Hi again everyone. Gizmo
Why do I so frequently hear about a "DOG'S LIFE". Listening to two
leggers talk, one would think we have nothing to do but lick, jump
up on people and sleep. Not so !
You, my regular readers know how busy I can be (just read last
month's article). Isn't that enough to fill one's day ? I would
have thought so too, but not Mom and Dad. On top of my already
hectic schedule, they insisted - bribed might be a better phrase -
that I put my computer skills to use.
For the last month, I have
been stuck in front of a screen completely revamping, revising and
redoing our antiques and furniture pages which, I must admit, was
long overdue. Now you can navigate, read, click and explore a huge
variety of inventory with ease. I am kind of proud of myself, I
must say. So please, for my sake, take a look for yourself.
You'll see links elsewhere in this letter and also on the home page
for the inn. Who knows, something may very well catch your eye. If
so, delivery is easily arranged, especially to NY, New England
and thereabouts. Also, on a big item they offer a complimentary
night at the inn if you come to Vermont for pickup.
Oh ! Did I mention that I get a pound of ground meat for every sale ?
P.S. My brother Utah insisted we show his
picture this month....he's so spoiled!
Burlington's Waterfront Bike Path is a 7.6 mile recreational route that runs from the southern end of Burlington at Oakledge Park to the northern end at the Winooski River, where it connects via
the newly constructed (spring 2004) bike path bridge to the Colchester
Bike Path. The Bike Path rides along the
Lake Champlain shoreline,
offering wonderful views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains to
the west. The bike path links six major waterfront parks, along with
the Burlington High School and the central Waterfront district.
Initially used as a railroad bed for the Rutland and Burlington Railroad companies, the conversion from rails to trails concept began in 1973. Utilized by an estimated 150,000 bicyclists, walkers, joggers and in-line skaters annually, the Bike Path is among Burlington's most popular amenities. The free College Street shuttle is a primary link from the Bike Path to downtown Burlington and the University of Vermont.
- The Montréal Bike Fest5/28/2006 - 6/4/2006
- The bicycle is celebrated for eight days, in the best cycling city in North America, according to Bicycling magazine.
WHAT TO DO IN VERMONT
Guests frequently ask for advice on how to spend a day while at Buck
Hollow Farm. So here's our Late Night Top Ten List of what guests do
while here. Not necessarily in order.
- Nothing ! Simply relax, sit by the fire or pool (in season) or
spend time in the year round outside hot tub.
- Visit Shelburne Museum, spending the day reliving 19th and 18th
- Wander the
Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, enjoying the
many outside cafes and specialty shops.
- Drive up Mt. Mansfield, pass through Smuggler's Notch (perhaps stopping for
a scenic hike), down the Mountain Road into
Stowe for an afternoon of exploring
that quaint village OR enjoy the most popular mountain activities-scenic gondola rides, thrilling alpine slide rides, the auto toll road, bungee trampoline and a climbing wall.
- Watch ice cream being manufactured at the world famous
Ben and Jerry's factory
or visit the
Teddy Bear Factory
- Explore the trails of our 400 acres (on foot or skis) seeking our
wildlife and especially our resident Moose (Morris). We offer a
gallon of maple syrup to anyone who spots Morris (we take your word
but would love a photo).
- Visit St. Albans, a stereotypical New England city and site of
the most Northerly battle of the Civil War, visit their small but
outstanding Historical Museum and eat in one of the (unexpectedly)
- Check out the Burlington waterfront, tour the lake on one of the
several tour boats, walk or ride the bike path and visit the
Center, a science center of the lake and Champlain Valley.
- Bring your bikes and use one of the many bike paths or explore
villages on the roads which are reasonably quiet and safe.
Brad & Jacquie
"TOFFEE-TOPPED CHEESECAKE BARS
breakfast recipe...well how about a dessert recipe for breakfast?
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups (10-oz pkg) SKOR English Toffee Bits, divided
||Heat oven to 350°F. Combine flour, powdered sugar, cocoa and baking soda in medium bowl; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Press into bottom of ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.
||Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add sweetened condensed milk, eggs and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in 1 cup toffee bits. Pour mixture over hot crust. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until set and edges just begin to brown.
|Remove from oven. Cool 15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup toffee bits evenly over top. Cool completely. Refrigerate several hours or until cold. Cover; store leftover bars in refrigerate. About 36 bars.
EVENTS MAY 2006
10th Annual Essex Spring Craft & Fine Art Show,
May5-7th Essex Junction Features 200 exhibits of traditional, contemporary, country crafts, fine art, folk art and gourmet specialties.
21st Annual Burlington Kids Day,
May 20th - BurlingtonVermont's largest children's celebration. Burlington's Waterfront Park, 9:30-3:30 pm. Free. 802-864-0123
Key Bank Vermont City Marathon May
Vermont's largest marathon, ranked among the 20 best marathons in the United States. Burlington, Vermont, Admission. 802-863-8412
International Migratory Bird Day Celebration
May 13th Birdwatchers of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge International Migratory Bird Day Count. Participants will be split into small teams to survey the refuge and adjacent areas by vehicle, foot, canoe, and motorboat depending on interests and abilities. Bring your binoculars and field guides.