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Bacon Ranch Cheddar Quiche

July 10, 2014 by braytonbb

Bacon Ranch Cheddar Quiche, made with love especially for one guest in particular. I going to pick on one of our past guests for a moment. You know who you are if you reading this. You made me laugh though and gave me a great challenge. I look forward to seeing you again next year.

She emails me a few days before arriving and gives me a list of items that she does not like. She also says that she would like a quiche but that it should be mild. Hmmmm. Okay….We have a winner. If you don’t believe, just ask her.

Bacon Ranch Cheddar Quiche -Serves 6-8 bacon ranch cheddar quiche

One 9″ pie crust, 5 oz (approx) of bacon cooked and chopped in pieces, 1 1/2 C cheddar cheese, 5 eggs, 1/2 C milk, 1/2 C heavy cream, 1/2 C Ranch Dressing, 1 tsp. onion powder and salt and pepper to taste.  ( I usually don’t usually keep ranch dressing at the inn, so I made my own and it was  a lot better than any store bought). See recipe below.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Lay pie crust in bottom of a greased pie pan. Place crumbled bacon on the bottom of the crust. Top with cheese. Whisk the eggs, milk, cream, ranch dressing, onion powder and salt and pepper together. Pour over bacon and cheese. Bake for about 45 minutes. Let cool before cutting and serving. top with cherry tomatoes if you desire.

Ranch Dressing recipe – Yields approx. 1 C

2/3 C sour cream, 1/2 C mayonnaise, 1 tsp. each of dill, parsley, chives, onion powder, garlic powder and celery salt. If it becomes to think, add a little buttermilk or skim milk. Whisk or shake until blended.

Banana Split

July 3, 2014 by braytonbb

Banana Split for breakfast? Sure why not, when its made like this. Though it would make a great after dinner healthy dessert as well.

Banana Split Fruit Dish – Serves 1 Brekafast banana split unpublished

1 banana, raspberry or strawberry jam, a handful sliced strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and/ grapes, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips and your favorite lowfat vanilla yogurt.

Take one banana and slice it down the middle length wise. Add a dollop of Vanilla Greek Yogurt or your favorite low fat vanilla yogurt in the center. Add some strawberry or raspberry jam over the yogurt. Add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and/or grapes. Next, sprinkle some chopped walnuts over the top and a few chocolate chips. Tasty and healthy too!

Parmesan and Tomato Baked Eggs (gluten free)

June 26, 2014 by braytonbb

Parmesan and tomato baked eggs is a great recipe since it is so versatile. I have been making this vegetarian breakfast for several years without parmesan, so it makes a great dairy free recipe as well, but I love how the cheese makes the mushrooms and tomato stick together a little more and make it very gooey when the forks hits all savory goodness. If you wanted to spice it up a bit, you could add some spicy sausage or crumbled bacon with the mushrooms or serve with Canadian bacon.

Parmesan and Tomato Baked Eggs (serves 1)parmesan and Mushroom stuffed tomato

1 1/2 TB olive oil, 1/4 diced onion, 4 oz. canned mushrooms, 1 Lg. tomato, 1 egg, 1 TB fresh Parmesan, 1 TB parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat olive oil in skillet over med. to high heat. Add onion and cook for a couple of minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until warm and soft a few more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in parmesan. Set aside.

Cut up top of tomato and carefully scoop out the insides. Fill tomato with mushroom mixture and pack down gently, leaving a small space. Crack 1 egg on top of filling so it is level with the tomato. Season with salt and pepper.

Bake in an 8×8 dish until the egg white is opaque approx. 30 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.

Serve with Canadian bacon, fried potatoes, fruit and or and English Muffin.

 

 

Trail Mix Cookies (gluten free)

June 19, 2014 by braytonbb

I wish I could call these trail mix cookies my idea, but I actually found the recipe on Pinterest and it is a keeper! No flour and no butter makes these little wonders pretty healthy and when using GF oatmeal, these are the perfect gluten free dessert. They are hearty yet moist and you can add whatever you like to them. You do have to give yourself some time to make them though, but they do have to be refrigerated before baking.

Trail Mix Cookies – 20 medium cookiesTrail mix cookies

1 C creamy peanut butter, 1 C brown sugar, 1 Large egg, 1 TB vanilla, 1 tsp. baking soda, pinch of salt, 1/3 C old fashion rolled oats (gluten free or regular if you don’t care), 1 C of trail mix or I used a 1/3 C of each of the following, semi sweet chocolate chips, semi sweet butterscotch chips, raisins, peanut butter M&M’s and cashews.

Combine peanut butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla and stir until fully sugar is fully  mixed in and creamy. Add baking soda, salt, oats and mix more. Add trail  mix or your favorite add ins. Mix again.

Scoop out your cookie into mounds on a sprayed cookie sheet and refrigerate for two hours before baking. You can refrigerate without putting them on a sheet, but it is easier to shape them when they are warmer.

Bake 10-12 minutes until the edges are set but he center still looks soft. It will finish baking on the sheet as long as you leave them on their to cool.

