One good thing about making honest mistakes is that, aside from the lesson learned, there is usually a way to fix nearly any mistake. Good too, is that most people on the receiving end are typically pretty gracious when you approach them and admit to your mistake.
Last week I took everyone on a virtual vacation around the Midwest and in that post suggested taking a trip to Wall Lake, IA to visit the Grotto of the Redemption. THAT was my mistake.
I have been to both the Grotto and have also passed through Wall Lake – and for whatever reason while I was typing that day I just had Both of them on my mind at the same time. Here is the thing though – to see the Grotto of the Redemption you must go to WEST BEND, IA – while to see and experience several other great things you can and should take a trip to WALL LAKE, IA.
After posting that Early in the week – well, in the middle of the night Later in the week, I awoke from a dead sleep and my error just hit me. So, I went in and updated the last post to correctly say West Bend, IA instead of Wall Lake, IA.
Like most people I take the mistakes I make pretty seriously and tend to be pretty hard on myself. So, for anyone who may have noticed my mistake – well, my apologies. To make things right though I took it a step further…….
The Grotto of the Redemption has been a link back partner ever since that original post about them two years ago. This just means that we share links between our two sites. I do not take support or loyalty lightly so, I called Andy over at the Grotto to personally apologize for my mistake. He laughed and said he wasn’t sure he could take aim at my mistake since he too has been known to make mistakes. The great thing about all this is that it gave us a chance to catch up and in so doing I found out about some interesting new things that are going on with the Grotto.
Before we get to the new news, I am guessing it is likely that some of you may be wondering just what is the Grotto of the Redemption? The Grotto of the Redemption is a composite of nine separate grottos, each portraying a scene in the life of Christ. It is the largest man-made Grotto in the world and is known as the largest collection of precious stones and gems to be set in one location. Because of its uniqueness, it is frequently referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World and has been recognized on the National Register of Historical Places since 2001.
The exciting new news is that the Grotto is now being recognized as a Shrine and, they are in the process of becoming recognized as a Shrine internationally as well. To experience it fully, well, you simply Must go there. They offer tours on the hour, you can place a rose along with your prayers at the feet of the Mother Mary and also take in their gift shop and café. But, for those of you who just cannot make the trip you can still take your prayers along and experience the Grotto of the Redemption by visiting their website (Click the link). There you can read about their history, peruse through their photography collection and even take a virtual tour. Then, for those who are so moved, you can also donate to support the ongoing mission and preservation of this “Miracle in Stone.”
So, on to Wall Lake, IA. Here too I felt compelled to call and personally apologize for the mistake and in so doing I had a chance to visit with Chris in the City Offices of Wall Lake. Chris simply said, this is a great mistake as it gives us a unique opportunity to share what is special about Wall Lake.
Now for those of you who don’t know, Wall Lake, IA is the birthplace of Andy Williams, a popular singer from the 60’s. The local historical society preserves the original homestead as a destination. They also maintain a train depot museum that is located in town.
But, setting unique tourist attractions aside, I guess I’d like to put a brighter spotlight on their achievements as a community. Wall Lake was on the leading edge of the biodiesel industry as they are home to Western Iowa Energy, LLC, which is a 30 million gallon plant that was originally organized back in 2004. (Click that link to learn more). They also own and operate their own natural gas and electric facility that includes a wind generator covering 20% of their electrical needs. They are a progressive, productive population of people!
Wall Lake is also home to the famous Cookies BBQ (click link to go to their website). Now, for those in Iowa and around the Midwest, well, there is little I am able to do that will extend awareness of their popular products. But – for those of you who are Not located in the Midwest – well, Cookies BBQ has a full line up of great products including 5 different varieties of bbq sauce, along with a taco sauce, a hot sauce, a mild and medium salsa, and Flavor Enhancer. Their website offers details on their history along with recipes and a shopping cart so you can order online.
And, to give everyone a chance to get in on a taste of Cookies BBQ we are partnering on a very special giveaway. CLICK HERE to learn more about Cookies BBQ, see their most popular recipe which is their Classic Cookies Chicken Wings and where you can enter for a chance to win the 3 Cookies products that are featured in the recipe. You must enter by Midnight, Thursday February 19.
Ok – on to the Making Cakes part of this post – Just in time, as a last minute idea for Valentine’s Day, we are featuring Grandma’s Red Cake. Now, there are lots of places you can go to pick up a commercially prepared Red Velvet Cake. Most are a dark red cake and have a cream cheese frosting. So – a note to all makers and tasters that this recipe is made with a FILLING….. Not a Frosting! On below are some other cake ideas from our site.
Lastly, if you haven’t noticed we’ve been going through our older posts to get them aligned with the new format of kristinashouse but also to take advantage of the new AgWeb formatting. We are still working to get through all of them but hope you will cruise through some of our older posts to see any recipes you may have missed.
Then, coming up soon we have….. Cheryl’s BBQ Brisket….. now, ever since Cheryl sent this recipe to us it has been teasing my taste buds, as I can’t wait to make it myself. In this recipe Cheryl also offers up some brisket buying tips. Then, from those Naughty Nurses well, Greg and I are well aware of the chili debate but his recipe is great so we will be sharing that soon. And yes, we still have plans to share Key Lime Bites from AMERICANA restaurant in Des Moines, IA.
Make the cakes and fix your mistakes,
Mom’s Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes
Pink Almond Party Cake
Italian Cream Cake