Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fundraiser to support Farm Fresh Atlas of SE Wisconsin

A fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, to help sustain the Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeastern Wisconsin, a guide that connects residents with local farmers, farmers’ markets and locally owned and operated businesses and organizations.

“The Atlas is supported primarily through listing fees,” said Rose Skora, Agriculture Educator for Kenosha Counties UW-Extension. “We are looking for ways to maintain the fees for local farmers and businesses, even though the costs to publish the Atlas are increasing."

The dinner at Oconomowoc Lake Club will start with a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres showcasing the produce and products of local farmers and businesses. At 7:30 p.m., a dinner using locally-sourced food prepared by Oconomowoc Lake Club Chef Jack Kaestner will be served.

Dinner is $65 for individuals 13 and older; $45 for youth between six and twelve; and children under age five eat for free by sharing a meal with an adult. Tickets can be purchased online or ordered by  mail. For more information or to request a ticket order form, contact Rose Skora at (262) 857-1948 or .

Friday, August 27, 2010

Apple orchard walk for MS at Apple Holler today

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Apple Holler will host its 6th annual Apple Orchard Walk & Fundraiser to benefit the MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter.

"This is a personal issue for me," says Dave Flannery, owner and CEO of Apple Holler. "Four of my sisters have MS, so I have a very special interest in doing what I can to fight this disease, or even find a cure."

Participants who "Join The Movement", will take part in a 1-mile walk through the orchard. The walkers are invited to pick a ½ peck of Paula Red Apples and fuel up with a delicious apple pancake breakfast. The entry fee of $20 per walker, or $19 per walker for a group of six or more, will also include a free raffle ticket.
  • Apple Pancake Breakfast 7 - 11 a.m.
  • Orchard Walk Check In 7:30 - 9 a.m.
  • Official Ribbon Cutting & Orchard Walk 9 a.m.
  • Raffle Drawing (Must be present to win) 10:30 a.m.

Also for sale is the Apple Bites Cookbook, a collection of apple recipes submitted by our customers.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society - Wisconsin Chapter.

Apple Holler restaurant, bakery, gift shop, dinner theatre and apple orchard is located just off of I-94, between Hwy KR & Hwy 11 on the west frontage road.

Healthy Eating: Spicy stir-fried eggplant

By Mila DeChant 

The greatest wealth we can achieve is our health. If we lose our health, we are not at our peak. Good wholesome food nourishes our whole body.  Most people often struggle with cooking a scrumptious meal at home. Busy lives often take precedence over what we put in our bodies. Most people tend to grab what is easily available that is convenient. Ready made food, TV dinners or fast food. Sometimes we fail to read what contains in our food. Chemicals, artificial flavorings, refined sugars, refined flour are some of the many ingredients that do not belong in our diet.

You are indeed what you eat. No magic pill is going to melt pounds off your body if you are over weight. It always starts with the abundance of natural, unmodified, chemical free vegetation that the mother earth provides us with.

Cooking at home does not require you to be a contestant in from “Top Chef” or does it require you to be enrolled in a culinary school. Food has always been cooked with love at home for thousands of years. It has been a worldwide phenomenon. Cooking a homemade meal does not only bring a family closer but it educates one how to eat mindfully. As once a really diabolic landlord of mine lashed out on me for cooking every day. To him, I say, “Cultivate mindfulness in what you eat!” and yes, half of the world does cook everyday.

Let’s take a step to a better lifestyle via our food. Here is a simple delicious recipe for you to try.

 Spicy stir-fried eggplant

- 2 shallots ~ Finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic ~ Finely diced
- 2 baby eggplants ~ Diced
- 2 tablespoons of chilli flakes
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- Sea salt to taste

Method ~

Sautee the diced shallots and the diced garlic till they are softened. Once the garlic turns slightly golden colour, add in the chilli flakes. Let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes under medium flame. Add in the diced eggplants. Give it a good stir and cover with a lid for 2 minutes. Add sea salt and give it a quick toss. Turn off the stove once the eggplants become soft. It is ready to be served with warm brown rice.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The journey into your own heart

Every individual is on their own unique path; it is the one thing that we all have in common. Human beings are consummate seekers, consciously and unconsciously looking to rediscover ourselves and surrender to our own Divine purpose.

Markus Kasunich will offer an evening of exploration, insight and understanding to assist anyone interested in deepening their own connection to their source… through the path of the heart. He will help unravel some of the misconceptions of the spiritual journey and help understand the beauty of surrender, devotion, and self-love.  The session will include a Q&A forum, so visitors are invited to bring questions.