Oshkosh Waterfest

June 16, 2014 by braytonbb

waterfest Waterfest is back for another season on the Fox River in Oshkosh with a great lineup and additional nights. Not only with great bands be performing on Thursday nights, there are a few Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy as well. Some of your favorites have come back along with some new bands well.

Kick off the summer solstice this Thursday, June 19th with Vic Ferrari, Sam Llanas and the Cool Waters Band. Gates open at 6:00 PM for opening night. 2 for 1 admission before 6:00 and teachers also get in free all night with a school ID.

Thursday, June 26th. Los Lonley Boys, Copper Box, Paul Sanchez & Minimum Rage and Tin Sandwich are in the line up. Gates will open at 5:00 PM. 2 for 1 admission again before 6:00 PM.

There will be a break over the Fourth of July holiday and will start again Thursday, July 17th with the Under the Sun Tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker. There is a reserved special patio access available in advance for $30.00 pp. Gates open at 6:00 PM with general admission being $20.00 for the hot lineup.

Waterfest Weekend includes a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night show July 24-26 with Sister Hazel, Road Trip, Gin Blossoms and Ted Nugent, just to name a few. 2 for 1 admission on Friday and Saturday night and special patio access available in advance for $40.00 for Saturday. General admission prices are also $20.00 for this night as well. Gates open at 5:00 PM.

One more weekend of back to back shows and the last of the concert series begins on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22nd. Hairball, which is a salute to the 80′s is back with 2 for 1 admission before 6:00 PM. America, sly Joe and the Operators, and The Presidents with be performing on Friday.

Veterans are FREE all season at the will call window.

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

June 12, 2014 by braytonbb

Sometimes you forget about the things you make all the time. These peanut butter cookies are the perfect example. I have been making them for years I add a different ingredient that you would not expect, that makes for a nice surprise. You can also use this recipe to make your own inside out peanut butter cup but spraying a muffin tin and forming the cookie dough inside the muffin tin. Bake and pipe chocolate fudge icing in the center. I have not made them that way for awhile, but now that I am thinking about it, I will have to add the picture and try next week. You do have to think ahead a little bit for this recipe, since it should be chilled for a couple hours before baking.

Peanut Butter Cookies – 2 dozen

Peanut Butter Cookies1/2 C sugar, 1/2 brown sugar, 1/2 C peanut butter, 1/2 C butter, 1 egg, 1 1/4 C flour, 3/4 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 salted peanut and a half of a bag of butterscotch chips, extra sugar for the topping. (peanut butter chips work well too, but butterscotch chips takes it to a whole different dimension.

Mix sugar(s), peanut butter, butter and egg in a large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nuts and butterscotch chips.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Shape dough into the size balls you want on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten in a criss cross pattern with a fork. Sprinkle generously with sugar.

Bake 10 minutes until light brown. Don’t over bake unless you like them crunchy.

 

Oshkosh Irish Fest

June 9, 2014 by braytonbb

The first festival of the summer season begins this weekend, June 12-15th with the 6th annual Oshkosh Iris Fest at the Irish FestLeach Amphitheater on the Fox River.  Winnebago county voted Irish Fest as the Best Family event and best local festival!  With music, food, dancers, presentations, a 5K and a raffle there will be plenty of fun for everyone.

Beginning on Thursday night, enjoy Celtic Rock Night with three bands from 6:00-9:30.

Friday night is VIP and Sponsor night with Richards School of Irish Dance performing at 6:00 PM along with three bands that will perform until 9:30. The cultural tent will also be open.

Saturday is a full day of fun with the 5K beginning at 8:00 AM. A lot of music will happening the rest of the day including the very popular band Gaelic Storm performing at 9:00 PM. The cultural tent will be open starting at 12:30 with the sport of hurling. You will learn about Irish culture, music, instruments and some story telling lasting until 7:00 PM.

Sunday is a shorter day from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM with more music, dancing and cultural activities.

Come for four days and get your fill of Irish food, music, and culture.

Strawberry Marscapone Stuffed French Toast

June 5, 2014 by braytonbb

I have been making this strawberry stuffed french toast recipe for as long as we have been open. I always let or guests know that they can go to our website, on our blog, and pull off any recipe they desire. I was surprised to find out, this was not included. Now, I will have to admit that it has been tweaked over the years for a couple of different reasons. I use to cream cheese, which works well, but I have this love for marscapone, since its lighter and I can make my own when I have the time.

I also have used several different types of breads. For the longest time, I got  my cinnamon bread from Richard and Sons in Fond Du Lac, but they stopped making it. Then I had to go on the hunt and got it from Simple Simon Bakery in Appleton. It was similar but just not he same. Pick  n Save, then started making something that I thought might work, but over the years it has really been compromised. Festival Foods have come to my rescue again. I currently use their Cinnamon bread from the baker (unsliced). This way, I can get a nice thick slice and carve out a pocket so everything stays inside nicely. With that being said, my measurements are not exact, but I think you will get idea.

