Showing posts with label Ely. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ely. 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.


*keep these in an airtight container

Thanks for catching up with me!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ely Baby!

My home away from home!
Seriously, I don't even know who I have become?!
I went to get my youngest son new snow pants cause this guy won't stop growing!  I mean 14 and he's already 6'2 and size 15 shoes!  Come on now!
Anyhow, I was at Dick's, Dick's Sporting Goods you pervs.....
And I realized I was taking pictures of new life jackets and kayaks, because I don't seem to think that we have enough.  Who am I??
Right now we have 2 vacations booked in Ely, and we are thinking of a third.  Call me crazy but I crave it.
If you are new to reading my blog, Ely is in our 4 year plan.
Pack it up, sell the house & get out of dodge!
I have a game plan all set for our future there and I'm just sayin' it's gonna be EPIC!
We rented an Air B and B in Ely, from school teachers from Mankato who too want to set anchor in Ely when they retire.  Great people, awesome communication.  And the place! ? ! Awesome!
It even comes with snow shows!  If you come in the summer, kayaks at your disposal!
While we are in Ely this winter, there is a snowmobile run and a dogsled race.
How cool is that!? (literally, it's freezing!)
And our next vacation is planned later this summer and I'm already counting the days!

*Bummer dogsled race was canceled due to extreme wind, boy was it chilly!  I could insert a chilly dog joke here but.....
The drive up HWY 1 is seriously breath taking, the snow on the boughs of the trees. They just glissen.
I love how "up north" people are generally so friendly, they wave to you as you drive by!  Hey in the city, you get the finger.
We drove straight there, stopped into the Gator's Grilled Cheese Emporium, grabbed a quick sandwich & soup.  Kiddo had mac n' cheese.
Yummy as always.
Headed over to get some groceries at Zup's, pronounced Zoop's.
Now onto the cabin!
It's So nice!  This is a new home, so beautiful!
Fun artwork throughout the home.

Light wood work, vaulted ceilings, amazing windows with stunning views!

An Alexia came equipped with the cabin, I was a fan until the 14 year old over used her towards the end of the visit.  She had some good jokes and new some fun songs.

The kitchen was beautiful and well equipped, I enjoyed cooking meals there.
Afterwards we would play a game or turn on the fire place (gas, hubbie loves a good wood fire place) & pick out a good flick to watch.
Some days were just spend reading.

One day we adventured out onto the frozen lake.  Took lots of beautiful photos.  Saw all sorts of animal tracks.

(can you see the boys way out on the lake?!)

One evening we went to town for dinner, had great food and beer at The Boathouse, local brewery.  They had the blueberry beer back, OMG SO GOOD!!!!

Our first and last night 7 deer came strolling through the yard, with not a care in the world.  So beautiful.

And the sun sets! So beautiful!  Brings a tear to your eye. 😭😭

So hard to leave, I'm already counting the days till we go back.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Vacation Time!

Just came back from the best week ever!  We LOVE Ely, Minnesota!
It is so peaceful there and just gorgeous!  Entry to the Boundary Waters, I'm sure you have all heard of the Boundary Waters right?!

There is so much to do there.  Tons of hiking trails to check out. One trail we hiked was Kawishiwi Falls Trail really beautiful waterfalls on that one.

 You want to go fishing well you came to the right place umm land of 10,000 lakes and there is no shortage in Ely.
Canoeing, kayaking just to name a few.
Winter is a whole other story snowshoeing, skiing and ice fishing!

We rented a cabin on a beautiful little lake named One Pine Lake.  A pretty peaceful lake not much traffic at all.
You know how most places you rent come with a guest book? One woman described the cabin as living in one of the adorable Door County shops (Door County another place you need to visit!), it was magazine worthy.

Along with the cabin came the usage of a canoe, paddle and fishing boat.  Also a speed boat at extra cost.
We brought along floaty beds and got used every single day!  It just dawned on me why my shoulders are aching this week, all that paddling I did last week, it was a blast!

Are you into wild life?  Just driving around we passed by bucks, does, a wolf and so many eagles I could not count!  Even baby eagles amazing!  Oh almost forgot about all the loons our state bird, you will see and hear them on any lake you visit!

In Ely they have a wolf preservation (I have been there) and also one for bears you can visit.
Wild flowers every way you turn, like living in a painting.

At this point if you can not hear my passion for the northern country prepare yourself this is going to be a lengthy blog post.  I give you props if you make it to the end!

Only photo my 12 year old will let me take of him lately.

Our goal is to move into that area in the next 10 years.  Big change for all of us.  Hubbie and I both grew up in the Twin Cities and have lived there our whole lives.  But living in Minnesota you are always exposed to lake life, farms and wilderness.
My husband has more farming in his background and I northern living.

Being a big cook that I am, I had to check out the two grocery stores in the town and their prices.  Both had great deli areas one store had better prices than the other. I was a little surprised they didn't have higher prices.  There is another larger town an hour away that has most any store you would need. Target etc....

Most meals were grilled at the cabin.  But we wanted to check out some of the places that are closed in the winter but open in the summer.

Cajun Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, before we threw them on the grill

The Chocolate Moose was recommended to us by a previous Ely resident we met recently in Duluth, MN. The Chocolate Moose, what a cute name?!  Nice place, they had outdoor seating and a singer performing while we were there.  But we needed a break from the heat so we sat inside.  It was dinner time and we deserved some beer after all that hiking!

My son LOVES Root Beer and Ely is home to Dorothy Molter Root Beer, really cool story behind Dorothy, you can even go and visit her old home (we did that last winter).

We started of the with the walleye cakes (like crab cakes) they were wonderful!

The meals were also good.  But when it came to the bill, yikes!
I think that they need to have higher prices because of shipping the food way up there and only being open part of the year.

On to another review and that would be a new place totally stopped me in my tracks Gators Grilled Cheese Emporium!  Cheese glorious Cheese!
Really cute place, brand spankin' new and will be open year round.  Great prices too!
A grilled cheese menu, sandwiches, mac n cheese, salads and more.  A portion of the proceeds are donated to the local animal shelter.

Looking for a good cup of coffee? Try The Front Porch.  Very friendly people and great menu.

The Boys stopped into the Red Cabin Custard for a little cool off treat one day after a hike, they both loved it.

Ok one place we did not go to this trip (well we did stop in to buy a growler of beer) is The Boathouse Brewpub & Restaurant.  They brew their own beer, that changes all the time, food is great (at a great price) and the beer is good.  This time we tried the blueberry beer, it was awesome!

Ok last review!  Are you still here?!

We had dinner at Stony Ridge Cafe.  It's totally hidden up on a hill over looking a lake.
It's really a burger joint (other things on the menu) but they have 50 some burgers on the menu!
And there is a challenge burger!
If you go there I suggest you get the "wimpy" version of the burger. My burger was so big I thought I accidently took the challenge, the burger was a big as my head!  I could eat about a 1/4 of it.
But it was really good. Again, the prices are a little high.

There are more choices for places to eat but we have not checked them out yet,  But trust me we will :)

Tuesdays evenings is farmers market time, they have lots of vendors.  But most days I noticed there are vegetable vendors lined up on the main strip everyday.  That is way awesome to me!

So I suggest you rent a cabin or pitch a tent (get your mind out ot the gutter) light a fire and wait for those late night stars come out because they are breath taking, you will never want to leave Ely, Minnesota.