Monday, October 3, 2016

October has arrived and Halloween is on the minds of lots of kids! There are several Halloween Events in Council Bluffs to attend this year. Grab the costumes, the candy bags, and enjoy some Halloween fun! I will continue to add to this list over the next few week's as well.

Halloween Events in Council Bluffs

Trunk-or-Treats and Trick-or-Treats in Council Bluffs for 2016

  • October 24th from from 5PM - 8PM at Quaker Steak and Lube
  • October 25th from 6:30PM - 8:30PM at the Queen of Apostles Social Hall (3304 4th Ave.) hosted by Corpus Christi and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
  • October 26th from 10:30AM - 11AM at Council Bluffs Public Library (Ages 5 and younger)
  • October 26th from 6PM - 7PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • October 27th from 5PM - 6PM at Edison Elementary School
  • October 27th from 6PM - 7:30PM at Lewis & Clark Elementary School
  • October 27th from 6:30 - 8:30 at Rue Elementary School 
  • October 28th from 5:30PM - 7:30 PM at Mall of the Bluffs 
  • October 28th from 5:30PM - 7PM at Franklin Elementary 
  • October 29th from 10AM - 4PM at the Union Pacific Museum on Pearl St.
  • October 29th from Noon - 3:00PM at Metro Crossing you can enjoy trick or treating at the stores, as well as other activities.  
  • October 29th from 2PM - 4PM at CrossRoads Christian Church at 1307 N. 28th Street
  • October 30th at 2 PM is the Lights On Trick-r-Treat and Meet and Greet at Madness Haunted House - admission is a donation of a non-perishable food item, children's clothing, or books that will go to Care & Share.
  • October 30th from 4PM-6PM at First Church of the Nazarene on 26th Avenue F
  • October 30th from 4:00PM - 6:00PM on the corner of 6th and Mynster Street, First Christian Church will be holding their Light Night Party!
  • October 30th from 5:00PM - 7:00PM at New Horizon Presbyterian Church on Valley View Drive you can enjoy a trunk-r-treat, pony rides, and more.
  • October 31st from 5:00PM - 7:00PM at Broadway United Methodist Church at 11 S. First Street 
  • October 31st from 5:30PM-8:30PM at Riverside Community of Christ on 28th Avenue G you can enjoy their annual trunk-or-treat.

Various Halloween Events in Council Bluffs for 2016

October 24th - Goosebumbs at Council Bluffs Public Library: This teen event will be held on Monday, October 24th from 3:30PM - 4:30PM and teens will enjoy a tribute to R.L. Stine with this pre-Halloween event.

October 24th - Great Pumpkin Celebration at Bass Pro Shops: This free event runs Monday, October 24th - Monday, October 31st and includes crafts, costume parade, photos, and more!

October 28th - Caddy Shack Halloween Party: The party kicks off at 8PM and there will be a costume contest, door prizes, and drink specials.

October 28th - 31st - Flashlight Tours at Squirrel Cage Jail: You can buy tickets to the Flashlight Tours being held at Squirrel Cage Jail that run every hour from 6PM - 10PM on October 28th - 31st.

October 29th - Halloween Party at Council Bluffs Public Library: This party has limited spots available and runs from 1:30PM - 2:30PM with crafts, snacks, and more.

October 30th - Enchanted Forest at Hitchcock  Nature Center: Dress up in costume and head to the Enchanted Forest on October 30th from 1PM - 3 PM for apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, and more!

October 31st - Make a Mask Party at Council Bluffs Public Library: This teen event will be held on Halloween from 3:30PM - 4:30PM and teens can make a mask to wear or hang.

Make sure you stop out and experience the first Pro-Haunt in Council Bluffs - Madness Haunted House at Mall of the Bluffs in the old Skeeter Barns building! Wednesday nights are BOGO Free tickets with Slomo, Freak out Fridays offer sadistic clowns and a live DJ, and if you bring a donation for Care & Share you will get $1.00 off admission price. Plus, a portion of all proceeds from the haunt are going to Bellows Community Alliance to help do amazing things in the community!