Strawberry Marscapone Stuffed French Toast – Serves 1 

Strawberry Marscapone Stuffed French Toast

Cinnamon bread, milk, 1 egg, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, marscapone(homemade- see tiramisu recipe from past post, minus the coffee or store bought), strawberries (diced), strawberry jam and powdered sugar.

Slice one thick piece of cinnamon bread  so it is easy enough to cut a pocket into it.

Mix egg, roughly 1/2 C milk, a dash of cinnamon, 1 tsp. of vanilla, and a 1/4 C sugar together.

Use approx a half of container of marscapone and blend a few diced strawberries and approx. 1 TB of strawberry jam. I find that it is easiest to fill a pastry bag of the marscapone mixture and pipe the filling inside of the bread. Once completed, dip bread into milk mixture. Fry both sides and crusts of the bread until light brown. Cut in half and sprinkle with powdered sugar. I also like to warm a bit more jam up and drizzle it over the sandwich with a few more strawberry pieces. Serve extra filling if desired.

 

 

Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market

June 2, 2014 by braytonbb

farmers market

Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

 

It is finally here! The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market is making its summer comeback this Saturday, June 7th. starting at 8:00 Am-12:30 PM on the 400 and 500 blocks of Main St. and the 100 block of Church Ave. Remember last year, Oshkosh was voted 1 of 101 best farmers market in America. Wow, that is quite an honor!

Not only will you enjoy over 130 vendors every Saturday morning with fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, syrups, ciders, cheeses, pasture-raised meats and poultry, fish, jams, preserves, cut flowers, and nursery stock but also a  wide variety of handcrafted items. A new sign ribbon cutting and music will be taking place as well. Of course, don’t forget about about Pie on the Porch. Enjoy a slice of homemade pie with all proceeds benefiting the Oshkosh Historical and Archaeological Society, stewards of the historic Morgan House.

Turtle Cupcakes

May 29, 2014 by braytonbb

Ever crave something chocolate? I do a lot. I had these caramels in my pantry for a while and it was either eat them one by one or turn them into something delicious. I opted for turtle cupcakes. The recipe below is my go to chocolate cupcake recipe, however if you are short on time, box devils food cake works well too.

Turtle CupcakesTurtle Cupcakes – 24 cupcakes 

2 1/4 C sugar, 2 C flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 2 tsp. baking powder, dash of salt, 1 C unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 sticks butter(softened), 1 1/4 Kahlua (or brewed coffee), 3 eggs, 1 C sour cream,  1 TB vanilla, and 8 oz. cream cheese at room temp.

Caramel topping- 20 caramels, 10 TB half and half, handful of chocolate chips and a handful of chopped pecans.

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with liners. In a large bowl add 2 C sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder.  Set aside. In another bowl, add softened butter, 2 eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Blend both bowls together and slowly add Kahlua or brewed coffee.  It will be very thick, so using a stand mixer, makes it much easier.

Scoop the batter into your muffin tins, but only fill 1/2 full. Combine cream cheese, 1/4 sugar and 1 egg. Add cream cheese mixture to top of chocolate muffin batter so they are 3/4 full. Bake for approx. 30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely.

Unwrap caramels and add to a double boiler. Add half and half and melt stirring until caramels are melted and smooth. Dip cooled cupcakes into the caramel mixture. Sprinkle chocolate chips and pecans on top.

***Note: I left some cupcakes without the cream cheese topper to give people the option.

Airbnb question and answer

May 28, 2014 by braytonbb

braytonBnbCertificateOfExcellence2014 There has been a lot of discussion lately about Airbnb and some in connection with EAA housing. It seems to be a controversial subject and one I hate to be in the middle of. Unfortunately, being an owner of a bed and breakfast,it is a question I have been asked about a lot lately. This is not a local issue though and has little to do with EAA.  Many licensed facilities, and local government agencies around the country are dealing with this subject.  Whether you knew about Airbnb before or it is a new term to you, there are some things that you maybe didn’t know.  I can tell you that it is not about the competition. I would even love to see another licensed Bed and Breakfast in Oshkosh.  EAA housing is a one time annual event, which in my opinion, should not be policed since it is under the 10 day lodging law. It is the homeowner that accepts payment for renting out their sofa, room or even home for a fee throughout the year continuously, that does not hold the permit or license, that is the concern.

Airbnb, for those that are not familiar, is a room or someones home to stay, one to several nights for an amount of money that is determined by the home owner.  A percentage of that fee is then returned to Airbnb.  They may even call themselves a BnB. You may get a bed, but you may also get a sofa or air mattress. Yes, you do know ahead of time since there is a description, pictures and reviews. Sometimes you may even get breakfast. Donuts, cereal, who knows, somebody may make you breakfast even. They have NOT been inspected for cleanliness or safety and they do NOT pay taxes to run as business.

Airbnb clearly states on their site the legal and regulatory issues that one should look into before deciding to be a “host”. This means registering, getting a permit or obtaining a license before being able to accept guests. They go on to say that each local government varies in how they enforce these laws but that they should be reviewed before listing on their site.  Many times, this is like the fine print that few of us may not always read.

