Buck Hollow Farm Newsletter April 2009,Bed and Breakfast Recipe
Online Edition No.54 April 2009
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GIZMO'S GOSSIP  Gizmo's Gossip

Hi again everyone.
Well folks, I've it's finally here, the chance for the rest of my furry buddies to have their 15 minutes of fame. Mom has spent DAYS posting all the pictures on the web for the 2nd Annual Pet Photo Contest. I was impressed with all the proud pet parents out there and well they should be.  VOTE HERE and follow the instructions to cast your vote.  Until next month when I announce the final results, I leave you with an answer to an age old question.

Where do pets come from?

It is reported that the following edition of the Book of Genesis was discovered in the Dead Seal Scrolls. If authentic, it would shed light on the question, "Where do pets come from?"

And Adam said, "Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me everyday. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me."

And God said, "No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will know I love you, even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish and childish and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself."

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased.

And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, "But Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and all the good names are taken and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."

And God said, "No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG."

And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that Adam's guardian angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but no one has taught him humility."

And the Lord said, "No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not worthy of adoration."

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam.

Snoopy Dance

And when Adam gazed into Cat's eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being. And Adam learned humility.

And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved. And Dog wagged his tail.

And Cat did not care one way or the other.


Love Gizmo

Vermont Maple Bran Flax Muffins

Vermont Maple Bran Flax Muffins

The benefits of flax seeds are numerous and include constipation relief, clearing up acne, smooth skin, they assist in building muscle and burning fat, they're good for heart health and they might even help with depression and arthritis. Like salmon they are high in Omega 3 fatty acids. This is a great low carb high fiber muffin packed with nutrition.

1/2 cup bran
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
1/2 cup Maple syrup
1 egg
1/4 cup margarine (melted)

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup raisins, cranraisins or chopped nuts
granulated sugar to sprinkle on top

1. Combine all muffin ingredients. Stir just until moistened.
2. Spoon into 12 muffin cups (paper lined). Sprinkle with granulated sugar for a crunchy muffin top when baked.
3. Bake at 400 degrees 18 to 20 minutes.


May the Best Pet Win!!! 

Buck Hollow Farm

The moment you've all been waiting for is here. Please look in Gizmo's Gossip for the link to vote for your favorite pet photo. Winners will be announced in next month's newsletter.

The air is changing, †birds are back, †and the cry of "Play Ball" can be heard in ball parks throughout the country. †So it must be time for the annual Buck Hollow announcement of change of some sort.


Massage TherapyReturning visitors to the inn will notice a change in the "Buck Hollow Skyline". †This results from the completion of two major solar projects. †Project #1 was the installation of a 61 panel, †13,000 watt system on the barn roof which should provide, †over a year's time, †100% of the electrical needs of the "business" side of our buildings (meaning everything but our residence). †Project # 2, †located on the roof over the guest sunroom, †is a tubular solar heat collector which will provide most of the energy needed for our hot water system. †This will reduce our total oil consumption by more than 50%. †From both a social and business viewpoint these were were worth investments and we're please to be "doing our part". Did you know? 

  • If we covered the Sahara Desert with the photovoltaic cells, we could cover all the energy requirements of the earth!

  • About half of worldwide production of solar panels is consumed by Japan. This is an interesting fact since Japan only takes up .3 percent of the worlds total land mass.


We're looking forward to the coming season and Vermont's Quadricentennial Celebrations (details below) and, †in spite of the economy, †anticipate another busy year. †Hope to see all of you. 

Brad & Jacquie

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Champlain Welcomes Everyone to Its Quadricentennial - Let the Celebration Begin!

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This year -- 2009 -- marks the 400th anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlainís travels to the lake that now bears his name. All year long, special opportunities are planned for young and old alike to celebrate the anniversary of this historic occasion, the spectacular natural resources of the region, and the many peoples who have worked, battled, and made their homes in the Lake Champlain Valley. Scores of celebratory events are taking place all year, including festivals, art exhibits, historic and recreational opportunities and more.
Among the signature events of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial are the St. Albans Franco-American Heritage Festival from June 18 to 20, with musical performances, historical exhibits, recreation, art displays, genealogy, and more. On July 2-14 at the Celebrate Champlain Burlington International Waterfront Festival, Vermont's lakeside city will host an unforgettable extravaganza featuring music, comedy, film, theater, writers, dancers, new technology, lake ecology, and special events. There will be world-class performances featuring artists from Vermont, New York, Quebec, and France. On July 11, with each of Vermont's towns and the entire Champlain Valley converging on the city, Burlington will host a mammoth parade and day-long celebration culminating in a stunning pageant and international fireworks spectacular.
In the fall, the Festival of Nations / Fete des Nations from September 18 to 20, 2009 will bring together the communities of Chimney Point, Vermont, Crown Point, New York, and the Lake Champlain Bridge. The Champlain Bridge itself, a literal and figurative connection between regions, will be the site of activities including performances, living history demonstrations, a boat parade  Phone: 802- 828-0528

16th 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  
Vermont Maple Festival - April 24-26 in St. Albans: Maple and More at the 42nd Annual VT Maple Festival! Something for Everyone! Enter the annual Sap Run, attend the Antique Show.  Downtown St. Albans Vermont (Around the town, many venues.) 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and some later. Free. 802-524-5800
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.

Experience Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

We have also entered into an arrangement with Ryann Schofield,  a well known local Massage Therapist,  to offer her services at the inn.  Guests are able to call her directly for an appointment (802-933-2585) for a variety of Massage Treatments such as "Swedish Relaxation Massage",  'Deep Tissue Massage", "Sports Massager", and "Aromatherapy".  

She will come to the inn and perform her services in the guest's room.  We're delighted to make this offering,  which has already received rave reviews (especially from Brad). Her prices are reasonable and she offers a $5.00 off coupon on your first massage. Plan a massage for a loved one as a special relaxing surprise for a birthday, anniversary or just BECAUSE.