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Follow the yellow brick road

September 11th, 2012

Photo: Mark your calendar for Manawa's Fall Fest. It's sure to be a great time!

For those of you who may or may not know, The Wizard of Oz happens to be my favorite movie of all time.  So I was really excited to learn of the Fall Fest theme this year.  It will be up to you to decide if you see the Scarecrow, the Tin Man or the Lion, and if you see the Wicked Witch, keep it to yourself and any flying monkeys, your on  your own. What a wonderful story, where a young girl can get a bump on the head and wind up in a totally different place, and still find people who look out and care for her, and ultimately she learns that she could take care of herself all along, however it was more of an adventure with friends and family along for the journey, a great movie I tell you. Come downtown with your friends and family, lots of things to see at this years Fall Fest. There will be vendors in Lindsay Triangle as well as on 2nd Street. There will be music sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church by The King’s Countrymen http://kingscountrymen.com/kc/about.html. There will be City Wide Rummage throughout Manawa as well. The chili cook off will be in front of the Food Pantry on 2nd street this year, just around the corner from where it was held in front of Eastling Insurance last year.  The judging takes place at 11 a.m. and then after the winners are announced, the chili will be on sale for $1 per bowl, with the proceeds going to benefit the Manawa Food Pantry.  You will also be able to learn more about the Manawa Food Pantry (donations of non perishable food items are always welcome) and tour the  building as well.  You will find all sorts of goodies at the Fall Fest for sale, as well as music and pumpkin bowling for the munchkins.  Come out and see what the Fall Fest has to offer and support the events in your local area. Check out http://manawachamber.org/ for more local and County wide events!

Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival

September 11th, 2012

 

The Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival is coming up on Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th at the famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) Indian Crossing Casino set on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes.

The Indian Crossing Casino is in its eighty eighth year, having opened as a dancing and entertainment ”hot spot”  on July 4, 1925. Today, it is one of the most significant landmarks on Waupaca’s Chain O’ Lakes.Even with  changes in popular musical  over the decades,  big band to rock & roll,  the Casino’s interior has remained virtually the same. The large stage, the velvet stage curtains, and the original wooden dance floor still here as they were in 1925.

At that time, it was illegal to dance on Sundays in Waupaca County so folks quit dancing at midnight on Saturday night.  During WWII, programs for soldiers were featured, with 10 cent dances, three for a quarter. In 1930, there was the Battle of the Bands which was broadcast on WLS Radio in Chicago.

Some of the popular musical bands and entertainers featured at the Casino over the years included Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Les Brown, Lawrence Welk, Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, Woody Herman, Neil Young, Bobby Vinton, Herman’s Hermits and Ricky Nelson, who shortly after appearing at the Casino, was killed in a plane crash.

The legend of the Indian Crossing Casino is still alive today, become  part of the history and join us at 2012 Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival.  Your chance to see a beautiful area right here in Central Wisconsin…and enjoy the last blast of summer on the Chain O’ Lakes, with bands with some great names, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns, Shaker and the egg…love it!  For other details check out http://www.waupacaareachamber.com/event/chain-o-lakes-blues-festival/

Friday – September 28th
                       
6:00 p.m. Dave Steffen Band
8:00 p.m.Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns

 

Saturday – September 29th

3:00 p.m. Alex Wilson Band (2011 Wisconsin Blues Band of the Year) Video
5:00 p.m. Shaker and the Egg
7:00 p.m. Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
9:30 p.m. Otis and the Alligators

Fall must be right around the corner!

September 2nd, 2012

Halloween spirit...!!!Or at least that is what I keep telling myself.  I realize there are those of you out there who may be frowning at someone who is hoping for a bit of cooler weather, after all this is Wisconsin and it’ll be here sooner then any of us wants it.  However, I must confess that Fall is one of my favorite seasons, the crispness in the air and of course those foods that we enjoy as the days and nights turn cooler.  I mean I just can’t say that I can’t wait to dig into a bracing hot bowl of soup….when it’s 90+ degrees outside.  My dear friend and neighbor (when we lived in our last home), we would joke that it wasn’t officially Fall until Miss Lisa made her pumpkin bars, which if I may say are completely scrumptious.  So I realize Lisa may not have made her pumpkin bars, but I decided to throw caution to the wind on this beautiful labor day weekend morning and try a new recipe that I found on Pinterest.  It turns out that these pumpkin poppers are absolutely fabulous and quite easy and to answer your next question…our guests enjoyed them.  One woman even asked to take the 2 she couldn’t eat with her and enjoy them tomorrow.  Personally for me I am sure if I had those in the car with me, they wouldn’t make it all the way home (;  So here is the Pumpkin Popper recipe that I first discovered on a blog called Just the Little things, and it turns out who we have to ultimately thank for this delicious recipe is a blog called Domestically Speaking, either way these are a winner and give them a try……your family and friends will thank you.

