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!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
  • 1 Meyer Farms Organic Acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  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.


Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 01/28/13

It’s going to be a busy week in Wauconda.  Lots of fun activities, so make sure to write these down and tell all your friends.  Wauconda is where you need to be this week!!

Ready, set GO!

1)  WEDNESDAY – January 30th, due to popular demand Beyond the Garden is bringing back “Soap Making” class.  I attended the first class, I have to tell you it was a blast!  Make a girls-night-out out of it, $20 per person.  Class starts at 6:30pm.

2)  WEDNESDAY – January 30th, is our usual offering of Open Mic held at Middleton’s on Main.  Fun starts at 9pm.

3)  THURSDAY – January 31st, the event that starts off the weekend in Wauconda, Beer Tasting at Bliss Wine, with menu accompaniment from Bulldogs Grill.


Beer Tasting at Bliss Wine

Beer Tasting at Bliss Wine

4)  SATURDAY – February 2ndGLX Great Lakes SnoCross Racing at Deacon’s Bar and Grill at The Golf Farm.  All Access Pass – $10.00 – 12 & Under – Free.  All Military & Students are Half Price!!  Event starts at 3pm.

5)  SATURDAY – February 2ndArtist Reception at Bliss Wine & Gifts.  Enjoy some lovely wines as you view some amazing art, including specialty glass creations, contemporary paintings, creative lifestyle artwork and more! Get your Valentine’s Day shopping with a special tasting by Anderson’s Candy Shop. 6-9pm.

6)  SUNDAY – February 3rdGLX Great Lakes SnoCross Racing!! Catch the excitement of Snowmobile Racing at Deacon’s Bar and Grill at The Golf Farm.  All Access Pass – $10.00 – 12 & Under – Free.  All Military & Students are Half Price!!  Event starts at noon.

So there you have it ~ lots of fun things to do in Wauconda this week.  Do you have any other Events that we’ve missed?  Add them in the comments below or add them in our Calendar of Events.

Enjoy the week Wauconda!



*  We encourage you to contact each Event venue in case of change or cancellation from original postings.  

Things to Do in Wauconda Week of 01/14/2013

Happening in Wauconda

What’s Happening in Wauconda

The week continues with more things to do in Wauconda.  Mark your calendars and tell all your friends!

1)  Monday starts off at Bliss Wine and Gifts with a Cabernet Monet art class.  $35 class fee, includes all art supplies, instructions and your first glass of wine.  Class starts at 6pm.

2)  January 16, 2013 – Wednesday starting at 6:30pm, Beyond the Garden is having a class on make your own vanilla extract & room freshener.  I hope you signed up for this class as it sounds like a fun time.  Robin is a great instructor.

3)  After the class, make sure to stop by Middleton’s on Main for another night of Open Mic.  So if you think you have talent, sign up and sing!  Wauconda would love to hear you.  Show starts at 9pm.

4)  Every Thursday, is Beer Tasting Night at Bliss Wine and Gifts.  January 17th, Starting at 5:30pm, you get to taste several brews and pair it up with a meal from Bulldog’s Grill, which they will deliver for your drinking and dining pleasure at Bliss Wine!  That is collaboration at its finest!

5)  One of my favorite happenings in Wauconda is the Indoor “Green” Farmer’s Market at the Energee Center.  On Saturday, January 19th, from 8am to noon, you can purchase things like hydroponic veggies, herbs, breads, flowers, cheese, etc.  The Indoor Farmer’s Market is the 3rd Saturday of every month, so mark your calendars!

6)  And, from 7pm to 8pm is the “Paranormal” Actat the Energee Center.  Joe Diamond will be performing things like fortune telling, ancient surgery & spells, an old time seance is recreated & a spirit message is delivered to one lucky audience member.  And that’s just a small portion of this hour long show through the unknown!


So there you have it.  Go alone, grab your friends and have a fun time out on Wauconda this week.  Will you be there?

Aspire Boutique ~ Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

Aspire Boutique ~ Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

You know that feeling you get as a little kid when you walk in a candy store?  Fast forward to now, that’s the same exact feeling I get when I walk in to Aspire Boutique. Aspire Boutique is everything girly.  The shop looks nice, it smells nice, it feels nice. Overall, isn’t that one-third of what every girls are made of?  {wink}….

