Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Fall Bucket List

 Growing up in the Midwest has left me to appreciate what each season has to offer.  Bringing out my sweaters, jeans, boots and jackets and admiring the changing color of the leaves and enjoying a glass of wine in front of the fireplace on our chilly nights.... Here are a few of my favorites I have put into a "bucket list" for Fall and hope to check each one off each week.  

What are your favorite Fall activities with family and friends?  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Grilling an Easy Blue Cheese Burger

My last summer grill post is a favorite of mine.  My husband is a big fan of blue cheese on burgers and steaks, so I thought I would post this easy blue cheese burger that has a flavor and personality of its own that you will enjoy.

In a bowl mix crumbled blue cheese, a teaspoon of Worcestershire, a pinch of black pepper and salt.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Shape ground hamburger into patties.  Grill burgers over a medium heat on your grill, flipping once until your desired doneness is reached.

Top with the blue cheese mixture before you remove the burgers until it's slightly melted.  Remove and serve on buns of choice and your favorite side.

Next week is the return of slow cooker featuring pumpkin chili!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Support your Local Farm Stand this Fall

The pumpkin harvest is bearing its fruit and they are rolling in to your local farm stands and pumpkin patches by the wagon full!  We have been waiting with great anticipation. Our family will soon be spending the day visiting Pearcefarms in Wisconsin where we have been going for the past 20 years since buying our home here. Its family owned and run and it's by far our favorite farm stand to visit.  I enjoy buying my produce there in the summer months, along with fresh donuts, jellies, jams, salsas and more. We all take part in the corn maze and climbing the tower of hay stacks to achieve the goal of saying you made it to the top!

 Do you have a favorite farm stand?  Enjoy the weekend with your family & friends and thanks for stopping by Lakehouselyn.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Grillin' Up Steak Fajitas

We love steak fajitas at home cooked on the grill.  They are easyto make if you're willing to put in a little prep work.  Flank steak is a tougher cut of meat and works well with this dish.  Marinade it in a plastic food storage bag in freshly squeezed lime juice for approximately 30 minutes.  

Slice onions and some colorful red and green peppers and place in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and lime juice, and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper.  

Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Place the steak directly on the grill and cook for 6-7 minutes on each side.  Remove from the heat and let the steak rest for ten minutes while you grill the vegetables in a grill pan, stirring occasionally about 7-10 minutes. 

Cut the steak into strips, place inside the flour tortillas that have been warmed for 3-4 minutes on a 350 oven placed directly on the oven shelf,  and top with sour cream, chopped lettuce, shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese and salsa. 

Sangria anyone?🍷

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Appreciating Where We Are Now

~Appreciate the Day~

~I love the rush of the waves of lakelife~

~Blankets of snow bring tranquility~

~Fall Seasons offers gorgeous color changes~

~Spring brings brilliant colors that bring smiles~

My family and I began a conversation today that has had me thinking all day.  We live in the Midwest and it's by choice.  All my life I have loved the change of seasons.  Each season brings with it it's own beauty.  Slowly over the years, the predictability of the seasons has been changing and we can no longer be assured the Winter will have snow, the Spring giving us gentle rainfall, the Summer heat will be long lasting or not, and will the Fall season fall short with early snows? Because of the Winters and gray skies lasting at times 6-7 months, we anxiously await the Summer sunshine so we can bring our shorts, sundresses, sandals out of storage and happily pack away our heavy coats and boots.  We Midwesterners are so anxious to live out the perfect days after what appears everyone on Social Media is doing, that we forget to enjoy the moments.  Let's stop worrying we are missing out and enjoying our special moments...😊

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall's Around the Corner & Time for Pumpkin Spice Latte...

The smell of Fall is in the air and suddenly pumpkin "everything" is hitting stores, shops, Farmer's Markets and filling our in box with pumpkin recipes. I found a great website called "Mother Nature Network" that gives a recipe for making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte right at home and tastes just like the one you love at your favorite coffee shop. !  Brew a pot of coffee at home and just add the rest! (I confess...I am a Starbucks addict.  Best part is you don't have to leave home to have your latte! Welcome FallπŸ‚

What is your favorite Starbucks flavor? How do you re-create it at home?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Delicious Easy Dessert for your Labor Day Party

 I am sharing a delicious and EASY dessert I made this week that is so simple and presents itself beautifully for entertaining.  Utilize the end of summer strawberries and blueberries while they are here.  Strawberry shortcake served on split individual biscuits, real whipped cream and freshly sliced strawberries and blueberries.  I used Deans's whipping cream for my whipped cream, but you can certainly shortcut and use refrigerated canned real Whipped Cream.  The trick to using real whipping cream is to use a chilled glass bowl and chill your beaters from the electric mixer a couple of hours before use.  Pour the carton of cream into your bowl and beat on highest speed on your hand mixer until they form stiff peaks.  To add sweetness, I then added Domino Organic Agave Nectar, I found at my grocery store.  Drizzle it into the whipped cream and blend it gently. I added the sweetener to my fruit too and it was delicious.  You can make your biscuits homemade OR simplify and use refrigerated dough biscuits.  Either way is a winner!  Happy Weekend:)