You see, bed and breakfasts are just like hotels, restaurants and many other businesses. We have to be licensed, inspected and insured. We also have to pay room, sales and income tax. The majority of the city taxes that are collected, go back into the city for tourism dollars. It has helped make our convention center what it is today and helps bring tourism to Oshkosh, where in turn, money is spent in our restaurants, retail and entertainment sectors.

We have inspections each year to make sure that the fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are working along with making sure that we do not have insects, rodents or that our coolers and refrigerators are clean and cold enough. Our linens are also checked to make sure we are storing them correctly along with outlets and lighting working correctly. These are just a few of the items that we rigorously go through, not only  yearly, but on a daily basis to make sure that we, as a business, are not only running legally but also comfortably for those that visit us each and every day. Some people may argue with what is wrong with trying to earn an extra buck or two by renting out a spare room. If you take a look at some of the Airbnb listings, you will notice from some of the reviews that some of these “hosts” are doing quite well with there unlicensed and non tax paying businesses. The Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association(WBBA) is the only quality-certified organization of its kind in the state, which is why we try so hard to let people know the differences between a licensed bed and breakfast and a non-licensed, not tax paying air bnb. There is room for everyone, including Airbnb hosts in Oshkosh that abide by the same rules as other business owners. We have a great city that many want to travel to and stay in. There was a great article on a website today that not only talked about Airbnb, but other such businesses that I thought was an excellent read that made several valid points.

With that being said we just learned that we won the Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor. This award is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews. Winners are selected from all over the world, with only the top 10 percent receiving this award.  We needed to maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers.  Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. We are so honored to receive this award and want to say thank you for everyone who has stayed with us this last year and for those that posted reviews. Without guests like yourselves, we would not have been able to achieve this.

Waffle Sandwich (Gluten Free)

May 22, 2014 by braytonbb

This gluten free waffle sandwich recipe is a breakfast dedication for my friend Linda. Linda stays with us every couple of months since she is on the UWO alumni board. Her son just graduated a couple of weeks ago as well, so I have a feeling we may be seeing her a little less.  Needless to say though, Linda’s diet has changed over the years to become more gluten free. She gives me free reign to create whatever I would like to serve her. Since I don’t like to give her the same thing twice, unless she requests it, this was my newest creation for her. I had several ideas of what I would like to put between these waffle slices, so I made her a couple of different versions and let her critique it. These waffles are made from coconut flour. You may have seen in past posts of mine that I like to use coconut products in a lot recipes that I have to think out of the box on for dairy free and gluten free recipes. These waffles taste very similar to a regular waffle, but the texture is more cake like. Before frying in the waffle iron, the consistency is much like a thick corn muffin mix but will fry up perfectly. To get the waffle a little more crispy, you could toast for a few minutes.

Gluten Free Waffle Recipes – Serves 3 waffle sandwich

3 eggs, 1/2 C milk ( I used skim, however you can use coconut, soy or almond), 1/4 C  honey, 1 C coconut flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 TB vanilla, 4 TB melted butter, 1 tsp. baking soda, and 1/4 C yogurt.

Mix all the ingredients together and scoop into a waffle iron. Bake until done. Toast if you would like crunchier.

Top with fruit or make into a sandwich. Variations are endless, but I tried these two below.

One sandwich I added 2 slices of maple bacon, 1 scrambled egg and spread cinnamon butter on each slice of waffle and sliced in two. I think provided maple syrup to dip the sandwich into.

On the other sandwich I spread coffee flavored mascarpone on two slices of waffles and added sauteed apples in between.

 

Rolled Club Omelet

May 15, 2014 by braytonbb

I saw this rolled omelet on Pinterest the other day and I thought to myself, now why didn’t I think of that? Then my mind started racing and thinking about all the good stuff that I could put in it. This recipe below is what I call the club. It has all my favorite things in it, except for the mushrooms. I can’t stand those little buggers, but I figured they probably belonged. If I were making this for myself, I would take them out of there. If club is not your thing, see below some of the other variations I came up with.

Rolled Club Omelet- Serves – 1-2

rolled omeletSalt and pepper, 1 tsp. olive oil, 2 TB of my perfect guacamole (will feature recipe some other day-soon), 1/2 C fresh baby spinach leaves, 1 slice of turkey breast, ham, shredded cheese, mushrooms and two slices of bacon. 

Beat 2 eggs. Add herbs and salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add eggs. Swirl pan to create a thin omelet, similar to a crepe, 2 – 3 minutes.
Gently slide omelet out onto a cutting board. Spread Guacamole over omelet and cover with spinach leaves and fillings; roll gently and cut to serve.

Other variations that are wonderful-

1. Greek – Black olives, feta, spinach tomato, red onion and cucumber sauce and gyro meat if desired (2 TB Greek yogurt and sour cream, 1/8 tsp of white vinegar, lemon juice, cucumber(peeled and diced), green onion,  minced garlic, oregano, lemon zest, salt and pepper to taste).

