Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Trout fishing in Illinois

Winter fishing is a blast with the rainbow and golden trout that was added this fall. 

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

eagle sightings

I saw a bald eagle this morning flying over a field close to the B&B, looked like it was looking for food, flying low.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Whooping crane migration

Five rare whooping cranes were spotted along the Illinois River last week close to Henry, IL as they migrated from Wisconsin south.  The area where they were seen is close to Mission Oak Inn.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Cranberry Cheesecake recipe

1 cup sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 cup cranberry juice
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

In a saucepan, combine the above ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside.

Crust
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 14 squares)
3 T sugar
3 T butter, melted

In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Filling
4 pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 T all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 cup eggnog
1 T vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add flour and beat well. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Add eggnog and vanilla; beat just until blended. Pour two-thirds of the filling over crust. Top with half of the cranberry mixture (cover and chill remaining cranberry mixture). Carefully spoon remaining filling on top. Bake at 325° for 60-70 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Spoon remaining cranberry mixture over cheesecake.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Henry Holiday Celebration

This weekend (December 2 & 3) visit Henry, Illinois to enjoy small town, small businesses that have wonderful gifts, some are even handmade.  It's the Henry Holiday Celebration!
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