If you are interested in Halloween Event in Omaha, check out!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Even though we still have warm temperatures here in Iowa, I'm in fall mode. Halloween decorations are up, leaves have been raked once, and the windows are open welcoming the breeze. The only thing I was missing were the smells of fall, and I took care of that over the weekend. A quick trip to Family Fare and my house smelled like Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls! I partnered with Family Fare to create this delicious recipe and an upcoming Twitter Party!

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

The smell of this Autumn Ale Stew filling the house is wonderful. Not only the smell, but the colors also make you think of fall. Look how bright and crispy those carrots and celery were that I picked up at Family Fare! I'm glad I didn't have to use them all in the stew because they will make a great veggie tray for after school snacks!

Autumn Ale Stew Ingredients
  • 1lb Stew Meat
  • 12oz Dark Ale
  • 4oz Beef Broth
  • 3 TBL Olive Oil (Olive Oil Coupon under Bakery)
  • 1 Medium Onion - chopped 
  • 2 Celery Sticks - chopped (Organic Celery is $1.49 at Family Fare through Tuesday!)
  • 2 Carrots - chopped (2 lbs of Whole Carrots are $1.28 at Family Fare through Tuesday!)
  • 2 Bay Leaves - dehyrated (Save 20% Off Family Fare Spices through Tuesday!)
  • 1/2 tsp Sage - dried (Save 20% off Family Fare Spices through Tuesday!)
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt and Pepper

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

How to Make Autumn Ale Stew

Start by adding olive oil, carrots, celery, onion, beef froth, sage, and bay leaves to the Crock Pot at high heat.

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

While veggies begin cooking, brown the stew meat for a few minutes. Tossing the flour with the stew meat during this step, will help keep it from sticking together in the Crock Pot.

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

Have you tried Tender Ridge Angus Meat at Family Fare? So far we've tried sirloins, ribeyes, and now stew meat. We haven't been disappointed with any of it and the prices are great!

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

Once the stew meat is browned, pour in the ale and add brown sugar, and bring the mix to a boil.

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

You can use any dark ale or stout beer for this Autumn Ale Stew. This time around, I went with a sort of local Kansas City ale. Two reasons I enjoy shopping at Family Fare are, they offer a Build Your Own 6 Pack section in the store, and they love supporting local businesses. You can pick up a few different ales or beers, and try them all out in stew throughout the month. Or just sample some new flavors!

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

Okay, back to that stew! When the stew meat and ale mixture begins to boil, add it to the Crock Pot and cook on high heat for 4.5 - 5 hours.

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

Shortly before the Autumn Ale Stew is done, make your bread bowls. Hard round rolls were perfect for making bread bowls with. I picked them up at Family Fare, where there is a nice selection of breads. I love bread of all kinds, so this section is always a little piece of heaven for me.  

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

To make bread bowls, simply cut a circle in the top and dig out the inside. Making sure to leave a decent layer across the bottom so it holds up to the stew. 

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

When the bread bowls are cut and the stew is done, you can begin filling the bowls. I placed 3 spoonfuls of stew inside each bowl, and then I added a bit more broth by using a tablespoon to scoop some out of the Crock Pot. 

Not only is this Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls perfect for fall, it's also a recipe I made to help kick off the upcoming Family Fare Twitter Party I'm hosting! Join us for entertaining ideas, prizes, and loads of fun!

Family Fare Twitter Party
When: Wednesday, September 28th from 8-9PM CT
Prizes: (4) $50 Family Fare Gift Cards and (1) $200 Family Fare Gift Card
RSVP HERE for the chance to win an RSVP Prize of $25 PayPal Cash!

Check out the Family Fare Weekly Ad for more sales, and don't forget to peek at the printable coupons available as well!

Thanks to Family Fare, three Midwest Mammas readers are going to WIN a $25 Family Fare Gift Card! ENTER USING THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW

Monday, August 29, 2016

Do you ever want to escape and disconnect from it all? Last weekend my son and I did just that when we hit the highway for a getaway at Honey Creek Resort. If you haven't taken this 3.5 hour drive from Council Bluffs, you are missing out an a beautiful location with tons to do!

