• Lifestyle

    Prague, Czech Republic

    During our last trip to Vienna, we planned a few days in Prague despite all of the post covid travel limitations.  We arrived in Vienna the Thursday before Thanksgiving and had three days of pre-lockdown outings.  A few of which included Christmas markets, Heurigens (local run wineries) and hiking around the Anninger mountain.  As the lockdown went into effect, we decided to go ahead with our plans to go to Prague by train.  I have taken the train a lot in Germany but in Austria I had only ridden the subway.  The train was very comfortable, completely empty and quite affordable.  We spent around 50 euros per first class ticket…

  • Food

    Meat and Cheese House

    One of my families favorite things to do during the holidays is make elaborate ginger bread houses, this year I decided to make a savory version as an appetizer.  You could use any soft cheese to construct your house, as well as, adding different toppings like roasted red pepper, pickles, or artichokes with or instead of the olives.     Step 1 Create the base of the house, use the cheese log to form a rectangle, add an 1 inch layer of cream cheese, then another layer of cheese log.   Tip:  Build your house on the board or plate you will serve it on so you don’t have to move it.…

  • Food

    Creamy Tortilla Soup

    This creamy soup is an all time favorite at my house.  I typically use all fresh ingredients/dried beans when I have time, but you can easily trade those for canned if you are in a hurry.  With Thanksgiving coming up, keep this recipe in mind for turkey leftovers (instead of chicken). Ingredients 2lbs Chicken breast 2  tablespoons Butter 1  Onion – diced 6  Cloves diced garlic 2 Jalapeños (optional) 2 Red Peppers  1 Tablespoon Cumin 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder Salt & Pepper 6 cups chicken stock 1 can Red Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed well) substitute any beans you like, I prefer to use dried beans to control the salt,…

  • DIY

    Lakehouse Bathroom Reno

    While renovating our lakehouse, we decided to tackle the bathroom.  For this blog, I will only go into the shower project because it was quite a bit of work with many steps.  In the pic below, you can see the 70’s style plastic shower enclosure.  This room always had a funky smell no matter what we did, when we ripped this out we finally found out why.  There was stagnant water behind and inside of the hollow shower enclosure.  It was a huge relief to get that ripped out!   Step 1 We started by removing the walls and then the shower itself.     Step 2 Allign drain to…

  • Jackfruit
    Food

    Jackfruit Cheese Cake

    I had tried jackfruit in various canned and pre-packaged dishes but had not ever considered buying a fresh jackfruit.  When I saw one at the store, I had to buy it!  It weighed nearly 20 lbs. and was a little intimidating.  Mine cost $1.20 per pound, so it was roughly a $25 investment.  After a little research, I discovered that my jackfruit was ripe and ready to be eaten.  Most of the canned varieties are young fruit that takes on the marinade/seasoning you add to it, so better for vegan/vegetarian savory dishes. Here you can see what the inside looks like, seeds, fruit pods, and the flesh that doesn’t get…