Healthy Strawberry Lemonade Salad

Ingredients:
7 cups Baby Spinach
1/2 Red onion
2-3 Grilled chicken
10 Strawberries
1/4 cup Feta Cheese
6 slices Bacon
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Lemon pepper seasoning 

Ingredients
1 cup olive oil
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
½ cup frozen (or fresh) strawberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup water

Instructions
Place all the the ingredients, in the order listed, into a blender.
Secure lid.
Blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth.

Salad:
Season your chicken with lemon pepper seasoning evenly on all sides
Place your chicken on a grill, gorge foreman or a pan and cook until done.
Slice your chicken into small slices approx. 1-2 inches thick
Cook your bacon until crispy
Then rough chop your bacon into small bits
Remove the hulls and slice your strawberries wash and pat dry
Remove the skin and slice your onion into small slices
In a large bowl add all of your ingredients and toss to combine
once place on plates drizzle with your dressing and top with feta cheese and dried cranberries

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Hiking in Mukwonago

This post is sponsored by Lynch Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Whether you enjoy hiking in the spring, winter or fall, you are bound to find a hiking trail that you love in Mukwonago Wisconsin.

Devil’s Lake

Combing a state park trail and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, this thru-hike starts with sweeping bluff-top views at Devil’s Lake and ends with the intimate charms of the scenic gorge of Parfrey’s Glen.

Squaw Bay Sea Caves

he Squaw Bay sea caves are a magic place. On our last visit we arrived at the caves just before sunset. The water was like glass, and with the setting sun, the sandstone cliffs glowed red in the most fantastic colors. With the lake level at a record low, there were more arches and caves to explore than usual, and we were able to slide our kayaks hand over hand along the ceiling of deep passages that we had not entered in years. As a game we started to paddle through every sea arch, but we lost interest in the game and lost count somewhere after twenty-five arches. The previous month had been wet and rainy, and curtains of water cascaded from cracks in the cliffs, sparkling in the setting sun, and providing a cooling shower on a warm summer evening.

Sea Caves

A nearly 2.0-mile hike through the forest of the Apostle Islands National Lake- shore—partly on boardwalk and across a few intermittent streams—takes you to the spectacular mainland sea caves carved from the sandstone cliffs overlooking Lake Superior. Another half mile of trail skirts the edge, granting overlooks of caves, cliffs, and crevices.

American Birkebeiner Trail

The Birkebeiner is one big, wide, tough trail. One day a year this roomy, two-way trail through the pristine northwoods becomes very crowded and most definitely one-way. In late February about 7,000 skiers take to the trail in a test of speed, skill, and endurance called the American Birkebeiner. Your visit is sure to be much less crowded, but no less tough. Obviously, you have the choice of doing an out-and-back ski of what ever length you choose. And, even if you work things to ski point-to-point, you won’t have to ski as far as the Birkebeiner racers. Three miles are pared off the north end where the race starts adjacent to the Cable Airport; the south end trailhead is 4 miles short of the finish, across Lake Hayward on the town’s Main Street. Hundreds of truckloads of snow are dumped on the pavement to ensure that skiers can get their finishing award medal and a beer within a minimal amount of time.

Lost Creek Falls

A spot only a local might know about, this hidden waterfall tumbles over a sandstone edge in the heart of the forest.The path rises and falls gently but demands some instinct in the last 100 yards as it follows along the rough banks above Lost Creek Number One. Expect plenty of birds and other wildlife to be observing you.

Pike Lake and Those Holy Hills

Although the ride is hilly, there are few giant climbs. You’ll see your lowest gears frequently, but there’s as much down-and some of it spectacular-as there is up. And the scenery puts this ride in anyone’s top ten. Take your time and enjoy ever mile, even those that go up. Things to see: Pike Lake, Holy Hill, Friess Lake.

Chippewa Moraine Circle Trail

A shorter hike through Ice Age Trail country, this loop follows the national scenic trail a short distance before following a loop through kettle lakes and along the back of an esker.

John Muir Trails

The John Muir Trails, nestled in the heart of the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, are the gem of Wisconsin mountain bike trails. They are the best kept, most extensively ridden, and all around most enjoyable routes in the state. About 30 miles of singletrack are laid out in a variety of technical paths offering everyone from beginners to experts a loop to ride. In addition to being one of the best, this cluster is also the source of some of the highest traffic. In 1996, eighty thousand day passes were sold at this park, putting the number of riders well over one hundred thousand. The trail system is named after the legendary environmentalist of the same name who traveled the country around the turn of the century and founded the Sierra Club. While much of Muir’s research took place in the West, Wisconsin was a favorite state of his that cropped up often in his writing. Perhaps his book Steep Trails, published four years after his death in 1918, was a predecessor of sorts to mountain biking guides. Elevation Change: The riding is mainly done over rolling terrain which falls and rises 20 to 30 feet at a time. A couple of 50- to 60-foot climbs are encountered on the longer loops, with one climb of 100+ feet to make riders work for their fun.

