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Showing posts with label Appetizer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Appetizer. Show all posts

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sourdough Crackers

Everyone of my posts should start off with "it's been a long time"!
I have been terrible at keeping up with this blog of mine.
Keynote to anyone who wants to start a successful blog, good content & be CONSISTENT.  That's what I've read, not what I've done :)

Here's what I have attempted to blog but never finished.

Christmas 2018, new appetizer I served at a gettogether.  An amazing salmon ball!
Here is the quick downlow on that.

"Merry post- Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
Thought I would keep this going and be a terribly slow blogger, yeah doing a great job of that!
Hope you all had a great Christmas, Kwanza whatever you celebrate.
We did, very different then years past, but some joy shared and good food!
I wanted to share with you this appetizer I made (one of several) this past Christmas Eve.

A salmon ball, I found this on Pintrest and sorta made it my own.
So here you go & I hope you enjoy!"

What you need:
4oz smoked salmon
1 Tablespoon dill, fresh
1 Teaspoon garlic, powder
2 green onions, chopped
1 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
Dash salt & pepper
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup chopped walnuts

How to make it:
Mix together all ingredients, excluding walnuts.
On parchment paper roll into a ball, roll ball into walnuts.
Wrap in plastic wrap, place in the fridge at least 30 minutes.
Serve with your favorite crackers.

Hope you like it, we did!

What else you all missed that I wanted to blog about would be a winter trip to Ely my husband and I made this year.
Hubbie found a cute little cabin we rented, his favorite part of the cabin would be the fireplace, he loves to stoke a fire.
We brought some cross country ski's with, did that one day. It was a lot of fun and quite a workout!
We also brought snowshoes, I never got out on them. Just hubbie, I didn't feel like braving the cold again.



Alright let's get to the Sourdough crackers!
Right now I have 2 sourdough starters in my fridge (if your interested in how to do that let me know).
With sourdough you need to feed it once a week, so instead of discarding the dough you need to remove from starters I try to find creative ways to use it.  I came across a recipe on King Arthur's website "Sourdough Crackers".
I have made them twice now, we very much enjoy them, you can change up your seasonings so its fun to play around with!

What you need:
1 cup of King Arthur flour
1 cup sourdough discard/unfed
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup butter (4 Tbs) room temp.
2 Tablespoons seasoning of your choice, I have been using Herbs De Provence (a mix of basil, oregano, fennel, lavender, marjoram, tarragon, parsley and rosemary). Seasoning is totally optional.
I want to try adding a bit of cheese to this sometime and maybe just garlic salt.
Oil for brushing and salt for sprinkling

How to make it:
Mix together all ingredients.
Place on a greased baking sheet, after you form into 2 rectangular shapes and cover with plastic wrap
Pop that into the fridge to 30 minutes.
Remove plastic wrap, flour a glass jar or rolling pin, roll out the dough until its about 1/8 inch thick.
Brush with cooking oil and cut into cracker shapes, if you have a pastry cutter that would work, pizza cutter or a butter knife.
Make sure to cut them well so they are not touching, sprinkle with salt.
Using a fork poke a couple times into each cracker.
Pop these into a preheated oven 350 for 20 - 25 minutes.
Let them cool on a baking rack.

Enjoy!

*keep these in an airtight container

Thanks for catching up with me!



Thursday, December 6, 2018

Shrimp Dip



Just a little late getting this one posted!  I made this AMAZING Shrimp dip for Thanksgiving and here it is December 6th already.
I could say I'm busy with something important but just really just the day in the life of a Mama.
Kiddo severely dislocated his thumb playing football, surgery was needed now we have a zillion follow up appointments.
On top of that Mr. Handsome (still talking about the kiddo) having Invisalign, you always seem to be at the dentist for that too.
And I don't know what my issue is, I apply for jobs get them then change my mind & don't accept them!  Giving myself a confidence boost?  Naw just like being home and taking care of my boys.
Busy hittin' it at the gym!  Ya that's right I'm getting buff!
Ton's of other things going on holidays and plans of moving.
Oh wait and the best thing to happen, I'm a Grandma!  Well Glam-ma.
Very weird to say, because I feel younger then what I think a Grandma being but, whatever I love that little fella. And yes I hog that baby every chance I get!
So ya that's why I got busy & forgot to post this.  Better late then never?
Alright on to the dip!  Honestly I am not a huge shrimp fan.  But, this dip!  Slap your mama good I tell ya!