(Thank you to Honey Creek Resort for hosting my son and I for our getaway. We were provided with our stay and activities, and any opinions are 100% our own.)

9 Reasons to Visit Honey Creek Resort 

#1 Location

Sitting on Lake Rathbun, the second largest lake in Iowa, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery at Honey Creek Resort. Both the lodge and the cottages had fantastic views - we even spotted deer running through the parking lot and the golf course.

#2 Activities

There are all sorts of things to do at Honey Creek Resort, both scheduled and unscheduled. Take in some golfing, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, hiking, s'mores around the campfire, or one of the many classes offered though naturists like making bees wax lip balm, star gazing, crafts, and more.

#3 Food 

While at Honey Creek Resort my son tried eight new foods. I can't tell you the last time he actually tried anything new so this was HUGE. Even huger, he LOVED it all. Things like taquitos, turkey subs, molten chocolate cake, waffles for breakfast BOTH mornings, chicken, and the list goes on. He kept telling everyone how amazing the food was and I will admit, it hurt my ego just a wee bit.

#4 Cottages

There are 105 guest rooms at the Honey Creek Resort Lodge, but I highly recommend staying in one of the 28 cottages at the resort. My son and I were wowed as soon as we pulled in and he stated many times that he didn't want to go home because the "cabbage" was better than home! Take a look at the little video we shot when we arrived....

#5 Indoor Water Park

There isn't just a pool and hot tub at Honey Creek Resort. They have Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park with a slide, lazy river, water basketball, little kids section, and a small arcade to enjoy before or after you swim.

#6 Playground and Outdoor Event Space

One of the first things you spot when you pull onto Honey Creek Resort is a playground and outdoor event space that is perfect for weddings, work picnics, and family reunions. The playground has places to play for big and little kids, and this is a park with some neat features I haven't seen at parks at home.

#7 Nature Trails

After settling into our cottage, we hit one of the nature trails that lead back up to the lodge. There are a few different routes you can go that take you through the beautiful nature surrounding Honey Creek Resort, and we also spotted a pond, bee hives, and a few guests who rented bicycles to enjoy the trails.

#8 Friendly Staff

Every staff member that we encountered at Honey Creek Resort was happy, friendly, and helpful. We had no issues during our stay, but they were always able to point is in the direction we were searching for our had answers to our questions.

#9 Disconnect to Reconnect

It felt so good to disconnect from the busyness of life and reconnect with my son during our getaway. Yes, Honey Creek Resort offers WiFi that works great, but there was SO much to do at the resort that you don't even think about getting online, other than to share awesome pictures of your adventures.

There is something for everyone of any age at Honey Creek Resort, and the only negative is that I waited this long to head out there! Whether you are looking for a little getaway or searching for a beautiful location in Iowa to hold your event, head to Moravia, Iowa and see what Honey Creek Resort is all about!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Did you know that in the state of Iowa it’s actually illegal for a man with a mustache to kiss a woman in public? Iowa is known for its agriculture like corn, soybeans, and what. They even have a creepy lamb with two butts. You know what else we have in Iowa? Lots of haunts!

I've always been a believer in the paranormal. Things like spirits, ghosts, and haunted places. Although, haunted houses at Halloween freak me the heck out. Legit haunts intrigue me and give me the need to learn more. If that sounds like you, add these Haunted in Iowa suggestions to your must visit list!

Haunted in Iowa: Real Haunts and Haunted Attractions

Haunted in Iowa

The Real Deal

Independence State Hospital was an insane asylum that opened its doors in 1873. It quickly became overcrowded and patients were put in a room and left without much care or treatment. Rumor has it that the staff were abusing patients, and the living conditions were horrible.

I am guessing the abused patients never moved on, even after death, because the Kirkbride building is still hustling and bustling. It is avoided by current staff because there is so much paranormal activity. People report being pushed or touched by unseen beings; doors have been seen to open and close on their own. Voices, laughs and screams can be heard from the halls. It makes you wonder if it’s the past patients lurking, or the staff that tortured them.

