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The Smell of Fall is in the Air

I am a warm weather girl, so I am loving these last few days of September.  October is my next favorite month though. The smell of fall is in the air, cozying up with layers, the smell of fireplaces and oh yes, a good bowl of chili! The last outdoor Oshkosh farmers market will be on Saturday, October 14th. Don’t worry though, its not all bad. The indoor market will return on November 4th.

Since this is the last outdoor market of the season, it is the perfect time to host Oshkosh’s annual Chili Cook Off. Samples will be served up by some of our great local cooks. The best pots will receive crowd favorite awards, which means everyone gets a chance to taste these delicious creations.   There will be lots of activities for kiddos too in the Opera House Square. This is a true family event that I look forward to every year.  Take advantage of sales and specials and browse a big selection of fall produce. It’s a perfect time to pick up squash, pumpkins, or perhaps some ingredients to make your own special pot of chili! The event is a great time to enjoy the company of friends, family and community. Proceeds go to the Day by Day Warming Shelter.

Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free Peach Crumble

When is the last time you have had a juicy peach? Its peach season you know and this peach crumble is the perfect recipe.  Gluten free, sugar free and dairy free, though you would never know it. I am not normally one to buy a peach and eat it, unless I am making a peach pie, of course. My parents planted a peach tree in their yard and gave me a few to try. These peaches were almost too perfect to eat but I wanted to try something a little different. Since we always serve fruit with breakfast, I figured this would be the perfect way to start the day. Prepare your chia pudding and peaches the night before so it sets up perfectly for the morning.

Peach Crumble – Serves 2

2 figs, 2 peaches, 2/3 C gluten free old fashioned oatmeal, 1 TB pure maple syrup, 2 tsp. cinnamon, dash nutmeg, 1/4 C chia seeds, 1/2 C chopped pecans and 1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

The night before, make your chia pudding by adding your chia seeds, almond milk and maple syrup together in a bowl. Dice peaches, discarding the pit and mix in half of your cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate both until morning.

In the morning, make your crumble. Toast oats and pecans in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes. Add to a food processor along with your dates, half of the cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Process until course and crumbly.

Pull out your chia pudding and divide amongst two glasses. Divide peaches into each glass. Sprinkle both with the oat crumble.

It feels like your cheating, but this will keep you full all morning thanks to the chia seeds and delicious healthy peaches.

Thanks to Simply Quinoa for the healthy inspiration. 

 

 

September events going strong in Oshkosh

Just because the weather is cooling does not mean Oshkosh slows down. September events are going strong in Oshkosh.

In the mood for some Octoberfest fun?  Docktoberfest kicks off Friday, September 22 at 5:00 PM at Dockside Tavern. Enjoy a good old fashioned Friday night fish fry while listening to the very popular Copper Box band. Saturday the festivities continue with the WI Cornhole Tourney, 2K Bier Run, masskrugstemmen, costume and frankfurter eating contests. Make sure to wear your Dirndls and Lederhosen! All Proceeds going towards the Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club.

Take the activities from drinking, dancing and tossing to flying high. The US National Aerobatics Championships are taking place at EAA air grounds Sept. 23-29th.  Nine power and glider categories participate and are crowned at this competition. Oshkosh offers the best facilities for an aviation event in the world the past 45 years as the site for EAA AirVenture. IAC has invested heavily in upgrading its own pavilion there and it will serve as headquarters for the contest. Activities during the week such as an evening social event at the EAA Nature Center and closing ceremonies and awards banquet at the EAA museum’s “Founder’s Wing” will also take place.

EAA Museum is a happening place for events. Relive the excitement and glamour of the big band era with a 1940’s style dance for the annual September Swing on Saturday, September 30th. from 7:00-11:00 PM at the Eagle Hanger. Start your nostalgic celebration with delicious era-inspired hors d’oeuvres and featured signature drinks from the bar.
Take to the dance floor to show your swing dance skills or learn how with lessons from professional dance instructors. Then showcase your new moves and dance the night away with your sweetheart.  You will be surrounded by an authentic collection of World War II airplanes, vehicles, and artifacts in our extravagant Eagle Hangar. It will truly be a celebration of the end of an era! Vintage wear is encouraged, but not required. Prizes will be awarded for best period attire and best dancers.

September weekends are booking up fast, so check on availability soon at Brayton Bed and Breakfast.

