Celebrate Your Love in Walworth County

While it may still be chilly outside, these Walworth County Valentine’s Day events are sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.  Whether you plan on staying in or braving the cold to take your sweetheart on a romantic date, there are plenty of fun activities and events to entertain lovebirds this Valentine’s season:

Be Mine Craft Night
Delavan Lake Store – February 4th, 6-8pm
Join Delavan Lake Store for a night of Valentine’s Day themed crafts. Make easy home decor projects or gifts for someone special! Use themed stencils or create your own designs. All supplies are included in this make and take event, including a FREE drink. Pre-registration is required.

Valentine’s Day String Art – Kid’s Build
Nailed It DIY Elkhorn – February 7th, 12-2pm
Mom and Dad, bring the kiddo’s to Nailed It DIY for a Kids Valentine’s Day String Art Event!
Sign up for $45, your child will receive the String Art Project kit and a special Valentines Day Treat. We hope to see your little one in the studio for some Nailed It Valentine’s Day Fun. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Cooking Class: Steak Night Date Night
The Black Sheep – February 8th, 6:15-8:15pm
Join Chef Tyler from The Black Sheep for an in-person Date Night cooking class. Learn how to prepare a classic steakhouse dinner. Look how to choose, prepare, and cook a steak to perfection alongside classic sides like creamed spinach, the wedge salad, and more. Pre-registration is required.

Virtual Cooking Class: Steak Night for Two (Gluten Free)
The Black Sheep – February 9th, 6:15-8:15pm
Tune in for a virtual cooking class with Chef Tyler from The Black Sheep. Pick-up your pre-portioned ingredients at the restaurant, and follow along step-by-step in the comfort of your own kitchen. Dinner includes a 12-14 ounce Prime Ribeye and a 7-8 ounce Tenderloin Fillet with herb butter served alongside toasted sage and sweet potato mashed potato, creamed spinach with a bacon, and house made peppercorn ranch wedge salad. Pre-registration is required.

Galentine’s Day at Nailed It DIY
Nailed It DIY Elkhorn – February 11th, 6-9pm
Bring your mom, your sister, or your BFF to Nailed It DIY to celebrate this special type of love and friendship. You will receive a 12″ round with Valentine’s Day design of your choice and a glass of wine or beer as a Galentine’s Day Treat from the Studio Crew. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Acrylic Painting: The Love Truck
Badger High School – February 11th, 6:30-8:30pm
Join artist Tiffany Fisher for an evening of painting and Valentine’s Day festivities, no experience necessary! Paint a V-Day inspired retro truck with step-by-step instructions and all the supplies you need. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaway
Lake Lawn Resort – February 12th-14th
Escape to Lake Lawn Resort this Valentine’s Day Weekend, February 12-14, 2021. Take advantage the Sweetheart Escape Overnight Package or visit for a Sweetheart Dinner at the Frontier Restaurant and the N.E.W Piano Guys Show. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Arctic Alcoves – Ice Castles
Geneva National Resort, February 12-14
Freeze your special moment in time with a private, secluded experience inside Ice Castles. Whether you are proposing, celebrating Valentine’s Day, or enjoying a galentine’s getaway, the Arctic Alcove gives you an exclusive VIP area of the Ice Castles away from the crowds. Reservations are required.

Valentine’s Day Crafts
Nailed It DIY Elkhorn, February 14th, 12-1pm
Mom and Dad, go celebrate V-Day with some alone time and let the kiddos craft the afternoon away at Nailed It DIY. Participants will receive a craft kit including a tick-tac-toe board, playing pieces, and a special Valentine’s Day treat. Pre-registration is encouraged.

For more Valentine’s Day events throughout Walworth County, check out our Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com.

Pro Tips For Planting Herbs With Crafty Kitchen, LLC

Spring is here! Crafty Kitchen will soon be planting several potted herb plants and thought we’d share some tips with you!

The great thing about herbs is that generally, the more you pick, the fuller and better the plant will look. (However, don’t pick so much that you leave a giant hole in your arrangement!) Many herbs also have beautiful flowers and some are edible and delicious. Some herbs, like basil, become bitter once they flower.

Here are six especially attractive herbs to grow.

1. OREGANO (Origanum vulgare)
Golden oregano is a favorite because it can add a bright spot to any container as it will drape over the sides of containers. Don’t overwater and keep pruning back. Oregano needs good drainage. If the plant starts getting leggy, cut back and wait a few weeks for recovery.
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to part shade
SOIL NEEDS: Any well-drained soil

2. MINT (Mentha)
Most mint types are tasty and beautiful but they will spread and try to push into other plants so it’s better to keep them to one container and they’ll need regular pruning. I’ve listed a refreshing recipe to utilize your mint in. Find this Mint Cucumber Lemonade Recipe below, and enjoy!
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to part shade
SOIL NEEDS: Moist well-drained soil

3. SAGE
Golden, tricolor and purple sages are as beautiful as they are fragrant and easy to grow. Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings. Sage doesn’t need heavy feeding and too much fertilizer will dull the taste.
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun (enjoys some shade in very warm climates)
SOIL NEEDS: Dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil.