Aspire Boutique

Aspire Boutique ~ sells irresistible fashion, dance & cheer wear, jewelry, custom invitations, party favors, party planning and gifts at affordable prices. Also specializes in home decorating, custom painted furniture and does in-home consultations.

Meet Amy & Sara

Aspire Boutique opened shop in Wauconda in 2011, by girlfriends Amy and Sara.  When asked what the inspiration is behind Aspire Boutique?

We love vintage inspired dresses, unusual and girly gifts and jewelry. We spend a lot of time searching for unique, beautiful products and only buy products that we love! Plus we included dance wear since our daughters dance several nights a week at the Academy of Ballet in Wauconda and love it!

Aspire Boutique Amy and Sara

Aspire Boutique Sara and Amy

Dance & Cheer Wear

Shop Aspire Boutique for your dance and cheer wear including shoes, tights, leotards, dance bags, tutus and bows.  They carry all colors and if they don’t, they can special order them for you.

Aspire Boutique Dance Wear

Aspire Boutique Dance Wear

Since Aspire Boutique likes to carry different, non-brand items, the store is never the same place twice.  You’ll find the Aspire girls always decorating and redecorating, which leads to one of the unique things Aspire Boutique offers –

Home Decorating, Custom Painted Furniture, In-Home Consultation

Sara loves to refurbish furniture with the help of her dad.  If you look around the store, a lot of their shelves are old doors that have been painted and repurposed as display showcase pieces.  See what I mean?!

Aspire Boutique Repurposed Door

From Door to Display Showcase

If you share the same love for unique, custom painted furnishings, and need some assistance with home decorating, Aspire Boutique also offers in-home consultation.

Do you have a special event coming up?

Custom Invitation, Party Favors, Party Planning

Aspire Boutique also offers party planning and you can get all your party supplies there including custom-made invitations, from baby announcements, to birthday parties, to special engagements and weddings.  Make sure to visit them and they will be happy to work with you and help you decide what best fits your occasion.  Do you have a party and in need of some planning?  Contact Aspire Boutique as they can help with party planning too!

Aspire Boutique Invitations

Aspire Boutique Carry Invitations for All Occasion

And of course, what’s a girly girl without the BLING?!

Jewelry & Fashion Accessories

The Aspire girls search near and far to bring the latest trends in everything girl wear.  Looking for a special gift item? Aspire Boutique carries the latest trends in jewelry and other fashion accessories.  And let me forewarn you, if you find something you like at Aspire, buy it before it’s gone!

Aspire Boutique Bling, Jewelries and More

Aspire Boutique Has Jewelry Galore and a Whole Lot More!


Winter Hours are:  Tues/Wed: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Thu: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Fri: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visit their store and tell them sent you.  And if you visit them during the month of January, you can save 10% OFF one item, if you tell them “BeYOUtiful” during check-out!

To see some of their items in their store, check out their Aspire Boutique website or engage with them on their FB Page and become their Fan of the Week!


Aspire Boutique

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Aspire Boutique 42.259932, -88.140583 Aspire Boutique ~ sells irresistible fashion, dance wear, jewelry, invitations and gifts at affordable prices.
Aspire Boutique is located at 118 S. Main Street, Wauconda,  IL.  60084, (847) 865-5142.

Where in My Town Wauconda Sudsy Day

I thought Saturdays would be best to do “Where in My Town Wauconda” postings for a change. What do you think? I used to do them on Wednesdays but I’ve been told many miss them since they’re at work. So hopefully, Saturdays are best? Let me know though…..

Here’s to kick-off for our first Where in My Town Wauconda of the New Year. Can you guess where in My Town Wauconda this was taken?  And what is it anyway?


Where in My Town Wauconda Soap Making Class

Where in My Town Wauconda

I’ll make it easy, here’s a clue.



The WINNER of this week’s guess will receive a special prize from the Wauconda business this picture was taken from. It’s easy to WIN! Here are the rules:

  1. Post your guess here as a comment.
  2. You have until Friday to guess.
  3. Sorry, but only one guess though, OK?
  4. If you’re the only guesser and you’ve guessed correctly, then obviously you win.
  5. If there are more than one correct guesses, then all your names will go in a raffle drawing for only one winner.
  6. I think the more the merrier, as everyone wants to participate so I’m doing #5 above. I know you like that too! 🙂
  7. The winner’s name will be announced here, so come back to see if you’ve won and what you’ve won.
  8. Good luck! And most of all, HAVE FUN!!!!
  9. Oh yeah, one more thing, tell your friends about us too so they too can play along. Thank you!


