Thursday, April 27, 2017

Summer Concerts at the Historical Belfry Theater

The Belfry Theater houses the same bell that called Mormons to worship in this building more than 120 years ago.  

Purchase your tickets today for the Summer concert series.

When we bought our Wisconsin home in 1997, one of our first entertainment discoveries was the historical Belfrymusictheater in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.  
At the time, it played home to the Eddie Cash show, a popular entertainer performing great music from the 50's and 60's with The New Sequence Orchestra.  

Evolving over the years, it became the first Summer stock theater in Wisconsin.  The Belfry provided theater experience to Paul Newman, Harrison Ford and Gary Burghoff (M*A*S*H) until 1969. After the Eddie Cash Show closed, 
the Belfry sat empty for a time until it was purchased by Transformative Arts who has given the Belfry new breath and life.  

The Summer of 2016 kicked off the first season of Summer concerts at the Belfry and the reviews are outstanding.  All performances are on Saturday evenings and begin at 7pm. The 2017 Summer concerts will offer tributes to the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Bee Gees, Eagles Neil Diamond and the Beach Boys to name a few.  

Check out for information on packages, memberships and gift cards.  You can purchase directly online through their website or Facebook. 

~Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend~

Monday, April 24, 2017

Burger Basics

Before you fire up the grill tonight, here are a few helpful tips to making awesome burgers.  Check out the tasty horseradish mayonnaise recipe below.

Season Inside
To thoroughly flavor your meat throughout, spread the ground beef (or ground turkey) on a platter.  Add 2 tablespoons steak sauce, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/3 cup finely chopped onion .  Mix together with your hands.  Don't knead too much.

Form Patties
Divide mixture into four balls and flatten each into a patty. 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef will make approximately 4 burgers.

Press lightly with your fingers to form a slight indentation in the center of each patty.  This will help the burger cook evenly.

Burger to Grill
Easiest way to transport burgers is to place hamburger patties on a wax paper covered platter.  After you have put your burgers on the grill, toss the waxed paper and you have a great platter to place your cooked burgers on.  ALWAYS toss the wax paper raw meat was placed on and do not reuse!

Resist the Urge to Press
We have all done it.  Pressing the burger on the grill with your spatula to speed the cooking along.  The only thing you will accomplish is releasing the juices and producing a dryer burger.  Have patience..resist the press.  It's worth the wait:)

What are some of your favorite toppings?  I love Horseradish so Horseradish Mayonnaise is a favorite topper of mine!  In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish and juice of half a lemon.  Sprinkle with a dash of salt and black pepper if desired.  

Thanks for stopping!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dogs Driving Cars

This blog post is only meant to give you a smile. We tend to take our pups with us for a ride along while running errands so they can hang their heads out the window and check out the scenery. 
 Our sweet Riley seems to know when we are heading to the lake house every time and sits by the door until it's his turn to get in the car. Our furry friends wait patiently for us until we return to the car but enjoy checking out the comings and goings around them while they wait. I began snapping pictures of the dogs I saw who had moved to the drivers seat while they waited. At first glance, these sweet pups look determined and ready for the road.  Simply sweet and adorable!

Enjoy this smile today🐶

~always crack windows for your pet and remember hot summer days your pet is better off at home where it's cool for his safety~

Monday, April 17, 2017

Quiche Tonight from Leftover Ham

When I cook, my family knows I will always make more food than we can actually eat! When I make a ham, I plan on using it during the week in sandwiches, soups or quiche. Your leftover ham will be delicious in this simple easy to make quiche and using Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts saves time.  No one will know they aren't homemade. I promise😊

Ingredients are: 
1 cup half and half
4 beaten eggs
3 tablespoons honey mustard
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
shake of pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked and cubed ham
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat your oven to 350 and take 1 pie crust our of the box to warm at room temperature for a few minutes.  In a medium bowl, mix half and half, eggs, mustard, flour, salt, thyme and pepper and beat until well mixed.

Lightly spray a pie pan with cooking spray and lay the pie crust gently in the pan.  Layer the ham, cheese, and spinach in the pie crust. Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until the crust is golden and the filling is set.  