Magical Happenings at the Paine Art Museum and Gardens

Courtesy of the Paine Art Museum

The Paine Art Museum and Gardens is always a magical place to visit. If you have not been there lately, here are two great reasons to visit this Fall.

Jazz in the Gardens is set amidst the Paine’s magical gardens where you can enjoy an evening of food, drink and live jazz music. While you are here, celebrate the completion of the new formal garden, which you will not want to miss.
Jazz in the Gardens is taking place Saturday, Sept. 9th from 5:00-9:00 PM. and is the Paine’s largest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds will support the care of the Paine’s historic mansion, art collections, and gardens. Reservations are a must.

The Paine puts on some amazing exhibits and the current exhibit is no exception. Wonderland: Photographs by Kirsty Mitchell are breathtaking! Showcasing through October 15th, this is one exhibit you will not want to miss.

Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest in Oshkosh, WI

Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest in OshkoshLast year was the first year for Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest in Oshkosh at Menomonee Park. I can’t wait to see what goodies that these professional ribbers will have in store for us this year. Enjoy the best BBQ brought to you by the National Barbecue Cookers Association. Nightly concerts, delicious food and beverages all located on our beautiful Lake Winnebago. This is a great event for the entire family over Labor Day weekend.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 1 starting at 5:00 PM, come out for a little dinner and dancing. Saturday and Sunday its an all day event and Monday until 4 PM.

Oshkosh Events are still going strong

Though summer is winding down, Oshkosh area events are still going strong.Trouée d´Arenberg

Just steps outside of Brayton Bed and Breakfast, you will find the Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball tournament happening on Main St. August 26 and 27th. The Oshkosh Farmers Market will also be going on just up the road on Saturday morning until 12:30. This makes for a festive atmosphere in downtown Oshkosh. We couldn’t be prouder to live here.

If your looking for a little extra excitement, how about the Winnebago Triathlon happing on Sunday, August 27th. This is the 11th year that offers athletes a sprint or Olympic distances to choose from when swimming, biking and running.

The kids are going back to school, so treat to yourself to some outdoor activities and then relax in luxury at Brayton Bed and Breakfast. Stay two or more nights and receive discounted rates. For availability click here.

French Toast Cupcakes

French toast for dessert? When you put it in a cupcake, absolutely! These French toast cupcakes are good on their own, but once you add the maple buttercream, it takes it to a whole different level. I thought about adding bacon bits, but it really doesn’t need it. These are pretty easy to throw together and you will look like a pro when you serve them. I pulled this recipe off of bakingdom, so if you want to look for more delectable recipes, this is a great site.

French Toast Cupcakes – makes 24 standard size 

Streusel filling – 1/2 C brown sugar, 1 Tb. sugar, 1/2 C flour, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 5 TB cold butter cut into chunks.

Cupcakes- 3 C flour, 2 C sugar, 1 TB baking powder, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. salt, 1 C butter, softened but not melted, 1 C sour cream, 4 eggs at room temp. and 1 TB vanilla

Frosting- 1 C butter, softened, 4 C powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/3 C maple syrup and 2 TB heavy cream.

To make the streusel, combine all the ingredients  and mix in the cold butter with your hands until its entirely mixed and clumpy. Cover and refrigerate while you are making the cupcakes.

To make the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin pan with liners or spray well. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add butter, sour cream, eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. Fill muffin liners about half full. Divide the streusel mixture over the tops of the batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until done. Cool.

For the frosting, beat the butter on high speed until fluffy. Beat in the sugar until combined. Stir in vanilla, salt and syrup. Add heavy until you get your desired consistency. Be careful not to make it too thin. Pipe on cupcakes and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

 

 

Breakfast Tacos

If you follow our blog, you might think I like Mexican food.  These breakfast tacos make a great addition to our other breakfast “Mexican” recipes. Below I have included the links to our breakfast burrito, breakfast quesadilla and our home made salsa. Both just a bit different, as is this breakfast taco.

Breakfast Tacos – Serves 1

I had extra large tortillas here in this picture so cut them in half.

1 8″ flour tortilla, 1 small baking potato, 2 oz. cooked and chopped bacon, 1 egg, scrambled, splash of milk, salt and pepper, salsa, and 1/3 C shredded cheese. I use whatever I had on hand. This time I used sharp cheddar inside and white cheese curds on the top.

Scrub and rinse potato, pierce with a fork several times and place I the oven for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. ( I usually like to do this the night before if I am thinking ahead). Cool, peel(if desired) and chop into cubes.

