Friday, November 25, 2016

3 Ways to Use Your Leftover Turkey

Let's face it, how many of us actually eat all of that giant turkey we cook for Thanksgiving dinner? Most of us eat leftover turkey for days! In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort offers a couple recipes to make with your leftover turkey. Enjoy!

Turkey Casserole 

If you have lots of leftovers, more than just turkey, try this turkey casserole. Tired of eating turkey already? This recipe can be frozen and eaten at a later date!

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  • 3 Cups Leftover Stuffing 
  • 4 Cups Leftover Turkey 
  • 2 Cups Leftover Corn (and/or other veggies) 
  • 3 Cups Leftover Mashed Potatoes 
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • 3/4 Cup Mayo (or Miracle Whip) 
 *Measurements are approximate; you can use whatever you have left. 

  1. Mix the turkey, corn and mayo together in a bowl. 
  2. Mix the potatoes and the cheese together. 
  3. In a large foil pan, layer the ingredients starting with the stuffing in the bottom. 
  4. Then add the layer of your turkey mixture. 
  5. Top that with the layer of mashed potatoes and cheese. 
  6.  Either cover with foil and freeze OR place it in the oven at 375° for 30 to 40 minutes or until heated.

Slow Cooker Turkey Noodle Soup

A great way to get the most out of your Thanksgiving turkey is to use the leftover carcass to create a delicious turkey noodle soup! 

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Ingredients for Stock: 
  • 1 Turkey Carcass 
  • 1 Onion 
  • 1 Celery Stalk 
  • 1 Carrot 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper 
  • 1 Bay Leaf 
  • 1/2 tsp Poultry Seasoning 
  • 2 tsp Instant Chicken Bouillon Granules
  • 12 Cups Water 

Ingredients for Soup: 
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Garlic Clove 
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and chopped 
  • 2 Stalks Celery, chopped 
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper 
  • 2 Cups Turkey, shredded
  • Noodles, uncooked 
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley Leaves, chopped 

  1. To make the stock, place the turkey carcass is your slow cooker. Add all ingredients listed above for the stock. Cook on low overnight. 
  2. The next morning, strain the broth and pour it back in the slow cooker. 
  3. Remove turkey meat from the bones and set aside. 
  4. For the soup, combine onions, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper with the broth in the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours. 
  6. Add turkey, noodles and parsley. 
  7. Cook another 1/2 hour. 
  8. Enjoy your turkey soup! 

Turkey Salad 

For a quick lunch option, consider using leftover turkey to create a turkey salad sandwich!


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  • 1 1/2 Cups Cooked Turkey, diced
  • 1/2 Cup Apple, unpeeled and diced 
  • 1/2 Cup Mayo (or Miracle Whip) 
  • 1 1/2 tsp Curry Powder 
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger 
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper 
  • 1 Stalk Celery, chopped 
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped 

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate.
  2. Spread the mixture between 2 slices of your favorite bread, and voila, you have a delicious turkey salad sandwich! 

Summerset Inn Resort hopes you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoy your turkey leftovers! As we come to the end of the year, its time to start thinking about your 2017 vacation plans. Our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to stay, no matter the size of your group. We have one bedrooms units up to 5 bedroom condo-like units. Book your summer 2017 dates by giving us a call at 573-348-5073!

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1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

7 Reasons Everyone Needs to Take a Vacation

One thing many American's take for granted is their vacation time. Many people feel they are too busy to take a vacation or don't have the money to take a vacation. The truth is you really should take a vacation at least once a year. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort offers a few reasons everyone needs to take a vacation, even it's just a short little weekend road trip.

1. To Relieve Stress. 

One of the most important reasons everyone should take a vacation is to reduce the amount of stress in their life. Whether you're experiencing a burnout or you have too much pressure at work, taking a vacation can dramatically reduce that stress. Don't force yourself to keep working with no breaks: your body and mind both need time away from everyday stressors and taking a vacation is a great way to accomplish that.

