Online Edition No.59 January 2010
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Hi Everyone. Gizmo here.
It's not my fault that this newsletter did not get out before New Year's.  Don't blame me.  I get the brunt of everything else,  so don't put this one on me.
But in all fairness Mom has been working us hard filming a winter video of the inn and yours truly.  Utah just wouldn't stand still,running around all the time being his usual hyper self. I simply waited around patiently hoping he'd wear himself out. He's always showing off by barking at the birdfeeder then looking back at Mom, then back at the birdfeeder in hopes of getting a treat. Of course, it always works. Mom thinks he's so cute, she gives in. He's soon going to outweigh "Two Ton Tundra" if you catch my drift.

I know the idea of New Year's resolutions is a bit passé for humans,  but the concept is still thriving among those of us closer to the floor.  So,  here's my list for the new (almost) year.

1) I will no longer eat the horse's poop.

2) When I do break resolution # 1,  I will not then lick Mom's face.
1a)    Kitty litter "crunchies" are not food.
3) I will try to remember that the garbage man is NOT stealing our stuff.
4) I will not chase the stick UNTIL I see it leave the idiot's hand.
5) I will not again bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for mom's license and registration.
6) I will try to remember that Cat food really is meant for cats.
7) I will not play tug of war with Dad's underwear - when he's on the toilet.
8) I will try to remember that the sofa is not a face towel  -  neither are our guest's laps.
9) Circulate a petition requesting that Leg Humping be made a juried competition in major dog shows.
10) Take time from my busy life to stop - and smell the behinds.
11) Finally,  I resolve not to bite the cats this year.  However, I do reserve the right to lick, nuzzle, and generally push them around.  If a tooth happens to graze during kisses,  well,  none of us is perfect.

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Individual Greek Soufflé

Individual Greek Soufflé

You're sure to impress with this easy, delicious  soufflé. Serve with cheddar cheese scones.

6 large eggs
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried mustard

1/2 tsp dried basil
4 tbsp feta cheese
16 cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Preparation:
1. Beat eggs well. Add next 6 ingredients. Blend in milk.

2. Divide cheese up among 4 individual custard dishes or ramekins. On top of the cheese sprinkle a tablespoon of feta cheese, then four of the halved cherry tomatoes in each ramekin. Pour the egg mixture evenly into custard cups and sprinkle a little basil on top.

3. Place cups into baking pan and bake uncovered at 425 F for 15 - 20 minutes.

4. Note: These mini soufflés will puff up light and fluffy but will deflate very quickly when removed from the oven. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
 


 

winter activities abound at half price !!!! 

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Hi,
We have entered into a partnership with the "Fletcher Roughriders" as a result of which our miles of trails are now part of the VAST network of trails throughout the state.  
VAST is the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers.  Founded almost 40 years ago, VAST is responsible for the organization of the sport within Vermont, maintaining and grooming over 6000 miles of Vermont snowmobile trails.  One of the oldest snowmobiling organizations in the U.S., VAST is a non-profit, private group that includes 138 clubs statewide, with over 35,000 members combined. The clubs and their steadfast volunteers are the backbone of the organization.

 

By linking our trails with VAST,  snowmobilers can now stay at the inn and directly access those trails.  We provide ample parking.  As an extra bonus,  our trails are now groomed making cross country skiing much more enjoyable to our many guests who ski. We're delighted to offer this new recreational opportunity and invite all of you to partake. We still have complimentary snowshoes for exploring our 400 acre property.
PLEASE NOTE,  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). Please see the SPECIALS link on our web page.

Brad & Jacquie

 Maple Sugaring

2nd Annual Maple Sugar Weekend (Friday March 12 - March 14th) - Over the years we’ve fielded thousands of questions from guests fascinated about the production of maple syrup on our sugar bush.  Many have wandered down to the sugarhouse “in season” and spent time with Bill Fairchild (our neighbor,  friend and sugar maker) as he goes through the production process.
Since last year's event was a resounding success we have decided to schedule this year's “sugar weekend” for Friday March 12 through Sunday March 14th. Reserve for those two nights and we will include  a guided tour of the sugar house with Bill on Saturday afternoon and then head back to the inn for hot refreshments and a warm fire. Bill will join us for dinner on Saturday night ( homemade lasagna, garden salad, fresh baked bread, homemade maple ice cream)  when he will expand upon the history and stories about and the art of Vermont sugar making.  The dinner and breakfast menus will of course have a distinct “maple” flavor.  The cost will be the regular room rate plus $ 20/person to cover dinner,  the tour and Bill’s time.
Here’s your chance to learn all you ever wanted (and perhaps more) about the ancient art of making maple sugar.  The weekend has been marked off on our on line calendar so you will need to call or email to reserve your spot. Reservations need to be made no later than March 1. Open rooms, if any will be unblocked at that time. Email Now to Reserve
Canadian Loonie

Winter Midweek Special - ( January 4, 2010 - April 30, 2010) It is no secret that the best skiing is during the week - fewer people, shorter waits, better powder. It is also no secret that inns and lodging establishments find it challenging to fill their rooms during the week in the off-season. (It's also no secret that everyone is edgy about the economy). IT'S A PERFECT MATCH.
To encourage all of you to make use of weekdays during the winter, we're making the following offer. Come stay with us and to the extent that any or all of your stay includes two weekday nights, (excludes Friday and Saturday), we'll cut the cost of those weekday nights in half. That's right, a 50% discount. So, for example, if you stay Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, those first two nights will be at half price while Friday will be at the regular rate. Or, if you stay Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the cost of the entire stay is cut in half. Such a deal. No other discount applies. You will need to mention this offer though for the special to apply. Please call or Email Now to Reserve

Canadian At Par  Canadian LoonieEnds April 30, 2010)For many years, the imbalance of the Canadian dollar versus the U.S. dollar, discouraged Canadians from traveling to the U.S. in general and our Inn in particular. To encourage them (and help us) we offered a plan of accepting the Canadian dollar at par for the six months between November 1 and April 30.  The only restriction is that payment needs to be made in either U.S.  or Canadian cash. C'mon down !
Obviously no other discount or special can apply.

Please call or Email Now to Reserve

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VERMONT EVENTS  January 2010

Alpinist-Smuggs Ice Bash - Jan 29 -31 Jeffersonville: The 4th annual Smuggs Ice Bash – the local’s ice climbing festival at the foot of Smuggler’s Notch. The big news this year? Alpinist magazine has made Jeffersonville its new home, living in sin with Backcountry magazine. Come and mingle with the Alpinist crowd and the Backcountry crossovers. If this is your first time, this is hands-down the most festive atmosphere combining all levels of climbing with a multitude of après ski & climb establishments within walking distance. Plenty of parking, and a free shuttle to the Notch!
Northeast Model Railroad Show- March 6th in Essex:  The show will features operating model railroads in many scales and more than 120 tables of exhibits and vendors. There will also be a railroad clown to entertain the children with face painting and balloons, and multiple hands-on train activities for children also. More info: Ron Piro, 878-1135.
9th Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend - March 26-28 Statewide The Ninth Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont, March 26-28, 2010. The Open House Weekend is the public celebration of the maple syrup season in Vermont and an opportunity for the public to visit one or more "sugarhouses" throughout the state. Activities during Open House Weekend will be different at each sugarhouse but will include the opportunity to watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and often sample maple products
10th 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: k.viens@stalbansvt.com.  
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
Everything Equine Expo and Horses in Motion 2010 - April 24-25 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,  separate admission required. Call (802) 878-5545.