Baked Acorn Squash Recipe ~ Meyer Farms

Baked acorn squash is one of my favorite recipe for Fall.  Hope you enjoy!

Baked Acorn Squash Recipe ~ Meyer Farms
 
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Baked acorn squash is one of my favorite recipe for this very nutritious fall vegetable. Enjoy!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Meyer Farms Organic Acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Score the insides several times with a knife.
  3. Place each half on a baking sheet, cut side up.
  4. Add a little water to the bottom of the baking sheet to prevent burning. Coat inside of the squash with butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, grated nutmeg, and salt.
  5. Bake in oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned.
  6. Let cool a little before serving and spoon any sauce onto exposed areas.

 

Watermelon Gin Fiz Recipe ~ Meyer Farms

Watermelon Gin Fiz Recipe ~ Meyer Farms

Enjoy the last days of summer with this fresh, organic watermelon recipe from Meyer Farms.

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Enjoy the last days of summer with this fresh, organic watermelon recipe from Meyer Farms.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 5 cups diced Meyer Farms Organic watermelon, seeds removed
  • 6 ounces gin, optional
  • 8 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1⅓ cups ginger ale, divided
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Puree the watermelon in a blender, strain, and empty into ice cube trays.
  2. Freeze at least 4 hours. Once frozen, place watermelon cubes into a shaker or blender.
  3. Add gin, if using, and lime juice. Shake vigorously or blend slowly until cubes begin to melt.
  4. Empty into glasses leaving enough room to top with ginger ale.
  5. Add lime wedge for garnish. You can also add mint.

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My First Day at Stacie Cakes ~ Wauconda

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My first day at Stacie Cakes was a blast to say the very least! Usually I am not a morning person, but today I woke up feeling excited about the bakery opening today.

When I walked in the doors at 6:45am I was welcomed by such an inviting atmosphere. The pink Parisian café theme is so adorable and you are immediately drawn to the big display cases holding the delicious pastry treasures. Our doors opened at 7am and people started trickling in. Soon after that we were slammed with people eager to try our amazing breakfast pastries. The sweets didn’t even spend much time in the display cases before they were enjoyed by our happy customers.

For a snack I tried the chocolate croissant, it was to die for! Stacie has perfected the croissant with buttery flakey goodness. The center is filled with melted chocolate that is the perfect amount of sweetness. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, nothing can!

As the day continued we became more and more busy. Around 10am cupcakes started to assemble and made their way to the front, but of course they did not stay there for long! They were at such a high demand that people had reserved their desired flavor even before they came out. At times we were doing so well, we almost ran right out of pastries!

But Stacie and her crew were speedy quick constantly replenishing the inventory. By the time 3pm rolled around, we had to close after selling everything we had in the store! It was a big success! The best part had to be seeing everyone leave with smiles on their faces and nothing but compliments for what they had enjoyed.

I’m looking forward to doing that all over again tomorrow….

How about you, have you been to Stacie Cakes? Tell us what’s your favorite.

TTFN!
Ava

Best Selling Gourmet Burgers at Bulldogs Grill

Best Selling Gourmet Burgers at Bulldogs Grill

Bulldogs Grill in Wauconda has been satisfying its customers with delicious comfort food since 2010.  Bulldogs Grill is famous for their tasty gourmet burgers that will be sure to please your pallet. Their burgers are made fresh, grilled and served on a freshly baked, toasted bun. Mmmmmm….toasted bun!  Each is topped with broken lettuce, a fat slice of tomato, onions, pickle slices, ketchup & mustard. You also have a choice of a regular 9 ounce burger, turkey, chicken breast, or veggie burger.  WOW!  That alone made me salivate.  With over 30 different burger choices you are guaranteed to find a burger for whatever mood you’re in.  Want to salivate more?  Keep reading!!

 

Here’s a List of the TOP 5 BEST Selling Gourmet Burgers from Bulldogs Grill:

1) California BLT Burger – California dreamin’? Try this yummy goodness! This burger is topped with bacon, avocado, cheddar cheese, and chipotle mayo.  

