Scottish Eggs

Phill’s Scottish Eggs

Scottish Eggs have become a favorite among our guests. Phil has graciously provided his recipe for all to try. ENJOY!!!

Ingredients:

  • 5 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1 lb. ground sausage
  • Italian or Plain Bread Crumbs
  • Hard boil eggs – Put eggs in water – bring to a boil – removed from heat – cover for 10 minutes – remove from water – crack & put in frig until cool enough to peel

How to make:

  • Portion sausage into 5 equal parts.
  • Flatten into patties.
  • Place peeled egg in center of patty.
  • Form sausage around the egg.
  • Roll in bread crumbs. (If gluten free, skip bread crumbs.)
  • Place in large muffin tin & cover with foil.
  • Bake at 400 for 15 minutes then turn completely over in tins.
  • Recover and continue baking for 15 minutes.
  • Remove promptly from muffin tin to avoid any sogginess.

Enjoy!

When you stay with us, be prepared to enjoy a breakfast like this one!

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Breakfast Supreme

YUMMY Breakfast for you!

Another breakfast our guests totally enjoy. Easy to make and a joy to eat!!

TOTAL TIME to Make this Breakfast: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • bulk pork sausage: 1 pound
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 12 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage, beef, onion, mushrooms and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Pour butter into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Pour eggs over cheese. Top with sausage mixture.
  • Pour the cream over sausage mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Yields: 12 servings.

Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 16-20 servings

Ingredients
TOPPING:
• 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 tablespoons cold butter
• 1/2 cup chopped pecans

• CAKE:
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 slice) equals 209 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 184 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions
1. In a small bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans; set aside. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the sour cream, pumpkin and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream mixture. Beat on low just until blended. Spread the batter into two greased and floured 8-in. round baking pans. Sprinkle with topping. Bake at 325° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Enjoy your Pumpkin Coffee Cake!

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Summer flowers

Flowers in Abundance!

summer flowers

Flowers galore! We had a lot of rain in Spring and color is everywhere. The flowers and plants enjoyed the wet season and produced an abundance of flowers in June. This year we have a new wildflower garden, iris garden and black eyed Susan garden.

The blackberries and raspberries are starting to come in and the tomato plants are heavy with tomatoes. This year we have planted bush green beans, butternut squash, zucchini, more asparagus, onion, garlic and tomatoes.  Phill loves to use fresh vegetables and fruits, from the garden, in his cooking.

In July, we will have 30-40 goats grazing in the forest reserve. This is an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of the invasive species in the forest. The Oriental rose, commonly known as the wild rose, was used during WW2 as an alternative to traditional fencing. Unfortunately that was a bad idea, and the rose has invaded Iowa lands preventing native plants from flourishing. The goats love to eat the wild rose and in 3 years we hope to have it out of our forest.

flowers

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The staff at Mercy Hospital In Dubuque, Iowa

My Experience at with the Staff at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque

I am going to be blogging today about a very special group of people at Mercy Hospital. This week, I had some life threatening complications to a drug mix given to me by my doctors. A breathing tube was inserted and I was incubated. I never have given any business a 10 star rating and this will be my first time.

These caring, servants did not just look at their work as a job. They cared about me! From Janis, the day nurse who helped me wash my hair and then braided it for me….o Ben my night nurse who made me laugh….all 22 years of him! ….to the lady who quietly clean my bathroom and room with care as to not disturb me….to shy Robert when Chris was unable to get my vein and he quietly reached over and offered the comfort of his hand. From the OR, to the ICU to Candy and Rachel on the regular floor. When I walked out of there, they all gave me a high five and I felt truly cared about.

So here is to the dedicated staff of Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. You are AWESOME!!!

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Weekend Activities 02/19-22/2015

This Weekend in Dubuque — Go Fighting Saints!!!

