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Breakfast Cowboy Hash Recipe

This savory breakfast skillet is adaptable to whatever you have on hand. Throw in your summer veggies from the farmers market or strip it down to the basics of hash, bacon, and eggs. 

What You’ll Need

2 lbs russet or yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
½ large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
Bacon, chopped
4 large eggs
Fresh chives, minced
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

 

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop 3 leftover baked potatoes (russet or Yukon golds) into ½” pieces. Also roughly chop ½ large white onion and red bell pepper.

  2. In a cast-iron skillet, cook a few slices of bacon (or desired meat) until crispy. Remove meat and set aside.

  3. Add in the onions and red peppers and saute over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until softened and the onions develop color.

  4. Add in the chopped potatoes and give a thorough toss, making sure the potatoes are evenly coated in fat. Press everything down into an even layer, and let sit over medium heat undisturbed for 2 minutes.

  5. Using a firm sharp spatula, dig under the potatoes and flip them before patting them back down into an even layer. Let sit undisturbed for another 2 minutes. Repeat this process about 4 times, until everything is cooked, crisp, and browned.

  6. Before the final flip, add in a couple finely minced fresh sage leaves along with chopped bacon from earlier.

  7. Give the hash a flip and thoroughly mix to combine before digging 4 small divots in the mixture. Crack in 4 eggs, one into each divot.

  8.  Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolks are still runny.

  9. In addition to kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, finish the potato hash with fresh minced chives.

Original recipe courtesy of Basics with Babish

 

stairs to the Inn from the dock

Here at the Inn we’ve been spending a lot of time down on the water and we thought the view looking up at the Inn is worth sharing. Join us down by the water and drive right into mid-summer!

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Crustless Potato Quiche Recipe

 

This is a true fan favorite and a recipe we’ve had to write down and share with many guests. Use it to feed the family or friends in town OR simply because you deserve it – which of course you do. We hope you enjoy making and eating it as much as we do!

 

What You’ll Need

6 eggs, beaten
3 cups frozen hash browns (26 0z)
4 oz (1 cup) cheddar cheese
½ cup cottage cheese
1 green onion, chopped
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp pepper
6 slices crispy bacon, crumbled
sprinkle of paprika

 

Inn on Lake Wissota coffee mug

Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Grease a 9 inch pie or square pan. In large bowl, combine all ingredients except paprika and bacon; mix well. Pour mixture into greased pan. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until set. Maybe get yourself another cup of coffee. Sprinkle with bacon; bake 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

 

 

view of the lake from IOLW

Although we suggest eating this overlooking Lake Wissota during a calm water sunrise, it will taste delicious wherever you are. Try the recipe out and share it with a friend if you enjoy it!

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Key Lime Pie – Your New Favorite Summer Dessert

key lime pie on a countertop

Photo by Nathan Lemon

Nope, this isn’t a breakfast recipe, but it does embody the the Inn and what it stands for more than we’d like to admit. We believe dessert is best shared with friends (as long as you get plenty), and they should leave you with sweet sugary dreams once it’s gone. Prep this pie the day before and when everyone’s gathered you’ll look like Harry Houdini with surprise dessert! 

This recipe comes from Sobo, a restaurant surrounded by beaches in Tofino, Canada. Feel free to close your eyes and picture yourself eating this on a beach in the sun. We promise, it’ll make it even better. 

 

What You’ll Need

1¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, melted
6 egg yolks
2 3o0ml cans sweetened condensed milk (2½ cup)
¾ cup freshly squeezed limes
3 cups Whipping Cream
2 tsp vanilla
2 tb powdered sugar

 

graham crackers on a table

Graham Cracker Crust

1¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly butter a 9-inch pie dish. In a medium sized bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar with the butter until it resembles wet sand. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom and sides of the prepared pie dish and bake in the center of the oven for 7–9 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Leave the oven on. 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Benigno Hoyuela

Pie Filling

6 egg yolks
2 3o0ml cans sweetened condensed milk (2½ cup)
¾ cup freshly squeezed limes

In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks lightly. Add the condensed milk and whisk to combine. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the key lime juice, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust. Bake for 5–7 minutes.

Let the pie cool completely, then place in the fridge
uncovered for at least 4 hours to set. 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Kayli Hendricks

Whipped Cream

3 cups Whipping Cream
2 tsp vanilla
2 tb powdered sugar

Put whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl and whip until soft peaks form.

To serve, slice the pie and top generously with whipped cream. Enjoy!

 

 

 

This summer, there’s a million reasons to celebrate, and what is a celebration without dessert after all? Come find us on Lake Wissota down by the water, key lime pie in hand. We can’t promise we’ll share, but once you taste this recipe you’ll see why. 