In Dubuque is the Matthias Ham House, which is now a museum. Businessman Mathias Ham built this mansion in 1856 for his family to live in, and decorated it lavishly. A total of four of the Ham family died in this home, as well as an unwelcomed intruder who had evil intentions. Sara Ham had been living alone and heard footsteps outside her bedroom door. She shot twice through the door and found a dead pirate outside of it. Locals aren’t sure if it is the ghost of Mr. Ham or the dead pirate that continues to visit the house, but footsteps and voices have been heard, and electrical disturbances have been reported as well. The pirate captain wasn’t a very nice person and his ghost may be trying to get revenge for being murdered!

Villisca Ax Murder House sits on a quiet street in the small town of Villisca, but has a greusome history. In 1912, the Moore family and two overnight guests were brutally murdered with an axe while they slept. To this day nobody knows who murdered this family and the crime remains unsolved. You can take a daylight tour of the house, or if you’re really brave you can stay overnight and possibly experience hearing children’s voices or falling lamps. Are you brave enough? I'm not for the overnight, but I did visit during the day! --> Villisca Axe Murder House Tour

The Mason House Inn is 165 years old and has a pretty deadly history. At least 3 of the prior owners died while at the Inn, and a guest was murdered there as well. Several ghostly apparitions have been seen at the Mason House. You can stay overnight in this haunted location and possibly have your own ghost experience. Do you think you can handle it?

Haunted Attractions in Iowa

Dark Chambers haunted attraction is over 5,000 square feet of fright located in Dubuque. I watched the teaser video for this haunted house and I must say it’s pretty disturbing! This one is not for the faint of heart.

Outfox Escape Room is located in Coralville and features rooms like Lost Will, where you and your team have to find “Dad’s” will with the clues provided. They also have a room called Jurassic Iowa where dinosaurs are destroying the state and you need to solve the puzzle to save everyone. That one sounds like fun!

Escape Chambers is located in Des Moines and you have 60 minutes to escape with your friends. They also have Tactical Laser Tag, which is not your average laser tag. This is laser tag on steroids! It’s more like a real live video game compared to the dark blacklight kind with bulky vests and plastic guns.

The only question left is: Which one will you be visiting first?! Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

If you pulled up to the No Frill on Valley View drive today, you may have noticed a change. No Frill is no more. Today was the grand re-opening of Family Fare. This is the first Family Fare to open in the city and I partnered with them to check it out and tell you all about the new store, and offer a giveaway! Check out 10 reasons you need to check out Family Fare in Council Bluffs and enter to WIN 1 of 2 $50 Family Fare Gift Cards!

10 Reasons to Check out Family Fare in Council Bluffs

1) Build Your Own 6-Pack

That's right, I'm starting with alcohol and if you have trouble making up your mind, you can build your own 6-Pack for $8.99 at Family Fare! There are all sorts to choose from including beer, flavored drinks, IPA, and more.

2) Build Your Own K-Cup 24 Pack

It's not just alcohol, it's coffee too! Stop by the Pick and Sip at Family Fare to choose from a variety of K-Cup flavors to build your own pack of 24 K-Cups. They even have hot cocoa!

3) Certified Tender Ridge Angus Locally Supplies

Stop by the back of the store and see what the Butcher Shop has ready for the grill. Family Fare offers Certified Tender Ridge Angus in both seasoned and unseasoned varieties, as well as many different cuts.Tender Ridge Angus is high quality tender meat with a certification to prove it, and in order to earn that the meat has to meet the following requirements:

  • USDA tenderness audits
  • 14-Day minimum aging
  • Proper monitoring and labeling
  • Shear-force testing (scientific standard to evaluate tenderness)
  • Special employee training programs so they can make sure the meat is ready for us to enjoy!

4) Living Well Section

When you walk in to Family Fare there is a fantastic fresh fruits and veggies section. Just beyond is the Living Well Section with over 2000 products that are better and healthier for you.There's gluten-free, allergen-free organic, vegan, Non-GMO products, and more, as well as health and wellness products. It was nice to see this section so prominent in the store, instead of tucked away hidden in a corner. Keep your eyes out for Free Living Well Magazines that will hit the store in August.

5) Cafe & Deli

Family Fare does have a deli with ready to go foods, deli meats, and more. Plus, there is a little Cafe next to it so you can enjoy lunch at a table instead of in the car.