What you need:
12 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cans of miniature shrimp (not sure on oz - but, equivalent to a tuna can)
3 Tablespoons green onion, chopped
1/2 cup mayo
garlic salt, dash
pink himalayan salt, dash
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ( I may have added a few more dashes)

How to make it:
Really easy!
If your shrimp comes in liquid, drain that.
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend away using a hand mixer or a food processor.
Place into a serving bowl and chill before serving.
Suggested items for dipping potato chips, crackers or veggie sticks

Hope you enjoy!
*I have no picture of this yummy dip, so enjoy a picture from my last Christmas vacation in Lutsen, Minnesota.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Last Minute Party Dip

My sweet daughter gave me a fantastic cookbook, as of now I have made 4 recipes from it already!
And of course I wanted to share with you the appetizer that I made.
Joanna Gaine's wrote this wonderful cookbook, just jam packed with everyday family styled recipes.

This "last minute party dip" is great for those days you don't have time to get to the store or plan food for a get together. Most of these items I have in my pantry or on hand daily.

What you need:
2 8 oz cream cheese (I used my homemade cheese, you can find on the blog)
1 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 cup green onions,chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper, or less "to taste"
Serve with bagel crisps, crackers, vegetable sticks (asparagus, celery, carrots, endive).

How to make it:
Pretty darn easy!
If you have a mixer, mix all ingredients well. Top with a bit of green onions and pepper if desired.
No mixer?  No prob!  Just mix manually, by hand.
Joanna said this stores in fridge for up to 3 days, and makes about 4 cups.

We very much enjoyed this dip!
This is one of those cookbooks that you will forsure go back to time and time again with "real people" recipes, I suggest you check it out!

Enjoy!

*Thanks Sam!  XOXO

Friday, April 27, 2018

Homemade Cream Cheese

SO for a long time by husband has been trying to talk me into making my own cheese.  He's kinda the self sufficient state of mind fella.
I didn't want to do it because I love cheese so much, I didn't want to get turned off by the process.
One day I just changed my mind, Pintrest is my friend so many ideas and recipes on there.
I found several cheese making ideas, I started off with ricotta.
Next was cream cheese, so dang easy!

What you need:
2 quarts of half and half
1 packet of mesophilic starter

How to make it:
Leave the cream out until it reaches room temperature.
Pour into a large enough bowl, stir on the starter.
Cover with plastic wrap. 
Let it set for 12 or more hours. 
Mine actually took 4 days to set because my house is kept so cool.

Next step would be to line a colander with a tea towel or muslin.  Not cheese cloth that is to thin.
Pour your cheese into the cloth, gather and tie shut around a wooden spoon that will suspend your cheese above the colander to drain into a large bowl.

Now let that drain for 12 more hours.
Bam you got cream cheese!

I divided mine into different containers, some I added chopped chives and others I made garden vegetable.

Store in the fridge.

It was really good, it made equivalent to 5 tubs of store bought cream cheese and it keeps for a long time! 
Do you save more money doing this, no not really but come on you just made your own cheese! 


I found this method on Chickens in the Road's website, there you can find photos of the process, sorry I did not take any photos.

* We found the starter and a brewery supply shop that carries cheese making products.  You get a pack of 5 that you store in the freezer

Monday, April 2, 2018

Avocado Fries


I love avocados!  They are my favorite color and they taste delicious! 
Avocado toast is a bg trend, but I'm not really into that.  I love to have a half an avocado filled with cottage cheese and a few almonds on it, bam you have breakfast! 
My long time friend Jenny told me she had avocado fries once at a restaurant and she really liked them. 
I never got to that restaurant with her but I did find a recipe for some amazing avocado fries that I'm going to share with you today!  Along with a couple dipping sauce's.
You can find the original recipe in Dennis the Prescotts cookbook Eat Delicious

There are a few steps to making this BUT, it is SO worth it! 

What you need:
Oil for frying

Avocado Fries:
3 firm avocados
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs, whisked
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne powder

Pico:
4 roam tomatoes
2 tablespoons purple onion, diced
1 teaspoon red wine vinager
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro
pinch of salt


Cream Sauce:
1/2 cup prepared mayo
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika

*cilantro & feta cheese for topping


How to make them:

Let's start off with the sauces so you can get them chilling in the fridge.

