Online Edition No.70 August 2012
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    GIZMO'S GOSSIP     Gizmo

Sad News! 

Hi Everyone. Gizmo here.

I'm sorry I've been late in writing but we have all been grieving the loss of my best friend and brother Utah. He fought a long hard battle with cancer.
This column is in his memory as I look up and remember my dearest friend.


Utah On The Lookout



 It's not just that he was my brother and friend.

It's not just that we were co-conspirators, walking partners and official greeters.

It's not just that until March he never had a "down" day in his life.

It's not just that he was on a never ending (and unsuccessful) hunt for every bird,  squirrel and chipmunk on the property.

No,  it's not just any of that !

Above all, and of most importance to me,

was that he was just Utah.

Love  "Your Brother Gizmo"

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Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Cake with Peanut Butter Banana Glaze

Power House Smoothie

This is a rustic looking banana cake with an intense nutty banana flavor and chewy texture. You’d never guess it has just two tablespoons of oil and it can easily be made gluten-free by using GF oats. Enjoy!

Ingredients (8-10 slices)

For Cake

2 cups regular oats, processed into a flour

1/2 cup regular oats (not processed)

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed firmly

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8th tsp ground nutmeg

2 tbsp cane sugar (or regular white)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or other light tasting oil)

2 medium very ripe bananas, peeled

1/3 cup applesauce

1/4 cup almond milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Fold in: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips; 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped;

1 ripe banana, cut into chunks

For Glaze

                     1 ripe banana (but not too ripe, you still want it solid!)

                     2 tbsp peanut butter

                     1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted

                     Pinch of kosher salt, to taste


For Cake

                     1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 8 inch (4 cup) casserole dish or 8” cake pan. Take 2 cups of regular oats and process them in a food processor until flour like in consistency.

                     2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (processed oats, regular oats, sugars, spices, baking powder, and salt).

                     3. In another bowl, mix together the oil, applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla. Add in the two peeled bananas and smash into the wet ingredients until smooth.

                     4. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until just combined. Now fold in the chips, optional walnuts, and the chopped banana.

                     5. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 36 minutes at 350F or until a toothpick comes out clean. The cake must be cooled for at least 15-20 minutes before attempting to remove.

                     6. Once fully cooled, slice and top with PB Banana Glaze (see below). Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Makes 8-10 servings.

For Glaze

                     Mash banana in a bowl until smooth. Add in peanut butter and mash until combined. Sift in the salt and icing sugar and stir until fully combined. Makes about 2/3 cup glaze. Store in fridge in a sealed contained for 1-2 days.






Buck Hollow Farm, Fairfax, VT


Vermont is fortunate to be part of the 20% of the country not having suffered drought conditions this summer.  Warmer than normal and only slightly dry.  Thus,  fall foliage is looking very promising.

What we have noticed is that people are making plans a bit later this year than in the past.  Consequently we still have openings during September ( a few in October as well).  So,  if you thought it might be too late to take advantage of seeing Vermont in the Fall,  you've still got time.  Feel free to check out our availability through our website,  or just give us a call.

Hope to see you then.

With only another month of warm summer weather before the kids head back to school, we have focused this issue on outdoor activities.. Of course at the inn you'll  enjoy our outdoor pool, our hiking trails and the outdoor hot tub. But why not try the following venues for outdoor fun.

  1. Carman Brook Maple & Dairy Farm: Learn about dairying while the herd enjoys cow air conditioning, waterbed mattresses and tile feed alley!
  2. Local Motion Bike Tours: Explore Burlington's diverse landscape of scenic lakefront, riverside farms, and historic neighborhoods. Led by a knowledgeable guide, the guided tours provide a fascinating and casual way to learn the hidden stories of the area. Residents and visitors alike will find bicycling through Burlington the best way to understand the city's past and its future.
  3. Lake Champlain Balloon Rides: When you fly at treetop level you'll enjoy looking for wild turkeys or deer in the woods. You sometimes can smell wood smoke from nearby homes as you drift through the valley. Flying a balloon is just one of those things for which there is no substitute. You don't feel the wind, you are a part of it, sometimes you don't even realizing you are moving.
  4. Great Vermont Corn Maze: The corn is now head high and still growing! The Great Vermont Corn Maze will open at 10 am on July 28th. Solve the 10 acre Corn Maze puzzle with 50 feet of bridges to help you tower above the corn, and find the elusive bell of success.
  5. Church Street Marketplace: Downtown Burlington Vermont’s award-winning open air mall is a hub of activity where you’ll find historical architecture, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music, over 100 places to shop and dine, and even quiet places to ponder.
  6. Lake Champlain Cruises & Northern Lights: Northern Lights is a 115 foot long cruise boat, built as a replica to 19th and early 20th century lake steamboats. Cruise boat featuring scenic cruises, lunch, brunch and weekly dinner cruises.
  7. Lake Champlain Ferries: A Real Summer & Fall Treat - Cross Lake Champlain By Ferry -  Just Go For The Ride.

     Here is a peek of the beauty of Fall Foliage in Vermont.


Thanks, Brad & Jacquie

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VERMONT EVENTS  August  2012

Guests frequently  plan a day trip to Montreal which is only a short 90 minutes away. You can visit MONTREAL EVENTS for detailed listings, dates and ticket information. N.B.: If you plan on visiting Montreal you MUST have a passport or passport card for both border crossings.
Champlain Valley Fair: August 25 - Sep 3rd, Essex - The Champlain Valley Fair has delivered fun, food and entertainment to families for nearly 90 years. The Fair combines Vermont's agricultural roots with educational exhibits and some of the biggest names in entertainment. Topped off by more than 40 carnival rides, free shows and some of the best fair food in the northeast, Vermonters and visitors alike celebrate a summer of fun for ten days at the Champlain Valley Fair! Check out the link to book the headliner show before it's sold out.  

Fall Vermont Antique Expo and Sale October 26 - 28, Essex The Craft and Fine Art Show traditionally draws thousands of shoppers each autumn and marks the beginning of holiday shopping for many. The antique show brings established antique and vintage item dealers and individual sellers together. Champlain Valley Exposition has been the home of fall antique shows for over a decade and that tradition continues with this locally produced show, sponsored by Vermont Public Television

Savor Vermont “A Culinary Experience”- Nov 3 -4, Essex - Savor Vermont a new, exciting family event will be presented to showcase the incredible array of specialty foods, beverages, farm products, artisans, chefs, caterers, restaurants and others who have helped make Vermont’s cuisine a formidable attraction for tourists, connoisseurs, and localvores. .