2. Mexi – Monteray Jack cheese, my perfect Salsa (recipe some other time- soon), black olives and cilantro.

Oshkosh Choices

May 12, 2014 by braytonbb

There is so much to choose from again this weekend in Oshkosh, that there will be something to do for everyone. For me I am going to try to get some flowers in the ground and in pots, so hopefully I will have some great summery photos to share with you in a few weeks.

Lets start with Friday night. Starting at 7:00 PM is the the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway at Sunnyview Expo Center. Pits open at 4:00 and Grandstands at 5:00. Not into racing, how about Free Movie Fridays the Time Community Cinema. At 8:00, Journey to the Seventh Planet is playing. Just down the street, starting at 10:30 is Stand Up Comedy and Open Mic at the Backlot Comedy House.  You have 5 minutes to show your stuff up on stage. Not comfortable with that, thats okay. Sit back and relax and watch others become famous.

 

 

Want more, well Saturday is jam packed in Oshkosh again. Starting at 8:00 AM and going through Sunday, Sunnyview Expo Center hosts the 4H horse show and Oshkosh Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show. Admission is FREE for both events. Spring graduation at UWO is happening at 9:00 AM and at 2:00PM. One of my favorite events is Festival of Spring at the Paine Art Museum and Gardens starting at 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Over 200 vendors will be selling their original art, fine crafts, plants and garden supplies. There will also be a flea market at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Congress Street. Destination Downtown is also taking place where brunch, a style show and tons of prizes will be given for $25.00 per person. It also includes a silent auction, great sales and discounts at downtown retail shops and finally ending in a happy hour at the Algoma Club. How about ending the day at the Grand Opera House for Steve March Torme’ from 7:30-10:00 for finger snapping jazz and pop tunes.

Whooo! That is a lot to choose from. Have fun. Memorial Day Weekend is already next weekend, so that means the start of Summer when even more will be going on in Oshkosh.

 

Margarita Cheesecake

May 8, 2014 by braytonbb

Margaritas are one of those beverages that many people make, but they tend to always taste different. Nothing beats a good margarita on a hot summer day though, but did you know that they are the most caloric alcoholic beverage there is to consume. Well, that takes a little fun out of it. Most of those calories comes from the simple syrup though. For those that know me, I am always looking for alternatives so agave and me have become good friends when it comes to sweetening your favorite recipes. Sugar free triple sec also tastes just as good without all those sugar calories. Give it try and see what you think the next time to whip up a batch.
Since Cinco De Mayo was on Monday, I wanted to make a dessert over the weekend that celebrated this wonderful holiday, so margarita cheesecake sounded like just the thing to celebrate with.  For this recipe I used regular ingredients without cutting out any of the calories, but I have made it both ways by using light cream cheese, sour cream, sugar free triple sec and agave. It is a little lighter but still excellent! If you can, give yourself a day to prepare so you have time to chill before serving.
Margarita CheesecakePresenting:  Margarita Cheesecake- 10 slices. 
CRUST - 1 1/4 cups Graham Cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted. 
FILLING - 3/ 8-ounce cream cheese blocks at room temp., 1 1/4 cups sour cream, 3/4 C sugar, 3 1/2 TB triple sec, 3 1/2 TB tequila, 3 1/3 TB lime juice, and 3 large eggs.
TOPPING - 3/4 C sour cream, 2 TB lime juice, 2 tsp. grated lime peel (don’t be stingy), and 1 TB sugar.
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 10″ springform pan on the bottom and sides with nonstick spray.  Mix graham cracker crumbs with sugar and butter in medium bowl until blended. Press crumbs over bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared pan. Refrigerate crust.

Beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in sour cream, then sugar, triple sec, tequila and lime juice. Beat in eggs.
Pour filling into crust. Bake until the outside looks set but the center still  moves slightly, roughly about 50 minutes. Remove from oven and turn off the oven. Immediately start preparing the topping.
 
For the topping, whisk sour cream, lime juice, lime peel and sugar in small bowl to blend. Spread evenly over cheesecake. Return cheesecake to hot oven that has been turn off. Keep off! Let stand in warm oven for about 45 minutes. Cheesecake will look very soft, but it will set up once chilled.) Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 6 hours.
Run knife around pan sides. Remove pan sides. Place cake on platter.
 

Happy Mothers Day

May 5, 2014 by braytonbb

Mom's 50th b-day

My Mom- Debbie

First off, I just want to say Happy Mothers Day to my Mom and all the other Moms out there this weekend. As much as I enjoy what I do for a living, I usually miss out on weekend activities with our friends and have to cut short holiday gatherings with family due to having guests at the inn. This Mothers Day day is no exception. My Mom lives on the other side of the state, and though it is only a 2 1/2 hour drive, I will have to find another time to visit. She runs a greenhouse, so I know she will be plenty busy herself.  Since I am a Mom myself though, I am very lucky to be able to spend the day with my daughter. Traditionally, we like to get flowers in the ground on Mothers Day but the last few years we have learned that we usually get one more freeze and we are outside covering up and hoping that we can save our new garden, so we may put it off for one week.