Serve, sit down and enjoy tonight!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter

May you have a Happy and Blessed Easter.
Thank you for reading LakehouseLyn!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Brinner Burger

Photo credit Sean Cooley

A hot idea in grilling is serving up grilled burgers topped with a fried egg and crispy bacon.  Breakfast and dinner rolled into one...."Brinner".  
In Virginia they are called Gus Burgers. Others call this dish Eggs on Horseback or Humpty Dumpty.  
Whatever name you choose to call it, it will be delicious. I use the following ingredients and grill the burgers on the outdoor or indoor grill.  It's just a matter of convenience to grill indoors when I lack time. 

Applewood smoked bacon (my personal favorite), ground beef, onion salt, sea salt and black pepper for taste, Brioche round buns, melted butter, organic egg, sharp cheddar cheese slices, baby arugula or iceberg lettuce and avocado (if desired).

Crisp cook the bacon in a frying pan. (You can cook the bacon a day in advance to save time and keep in refrigerator until ready to use). 

Season the ground beef patties with salt, pepper and onion salt to taste. Grill until cooked through. Place slice of cheddar on each burger and melt slightly. 

Lightly brush the inside of the buns with melted butter and grill or toast buns.
Pan fry the eggs over medium heat until the whites are set, flip until the eggs are set.

Assembly: bun, iceberg lettuce or arugula, burger, cheddar, bacon, egg, bun and top with sliced tomatoes, onion, or avocado. Serve with a pickle on the side and a choice of hot sauce, cocktail sauce or ketchup.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter is a Week Away. Will You be Entertaining?

I love Easter!  I love entertaining  family and friends for Easter brunch or dinner!  I love the fact the Easter holiday means spring is finally on our doorstep and I can watch in anticipation for the arrival of the tops of my daffodils and tulips popping out of the ground after their long winter's nap.  Hosting doesn't have to be complicated or stressful if you don't overdo.  Decide whether sit down dinner or easy buffet better suits your style and go from there.  Here are a few helpful tips:

1. Make lists......and more lists!  Guest list, Inventory list, Menu list, Shopping list, Overnight guest list.  Lists are key for being organized.

2.  Looking through your inventory, figure out linens, glassware (checked out the Dollar Store lately for goblets?  You will use them all year long).

3.  Pretty linen napkins are lovely but pretty paper ones are OK too!

4.  Set the table if possible the night before so it is ready when you wake up Easter morning.  Seeing it in the morning brings you a sense of calm and saves a lot of time.

5.  Gather several vases and fill them with spring flowers for beautiful mini centerpieces for your table(s).  

6.  Use your prettiest tablecloths.

7.  It's time to break out the china.  For years, I've had beautiful china handed down to me sitting in my china buffet when one day I realized it is meant to be used, admired and appreciated.  

8.  Keep your menu simple.  Spiral honey glazed ham is a no-fail main dish.  Make mashed potatoes day before and put into a pretty basking dish sprayed with cooking spray, dot with butter and cover with foil until you put it into a 350 oven for 45-50 minutes .  Easy and delicious!  My sides this year are fresh asparagus and brown sugar glazed carrots.  Don't forget the hot biscuits and butter.  

9.  Coffee and light dessert.  I found this recipe for Light Lemon Cheesecake Mousse online at ReluctantEntertainer.  Perfect for your Easter entertaining. Make it the day before.

1 1/2 cups heavy cream, 8 oz. softened light cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, lemon slices, lemon zest, strawberry leaves and mint leaves for garnish (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes on high.  Pour into another bowl and set aside. Add cream cheese and sugar to mixing bowl and beat at medium speed about 1 minute.  Gradually pour in lemon juice and continue to beat for 2 - 3 minutes until fluffy.  Fold in whipped cream.  Pour into individual small bowls or ramekins and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Garnish with a lemon slice, lemon zest, and a sprig of mint.  If you are going to refrigerate for more than an hour, cover with plastic wrap.  Serve  bowl of sliced strawberries separately. 

Easter Candy Facts:  What's your Favorite Easter Candy?  

Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs 28%    
Cadbury Creme Eggs 21%                 
Jelly Beans 16%                                 
Peeps 14%                                        
Malted Eggs 14%                               
Other 7%