JOY’n Us Events
Sep25

JOY’n Us Events

Doing what you love. It’s a simple concept, but not always are we lucky enough to find a career that truly is a labor of love. When we sat down with Karen Kamphuis, owner of JOY’n Us Events, we were not only impressed, but inspired by her company’s vision is to assist not-for-profit organizations reach their operational goals. Beyond her passion for the not-for-profit sector, Karen also loves to help people achieve their event and...

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Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts

MINCE TARTS Ingredients: 8 oz        plain flour 1              egg – room temperature 3 oz        butter 3 oz        lard Pinch of salt 1              jar of mincemeat (Crosse & Blackwell is great!) Pastry Directions: 1. Beat the room temperature egg with ¼ cup of water. 2. Combine the flour, butter and lard in a bowl and work it with your fingertips until crumbly.  Mix in enough of the egg/water mix to hold the flour mixture...

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Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Sides
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Sides

ASPARAGUS SOUP Ingredients: 1 lb       fresh asparagus ½ head lettuce, washed 1 small  onion, freshly chopped ½ pt      vegetable or chicken stock (900 ml) 1 oz       butter (25g) ¾ oz     plain flour (18g) 2           egg yolks 2½ oz   double cream (75ml) salt and black pepper Directions: Cut off the tips of the asparagus and reserve for garnishing.  Trim the asparagus and cut into 1” pieces.  Shred the lettuce finely, and then put...

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Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Turkey and Stuffing
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Turkey and Stuffing

TIPS FOR ROASTING THE TURKEY Cooking times:                          unstuffed            stuffed 8 to 12 lbs        ¾ – 3 hrs             3 – 3½ hrs 12 to 14 lbs      3 – 3¾ hrs           3½ – 4 hrs 14 to 18 lbs      3¾ – 4¼ hrs       4 – 4¼ hrs 18 to 20 lbs     4¼ – 4½ hrs       4¼ – 4¾ hrs 20 to 24 lbs     4½ – 5 hrs           4¾ – 5¼ hrs Turkey Talk Preferred : fresh...

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Drink Recipes
Aug27

Drink Recipes

MINT JULEP Ingredients: Leaves  from 4 to 5 mint sprigs 2              sugar cubes or 1/2 ounce simple syrup 2½ ozs   bourbon whiskey Place the mint and simple syrup or sugar into a julep cup, collins glass, or double old-fashioned glass. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint. Add the bourbon. Fill with crushed ice and stir well until the glass becomes frosty. Garnish with the mint sprig. *Tips...

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Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Skillet Bread
Aug21

Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Skillet Bread

INGREDIENTS: frozen premade dough 1 ½ tbsp butter melted (for brushing on top of the dough) DIP 4 cups fresh baby spinach ½ cup artichoke hearts roughly chopped 4 oz cream cheese softened ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup mayonnaise 1 clove garlic minced ½ tsp sriracha  or any other hot sauce ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated ¼ cup mozzarella grated salt and pepper 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped DIRECTIONS: DIP: Add fresh spinach to a microwave safe...

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Cranberry Pie
Aug21

Cranberry Pie

Serves: 8 Prep Time:15 mins Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins INGREDIENTS: 1 piecrust 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 egg white 1 cup  heavy whipping cream DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 425° F. Roll out piecrust and arrange in a 9-inch pie pan. Pour cranberries into crust to form a thick layer. In a medium bowl, sift together 2/3 cup sugar and flour. In a separate bowl, beat egg white until stiff peaks form,...

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Aug21

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

CREAMY PUMPKIN SOUP There’s nothing better than dunking warm, crusty, buttered bread into a big bowl of creamy pumpkin soup … especially as our nights begin to get cooler. Serves: 4 – 6 INGREDIENTS: 2.4 lb pumpkin, unpeeled weight 1 onion, sliced (white, brown, yellow) 2 garlic cloves, peeled whole 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth, low sodium 1 cup water salt and pepper Finishes: ½ – ¾ cream or half and half DIRECTIONS: Cut the...

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Bat Tree
Aug21

Bat Tree

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • Twigs • Black cardstock • Vase • Burlap & Twine • Hot glue gun Something heavy to keep the vase from tipping (I used rocks from the garden) Find some twigs and strip off the leaves (you can make this small enough to fit in your house or larger like I did to decorate the front door step). Tie the twigs together and put them in your vase along with the rocks to keep it steady. Wrap a piece of burlap around...

