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February 01, 2016

This Week's Menu + Weekend Getaway Photos from Big Cedar

Mike and I went away together this past weekend and had the best time.  The weather was 65 degrees - we played golf, drank wine, went to fancy dinners and slept.  So nice! 
This was a last minute idea, so we wanted to go someplace without flying.  We picked Big Cedar Lodge in southwestern Missouri because it is about a 3 hour drive.  (This is not a sponsored post... though I wish it was!)  

It is so beautiful there.  The newest addition to the resort is The Top of Rock - a complex with golf, restaurants, cave trail nature hikes, wine cellar, tasting room and incredible Native American Museum.

 I didn't take my big camera, but have these iphone pics.

This is the driving range - Mike was in heaven. 

Stone Chapel right on the course.  Can you imagine a wedding here?

View from the 2nd Tee Box.

This is the interior of one of the restaurants.  Everything is very rustic and Ralph Lauren-esque.

This was the view from our room at the lodge.  It overlooks another little chapel and Table Rock Lake.

Back to Top of the Rock for Wine Tasting and Dinner.

Driving Range shot at night - this one is for Mike : )

Wine Cellar - long paths underground.

Such a fun trip both of us loved.  They also have an incredible spa we visited in November, but we didn't have time for that... next time!!


Now, this is what is on my list for this week : 

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Applesauce & Braised Cabbage with Goat Cheese

Oh my gosh, is this good.  It is more of a Sunday Supper type of meal, but this week, I'll be making it tonight, on a Monday.  While I typically make this in the Fall, I have a bunch of goat cheese from a recent Costco trip that I need to use and the applesauce is sounding so good to me : )

It makes great sandwiches for the rest of the week for Mike's lunch.

Meatloaf with Garlic Sauce

Mike has been requesting this!   I have a meeting on Tuesday, so this will be great for Mike & Emma.  Last night we made a big batch of Meatballs for the freezer... and I cheated a little and made a meatloaf out of the same mixture (they are so similar!).  I went ahead and baked it, too.  On Tuesday, I will make the mashed potatoes, reheat the meatloaf and make the garlic sauce.  I'm also in the mood for Colorful Roasted Carrots, so I'll do that instead of green beans.

Tessa's Sausage & Leek Soup

I like to make some sort of soup mid-week.  It is usually something easy to put together when I'm tired of cooking, and it makes quick leftover dinners and lunches for when I get a little lazy in the kitchen department by the end of the week.

Tessa shared this recipe for Sausage & Leek Soup last week and it went to the top of my list of something new to try.  Mike isn't a huge Italian Sausage person, so I'll look for something to sub... maybe crumbled meatballs from the freezer?

Braised Beef Chili

This is just a little idea for the Super Bowl!  The weather has been so nice, that we haven't had chili in a while, but I think it is time to bring this recipe back this weekend.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:28 PM

    Thank you soooo much for sharing this amazing retreat! I have always wanted to visit Branson but still have a luxury stay. Big Cedar would be perfect! You look so much like Emma in the close up of you and Mike on the range. :-). Jane, San Diego


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