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!
I grew up in the 60′s and 70′s, and fizzy beverages were a treat, not the every day occurrence they are now. I mean to tell you, that was a treat to go into Jack’s Grocery in the small town in Washington state where I grew up and go into the walk in cooler and grab a Coke in a glass bottle. Still one of my most vivid memories is when I walked into a store on a road trip and they had the old glass bottles, in a wash tub on ice, in the heat of the summer, oh yeah…it was awesome! Now some of you may be thinking to your self….really? How can anyone be excited about soda, or soda pop, or pop, however and whatever you grew up calling it, there are people out there who feel pretty strongly about their preference. We have a soda maker in New London, they have been there for a year, Dave Talo and John Mathison, the proud owners of Flavor 8 Soda Pop. There are as the name suggests 8 flavors, all caffeine free and made with real sugar, no high fructose corn syrup in their soda. You can choose from orange, grape, cherry, lime, black cherry, fruit punch, blue raspberry, cream soda. I was able to have a tour one evening, a couple of my friends and I were out for a walk and we passed by, my friend Ann had met John already and was able to get Diana & I ”in the door” for a tour, they currently offer tours of their facility. We met both John and Dave, and John gave us a tour of their facility and we were able to sample the soda as well, very delicious. One thing that John shared with us, was that because they use real sugar, they don’t have to heavily carbonate their soda to bring out the flavor. So if your looking for some “local flavor”, don’t hesitate to pick up some Flavor 8 Soda Pop at any one of the stores currently carrying it. Check out their website at http://flavor8bottling.com/index.html for a list of stores near you.
Although it certainly hasn’t seemed like winter here in our area, these last few days of bitter cold have reminded me that winter is just waiting in the wings to show itself yet again. The Northport Riders are ready to host Snodeo this weekend and pull off another fabulous event. Friday night will feature Vintage Oval racing under the lights, registration starts at 3 p.m. on Friday the 17th, practice from 4 to 6 and the event is from 7 to 9. Saturday is Lake Cross racing with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. There will be radar runs hosted by the Manawa Lions Club and lots of other things happening. There will be food and refreshments available on site as well. This will all be taking place at Bear Lake just a few miles South of Manawa. Come on down and check it out, this event is possible through generous sponsors and hard working volunteers. Check out http://www.northportsnowriders.com/index_files/Page371.htm for more information.
You would think by now I wouldn’t be surprised to meet yet another small business owner who is passionate about their products and what they do, however I find myself continually and pleasantly so. I recently met the owners of Silver Wings Honey, Kent and Susanna, and was able to talk with them about the products that they offer and also see the products first hand. They not only sell honey from their own honeybee hives, but also their own handcrafted soaps, bath bombs, lotion bars and lip balms. The lotion bar I have been trying is Vanilla Oak, and it glides onto the skin and has a very luxurious feel and a nice scent as well, not too overpowering as is the case with some lotions. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful products being made right here in our own local areas as well as the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well in our great state. Take a moment to find Silver Wings Honey LLC on Facebook , as well as check out their blog http://silverwingshoney.blogspot.com/, I think you’ll be glad you did!