Online Edition No.47 April 2008
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GIZMO'S GOSSIP  Gizmo's Gossip

Hi again everyone.  Gizmo here.
Well Well Well. I can see that the Buck Hollow Farm Pet Photo Contest has generated massive excitement. Those photos have been coming non- stop keeping Mom busy getting the website all set up. !

 And. Man Oh man ! Folks have been sending in photos from near and far. Over 30 states and 10 countries including Germany and Australia. AUSTRALIA ! That's three days of travel for just a two night stay. And wait till you see what pet photo they sent in.

Oh, by the way. I'm amazed at what lengths humans have gone to win. Costumes, blow dried hair, curlers, makeup and funky clothes - just to name a few. I'm going to lobby Mom and Dad to award the PETS a two or one night stay. After all, it's their photo and their embarrassment which will be awarded. Anyhow, CLICK HERE TO VOTE  and may the best dog (OOPS ...PET) win !

Love Gizmo



Pumpkin Bran MuffinsPumpkin Bran Muffins

Moist, flavorful, healthy and only 150 calories.

1 15 oz can pumpkin
1 cup bran cereal
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1- 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1- 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup cranraisins
sugar for sprinkling

1. .In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, bran cereal, butter, and sugars. Stir in the eggs and buttermilk. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, spices, baking soda and baking powder. Stir into the pumpkin mixture, then stir in the raisins. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the batter for 4 hours or overnight..
2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease or line the wells of a muffin pan with papers. Scoop the batter into the pan, using a heaping 1/4 cup of batter for each. Sprinkle the tops with sugar if desired, then bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan for five minutes before taking them out of the pan to finish cooling on a rack.

Yield: 12 muffins.

May the Best Pet Win!! 

Buck Hollow Farm


 Winter just seems to be holding on until the very end even though spring has officially arrived. We can however look forward to warmer times.  In keeping with that one of Vermont's major attractions is Lake Champlain which is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. after the five Great Lakes, and is one of Vermont’s most sought after destinations.

The best way to enjoy the lake is with a cruise aboard the 424 passenger Spirit of Ethan Allen III. Discover the region’s rich history, as the Captain’s narration unfolds tales of Indian lore, the Revolutionary War, and Ethan Allen himself. Explore the depths of the shoreline as the ship cruises alongside the lake’s unique geographic formations. Savor the majestic beauty of the Adirondack and Green Mountain ranges that surround the lake. Bring your cameras--the largest recorded mass siting of Champ, our elusive lake monster, was aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen I.

  • Lake Champlain is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. after the five Great Lakes
  • Lake Champlain is only one of a few lakes that flows in a northerly direction
  • The lake is 12.2 miles wide, 120 miles long, and 427 feet deep at its deepest point. It encompasses Vermont, New York, and the Province of Quebec, Canada
  • Lake Champlain is believed to have the best collection of historic shipwrecks in North America
  • Samuel de Champlain discovered the lake in 1609

    Cruises begin May 17th until October 19th. There are a wide variety of cruises available. Take a scenic narrated trip, a lunch or dinner cruise with live entertainment or maybe book for the Mother's Day Cruise.  You can check it all out at Spirit of Ethan Allen. Keep your eyes open for Champ, our friendly lake monster! Brad and Jacquie Foliage Banner

    VERMONT EVENTS  April 2008

    10th Annual Franklin County Quilt Show Apr 05, 2008 - Apr 06 in St. Albans The best quilt show in Franklin County, Vermont!" Features over 100 quilts, viewers' choice awards, Mayor's Award, vendors, Silent Auction, demonstrations, door prize and Raffle--1st prize is a queen-size quilt made by guild members. Special exhibits include Purple Heart Quilts, Breast Cancer Quilts, 2008 Charity Quilt for the Franklin County Humane Society, and charity quilts for numerous local organizations supporting the Franklin County community  
    15th Annual Vermont Antiquarian Spring Book Fair- April 13th in South. Burlington: 40+ dealers  of Antiquarian Booksellers from New England and the Northeast offering Scarce, Rare & Out of Print Books, both Antiquarian & Modern, Antique Maps & Prints, Postcards & Ephemera for sale
    Everything Equine Expo and Horses 2008 - April 26-27 in Essex Junction: Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vt. The region’s largest educational horse show, featuring 60 seminars with national and local equine experts including Jane Savoy, 175 exhibitors, 4-H kid’s corner, Breyer’s Model Horse Tour, Versatile Horse competition, silent auction and more. “Horsin’ Around” equine variety show on Saturday, 7 pm, separate admission required. Hours: Saturday, 8:30 am to 6 pm, Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Advance tickets, $6, day of show, $8, kids under 5 free with adult. call (802) 878-5545.
    Ben and Jerry's 30th Annual Free Cone Day- April 13th in South. Burlington:Good time to try Coconut Seven Layer Bar Ice Cream At the Ben and Jerry scoop shop 10:00 am to 8:00 p.m. Free factory tours all day.
    Going Green Expo Vermont- May 10th & 11th at UVM BurlingtonGoing Green Expo at VT will showcase hundreds of exhibitions offering something for every shade of green! The expo will showcase everything from organic foods and eco fashion, to renewable energy and alternative transportation. Successful Going Green Expos have been held in other cities, like Manchester, NH (Oct 2007) and Boston, MA (Feb 2008).
    Vermont Chocolate Show- Essex – May 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.mThe Vermont Chocolate Show features chocolatiers, chefs, and other vendors from Vermont and throughout the Northeast. The show includes educational programs, a chocolate art exhibit, product sales and other culinary activities. It is an opportunity for chocolate lovers of all ages to buy chocolate products, learn from noted Vermont pastry chefs and food experts, and enjoy chocolate spa treatments.
    Morgan Horse "Derby" Gala- May 2nd to 4th in Shelburne  The American Morgan Horse Association hope you’ll spend the 133rd Kentucky Derby in Shelburne, VT to help them celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “Home of the Morgan.” The weekend will kick off with a cocktail reception Friday evening at AMHA Headquarters. Saturday will include Kentucky Derby viewing plus dinner with dancing at the Burlington Hilton. A Sunday morning brunch wraps up the weekend at the National Museum of the Morgan Horse, located in the headquarters. RSVP
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