenschwangau with a telescope.  This is a view from the garden courtyard.
Neuschwanstein Castle in the mist - The Tipsy Terrier blog
I borrowed my Dad's Bavarian hat for our trip to Germany - you will see it many more photos in future blogs.
Visiting Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein
History on the Wittlesbach family:
Ludwig II mother Marie was Prussian and his father Maximilian II was Bavarian. Bavaria was an independent kingdom until 1870 when Ludwig II joined the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian Wars. Ludwig II withdrew even more from politics after joining the empire and became quite the recluse.  If you are interested in more information on Ludwig II's life check out this biography.

Being beer connoisseurs we had to try the local brew, Konig Ludwig Dunkel.  It was amazing and I wish I could get it in the states.  Very smooth and not hoppy - high drinkability factor.

Konig Ludwig Dunkle beer - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Up Next: Neuschwanstein

Check out aerial photos of King Ludwig's castles in the snow from the Rococo Roamer

Have you visited the castles of King Ludwig II?  What were your thoughts on the style?



Other posts about our trip to Germany:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

I love Irish Cream - more commonly known as Bailey's!  I love it in my coffee, on the rocks, by itself, or in mixed drinks.

How to make your own Irish Cream, Bailey's without the chemicals - The Tipsy Terrier blog

We made Limoncello in 2012 and gave bottles as Christmas gifts and I wanted to make a different liquor to continue the tradition.  I came across this recipe on Pinterest and gave it a try.  After doing a side by side taste test with Bailey's we tweaked a few ingredients and came up with:

Tipsy Terrier Irish Cream

Yield: 6 cups, 20 minutes cook time and 20 minutes of letting the mixture cool.

Ingredients needed to make Irish Cream - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Line up of ingredients
  • 1 cup strong coffee (if I had coffee I would add a teaspoon of instant espresso to it, if not a heaping teaspoon to a cup of water)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Heaping Tablespoon dark cocoa (I used Ghirardelli Ground Chocolate Cocoa)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1  14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/4 cups Irish whiskey (I used Jameson or Bushmills)
Enjoy Irish Cream without the chemicals - The Tipsy Terrier blog

1.  Bring the coffee to a gentle simmer in a medium saucepan.
2.  Add the cream, cocoa, sugar, honey and extracts, and whisk thoroughly.
3.  Simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, whisking frequently, until the mixture begins to thicken.
4.  Remove the saucepan from the heat;  whisk in the sweetened condensed milk.
5.  Transfer the mixture to a heat-safe bowl, and set aside to cool for a while (approx. 20 minutes)
6.  Whisk in the whiskey until completely blended.
7.  Store in the refrigerator in a lidded container or decorative bottle.  Serve over ice, straight up, or in   coffee.

Reminder:  This beverage has no preservatives and isn’t shelf stable.  It must be kept refrigerated and shake well before serving (the chocolate has a tendency to settle to the bottom.)

The Bailey's recipe is quite guarded so this is our best guess based on taste.  The recipe that I modified included a 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and overpowered the taste.  I scratched it from recipe and increased the chocolate and the whiskey.  Our version is much smoother than Bailey's and I believe that it is because of the high quality whiskey.  I considered using a lower shelf whiskey but I could not find one made in Ireland and I wanted to stay true to "Irish" cream.

How do you like to drink Irish Cream?  Have you made a liqueur before?



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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas time is here

Merry Christmas!
Patriotic Christmas tree - The Tipsy Terrier blog
The Christmas tree at my parents house is a patriotic tree with ornaments from the White House and other red, white and blue baubles.
We gathered at my parents house last night for our annual Christmas Eve traditions.

Santa and I - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Santa even paid us a visit
Christmas carols as we wait to open presents - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Christmas carols sung by Kirk and Mladen
Christmas presents - The Tipsy Terrier blog
We said that we were going to tone it down this year...
Time to open presents! - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Christmas morning at our house.
Santa visited all of us - The Tipsy Terrier blog
We were good this year!
Santa filled all of our stockings to the brim and then some.

Merry Christmas from the Tipsy Terriers - The Tipsy Terrier blog

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!


Amy and the Tipsy Terriers

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Linderhof Palace - Castles of King Ludwig II in Bavaria

 King Ludwig II Rococo palace in the Bavaria mountains - Linderhoff

Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Linderhof Palace is the only building project that King Ludwig II saw to completion.  His life was cut short mysteriously when he was found dead, floating in a lake at 40 years old.  "Mad" King Ludwig most likely was not mad but quite eccentric.

Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog

Linderhof is located near the Ettal Abbey in the mountains of Bavaria.  The main house is open year round but the gardens and park buildings are open Spring through early fall.  Consult their website for exact dates and times.

We drove from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Linderhoff, along the Romantic Road, in about 3 hours.  It is a very scenic drive and many places to stop off at if you wanted to make a day of it.  Our plan was to visit the palace, tour the gardens and a few of the out buildings before heading to Schwangau to stay the night.  Schwangau is less than a mile from the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau (where Ludwig was born.)  We stayed at Landhotel Guglhupf and loved it!  We had a huge room and were able to unpack  and breathe.  The breakfast was delicious with home baked pastries - way beyond your usual European fare.  There is not a restaurant on-site but there is one a few blocks away for dinner.

Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog
 Ludwig Considered himself the "Moon King" a romantic shadow of the Sun King Louis XIV.  Many aspects of Linderhof will remind you of Versailles, but a much more compact version.
Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Salon - Photo Credit

Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Moorish House - Photo Credit

Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Interior of Moorish House - Photo Credit
Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog

Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Grotto - Photo Credit
King Ludwig was infatuated with Richard Wagner, the composer.  Ludwig designed this grotto, with Capri underwater lights, so he could see private performances of operas while sitting in his clam shell raft.  There are a lot of rumors about their relationship...

Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blogVisiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blogVisiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog

Maximilian II, Ludwig's father's, hunting lodge needed to be moved to finish the final build out of Linderhof.  The lodge was relocated on the property and still can be visited today.
 Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog

Visiting King Ludwigs Castles - The Tipsy Terrier blog

Other posts about our trip to Germany:

Have you visited any of Ludwig's Castles?  Which one is your favorite?
P.S. See Brittany at the Rococo Roamer for her post with aerial shots taken by her husband in a helicopter with a fresh dusting of snow!



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Friday, December 6, 2013

Gift ideas for the Wire Fox Terrier lover

Christmas with Wire Fox Terriers - Presents for the Wire Fox Terrier lover The Tipsy Terrier Blog
Christmas shopping is upon us...and I am way behind.

As I was unpacking our decorations I came across a cute book that reminds me of Belle, our female Wire Fox Terrier.  Olive, The Other Reindeer looks like a Wire Fox Terrier but she might be a Jack Russell, either way she is super cute.
Detective LaRue is a series of books about Ike, a Wire Fox Terrier, and his many adventures.

Then there is the most famous of all Wire Fox Terriers, Asta!  Asta is the star of the Thin Man series and steals the show.

The TinTin Movie

Before the new Tin Tin and Snowy movie there was the original
The original comics by Herge, a Belgian comic strip artist.


We have also made up some gear with our pub logo on it The Tipsy Terrier Pub.
Cafe Press shop for The Tipsy Terrier Pub
The Tipsy Terrier Pub sign - The Tipsy Terrier Pub blog
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rothenburg o.d.T: The jewel of the Romantic Road in Germany

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Rothenburg, Germany is a magical walled city that is home to the largest year round Christmas shop in Germany, Kathe Wohlfahrt. The shop is open year round  and is modeled after the annual Christmas market in the town square.  I would love to go back to Germany during December to enjoy a holiday market filled with gingerbread, mulled wine and booths of Christmas goodies.
Shopping in Rothenburg, Germany - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Here is Rothenburg decked out for the holidays with a fresh dusting of snow!  To plan a trip in December to Bavaria consult this site for a list of all the markets and outdoor activities.
Photo Credit
Rothenburg is on the Romantic Road, see map below, that starts in Wurzburg and ends at Neuschwanstein.  When I first visited Rothenburg in 1999, after my semester abroad in England with my family, we ended up at the wrong Rothenburg wondering where the walled city was...luckily we were only 45 minutes away.  So it is important to type the full name of Rothenburg ob der Tauber into your GPS. 

Photo Credit
For this trip we arrived by car from Heidleberg.  We decided to rent a car for a few days while we explored Bavaria since many of the castles that we planned to visit were not close to train stations.  It is still possible to visit these locations with public transportation but more planning is required.

We stayed at Goldener Hirsch Gastehaus, our room was across the street from the main hotel in the blue building in the photo below.  Breakfast is included, wifi is 1 euro and parking is 6 euro a day adjacent to the hotel.  Make sure to find a hotel that has a lot close to your actual room or you will be hauling your bag over cobble stone streets for blocks. We chose this hotel because it was with in the walls of the city, it is a few blocks from the town square and it is reasonably priced. 

Where to stay in Rothenbrg o.b.T, Germany - The Tipsy Terrier blog
 This intersection is quite picturesque and can be found on artwork sold throughout Bavaria.

We arrived in town on the afternoon on the last Wednesday in September.  I was expecting to see a a ton of tourists but they must of been in Munich for Oktoberfest (don't worry we go there too!)  There were a few buses of people but not overwhelming. We went shopping at Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop to buy ornaments, smokers and to see the museum on the second floor. 
Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop in Rothenburg - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Rothenburg o.b.T at dusk - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Rothenburg o.b.T at sunset - The Tipsy Terrier blog

After dinner at a quaint restaurant, off the main square, of delicious Bavarian fare (read meat, potatoes and beer!) we stopped into a cafe to have a schneeballen and a latte.  Schneeballen, snow ball, is a pastry made out of strips of dough folded around into a ball, deep fried and then coated with powdered sugar, chocolate or other flavored toppings and it originated in Rothenburg over 300 years ago.  I prefer the simpler ones compared to the ones we bought here.

A typical pastry of Rothenburg - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Right after breakfast we set out to walk the historic wall surrounding the city.  Rothenburg is a very well preserved walled (fortified) medieval town that has been featured in many movies including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a few Harry Potter films and inspired Walt Disney for the animated film Pinocchio - Geppetto's village.
Rothenburg - The Tipsy Terrier blog

Rothenburg - The Tipsy Terrier blog
There is an elevator (2 euro) that will take you to the top of Town Hall so you can get a birds eye view of the town.
Rothenburg Germany - The Tipsy Terrier blog

Cedric the Gnome in Rothenburg, Germany - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Cedric enjoyed tagging along for this adventure

Jessica@The Independent Travel Cats has written a very informative blog about the top seven things to do as well as history and other pertinent details when visiting Rothenburg o.b.T

Our other stops in Germany: Cologne, The Rhine River by ferry and train, Burg Rheinfels - traveling the Rhine, Marksburg Castle, Burg Eltz, Heidleberg 

Have you been to a Christmas market or plan to visit one this season?



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