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Tiffany at The Paine and the Oshkosh Plein Air Festival

Oshkosh Plein Air Festival 2018Art and outdoor lovers take note: the first annual Oshkosh Plein Air Festival is scheduled to take place in and around town August 16th through the 19th, 2018.

Plein Air?

“En plein air” is both a French phrase meaning “in the open air” and a painting style. Plein Air painting is done outside in one sitting, against the changing of the light. Plein air was an important part of the Impressionist movement during the mid-1800’s. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Claude Monet were notable practitioners of the style.

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Cinnamon & Maple Bourbon Ice Cream

Cinnamon & Maple Bourbon Ice Cream? What is not to love about every bit of that suggestion? Cinnamon, maple, bourbon, hello!

A few years ago I bought myself an ice cream maker. It was fairly inexpensive because I really didn’t know how much I would use it, but it turns out I used it all the time. Last year, I decided to upgrade and get myself a pretty fancy once. I am so glad I did because my recipes have turned out so much better! When I came upon this gem of a recipe it immediately called my name. With a little tweaking, as usual, I created something that was award winning, in my opinion. Give a it try. I think you will agree, or better yet, come and visit and I will make it for you.

Cinnamon & Maple Bourbon Ice Cream- Serves 8 Cinnamon & Maple Bourbon Ice Cream

1 egg, 1 C whipping cream, 1/2 C milk ( I have used skim, half and half or a combination of both depending what I have a lot of), 1/2 C brown sugar, 1 TB cinnamon, 1 TB vanilla, 2 TB Knob Creek Smoky Maple Bourbon.

Whisk egg until fluffy. Gradually whisk in sugar until incorporated. Mix in cream and milk. Whisk to blend. Finally add the cinnamon, vanilla and bourbon and whisk until combined.

Pour into your ice cream maker and let it do the rest of the work. I let mine blend for about 15 minutes until thick and creamy. Serve right away or put in a container in the freezer for later. Don’t worry, it will not harden up on you. It will stay nice and smooth.

Cinnamon & Maple Bourbon Ice Cream Adapted from killingthyme.net

 

Come To Oshkosh for the 2018 Winnebago County Fair!

Winnebago County Fair 2018Now is the time to make your plans to come to the Winnebago County Fair in Oshkosh, WI. The annual, 5-day event is scheduled for August 1st through the 5th, 2018.

The Winnebago County Fair, in Oshkosh, WI, is very much a traditional county fair with livestock, agricultural expositions, baked food, crafts, and the like. You’ll also see truck and tractor pulls, horse pulls, bull riding, and barrel racing.

But that’s just the beginning.

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Celebrate Summer with Oshkosh Waterfest Concert Series 2018!

Oshkosh Waterfest Concert Series 2018The first concert of Oshkosh Waterfest 2018 is just a month away, if you can believe it. This year’s lineup of 8, Thursday night shows at the Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh, starts June 21st and continues throughout the summer with both big name and regional bands.

What do George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Loverboy, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs have in common? They’ll all be in town this summer for the 2018 Oshkosh Waterfest Concert Series!

They’ll not be alone, either. 20 different artists/bands are promised for this year’s lineup, and what a collection! Each of this year’s run of shows will be headlined by a national act and include a mix of supporting acts, including both regional and national artists.

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Country USA 2018 Brings Keith Urban to Oshkosh!

Country USA 2018Country USA 2018 is just around the corner and this year’s festival brings country-music superstar Keith Urban to Oshkosh, along with a host of others. Don’t miss this 5-day country music extravaganza: June 19th through the 23rd at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, WI.

Country USA, Oshkosh’s annual country music festival, attracts some country music’s biggest stars along with ever-growing audiences. In fact, the 5-day event is now one of America’s biggest country music festivals. The Country USA 2018 is no exception.

This year is expected to bring in even bigger audiences than before and with a lineup like this, who is surprised? Country Music superstar Keith Urban is headlining opening night, with Maren Morris, Brett Eldredge, Jason Aldean, and Brantley Gilbert headlining the following evenings.

