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Steve Beckelhimer
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Day 2 of our spring trip to distilleries in Kentucky.
Since we went to sleep early on Wednesday night, we awoke early on Thursday morning.  It was especially early since we were in the Central Time Zone.  We watched the Weather Channel for a while then left the Bowling Green Mic...
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Oh happy day!
My mint has survived the past harsh winter and is growing well for mint juleps.  There is no way that I will be able to wait for Derby Day to mix up juleps.  Why wait when I have everything I need now.  When I checked on the mint this weekend and saw how well it is growing, I had to snap a photo to post and to think about juleps soon to be enjoyed.
I use simple syrup infused with my organically grown mint, any of several good Kentucky bourbons, a little spring water and crushed ice.  My cup is a pewter (safe metals) produced by Gastenau Studio of Berea, Kentucky.  I fill the cup with crushed ice, put in two teaspoons of the mint infused simple syrup that I prepared the day before, two ounces of good bourbon, a splash of spring water and a dash of powdered sugar on top.  A straw is cut short to bring the nose close to get the full effect of the mint.  A garnish with a mint sprig finishes it off.  If I want to intensify the effect of the mint, I smack it between my hands before placing in the cups.
Bourbon straight up is my usual but springtime just demands that juleps be prepared and enjoyed with friends.
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I am with you on this!  My mint crop is also coming along, and the Mint Julep is the Quintessential cocktail to signal Spring has arrived.  I throw a Derby Day Party just to assemble my bourbon-loving friends and have them join me in a few juleps.  My recipe is also very much like yours, minus the spring water.  Enjoy!
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Google Earth workshop for teachers at Nicholas County High School.
Google Earth is a great tool for engaging students in the content.  You can give a context to the content with the inclusion of place.  One place to start is to have students explore places that are connected to their normal ...
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Workshop for Nicholas County High School
The discussion slides from the March 5 workshop at NCHS are available at the link below: Engaging Every Child Through Enhanced Questioning Techniques
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Although we had visited each of the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail a couple of years ago, we had not been to any of the stops on the new Craft Spirits Trail so we decided that this was the week. Leaving home a li...
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Bottles of Blanton's Reserve getting filled.
 
Makes my lips smack just thinking about it.
 
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As my friends know, I am not into pairings.  I like bourbon with bourbon (and a few good friends) and no mixers, ice or snacks.  However, I opinion has changed a tick this week.  
While visiting our daughter in Cincinnati recently, my wife and I picked up some interesting cheese choices from Jungle Jim's Market.  One of our selections was Beemster Aged Dutch cheese.  We have been enjoying the cheese since we bought it.  
Last night I was having a glass of Larceny which is a good choice although not my favorite but certainly very pleasant.  While I was sipping the bourbon, she brought a slice of the Beemster cheese to me. WOW, what a combination.  Both the flavor of the bourbon and the cheese were enhanced.
Don't get me wrong, I am not ready to jump onto the pairings bandwagon but I won't dismiss the concept quite so readily.  
 
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Good story, Steve.   Sounds like the Beemster would hold up well with a good red wine as well (my other passion, or another one!)
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The Cabell County GeoTrail was a huge success.  The event organizers and sponsors did a great job of pulling off three events and a cool series of geocaches that highlight attractions in the greater Huntington/Cabell County area.  There are traditional, multi, mystery, letterbox, Earth and Wherigo caches in the newly released series.  Hundreds of geocachers came to Huntington as a result of the events and caches.
The award for finding twelve of the caches was a beautiful geocoin.  I hope more communities follow the lead of Ashland, Kentucky and Cabell County West Virginia by hosting geocaching events to showcase their areas and bringing in cachers.
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The coin looks great!
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My wife bought two tickets to one of the events for a buddy and I.  That will be a great guy road trip.  She hasn't told me which trip she purchased but all the events look like fun.
I have a great wife!
She and I are taking a week in April to revisit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and to do the Craft Spirits Trail which will be new to us. 
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She sounds like a keeper! We look forward to your visit! Safe travels!
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Science Coordinator
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  • Marshall University
    Science Coordinator, present
  • Cabell County Schools
  • West Virginia Department of Education
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Lexington, KY - LeSage, WV - Huntington, WV - Los Angeles, CA
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Raconteur and purveyor of bovine excrement
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I work as STEM coordinator for Marshall University's June Harless Center.  I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking, geocaching, hunting and fishing.
My wife, Mary, is technology director for Putnam County Schools.
 
 
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I am especially proud of my two daughters who are the lights of my life.
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  • University of Kentucky
    Science Education, 1984 - 1987
  • Marshall University
    Biology, 1981 - 1982
  • Marshall University
    Biology Education, 1974 - 1977
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