If you are lucky enough to be able to spend the day with your Mom and want to do something special, may we recommend having a girls weekend away at a bed and breakfast :) where a comfy bed and delicious home made breakfast is always included plus home made desserts and a wine and cheese social both Friday and Saturday night.  If that is not possible, brunch is always lovely, as Oshkosh has many brunch choices to choose from this Mothers Day, including the Roxy which is located downtown among many great retail stores. Oshkosh Community Players also presents, Barefoot in the Park at the Grand Opera House May 8-10.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, tell your Mom that you love her. It will be the best gift you can give her.

Breakfast Quinoa

May 1, 2014 by braytonbb

I have been trying to eat a little healthier, so I have been looking for for new inspirations to help me feel full longer. I have incorporated flax seeds and chia seeds into almost everything I eat since they they are literally flavorless, good for me, I don’t even know they are in things and it has helped me feel full. I do tend to get bored eating the same thing all the time though, so I like to try new things.  When I first tried quinoa, I really liked it.  If you are not familiar with quinoa, it is a grain and it is cooked similar to rice. It does not have a lot of flavor, so as a side dish I like to add some chicken broth, craisens and some vegetables. Since I figured it was so versatile I thought why not add some cinnamon and brown sugar. I may even try some maple syrup as a substitute next time, but this was really good, very satisfying, something different than oatmeal, better for me and really stuck with me all morning, even after a workout.

Breakfast Quinoa – Serves 2 

1 3/4 C skim milk, 1 C quinoa, 3 TB brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 C Greek yogurt or lowfat yogurt, and 1 C fresh fruit

Bring milk to a boil in a saucepan. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered until about three quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Add yogurt and fruit and enjoy!

 

 

 

Oshkosh Events

April 28, 2014 by braytonbb

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

You should not have any problems this weekend finding something to do in Oshkosh. With the vast array of events taking place, there sure will be something to do for everyone. UWO, Sunnyview Expo Center, Menominee Park,  and St. Jude Church all have great events happening.

UWO has two large events taking place. First is the WIAC Outdoor track and field and the other is the WI Parents Association Conference at Gurenhagen for home schooling.

For the second time in four years and fourth time overall, the UWO will host the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 1 and 2 at JJ Keller Field at titan Stadium at the Oshkosh Sports Complex.

The UW-La Crosse men will strive for their 19th consecutive title after winning last year’s championship, whereas Oshkosh came in third last year. On the women’s side, UW-La Crosse goes after its third straight title after winning last year’s meet with Oshkosh in third place as well.  

If you just had a child or have toddlers and are thinking about if home schooling is right for you, this is the conference to be at. Maybe you have children already in public school elementry or high school and are thinking about switching over.  Maybe you are a veteran to all of this and you just want to learn from others or purchase a curriculum, create your own or want to look into unschooling, you don’t want to  miss this.

Saturday,  May 3 at Sunnyview Expo Center is The Natural & Organic Food Expo from 9:00-4:00. This is the time to connect with the  farmers who grow organic food and the chefs who transform it.  It is time to connect with the people behind one of the most productive and distinctive food producing regions in the Midwest! This one-of-a-kind event that gives the attendee the opportunity to connect with other food enthusiasts and sample recipes prepared by some of the state’s finest restaurants while shaping the future by changing the way Wisconsin eats.

From 6:00 AM -2:00 PM at Menominee Park, come and see the Oshkosh Bird Festival. They call it the tailgate party for bird watchers! Bring your binoculars and a chair and sit, watch and listen. There will be demonstrations, exhibits, a bird walk, concessions, kids activities followed by Gallery Walk which will also have bird inspired events. The Oshkosh Birdfest headquarters will be at the Oshkosh Masonic Temple at 204 Washington Ave. Bird photographers, artists, a falconer, and bird-related fare at participating retail shops.

May 3 and 4, visit the hundreds of beautiful African violets and related plants on exhibit and for sale at St. Jude Apostle  Church Hall at 551 Knapp St. Designs using African violet plants as well as blossom will be on exhibit. Pots, soil, and fertilizer will also be for sale. Club members will be on hand to answer your violet related questions. Free admission and parking. Hours are 10:00-4:00 on Saturday and 11:30-3:00 on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Berry Muffins

April 24, 2014 by braytonbb

I try out a lot of recipes from the Food Network, magazines, Pinterest, make up my own, etc. Sometimes they turn out, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes I like a recipe, but I don’t love it. I will only post my recipes that I really enjoy, and only after I have had time to tweak them to what I think is shareable. That means that sometimes our guests will get to try things that I may never post. I made some lemon sugar cookies the other day that I thought were good but I was not overjoyed by them, so unfortunately you will not see those. If you stayed with us though and really love them, let me know and I will share the recipe with you.

This next recipe is one that I got off of Pinterest, but had to work really hard at tweaking. It just was not working out for me, but I knew it had potential. So,  I added a few a things and minimized a few others and I have to say, I think they are pretty darn good and very summery, which I am trying to make happen. I hope you enjoy.