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Just a few of the events of interest:

Friday:

  • Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. Muskegon | Mystique Ice Arena, USHL hockey game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night
  • Classical Blast | Mississippi Moon Bar,Diamond Jo, mainstream rock and pop music, 21+, no cover

Saturday:

  • Brewfest 2015 | Mystique Casino, samples from 30 featured breweries, 100+ craft selections, 6 wineries, and 2 distilleries, 21+
  • Sleigh Ride & Snowshoe Hike at Dusk | Fever River Outfitters, Galena, Reservations and more information at 815.776.9425
  • Dallas Brass presents American Musical Journey| Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, brass & percussion musical travelogue through American history
  • Pop Rocks | Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino, high energy dance music, 21+, no cover

Sunday:

  • Native American Love Flute| EB Lyons Interpretive Center, Mines of Spain, Native American stories, flutes, language, and a short movie, free
  • Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids| Mystique Ice Arena, USHL hockey game, Mascot Mania

Lots to do, so come stay with us for the weekend so you can see these and all of the other activities listed in the Weekend Activities file above. Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a short distance from Dubuque. Come Experience the Difference!

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Weekend Activities in Dubuque 2-12 to 2-15

This Weekend in Dubuque and Surrounding Area

Weekend Activities 02.12-02.15

A great list of activities in Dubuque and the surrounding area for our guests, past, present and future. For example, check these out:

  • Sleigh Ride & Snowshoe Hike at Dusk (3:30) or Candlelight Snowshoe Hike & Cross Country Ski (4:30) | Fever River Outfitters, Galena, Reservations and more information at 815.776.9425.
  • Mr. Rat Pack | Mystique Casino, throwback to the music of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and more, 21+
  • Buddy Holly Dance| Dubuque County Fairgrounds, classic dance music, cash bar, and a variety of contests.

Be sure to check out the Weekend Activities sheet to see everything happening in the Dubuque area this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Check us out at our website, Quiet Walker Lodge, just a short distance from Dubuque and the Mississippi. Facebook lovers can visit us at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a Dubuque area bed and breakfast. Stay with us to Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate. Come Experience the Difference!

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Birds of Prey

Quiet Walker Lodge is proud to present Dubuque Events and Festivals 2015  information to help plan your Dubuque trip:

From the Dubuque 2015 Travel Guide just for you!

Click to download the PDF file of events and festivals, or download the entire Travel Guide or view it all online by clicking HERE (brought to you by the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau).

When you come and stay with us, you are only a few short minutes away from downtown Dubuque, the location of many of these fantastic events. Check out the travel guide for a list by month of the many activities in the area, and check our blog weekly for an updated list of the local activities happening that weekend.

At this event, there were a variety of birds of prey on display. Some were even allowed to fly around inside the auditorium while the handlers told about the bird, their habitat and their habits. A really interesting experience, especially if you’ve never seen an eagle up close.

My favorite was the bald eagle. Seeing one up close allows you to better understand why it was selected as our national bird (beats the turkey as Ben Franklin wanted us to have). Unfortunately, the one featured in the picture below is not able to be released back into the wild, but was more than fascinating to just observe.

Bald Eagle

Birds of Prey Activity in Dubuque a few weeks back featured a beautiful bald eagle up close.

Barn Owl, just a beautiful as the bald eagle in its own way

I see everything…

eagle found on the west coast; just as amazing as the bald eagle

Another breed of eagle

Our Deer Following

Looking Out the Window

If you watch out your window, or are sitting on one of the decks, you might just see some of these visitors. Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast near Dubuque, IA.

Other visitors include a large variety of birds, squirrels in both grey and black, chipmunks, ground hogs, turkeys and more!

Deer at Quiet Walker Lodge

You never know who may be watching you!

deer at Quiet Walker Lodge B&B

Out for a relaxing walk around the Lodge.

Weekend Activities 02/05 to 02/08

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Come and enjoy the activities Dubuque has planned for everyone!

Like Hockey???

  • Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids| Mystique Ice Arena, USHL hockey game, Vegas Night

How about this one in Galena:

  • Saturday Morning Group Snowshoe Hike | Fever River Outfitters, Galena, Reservations and more information at 815-776-9425

Or this….