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3 Kinds of Inspiring B&B Guests

We’ve greeted a lot of guests here at the Inn on Lake Wissota, and we’re starting to see some trends. Our guests seem to always take the path that leads to adventure, we like to call them new experience enthusiasts. Whether they’ve stayed with us before or not, they’re often here for something new. Sometimes this is an activity, a brewery, or a new back 9. They’re stepping out of their zone, to explore new territory.

We think highly of our guests and their prioritizing of adventure. There are so many types of guests that make the Inn the special place that it is. Today we’re sharing three common types of Inn on Lake Wissota guests that could be you, or might inspire you as they’ve inspired us.

 

1. The Escape Artists

These sly guests know just when to pack up and step away from the day to day for a refresher. We admire their loyalty to adventure. They focus on the rejuvenation of themselves, which looks different across them all. Some rejuvenate by sticking near the Inn playing board games and fishing off the dock. Others pack a day so full of activities and come back to the Inn, where they know the details are taken care of. Some of our escape artists actually live here in Chippewa Falls. Those guests are seasoned pros at the local entertainment and make sure to live like tourists in their own home town. Shouldn’t we all aspire to do this too?


2. The First Timers

These newby’s come in many ages but they all have a common thread – spontaneity! We love when guests choose our Inn as their first B&B experience. We get to see them experience it through fresh eyes. It always makes us reminisce on our first B&B experience, too. They often make the absolute most of what Chippewa Falls and the Inn have to offer, renting kayaks or our boat. They seem to fall in love with the custom experience that comes with B&B’s and often times we get to greet them again! It takes going outside the norm to do something new, and we try to hone The First Timers gusto in everything we do.


3. The Gatherers

We often find the Inn as a meeting ground for larger groups. These type of guests always bring such joy with them. They remind us to reach out to our friends and family for gatherings more, too. Seeing family or old friends is something we cherish yet isn’t always on the top of our very full day to day lists. Yet for something that brings us so much joy, we don’t do it enough. May The Gatherers inspire you as they’ve inspired us. Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to greet you all here at the Inn.

We don’t choose our guests, but we’re so grateful that they’ve chosen us. Cheers to all the fire pit laughs and coffee chats we’ve shared with our guests. The stories we hear and the people we meet make this Inn the special place that it is.

To all our guests we’ve greeted, thank you for shared memories and kind reviews. To the trailblazers we have yet to meet, we look forward to showing you the Inn and all she has to offer. Whatever kind of guest you may be, we can’t wait to greet you here at the Inn to relax, renew, and refresh.

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5 Reasons to Travel Locally

Got the travel bug and feeling unable to scratch that itch? It’s time to set everything aside and hop in the car for a weekend getaway. With the ease of road trips and the spontaneity it allows, you don’t have to spend hours planning, just book a place to sleep, and hit the road. The memories are sure to make themselves. Here are 5 reasons to travel locally. 

1. Skip the travel days that eat up precious vacation time.

Driving to the airport, flying from one plane to the next, to then drive some more, and finally check-in. While these getaways have perks of their own, you can utilize those travel days to instead be sipping Cab Sav at River Bend Vineyard, or hitting balls on the back 9 at Lake Wissota Golf. Sounds much better, don’t you think?

bakery

2. Allows for sponteneity

When you’ve got your car, a pal, and good spirits, those roadside stops can become the most memorable part of the trip. Feeling hungry? Time for a stop a local bakery. Time to stretch the legs? Check out the nearest State Park. These laid back drives will make your 14 year old self proud. We all know we told ourselves we’d do this. 

3. Explore your home

Why should tourists get to experience the best of your area when you haven’t capitalized on all it has to offer? Fall in love again with your area, rent a canoe and find a water access beach for a picnic. These plans are always within reach near home, but we might not make it happen enough. Find that waterfall you’ve seen friends photos of, and enjoy the local scenery on the way.

passing box from 1 hand to the next

4. Keep the $$ to yourselves

By travelling locally you’re able to keep the money within your community, knowing exactly where it ends up. You might get a chance to meet some of the latest entrepreneurs and make some new community connections.

the girls laughing together

5. Travel more frequently

Vacations are known for providing a sort of reset that rejuvenates us to our cores. Spending all your vacation fund on one trip can be grand, but the short and frequent trips might leave you feeling like your cup is more full.

Make a list of all the things you’d like doing near you. I bet there’s a lot you haven’t done yet. Set some goals to cross some of these things off and see how it feels. We can almost guarantee you won’t regret it.