Pico:
Pretty simple, chop your tomatoes, mix with the juice of a 1/2 a lime, salt, chop your onion, add to bowl. Chop up your basil & cilantro pop into the bowl, add vinegar.  Mix and pop into fridge!

Cream sauce:
Take a bowl add in all ingredients, mayo, lime juice, chili powder, paprika and chopped garlic. Combine well, pop into fridge.

Avocado Fries:
Start heating your oil, you can tell when it's ready by sticking the end of a wooden spoon in oil very carefully, do you see bubbles?  It's ready.  Usually on medium heat but all ovens are different,
While the oil in warming up start to prep.
You need 3 bowls, fill separately 1st bowl flour, the next mixed eggs and lastly panko mixed with the seasonings.



Cut your firm avocados into four slices. Peel the skins off of course. 

Ok your ready to start frying, first grab a plate line with a paper towel to drain off all that extra oil.
One slice of avocado at a time dip into flour, egg mix, finally the panko mixture.
Carefully place your avocado slices once battered into oil, frying one minute on each side.
Once finished let them rest for a minute on the paper towel.

Platting, grab a serving dish, place your avocado slices on plate, scatter on plate feta cheese crumbs and cilantro.  Pull those cups of sauces out of fridge and set on plate.



Now grub down, they are AMAZING! 






Sunday, March 18, 2018

Erik the Red

I heard of this place from my cousin Michelle who actually lives in Wisconsin.  She and her husband were looking for a place to celebrate this past Super Bowl, and she came across Eric The Red, right across from the US Bank Stadium.
What a great idea for a restaurant, Viking themed, Minnesota Vikings, Swedish, Irish, Norwegian etc.
And good thing for me, I found a Groupon for the place!
So husband and I went to check it out one evening.
Like I said it is straight across from the stadium (I keep wanting to say dome! you know what I mean if your from MN)


I did not get many photos of the interior, I didn't want to take photos of the customers.  But, the theme is nice large red & black plaid booths, antlers, deer heads.  The people working here are wearing plaid.  Plaid, Plaid, Plaid!!!  (inside joke).

We sat at the bar.


I'm guessing it was shift changing time, service was a little slow.  But not terrible.
We shared a white fish sampler, served with lefse and rye toast.  Very good! 


Hubbie had a trio of wild game brats with french fries.  He very much enjoyed this.


I had the Thor burger with a side of brussel sprouts, the bacon on the burger was fantastic so thick and the brussels YUMMY!!  My burger was a little dry, I only ate half brought the rest home for the hubster.  


I would totally go back to Erik the Red




Friday, February 2, 2018

Superbowl Party Food!

It's been awhile hasn't it!?!  Believe me I have tried to blog, I'd start a few new posts but just never finished them.  Silly me!
So I'm trying to do this Keto meal plan, well so far so good, lost a little weight & I don't mind the foods on this plan at all!
But I do have 1 cheat day a week lol, I mean I'm not going to torture myself!
Ok so one of the ideas, I was going to share with you was a tumeric cracker, awhhh lets just say a big NO to that.  First off I accidentally read the read a recipe wrong it was supposed to be 2 teaspoons, I read it as 2 Tablespoons!  YUCK!  And I found out I do not care for the flavor of almond flour whatsoever.
The other recipe I was working on was a baked goat cheese ball, again with that nasty almond flour.
So I spared you all the mistakes I made :)

Let's get ready to rumble!!!  Wait thats wrestling hahaha!  Did anyone else grow up in the 80's watching Sunday morning wrestling, maybe a little Grizzly Adams??  Yes, no?  Am I the only odd ball here??

Seriously, how about them Vikings?!!!  We were so dang close!  And to play the Super Bowl at home would have been to excellent!  Hey there's always next year guys!

Superbowl Patriots vs Eagles.  Is here in my state, in the city if Minneapolis.  And the teams are also staying less than a mile from my home, that's pretty exciting! 

So who's having a SB party??  What are you having??

These are the things my hubbie requested for our little shindig.

Spam Bites, my copycat version of one of our favorite restaurants Blu Door Pubs, classic appetizer. 