6) Bakery

Cakes, donuts, breads, and the list goes on. The bakery at Family Fare may be worth checking out for your next birthday party cake!

7) Baby Club

It is free to sign up for Family Fare's Baby Club and you will earn a $10 gift card for every $100 you spend on baby items.

8) Pet Club

It is free to sign up for Family Fare's Pet Club and you will earn a $10 gift card for every $100 you spend on pet items.

9) yes Rewards Card

It is free to sign up for a yes Card with Family Fare and it is your ticket to personalized coupons, freebies, surprises, and perks. You can sign up quickly and easily in-store or online at

10) Grand Re-Opening Specials

There are lots of grand re-opening specials at Family Fare in Council Bluffs. When I was shopping last night I scored $1.57 gallons of milk, $1.77 Doritos and Tostitos, $0.88/lb grapes, and more. If meat is on your list, they have Pork Sirloin Chops BOGO Free and cheap ground beef. Don't forget that the Wiener Mobile will be in the parking lot on July 22nd from 11-2 PM and there are lots of prizes to win right now!

There are 8 Family Fare celebrating grand re-openings in the Council Bluffs/Omaha Area:

  • 5110 S. 108th Street Omaha, NE
  • 14444 W. Center Road Omaha, NE
  • 2650 N. 90th Street Omaha, NE
  • 3003 N. 108th Street Omaha, NE
  • S. 24th Street Omaha, NE
  • Valley View Dr. Council Bluffs, IA
  • 7402 N. 30th Street Omaha, NE
  • 1510 Harlan Dr. Bellevue, NE
The special events and activities going on during the Family Fare Grand Re-Opening celebrations include:

Thursday July 21st, 2016 

  • Daily Prize! (3) $100 VISA gift cards
  • Kretschmar Rib Fest * Deli promotion
  • Bridgeford Bass Pro Fishing Team Appearance (autographs/coupons)
  • 5110 S. 108th Street (11am – 2pm), outside in the parking lot
  • Kretschmar Country Concert (Cole Porter Band)
  • 14444 W. Center Road (3pm – 7pm), outside in the parking lot
  • Oscar Mayer Wienermobile (sampling/coupons)
  • 2650 N. 90th Street (11am – 2pm), outside in the parking lot
  • 3003 N. 108th Street (3pm – 6pm), outside in the parking lot 
 Friday July 22nd, 2016

  • Daily Prize! (2) $200 Living Well gift package
  • Cookies BBQ Sauce Grill Wagon w/ Smithfield Meats (sampling/coupons)
  • 3003 N. 108th Street (11am – 6:30pm), outside in the parking lot
  • Oscar Mayer Wienermobile (sampling/coupons)
  • 1801 Valley View Dr. (11am – 2pm), outside in the parking lot
  • 7402 N. 30th Street (3pm – 6pm), outside in the parking lot 
Saturday July 23rd, 2016

  • Daily Prize! $300 Private Label summer gift wagon
  • Cookies BBQ Sauce Grill Wagon w/ Smithfield Meats (sampling/coupons)
  • 3003 N. 108th Street (11am – 6:30pm), outside in the parking lot
  • Oscar Mayer Wienermobile (sampling/coupons)
  • 14444 W. Center Road (11am – 2pm), outside in parking lot
  • 5110 S. 108th Street (3pm – 6pm), outside in the parking lot
Plus, through the end of August, you have the chance to WIN 2 Tickets to the 2017 Big Game in Houston. THE game. With a football. All you have to do is shop with your yes Rewards Card between July 20th and the end of August, and you will automatically be entered into the Super Sweepstakes! I'm telling ya, there is a lot of fun happening at Family Fare right now!

If you don't live in the Council Bluffs/Omaha Area, find a Family Fare near you and check out what's going on in store!

Thanks to Family Fare, TWO Midwest Mammas Readers are going to WIN $50 Family Fare Gift Cards!


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pokemon Go has taken over everything! I find it entertaining, comical, heart-warming, hilarious, and awesome. I haven't played nearly enough, but I love that it is giving me something to do with my 10 year old son. We don't have a whole lot of Pokemon PokeStops and Gyms near us but there are tons all over the Omaha Metro. I started a list and will be adding to it as things keep popping up!