  •  Bull Riding| Five Flags Center, thirty bull riders put their skills to the test in front of an audience for cash prizes

Check out the rest of the activities in the document above!

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Fox and Sax Indians

Dubuque was first inhabited by mound builders. They built elongated, conical mounds that can be seen at Eagle Point, Pike’s Peak and along highway 52 near John Deere Drive. No one knows fort sure the importance of these mounds. Lucius Langworthy mentioned them in several lectures at the Dubuque Literary and Scientific Institute. He believes they were some type of fortification. However, in later years there is strong evidence that they are mausoleums of the distinguished dead of the race. In 1881, the Smithsonian directed an exploration of the mounds. The most interesting excavation was in East Dubuque. One mound just off Gramercy Street contained a burial vault of 6 adults, 4 children and a baby seated in a dinning circle.

The Mesquakie Indians were known as the Red Earth people. The Sauk, a nearby kin, were called the yellow earth people and their chief was Makataimeshekiakiak known to us as Black Hawk. Both the Mesquakie and Sauk were driven out of their native lands in Montreal by the Iroquois and they landed in  eastern Wisconsin on the Wolf River and then further south on the Fox River. As they continued to be pushed further west by rival tribes,  by 1760 they were in Dubuque. Here they were known as the Fox Indians. They were a small nation of about 50,000. Their language was similar to the Sauk Indians who also occupied the area.

Julien Dubuque came out west with his brother in the early 1780’s. We do not know how Julien became interested in the lead mines. He had come to Praire du Chien to trade with the Indians and maybe the Mesquakie approached him about working the mines. But on September 22, 1788 the Mesquakie gathered with Julien Dubuque and drew up an agreement allowing Julien to work the mines.

As for the Fox and Sax Indians, they were pushed out of their lands to Kansas. But in recent years, they have purchased land in Tama, Iowa and set up their reservation. This year the Mesquakie will celebrate their 100th Pow Wow at their Mesquakie Casino in Iowa. For a much more detailed history of the journey of the Mesquakie Indians to Dubuque, check out the book Dubuque on the Mississippi by William Wilkie.

Upcoming Conventions & Events in the Dubuque Area.

More information on these events can be found at:

Dubuque Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


Summer Farm Toy Show        

June 6-7, 2014
Dyersville


TOMRV (Tour of Mississippi River Valley Bike Ride)

June 7-8, 2014


Hubbard Seeds

June 7-8, 2014


American Breweriana Association

June 9-11, 2014


Upper Mississippi Regional Bridges Out of Poverty Conference

June 9-10, 2014


America’s River Festival

June 13-14, 2014


Korean War Veterans

June 15-18, 2014


Keystone Area Education Training

June 17-18, 2014


National Holstein Convention

June 24-28, 2014

 

When you “Travel Dubuque” be sure to stay with us! Click on this link to visit Quiet Walker Lodge’s Website

Going On In and Around Dubuque in June!

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June 13th and 14th.

Friday come see:

Chasin’ Grace, Brett Kissel, Parmalee, and Brett Eldredge

Saturday’s Groups:

Main Street Jazz Band, Gin Blossoms, Kevin Costner and Modern West, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

More information can be found at www.AmericasRiverFestival.com

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Schedule of Events

25th Anniversary Weekend

Friday, June 13 – Field of Dreams Activities – Dyersville, IA

12:00PM Field of Dreams Site Closes to General Public

*ALL VEHICLES WILL NEED A PARKING PERMIT TO STAY ON OR ENTER THE PROPERTY

3:00PM Shuttles begin transportation to FOD

7:00PM Private VIP Reception and Dinner at the Field of Dreams (VIP Only)

7:00PM Q & A with Movie Cast members hosted by Matt Lauer/NBC “Today Show”