Scramble eggs and season to your liking. Fry each side of your tortilla until slightly brown on each side.  Assemble tacos by spreading scrambled eggs, chopped potatoes, bacon and cheese layered on top of each other. Add more cheese to the top of the tortilla and microwave  few seconds to cheese melts. Add cilantro if desired for prettiness. Serve with salsa.

Other Mexican breakfast recipes

Breakfast Quesadilla and Breakfast Burrito.

The Shakedown-Summer Camp for Hot Rodders

The Shakedown, formerly known as Symco is Wisconsin’s largest and oldest traditional hot rod and custom multi-day car show. This is the summer camp for hot rodders. Cars are driven in from all over the country for this two day event starting Aug. 11th. at the EAA Pioneer Airport. Along with  period cars, there are vintage bicycles and planes with organized rides throughout the day.  20 plus bands will also be performing along with a swap meet and many excellent food vendors. While you are here, check out the EAA Museum for only $6.00 more with your paid admission to The Shakedown.

Events and schedules being updated weekly. For the most up to date happenings, check out The Shakedown website.

For lodging, check out Brayton Bed and Breakfast availability calendar.

 

 

Rock USA 2017- Ultimate Rock Experience

Rock USA 2017 is bigger and better than ever. This ultimate rock experience is a three day camping music festival held annually in Oshkosh, just a few miles from Brayton Bed and Breakfast.  With only 43 days left to get your tickets for the July 13-15th show at Ford Festival park. Rock USA is considered one of the nations largest annual events that is strictly rock and metal music. Featuring a mega mainstage and four side stages filled with non stop live performances. Alongside is a vendor marketplace that features over 100 local and regional vendors selling commemorative merchandise and locally made goods and food.

Headliners included this year are Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Korn, Volbeat, Stone Sour and Mega Death.

For more information, visit Rockusa.com 

 

 

Strawberry Chimichanga

It is strawberry season, so here you go. Something different than cupcakes, french toast and shortcake. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this. Strawberries and cream cheese fried in a tortilla rather than bread. Yes, you can eat this for breakfast. http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/ This website that I pulled this off offered this up as a dessert, but served warm with some bacon or sausage seemed much better to me.

Strawberry Chimichanga – Serves 1

1 8″ flour tortilla, 2 oz cream cheese at room temp., 3/4 TB sour cream, 1/2 TB sugar, 1/2 tsp, vanilla, 1/2 C strawberries, sliced, cinnamon sugar for coating and canola oil for frying.

Beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Fold in 1/4 or less strawberries. Spread mixture evenly on tortilla, filling the lower third. Fold the two side of the tortilla towards the center and then the other two side to the center. Secure with one or two toothpicks.

Combine your cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl and set off to the side.

Heat your oil in a deep sauce pan around 360 degrees. Transfer the strawberry chimichanga into the fryer and turn after about 30 seconds to brown evenly. Remove toothpicks. Transfer to a paper towel and then roll in cinnamon sugar immediately. If you find the cinnamon sugar doesn’t stick really well, brush a little butter on the chimichanga and try rolling it in the sugar again. (This happens if the chimichanga cools too quickly). Add extra strawberries on the plate.

 

 

LiFest 2017- Party with a Purpose

LiFest 2017 is an annual Christian music festival. When they say party with a purpose, they mean it.  Featuring more than 100 music, comedy and entertainment events on six stages all through the day and evening. Music, entertainment, games, fireworks, worship services, seminars and workshops make this one of the largest of its kind in the United states. With an average of 20,000 attendees daily, from July 6-9th at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh, this is a must take in event. 

Just some of the featured bands this year are Skillet, Michael W. Smith and Newsboys along with so many others that you will not want to miss. More information on ticket pricing, parking and the lineup are listed here.

Country USA 2017 – The Oshkosh Country Music Festival!

Country USA 2017  Oshkosh, WIThe Oshkosh Country USA 2017 Country Music Festival is five days of non-stop entertainment, featuring some of country music’s biggest stars! June 20th through the 24th, 2017 at the Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, WI.

It’s almost time to heat up your summer with the annual, Oshkosh Country USA country music festival! 2017 marks the 22nd anniversary of Country USA. As usual, the festival lineups looks like a who’s who of the hottest current and upcoming country music stars. Headliners this year include Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Gary Allan, Florida Georgia Line, and Rascal Flatts!