These next two are an all time favorite of my families, thanks to my uncle Bob!  We all love these dips here! 

Con Queso Dip, also a copy cat from back in the day when Uncle Bob worked at a restaurant named Chi Chi's - oh how I miss their taco salad!

Uncle Bob's garlic dip, pretty sure he just came up with this one on his own.  My husband and daughter devour this stuff, and it's so easy to make!  ERRRR put the brakes on!  I just went to link the recipe for you guys & I have never shared it!  What the heck! 
So here it is - you need a block of softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of milk, 3 cloves of garlic shaved thin, mix it all together, chill then serve with Frito Scoops!  Didn't I tell you it was easy!  SO good! 

I picked up a premade monster sized  "griller sandwich" at the grocery store.  We had one of those a couple summers ago & really liked it, took the easy way out and got it pre made :)

And that's it! 
So what are you all making?
Check out my website you will find so very many appetizer ideas for your SuperBowl party or any other party gathering!

Go team! 








Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spiced Nut & Pretzel Mix


I think everyone who likes to host get togethers should have an arsenal of go to noshes that you can throw together in a flash!
This would be one of them, or a variation of a "Chex Mix".
It is an over all loved treat.
Let's be honest sometimes you just have to many things going on and you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen.  
This takes no time at all!


What you need:
4 cups nuts of your choice
2 cups pretzels
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar




How to make it:
Roast your nuts for 10 minutes, on the middle shelf in your oven
While your nuts are roasting, melt the butter and mix with seasonings
When the time goes off mix in the 2 cups of pretzels with the nuts
Pour on the butter mixture and stir in
Sprinkle 1 more tablespoon of rosemary and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar on top
Bake for 15 more minutes at 350
Keep an eye on them , mine got a little over cooked

Great for the holidays - hope you enjoy!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Kimcheeze-it's


Say what????!!!!  Kimchi + Cheese = Kimcheeze-it's.
Another great cookbook find.  I have been on a kick (finally) to cook out of my cookbooks.
Are you like me, I have tons of cookbooks, cooking magazines, Pinterest folders filled with yummy stuff, I check out books from libraries, follow people's blogs, Instagrams.  Obsessed!  Oh and my camera is filled with pictures I take of recipes to make later.
I need to stick with it and try new things.
This homemade cracker is from the book Milk Bar Life, this cookbook is cooky fun.
I was a little leary on making this treat, the combination of flavors just threw me off.  But, surprisingly it really works!
And I got to use my home made "from the garden"  Kimchi that I fermented last year!
Speaking of fermenting.  Hubs and I are going to take a class on it this winter, who am I ????
But, you can find kimchi in most grocery stores now.

I have a few other cracker recipes if you're not into these. Check them out here Raise The Roof
*Rosemary Cheddar Cracker
*Auntie Margaret's Cheese Crackers 
*Anything Bagel Crackers 

What you need:
1 cup kimchi, drained
12oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup cheddar powder (I omitted this)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

How to make them:
I measured the kimchi before draining.  I used a thin kitchen towel, placed kimchi in it and squeezed out as much juice as I could.
Heat your oven to 325 (the cookbook says 250)
I like to buy block cheese and shred it myself
Add kimchi and cheese to a food processor get that blended well, start adding in flour, seasoning and cheese powder if you use it.  What is cheese powder???  I'm thinking the packets in mac and cheese boxes?  I'm not sure about that one.
Work that in food processor for a few minutes, it's going to look sandy don't worry.
Take ingredients out kneed for a minute then shape into a ball.
Using two sheets of parchment paper place ball of cheese goodness in between, and roll out try to get pretty thin.  refer to my photos.



Using a pizza cutter or paring knife cut into bite size pieces.

Place on a non stick baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

Let them cool & ENJOY!



They a a zingy flavor - pretty addictive!
The book pairs it with a homemade blue cheese dip, I did not care for it.  But, I will share it below.

