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Snowshoeing Mosquito Hill Style

January 19th, 2014

snowshoeing and other fun 084This year I thought that instead of just blogging about things in the third person, it was time to get out and experience some of them for myself.  So with that in mind, the first adventure for my year of experiencing the countryside around us in a new way, was to snowshoe.  Mosquito Hill Nature Center, just outside of New London, Wisconsin is offering  Serious Snowshoe Sundays in January and February from Noon to 3 p.m., it seemed like a good beginning.  You can take the entire 8 week course, and to be honest as a newbie that seemed a bit daunting, so I decided just to go for one Sunday to see how it went. When we arrived, we paid our fee at the office and then after chatting with some folks around us, some were newbies and some had gone snowshoeing in the past, the class began. The word class sounds so formal, it was really Mary and Don talking to us about the trails, and the snowshoes, that it is important to stay well hydrated on the trail and to be dressed appropriately for the temperatures, followed by some light stretching to ready our bodies for the trail that lay before us.    After getting our snowshoes, then the task of putting on the snowshoes was at times a bit comical, but for the most part did rather well.  Within the small group of the 4 of us, we have varying skill levels, Diana and I who had never gone snowshoeing…ever, and Ann who snowshoes several times a season, and Barb who has been snowshoeing since 1999ish, and both Ann and Barb can snowshoe close to where they live as well.  Thankfully, Barb thought it might be helpful for me to have a set of poles, which Don kindly loaned me and adjusted for me as well.  I must say I think the poles made for more stability with the snowshoes.  Anyone who has walked beside me, knows that walking a straight line is a challenge for me with regular shoes, let alone snow shoes, so the poles were a welcome addition.  It was a brisk, bright day and the entire group (class) set off on the trail.  We kept to the back of the pack, so that we could visit with one another as we worked our way along the trail.  Deer tracks were plentiful and the day was beautiful and still, except for the folks snowmobiling on the river and the sound of our own voices, which all seemed so small compared to the gorgeous day in the woods.  The decision was ours as to how far we went on the trails and I believe we wound up doing approximately 1.5 miles of the trails, we were out on the trails about 1.75 hours.  There were those people who returned before us and those who came in after us.  There were light snacks and bottled water provided as well, so you could refuel upon your return.  We all enjoyed ourselves, and I would go again for sure.  Mosquito Hill has snowshoe rental available, so if you have thought you have to put a lot of upfront costs into snowshoes and gear, you really don’t.  So thank you Mary Swifka for checking on us on the trail, and thank you Diana, Ann and Barb….I had a blast and it was such fun! MHNC-SnowshoeTrails2010-11

Tammy’s Total Harmony-Massage & Biofeedback

February 4th, 2013

When we purchased the Lindsay House 8+ years ago, I was excited to be part of a small community as well as part of a thriving business community.  I met Tammy through the Manawa Chamber of Commerce and liked her right away.  What’s not to like, she is a massage therapist and passionate about her client’s ultimate health and incorporating her extensive knowledge and she is hungry to learn more to be able to better assist them to that end.  Tammy and I have worked together off and on over the time that we have owned our Bed and Breakfast, we always want to offer a full relaxation experience and massage fits right into that philosophy.

Tammy talks to her clients’ regarding any areas of concern or pain that they have prior to beginning their massage, and many people may not know that she offers different types of massages as well.

Guests will sometimes request that the massages take place here at the Inn, and we set up a common area upstairs and screen it off so that it offers more privacy, and guests enjoy that Tammy will visit the Inn and give them their massages right here.

If you would like to add a therapeutic massage with Tammy to your stay at Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast, mention it when your making your reservation by phone, or when booking on-line just add it into the special requests field.

For those of you who are more local, contact Tammy at Total Harmony-Massage & Biofeedback give her a call at 920-878-0123 to schedule your massage.  Tammy Total Harmony-Massage & Biofeedback is also on Facebook, and you can visit her website at http://www.totalharmony.vpweb.com/.

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Swedish Massage

This is a very light effleurage over the entire body that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.  After a hard days work this is an excellent massage to receive to relieve the tension that builds up throughout the day. 

30 min. – $35        60 min. – $55

Neuromuscular / Deep Tissue Therapy

This technique is an evaluation of various muscles.  Depending on what is ailing you, Tammy is trained to use specific techniques to determine the most effective protocols to follow that will assist in your recovery.

30 min. – $50        60 min. – $65

Raindrop Therapy

Using 9 essential oils and“raining” them along the spine and using specific massage techniques these oils are blended into the skin, then, by applying heat the oils are activated to relieve deep muscle tension.

                             60 min. – $75

Cranial Sacral Therapy

This technique is working with the subtle stimuli of the cranial rhythms and how they affect the cranial bones, soft tissue and fascia.  With no more pressure than the weight of a nickel, this work is light and gentle yet very effective.

30 min. – $50        60 min. – $65

Stone Therapy

Hot and cold stones, along with essential oils are used in this technique. It is a one of a kind massage that takes 1 ½ to complete. The rocks that I have collected come from rivers and the ocean and they have a rhythm of their own that will bring your body into a harmony of wellness.