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Loads of Fun in Mukwonago

A weekend alone might not do it – you need at least 3 days to experience what Mukwonago has to offer – and this doesn’t even include it all!

This post is sponsored by Lynch Chevrolet of Mukwonago.

East Troy Electric Railroad
Experience living history in Wisconsin’s landmark electric railroad museum! In the days before urban sprawl, highway congestion, paved roads and automobiles, people got around town and out of town by trolleys. Trolleys were a ‘green solution’ before today’s present day focus on the environment. Intercity electric railways, also known as interubans, delivered electricity to  farms and villages along the way. Trolleys, now known as light-rail lines, enjoy resurgence around the world due to their environmental friendliness. The East Troy Electric Railway preserves a unique part of transportation history for young and old to experience, learn and enjoy.

 

The Elegant Farmer
Noted by Gourmet magazine and Wall Street Journal and hailed by Food Network as the best pie in America, the Elegant Farmer Farm Kitchen Bakery’s Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag is their signature item that you just can’t miss! The Elegant Farmer continues to be one of the southeast Wisconsin’s year-round family destinations. The 61-year-old family owned business is at the corner of Highway ES and J! Make sure to check it out!

 

Old World Wisconsin
Journey back into the past with Old World Wisconsin – a vivid re-creation of the working farmsteads and settlements established by European immigrants in America’s heartland.

Discover teams of oxen and horses working in the fields, the farm folk preparing hearty meals over wood-burning stoves, and the heirloom plants in well-tended gardens. Stroll through the 1880s Village and chat with the town blacksmith or the keeper of the general store. Discover the true spirit of Early Wisconsin.

Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
Eco-adventure attraction with zip lines, sky bridges & ropes courses set in 100 acres of forest. This year-round, sky-high adventure with a 2.5 hour Canopy Tour for Southeast Wisconsin travelers and residents. The expansive 100 acre property also became home to almost 9 miles of Arbor Trails. TreadHead Cycling, a local social bicycling group, created paths using the natural terrain in keeping with LGCT’s Green Initiatives.  Fall of 2011 is when the Team Building  course, with more than 15 permanent ground based challenges, was built. Designed to help school, community and corporate groups work together toward a common goal the Team Building course continues to evolve over time. The High Ropes Excursion  was built in 2013. This challenge course has proven to be a great addition to the list of Eco Adventures at LGCT.  With 16 different obstacles, it offers both mental and physical activities for participants of all ages.

Mukwonago Museum

In the heart of downtown Mukwonago, Wisconsin, the Mukwonago Museum was first established in 1967, the Red Brick House was purchased with funds left by Mr. Arthur Grutzmacher. Built in 1842 by original Mukwonago settler Sewall Andrews, the home has been restored to a lovely Victorian house, reminiscent of the post-Civil War period.

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Spring Adventures in Madison WI

You don’t have to wait for summer to get out there and have some fun- check out all the fun to be had in Madison Wisconsin this Spring; and these are some events you don’t want to miss!

This post is sponsored by Kayser Ford Lincoln.

Share the Love Valentine’s Day Food Tour
Madison Eats Food Tours
Feb 14, 2017

Share The Love this Valentine’s day on our special edition Atwood Brew & Chew tour! All proceeds from this tour will go to the Jewish Social Services refugee resettlement program. Exclusive love-filled food and beverage offerings are generously provided by our partners to make this a very special night for you and our community! Enjoy a chocolate and wine pairing with Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier and Table Wine; a special Valentine’s Sake cocktail at Next Door Brewing and stops at Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace, Monsoon Siam 2 and Chocolaterian Cafe! Learn about this hip eastside neighborhood’s history between bites! Non-alcoholic and vegetarian options always available.

