In 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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/
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
1/3 cup vegetable oil ( I have also used walnut oil or almond oil with good results)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened ( Sandy used light cream cheese)
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.
It seems funny to me to see the weather forecast talking about snow and writing a blog post about a Spring Fling, such is life in Wisconsin I guess. The Spring Fling is at Cedar Springs Golf Course located just outside Manawa on Saturday evening March 3rd starting at 8:30 p.m. Entertainment by LED West featuring classic rock, blues, country and yes, even polkas too. No cover charge, so come on out and celebrate! Spring is just around the corner.
We love to blog about fun happenings in our area, and if they are fun and for a good cause so much the better. Dust off those prom dresses, bridesmaids dresses, powder blue tuxedo’s, suits and come on out to The Winter Wonderland Ball this Saturday February 25th @ Bear Lake Resort from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Perhaps you were never able to go to your prom, for one reason or another, don’t miss out on your chance to get dressed to the hilt and party and just think….no curfew. The proceeds are going to support Jurnie’s Shelter, the future domestic shelter in Waupaca County. Tickets are available for purchase at the door $17 for a single/$35 per couple. There will be 50/50 and paddle wheel raffles, as well as appetizers and free beer. Dreams West Photography will be available for pictures until 10:30 p.m. Grab a group of friends and come on out and have a ball. You can find out details and more information about Jurnie’s Shelter at http://www.wix.com/jurnies_shelter/home#!__events.
*The poster was designed by Shawn Buchholz owner/designer at Carbon Freckle located in Manawa. Check out more of Carbon Freckle’s unique designs on their Facebook page.
The 5th annual Beer tasting event is being held at Crystal Falls Banquet facility in New London. This year’s event will feature of course beer and wine, soda, and hors d’oeuvres the ever popular Sundrop slushy! The entertainment for the evening is Revolution they will be performing immediately after the beer tasting until midnight. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 each, $10 tickets are also available for purchase for those “designated drivers”. Double J shuttle will once again be helping to make this a safe event, they will be available for rides home for free for those living in the New London City Limits, if you live outside the New London City limits, they can shuttle you home for a small fee. Come on out for a fun event and enjoy some brews and wines that maybe you haven’t sampled before or to just enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and a slushy, and meet new people. Grab a group of friends and come on out and enjoy!