 

Pumpkin Poppers recipe from Domestically Speaking and Just the Little Things

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk

For Coating

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted  (I used salted butter, I don’t usually have unsalted butter on hand)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon (I used Penzey’s Spices Cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine flour, baking soda,salt, and spices in a bowl and whisk until combine.
In another bowl, mix oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk.  Pour in flour mixture and mix until just combined.  Fill mini muffin tins until almost full and bake 10-12 minutes.
Melt butter in small bowl.  Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl.  After popper cool for a few minutes, dip them in the butter and roll them in the sugar mixture.

Tellock’s Hill Woods

September 2nd, 2012

Hepatica nobilisTrillium with Bishop´s CapDutchman´s Breeches

 

We have learned of a spot within several miles of our bed and breakfast that is a true “climax” forest.  The climax forest is the final growth stage showing the most mature trees.  As the trees grow older, they die and topple to the ground, which adds more layers to the already thick decaying matter on the floor of the woods, which gives life to the next round of flowers and trees.  The trees can range up to 120 feet high and 200 years in age, and beneath the trees lay beautiful woodland wildflowers. Trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, the Trout Lily, Hepaticas and Bishops Cap to name a few.   There are rare tree frogs, and red backed and blue spotted salamanders as well. Tellock’s Hill Woods was designated a State Natural Area in 1972 by the Tellock family. Another treasure in our own backyard, what else will we discover just over the next hill or around the next curve right here in our own Waupaca County?

 

We have the best guests….Miss Symco Pinup Girls!!

August 11th, 2012

We have just the best guests, meet Abby and Bre!  Friends getting ready for a night of fun at the Symco Shakedown 2012.  There is a Miss Symco Pinup contest that celebrates the era of the 1940′s and 50′s and that style.  The ladies come from everywhere and get their “glam” on for the contest, some don’t even enter the contest, just for the fun of dressing the part and it is just a guess but I get the sense there is a bit of a rock-a-billy vibe at the Shakedown as well.  The people who plan the Shakedown and all the volunteers that make it a success are to be commended.  People from many states and many walks of life come to the Shakedown to experience fun, catch up with old friends and most importantly see a lot of great rides.  So thank you to Abby and Bre for not only staying with us, but allowing us to take your photograph and make for a fun blog post!  To checkout more about the pinup contest, to purchase a pinup calendar or just find out more about a great hot rod show….head to www.symcoshakedown.com!

Things to think on

August 3rd, 2012

I haven’t blogged in awhile as have been busy with work, life and the Inn, not necessarily in that order.  That got me to thinking about our guests and friends and family and how crazy busy their lives get as well.  What a unique situation we find ourselves in as Innkeepers, in that we are able to help people to reconnect and unplug….we can only help them if they will let us.  I have often said that reconnecting and relaxing are becoming harder and harder to come by these days.  Oh sure, we have the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and all manner of ways to keep in touch with those we care about.  That one on one, face to face time is what is seemingly lost through our life.  I believe that people are looking for that way to reconnect, even if they don’t think that is what is missing.  That time to unwind with those we love and care about, and just chat about the things that are happening within our world and our lives.  A Bed and Breakfast is a perfect place for just such reconnecting, we offer a calm, quiet place to do just that.  Whether it’s sitting on the front porch, laughing and enjoying the evening, or it’s having a friendly game night in the parlor or watching a movie together, it is all time well spent.  You also have space to get away by yourself and hang out and rest.  All of that, plus snacks and a full gourmet breakfast and what a wonderful time can be had.  I also wanted to share with you some musings from an email that I received from a very dear friend.  These thoughts are those of 90 year old Regina Brett, these are just some of the 45 lessons that life has taught her, something to learn from those around us for sure.

1.  Life is too short, enjoy it!

2.  When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

3.  Don’t compare your life to others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.

4.  Take a deep breath, it calms the mind.

5.  Whatever doesn’t kill you, really does make you stronger.

6.  It’s never too late to be happy, but it’s all up to you and no one else.

7.  When it comes to going after what you love in life, never take no for an answer.

8.  Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie, don’t save it for a special occassion, today is special!

