Online Edition No.61 April 2010
Inn at Buck Hollow Farm Fairfax VT
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    GIZMO'S GOSSIP     Gizmo

I'm Feeling Naked! 

Hi Everyone. Gizmo here.

Well folks, 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 3rd 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.

There are many signs of spring. The geese flying overhead, birds chirping and of course spring showers. For pets it’s much more. When I sneak in the barn to forage for food (don’t ask!) Mom is doing her usual thing feeding and tending Nutmeg and Panda Bear.

At this time of year all the animals are shedding and she busies herself brushing and picking up winter fur. Horse fur is flying around in the barn and huge pockets of fur balls can be seen in every corner of the house. Every animal is shaking, biting and rubbing up against walls to relieve themselves of unwanted itch.

Mom said ENOUGH and we were sent to Doggie Styles groomers. I don’t mind it so much…except for the sudden loss of warmth but Utah is another story. He HATES being brushed or fussed with and not to mention Mom feels like she’s sending him off to his first day of kindergarten. He hates leaving home and his separation anxiety is to the point where he was foaming at the mouth when Dad picked us up.

I guess I can’t tell Utah to GROW UP and stop being a baby because that’s how Mom and Dad treat him. They reap what they sow.

P.S. I can't believe I now have 91 fans on Facebook and now leading the Buck Hollow Fan page. I invite and welcome new friends.

Gizmo on Facebook

Love Gizmo

Vegan Mixed Berry French Toast

Vegan Mixed Berry French Toast

You won't miss the eggs or dairy in this baked French toast. It's creamy and incredibly delicious with rave reviews from vegan and non vegan guests.

12 slices of Texas toast
(cut in 1 inch cubes or 12 cups cubed)
1 8 oz package Tofutti non dairy cream cheese
2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries
1 cup raisins and cran-raisons
3 tbsp Energ-egg replacer
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups non-dairy milk (soy, almond or rice)
1/2 cup of maple syrup

2) Coat a 3 quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Place bread cubes in alarge mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl add the rest of the ingredients except the fresh or frozen berries and raisins/cran-raisins. On the high speed of a mixer incorporate all the ingredients so that the soy cream cheese breaks up into small pieces.

2) Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour the liquid mixture into the mixing bowl with the bread and fold gently making sure all the bread has soaked in the mixture and is evenly moistened. At this point you can fold in the berries and raisins. I usually will reserve a half cup of these berries to place on the top once it is put in the baking dish. Take this mixture and pour it into the baking dish and top with reserved berries. You can at this point sprinkle the top with brown sugar if you would like a crunchy sweet top.

3) Bake 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. If necessary, cover with foil the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent over browning. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Cut into squares. Serve with maple syrup. Serves 12.




Time to vote... may the best pet win!

Buck Hollow Farm, Fairfax, VT

We  are pleased to announce  Gizmo's 3rd Annual Pet Photo Contest. As proud parents to a menagerie of wonderful pets who become our "Kids who never grow up and leave us for another life". It was a real treat to open up the many photo attachments and view all the wonderful entries. One thing is clear pet lovers are proud parents who love their pets unconditionally. This is your pet's  time to shine. 

 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 first prize  winner will receive two complimentary nights at the inn with second place receiving one night.

On another note, we are hoping to offer a number of special weekends next year during the slower season. We have a few ideas and of course we welcome any suggestions. With the emergence of healthier eating Jacquie would like to know how many might be interested in a Vegan Cooking Weekend. There would be discussions on how to substitute dairy, egg and animal products and we would cook and share a totally vegan meal. Even if you are not looking to make a complete change to an animal free diet, you can improve your health and help the planet by going meatless just for one day a week.

How many would like to learn to crochet, knit or possibly learn to spin yarn? How about a quilting weekend? We welcome your suggestions. Please contact me Vegan Cooking Weekend if you would be interested. The featured recipe in this month's newsletter received rave reviews from guests who asked for a vegan breakfast. This is a simple delicious French toast without the use of eggs or dairy.

Thanks, Jacquie


 We continue to run a Winter Midweek Special which offers 50% savings on weeknight stays of two nights or longer ( Must be requested when making reservation).  This special ends April 30th. Please see the SPECIALS link on our web page. The warmer weather is spurring thoughts of summer vacation and calls to reserve have already begun. If you plan on visiting during fall foliage season we urge you not to wait until the last minute. As it stands we have very few openings for those peak times.

Brad & Jacquie


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Shelburne Museum - May 16 - October 24 Reopens on May 16th. Located in Vermont's scenic Lake Champlain valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the nation's finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Lilac and Gardening Sunday May 16, 2010- Lilac and Gardening Sunday is opening day for Shelburne Museum's 2010 season and is one of the most popular spring flower and gardening events in the region. The Museum offers walking tours of its incredible collection of over 400 lilacs in 90 varieties. Visitors also enjoy presentations by local gardening experts and workshops about how to plant and care for lilacs and other plants. Arrive early! The first 200 visitors receive a free lilac seedling. Lilac and Gardening Sunday is also opening day for ten new exhibitions at Shelburne Museum. Exhibitions this year are:

Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky: Constructed Landscapes June 19 – October 24, 2010- Constructed Landscapes is Shelburne Museum’s first exhibition of modern and contemporary photography. The exhibit features over 50 photographs by Ansel Adams (1902-1984), one of the most influential and popular landscape photographers in history and Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955), a contemporary photographer whose images of “manufactured landscapes” such as mines, railway cuts and dams have brought him considerable acclaim in the past decade.

More Exhibits at the Shelburne Museum


12th Annual Franklin County Quilt Show Apr 10, 2008 - Apr 11 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.
32nd Annual Sap Run -  Sunday, May 2 in St. Albans: The “original format” Sap Run was returned in 2007 and over 130 runners braved less than perfect weather to run the 8.5 miles from downtown Swanton to St. Albans. For additional information, call St. Albans Recreation Department at 802-524-1500 X266 or e-mail:  
Vermont Maple Festival - April 30- May 1 & 2 in St. Albans: Maple and More at the 44th Annual VT Maple Festival! Something for Everyone! Downtown St. Albans Vermont (Around the town, many venues. Some ticket cost.) 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and some later. Free. 802-524-5800
17th Vermont Antiquarian Spring Book Fair - May 15 in Burlington: Used & antiquarian books in all subjects, as well as postcards and ephemera from 35 + dealers
Burlington Kids Day - May 15 in Burlington: Vermont's largest children's celebration. Join the parade. Entertainment, activities, games, food and more!
Spartan Race - May 16 in Burlington: The Spartan Race is for athletes and people who are tired of the tedium of the usual races and workouts and yearn to recapture the spirit of an adventurous age. This international race is set up to test not only the strength and stamina but the cunning and creativity of each athlete’s warrior essence. Participants will confront obstacles ranging from extreme to absurd that gain their inspiration from sources as varied as Spartan training, Navy SEAL training, American Gladiators, Eco-Challenge and Ironman.
Vermont Quilt Festival - June 25-27 in Essex Junction: New England’s Oldest and Largest Quilt Event