3lb Roast (Either Beef or Pork)
1lb Dry Pinto Beans (Can use canned, just add at the end)
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 T. Ground Cumin
1T. Dried Oregano
1T. Chili Powder
4 oz. Can of Chopped Green Chilies
- Cover beans and soak over night in slow cooker. *
- In the morning, remove all the beans and place the roast in the slow-cooker. Add all the remaining ingredients, including the beans and the soaking water. Add more water, if necessary.
- Cook on high for one hour, then on low for 6 hours.
- Shred up the roast, pulling apart with a fork.
- Cook on high for 1 more hour.
- Serve over a bed of lettuce, tortilla chips, or chalupa shells. Top with shredded cheese, mexican rice, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and onions, if desired. I really like to put guacamole on top too!
* I prefer to soak my beans in warm to hot water at first and rinse a couple of times before leaving them over night. It helps break down the outer skin and makes them easier to digest for people with digestive issues.
The most wonderful time of year starts early in Branson, MO. Every year November 1st kicks off the Christmas shows and lights. Then, when January rolls around things really slow down. If you don’ mind the cold weather, and just want to see the local area, its a great time to be here. You should know that only a few shows still play during the off-season and many and the shops are on seasonal hours. Also, the lodging options are a little limited because some of the facilities take this opportunity to remodel and fix up a bit so they shut down.
The winter weather here is pretty mild, typically ranging from the mid 20′s to the mid 40′s. We do get an occasional snow but it usually don’t last more than a few days.
One thing you can do during off-season that you can’t always do during the regular season is drive down the strip (highway 76) with ease. Also, the museums and walk-up attractions are much less crowded during the off-season.
Silver Dollar City is a favorite among the young and the old. It offers such an array of activities that everyone will have a great time. My family loves riding the rollar coasters and the wet rides (when it’s really hot)! We always have to visit the candy store where they are sure to be baking up something yummy (I love the peanut brittle!). For lunch, I usually can’t pass up the skillets or somethimes the BBQ.
It really amazes me, all the different things you can see there. On one corner someone is carving wood, then there is someone blowing glass in another area, and someone baking some of the tastiest treats you have ever eaten. The guy that makes the pig rinds is always fun to visit with.
At Christmas they have the biggest and most beautiful light display that I have seen anywhere. I always have to ride the train to see all the lights and sing along with the Christmas Carols. They also have the best hot cocoa and apple cider… I am ready for Christmas to be here just thinking about it!
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Everyone knows what Branson is today, with all the live entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. But how did that happen?
In the 1880′s settlers began settling the area of the Ozark Mountains because of the “free land”. And a guy by the name of Rueben Branson opened a general store and post office, and there it is, that’s how Branson got it’s name.
The first official attraction in Branson was the Marble Cave, which people began to take tours of in the late 1800′s. Then, it was leased by the Herschend Family, who originally used it to host square dances in the 1950′s. Then in 1960, they began what is now know as the Silver Dollar City theme park in the same area and the cave became a big attraction.
Also, in the early 1900′s there was a very popular book written called The Shepherd of the Hills, by Harold Bell Wright. This book brought many visitors to the area. In the 1960;s they opened up The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and outdoor theater.
Did you know we didn’t always have a lake? In the early 1900′s, they began constructing a dam and power site on the White River. First, they created the Taneycomo Lake, then later around 1958 they finished the dam and created the Table Rock Lake.
The Prestley’s moved into a theater on Hwy. 76, followed a year later by the Baldknobbers. Now this area host more than 50 theaters and over 100 shows. This area became know as “the strip”. With these developments, it didn’t take long for Branson to become known as the live entertainment capital, that it is today.
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Branson has a lot of great places to go shopping. We have a Tanger Outlet Mall, Factory Merchants Mall, and my personal favorite the Branson Landing.
The Branson Landing has over 100 shops, including Belk Department Store, Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Hollister Co., Dress Barn, Yankee, Aeropostal, etc. Along with the regular stores, there are places to get your hair and nails done too!
The Landing also has some really great places to eat! My favorites include: Shorty Small’s, Texas Land and Cattle, Cantina Laredo, and Famous Dave’s. Shorty Small’s serves some really fabulous classics such as ribs, catfish, burgers, and chicken fingers. Texas Land and Cattle definitely has some of the best steaks in Branson. Cantina Laredo serves really great Mexican food, my favorite is their fajitas. Famous Dave’s is great BBQ.
To top off the great shopping and restaurants, the landing also has a beautiful facade. Street lamps that change color high-light the bricked pathway leading you through the walkways, which have beautiful flower beds scattered everywhere. Then, in the center of the landing there are these fabulous fountains that shoot up water and fire to the sound of music. Even if you don’t want to shop or eat , you could just go walk along the river front and enjoy the atmosphere.
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My husband and I drove through the pig trails this weekend between Ozark, Ar and Huntsville, Ar. Wow, what a curvy trip! If you have been down that road you know exactly what I’m talking about. But with all the trees and flowers just starting to bloom, it was beautiful. This time of year gives me huge appreciation for nature and all of God’s wonders. This might make a pretty drive up to Branson for some (who don’t mind curves). I have heard motorcycle riders really enjoy this route.
Here are a couple of my pics.
Undercover Boss on CBS went undercover with the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, Joel Manby. He went undercover with Silver Dollar City and Showboat and in Branson. He also previewed Ride the Ducks from another location. What a neat company!
Want to see a little bit of this? Here’s a preview!
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We have a beautiful new airport on the southern tip of Branson, MO. This airport only carries a few smaller airlines: Frontier Airlines, AirTran, and Air Express. The airport code is BKG. But the benefit of flying with these smaller companies is that the prices are often much cheaper than the bigger airlines.
Frontier Airlines connects through Denver, CO and goes into many different places, including Boise, ID, Salt Lake City, UT, and Phoenix, AZ.
AirTran goes into Atlanta, GA. It offers a lot of great connections into places such as Orlando, FL, Cancun, Mexico, ect.
AirExpress offers flights into Austin, TX, Des Moines, IA, and a few other places.
If these airlines don’t work for you, you can also fly into the Springfield, MO airport. It is only an hour drive to Branson from there. Or if you don’t mind a little drive, you can fly into Kansas City, MO, Saint Louis, MO, or Tulsa, OK.
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Not quite, here are a few differences.
Branson, MO does not have any casinos. You can drive over to the Missouri/Oklahoma border (about 1 hr.), or up to Saint Louis or Kansas City (about 4 hrs.), but there aren’t any right in Branson.
Branson shows are typically much cheaper than shows in Las Vegas. Shows in Vegas cost in the hundreds typically, while Branson shows typically range in the $30 to $70 range. Also, Branson does not usually get as many of the really big stars as Vegas does. However, a lot of the older stars come to Branson more often than a lot of other places.
Branson is not open as long of hours as Vegas. Most restaurants close by 10pm and most attractions do as well. Even the shopping in only open til 9pm in the malls.
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