*Blue Cheese Dip
2Tbs dried chives
2 Tbs onion powder
1 Tbs kosher salt
2tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp dried dill
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1Tbs white vinegar
1/4 lb good blue cheese, crumbled
Mix and chill for 3 hours (keeps for a week)





Sunday, November 26, 2017

Jalapeno Popper Cups


What do you do with leftover wonton wrappers?  Why make Jalapeno Popper Cups! 
I can think of several different ways to make a popper right off the top of my head, pull apart Jalapeno Popper Bread, Jalapeno Popper chicken bake, jalapeno popper stuffed mushrooms... The ideas are endless in this overactive food loving brain of mine!
Well it's football season and I love coming up with new ideas for the boys to eat while watching the game, ok I may try a little too.
This one was a hit with the hubster.  Hope you try them out!

What you need:
4oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 slices of bacon, crumbled
2 heaping Tablespoons jalapeno, diced (I used candied jalapenos, but you can use fresh peppers)
16 wonton wrappers


How to make them:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Spray the muffin tin with a non stick spray - or don't you're the one who has to clean it ;)



Place wonton wrappers in each cup
Bake for 7 minutes
While the cups are baking mix all your ingredients together well.



Fill the wonton cups with the cheese mixture.



Pop those into the oven and bake for 14 minutes
Let them cool a couple minutes before serving



Enjoy!

*candied jalapeno recipe I got out of this fantastic cookbook Not Your Mama's Canning Book
But you can find similar recipes on Pintrest

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Goat Cheese Pistachio Balls


What a simple, simple appetizer bite!
Absolutely perfect for those upcoming holiday parties!
This one is going to be short and sweet, I think I'm going to make a bunch of these for hubbie to bring to his employees for holiday gnashing.  Those guys are spoiled and I've never even met them LOL.
I just like to share :)
They asked for treat every Thursday's, hahaha pushing it fellas! ;)



What you need:
1 log of goat cheese
1/4 cup honey (try to use local)
6 dates, pittted
1/2 cup pistachios, chopped

How to make them:
I'm serious SO easy!
Mix all ingredients together in a food processor, excluding nuts.  Get that all combined well.
Remove and with your clean hands shape into little 1in. (or so) balls.
Roll the balls into the pretty green pistachios, place on a plate to chill.

*serve with a thin pretzel in them for picking up or with crackers

Your guests and you will love them.  And I'm going to bet you can freeze these ahead of time!




*I think I picked up this idea on Pintrest not sure
*ALSO Thanks to my beautiful sister for taking these great photos!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cauliflower Rice Taco Bake

Not to toot my own horn but, damn this stuff is good!
There is all this hype about cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower, I'm just getting around to trying it out and it's really good! 
I have a few different recipes Pinned I want to try with the rice.
This is more of a side dish rather than an appetizer.  But you can for sure dip tortilla chips in it!

What you need:
12oz bag frozen cauliflower rice
6oz hamburger
1oz packet taco seasoning, using only 1/2
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup shredded cheese
*toppings, avocado, black olives, jalapeno, cilantro, sour cream, hot sauce, whatever you like ! 


How to make it:
Do you not just love veggies that come in a steam bag!?  Pop that sucker into the microwave boom done in 4 minutes.
Brown that hamburger add in onions, toss in taco seasoning.  I used a cast iron skillet, you can just use a frying pan if you don't have a skillet.
Stir, stir, stir, is it cooked?  Ok get those chopped tomatoes in.  Cook for a few more minutes.
Mix in cauliflower rice, top with cheese. 
Let the cheese melt (if your pan is oven proof - broil in oven), now it's time to scoop some up and start your toppings!

Hope you love it! 

* this was a hard one to get a good photo of - your going to have to use your imagination - sorry! 







Saturday, November 4, 2017

Door County Fall 2017

I don't even know, ummm I think this is our 5th fall trip to Door County?
We so look forward to it.  It is the only vacation my husband and I take alone, a little bonding time.
My kids would be like eeewww gross!!!!

We hit up a couple new stops on this trip & then there are the "have to" stops that I'm going to share with you.  Pretty much all 2 thumbs up from us.

This year we went a little later in the season.  The cottage we stay in, is in Sturgeon Bay.  That is located at the bottom of Door County.  The colors were just about wrapping it up and getting ready for the snow fall.

But once we drove up the peninsula the colors were poppin'!

I know that writing this is going to make me hungry & I already can't wait to go back next year! So let's jump into it!

Kitty O'Reilly's, this Irish girl likey's!  We have never had any bad food or drink there.
This visit we shared the Pile-O-Gold-Nachos, I didn't add any meat to it. Not sure why :)  They were so messy good!
(I told you we made a mess of those nachos!)