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2) Hangover Burger – Talk about a protein fix! This burger is topped with bacon, a fried egg, and American cheese. 

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3) Slap Yo’ Mamma (it’s so good) Burger – Inspired by the combination of toppings such as bacon, grilled onion, apple BBQ sauce, and cheddar cheese.

4) Scarlet Johansson Burger – Named after Aaron’s favorite hollywood actress!  This tasty burger is topped with cream cheese, fresh jalapeños, bacon, and apple BBQ sauce.

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5) Mac Daddy – A combination of two or three comfort foods, we get the Mac Daddy!  This tasty gourmet burger is topped with a generous helping of creamy Mac ‘n cheese & bacon.

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Believe it or not when owners Aaron & Joe crave burgers they like to keep it simple and order a regular cheeseburger with American cheese.  Who knew?!  So what are you waiting for? Visit Bulldogs Grill today and indulge in one of their satisfying burgers. You’ll be sure to leave with a full stomach and a big smile.

Are you one of the many that have tried one of their TOP 5 BEST SELLING GOURMET BURGERS listed above?  What other tasty burgers have you tried from Bulldogs Grill?  Share with us some of your favorites!

I think I’m going to visit them for lunch!  Speaking of which, make sure to “LIKE” Bulldogs Grill on Facebook, and have a chance to be FAN OF THE DAY and WIN a FREE MEAL!

‘Til next time….

Ava

 

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 07/22/2013

This summer weather lately has been hot hot HOT! Beat the heat this week and visit some of Wauconda’s local businesses for some cool fun. Aside for the list of things to do below, don’t forget you can also rent your watercraft form Lake County Watersports or Wauconda Boat to use on Bangs Lake any day of the week.  With less than a month left of summer make sure to get out and enjoy these fun opportunities before it’s too late!

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Things to Do in Wauconda this week…

DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio continues their Summer Break Art Camp all this week. This creative camp begins at 9am.

Monday

Stop by at Middleton’s On Main to play Trivia with Mason at 7pm. You’ll be sure to have a great time while sharpening your trivia skills!

Tuesday

On Tuesday, we have a relaxing Hatha Yoga class going on at the Energee Center at 7pm. Then head on over at Middleton’s On Main starting at 8pm for a Karaoke Night with your friends.

Wednesday

Visit Deacon’s Bar & Grill at the Golf Farm on Wednesday for some Fish Fry. They get very busy on Fridays so why not check it out earlier in the week! Also on Wednesday, Chef Elizabeth from “From Scratch Cafe” will be at Bliss Wine & Gifts. Stop by at 5pm for dinner paired with wine. If you can’t make it on Wednesday, check out her Sunday Brunch! Bring your friends out for a night of FUN with Smarty Pants Trivia at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda at 7pm. Don’t be shy and come to Open Mic Night at Middleton’s On Main at 8:30pm!

Thursday

Exercise this Thursday at 9am Chair Yoga at The Energee Center. Starting at 3pm visit the Farmer’s Market on Main Street for crafts, music, and fresh foods. Visit Bliss Wine and Gifts for Beer Tasting, Burgers, and Blues starting at 5:30pm.  Looking forward to see what Bulldogs Grill will be offering that night at Bliss. Then make sure to check out “Better with Bacon” over at Middleton’s on Main which starts at 8:30pm.

Friday

The popular Friday Fish Fry at the Deacon’s Bar and Grill at the Golf Farm continues on Friday. Call ahead for reservations! There will be LIVE musical entertainment at Bliss Wine & Gifts, JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda and Middleton’s on Main. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar for full description to see who will be playing that night! We know Dollar Giraffes will play live at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda at 7:30pm.

