Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Traveling Tuesday-Mildred

A while back I mentioned that I got my grandpa a book on Kansas Ghost Towns, well I don't think I've let him read more than 2 pages worth. I have confiscated it and have been inspired to look up these towns as I travel to visit friends, advocate for agriculture, or for "work" related trips.
One of my really good friends took me to some of the Ghost Towns or those on the verge.

Best know for:
History Lesson: Founded in 1907
The town went from being a cornfield to a booming town and now back to a cornfield, all within about 40 years. The building of a cement plant was a huge draw to the town and the real reason for establishment. Yet once hard times hit in during The Depression, most of the cement industry was moved to other towns and  Mildred dwindled.The cement plant is still stands and is a reminder of what the community once was like.

County: Allen
Population: As of 2010 is was 28
Location: Along Highway 59

Monday, February 27, 2012

Southwest Eggrolls

2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1-15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1-9 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry with paper towel
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
1-7oz can diced green chilies, drained
4 green onions, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 package of egg roll or wonton wrappers

Preheat oven to 425F. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix together corn, beans, spinach, cheese, chilies, onions, cumin, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Using a small spoon, scoop a small amount of filling onto the wrapper. Starting at a corner, carefully start to roll the wrapper. When it’s slightly rolled, tuck in the two side and continue rolling to the last point. Wet your finger with water and dab a bit on the corner to seal the egg roll. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling, placing them slightly apart on the baking sheet.

Lightly spray the tops of the egg rolls with cooking spray and bake for 15 minutes, flipping them at least once during baking.

 (makes 48 mini rolls, or 24 regular rolls)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Scenic Sunday-Hay Capital of the World


History Lesson:
-Established in August 1875.
-County seat of Woodson Co.
-The  Courthouse was moved from Defiance to Yates Center along with several houses.  Today there are 30 buildings included in the historic Courthouse Square.
-The Yates Center Courthouse Square Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in May of 1986.

Took this picture because a friend of mine's last name is Steiner.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Gella's Diner

Last week I took a little road trip to western Kansas. Along the way we stopped in Hays and ate at Gella's Diner and Lb Brewing Co. I had eaten at Gella's a year ago, but needed a refresher. So when I told my mom I was going, she said, "Make sure you get the green beans!"

 I ordered the Friday Special of Fish Tacos with a side of green beans.
The tacos were good, but the green beans were amazing.

They also have Lb Brewing Co. As I've mentioned before I'm not a drinker, but with all the fun names of the beers and the hype ("A Meal In Itself") of the Oatmeal Stout I ordered one for my company.
The picture explains it all. I can hardly see where the beer is on the table. It was bitter and had an after taste of coffee. This might be to some people's liking but not ours!

I enjoyed the meal and would go back, he however was not impressed by his chicken fried steak. I guess next time I go, I need to take somebody different.

Location:117 E 11th, Hays, KS

History: Started in 2005. Read more here.

What I like about them: The owner was originally a rancher.
The decor and atmosphere. Its classy yet laid back. They have a stock tank as their hostess table, old road signs made into flowers- Yep, I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture, yet my company already thought I was weird for taking pictures of the food.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Repurposed Gift Tin

We had this old tin in a box to get rid of, I decided to repurpose it for  my best friends birthday. She is the type that likes hand made, one-of-a-kind items. 

Funny thing is I went to an auction the next day and they had a tin just like this in a box. If I had wanted a matching pair I never would have been able to find another :)

I personalized it with their brand, and since her birthday is the same day as Kansas Day, I thought sunflowers fit perfectly. To top it off,  I filled it with chocolate chip cookies.

How I did it: Washed the tin with soap & water. Let it dry completely. Applied an all-purpouse house paint. Then painted details with acrylic craft paints. Sealed it with 2 coats of clear Krylon spray.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cupcakes for your Cupcake-Ta'Da Cupcakes

I was introduced to Ta'Da Cupcakes this past December when I set up for a Christmas Vendor Fair. They were the booth next to me. I'm not sure why, but it seems at every event I go to, the food people are way to close :)

I'm not sure how busy they are this Tuesday, but what a fun treat to order for your Valentine.

The cupcakes I took home:
Peppermint was my favorite! They had hot cocoa, spice, and cinnamon roll.

Location: Riley, KS

History: They are a rather new business. No store front yet, they cater from the home
About/Contact: Owners are Darcey and Tammy. They cater any event, and offer a variety of flavors. TaDacupcakes@yahoo.com

Why I like them: Local Small town business. Supporters of their town. Reasonable prices. Their booth was adorable and the owners, Darcey and Tammy were a delite.
More Info: facebook.com/TaDa Cupcakes

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scenic Sunday~The Corn Palace~

Women In Blue Jeans Conference is in Mitchell, SD home of the Famous-CORN PALACE!
 When you are driving on the interestate into Mitchell you will pass approximately 1,000 signs advertising The Corn Palace. Ok, ok, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but there are quite a few of them. We decided we had to stop if there is so much hype about it. I didn't have time to go in, but there is what I snapped from the outside.

"The Corn Palace serves as a multi-use center for the community and region. The facility hosts stage shows, as well as sports events in its arena. The World's Only Corn Palace is an outstanding structure which stands as a tribute to the agricultural heritage of South Dakota.

The original Corn Palace, called "The Corn Belt Exposition" was established in 1892. Early settlers displayed the fruits of their harvest on the building exterior in order to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil. The third and present building was completed for it first festival at the present location in 1921.

The exterior decorations are completely stripped down and new murals are created each year. The theme is selected by the Corn Palace Festival Committee and murals are designed by a local artist."

I can't believe this is made with Corn!!!

Most of the signs on your way into Mitchell advertising The Corn Palace have sayings such as "You're Almost Ear", "We're Glad You're Ear" and the like
Bag from the gift shop.