4. THYME (Thymus vulgaris)
This woody perennial is a hard-to-kill plant that needs very little care. It is drought-tolerant, fragrant, and great for cooking. Thyme doesn’t spread quickly so it can be planted with other plants. Prune it back if it becomes leggy.
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
SOIL NEEDS: Dry, well-drained soil; prefers a slightly alkaline soil

5. ROSEMARY (Rosemarinus officinalis, Salvia rosmarinus)
The two main types of rosemary are upright and prostrate. The upright will behave like a shrub, and in warmer climates can get huge. Prostrate varieties creep along the ground and some can get quite large and drape over the sides of pots. All rosemary can be used in cooking, but the uprights are thought ot have a slight edge in flavor.
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
SOIL NEEDS: Dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil, prefers slightly acidic conditions.

6. DILL (Anethum graveolens)
Dill is a tall herb and goes to seed pretty quickly, but one great thing about dill is that it attracts swallowtail butterfly caterpillars and other pollinators. You can let the herb flower away and watch the beneficial bugs feast on it.
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
SOIL NEEDS: Rich, light, well-drained soil.

Here is a refreshing way to use your MINT by making this
MINT CUCUMBER LEMONADE
(Adding your favorite alcoholic beverage as you wish!)

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We hope you enjoyed this guest spot from Chef Julie at Crafty Kitchen, LLC.  Be sure to consider Crafty Kitchen, LLC for your Personal Chef needs and check her out by visiting her website and Facebook page.  As Chef Julie always says, stay safe, be well, and always celebrate life!

Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home

Celebrated around the world, Easter is one of the most important holidays and is a time for family gatherings, colored eggs, and celebrations. With the changes brought on by COVID 19, we are all going to be celebrating differently this year.

We won’t be going to our church services and food blessings.  We won’t be gathering at our favorite restaurants for brunches, or congregating at grandma’s house for dinner.  We won’t be visiting the Easter Bunny or hunting high and low in community Easter egg hunts.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate on our own.  As we prepare for the holiday, check out our seven suggestions for celebrating at home:

1. Make a Classic Easter Recipe: White-Chocolate-Crockpot-Candy.jpgWith everything being so different, some things don’t have to change. Why not whip up your favorite family treat? There is nothing like a classic family recipe to make everyone feel a little closer! Plus, it’s an easy way to keep favorite traditions alive, even when the usual gathering has been canceled. Be sure to order your specialty grocery items from Lake Geneva County Meats for curbside delivery.

2. Attend a Virtual Worship Service: Many churches have now made their services available online, either through live stream events or prerecorded podcasts. First Lutheran Church in Elkhorn posts lenten scripture studies to Facebook daily, Calvary Community Church posts weekly services on their website, and First Congregational UCC in Lake Geneva live streams services to Facebook every Sunday. Head over to our website for a full list of local houses of worship.

3. Plan a Virtual Hangout With Loved Ones: family-facetiming.jpgWith technologies such as Facetime, Zoom, Houseparty, and Google Hangout, it has never been easier to feel close to loved ones when you’re miles apart. Organize a hangout with the cousins, or choose to tune in to the same worship service together. Just because we cannot be together in person doesn’t mean we cannot be together in spirit.

4. Give a Springtime Offering: Springtime is a season of renewal and new beginnings. If you are able to, consider donating to an organization meaningful to you.  Whether it goes to the local food pantry, or your own hairstylist who is out of work, a little generosity goes a long way.

5. Have a Backyard Egg Hunt: easter-egg-hunt-kids-photo.jpgKiddos will likely be disappointed that there won’t be a local easter egg hunt this year.  Bring the hunt into your own backyard with their own Easter Egg Hunt.  A little sunshine is a welcome distraction, plus you can raise the stakes with the special golden egg.  Check out some tips for a new twist on the classic Easter egg hunt here.

6. Make Candy Art: img_4733.jpgMom always told you not to play with your food, but now we’re giving you full permission! Candy art brings sweet treats and creativity to life with just a little bit of imagination. Using colorful peeps, bright jelly beans, and chocolate bunnies, you can create some festive and fun works of art to be cherished for years to come.

7. Establish a New Tradition: Rather than focusing on all of the ways the holiday is different this year, take this time to start a new tradition. Maybe try your hand at baking that layer cake you saw on Instagram.  Or hand paint eggs for a more flair.  Perhaps curl up with your kiddos to read The Tale of Peter Rabbit checked out from an online library.

We hope that these activities will help brighten your Easter activities amidst the uncertainty of the times.  What are your Easter plans this year? Tell us in the comments below!