                             90 min. – $120


Romance….Manawa style!

February 3rd, 2013

You Have My Heart, Sweet Valentine LoveThere are a few things happening in the Manawa area for this season of love. Perhaps your planning on celebrating on the day, or maybe the weekend before or the weekend after.  Whenever you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share with you some offerings in our area to help with the celebration.

Smith’s Manawa Steak House, who we have mentioned on our blog in past posts, and also they are our restaurant of choice when offering our Romance Packages.  To that end that they are offering the following specials for Valentine’s Day.  If you’ve never experienced a meal at the Steak House, just let me say, the conversation is lively, the portions are large and they offer awesome service.

24 oz Rib-eye for Two

8 oz. Tenderloin & 6 oz Lobster for Two

Seafood Alfredo for Two

Ribs & Shrimp for Two

Shrimp Feast for Two- 2 Stuffed, 8 broiled, 8 battered, 10 skewered shrimp

Tammy’s Total Harmony - Massage, & Biofeedback is offering champagne and strawberries to be enjoyed while you relax with a thirty minute massage for each of you ($70.00 total).

The Flower Pot offers beautiful arrangements and of course the quintessential red roses for that special someone.

Here at the Lindsay House we have a few special things planned…..chocolate truffles and a long stemmed rose awaiting you in your room.   In the morning, a beverage tray outside your door and prelude to a full gourmet breakfast in the dining room, complete with candlelight and soft music.

Enjoy Valentine’s day in beautiful Manawa, located in the heart of Waupaca County!

“Life is moving fast…if you don’t stop and look around once in awhile…you could miss it”

November 9th, 2012

I have been thinking quite a bit about how life can change in an instant, in those moments your life becomes something new, perhaps something you never even planned on, but there it is all the same, not good, not bad….just different.  The thing is, is that in those moments, when all we want to do is return to what is familiar, that change can be the most challenging.  Those people in your life, family, friends, acquaintances that come along side you in those moments are such a blessing.  To know that even in some of the dimmest places we are thought of, cared for and loved…that is truly amazing.  I challenge you to stay connected or reconnect with those you love.  You may be thinking that your as connected as you have always been, and you might be right.  Perhaps it’s simply having friends over for dinner for no reason at all, unwinding with a glass of wine at the end of the day, meeting a friend for coffee to catch up on their life.  I always think a bed and breakfast can be a part of reconnecting, a weekend or even an evening away from the to do list can be just what is needed.  Whatever you choose to do….remember…..life is moving fast…if you don’t stop and look around once in awhile…you could miss it!

 

 

*title of this blogpost is taken from a hilarious movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Lights….Camera…….Action!

September 27th, 2012

 

We recently have had the opportunity to work with the New London Chamber of Commerce and take advantage of a benefit that they offer to their members (that would be us!).  It is an introduction of sorts, introducing you and your business to the New London area via the video, interview process.  Now I have to tell you, I have never been thrilled with the idea of being on camera, however, am stoked about getting the message out there about our Bed and Breakfast and what we are about, and dispelling some of the myths and preconceived ideas that people have about bed and breakfasts.  So here is our video, I would like to thank Laurie Shaw, the New London Chamber Director and also to Dick Johnson and the City of New London for getting the word out about the businesses that are affiliated with the New London Chamber. So please put your trays and seat backs in their upright positions and get ready for take off…and please remember to keep your hands and feet inside the moving car!  And let the show begin!

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New England Village in the heart of Wisconsin

September 21st, 2012

Red Barn & Silo

This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can enjoy a crisp, fall day and tour some stunning historical homes in the Village of Rural, just outside of Waupaca, very near the Chain o’ Lakes and home to the Crystal River, which meanders through this picturesque, historic Village.  Tour 6 Homes on the National Register of Historic Places .The village of Rural was settled in 1850 by settlers of British heritage that migrated here from the Eastern United States. Visit the homes of the first settlers in a “New England Village in the heart of Wisconsin”. There will be narrated tours of the following homes: The Radley House (1886, The Halfway House (1852), The Dake House (1860), The Ashmun House (1854), The Millinery Shop and The Potts Farm (1853). Food and Beverages will be available.

Peak Fall Color in Central Waupaca County a.k.a. What the “leaf peepers” saw!

September 15th, 2012

 

 

It is hard to believe that it is that time of year already for the annual fall colors, and here in Central Waupaca County they are magnificent.  This has been an odd year for weather to say the very least, which does impact the fall colors, how early or late they change and how brilliant they are as well.  There are several sources to find out when the fall colors will be at their peak http://www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report is a great resource to utilize for travel any time of year.

Also http://www.foliagenetwork.net/ for travels not only within the State of Wisconsin, but also for any “leaf peeper” travel throughout the U.S.  There are country roads with brilliant colors on either sides of the roads meandering through quaint small towns and villages, dotted with coffee shops, bakeries, the quintessential supper club and parks, rivers, lakes, bike trails and much, much more.  Come out and explore all that Waupaca County has to offer, stay with us right here in Manawa, located “in the heart of Waupaca County” at Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast, where the joy of living is served daily.

 

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.

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