Seaquist Orchards
Great spot, another have to visit on our list.  Tons of samples, wonderful fresh baked goods.  Plenty of treats to buy and bring home as gifts or for yourself!



Much more than just food here, clothing, decorations, candles.  And a great big winter wonderland area!
A few play areas for children indoors and out. A super fun rope maze in the forest!



This year we picked up a nut covered caramel apple, super yummy!


Across the highway is a new cheese shop,  Door Artisan Cheese Company. Very nice building, I believe they also have a restaurant.  Friendly people working here.  Not much for samples.  No activity in the cheese making area.



They seem to have more of other company cheeses rather than their own but, I'm guessing that is because they are fairly new.  I hear they have a cheese cave!  



Bea's Ho-Made Products, yup you read that right.  The sign will catch your eye and draw you in :)
When you walk in you're hit by a great smell of homemade pickles.  Like many of the other shops in the area, lots of local treats and gifts.


You can see them canning away behind the cashier's desk.  Busy Bee's!

One of our new favorites is Edgewood Orchard Gallery.



We stumbled across this place last year.
The artwork here is fantastic.  But, our favorite part is walking through the forest and admiring all of the sculptures.



Even if you're not a big art lover, I'm sure you will appreciate this place.


A new place for us is Renards Cheese.  But, we like to say it like you would say "Menards"!  I know we are dorks.

(not my photo)

You guessed it cheese, cheese and more cheese!  Free tastings.  There is seating outside and a little kitchen where you can order cheesey foods, yum!



I think my and probably the hubby's favorite thing to eat when we visit Door County, you will find at the tip of the peninsula in Gills Rock. Shoreline Restaurant.
We die over the white fish dip!  If they ever take that off the menu, I will cry!
No actually if you want to try it first go there but if you can't I have a pretty close copy cat recipe you can try :)  Angie's Whitefish Dip.


(not my photo)

Ok back to cheese!  Our favorite cheese shop in Door County is Wisconsin Cheese Masters.  Everyday they have 3 special cheese samples that they let you try while giving you information about each.  Once you're done with that you can request any samples in the cheese case.
We ALWAYS buy cheese here!
Right next door in a wine shop, Harbor Ridge Winery. Fancy that!  Free tasting, but please tip them.  We usually pick up wine for gifts to bring back.

Let's stick to talking about the booze shall we.

A new stop for us would be Red Oak Winery.  Everytime we come into town we drive but this place never stopping by.  This year we decided to give it a go.
I myself am not a wine drinker, husband used to be.  But what the heck let's have a little fun.
The inside is much nicer than I was thinking it was going to be.  The outside sorta looks like a cold warehouse to me.

But, it was very inviting, lovely wood bars.  A back room with plenty of seating and barrels surrounding the entertainment station, yup they have music!


I bet you could have a real good time here!
We did a little sampling, I believe it was 5 for $5 and very generous pours.
*ps after this wine tasting I thought I was having a hot flash, had to roll my window down in the truck! hahaha wine went straight to my head.

Next on our self guided booze tour would be, Door County Distillery, again not a big booze lover maybe just once in a blue moon.


 But this is straight up my hubby's alley!  I agree to play along.
You can order a flight of samples.  Or maybe you would like a cocktail.  Also, they serve a few food items.


This is a big building with other things happening.  Food samples, wine tasting & gifts.
You find that a lot in Door County.
I have to say over the years this is the busiest of places, I've never been able to get close enough to trying any wine.  And the vultures hover over those free food samples like they have never eaten before!
Seriously I was telling my husband, if you want to be cheap. You can just drive the peninsula and stop in for free samples all day & not have to pay for a meal!

Another new place for us to try (and I think they are new) is Crate.  A fantastic sushi place.
We ordered 3 rolls to share.  They were so delicious and fresh.



Great beer and drink menu.  Service was excellent.  As so was the price.



Sonny's, I've always wanted to stop in here and this year we did.  It's right on the water. I was thinking it was a hot spot but, it was very quiet when we were there.
I'm guessing they are pretty busy in the warmer months.
It's a pizza place.  Gotta say, I'm not a fan.  Also not a great beer selection and my beer was flat.  Bummer. 

We do, do other things while there.  We walk the shore the lake is right at our front door. 

