Online Edition No.67 Dec. 2011
Inn at Buck Hollow Farm Fairfax VT
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    GIZMO'S GOSSIP     Gizmo

Hi Everyone. Gizmo here.

A few days ago Mom and Dad were reminiscing about the "old days" while looking at photos from about 8 years ago. They came upon a bunch of photos of Utah and I frolicking in the front yard and began looking back and forth between the photos of us and the "live" us. Back and forth, back and forth, like a tennis match, with an undefined look on their faces.

"We need to make some changes" were the only words I heard. WHAT! WHAT ! I asked myself. I was soon to find out.

The next morning Utah did his push the feed dish around the floor routine with his nose to serve notice that he (and I) were ready for our usual twice daily full bowl of delicious meat filled, grain packed meal. The first sign of trouble was when they pulled out an unknown brand of food along with a measuring cup. A MEASURING CUP !!! And measure they did !

No more than a half cup for each of us. That doesn't even qualify as a decent treat.

Oh ! That was just the beginning. Later they brought forth a harness for each of us (clearly remarking that they were each an extra large), attached a leash, and proceeded to lead us on a forced march of at least 10 miles. How I made it to the end remains a mystery.

At supper time we were once again presented with the same dose of prison food which, frankly, didn't do much for either my sore legs or my morale.

Each day since, our labor camp routine has been repeated. The other day I heard Dad say "I look at Utah and see an overweight dog. Before, I saw a VERY overweight dog". He didn't say anything about me.

The holidays are fast approaching and I fear my Santa outfit won't stay up.

Love Gizmo

Linus and Bisou

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Maple Gingerbread Guys

Vegan Mixed Berry French Toast

Soft and slightly chewy these cookies can be made crispier if you role out the dough very thinly. Mildly spicy. Makes about 30 x  3-inch cookies.

2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup margarine or butter substitute
1/3 cup dark molasses
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup powered sugar
4 tsp non-dairy milk


Combine flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Combine butter substitute, molasses, maple syrup and sugar in a separate large bowl and beat with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add flour mixture and stir until well combined. Shape into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 12 hours..

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and oil baking sheets, Roll out dough on floured surface to about ¼ inch thick, sprinkling on extra flour if necessary for easier rolling. Cut with cookie cutters and place on baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 15 minutes, until cookies are set and slightly puffed. Cool on baking sheets for about 3 minutes; transfer to racks to cool.

To make frosting, combine powdered sugar with soymilk (using more if desired), and stir until smooth. Pipe designs onto cooled cookies using pastry bag or a zip-lock plastic bag with a corner cut off diagonally.





holiday shopping Special!

Buck Hollow Farm, Fairfax, VT


Now that the holiday shopping is underway, we've come up with a way to help you get away to shop, and have a relaxing end of the day at the inn.

Between now and Friday December 23, stay any two nights and we'll discount the second night by 50% AND offer you one of Jacquie's wonderful pizza at no charge. So shop till you (almost) drop, return to the inn and indulge in a hot pizza, perhaps the hot tub and a bottle of wine.

For our Canadian friends, the two day getaway has additional benefits, since each of you has $ 400.00 exemption when crossing back to Canada rather than the $ 50.00 exemption for a stay of less than 48 hours. Please be sure to check our Specials page for our Midweek Special starting in January with 50% savings on your stay. We have groomed trails for cross country skiing right on the property, a year round hot tub and complimentary snowshoes. Come and get away from it all!

Lajoie Stables Offers Sleigh Rides and Horseback Riding:

There's nothing like a scenic Vermont sleigh ride on a cold winter day.  Lajoie Stables located 30 minutes from the inn in Jeffersonville  is owned and family operated for over 20 years.  They are open 365 days a year. As an alternative you may prefer a more traditional trail ride or entertain yourself in their petting zoo with donkeys, sheep, ducks, rabbits etc.

Our guests (from experienced to first time riders) have had nothing but praise for their experience, the staff (family run) and the wonderful animals. You can reserve your spot by visiting them online at : or 802-644-5347

On A Light Note - Brad's 15 Minutes of Fame: As some you are aware at the end of our busy season, Brad and I go on our vacation. This year we took a 14 day cruise. The cruise director asked for volunteers among the guests to take part in their  Guest Talent Show that took place on the last day on the ship. Knowing how Brad loves to spin a humorous tale at the breakfast table, I decided to sign him up for a stand up comedy routine. He was such a trooper! Amidst the  possible fear of  heckling, or worse no laughs at all, he stood up in front of over 400 people to share a few laughs. Here it is posted on You Tube. He makes me proud!  Jacquie.



Thanks, Brad & Jacquie

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Shopping in Northern Vermont 

Vermont is renowned for it's local artisans with unique products only made in Vermont. If you're looking for great bargains in larger chains, we have that too.

Canadian Friends: Many cross border shoppers miss out on great deals because they assume the duty they will have to pay upon returning to Canada is too high to make it worth while. What most consumers don’t know is that many goods brought in from the United States have little or no duty on them! All it takes is a little time and research to find out which ones. Check it out here: Cross Border Shopping

We have compiled a short list of suggestions and of course when you come and stay with us we'd be happy to refer you to many other unique shopping venues.

Essex Outlet Fair: Look for bargains at the rapidly growing Essex Outlet Fair, with such outlets as BCBG, Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Levi's, among others.

Bennington Potters: In addition to its popular pottery, Bennington Potters North stocks interesting gifts, glassware, furniture, and other house wares.  

Burlington Town Center: The remodeled Burlington Town Center has a Starbucks, a large Macy's department store, and a few dozen other shops.

Vermont Gift Barn: The Vermont Gift Barn & Gallery was voted the readers choice best gift shop and the best Vermont specialty store

Church Street Marketplace :The award-winning, historic Church Street Marketplace, in the heart of downtown Burlington. Over 130 specialty shops, services, restaurants & vendors. Each year events & festivals make it a fun filled attraction. Minutes away from Burlington’s waterfront, lodging and the international airport.

Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits: Experience Vermont's international award-winning winery. Producing "Big Barn Red," a bold red wine, elegant white wines, and "VERMONT ICE," Vermont's premier line of ice wines. Free tours, 11:30, 1:00, tastings. Open May 1 - Dec. 31 daily 10-5, Jan. 1 - May 31 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Lake Champlain Chocolates: Free Chocolate Factory Tours! Free Samples! Come watch unforgettable handcrafted chocolates made right before your eyes. Sample fresh, delicious award-winning gourmet confections - Truffles, Hazelnut Pralines, the original Chocolates of Vermont, Five Star Bars, Almond Butter Crunch, and much more. Purchase "factory seconds." Free Tours on the hour.

Costco Wholesale: Located in Colchester this wholesaler carries products that are unique to Vermont.

Stowe Craft Gallery - The most unique collection of jewelry, furniture, lighting, clothing, kitchen decor and artisan crafts you'll find under one roof in Stowe VT 
Champlain Valley Antique Center: Unique one of a kind collectables, country furniture and home decor items that you won't find anywhere else.
Shelburne Country Store - An original 1859 Vermont country store where you'll find all your favorites and lots of wonderful gift ideas to choose from... There's the world's best melt-in-your-mouth fudge, all kinds of penny candy and chocolates, toys for children of all ages, books, handy kitchen items, bath and beauty products and more!
Williston/Taft Corners Shops: Here you'll find stores like

The Christmas Tree Shop, Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Staples, Marshalls, A.C.Moore, Bed Bath & Beyond, T.J. Maxx, Walmart, Home Depot, Lenny's Shoes, Petsmart, Toys R Us, Bead Crazy, EB Games,