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Banana Cream Pie in a Jar

Who doesn’t love pie? It can be messy to serve though. Put Banana Cream Pie in a jar and its easier to eat and prettier to photograph.I figured with it being May, it was time to start scouring the internet to find my next new summer dessert. Thank you to Glorious Treats for this months inspiration.

Look at all those layers of caramel, whipped cream, banana custard and crunchy graham cracker goodness. YUM! The custard is a little tedious. You also have to wait until it is cool, but a little planning ahead and I promise that Mom will love it!

Banana Cream Pie in a Jar- Serves 6/8 oz servings Banana Cream Pie is always more fun to eat in a jar

Vanilla Pastry Cream (2/3 C sugar, 1/4 C cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 C half and half, 2 eggs, 2 TB butter, and 1 TB vanilla)1.

Graham Cracker Crust (1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 C butter, melted, and 1 TB sugar).

2 Bananas, caramel sauce, 3/4 C heavy whipping cream and 1 TB powdered sugar

Make your pastry cream by using a medium bowl. Beat eggs and set aside. Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. gradually pour in milk, while whisking, to make a smooth mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and boils. Continue to cook and stir one minute after it begins to boil.

Pour several tablespoons on hot mixture into the bowl of eggs and stir well. Pour warmed egg mixture into the pan with the rest of the hot milk mixture. Return to a slow boil and cook for one more minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Set aside to cool. When pan is cooled, place plastic wrap on top of surface and refrigerate until fully chilled.

Make your Graham cracker crust by mixing the crumbs, sugar and melted butter together. Pour crumbs onto a sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Watch carefully so it does not burn. Allow to cool.

Assemble dessert. Spoon about 2 TB graham cracker crumbs in a bottom of jar or glass. Pat crumbs down to make a firm layer. Add a layer of pastry cream. ( I like to put this into a pastry bag to make it easier). Add a few slices of banana followed by a layer of whipped cream. Add some graham cracker crumbs and drizzle caramel sauce. Repeat layers. Serve immediately think it tastes better after it has been chilled for a couple of hours.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there and special thank you and I love you to my Mom and Grandma!

 

Bacon Stuffed French Toast

I try new recipes all the time, but this bacon stuffed french toast is probably my new favorite recipe. If you know me well, then you know that I am a naughty vegan. I rarely eat meat, unless its chicken, I never eat dairy unless there is a pizza in front of me and I try to stay away from gluten as much as possible, of course once again unless there is pizza in front of me. I do always try one bite of all my recipes since someone has to be the gauge. This bacon stuffed french toast though, well lets just say I had more than one bite. It is simply irresistible! Oh, did I mention that there is cream cheese and brown sugar blended in the stuffing. Thank you Spicy Southern Kitchen for this breakfast inspiration.

Bacon Stuffed French Toast- Serves 4 Love bacon? You will fall in love with the sweet, yet savory masterpiece

4 oz. cream cheese, 1/3 C brown sugar, 8 slices of Texas toast(preferable somewhat stale), 8 slices of crispy cook bacon, crumbled, 4 eggs, 1/2 C milk, 1 tsp. vanilla, 4 tsp. butter and canola oil.

Mix cream cheese and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Spread on one side of each slice of bread. Sprinkle crumbled bacon on 4 slices of bread and sandwich slices together to make four.

In a shallow bowl, whisk egg, milk and vanilla together. Dip each sandwich into egg mixture, being careful not to soak the inside.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add a little butter and canola oil to the skillet. Cook each sandwich until golden brown on each side. I like to even fry the sides up a little too.

Cut each piece in half, sprinkle any extra bacon you may have left over the top and serve with maple syrup.

Our favorite is Uncle Mikes Maple Syrup. If you have never tried it, it has this light smoky flavor to it. It is perfectly light for a recipe such as this.

It’s Almost Time For the 2018 Paine Festival of Spring!