Pokemon Go PokeStops in Omaha Area
  • Rockbrook Village
  • Old Market - lots of Poke Stops being reported down there.
  • All TWELVE Omaha Libraries
  • Josyln Art Museum
  • Heartland of America Park - Conagra Campus
  • UNO - there are more than 35 Poke Stops on campus!
  • Halleck Park
  • Monument to Labor Statue in Omaha along the river
  • Werner Park
  • Bellvue University - lots of PokeStops
  • Council Bluffs Public Library
  • Bayliss Park
  • Elmwood Park
  • Dodge Memorial Church (Council Bluffs)
  • Lil Bros Tattoo Shop (Council Bluffs)
  • Walking Train along the river (Council Bluffs)

Pokemon Go Gyms in Omaha Area

  • UNO - there are 5 gyms across the three campuses!
  • Joslyn Art Museum
  • Nobbies
  • Bellvue University
  • Halleck Lake
  • Boys Town
  • Crossroads Mall
  • Aksarben Village
  • Werner Park
  • Walking Trail along the river (Council Bluffs)

Pokemon Go Lure Parties in Omaha Area ( and events)

Check out this Pokemon Go Map for Omaha where users have been adding in Poke Stops and Gyms too!

Pokemon Catching Areas in Omaha Area
  • Heartland of America Park - Conagra Campus
  • Fontenelle Forest
  • Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Joslyn Art Museum
  • Omaha Children's Museum
  • Gene Leahy Mall
  • UNO Campuses
  • Halleck Park
  • Seymour Smith Park
  • Horsemen's Park
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • MidTown
  • Hitchcock Park
  • Boys Town
  • Pedestrian Bridge
  • Tom Hannafan Park
  • Westroads Mall
  • Oakview Mall
  • Underwood Bar
  • Big Lake Park (Council Bluffs)
  • Bayliss Park (Council Bluffs)
  • Churches, Monuments, Schools, Libraries, Police Stations, Fire Stations
If you have a Pokemon PokeStop or Gym in the Omaha Area that you would like to have added to the list, drop a comment below. If you have hosting a lure party and what to spread the word, drop me a comment as well!

Keep up with the local Pokemon Go scene by following the Pokemon Go Omaha Facebook Page and @PokemonGoOmaha on Twitter!

Want more Pokemon Go?

How to Hold a Pokemon Go Scavenger Hunt by Car + Free Printable

Ultimate Pokemon Go Product Guide

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Facebook is wonderful at letting me know all the exciting things going on in Council Bluffs and the Omaha Metro. A variety of event invites pop up in my feed, both from friends and things Facebook feels are a fit for my life. Some days I don't even know what is a fit so it's nice that Facebook cares. With all of these events in my feed, I decided to start What's Happening Wednesday and bring you upcoming local events to fill your calendar with!

What's Happening Wednesday




  • Rebuilding Together Omaha Luncheon with  The Scott Brothers from HGTV's "The Property Brothers" on September 29th at Omaha Design Center.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Food Challenges are full of delicious fun. You can find them for just about any meal and all types of foods. If you live in Iowa, are traveling through, or challenging yourself to attempt food challenges in every state, here are Iowa's Best Food Challenges for you to devour! 

Iowa's Best Food Challenges

Jethro's BBQ Adam Emmenecker Challenge

Difficulty: 3 out of 5
Cost: $25
Time: 15 Minutes

Description: Finish a spicy pickle, bun, pork tenderloin, buffalo chicken tenders, white cheddar sauce, fried cheese cubes, Texas brisket, applewood smoked bacon, cheeseburger, and 1lb of waffle fries.

Prizes: Free Shirt, Free Meal, and mentioned on their Wall of Fame.  

Grandma Max's Restaurant Burger Challenge (Urbandale)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Cost: $19
Time: 1 Hour

Description Finish a huge burger patty topped with veggies on a very large bun.

Prizes Free T-shirt and your picture on their Wall of Fame. (Meal not free or discounted.)