2. To Prevent Illness. 

Research shows that going on vacation can actually improve your health. Excessive stress on your mind and body can alter your immune system and lead to illness. By reducing that stress, you'll not only feel better emotionally, but also physically. Taking a vacation is a great way to help prevent illness, from the common cold and flu to more serious conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

3. To Increase Happiness. 

Studies have shown that stress can actually alter brain structure, contributing to depression and anxiety. Research shows that women who do not take regular vacations are 3 times more likely to become depressed and anxious. People who take regular vacation on the other hand, report feeling extremely happy with an overall feeling of well-being. Many of those reports stated that effects lasted well after the actual vacation as well.  

4. To Improve Sleep Quality. 

Studies have shown that taking vacations and traveling regularly can actually lead to an almost 20% improvement in sleep quality. Often times, you average an hour more of quality sleep while on vacation and that sleep can also carry on once you're back home.

5. To Increase Productivity. 

Not taking vacation can cause exhaustion, impatience, poor decision making and even illness. Studies show that more vacation time actually increases productivity, and also reduces the number of sick days taken. Reports show that many people feel more creative after taking time off, and they also report feeling more satisfied with their jobs when they're able to take regular vacations.

6. To Recharge and Increase Energy. 

Continuous work with no breaks can make people feel tired, distracted and even blocked. These problems concentrating can easily be rectified with some time off. Surveys show almost 3/4 of people who vacation regularly feel energized and more ready to tackle the tasks at hand.

7. To Learn Something New. 

When you're stuck in the office, doing the same things day after after day, it can be hard to learn something new. Using your vacation time allows you free time to read a book or follow some other interest or hobby. When you take the time to travel to new places, you experience knew things, many of which may give you knowledge to bring back with you.

Make it your goal to vacation more in 2017! Whether it's just a weekend road trip or flying across the country, be sure to take some time for yourself. Summerset Inn Resort is here to help you plan the perfect vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. From a fun family vacation to a romantic couples getaway, our waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place to escape!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Get a Jump Start on Your 2017 Vacation Planning

With 2016 coming to a close in just a couple short months, now's the time to think about how your 2017 is going to look. Do you have plans for how to make next year even better than this one? Do those plans include traveling? If not, they should! A vacation is something that everyone can benefit from, giving you time to relax, de-stress and re-charge. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks resort offers a few tips to jump start your 2017 vacation planning!

1. Pick a Place to Go. 

The first step in planning a vacation is choosing where you want to go. Might we suggest a road trip to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks! We weren't voted #1 recreational Lake in the country for nothing - the area offers plenty of fun for people of all ages. Whether you live in Missouri or one of the surrounding states, the Lake area is easily accessible due to its central location. Road trips can be a great way to bond with family and friends, and often times can be much cheaper than flying.

2. Choose the Length of Your Trip & Possible Dates. 

Once you've decided where you want to go, its time to think about how long you want to stay. Depending on how far you're traveling, you may want to stay for a long weekend or for an entire week or more. Nailing down the length of your trip and possible dates will help you determine where you can stay, what you can do and a budget. The Lake of the Ozarks area is an extremely popular vacation destination from mid-June through mid-August, and booking early is your best bet for ensuring you get the best accommodations!

3. Create a Budget to Stick To. 

Vacations can be expensive, but creating a budget can help you keep your spending from getting out of control. Research how much your accommodations are going to cost, the costs of particular activities you want to do, how much you're going to need for food, etc. One way to slim down your budget is to stay in a place with a kitchen or kitchenette so you don't have to eat out every meal. In addition, look for fun activities that are free or low-cost. The Lake of the Ozarks area offers a lot of budget friendly activities for people of all ages.

4. Start Saving Money Now. 

Depending on the budget you've come up with and how much the trip is going to cost you, you're probably going to want to start saving money now. Take a look at your personal budget and see where you might be able to cut costs and set some money aside for your 2017 vacation! Another thing to think about is booking your accommodations early and paying it off in chunks up to the time that the vacation is scheduled for. You can also purchase tickets to certain amusements ahead of time. By spreading out the costs across several months, you'll have less of a huge expense when vacation time rolls around.