2018 Paine Festival of SpringIt’s almost May and that means it is time for the Paine Festival of Spring 2018!

Come peruse The Paine’s Spring Plant Sale: more than 100 vendors, plus food and live entertainment. May 19th, 2018 – 9am to 4pm at The Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, WI.

The arrival of The Paine’s annual Festival of Spring is as sure a sign of spring as any! People come from all around to take advantage of the sales of original art, fine crafts, and, of course, the legendary Paine Spring Plant Sale.

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Alligator Records Blues Weekend at The Grand Oshkosh

Alligator Records Blues Weekend 2018Don’t feel down and in the blues. Get down with the blues during Alligator Records Blues Weekend in Oshkosh, WI!

Chicago-based Alligator Records artists Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Toronzo Cannon, Tinsley Ellis, and the Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling will perform May 18th and 19th, 2018 at The Oshkosh Grand Opera House!

Whether you’re a longtime fan of blues music or are just getting introduced, you’ll want to attend Alligator Records Blues Weekend. The two-day event provides an opportunity to experience blues from talented musicians who have been playing it for decades. Alligator Records Blues Weekend is a very special event as you don’t often see this many Alligator artists performing together in one weekend.

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Are You Ready? It’s Almost Time For WineFeast 2018!

Dont miss WineFeast 2018 in Oshkosh, WI!Another Oshkosh sign of spring is rapidly approaching on the calendar: WineFeast 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th. Don’t miss this annual opportunity to sample fine wines and local cuisine – and all for a good cause!

WineFeast is THE Oshkosh social event of the year. The annual celebration of food and drink draws well over 800 people – and who is surprised? Your WineFeast ticket spells an evening of more then 100 fine wines from around the world and a variety of specially prepared dishes. Add 100% of the event proceeds going towards the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club and you have what some would call a no-brainer.

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Cinnamon Muffins

This cinnamon muffin recipe is pretty basic and has been in my collection for quite some time. I tend to forget about it but always love the warm feeling I get when take a bite of these moist muffins. This recipe calls for a 1/2 a cup of milk. I have used everything from skim to half an half just depending what I have the most of. The heavier the milk, the moister the muffins tend to be.

cinnamon muffins with streusel toppingCinnamon Muffins – Yields 6 Jumbo Muffins.

1 stick of butter, 1 C sugar, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 C flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, salt, 2 TB Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. allspice, dash of nutmeg and 1/2 C milk.

Streusel – 1/3 C Sugar, 1/4 C brown sugar, 3 TB flour, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 2 TB melted butter. Blend sugars, flour and cinnamon. Use a fork to blend in melted butter until you get a crumbly base. Add more flour to make it crumblier.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soften butter, then stir in sugar. Beat eggs and incorporate into the butter/sugar mixture. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice and nutmeg. Add your flour mixture to the egg mixture, alternating with milk. Pour into greased muffin pans and top with streusel mixture. Bake 20 minutes. Cool completely before removing from pan.

Enjoy Breakfast with Brayton’s the next time you find yourself in Oshkosh.

Get Set for the 2018 Oshkosh Marathon, Run Away To the Bay, and More!

2018 Oshkosh Marathon, NPC Fox Cities Showdown, Special Olympics Indoor Sports Tournament, and Run Away To the BaySpring will soon be sproinging all around us! Along with all the leaves and blossoms, come a host of warm-weather sporting events. Oshkosh shakes off the dust in April with a variety of events. The 2018 Oshkosh Marathon, the NPC Fox Cities Showdown, the Special Olympics, and the Run Away To the Bay!

Even if you’ve managed to get out into the great outdoors a lot this winter, there’s nothing like great spring weather to motivate a person. The warmth of the sun draws us outdoors and suddenly Oshkosh parks, golf courses, and trails are peopled again.

The 2018 Oshkosh Marathon takes advantage of the great spring weather every April with a host of related contests. The event includes a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Corporate Marathon Relay, a Half Relay, and a 5k. All races are scheduled for April 29th, 2018 at the Leach Amphitheatre in downtown Oshkosh. Proceeds from the 2018 Oshkosh Marathon benefit local charity groups, like the Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club.