The Italian Pizza & Subs Pizza Challenge

Difficulty: 5 out of 5
Cost: $100
Time: 1 Hour

Description Eat a 26″ pizza with 2 toppings by yourself within an hour. (Please give 24hr advanced notice and meal is not free or discounted unless you win.)

Prizes Free Meal and $300 Cash, as well as mentioned on their Wall Of Fame.

Charlie's Steakhouse Wing Challenge

Difficulty: 1 out of 5
Cost: $9
Time: 12 Minutes

Description Eat a dozen of the spiciest wings in 12 minutes (1o minutes eating and 2 minutes sitting time)

Prize Free Shirt and your picture on their wall of fame. (Meal not free or discounted)

Charlie's Steakhouse Steak Challenge

Difficulty: 1 out of 5
Cost: $50
Time: One Sitting

Description Finish off a 3lb prime rib.

Prizes Free Shirt and your picture on their wall of fame. (Meal not free or discounted.)

Charlie's Steakhouse Burger Challenge

Difficulty: 1 out of 5
Cost: $17
Time: One Sitting

Description Finish off a burger that is about 2lbs of beef and topped with plenty of toppings.

Prizes Free Shirt and your picture on their wall of fame. (Meal not free or discounted.)

Capital Pub & Hot Dog Hot Dog Challenge

Difficulty: 1 out of 5
Cost: $18
Time: One Sitting

Description Finish a 2 half-pound Klement’s hot dogs topped with 2 half-pound beef patties, a half-pound of thin sliced beef top sirloin steak, 2 slices of cheese, and 2 hot dog toppings of your choice, served open-faced on 2 hoagie rolls.

Prizes Your picture on their Wall Of Fame. (Meal not free or discounted.)

Keo's Grill & Bar Burger Challenge

Difficulty: 3 out of 5
Cost: $20
Time: 1 Hour

Description Finish a burger that has over 3lbs of beef, a huge bun with 1lb of fries.

Prizes Free Meal and your picture on their Wall of Fame, as well as naming rights.

Rube's Steakhouse Steak Challenge (Montour)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Cost: $53
Time: One Sitting

Description Finish a huge 52 ounce sirloin that is served with 2 sides.

Prizes Free Shirt and your picture on their Wall Of Fame. (Meal not free or discounted.)

Midtown CafĂ© Burrito Challenge

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Cost: $14
Time: One Sitting

Description Finish a huge burrito with lots of eggs, bacon, ham, potatoes, and plenty of other toppings

Prizes Free Meal and your picture on their Wall Of Fame.

Blue Iguana Mexican Cantina Burrito Challenge

Difficulty: 3 out of 5
Cost: $40
Time: 30 Minutes

Description Finish a 6 pound carne asada burrito with rice & beans and a 24 oz draft beer.

Prizes Free Shirt and mentioned on their Wanna Iguana Hall Of Fame. (Meal is not free or discounted.)

International House of Frybread Breakfast Challenge (IHOF)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5
Cost: $20
Time: 45 Minutes

Description Finish 5 pancakes, 4 eggs, 3 slices of bacon, 3 sausages, hashbrowns, and toast.

Prizes Free Meal, Free Shirt and mentioned on their Wall Of Fame.

International House of Frybread Burger Challenge (IHOF)

Difficulty: 3 out of 5
Cost: $30
Time: 45 Minutes

Description Finish a 4 pound Colossal cheeseburger with 12 slices of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickle spears, onions, sour cream, salsa, and tortilla chips on a fry bread bun with 1 lb of chili cheese fries and a milkshake of your choice.

Prizes Free Meal, Free Shirt, and mentioned on their Wall Of Fame.

International House of Frybread Wing Challenge (IHOF)

Difficulty: 1 out of 5
Cost: $20
Time: 6 Minutes

Description Finish 12 Ghost Pepper Bourbon Wings with a 5 minute “afterburn” period.

Prizes Free Meal, Free Shirt, and mentioned on their Wall Of Flame.

