Thursday, November 13, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays in Butler County, Ohio

Enjoy the holidays all season long with these holiday attractions and things to do in Butler County.

November 15-January 4
EnterTRAINment Junction – West Chester

Butler County Courthouse – Hamilton
November 21

November 21-January 4
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum – Hamilton

November 22-23
Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market – Trenton

November 27
Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market – Trenton

November 27-December 31
Smith Park – Middletown

November 28-December 30
Niederman Family Farm – Liberty Township

November 29
Downtown Middletown

November 29-30
Shandon Congregational Church

December 5-6
Governor Bebb MetroPark – Okeana

December 5-7
RiversEDGE Park – Hamilton

December 6
Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market – Trenton

December 6
Fairfield Community Arts Center

December 6-7
Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion – Fairfield

December 7
German Village – Hamilton

December 13
Fairfield Community Arts Center

Friday, November 7, 2014

Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Table

Looking for a new recipe for your Thanksgiving feast? Butler County restaurants have just what you need to add that extra punch to your favorite family recipes or find something new to add to the table this year.

Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Pumpkin Pecan Muffins
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
¾ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin
2 large eggs
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup orange juice
½ cup chopped toasted pecans
Coarse bakers’ sugar for tops, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease 12 regular-size muffin cups.
  3. Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to mix.
  4. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and juice in a large bowl and whisk until well combined.
  5. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir just until moistened.
  6. Stir in pecans.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  8. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove muffins from pan and cool completely.
  10. Makes 12.

Kona Bistro’s Butternut Squash and Pear Soup
2 lb Butternut Squash – peeled, seeded, diced                 
2 ea Sweet Potato – peeled and diced        
1 qt Vegetable Stock
1 ea Cinnamon Sticks           
2 tsp Salt       
¼ cup Butter
2 ea Onions – chopped         
6 ea Pears – peeled, cored, chopped         
6 oz White Wine         
1 cup ½ and ½          
½ tsp White Pepper  
1 tsp Cinnamon         

  1. Sauté onions in butter to soft
  2. Add pears and wine, simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Add squash, sweet potatoes, stock, cinnamon and salt, simmer to soft
  4. Puree to smooth
  5. Stir in ½ and ½ and heat, turn off before boiling
  6. Season to taste

The Spicy Olive's Roasted Green Beans
2 lbs. fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
2 Tbsp. The Spicy Olive's Garlic olive oil, or any olive oil of your choice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

1.     Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2.     Lightly coat the green beans in olive oil and spread on a baking sheet
3.    Roast for 20-25 minutes, turning after 15 minutes
4.    Green beans will be shriveled and slightly browned

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Real-Life Haunts

Feel the goosebumps as you explore Butler County’s historic homes and hear real-life ghost stories of the spirits haunting these sites.

327 North Second St.
Hamilton, OH 45011
Home to the Butler County Historical Society

4824 Oxford Rd.
Oxford, OH 45056

Hueston Woods State Park Pioneer Farm Museum
6924 Brown Rd.
Oxford, OH 45056

6181 Ross Rd.
Fairfield, OH 45014

10 E. Elm St.
Monroe, OH 45050
Built in 2000 on the site of the original home

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Festivals and Halloween Things To Do in Butler County, Ohio

Get your thrills and a family-fun Halloween in Butler County, Ohio with some of these great attractions and events!

September 19-28 (Fri-Sun) | October 1-November 2 (Wed-Sun)
West Chester

·       September 20-21: Butler County Antique Machinery Event
·       September 27-28: German Fest
·       October 4-5: Fireman’s Weekend
·       October 11-12: Helicopter Rides
·       October 18-19: Cowboy Weekend
·       October 25-26: Saturday Pie Bake-Off
Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market – Trenton

September 27-November 2
EnterTRAINment Junction – West Chester
October 3-5
Downtown Hamilton

October 4
Liberty Park – Liberty Township

October 5
Oxford Community Park

October 5-November 1

October 11
Downtown City of Middletown

October 11
Keehner Park – West Chester
October 25
Sorg Opera House – Middletown

October 25
YWCA Hamilton

October 26
Fairfield High School

October 26
Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion – Fairfield
October 30
Midwest Cheer Elite, Inc – West Chester

Trick or Treating throughout Butler County
City of Oxford
Friday, October 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Fairfield Township
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Hanover Township
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Liberty Township
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 
Thursday, October 30
5:30 to 7 p.m. 
Friday, October 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, October 31
5:30 to 7 p.m. 
West Chester Township
Friday, October 31
6 to 8 p.m. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

End of the Summer Fun

Squeeze the most out of the last month of summer with outdoor and indoor fun as well as activities so the adults can have fun!

Entertaining outdoor attractions:
·       Fairfield Fun Center – Mini golf and batting cages await you at the Fairfield Fun Center.
·       Fort Liberty Playland (Hamilton) – Enjoy this 7.5 acre park with a playground and large grassy area to run around.
·       Hueston Woods State Park (Oxford) – Camping is the perfect way to close up the summer and Hueston Woods has everything you need!
·       Wake Nation (Fairfield) – Wakeboard, wakeskate, water ski and kneeboard without a boat at the only cable wake park in the region.

Indoor fun in The BC:
·       Fitton Center for Creative Arts (Hamilton) – Check out one of the amazing galleries, luncheon lectures, a performing arts show and much more!
·       Goggin Ice Center (Oxford) – Grab your ice skates and visit Goggin during one of their public skating sessions.
·       Monster Golf (West Chester) – Mini golf with a twist, glow-in-the-dark and with a monster décor!
·       The WEB Extreme Entertainment (West Chester) – Choose from Laser Web, Inside Track go-karting, Jurassic Par mini-golf or Hang Ten miniature bowling for your fun!

Activities for adults to let loose:
·       BlastZone Paintball (Middletown) – Have a friendly competition on the paintball field at BlastZone.
·       Hanover Winery (Hamilton) – Enjoy the serene setting at Hanover Winery while tasting a variety of wines.
·       Start Skydiving (Middletown) – Go for extreme fun by skydiving in Middletown.
·       Wise Owl Wine Bar (West Chester) – The outdoor seating at The Wise Owl is the perfect way to unwind with a glass of wine and tapas.