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Take a Taste of Oshkosh Craft Beer Breweries

Discover Oshkosh Craft Beer Breweries and Tasting RoomsThe recent craft beer revolution has seen craft breweries popping up all over the U.S. and Wisconsin is certainly no exception! Fans of fresh, local beer will be happy to hear that the Oshkosh craft beer scene offers opportunities for both tastes and tours.

The recent Hops & Props event at the EAA Aviation Museum got us to thinking about the explosion of microbreweries here in Wisconsin and beyond. While most of the mega-breweries that once made Wisconsin famous are gone, the craft brewers who’ve replaced them are reinvigorating that fame.

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Breakfast Bowl Made for a King

Want to use up some leftovers? Want something quick and easy? This breakfast bowl is made for a king or queen and can be thrown together in no time.  Use whatever you have on hand and this recipe will always turn out great! If you don’t have all the ingredients, its okay. Use what you have or eliminate what you don’t like. Either way, it will be a hit.Breakfast Bowl – Serves 3 generously A hearty breakfast with little to no work1# yukon gold potatoes,chopped into 1″ cubes.( I have also used russet and baby reds which are just as good), half of a red pepper, seeded and chopped, 1 small onion, chopped, 6 eggs, 3oz. sharped cheddar shredded cheese, *Italian sausage crumbles olive oil, pepper and season salt.

Optional Toppings: chives, sour cream, salsa, avocado, bacon bits, tortilla chips, hot sauce, etc.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Add potatoes, peppers and onion to a large sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil, seasoned salt and pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes until potatoes are golden in color and tender. Stir and rotate half way through. If you want to make leftovers, add extra ingredients. If you have leftover potatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season but saute your veggies and then incorporate.

While your potatoes are cooking, brown your Italian Sausage and set aside. If you want to make it vegetarian, you can leave this out.

Crack eggs and season with salt and pepper and whisk until smooth. Add eggs to heated skillet and soft scramble until barely cooked through. Set aside.

Mix potato mixture with sausage, if using and add to your serving bowl. Top with scrambled eggs. Sprinkle cheese over eggs and microwave for 20 seconds until cheese is melted. Top with whatever additional toppings you like and serve with yogurt and muffin.

A hearty breakfast with little to no work.

 

Here Comes Hops & Props 2018 at the EAA Aviation Museum!

Hops & Props 2018 at the EAA AirVenture MuseumCraft beer lovers mark your calendars: Hops & Props 2018 is set for March 3rd, 7pm to 10pm, at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, WI! This popular event promises unlimited beer samples from over 80 different breweries, delicious food, and live music!

What better way to herald the oncoming spring than with Hops & Props 2018 at the EAA Aviation Museum? This year marks the 14th anniversary of the Hops & Props beer festival and, as usual, the event just gets bigger and better with each passing year.

This year’s event features more than 80 different breweries, cideries, and wineries. Dogfish Head, 3 Floyds, New Glarus, One Barrel, and far too many others to list will be on hand with some of their best brews. Ales, lagers, stouts, sours, porters, IPA’s and more are yours for the tasting.

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Battle on Bago, RV and Boat Show, and Valentine’s Day In Oshkosh!

Battle on Bago, RV and Boat Show, and Valentine's Day In Oshkosh!February is always a fun month in Oshkosh. We start off with the EAA Skiplane Fly-In, then we have the RV and Boat Show, Battle on Bago ice fishing tournament, and Valentine’s Day!

It may be hard to believe that we’re already talking about Valentine’s Day. Wasn’t it just New Year’s Eve? It was – but ready or not, here comes February and with it Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking to spice up Valentines Day for that special someone, Brayton Bed and Breakfast can help! We offer a variety of romantic Oshkosh lodging specials and packages.