Saturday

Meet in front of Middleton’s on Main at 8am Saturday mornings for Jog N’ Java! Whether you’re a beginner or a trained distance runner it doesn’t matter! It’s a four mile run around Bangs Lake and then breakfast. Starting at 8am from 10am visit The Energee Center for the Indoor “Green” Farmers Market. At Vickie’s Personal Touch (next door to Energee Center) Heide Olson from Essential Bodywear will be doing FREE Bra Fittings from 9am to noon. Make sure to check out Bliss Wine & Gifts, JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda and Middleton’s on Main for more live entertainment on Saturday night! John Lambert will be playing at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda at 7:30pm.

Sunday

Come to Sunday Brunch at Bliss Wine & Gifts. Chef Elizabeth from From Scratch Cafe uses only the freshest, organic ingredients for her amazing creations. French press coffee, and a long list of add ons. Brunch is served from 8:30am – 1:30pm. Bring the kids and come check out Magic Dave at Middleton’s On Main this Sunday at 5pm.

So did anyone check out some of the local entertainment I was talking about last week? If so tell us what you saw and how you liked it!

 

See ya soon,

Ava

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 07/15/2013

Have you checked out Wauconda’s nightlife lately? You can see live musical entertainment at local businesses like Bliss Wine & Gifts, Middleton’s On Main, and JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda, just to name a few. This town has a lot of musical talent! Jam out your week or weekend with your friends to some local bands!

 

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Things to Do in Wauconda this week…

DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio continues their Summer Break Art Camp all this week. This creative camp begins at 9am. Fill your Monday night with fun and stop by at Middleton’s On Main to play Trivia with Mason at 7pm. You’ll be sure to have a great time while sharpening your trivia skills!

On Tuesday, we have a relaxing Hatha Yoga class going on at the Energee Center at 7pm. Then at 8pm at Middleton’s On Main sing your favorite tune at Karaoke night.

Visit Deacon’s Bar & Grill at the Golf Farm on Wednesday for some Fish Fry!  Also on Wednesday, Chef Elizabeth from “From Scratch Cafe” will be at Bliss Wine & Gifts. Stop by at 5pm for dinner paired with the perfect wine. Bring your friends out for a night of FUN with Smarty Pants Trivia at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda at 7pm. Smarty Pant’s Trivia is an interactive team trivia game designed to be played by teams of 4 or more people, and usually last 60-90 minutes. Don’t be shy and come to Open Mic Night at Middleton’s On Main at 8:30pm. We’ve seen some great talent there!

Get fit and exercise this Thursday at 9am Chair Yoga or 10:15 am Regular Yoga or Belly Dancing at 7pm at The Energee Center. Starting at 3pm visit the Farmer’s Market on Main Street for crafts, music, and fresh foods. Theme is “Aloha Wauconda”.  Feel like burgers and beers? Visit Bliss Wine and Gifts for Beer Tasting, Burgers, and Blues starting at 5:30pm. Then make sure to check out “Better with Bacon” over at Middleton’s on Main which starts at 8:30pm.

The popular Fish Fry continues on Friday at Deacon’s Bar and Grill at the Golf Farm. Live musical entertainment at Bliss Wine & Gifts and Middleton’s on Main. Check them out on Facebook to see their musical lineup.  JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda will have Jeff Trudell at 7:30pm.

What’s summer without “Drink in Hand Volleyball?” Going on at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda. Check out our Events Calendar for details. And of course, Wauconda is known for its musical entertainment so again make sure to check out Bliss Wine & Gifts, JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda and Middleton’s on Main for more live entertainment on Saturday night! I know Razin’ Kane will be playing at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda at 7:30pm.

And who doesn’t like a little magic? Bring the kids and come check out Magic Dave at Middleton’s On Main this Sunday at 5pm.

Any big plans for the weekend? I recommend visiting a local establiment for some live entertainment with your friends! Check it out and tell us what you think!

Until next time,

Ava

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 07/08/2013

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 07/08/2013

I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July! Where did you watch the Fireworks Display?

There’s a bunch of fun things going on this week in Wauconda as always. Check out the local businesses and support this awesome town!