Mixed Berry MuffinsMixed Berry Muffins – Serves 18(regular size)

2 C plus 2 TB flour , 1 C sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 C vegetable oil, 3 eggs, 2/3 C Greek Yogurt, 1 1/2C mixed berries. I used blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.

Streusel Topping- 2/3 C brown sugar, 1/3 C flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1 1/2 TB butter.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a med bowl, mix together 2 C flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. In a smaller bowl, add vegetable oil, eggs and yogurt and whisk to combine. As liquid mixture to flour mixture and until just combined.

In a separate bowl, combine fruit with 2 TB flour ( to prevent berries from sinking to the bottom and clumping together). Fold the berries into the batter gently. Put into  muffin liners or your muffin tin.

Combine your streusel ingredients not it is crumby. Sprinkle streusel on top of muffins and bake 20 minutes. Garnish with raspberries to dress it up.

 

Celebrity sighting

April 21, 2014 by braytonbb

I am not really someone who gets crazy over seeing or being around a celebrity. I mean, they are not any different than you or I. However, that does not mean that I don’t enjoy getting the opportunity to spend some time and get to know someone that I might have never had the chance to meet. I have said this before and I will say it again. The best part of my job is getting to meet so many wonderful people. Honestly, a lot of the time I don’t even know that someone is a celebrity until we start a conversation and realize that we have  more in common that either of us knew. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is very generous at sending people are way. A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting Ms. Kara Laricks . I loved her style from the moment she walked in our door and her energy filled the inn and lifted my spirits. We sat for for nearly two hours during breakfast, just her and I talking freely and exchanging thoughts. I walked away feeling very lucky to have met her and inspired by her story of taking chances.  I hope one day, she may be back in Oshkosh again.  

Pina Colada Cupcakes

April 17, 2014 by braytonbb

Pina Colada Cupcakes. Just the sound of them sounds too good to be true. This is fun recipe that you can get pretty creative with. I thought about coloring the icing or topping them with tidbit pineapple pieces, but I like to keep it simple most of time. I figured this would be a great little recipe to feature right before Easter. If you do not like to use alcohol, you can always use an extract. They actually taste very similar.

pina colada 2Pina Colada Cupcakes – 12 jumbo cupcakes

1 box yellow cake mix, 1/3 C vegetable oil, 1/4 C water, 1 tsp. rum, 1 Can(8oz) crushed pineapple, drain but save juice and set aside), 3 eggs, and 1 tsp. coconut extract, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin liners in cupcake tin. I like using jumbo, but use whatever size you have. In a large bowl beat cake mix, oil, water, 1 tsp. rum, pineapple(not juice), and eggs with an electric mixer. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes for jumbo muffins. Cool for a few minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely, before frosting.

Buttercream Icing – 1 1/2 C powdered sugar, 3 TB butter, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. rum, 1 tsp. pineapple juice, and milk.

Mix all ingredients except milk together. Slow add milk, 1 tsp at a time until you get a smooth, thick consistency. Whip until creamy  and easy to spread or pipe on. Garnish with coconut flakes, or pineapple, colored sugars or whatever you like.

 

Friday nights in Oshkosh

April 14, 2014 by braytonbb

Two great ways to spend your Friday nights in Oshkosh. Now that the weather is finally warming, we can get outside and experience even more ways to enjoy Oshkosh.

 

FREE Fridays at the Time Community Theater at 445 N Main.  Doors open at 7:30 and movie at 8:00. Cheap concessions and  great mix of movies from frightening, to family oriented to just plain fun. Check out the Times Facebook page for updates and movie presentations.

 

 

Picture courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors BureauStarting on Friday, April 25 through August 29th from from 7:00 PM -11:00 PM, at Sunnyview Expo Center, weekly racing every Friday night. Pit gates open at 4:00 with grandstands opening at 5:00. Regular races featuring IMCA modifieds, IMCA stock cars, IMCA sport modifieds, Grand Natioinals, Street Stocks and Dirt Devils. Admission is $10.00 for adults and Students (11-15) $5.00 and 10 and under are FREE with a paid adult. Pit admission is $25.00 and special races take place periodically.

 

 

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

April 10, 2014 by braytonbb

This breakfast grilled cheese is probably one of my new favorite recipes. It has a wonderful mix of sweet and savory with just the right amount of heat. This recipe was featured on channel 5 roadtrip segment a couple of weeks ago and was favored well, so we wanted to share our recipe with you. I considered entering this in the bedandbreakfast.com contest a month ago, but I figured it was not sweet enough. I may have to reconsider this one for next year.

I use very specific ingredients in this sandwich for a few of the items. You can tweak anyway you like, but I have found that using these key ingredients makes a big difference.

