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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 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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