Wisconsin Fishing Expo
Alliant Energy center of Dane County
Feb 24th – Feb 26th

The Wisconsin Fishing Expo is the largest consumer fishing show in the Midwest! Each year, 20,000 attendees pack the Alliant Energy Center Exposition Hall, in Madison, Wisconsin to enjoy this annual fishing tradition. The Expo is, itself, an annual event that helps promote the sport of fishing to enthusiasts of all ages. Today, more than ever, it is important to understand that a fishing rod is a tool that will inspire wholesome family memories in a way that video games or smart phones can’t touch. And, while you will find hundreds of exhibits – including hard to find lures, leading brands in the industry, great deals on boats, and fishing trips of a lifetime- attendees will also have the chance to enjoy one-on-one time with members of the leading nonprofit fishing clubs from across the state, each one eager to help attendees improve their fishing skills for a lifetime. The Wisconsin Fishing Expo experience doesn’t just offer products and services, but an avenue to make fishing a lifetime hobby that will help families stick together. In fact, portions of the proceeds from the show even help fund projects that make fishing better right here in the State of Wisconsin. Hours are: Friday – 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., Saturday – 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Sunday – 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

International Festival
Overture Center for the Arts
Feb 25, 2017

Your passport to the arts! Enjoy more than 30 free performances throughout Overture by artists who call Dane County home celebrating the rich cultural heritage within our community. Indulge in cuisines from around the world, browse stunning arts and crafts available for purchase and learn about the many local businesses with global connections.

 

Madison on Tap
New Holland Pavillion @ the Alliant Energy Center
March 4, 2017

It’s no hoptical illusion, the 3rd annual Madison on Tap is returning this March. Madison’s largest craft beer festival is back and better than ever, serving up samples of 180+ craft beer styles from more than 90 breweries. Soak up samples during the general admission session or hop it up to the VIP level for extra tasting time. We’ll have live music, great vendors, and delicious food available for purchase to ensure a perfectly crafted experience.

GeekCraft Expo
Madison Masonic Center
March 25th & March 26th

The 2nd annual GeekCraft Expo is returning to the Madison Masonic Center spring of 2017! This event will be full of local crafters/artists who make and sell their geeky goods. This a free to the public event that will take place Saturday, March 25th 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 26th 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Fun for all ages and a great way to support local crafters!

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2017 Wisconsin Film Festival
Select theaters throughout Madison
March 30th – April 6th

The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute in association with the Department of Communication Arts. Founded in 199, the Festival presents an average of 150 film screenings over eight days every spring, making it the largest university-produced film festival in the nation.

The Festival is known for its diverse film offerings: American independent, international cinema, documentaries, experimental and avant-garde, classics, the Wisconsin’s Own Competition and Children’s Cinema. The festival strives to make films screened accessible for all audiences. Tickets go on sale to the public March 11th.

 

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Small Town Values, with Modern Day Fun: Watertown WI

An ideal and idyllic location: Halfway between Madison and Milwaukee, Watertown offers the perfect blend of small town values, an outdoor lifestyle and lots of modern day fun.

Calico Cottage & The Rock River Winery

With wine from more than 37 Wisconsin wineries, over 475 flavors to choose from Wine tasting daily, and parties, a friendly welcome and great customer service. Browse the gift shop and find many unique and one of a kind treasures, including antiques and handmade jewelry.

Ho-Chunk Casino

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells – Baraboo, Wisconsin, offers a full-service casino that lets you enjoy 24-hour slot machines, bingo, blackjack and other games 365 days a year. Experience a Wisconsin luxury hotel with the gaming excitement of a Vegas vacation! You’ll experience the best in Wisconsin casinos at Ho-Chunk.But more than great games and casino action, Ho-Chunk offers a deluxe experience like no other Wisconsin Dells hotel. Each of our 302 room or suites is designed with a rustic elegance inspired by the area. We have the perfect accommodations for family vacations, romantic honeymoons and business conferences, with a variety of amenities that include a spa, fitness room, pool & sauna to fit any traveler’s needs.

This post is sponsored by Kayser Chrysler Center of Watertown.

Watertown Farmers Market

One of the areas largest and longest running farmers’ markets. Located in beautiful Riverside Park. Check them out for special events, such as cooking demonstrations, planned throughout the season.

Lake Koshkonong

Lake Koshkonong is a reservoir in Southern Wisconsin that lies along the Rock River. Visitors can boat, fish and swim in the 10,595 acre lake that is only about 7 ft deep at its deepest, and surrounded by by beaches and camping resorts. They also have Lakeview’s Bar and Grill which is a favorite place for drinks, music and the best view of the lake. They feature live music and DJ’s every weekend and its a great place to go and relax on the water.

Glacial Drumlin State Trail

Developed in 1986, the Glacial Drumlin State Trail is one of Wisconsin’s best bicycle trails. The 52 mile long trail runs between Cottage Grove and the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha with an easy connection to Madison and Milwaukee.
If you plan to bike or roller blade, you will need to buy a pass – just $5 a day, or $25 for the year. Walkers, runners, and children under 16 are FREE.

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