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Céad Míle Fáilte! It’s the 9th Annual Oshkosh Irish Fest!

Oshkosh Irish Fest 2017Oshkosh Irish Fest 2017 is just around the corner, scheduled for June 10th at Leach Amphitheater. Come help celebrate all things Irish with music, food, and much more at a beautiful park on the water. Céad Míle Fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes!

9 years in and Oshkosh Irish Fest has become an anticipated local tradition. And why not? Who wouldn’t look forward to a day filled with world class musicians, delicious Irish food, and an Irish marketplace?

2017 also sees the addition of a beer sampling area to the festival. Great Irish beers along with a few regional craft beers will help you to get further into that Irish Fest spirit.

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Red Chair Travels to Oshkosh

Last month I posted a blog about the famous Red Chair making its debut in Oshkosh. We had so much fun last week, I just wish I had more time. This little red chair has made it way around the country and then made a pit stop in Oshkosh.

The first stop for Red was at our inn. The garden was the perfect respite for greeting guests and motorists passing by.

Oshkosh has so much to offer so we took Red around town. First stop was along our river walk. Stopping to take in the sights along the bike path and watching the boats go by. It was such a beautiful May day that the UWO college students wanted stop and say hello to Red while we were on campus.

EAA is a must see for everyone, so Red was not any exception. We were lucky enough to catch a ride while at the museum. Some planes were just too big for Red to jump in. We thought it was best to stay put next to some of the other historic planes in the museum.

It was just too nice of a day to stay inside. We heard the tulips were in bloom at the Paine Art Museum and Gardens. Red and I decided take a walk in the tulips and then relax on the back lawn of the mansion.

Oshkosh is so well known for bringing in events to our beautiful city that we had to say hello to our friendly Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

As our day was wrapping up, we had to say good by and only hope that Red can come back to Oshkosh very soon.

To find out more about Red Chair Travels, where it has been and where it is going next, click here.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pancakes

What you say? Chocolate for breakfast! Yep, we mixed up a batch of chocolate cream cheese pancakes to see what we would get and it looks like these will be on the menu from now on. We figured since you can never have too much chocolate, we made ourselves some buttery chocolate maple syrup as well. I am thinking that Mom might like these on her special day coming up May 14th. Happy Mothers Day to my Mom, Grandma, sister and all you Moms out there. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pancakes – Serves 3 (generously)

1 cup flour, 1/2 C whole wheat flour, 1/2 C cocoa powder, 3 TB sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. of baking soda, dash of salt, 4 TB melted butter, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 C skim milk, 2 TB cream cheese (broken in chunks) and 1/3 C dark chocolate chips ( or more if you like 🙂

Chocolate syrup – 1/2 C dark chocolate chips, 2 TB butter and 1/4 C maple syrup.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt together in a mixing bowl. Pour in the melted butter, vanilla and milk and whisk until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and cream cheese.

Heat a frying pan over low to medium heat and coat with a non stick spray. Pour whatever size pancake you like into the pan and cook until easy to flip. Cook until done approx. 2 min. on each side.

While pancakes are cooking, make your syrup. Add all your syrup ingredients to small sauce pan and heat over low to medium heat melted and smooth.

When ready to serve pancakes, top each pancake with a slice of butter and dust with powdered sugar. Drizzle a little syrup over the pancakes or serve on the side.

We served our pancakes with sausage and grapes on the side. This lucky couple enjoyed breakfast delivered to their room. One had the chocolate cream cheese pancakes and the other decided on the breakfast burrito. Perfect choice to share when one wants sweet and one wants savory.

 

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

I found this delicious twice baked potato casserole recipe the other day on the Mom on Timeout website. Like most recipes that I find, I go by the instructions loosely and then I tweak the recipe to more of my liking or with what I have on hand. I have included the recipe below on what I did, but I think you will find that whatever you do, this is sure to turn on for your next breakfast or even side dish for dinner.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole – Serves 6

6 medium potatoes, scrubbed and dried, 2 TB olive oil, 1 TB sea salt, 1 TB pepper, 2 TB chives, divided, 3/4 lb bacon cooked and crumbled, 1 1/2 C shredded cheese, 1/2 C miracle whip, 1/2 C sour cream, and 1 small yellow onion chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes until tender. Let cool for about 15 minutes.