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Flowerpot Scarecrows
Aug21

Flowerpot Scarecrows

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • 2 medium terra cotta flower pots (for each scarecrow) • 4 smaller terra cotta flower pots (for each scarecrow) • Burlap • Twine • Straw • White cardstock • Hot glue gun The first thing I did was cut eyes, nose and a mouth out of cardstock and glue it on a piece of burlap. Then I glued the burlap to the flower pot (flower pot right side up). Cut 4 long pieces of twine for the arms and legs and insert them into the...

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Candycorn Bottles
Aug21

Candycorn Bottles

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • Empty wine bottles • White, orange and yellow spray paint This is a very easy craft and so cute. First clean your wine bottles thoroughly (this is the hardest part of this craft). Next I sprayed the entire bottles white and let them dry. Then the orange (let it dry) and lastly the...

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African Safari: Survival on the Serengeti
Aug21

African Safari: Survival on the Serengeti

Remarkably, there are still wilderness areas where you can visit and observe large African animals roaming free. The Great African Migration on the endless plains of the Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya host an annual cyclical movement of over a million and a half animals, mostly ungulates, (hoofed mammals) that typically travel over 1,500 km in a quest for fresh grassland.  When you drive out on the Serengeti the fauna are so...

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Current Issue – Fall 2018

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Midnight Blue Cocktail
May28

Midnight Blue Cocktail

INGREDIENTS: 3 oz lemonade 1 oz blue curacao 1 oz vodka Splash of grenadine DIRECTIONS: In a small glass, combine all ingredients over...

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Tropical Sunrise Cocktail
May28

Tropical Sunrise Cocktail

INGREDIENTS: 2 oz rum 1 oz coconut rum 2 oz each pineapple and orange juice ½ oz blue curacao 1 oz cream of coconut DIRECTIONS: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine rums, pineapple orange juice, and cream of coconut. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Slowly drizzle the blue curacao down the side of the glass. It will settle at the bottom causing a beautiful layered...

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Twilight Tequila Cocktail
May28

Twilight Tequila Cocktail

INGREDIENTS: Course salt for rimming glass Ice 2 cups pink lemonade ¼ cup fresh lemon juice ¼ cup triple sec 1 cup tequila Lemon for rimming glasses and garnish DIRECTIONS: Rub lemon around the rim of four glasses and then dip rims into salt. Divide ice between the four glasses. In a pitcher, combine lemon juice, pink lemonade, triple sec and tequila and divide between the four glasses. Garnish each glass with lemon wedges and serve...

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Frozen Sunset Cocktail
May28

Frozen Sunset Cocktail

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups frozen mango 2 cups frozen strawberries 3 cups ice, divided 3 cups lemonade, divided 6 oz vodka, divided Lemon slices & strawberries for garnish DIRECTIONS: Fill blender with mango, 1 cup ice, 1 cup lemonade and 2 oz of vodka. Blend until smooth then transfer to a separate container and freeze for 30 minutes. Clean blender. Fill blender with strawberries, 1 cup ice, 1 cup lemonade & 2 oz of vodka. Blend...

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Red Cabbage Slaw
May28

Red Cabbage Slaw

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup golden raisins 2 small carrots grated 1 small red onion 1 head red cabbage ½ cup apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp sugar ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp celery seed Salt and freshly ground pepper DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and sugar until dissolved. Slowly whisk in celery seed, oil, salt and pepper to taste. Toss in cabbage, red onion, raisins and carrots to coat well. Cover and let sit at least...

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Veggie Burger
May28

Veggie Burger

INGREDIENTS: 2 large eggs 19oz can lentils, rinsed ¼ cup couscous ¼ cup sunflower seeds 1 medium carrot, coarsely grated ½ medium red onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice salt and pepper DIRECTIONS: In a small bowl, combine couscous with ¼ cup hot tap water. Let sit for 5 minutes then fluff with a fork. In a food processor, puree the eggs, sunflower seeds and 1 cup of the lentils until they form a paste. Transfer to a bowl...

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Better Butter Burger
May28

Better Butter Burger

Makes 12 patties | Time: 50 Min. INGREDIENTS: 3 lb ground beef 1 lb ground pork 4 tbsp softened butter 1 shot Jack Daniels (optional) 1 onion, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp dijon mustard pinch each of salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley DIRECTIONS: Step 1 In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together your meat, onion, garlic, Jack, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, butter...

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