Things to Do in Wauconda this week…

DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio continues their Summer Break Art Camp all this week. This creative camp begins at 9am.  Fill your Monday night with fun and stop by at Middleton’s On Main to play Trivia with Mason at 7pm. You’ll be sure to have a great time while sharpening your trivia skills!  I heard a group of friends will be going to Middleton’s on Main for Trivia Night…..will you?

On Tuesday, we have a relaxing Hatha Yoga class going on at the Energee Center at 7pm. Then at 8pm at Middleton’s On Main sing your favorite tune at Karaoke night.

Visit Deacon’s Bar & Grill at the Golf Farm on Wednesday for some Fish Fry! This is a great time to stop by since their Friday Fish Fries tend to get very busy. Also on Wednesday, Chef Elizabeth from “From Scratch Cafe” will be at Bliss Wine & Gifts. Stop by at 5pm for dinner paired with the perfect wine. Visit by the Energee Center at 6:30pm for free Coffee Tasting by Boresha, this coffee helps you lose weight… find out how! Bring your friends out for a night of FUN with Smarty Pants Trivia at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda at 7pm. Smarty Pant’s Trivia is an interactive team trivia game designed to be played by teams of 4 or more people, and usually last 60-90 minutes. Don’t be shy and come to Open Mic Night at Middleton’s On Main at 8:30pm.  We’ve seen some great talent there!

Get fit and exercise this Thursday at 9am Chair Yoga or 10:15 am Regular Yoga or Belly Dancing at 7pm at The Energee Center.  Feel like burgers and beers?  Visit Bliss Wine and Gifts for Beer Tasting, Burgers, and Blues starting at 5:30pm.  Then make sure to check out “Better with Bacon” over at Middleton’s on Main which starts at 8:30pm.

The popular Friday Fish Fry at the Deacon’s Bar and Grill at the Golf Farm is sure to be packed. Call ahead for reservations!  Live musical entertainment at Bliss Wine & Gifts, JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda and Middleton’s on Main.  Be sure to check them all out!

What’s summer without “Drink in Hand Volleyball?”  Going on at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda.  Check out our Events Calendar for details.  And of course, Wauconda is know for its musical entertainment so again make sure to check out Bliss Wine & GiftsJJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda and Middleton’s on Main for more live entertainment on Saturday night!

 

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And who doesn’t like a little magic? Bring the kids and come check out Magic Dave at Middleton’s On Main this Sunday at 5pm.

Summer is about halfway though… can you believe it?! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful season. Do you have any big summer plans?

See ya later,

Ava

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 7/1/2013

Oh how the summer flies by… can you believe it’s already July? I hope everyone was able to go visit Wauconda Fest, as always, it was a huge success. Don’t forget Independence Day falls on Thursday this year. Help celebrate this beautiful country with a ton of festivities Wauconda has to offer! There’s an event for everyone in the family, so what are you waiting for?! Have a Happy Fourth of July everyone! Stay safe and have fun 🙂

 

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Things to Do in Wauconda this week

DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio continues their Summer Break Art Camp all this week. This creative camp begins at 9am.

Looking for something fun to do on a Monday night? Stop by at Middleton’s On Main to play Trivia with Mason at 7pm. You’ll be sure to have a great time while sharpening your trivia skills!

On Tuesday in Wauconda, we have Hatha Yoga going on at the Energee Center at 7pm. After a nice relaxing yoga class, sing your heart out at Karaoke going on at Middleton’s On Main at 8pm!

The beautiful Wauconda Fireworks Display will be on Wednesday, July 3rd this year. Fireworks will begin at dusk and be launched at the Wauconda Park District. Visit Golf Farm on Wednesday to have some awesome Fish Fry! This is a great time to stop by since their Friday Fish Fries tend to get very busy. Also on Wednesday, Chef Elizabeth from “From Scratch Cafe” will be at Bliss Wine & Gifts serving up dinner with perfect wine pairings at 5pm. Stop by the Energee Center at 6:30pm for Coffee Tasting by Boresha, this coffee helps you lose weight… find out how! Bring your friends out for a night of FUN with Smarty Pants Trivia at JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda at 7pm. Smarty Pant’s Trivia is an interactive team trivia game designed to be played by teams of 4 or more people, and usually last 60-90 minutes. Then at 8:30pm jam at an Open Mic session at Middleton’s On Main.