Do you have a favorite Iowa Food Challenge to add to the list? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dining at Crave tucked inside Midtown Crossing in Omaha the other night, was a mix between "am I being Punk'd" and "did Gordon Ramsey make a visit here?" You see, I dined at Crave when they first opened and honestly, I wasn't impressed. This time around was a completely different story and now I can't wait to get back!

(Big thanks to Crave Omaha for inviting the Omaha Bloggers out or I would have never known about the changes!)

While Gordon Ramsey didn't visit, Crave did undergo some major changes since I was last there and if you haven't been you should experience Crave Omaha soon! In the past year and a half they have taken on new owners, new executive chef, new bar manager, and amazingly delicious food by the plateful. I joined a few other Omaha Bloggers to check out the menu and learn about the Father's Day Special at Crave in Omaha.

First, let me tell you about Father's Day because once we start talking food, you will forget a holiday is coming and get in your car to taste what I'm talking about. Sunday, June 19th you can enjoy an All You Can Eat Prime Rib Feast for $23.95 at Crave! The feast includes prime rib, baby red potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, and Crave salad. (Note, while kids eat free on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entree, this does not apply on Father's Day.)

Okay, the food. The Crave menu does not disappoint in any category. In addition to their regular menu, they have a great gluten-free menu, a kids menu, a date night menu, and vegan options as pretty much everything is fresh and made to order in house. For example, the sushi. Did you know Crave has sushi? Honestly, I'm not a big sushi fan but, the presentation was beautiful and the rest of the bloggers were enjoying every bite.

Appetizers are one of my favorite parts of the menu and I like that the appetizer portions at Crave are shareable. For me, that means meal sized and I'm all over that! We tried Calamari and Kogi Beef Tacos, I loved both and wouldn't let them remove the plate of tacos until I had polished off as much as I could. The flavor was SO good.

If you like a great salad, you can also find that at Crave. We sampled two types of chicken salads and both were yummy. My favorite overall was the Chopped Chicken Salad and one I would get again.

I'm not even sure where to begin on entrees because they were all so darn tasty. My overall favorite would probably be the Lemon Garlic Chicken.

A close second would be the Caprese Flatbread because the flavor on this was unbelievable.

Others that we tried included one of the most unique and tasty Beef Stroganoff dishes I've had...

...a very fresh and flavorful Norwegian Salmon....

....and Steak Frites that melted in your mouth.

Next to appetizers, dessert is the best part of the menu in my book. If you have trouble deciding, go with Crave's Dessert Sample for a little of all the best worlds. You get individual cups of French Silk, Salted Caramel Mousse, Blueberry Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Strawberry Pana Cota, and Tres Leches. If you like coconut, give "The Original" Coconut Cake a run for it's money with it's light and fluffy cake.

I have to give a nod to the S'mores Brownie. I even grabbed one of these to bring home and the oldest two kids really liked it. A graham cracker crust, brownie middle, marshmallow topping, and a side of marshmallow ice cream make this a great summer treat.

I seriously can not wait to get back to Crave and I think I'm going to hit up one of the Date Nights on Friday or Saturday. For just $60 you get two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts, and a bottle of wine! There is a special Date Night Menu featuring several of the dishes I featured above.

Fun Facts About Crave Omaha
  • 1/2 Price Wine Wednesday ($40 max Discount)
  • Kids Eat Free All Day on Sunday (with purchase of adult entree per kid - excludes holidays)
  • 1/2 Price Sushi on Sunday and Monday from 4 PM - Close
  • Police eat free (up to $25), and other discounts include 20% Off for Military and Mutual of Omaha Employees, and 15% off for UNMC and Creighton Employees and Students. 
  • Sunday Brunch is 11 AM - 2 PM
  • Happy Hour is Monday - Saturday from 3 PM - 6 PM and 9 PM - close, as well as all day on Sunday. 
  • Patio available but, no reservations are taken. 

Before heading to dinner, join the Crave Loyalty Program so you can start earning rewards each visit. You will also receive coupons for your birthday and anniversary.

Thanks to Crave Omaha, one lucky reader is going to WIN a $25 Crave Omaha Gift Card! Plus, through July 31st, 2016, if you mention that you read about Crave on Midwest Mammas, you will receive a 15% discount on your bill. 
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