Lindsay House - A Manawa, Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

(920) 596-3643

Treasures of the Past Appraisal Fair

April 5th, 2012

Please sign up to have a family heirloom or collectible or some other antiques appraised.  This is shaping up to be another wonderful community event to not only participate in but to also come on out with friends and family and watch all the action surrounding the appraisal fair.  Mark Moran has been doing these for many years and tells us that not only is the turn out wonderful, a good time is had by all that participate and attend. There will be refreshments and food , as well as John Gunnell will be there to do some slimmed down auto appraisals.  Here are just a few of the comments that Mark has received over the years.

“Mark Moran did an exceptional job at our Antique Appraisal event.  The history and bits of information he included made it educational as well as entertaining.  Regardless of the monetary value, he made each piece important and we heard many wonderful stories.  Mark was professional,  yet he made us all feel as if we were right in our own living room.  We had barely started the program when an audience member asked when we were going to do it again!  I would highly recommend Mark’s Antique Appraisal event.

“Our Friends group, who sponsored the event,  were very pleased with Mark and the rave reviews from the community. Thanks Mark … we’ll see you again soon!”

Land O’ Lakes Public Library

 

My town responded enthusiastically to the Antiques Appraisal Event and we plan to do it again in 6 months or so!  Mark Moran was very pleasant to deal with and his knowledge of the subject matter should be obvious from his credentials. I want especially to pass on that I appreciated how respectful he was with the public about their treasures, whether they were worth anything monetarily or not (most aren’t). People went away feeling satisfied and enriched by the stories they heard.  We are a small public library who can’t afford many programs, and this one was definitely worth choosing.”

Baldwin, Wis., Public Library

Gunner’s Great Garage April Seminar

April 4th, 2012

 

It is certainly a feather in our cap, to have John Gunnell of Gunner’s Great Garage in our Community.  He is so knowledgeable and has his ear to the ground and his finger on the pulse of what is going on in the world of collector cars.  He is presenting Lake Speed, Jr. this Saturday April 7th from 9 a.m. until noon.  The topic will be the best oils for collector cars.  Lake comes from a background in stock car racing, his Dad was a well known NASCAR driver.  He has a lot of information to share regarding the new motor oil specs and how classic car owners and high performance car owners should approach the new oil specifications that were introduced in late 2011.  Lake Speed Jr’s seminar at Gunner’s Great Garage will answer these puzzlers and a whole lot more.  Circle April 7th on your calendar and come on out to the seminar.  Please RSVP if possible by calling 715-281-5925 or emailing Gunnellj@TDS.net.

Lessons from the Art

March 30th, 2012

Big Heart of Art - 1000 Visual MashupsIn one of our neighboring communities, Iola, there is a fun and artistic place and lots happening within it’s walls.  Lessons From the Art grew out of a need that was seen in the Community by it’s owner Tammie Jo Berg.  Lessons from the Art offers music lessons, voice lessons, art classes and a really cool idea “Picasso parties”.  How fun would it be to get together with a group of friends and create pieces of art.  They offer these “arty party’s” for groups of 6 to 15 for $8 per person.  What a great idea to offer for groups of girlfriends, children’s parties, even a group of teens to get together and be creative, or a group of “red hatters” to enjoy time with one another.  Registration must be done a week in advance as they need time to pull together the materials.  On their website http://lessonsfromtheart.com, they give suggestions such as button art, canvas creations, shoe art, tie dye shirts ( come on now, who doesn’t remember tie dye), t-shirt rugs, however you are not just limited to these, custom arrangements can be made.  They have their schedule up for Art classes for the month of April so check them out. Waupaca County is a very large artisan county and this is just one more example of that.  Lessons from the Art has also offered several day long retreats for women, some time to reflect and reconnect with not only yourself but others as well.  Stay tuned for more on this wonderful and innovative place, but for now, check out their website and see how to get yourself plugged into the Artist community that is Waupaca County.

