Tuesday, February 26, 2008

They've Stopped Making Geneva Lake Access Property

"They've Stopped Making Geneva Lake Access Property"

Kind of an odd headline, I know. Then again Lake Geneva Wisconsin and our little Village of Williams Bay is all about lake access and weekend/summer homes. I recently found a blog written by one of our long time area residents who was also a teacher in the Williams Bay School system for our oldest son. If concise area home information is what you need, here's the spot to find it http://www.genevalakefrontrealty.com/blog/

Area visitors are quick to ask us locals about the best of anything in the area. This is our tip when it comes to real estate matters. We believe with a little reading you'll see why we think David is tuned into the area market in a way that benefits both buyers and sellers. Happy weekend and summer home hunting!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Spring May Have Sprung Today?

Mother Nature has certainly given us a good hard look at what winter in the Midwest can be like. This year has been one of those old fashioned snow, cold and ice spectacles I remember from my childhood. My morning trip to Bells Store was complete with local information that the ice on Lake Geneva is 18 inches thick and some of the smoothest and fissure free in some time. Geneva Bay is full of the normal ice fishing enthusiasts, Fontana is decked out in ice boats (minus a good wind unfortunately) for the annual regatta and Williams Bay has it's usual mix of Snowmobiles, Ice Fishing Shacks and weekend folks walking their best friends across the ice.

What struck me in the Studio today was the mix of people passing by and the hopefulness in their voices that winter was about over. Outside were joggers, dog walkers and the occasional snowmobile heading for gas. It was a bright sunny day and people were finally venturing out of their homes. Lightweight coats seemed to be the order of the day as well.

As I headed home early this afternoon I stopped by for a chat with my neighbor John who was busy outside, chipping away as much ice as possible from his front walk. The conversation was a back and forth about the possibility of Spring at hand. He had stayed the winter without his normal Florida trip due to the recent birth of his grandchild. He had no complaints about staying and even offered he had grilled ribs last night outside while listening to the rumble of snowmobiles maneuvering the trails of Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy. His son in law was reported to be waist deep in lake trout caught in the narrows a few nights ago; one even 10 pounds plus. But in the end we were both in agreement that the snow storm reported to be on it's way was hopefully more about news and less about reality. My optimistic belief is today we saw the first of Spring with many more sunny days to come.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Royal Copenhagen Collectable Easter Eggs In Stock

Flora Easter Eggs Gift Sets (www.skagenhus.com)

This series of Royal Copenhagen Easter Eggs speaks the language of flowers. The small eggs are made of the brightest white porcelain and are decorated with white pansies, yellow crocus, blue anemones and pale mauve violets. The shades have been carefully coordinated to complement and work with each other.

The flower design itself is inspired by Royal Copenhagen’s first Flora Danica service from 1790, a costly gift from the Danish Royal Family to Catherine the Great of Russia. The service was decorated using illustrations from the great botanical work Flora Danica, which catalogues the Danish kingdom’s flora in detail.

Royal Copenhagen’s creative team has spent countless hours admiring the original illustrations and carefully selecting the most beautiful spring flowers to be printed on the eggs for Easter.


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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Found some beautiful Winter pictures from Norway!


For some beautiful photography, check the above blog out. Not your normal tourist pictures by any means. You get a real sense of Norway in Winter plus some other great shots.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Danish Meatballs - Frikadeller

Danish Meatballs Known As Frikadeller

Try this great tasting alternative the next time you think about cooking something new.

Serves 4 to 6

1 1/2 pounds ground pork
shoulder or similar cut
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons dehydrated onions
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 eggs
1 cup milk
Butter or margarine
Vegetable oil

If you purchase pork already ground at the market, be sure that it is not seasoned pork sausage. Danish Meatballs can be frozen and reheated in the oven or microwave.

1 - Combine the ground pork with the flour in a bowl and mix well. Add the dehydrated onion, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. Mix in the eggs and then the milk. Spoon the mixture into a deep plate and chill in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours for easier shaping.

2 - Add enough equal parts butter and oil to a skillet to measure 1/4 inch in depth. Heat over medium heat. Hold the dish with the meatball mixture in the left hand and spoon the pork mixture carefully into the pan with a soup spoon, shaping it into balls with the spoon. Cook the meatballs until brown on both sides, turning once.

3 - Remove the meatballs to a plate. Serve warm with Red Cabbage and Caramel Potatoes or serve a as a light lunch with Potato Salad.

Find all these and more recipes in Cooking Danish! Cookbook

Small recipe alterations as suggested by Ditte to make them extra tasty. We've made them this way for 50 plus years and even the youngest eater will love them.

Reduce Flour to 1 Tblsp
Replace Milk with Chicken Stock
Replace Dehydrated Onions with 1 medium/large onion Grated

For the Danish Carmel Potatoes simply purchase a can or two of small new potatoes. Rinse the potatoes and dry. Cook a combination of butter and brown sugar slowly in a fry pan over medium to medium low heat. There should be at least a 1/8 inch thick mixture of sugar and butter coating the bottom of the fry pan. When the sugar has melted into the butter just add the potatoes and cook until the potatoes have a nice brown sugar skin on them. Turning the potatoes infrequently will help in the browning process. Enjoy!