Happy 4th! Have a safe and fabulous holiday everyone!

The popular Friday Fish Fry at the Golf Farm is sure to be packed. Call ahead for reservations!  And if you have shopping in your radar, be sure to check out Aspire Boutique as they’ll be having a Sidewalk Sale July 5th – 7th.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Grand Opening celebration at Bevel Salon & Blow Dry Bar, on Saturday, July 6th at 4:30pm.  Drinks & appetizers will be served.  Park Lane Jewelry, Cupcakes Anonymous, It Works! Slimming Wraps will all be there.  RSVP by calling (847) 865.5427 or message Bevel Salon & Blow Dry Bar on Facebook.

And who doesn’t like a little magic? Bring the kids and come check out Magic Dave at Middleton’s On Main this Sunday at 5pm.

It’s going to be one fun and exciting week Wauconda! How will you be spending your 4th? Will you be with friends or family or both?  Let us know! Remember, the Fireworks Display will be on Wednesday!

Take care,

Ava

 

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Contest Winners “Why My Dad Rocks”

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Don’t forget Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16th.  We held a contest here in NWSuburbsChicago.com so readers can write about their dad and why they rock.  They also had a chance to win fabulous prizes from Bulldogs Grill, JJ Twigs Pizza and Pub Wauconda and Vitality Inc., Health for a Lifetime.  Thank you all for entering and we drew names of three lucky winners.  Read their stories below of  “Why My Dad Rocks!”

Charlie from Algonquin said this about his Dad Sidney.  Charlie & Sidney, pick up your special prize courtesy of Bulldogs Grill!

My dad rocks because he makes me laugh so hard everyday. He can’t remember any words to songs so he makes up his own. I sit in the back seat and laugh at him all the time. He laughs at himself. He also does the worst impressions. He thinks they are good though. Like Lilo from lilo and stitch. Or that guy Rocky from the movie. He’s so funny. I’m laughing writing this thinking about him. My dads the best dad!

Ricky Tiesi from Wauconda wrote this about his Dad Rich and won a prize from JJ Twigs Pizza & Pub Wauconda

My Dad R O C K S for lots of reasons. He is a really good cook and we cook together-pizza, bbq and gnocchi-and we joke around while he teaches me. Dad is a natural athlete and helps my baseball and basketball coaches by warming up the players and helping at the games. He also teaches me to catch fish and do math-he’s good at those! Just about everyone who hears him (including me) thinks he is the best drummer-so when he is not cooking or working or helping at my sports-he IS ROCKING an audience.

Sophia Slocum from Marengo submitted this wonderful story about her dad Robert and won a generous prize from Vitality Inc., Health for a Lifetime

My dad rocks because he is the perfect authoritative parent! I know that I will always have my opinion heard when it comes to reasoning with my father- such as when I was going to buy my first car. Dad held a family meeting where he went over all the little tips I needed to know, and then asked what I was looking for and gave me the opportunity to speak. But the number one thing about my dad is his loyalty. My church went through some pretty hard times last year, we were literally a month away from closing down. My pastor had left due to childish drama, and many people followed suit. But not my dad, he stayed, he made calls welcoming people back. He wrote the bulletins, he took it on the find a new pastor, and he figured all the finances WHILE receiving no pay. Dad was probably at the church 15-20 hours a week, and now our congregation is growing! I have learned a lesson so valuable that words cannot do it justice because of this example, and my father has set many other indescribable examples that have shaped me into who I am! Thank you Bobbob (his nickname)!

I don’t know about you, but those stories are very touching!  You should all be proud and I know your dad would be reading these.  Thank you all for entering our contest.  Don’t forget to pick up your prizes and Happy Father’s Day everyone!

TTFN…

Jocelyn

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