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A Winter Walk through Irvine Park

Winter Scene of Duncan Creek

Duncan Creek in Irvine Park

 

This January has brought a wide variety of temperatures and not a lot of snow in the Chippewa Valley.  We took an opportunity one Sunday afternoon that offered somewhat balmy temperatures (for January, that is) to take a winter walk through Irvine Park in downtown Chippewa Falls.  A chance to get outdoors and spend time with friends could not be passed up on this particular day.  The weather had warmed to near freezing after several days of sub-zero temps, so we were all anxious to get out and about.  As transplants to the area just a few years ago, Roger & I still have plenty of exploring to do in the Chippewa Valley in order for us to get to know the area.  We were somewhat surprised when our friends suggested a winter walk in the park.  We have visited Irvine Park during the holiday season as it is lit up with over 100,000 lights and Christmas scenes displayed throughout the park.  It has turned out to be an annual holiday tradition for our family, as it is for many families in the Chippewa Valley.  Yet, we had never considered truly exploring the park after the Christmas Village closes for the season.

On such a beautiful January afternoon we were not surprised to find the park filled with plenty of other visitors.  Families with young children who were having all kinds of fun sledding, or just running around expending pent up energy!  Young couples enjoying some quality time for just the two of them, and, of course, us older folks just happy enough to have something different to do and get some exercise in the process.

 

Naturally formed ice sculpture

Naturally formed ice sculpture in Beer Cave at Irvine Park

Even though the park was busy, there was plenty of parking available.  We parked on Bear Den Road then headed out for our winter walk.  I was pleased to find the roads within the park had been plowed, which made walking easy.  Our first stop was the Beer Cave.  This is actually a registered Wisconsin Historical Marker.  It was originally put to use by the Schmitmayer Brewing Company.  The cave was a great place to keep the beer cold, even in the summer.  There is a shaft towards the back of the cave that goes to the street above, this is where the beer was lowered into the cave.  On this cold January afternoon there was a beautiful naturally formed ice sculpture from the water dripping onto the cave floor.

 

Further exploration brought us to a bridge which spans Duncan Creek.  What a beautiful sight this was.  The beauty and wonder that mother nature has to offer in the winter is nothing less than spectacular.

Bridge over Duncan Creek

Bridge over Duncan Creek at Irvine Park

It took my breath away for the serenity of it.  The quiet sounds of the rushing water, the stark contrasts of the white snow and ice against the blackness of the water.  What is it about water that is so mesmerizing?  If find myself instantly relaxing any time I am near a body of water.

 

Once we crossed the creek we found ourselves at the Bison exhibit.  Irvine Park is extremely fortunate to have a couple of white bison, and we were even more fortunate to see one of them that afternoon.  They certainly are impressive animals.  Their thick fur coats have them well prepared for the winter cold.  Then down the road further we found the bear den followed by the cougar den.  In the aviary we saw a variety of owls.  While the welcome center wasn’t open, we did marvel at the new center which opened the summer of 2016.  The park will be adding features to the welcome center this year.  We walked past the duck pond and on to wolf drive.  Here we saw some stunning frozen waterfalls on the sides of the limestone walls in the park.

Once we had our fill of fresh air and exercise we headed to the Leinie Lodge, which is just across the street from Irvine Park.  Leinie’s is a great place to get out of the cold and sip a few seasonal samplers by their huge fireplace and spend time with friends.

Leinie’s Lodge Fireplace

After a 2-mile walk in the park and a few beers, we were getting hungry.  There’s a new place in Chippewa Falls called the Blue Marble Pub.  In July of 2017 Heather Marble opened the Prohibition-themed pub which specializes in wood fired pizzas.  Their grinders, which are subs baked in the wood fired oven, are also popular among the patrons.  A short walk from Leinie’s Lodge, stop in for a bite to eat or grab a glass of beer or wine.

wood fired pizza

Pizza made in the wood-fired pizza oven at the Blue Marble in downtown Chippewa Falls.

So, all in all, it was a great afternoon and evening spent in downtown Chippewa Falls, even if it was January.  Sometimes the hardest part about getting out and about on a winter weekend is getting out of your chair and putting on your coat and gloves.  I’m so glad we seized the opportunity for a winter walk, and I hope you will do the same soon.  Don’t forget, there’s always something to do in the Chippewa Valley and Inn on Lake Wissota is happy to host you while you’re here.  We hope to greet you as one of our guests sometime soon!

It’s Official – Wisconsin has the best Cheese!

 
 
 
Well, I am proud to say a Wisconsin Cheese has won the World Championship Cheese Contest held in Madison, WI earlier this month.  We offer up hearty Congratulations to Emmi Roth USA for it’s winning entry of  Roth® Grand Cru® Surchoix cheese.   Even though the contest is held in Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, the judges are a well rounded panel of cheese experts from around the world.  In fact, the last time any cheese from the U.S. won the Grand Prize was in 1988.  I don’t claim to be a cheese expert or connoisseur, but, I do appreciate a variety of cheeses.  In fact, I would go so far to say that many of us Wisconsinites have a tendency to complain when we travel to other states and find the selection of cheeses to be lacking.  I believe this is a reflection of how fortunate we are to live in a place where excellent cheese makers abound. Continue reading

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