9.  The best is yet to come.

and finally…..

Believe in Miracles!

 

I hope you make it a great day!

 

Lobsterfest

June 20th, 2012

 

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So you have to admit, the thought of being able to attend Lobsterfest in a small town in Central Wisconsin, is a pretty unique thing.  Yes of course, we all know that there are other Lobsterfest’s around the country, and even national chain restaurants have them occasionally.  Shaunie B’s,  in Ogdensburg ( affectionately called “The Burg” in these parts) is going to be having their first annual Lobsterfest July 14th, from 4 p.m. to ?.  There will be live music, a corn roast, steak and the stars of the show, steamed and grilled fresh, whole, Maine lobsters and I am sure plenty of delicious, melted Wisconsin butter for dipping.  I will also say that Maine lobster is absolutely succulent and flavorful and just downright yummy, the thought of it is making my mouth water.  Enjoying it in a very relaxed and fun atmosphere is also part of the fun.  Bring your friends and come on out to Shaunie B’s on July 14th and relax with a lobster and a brew, and not necessarily in that order, after all this is Wisconsin!

*Contact them at 920-244-7816 ,they are located at 408 Main Street in Ogdensburg

 

Little Creek Music Festival

June 7th, 2012

You have to love any event that is associated with the phrase “the music goes on forever, the party never ends”.  This is the mantra of the Little Creek Music Festival, this Saturday June 9, 2012, from Noon until Midnight.  See The Arkdale Ramblers, Loose Strings, The Heartland String Band, and of course my personal favorite, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, which is such a great name and who else would or could put out their latest CD “Pig Tails and Coffin Nails”! Little Creek Music Festival is held at Steingraber’s Farms located at N7098 Bestul Road just outside Manawa.  Even some local favorites, Jeanne Bauer, Tammy Drath, Bourbon Creek, John & Cindy Evans. There is “rough camping” available for $5.00 per person, please call in advance if possible 920-596-3607/920-538-2072 or send an email to steinray@wolfnet.net.  Bring a chair, bring a friend to The Best Little Music Festival and enjoy some wonderful music and time to sit and enjoy the beauty of Central Wisconsin.

 

The perfect spot for a Bridal Luncheon

June 3rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is true when you live in a home that you feel is just lovely, that not everyone may feel that way, however enter Aunt Mary.  Mary had found us on the web and thought our front porch might just be the spot for her to honor her niece Kelly, and hostess a bridal luncheon.  Many of you may ask, a bridal luncheon, what’s that?  Do you bring a gift, like for a bridal shower?  It turns out, you don’t, a bridal luncheon is a relaxed gathering of the ladies in the bridal party and the brides future Mother in law and her Mom, and other family and friends, bridal luncheon’s  are quite popular in the South, not so much in the Northern states.  When I met Mary in October, I must say I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to see how it all turned out, and it was a wonderful gathering, very relaxed and yet with a bit of a formal spin.  Mary had chosen a vintage theme, turns out she had been buying bits and pieces here and there and as you can see by some of the photos, it turned out just lovely.  Lunch was just delicious ( I would be a slacker if I didn’t mention the food), curried chicken salad, and a green salad, croissants, a rhubarb infused champagne cocktail, and a too die for berry sorbet.  It was lovely, right down to the last detail. A special memory of Kelly’s wedding weekend, and a definite high point for us here at the Lindsay House.  Thank you Mary and Kelly and all the ladies for a great day and some wonderful memories.

Tough enough to plant pink event

May 31st, 2012

Pink tulips

Crosscut Solutions Greenhouse at E5763 County  Rd B, just outside Manawa,  is having a “Plant Pink” event, I participated in this event last year and what a great time.  Planting flowers, which in my humble opinion is way more fun than weeding! I was able to meet and visit with people that I don’t get the opportunity very often to meet and visit with, and owner Amy Starr is always ready with a friendly smile, and that this is an event that benefits breast cancer research is a bonus.  So give Amy a call at Crosscut Solutions at 920-596-2330 and sign up, it will give you a chance to take a breather and make yourself or someone you love a beautiful pot of flowers, and you get your name in a drawing for a hanging basket, what’s not to love about that!

Sign up now to support breast cancer research and go home with a pot of pink flowers!!

June 2nd & 9th.  9am – 5pm.

Your $20.00 pre-registration includes:

  • assortment of flowers
  • HOPE Garden Gloves
  • a spot at the planting table
  • a 10″ pot filled with potting soil
  • entry to win a free hanging basket

 

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