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Meat Lovers Quiche

So its January! That means either starting fresh and eating clean or hunkering down for the winter and enjoying this meat lovers quiche.

Last year my first recipe of the year was healthy. This year, it is all about comfort food. Lots of bacon, sausage, ham, and cheese baked until its perfectly golden on top. If you feel like adding other types of meat, go for it. As for cheese, use whatever you have in the fridge. I have included what I used, but feel free to use your imagination. It will be great either way.

Meat Lovers Quiche – Serves 6-8

Pillsbury pie crust, 6 large eggs, 1/2 C milk, a dash of salt and pepper, 4 sliced of cooked and crumbled bacon, 1 C cooked and ground Italian sausage, 1/2 C ham, 1/4 C diced onion and 1 C shredded cheese. ( I used Colby/Jack mix)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Press crust into a 9″ pie pan. prick crust and bake until browned, about 10 minutes.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Add the cooked bacon, sausage, ham, onions and cheese into the crust. Pour the egg mixture on top.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until the center is set. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing.

We served this with grapes and warm banana chocolate chip bread.

Don’t Miss the 2018 EAA Skiplane Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI!

2018 EAA Skiplane Fly-InFebruary is just around the corner and so is the 2018 EAA Skiplane Fly-In! The annual Fly-In regularly sees 25 skiplanes and draws crowds of visitors. February 10th, between 10am and 1:30pm, at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, WI.

The 2018 EAA Skiplane Fly-In celebrates the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EEA) 26th anniversary. The EAA flying club traditionally focused on homebuilt planes but now includes most aspects of aviation and aeronautics. If the name “EAA” looks familiar to you, that’s because they also host the incredible EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show at the end of July each year.

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Where in the world are Scott and Nicole…Again!

Take me home country road #bouldercreek #santacruz #road #driving #california #iphoneonly

Where in the world are Scott and Nicole…AGAIN? If you remember last year, we decided to take our first ever personal/business road trip. We posted pictures of some of the planned and spontaneous stops and you tried to guess where we were. Not only did we have a lot of fun with this, it seems like you may have too. So, we decided, why not try it again. The lucky winner who guesses the most stops correctly will get a gift certificate for 50% off their stay when we return.  Once again, one guess per person, per location.

We leave again January 1 and will be back sometime late February. This time though, we are spending some time out of the country. There is a little hint for you! Lucky for us, I have some good friends that don’t mind watching over the inn while we are away. With that being said, you are still more than welcome to make reservations, check availability and buy gift certificates on our website. We will try to get back via email at the end of each day. It will probably be our most consistent way of staying in touch.

Good luck and thanks for playing along!

Happy New Year!

Individual Tiramisu Mouse

You have heard me say many times when I post a tiramisu recipe that they are one of my favorite desserts. This individual tiramisu mouse though is perfect. It is easy to eat out of the glass and it does leave out the liquor and the ladyfingers. Don’t worry though, you will never miss them. It doesn’t take much time to throw this delightful recipe together. I do prefer letting it set up in the fridge for a couple of hours though. Can’t wait? Make yourself a small serving like I did and dig in.

Tiramisu Mouse- Serves 8 

*see notes after recipe

*1 1/2 tsp. of instant coffee (optional), *1/4 C hot water (optional), 2 C heavy whipping cream, 3 C powdered sugar, *16oz. coffee flavored marscarpone cheese, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, 2 TB cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips.

Place the coffee I hot water and stir until the coffee is dissolved. Set aside.

Beat heavy whipping crème until soft peaks form. Keep in fridge until ready use.

Mix marscarpone cheese and powdered sugar until completely blended. Mix in vanilla and *TB of Coffee(optional) or more depending how strong you like it.

Fold whipping crème into coffee mixture.

Pipe mixture into a bottom of a glass. Sprinkle with cocoa powder, Pipe more of your whipping crème mixture on top of the cocoa powder. Continue layering until you have reached almost the top of the glass. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

*If using coffee flavored marscarpone, you may not need to use the instant coffee. It just depends on how strong you like it. If you cannot find the coffee flavored, regular marscarpone works great as well and then you will need the coffee for sure.