It’s time to be “Simply Inspired”

March 27th, 2012

Samantha Zander owner of Simply Inspired has been making jewelry since her Sophomore year in High School.  She found a space for rent in Manawa and it all just came together very spur of the moment.  She offers homemade lotions, shower gels, lip balms, soaps, body scrubs, and the absolute coolest crayons that are so fun and different.  She can customize the packaging and scents, for example, if you are a bride looking for a unique thank you gift for your bridesmaids, you can work with Samantha to formulate a signature fragrance  and label for a an awesome personalized gift to say thank you to those who were a part of your special day.  Samantha wanted to be able to offer some more natural options, since she herself has some allergies to different products.  Another line of things she is working on is handmade slippers, Samantha loves slippers and wanted to offer a variety of them in her store.  She offers a “punch card” for every $10 you purchase she punches the card, and when the card is full you receive a $10 credit towards your next purchase.  Samantha and her “Simply Inspired” items will be at the FFA Alumni 16th Annual Craft Show at Crystal Falls Banquet Hall in New London on April 1st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so come on out and meet Samantha and see the variety of items that she offers.  You may also be inspired. Like Simply Inspired on Facebook and visit her at the her store located at 407 Bridge Street in Downtown Manawa, or call her at 920-538-4121.  Currently, Samantha is putting the final touches on her website which will be offering on line sales.

Jolly Rogers Pizzeria, New London, WI

March 21st, 2012

I recently returned to Jolly Rogers in New London, I have to admit I hadn’t eaten there in awhile, and this is only the second time.  I was on my way home from Milwaukee and decided to stop and pick up pizza.  The gentleman behind the bar was very nice and he also happened to be the person making our pizza.  So I ordered my pizza and I sat at the bar and was able to see him in the kitchen making it.  I was really impressed, they have a dough ext-ruder (I think that’s what it’s called) that has various settings and you run the pizza dough through it and continue to thin it out, because we ordered thin crust.  The last step in working with the dough was he threw it up in the air, like wow, it was cool to watch.  Then, he proceeded to put it on the pan and add our toppings, and then into the oven it went.  He came back to the bar and we were talking about their expansion project, they are planning to move the bar into the adjacent building and in fact it will be an Irish Pub (very fitting for a City that holds one of the largest St. Patty’s Day Festivals and parades in the state of Wisconsin), and the previous bar area will be converted to more family dining.  They also have a frozen pizza business called “Jolly Bob’s” which is carried in many locations here in Central Wisconsin, and their frozen pizza business will also be in a part of the new building.  They will also be offering outdoor dining by the river, which will be really great, very serene to be sitting near the water enjoying a meal with friends and family.  Of course they are known for their pizza, but are not just a one trick pony.  They also offer pastas, homemade calzones, sandwiches, burgers, wings and you can get take out, and even delivery of any items on the menu in the New London area.  And in the tradition of “Man vs Food”, they have a 26″ pizza challenge, if you can eat one 26″one topping  pizza  by yourself in 1 hour, you can win $100 and get your picture on the wall of fame….that my friend’s is a lot of pizza no matter which way you slice it. He also told me of a story of a local Dr. who had climbed Mt. Everest and in one of his blog posts stated he was really craving a bacon cheeseburger pizza from Jolly Rogers, now that is customer loyalty personified.  So next time your in the New London are, or have a hankerin’ for a good pizza, stop on in to Jolly Rogers located at 220 N. Water St.  or call them at 920-982-2333 www.jollyrogerspizzeria.com.

Piggly Wiggly, 2012 Cooking Show, The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten

March 19th, 2012

Butch’s Piggly Wiggly in New London is proud to host The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten from Fox 11′s Living with Amy on March 22nd at Crystal Falls Banquet Hall in New London.  This event last year was a huge success and the expectations for this year are no less bright.  There will be many restaurants, vendors and other businesses will be displayed this year.  Stop  by and say hello to us at our table, we will have some goodies to give away as well.  Visit the displays and enjoy samples from the different businesses starting at 5:30 p.m., showtime with Amy will be from 6:30 to 7:30 and door prize drawings will be at 7:30.  Amy enjoys demonstrating food preparation with ease and fun, much like she does on her daily show “Living with Amy”.  She not only shares recipes with you on the show, but also has others share theirs as well as highlights businesses and things to do all over Wisconsin.  She really makes cooking and design so accessible to all of us, and is so relaxed yet passionate about living life with family and friends and having fun doing it as well.  So come and check out Amy Hanten at Crystal Falls Banquet Hall in New London this Thursday, March 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30, learn new things and enjoy spending time with other foodies as well.

