Thursday, December 31, 2015


We celebrated New Year's Eve with another couple at Zesti in Hartland. The decor is cozy with a combination of modern and rustic elements. A newer restaurant in the lake country area and off to a good start because it can be quite busy during lunch and you likely need reservations on the weekends. Let's hope it sticks around because we need more restaurants like this in our area.

As for our meal, it too did not disappoint. For starters, I ordered the Cucumber Cosmo, which was quite tasty. We both ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese because of our love of the dish at Il Mito (their sister restaurant). Our friend ordered the evening's special of Lamb Shanks with Roasted Asparagus and Lobster Mashed Potatoes. Needless to say, our friend was the big winner. Although we loved our pasta, we tasted his dish, and it was heavenly.

Spaghetti Bolognese
Lamb Shanks Special
Cucumber Cosmo

Monday, December 21, 2015

Cindy's Simple Spicy Meatballs

Chef Notes: Only three ingredient and there are only slight variations online, but this version from a friend has the best ratio for the perfect flavor. Our daughter's fav!

12-oz bottle chili sauce
9 oz grape jelly
2-2.5 lbs. frozen meatballs

Add chili sauce and grape jelly to crockpot; stir to combine. Add meatballs to sauce and stir to coat. Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours until meatballs heated through.


Friday, December 4, 2015


A work holiday party took us to Chicago for quick overnight. After the usual networking in the earlier hours, afterward we treated ourselves to a dinner out on the town at Roy's. The cocktails, the food and the service were all outstanding. We would highly recommend!

Roy's Island Mai Tai
Chicken Entree
Roy's Trio (salmon, butterfish & mahi mahi)