There is also a back road we like to walk and look at all the cool houses and beautiful fall colors, then make our way to the lighthouse for our annual photo.


There is a wood burning fireplace, that is always being stoked.  I love to cook us a few good meals.  We read, read and read!  Then usually wrap up the evening with drinks by the fire while watching a movie.
Oh and if I'm lucky I can sweet talk him into playing Scrabble with me.

Always a good time. 
Until next year! 




Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stillwater 21st Birthday Extravaganza

Let's talk about a little adventure I had this weekend for my sweet, kind, unbelievable adorable first niece Mallory a.k.a Mal.
It was going to be a quaint little party of four Mallory, her Mom Amy my sister, my daughter Samantha a.k.a Sam, and myself.
Well that Sam ended up sick, so down to three.
Amy (my sister) rented a limo from a Groupon, she kept referring it to Craigslist ( I wouldn't get on that limo!).
Ok we are on our way to pick up the limo, my wonderful husband drives us to a mall where we are to meet the limo, no specific address, so we drive and drive to find it, we drive by a bus, pretty scary looking, black tinted out windows, skinny little tires, some strange emblem on the side of the bus, we all say  "Lord I hope that's not what they call a limo"!!
Somehow after questioning if that was it, we see people loading up into the contraption, my brave sister walks over there peeks her head in.
The young woman said to her with fear in her eyes, yes this is the "limo".  My sister describes is as basicly cheap, tinsel, a mannequin head and blacked out.
A. this is not a limo B. not private C. Scary AF!
Someone was in the bus checking people in, no sign to indicate that this is it.

This woman never to be seen again.  kidding

We had a group huddle about it, decided we would NIX this idea and head to Stillwater - a sure good time!
If you follow my blog, you know that I know Stillwater pretty well.
So I am the tour guide of the day (kinda sorta)!
We get there get dropped of at the edge of town after driving over the new bridge for the heck of it. Twice!  I have a fear of heights but managed to keep my eyes open the second time over & it was a beautiful fall filled sight.



First we did a quick walk through of the Fall Festival that coincidentally was going on. Tents set up with things for sale, drinks, food and music.
There was a pumpkin race but we could not get a view of it, to crowded.

Not my photo - but isn't this the craziest thing ?!  HAHAHA!

Made our way over to a cool looking building Tin Bin's  for a cup of java - the girls had spiked coffees, I tried a sip of each, very good.

(not my photo)

Really a cute place, they were pretty busy but, we did manage to find a spot to sit.
They also have food if you're hungry :)
Here's my pretty niece (hope she doesn't kill me for sharing her pic)!


Not in any special order but, here are some great spots we hit up!

Maple Island Brewing - we stopped here twice hahaha!  Great venue, outdoor seating great view of the lake.
Good Beer, we shared a couple flights so we could try each beer, they also have root beer and sell growlers.
There was a band and the rental room above was hosting a wedding reception, we witnessed the first dance - that's when you all say AAAHHHHHH.......


Right next door is a Northern Vineyard Winery. The ladies did a tasting, I'm pretty sure there was rooftop seating here. The women who were working there were very friendly and informative.  


Stopped in at Wedge and Wheel, one of my favorite stops in Stillwater - wine & cheese!  


Fantastic cheeses, paired with meat, nuts, warm bread and those yummy little French pickles Cornichons. This was a chef's choice pairing. 

The Tilted Tiki - such a cute place!  They too have a patio and a special little seating area, it looked to be inside and outside, reminded me of the Golden Girls veranda LOL  
The Tilted Tiki has a very large specialty drink menu they were SO pretty!  


We shared a plate of fried rice, it was one of the appetizers offered - kinda strange to be an appetizer if you ask me, but it was good.


A few spots we wanted to get to but did not have enough time would be Nacho Mamas, they have the best street corn actually everything we have had there is very good & affordable!
My sister says she makes the best street corn.  But, I have yet to try it HINT HINT Amy!  

Lion's Tavern, they have a great patio.  

I always wanted to go to Luna Rossa wine cave tour, while there we thought it was just under construction.  Seems to be permanently closed according to the web.

It wasn't all drinking we did do a little shopping antique shops and cooking stores.

Overall a pretty great day - Happy 21st Birthday Mal - Love ya!