There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted to support Mind Body Spirit Wisconsin.  The session will take place Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Images by Camela, 237 Main St., from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Outlook for Wind Power: Wingspread briefing now online

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread recently held a briefing on  “The Outlook on Wind Power in Wisconsin and the U.S.,” presented by Jeff Anthony of the American Wind Energy Association.

Video of that briefing has been posted online HERE.

Lynn Broaddus, Wingspread's director of Environment Programs, has a blog post on the briefing HERE.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Classes will offer tools for caregivers

Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a series for informal caregivers of adult family members.

Classes will take place on six Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. beginning on Aug. 24 at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 6400 Spring St. These classes will help caregivers to: practice self-care; communicate effectively, make good caregiving decisions, and much more.

Space is limited and registration required. Call 638-6800 or email

New physicians join Wheaton Franciscan All Saints

Three new physicians recently joined Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints. They include:

Manmeet Bains, MD, is a board certified Family Medicine physician. Dr. Bains earned her Medical Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine in Richmond and completed her residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Jamaica, New York. Her office is located on the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints Spring Street Campus at 3807 Spring Street, Racine. For an appointment, call (262) 687-8173.
 Kristen Cook, MD, Pediatrician, received her Medical Degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee. Her office is located on the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints Spring Street Campus at 3807 Spring Street, Racine. For an appointment, call (262) 687-8282.

Sandeep Ramanujam, MD, Family Medicine physician earned his Medical Degree from St. George’s University on the Island of Grenada, West Indies and completed his residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital/Pennsylvania State University Program. Dr. Ramanujam’s office is located on the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints Wisconsin Avenue Campus at 1320 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine. For an appointment, call (262) 687-5600. 

For more information on these new or any of the physicians at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints, visit

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Homeopathic physician plans talk, appointments at Lake House

Marybeth Buchele, a classical homeopathic physician with a practice in Menomonie, Wis., and St. Louis Park, Minn., will speak at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 on the origins and effectiveness of homeopathic treatment.

Homeopathy is a well-regarded medical science developed about 200  years ago in Europe – where it is still quite popular – and is  based on the principle that  “like cures like.” In simple words, it means that any substance, which can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure similar symptoms in a person who is sick.  For instance, an onion is a substance which makes your eyes water and your nose burn. If you are having an attack of hay fever with watering eyes and a burning nose, a homeopathic remedy made from onion can relieve it.

Buchele will discuss how homeopathy is successfully used for healing everyday health problems such as colds and flu, minor urinary complaints and childhood illnesses as well as chronic conditions such as inflammation, intestinal disorders, food cravings, stomach or head pain, muscle and joint pain, depression, auto-immune illnesses, allergies, chronic fatigue and many more ailments.
Free-will offering will be requested for the presentation. Please call Lake House at (262) 633-2645 to reserve your space; find directions and other information at

In addition, Buchele will take appointments for private consultations on Aug. 16 and 17. Each consultation will include:
  • A phone discussion prior to Marybeth’s Racine visit
  • A face-to-face three-hour consultation to discuss your health situation in depth.
  • A customized homeopathic remedy designed for you with specific instructions on how to take your remedy.
  • Follow-up phone call with Marybeth after you begin to take the remedy.

Cost for consultation, related services and customized remedy is $350 with $100 deposit by check or PayPal prior to the appointment. Cost may be reimbursed by your Health Savings Account or your insurance’s flex plan.

See Marybeth’s web site at to access paperwork and learn more about her and her practice or call her at (715) 231-6068. She is willing to add a third day of appointments after the two days are filled. Download poster  at Lake House web site to print and share.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dekoven hosting conference with Dr. Timothy Ts'o on Aug. 21

Dr. Timothy Ts'o will lead a conference titled, " Following God’s Will in This Time of Turbulence through our mental health and spiritual growth," on Saturday, August 21 at The DeKoven Center.

Dr. Ts'o is a board-certified psychiatrist with 51 years experience. His experiences in medicine and psychiatry combined with his own spiritual practice and growth gives a unique authenticity to his presentations.

The day-long conference is divided into four sections focusing on topics including spiritual growth, the evolutionary perspective of spirituality, mental health, and consciousness. The conference will run from 9am to 4:30pm. The suggested donation is $75 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments. Complete scholarships for clergy, Seminarians, and Religious are available.

For reservations, email or phone 262-633-6401