Cut potatoes into bite size pieces and place in a bowl. Its okay if they fall apart slightly. Stir in miracle whip, sour cream, onions, 1 TB chives, 3/4 of the bacon, and 1 C cheese. Spoon into a 9×9 baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and bacon but set aside about 2TB bacon and 1 TB of chives or a garnish.  Cover with foil and let site over night and bake in the morning or turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with an extra dollop of sour cream sprinkled with chives and bacon.

We served our casserole with a side of strawberry bread, grapes and peppered twisted bacon which is a house favorite.

 

2017 Festival of Spring at The Paine Art Center and Gardens

2017 Festival of Spring at The Paine Art Center!This year’s Oshkosh Festival of Spring at The Paine Art Center and Gardens is just around the corner! This much anticipated, free, outdoor event features hundreds of vendors, food, and live music. More famously, it’s also the site of The Paine’s annual Spring Plant Sale! Saturday, May 20th, 8am to 4pm.

What better way to celebrate spring than at an outdoor fair of gardening goods at The Paine Art Center and Gardens? The Paine’s annual Spring Plant Sale offers both traditional and unusual plant varieties and is well-known for having the region’s best selection of perennials.

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The Red Chair is making its debut in Oshkosh

Thanks to the partnership with the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association, the Red Chair is making its way to Oshkosh and the Brayton Bed and Breakfast May 2- 6th. Look for Scott and I shooting images of the Red Chair at several Oshkosh locations as well at the inn. We are overjoyed that the red chair will be making its way to our neighborhood. We are really looking forward to taking it to some of our favorite restaurants along with some great sites in Oshkosh.

What is so special about this red chair?

It all started in winter 2012 with a single image. Woods Hole Inn innkeeper Beth Colt posted a picture on Facebook of her simple red Red chair travels to Oshkoshchair perched on the ice behind her house. The picture was shared on the Facebook page of a nature photographer from California who was then was inspired by the image to visit.

Throughout 2012 and 2013, the Red Chair developed a personality of its own by being photographed by innkeepers from one end of New England to the other.  Starting in Cape Cod, the Red Chair journeyed throughout the six New England states on a 9-month tour.

“This chair is the little engine that could,” said Colt.  “I could never have imagined that it would travel so far, to every corner of America, all on the kindness and hospitality of innkeepers”.

It’s all part of a multi-year B&B awareness program that focuses on a traveling red porch chair to highlight the comfort, hospitality and friendliness of bed and breakfasts. Since its start in New England in 2012, B&Bs and inns have taken inspiring photos of the Red Chair from beaches to bandstands. For a compilation of the red chair blogs, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com/blog.html.

 

 

 

Birders and Nature Fans Won’t Want To Miss Oshkosh Bird Fest 2017!

2017 Oshkosh Bird FestCome celebrate spring and the spring migration at the annual Oshkosh Bird Fest! Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 2pm to 6pm in Menominee Park.

The Oshkosh Bird Fest precedes International Migratory Bird Day (May 13th and 14th in 2017) with a full schedule of avian activities. You’ll meet live birds of prey, see a bird banding demonstration, learn how to “birdscape” your yard, and much more!

A number of experts will be on hand to answer your questions on a wide range of bird-related subjects. The real stars of the show, however, will be the birds. Both those visiting the festival with handlers as well as those in the wild. You will definitely want to bring along your binoculars to fully enjoy this event!

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Sausage Scramble Flatbread

Our Sausage Scramble Flatbread was not chosen to be a finalist for the first time in five years for bedandbreakfast.com annual breakfast entrée. Typically I wait until the last minute to enter a recipe, just because I don’t know what I want to do.  This year though, I was feeling pretty confident that I entered early and had made this easy to whip up recipe, several times before. Though we are disappointed, this will not stop us from serving it or coming up with new recipes. I have included the recipe below, but have also added some notes since I like to make my personal one a little healthier. In the end, both versions are winners to me.

Sausage Scramble Flatbread – serves 1

1 9″ flatbread ( my favorite is The Original MYBREAD gluten free flatbread pita) Its dairy, nut and soy free
3 TB butter (divided) (I use olive oil)
3 eggs scrambled
3 TB whipping cream ( I use dairy free milk)
Salt, pepper, rosemary and parsley, to taste
5 grape  tomatoes (halved)
1/4 C red onions (diced)
1/4 lb. Italian Sausage (crumbled large)
1/4 C Monterey Jack cheese
1 TB cream cheese

In a large skillet on medium heat, add 1TB butter. Add whipping cream to your eggs along with salt, pepper, and rosemary and whip until incorporated. Scramble on medium heat until lightly under done. Set aside.

