Hi again everyone. Gizmo
One of my many responsibilities here at the inn is to deal with the
many solicitors who arrive here unannounced. You know who they are
- salespeople, insurance people, food and beverage reps, job
seekers, beer and wine sales persons - the list seems endless.
Usually a broad showing of my pearly whites ( I brush and floss
daily) does the trick and they quickly seek better opportunities down
the road. That is until last week.
Why the Serta Sheep came knocking remains a mystery, but knocking
they came. A wasted trip really, since our beds are divinely
comfortable and mattresses are the last thing we need. I quickly
dissuaded them from their mission, but then the trouble began.
I guess it's my beautiful fur, though it might be my size, or
perhaps my quiet dignified bearing. Maybe a little of each.
Whatever the reason, these sales sheep now think of me as their
leader, some kind of god. They follow me everywhere, ready to wait
on me hand and foot, wanting to fulfill (to the extent a sheep can)
my every need. I CAN'T SHAKE THEM ! Me and the sheep - bound at
the hip. I don't need this, especially having just gotten Utah
grown up enough to have his own life.
Why me ? I'm not a Pied Piper, doubt if I could even hold one.
Does anyone have an idea ? Please, I need all the help I can get.
Love Gizmo [and Flock]
BAKED BUTTER PECAN FRENCH TOAST
This rich and sweet breakfast casserole tastes like a pecan roll. Enjoy!
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 loaf French bread, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
2 cups (8 ounces) finely chopped ham
6 eggs, beaten
1 2/3 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
||Combine brown sugar, butter and honey in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar melts (2 to 3 minutes). Pour into ungreased 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans. Top with half of bread slices; sprinkle with ham.
||Combine eggs, milk and vanilla in large bowl; beat until well mixed. Dip remaining bread slices in egg mixture on one side only. Place over ham, dipped-side down. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread slices.
Combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice in small bowl; sprinkle over top. Cover; refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350°F. Bake, uncovered, for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into 8 servings; invert each onto serving plates. Serve with maple syrup, if desired.
*Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.
"What a beautiful spot for a peaceful retreat. Thank you for the fine hospitality."
Jean and Handsome
"LOVE this place...the perfect balance of beauty and comfort...nice for our family. And the FOOD...the FOOD!"
The Biamontes, Baltimore, MD
"Thanks for the wonderful stay. The boys loved the pool and slice.
Food was awesome!" The Timouth Family
- Vermont becomes 14th state; University of Vermont
chartered; Thomas Jefferson and James Madison visit Vermont; 85,341
people in Vermont 1881
Chester A. Arthur
of Fairfield becomes U.S. President1919
Poet Robert Frost moves to Vermont 1930
- Cattle in state
outnumber people; 359,611 people in Vermont
- Billboards banned
2nd annual Thanksgiving dinner
For a second year in a row we are
inviting you to spend Thanksgiving with us. If you are suffering
from a little empty house syndrome, or want a few days AWAY
from the family why not spend Thanksgiving with us. We promise you
great food, hospitality and the peaceful serenity of Buck Hollow. Spend three consecutive nights at the inn, with one of those nights being Thanksgiving, and join us for a full old fashioned Vermont Thanksgiving with "all the trimmins".
VERMONT EVENTS September 2006
The Church Street Marketplace holds an exciting autumn festival,
complete with sales and entertainment. Church Street Marketplace
(2 Church Street, 2J) Free Street, 2J) Free Street, 2J) Free 802-863-1648
9/15/06 through 9/17/06,
The British Invasion of Stowe: British sports and classic car show. Stowe Special Event Meadows (433 The Mountain Road) Friday - Sunday, 9-5 pm. Entry Fee. 802-253-5320
Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs
: A huge party for dogs on the grounds of Shelburne Museum. Shelburne Museum (U.S. Route 7) Admission. 802-985-3346
9/23/06, NewportQuiltfest: Quilt displays & contest, raffle, demos, vendors. . Municipal Building (222 Main St) Saturday, 10-4 pm. Free. 802-334-7325
10/7/06 through 10/8/06, Essex Junction
Champlain Valley Antiques Festival: Vermont's largest indoor antique and collectible show. 190 quality diversified dealers and 40 dealers in room settings. Champlain Valley Exposition (105 Pearl Street) Saturday, 10-5 pm Sunday, 10-4 pm. Admission. 781-862-4039 or 802-878-5545
The St. Albans Raid
October 19, 1864
Twenty cavalrymen, organized by Confederate agent George Sanders and led by Lieutenant Bennett Young, swooped down out of Canada and took over St. Albans, Vermont in what was to go down in history as the northernmost engagement of the Civil War. With his gun drawn, Young mounted the steps of a hotel and shouted: "This city is now in the possession of the Confederate States of America."
The battlefields of the Civil War suddenly didn't seem so far from this village about 15 miles south of the Canadian border. Shock and confusion followed as gun-toting horsemen galloped down Main Street, herding terror-stricken town folk onto the Village Green.
The raiders then turned their attention to robbing the three local banks. Even though the Confederates dropped much of their loot in the confusion of escape, they still managed to make off with over $200,000. By the time residents could organize a pursuit, the marauders were well on their way back to the border.
One of the raiders was wounded and died shortly thereafter. The survivors were arrested in Montreal and tried, but never extradited despite energetic efforts by Washington. Lieutenant Young rose to the rank of General. When he again visited Montreal in 1911, a group of St. Albans dignitaries paid him a courtesy call at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
St. Alban's is located 10 miles north of Buck Hollow Farm for more information visit:
St. Albans Historical Society Museum