Mini Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecakes

Everything mini, in my opinion, is always better. These mini pumpkin swirl cheesecakes are no exception. Do not let the word cheesecake scare you. These are baked in standard muffin liners and take no time to through together. Small crowd for Thanksgiving? These would be the perfect compliment for little hands or someone who does not want too many leftovers.

Mini Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecakes – Serves 12 

Crust -3/4 C crushed graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 TB sugar, and 5 TB butter, melted.

Cheesecake – 16 oz. cream cheese, softened, 3/4 C powdered sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 egg whites

Pumpkin swirl – 1/3 C pumpkin puree, 1 tsp. cinnamon, a dash of allspice, 2 tsp. flour.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a 12 cup standard muffin pan with muffin liners. I recommend using foil lines but if you only have paper, double them up for support.

Mix the graham crumbs with cinnamon, sugar and butter until moistened. Place about 1 TB of graham crumbs in each cup and press down and slightly up the sides.

Mix softened cream cheese until smooth and then mix in powdered sugar and vanilla and mix again. Add egg whites and blend on low speed until incorporated. Don’t overbeat!

In a separate bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, allspice and flour. Add in 2/3 C of the cream cheese mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir with a soft spatula.

Divide half of the plain cheesecake batter into your muffin liners. Scott about 1 TB pumpkin mixture on top and then cover with remaining cheesecake batter. The liners should be almost full.

Using remaining pumpkin mixture, add about 3 to 4 dots on top of cheesecake and swirl with a toothpick.

Bake 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Cool completely and put in the fridge.

Looking for other great pumpkin recipes?

 

Merry and Bright December in Oshkosh

Merry Christmas Everybody

It’s always a great time to celebrate with family and friends. With all the festivities, lights, food, and shopping in the decorated shops downtown; Merry and Bright is exactly what Oshkosh is all about. I know its only November, but we have to start thinking about December. It is going to sneak up on us before you know it. So why not get a jump start and plan your getaway and shopping trips now!

We kick the weekend off right with Gallery Walk, which is always the first Saturday each month. Gallery Walk provides local artists and galleries with the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination. The link will take you to all the participating store and give you some unique holiday ideas.

Shake the chill off and join the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 on Dec. 2 with the sounds of the seasons at Grand Opera House. This is literally just around the corner from all the great Gallery shops. It’s the perfect evening, rolled into one.

Friday, December 8th is the Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet at EAA. This annual banquet honors the spirit and achievements of the Wright Brothers. Celebrate the anniversary of the first powered flight with a presentation by astronaut Joe Engle, cocktails, and full-dinner service. This banquet has sold out in previous years, so do not miss it!

The Grand Opera House brings us back on Dec. 15 with Christmas with the Celts. The Celts’ is a dynamic mix of traditional Irish music and American pop music, featuring a local choir and Irish dancers!

Now, these are just some of the great events happening in Oshkosh while we are open. We do close down for a week to celebrate the holidays with our own family. While you are in town though, don’t forget to stop at some of the other great hot spots in Oshkosh. For instance, Outlet Shoppes of Oshkosh, Backlot Comedy House, Paine Art Museum and Oshkosh Public Museum and just a few. Of course, you will probably be famished and thirsty, so let us help you as we recommend some of our favorite places to unwind. Beckets, Gardinas, and Chalice are just a few.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Brayton Bed and Breakfast.

 

Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Cookies

What were you expecting? It’s November. Of course, we are going to have pumpkin recipe. Probably even more than one. These cinnamon chip pumpkin cookies really hit it out of the park. The cinnamon chips take this cookie to the next level. I bet chocolate chips would be good too, but it is Autumn so the combination of these two Fall ingredients is perfect together. Did I mention that they are really easy to make too? I try to keep it this way since I know how busy we all are. Ona side note, you should chill these for about 30 minutes since they are a little sticky. Just don’t leave them in the fridge too long, otherwise, you may need a chipper to get them out of the mixing bowl.

Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Cookies – 18 cookies 

1/2 C butter, 1/4 brown sugar, 1 C sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 6 TB pumpkin puree, 1 1/2 C flour, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 2tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 2/3 C cinnamon chips.

Melt butter in the microwave. Whisk in brown sugar, 1/2 Sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin until smooth.

In another bowl, toss together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 1 1/2tsp.  cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together.  Fold in cinnamon chips. The dough will be soft and sticky, but no worries. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon together. Roll the dough into balls roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Spray your baking pan. Slightly flatten the dough as they will not spread much when baking. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool for 10 minutes before digging in or moving to a wire rack.

 

Holiday Celebrations in Oshkosh

 

Decorative Lights

Holiday celebrations are kicking off in Oshkosh in November. I don’t think it matters that the temps have felt more like Fall. I have a feeling that will be changing quickly. Want to start planning for the girls getaway? I have a few suggestions that will make you want to dig in and then relax after a long day of shopping. Start your holiday shopping early by attending the admission FREE Holiday Wonders Shopping Expo & Craft Fair on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 from

Saturday, November 11th from 10-4 at Sunnyview Expo Center is the Holiday Wonders Shopping Expo and Craft Fair. There will be over 75 vendors selling a variety of unique items for those hard to buy for people in your life. FREE admission.

Start your weekend early by coming to the downtown Oshkosh Holiday parade and tree lighting at 6PM at Opera House Square. The parade will begin at 630. Join thousands of people as they line Main St. to watch the 2017 themed ” A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Bands, floats, Santa, food and drink will be available.

The annual Nutcracker in the Paine begins Friday, November 17th. Enjoy a 100 different themed Christmas trees and scenes from the beloved Nutcracker story within the historic estate. Guests may take a self-guided tour, candelight tour and guided tour. Reserve early though as these dates book up quickly. For info on the Paine and the Nutcracker experience, visit thepaine.org.

Saturday, November 18 The Grand Opera House is presenting Disenchanted. Forget once upon a time and Prince Charming. Disenchanted brings Snow White and her squad of sassy princesses to tell the “real” story behind the fable. This is a PG 13 showing so leave the kiddos with their Fairy God Mother. This will definitely be a weekend to enjoy with the girls.

Let’s not forget about the annual Celebration of Lights which begins on November 24th at 5:00 PM. There are over three quarters of a million lights spread over 102 miles of beautiful Menominee Park.

With so much to do in Oshkosh in November, spend a few nights and enjoy our downtown. Oshkosh is the Event City!

 

 

Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars

It wouldn’t be Fall without a caramel recipe. I think you will like these salted caramel shortbread bars as they are easy to make and easier to eat. They didn’t last very long around here, so I think they were a hit.

Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars 

Crust: 2 C butter (room temp), 1 C sugar, 1 1/2 C powdered sugar, 2 TB vanilla and 4 C flour.

Filling: Homemade salted Caramel or 1 bag of caramel bits, 1/3 C cream, 1/2 TB vanilla and 1 TB sea salt.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Trust me on this. It will be a lot easier to get out of pan and cut.

Combine butter and sugar mix until creamy. Add vanilla and beat more. Slowly add flour on low speed ( so you don’t end up with a mess) and mix until a smooth, soft dough ball is created.

Press almost half of the dough into the baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes until the dough turns a nice light golden color.

If you are not making your own caramel sauce, melt caramels and cream in the microwave for one minute at a time. Once melted and smooth, add vanilla.

Once the bottom crust is done baking, pour your caramel sauce over the crust. Sprinkle with sea salt and crumble remaining dough over the top. continue baking until filling is bubbly and the topping is firm, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

*Don’t skimp here and use store bough caramel syrup. If its too thin, you will not be able to taste much of the caramel. You wanted it nice and thick!

If you are looking for other great caramel recipes of ours, check out or blog 

 

 

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