Festival Foods bakery cinnamon bread-unsliced, Butcher Block Raspberry pepper or Raspberry Japlepeno jam,( there are two companies that make this jam that Butcher Block sells. I forget the name, but they are both incredible, Hennings Mango Fire Cheddar Cheese sold at Butcher Block as well. If you have never been in Butcher Block, you should really check it out. A lot of specialty items only found in Wisconsin and really nice owners too!

breakfast grilled cheeseBreakfast Grilled Cheese – Serves 1

Two slices cinnamon bread, 2 Large eggs, 2 TB  Raspberry Pepper Jam, 2 slices maple bacon (fried), and 2 slices mango chipotle cheddar cheese and butter.

Scramble eggs and pour into a frying pan. Cook without scrambling, but flip to keep the eggs together. Set aside.

Butter both slices of cinnamon bread on one side. Lay one slice, buttered side down, in frying pan. Spread one TB of raspberry pepper jam on bread. Layer with eggs, bacon, and cheese. Slather the other 1 TB of raspberry pepper jam on opposite side of buttered bread. Lay the jam side down on the egg, bacon and cheese with butter side up. Flip to cook other side until desired doneness. About one minutes. Cut in half and serve with fruit.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake Bread Pudding

April 3, 2014 by braytonbb

Chocolate covered cherry cheesecake bread pudding. Wow, thats a mouth full! This is the recipe that I entered into the national bed and breakfast.com contest.  The criteria was make up your own, authentic “sweet” breakfast recipe. We made it to the top 16 but unfortunately, did not  make it past that, as competition was pretty stiff. I love bread pudding recipes because you can make them for a crowd or for just one. When making them for one in these cute little soufle bowls, they puff up so beautifully that I was hoping the picture alone would sway some voters. Though we did not make through, I wanted to share the recipe with you. I hope you enjoy.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Bread Pudding- serves 1chocolate covered cherry cheesecake bread pudding

4 TB. graham cracker crumbs,1/2 TB butter, 1 egg, 1/2 C milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, 1 Challah or Hawaiian bread, 3 oz. cream cheese, 1/4 Can cherry pie filling, 1/4 C sugar, and 1/4 C mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8oz. ramekin with non stick cooking spray.
Melt butter. Add graham cracker crumbs to melted butter and spoon into bottom of ramekin until it covers the bottom. Pat down.

Whisk together egg, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/3 of the sugar until combined and sugar is dissolved.
Tear bread into pieces (larger rather than smaller) and add to egg mixture. If too soggy, add a little more bread. Mix well.
Put half of the bread mixture on top of the graham mixture.

Combine cream cheese with 1/3 of the sugar (still having 1/3 left) until combined.
Spread cream cheese mixture on top of bread mixture.

Sprinkle about 10 or more chocolate chips on top of cream cheese mixture, depending how chocolaty you like it, you can always add more.
Add cherry pie filling over the cream cheese and chocolate chips.

Place the remaining bread over the top and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
Bake 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle more chocolate chips on the top when done baking. Serve immediately.

Big Weekend in Oshkosh

March 31, 2014 by braytonbb

 

April 11-13 is a big weekend in Oshkosh. You know when multiple events start happening in Oshkosh on the same weekend, that the weather must be warming up, right? Please tell me Spring is on the way!

Friday, April 11 is Dancing with the Little Stars. At 6:30 at the convention center registration, cocktails, Hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction kicks off the night, followed by an award presentation and then a friendly competition among couples and groups of “local celebrity” dancers. Tickets are $50.00 pp and all proceeds from Dancing for Little Stars support Parent Connection, a parent education and early learning program that encourages, strengthens and supports families throughout Oshkosh and the Fox Cities.

Saturday, April 12 start your day at the Paine Art Center with the Maria Pinto Fashion Event. Maria Pinto, a Chicago based designer, is a Contemporary American designer and artist who creates beautiful, versatile fashions with a modern urban edge. She is best known for designing for First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. The fashion show will be held in the Paine’s conservatory at 12:00 with lunch consisting of a plated cheese course, marinated grilled chicken on a bed of greens with blood oranges, pomegranate, feta cheese, pine nuts and a citrus vinaigrette followed by dessert and wine choice. An interview and runway show will follow. Reservations can be made by April 7 at a cost of $60.00/$50.00 Paine members.

Later that evening from 7:30-10:00 PM, check out Oshkosh on Broadway at the Grand Opera House. In its eighth year, Oshkosh on Broadway continues to be the most talked about fundraiser for the community. Just under 100 community/celebrity members sing and dance, all to raise funds for the Grands educational and free community programs.

 

 

 

Photo provided by the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Photo provided by the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Sunday, April 13th is the annual Oshkosh Half MarathonThis is the 10th season for the Oshkosh half marathon/5K run/walk and kids run which takes participants around scenic area, historic homes and by the river. There will be themed water stations and massage therapists at the finish line.The course begins on Ceape/Main, taking you past the historic Paine Art Center,  catches the Wiowash Trail, then heads south on the river-front trail. The final mile goes through the heart of downtown Oshkosh, catches the river trail behind the Convention Center and finishes inside the Leach Amphitheatre. The 5K course starts and ends at the same point. This event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

 

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