So come on, what are you waiting for?  Guess away!  If you would like to offer a prize for one of our upcoming “Where in My Town Wauconda” feature, please send us a note.  We’d love to hear from you!


Good luck and stay tuned!






13 Things to LOVE About Wauconda

Things to Love About Wauconda


As a resident of Wauconda for almost 13 years and being that it’s the year 2013, it seems fitting that I should write about 13 things to love about Wauconda.  So here it goes….  Note that this is not inclusive of everything Wauconda has to offer.  I’m counting on you to add more on the list.  So I welcome your comments below.

1)  Bangs Lake – is named after Justus Bangs, the first permanent settler in Wauconda, who arrived in the summer of 1836.  Bangs Lake hosts many activities including swimming, boating, skiing and fishing during the summer months.  The winter months bring ice skating and ice fishing to the lake.

2)  Main Street – what’s there not to like?  Every turn of the season, community volunteers, called Main Street Attraction, help decorate the lamp posts with seasonal greenery,  floral arrangement and lighting.  Then of course, we have the businesses on Main Street, that provides an eclectic mix of restaurants and bar, musical entertainment by many talented local artists (just to name a few of my favorites like (3Lincolns, Josh Skaja, Kevin Purcell, Heather Moran, Cathy Richardson and the list goes on….) and last but not least, shopping adventure.  Which by the way, many of the shops there are holding their annual holiday year-end sale.  Gotta love that!  HURRY!

3)  Ample Supply of Auto Parts and Banks – need I say more?  🙂

4)  Best Gourmet BurgersBulldogs Grill offers daily specials in addition to their already wide-selection of gourmet burgers.  And it’s no doubt that they received many awards for their awesomeness included, being voted “#1 Burger in Lake County”, “2012 Reader’s Choice Award” and was featured on “WGN’s Chicago’s Best TV Show”, which aired on October 30, 2011.

5)  FREE Wine Tasting Daily – you can enjoy wine, live entertainment and have food brought in from local restaurants nearby at Bliss Wine and Gifts.

6)  Lots of Selections for Fish Fry – we have Deacon’s Bar & Grill at The Golf Farm, Middleton’s on Main, Dock’s, Lindy’s Landing just to name a few. I’m sure there are more and I invite you to comment below with additional ones in the neighborhood.

7)  Millenium Trail – runs through Lakewood to Spring-Hill Forest Preserve and includes over 9 miles of connected trail for bicycles, hikers, horses and cross country skiers.

8) Athletic Races – we have our 5K walks/runs, whether it’s monster related or turkey related, we have it, we run it.  And rain or shine there’s Jog-n-Java that meets every morning in front of Bulldogs Grill.  So, no need to feel guilty about eating that Famous Duck Fries from Bulldogs Grill, you can burn off the calories by partaking in any of these calorie burning activities.

9) Awesome Main Street Events Throughout the Year – OK, I’m going to name some and I know I’ll forgot a few.  If you know of more, I need for you to comment and add them below.  Does that sound good?  Here are the ones I remember — Bubbles for Blossom, Blues, Brews & Burgers, Scarecrows on Main, WurstFest Ever, Trick or Treat on Main, Street Dance, Turkey Trot, Get Nuts on main, Holiday Walk and our Memorial Day and Homecoming Parades.  So OK, did I miss any?

10) ClassesArt class, soap-making class, cooking class, wine class, Wauconda definitely has class!  Check out our Events Calendar and Business Directory for a list of class offerings and who offers them.

11)  Schools — speaking of class?  Did you know that this past summer, a student from Wauconda High School  scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam?  WOW!  That’s the future of Wauconda!  Which I’m thinking we need to feature them on our website, called “Future of Wauconda, Who Are They and Where Are They Now?”  What do you guys think?

12)  Where Everyone Knows Your Name – seriously, where can you go for a date night ,go to several different venues, all within walking distance, and every one knows your name?   Where?

13)  Awesome Sense of Community – I have lived many places and Wauconda is by far that one place where you feel a sense of being “home”.  My neighbors, people I meet at schools, in town Wauconda, people I hang out, etc…all have that genuine caring attitude.  I love Wauconda and I love the people!  Don’t you?  There are always plenty of things to do, places to go and people to meet in Wauconda!

So there you have it.  I know you have more to add.  Would love to hear it….