If you choose to visit our beautiful Lake next year, be sure to check out the best waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks! Our accommodations include one, two, three and five bedroom options. We offer a lakefront swimming pool, kid's pool, a large deck for lounging and BBQ areas that are great for gathering with friends and family. Book your 2017 vacation reservations with us by calling 573-348-5073!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thanks for a Great Season at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Our rental season has come to a close and winter is just around the corner! We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our Summerset Inn guests for a great year in 2016. We hope to see many of you back again next year! In today's blog, we reflect on some of the great times had at the Lake of the Ozarks this past year and how to plan for the 2017 season! 

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Memorial Day Weekend

Although your favorite waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks opens mid-March, Memorial Day Weekend is really the kick-off to our rental season. The weather is getting warm enough to get out on the Lake and the kids have just finished up school. That last weekend in May is the perfect time to hit the Lake of the Ozarks. Last year, there were plenty of family-friendly activities happening all over the Lake including the annual fireworks displays! When making your plans for 2017, consider joining us for Memorial Day Weekend!

The Best Golf in the Midwest

Many of our Lake of the Ozarks resort guests love to play golf! Late spring and early summer is the perfect time to play a round here at the Lake. The weather is getting warmer and the area isn't crowded with the summer guests yet. The Lake of the Ozarks area is home to more than a dozen spectacular golf courses. In addition, you'll find a variety of charity golf tournaments happening all throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. Book your 2017 golf trip today and stay with us!

Lake Race Powerboat Races

One of the biggest annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Race 2016, took place June 3-5. The event featured a meet & greet on the strip, a 5K Run/Walk and a poker run in addition to the big powerboat races. Each year the event gets bigger and better and we can't wait to see what the 2017 events has to offer! Mark your calendars for June 1-4, 2017 and book your reservations at Summerset Inn Resort!

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Canine Cannonball at Dog Days 

An annual favorite at the Lake of the Ozarks is the Canine Cannonball! How far can your dog jump? The contest takes place at Dog Days Bar & Grill, which is in walking distance from our Lake of the Ozarks resort! Every year, in mid-June, canine athletes compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve at this FREE, family-friendly event!

4th of July Weekend

Arguably one of the most popular weekends to visit the Lake of the Ozarks is July 4th Weekend! There are so many events and activities happening all over the Lake, you're sure to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Aside from hitting the water for a day of boating, 4th of July weekend is filled with BBQs, live music, fireworks and more! There's no better place to spend the holiday weekend than at Summerset Inn at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!

Aquapalooza Concert on the Water 

If you love live music and being on the water, then this event is for you! Each year in mid-July, thousands of visitors and locals alike gather in the water in front of Dog Days Bar & Grill to enjoy a day of live music on the water's edge! This huge concert is a favorite for people of all ages, and with Summerset Inn Resort just down the road from Dog Days, we've got the perfect accommodations for you during this event!

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Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Boat Races

The largest unsanctioned boat races in the U.S. take place right here on our Lake each August! This is definitely one of the most anticipated events of the year, and features over a week of fabulous family-fun events leading up to the actual races. Walk around the vendor villages and watch the races on the jumbotron, or hit the water in your boat and tie up in a line to watch the races live and in-person! This is another highly popular weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks, so be sure to make your reservations early.

Fishing at Lake of the Ozarks

Another popular activity for our guests is fishing! The Lake of the Ozarks area has great conditions for fishing practically all year round. There are a variety of fishing tournaments happening all season long, with some favorites occurring late summer and early fall. If you like to fish, then Summerset Inn Resort is a great option for your Lake of the Ozarks accommodations

Labor Day Weekend 

Bringing the summer season to a close, Labor Day Weekend is one of the last chances to get away at the Lake of the Ozarks while the weather is still warm. (Although this year, we're experiencing some surprisingly warm temperatures this fall.) This end-of-summer holiday weekend always features great live music and of course some brilliant fireworks displays! Just like Memorial Day Weekend, this first weekend in September is always a great choice for a Lake of the Ozarks vacation!

While these may be some popular weekends for many to vacation at the Lake, the area is great all year-round. There's always something for people of all ages to enjoy - and even during inclement weather you can find things to do, like explore one of America's most scenic caves at Bridal Cave! Now's the time to start thinking about your 2017 vacation plans and book your reservations at the best resort at the Lake of the Ozarks, Summerset Inn!

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