In the same skillet, on medium heat add 1 TB butter and saute tomatoes and onions lightly.  Set aside and fry your sausage.

In the same skillet, without cleaning it, add more butter to the skillet. (This gives the flatbread more flavor). Add your flatbread and lightly brown on one side, and then flip and do the same with the other side.

Place your flatbread on a cookie sheet. Add scrambled eggs. Top with tomatoes, onions, sausage. Break up cream cheese into small chunks and place them around tomatoes and sausage. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Broil for a couple of minutes, keeping an eye on it so it does not burn. Sprinkle with parsley and serve alone or with salsa and/guacamole.

*Though it would be easier to blend the sausage, eggs, tomatoes, onions, cheese and cream cheese together. The presentation on the flatbread is much prettier this way and the flavors are more prevalent when they separated. However, when making this for yourself, feel free to get creative.

 

 

WineFeast 2017 – A Great Evening For A Great Cause!

WineFeast and Cellar Select 2017- April 29th in Oshkosh, WIOshkosh’s annual WineFeast is your opportunity to sample fine International wines and tasty local cuisine with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club.

WineFeast is the Oshkosh social event of the year – and why not? Not only does it combine excellent drink with fabulous fine food, it’s also a chance to get together with friends and community. That all the proceeds from this beloved annual event go towards the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club is just the cherry on top!

This beloved annual event has two distinct parts: WineFeast and Cellar Select.

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The Oshkosh Marathon And More Make For An Athletic April!

The 2017 Oshkosh Marathon And More Make For An Athletic April!The arrival of spring means it is time to dust off those winter doldrums and head out into the sunshine! The Oshkosh Marathon and many other athletic events make April a very active month here in Oshkosh.

While there’s always something to do in Oshkosh, no matter the season, the warmth of spring definitely loosens up those joints and gets the blood flowing. People are tired of being boxed up in their homes and there is an explosion of activity.

So much so that there isn’t enough space to list everything happening in April. Instead, we’ve focused on four of the bigger athletic events of the month. They include the Oshkosh Marathon, the NPC Fox Cities Showdown bodybuilding competition, the Special Olympics Indoor Sports Basketball Tournament, and the Run Away To the Bay relay race.

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Breakfast baked acorn squash with coconut yogurt

Acorn squash for breakfast? Absolutely! One of my favorite blogs that I follow is Ambitious Kitchen. Monique is my food inspiration guru. Though I fly the vegan flag, I do eat eggs, honey and occasionally fish when the menu is limited. I get overjoyed when I can find or come up with a great vegan recipe, especially for breakfast. This baked acorn squash recipe is the perfect vegan comfort food whether its for breakfast or dinner. Monique made hers with honey and Greek yogurt but I substituted mine for coconut yogurt and real maple syrup.

Baked acorn squashBaked acorn squash with coconut yogurt, maple syrup and pecans – Serves 2

1 medium acorn squash, 1 tsp. coconut oil, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 tsp. brown sugar, 1 C coconut yogurt, divided, 2 tsp. maple syrup, 2 TB chopped pecans.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Place halves face up on baking sheet. Mix together coconut oil, cinnamon and 1 TB brown sugar together and rub on each half of the flesh of the acorn squash.

Bake for 1 hour or until squash is fork tender. Once done, allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 C of yogurt into each half and drizzle each with  maple syrup and pecans. I added a raspberry for a pop of color.

The 5th Annual Oshkosh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party

2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Tent PartyUnfortunately, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party has been canceled for this year.
There’s still plenty to do in Oshkosh, however!

Get ready for the wearing of the green! The 5th annual Oshkosh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party, held in downtown Oshkosh, is almost here. Saturday, March 18th, 2017, beginning at 1pm.

Oshkosh knows how to throw a party – the kind that welcomes everyone – and St. Patty’s Day is no exception! Oshkosh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party is held each year in downtown Oshkosh. 2017 marks the 5th year of this popular event. The parade and party are bound to be bigger and better than ever!

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2pm. It starts off from Ceape Avenue,  travels North up Main Street, and ends at Irving Avenue. This is one parade you don’t want to miss. Bagpipers, floats, vintage vehicles, horses, bands, and more will all be on tap. After the parade, you’ll want to be sure to head to the St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party!

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