8:30PM Movie Screening in Center Field

Saturday, June 14 – Field of Dreams Activities – Dyersville, IA

8:00AM Shuttles begin transportation to FOD

9:00AM Parade – Downtown Dyersville

*ROUTE: 1ST AVENUE EAST, TURN RIGHT ON 6TH STREET SOUTHEAST, TURN RIGHT ON 3RD AVENUE SE

10:00AM VIP/Sponsor Softball Game 1

10:30AM Interviews with the Cast & Crew – Hosted by Bob Costas

11:15AM VIP/Sponsor Softball Game 2

12:30PM VIP/Sponsor Winners Bracket Game

2:30PM Celebrity Game

More information can be found at: www.fodmoviesite.com/25thanniversary

And yet more activities!

National Holstein Convention   //  June 24-28
Duathlon  //  July 12
Iowa Cubs Game  //  July 24
Mantastic Guytahlon  //  August 1-3

 

 

 

 

Visit http://www.TravelDubuque.com/events-list/ for the latest information on Dubuque events.

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Visiting Seed Savers Plant Festival in Decorah

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Seed Saver

Celebrating Spring in a Unique Way: Decorah Seed Saver Here We Come!

Oh spring, where are you???? This winter was one of the worst for most of the country. Iowa was no exception. We had more cold days this last winter than we had in the past 5 years. So we were all ready for Spring to arrive.

In celebration of the end of winter, I went to the Harvest Perennial Plant Sale at Seed Savers in Decorah. It is always a treat to see all the rare plants they have at the center.

This year I was excited to buy some outhouse hollyhock that I planted against the barn. Anybody who lives in the Iowa countryside knows every barn needs some hollyhock growing against the side of the building.

I also am trying Aunt Molly Cherry. This plant peeked my interest. It grows on a fence as a vine and the sweet fruit is housed in a pod. The fruit is suppose to taste like cherry and can be used for eating, jams, and pies.

I also purchased everlasting sweet pea. I remember the fragrant sweet pea that my grandmother had growing along her back fence. In memory of her, I hope it grows abundantly.

This year I was not able to get my vegetable garden finished until last weekend.  The ground was just not thawing out enough to turn the ground. But last weekend I was able to get my peas, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and

zucchini planted. The sweet rain came after the planting and everything is growing straight and strong.

Stop by this spring and relax at Quiet Walker Lodge. We would love to see you!

Christmas at the Lodge

squirrelThis little guy knows how to have fun in the snow! The lodge is covered with a pure white blanket of snow and it looks like we will be having more during Christmas. During this time we wish to thank all of you for choosing our lodge as your destination getaway spot. We hope to see you again in 2014. May you and your family have a warm and blessed holiday season.

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Barrel Head Winery

barrelhead winery
Today my friend Karen and I went to a local winery called Barrel Head Winery. The owners, John and Karen, had visited Quiet Walker Lodge last week and had invited me to stop by and visit. I learned so much about their grapes and wines that my head is still swirling with information.

One of the most important keys in producing good wine is to wait until the grapes are at their peak in sugar content before picking them. John is very serious about starting with the perfect grape. He harvests the grape when it is ripe and this produces some of the best wine I had ever tasted. His Concord wine was one of my favorites in the reds. I also liked Leggy Lisa and the champagne he produces was the best…lots of small bubbles that exploded in my mouth with every taste!

But besides enjoying the awesome wines, John also educated me in how to keep healthy vines. He told me the story about the French winemakers who always had the women of the town stealing their roses in the vineyards. So they sprayed them with sulfur to prevent the thefts and discovered that sulfur kept the bugs and mildew off the vineyards besides stopping the theft because the roses no longer had the sweet fragrances.

I also learned not to swirl champagne because you do not want to loose the bubbles and why it is important to hold the glass at the stem to prevent heating up the champagne. He told me why we swirl and sniff wine before sipping it and the importance of not spraying vineyards with systemic sprays. All of John’s wines are produced with grapes he grows personally on his land. His pride in producing quality wines is quickly noticed by anyone who takes his or her first sip. Thanks for the great visit John and Karen!

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