Tools-N-Treasures

March 8th, 2012

One of the charming aspects of living in a smaller community is the different shops and things you can find to do.  One of  these located right here in Manawa, is Tools-N-Treasures.  A shop full of an eclectic mix of things such as vintage looking jewelry.  Housewares, dishware, furniture.  She has an assorted selection of salt & pepper shakers, yes exactly, all different shapes and sizes which are really making a comeback as far as a collectible. Leslie Stamborski is the owner of this unique store, many of their items come from estate sales, public auctions and some private donations.  Leslie also offers handmade items that are crafted by her very talented Mom, Sharon. Tools-N-Treasures is located at 401 S. Bridge St in downtown Manawa, their phone number is 920-596-3755, and are open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. stop in and say hello to Leslie and see what wonderful items you “like” in her store as well as on their facebook page .

https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Tools-N-TreasuresNeedles-in-a-Haystack/117269321699885.

 

Oh for the love of Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio!

March 7th, 2012

If any of you have ever read any of our blog posts, then you have certainly been introduced to Captain Bob and Arlo of Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio.  Tim and I have had the priveledge of having the guys and one of their wives, “the doves” as they affectionately call them, grace our B&B.   And of course last but certainly not least their photographer extrordinare Rich and his lovely wife Chris.  They are alot of fun and you would think they’ve known each other forever, which aren’t the best friendships and partnerships in life that way.  So I am so excited to blog about their 5 year anniversary party, and what a wing ding that is going to be.  It is also a benefit for hospitalized and returning veterans.  It is going to be held on Saturday April 21st from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Manheim Milwaukee Auto Auction, which is located at 561 27th St., in Caledonia, Wi (right next to 7 Mile Fair).  Food will be provided by one of WHRR sponsors, Quaker Steak & Lube, and refreshments will be by another sponsor Calypso.  Musical guests are “Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets”, and a special appearance by Stacey David from Gearz.  These folks are so much fun, I can’t imagine that there will be a dull moment at this party, so come on out and congratulate the guys on 5 wonderful years and support hospitalized and returning veterans.  Check out their website for all happenings Hot Rod! Congratulations to Captain Bob & Arlo and here’s to many more great hot rod years ahead!  http://www.wisconsinhotrodradio.com/

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

March 3rd, 2012

 Today I am sharing this recipe that I received from my sister Sandy, who is an accomplished cook, wife, mother, O.B. nurse and all around swell gal.  She shares recipes often and this one is really wonderful.  Our guests enjoyed these this morning, I made some modifications, as our guests have nut allergies, so I just adjusted accordingly.  I must admit versatility is one of the things I really appreciate in a recipe, so this is a keeper for me.  I am especially excited that we actually remembered to take a photo prior to serving our guests this morning.  I hope you enjoy making these, and moreover enjoy eating them with your friends and family.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

1 can (14 1/2 ounce) pumpkin or sliced carrots, drained

1 3/4 cups flour ( Sandy used whole wheat pastry flour, I have used all purpose flour and a combination of wheat and white flours)

1 cup sugar ( Sandy used 1/2 cup organic cane sugar)

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. each ground allspice, cloves and nutmeg ( I have also used ground mace, in place of the nutmeg)

1/2 to 1 tsp. chopped crystallized ginger

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 egg

1/3 cup vegetable oil ( I have also used walnut oil or almond oil with good results)

FILLING

8 ounces cream cheese, softened ( Sandy used light cream cheese)

1 egg

1/4 cup sugar

Combine pumpkin or pureed carrots with egg and oil.  In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, spices and nuts.  Combine wet and dry ingredients until moistened.  Fill 12 greased muffin cups one third full.  In a small mixing bowl, beat the filling ingredients until smooth.  Drop by Tablespoon full into the center of each muffin.  Top with remaining batter.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.  Serve warm.

p.s. I normally make these in Texas muffin pans, which are larger muffins so they make 6 instead of 12 standard muffins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

»