Online Edition No.48 July 2008
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GIZMO'S GOSSIP  Gizmo's Gossip

Hi again everyone.  Gizmo here.
As regular readers of my monthly column ( and I have over 54,000 of them) are aware, I often try to educate about life as seen from a height of 24-36". I well understand that many of you think of us as one of you (or more accurately one of your newborns), but when push comes to shove, or when kiss comes to lick, we are different.

 A case in point is the recent construction projects completed here. In case any of you haven't been here in the last two months, here's what you missed. New railings and posts for the rear decks, new sliding doors in the guest sunroom, new fence covering two sides of the pool, new fencing in the pasture area, a lean-to extension of the barn so mom and dad can do their antique restoration work away from rain and sun and finally, new siding covering the North and part of the East side of the inn area. .

 So what's my point ! Why bring this up ? Well, it's not just our noses which are sensitive. IT'S ALSO OUR EARS ! Such a racket ! With the banging, the sawing, the cutting, the hammering and clamoring there was not a peaceful place to be found. The workers wore ear protectors while mom and dad left, leaving Utah and me in a fenceless prison of noise. All of this could have been avoided if someone - anyone - had looked down and saw how we were trying to cover our ears for some relief. Oh well, perhaps our experience will help one of your dogs some day.

Love Gizmo

Banana Oat Waffles (Vegan)All-American Apple Pie

Oats have a unique protein that is equal in quality to soy protein. Just one cup of oat cereal has 26g of protein in addition to 17g of fiber, which improves cholesterol levels. Don’t have a waffle iron? This recipe is good for making pancakes too. Also  good for diabetics, lactose intolerant and those with egg allergies.

1 ripe banana, mashed
2 cups water ( or soymilk, almond milk, rice milk)
1/2 cup rolled oats, uncooked
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
vanilla extract, to taste (optional)
2 tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
1 cup pecans, chopped (optional):

1. Soak the oats in water or non-dairy milk over night..
1. Mix together the mashed banana and oat mixture...
1. .Add remaining ingredients and mix, leaving some lumps in the batter. .
1. Add remaining ingredients and mix, leaving some lumps in the batter. .
1. Cook on a waffle iron, according to the manufacturer’s instructions (Note: The batter also works for pancakes). Top with fresh fruit and some syrup. .

A Remedy from your worries!! 


 With concerns on the economy and rising fuel prices more people have opted to vacation closer to home.  At the Inn we are seeing longer stays of three and four nights as opposed to people staying one night at multiple inns, thus cutting down on their fuel expenses.  There are other simple ways of economizing while at the inn such as:
  • Spend a day at our outdoor pool, soaking in the rays or reading a good book.
  • Our fridge /freezer and microwave in the sunroom allows you to bring your own food for an outdoor picnic, lunch or supper.
  • We have affordable all inclusive pasta and pizza entrees, with maple ice cream and homemade bread included. 
  • Hike through our trails perhaps even finding Morris the Moose (400 acres )
  • In the evening, relax in our NEW hot tub and gaze at all the magnificent stars...there is no light pollution here.
  • Relax in your room or the sunroom and enjoy a movie on Satellite T.V.

There are plenty of things to do without even leaving the inn. If you do want to sightsee, why not spend a day in Burlington (30 minutes away) and rent a bike. There is a great bike path where you'll find a beach, the waterfront and you can also explore downtown.  We'll try to guide you in whatever way you choose to relax. unwind and forget about the worries of the world.. at least for a short time.  

Happy Vacationing,

Brad & Jacquie   

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Jun 27, 2008 through Jun 29, 2008
 23rd Annual Green Mountain Chew Chew Food & Music Festival
Vermont's favorite family-oriented feeding frenzy.
Waterfront Park
Fri. & Sat., 11-9 pm. Sun., 11-6 pm.
Web Site | Map
Jun 29, 2008 through Jul 26, 2008
 Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
Faculty and emerging artists chamber music concerts.
Music Building, Redstone Campus, UVM (South Prospect Street)
7:30 pm.
802-310-2079 or 336-306-3588
Web Site | Map
North Hero
Jul 8, 2008 through Jul 29, 2008
 Jazz on a Summer Night
Jazz performances on the lawn in Knight Point State Park, 7 p.m. Bring a picnic and a blanket. Tickets $15. 372-8400
Islands Center at Knight Point State Park (Route 2, at the drawbridge)
Tues. 7 to 9 p.m.

802-372-8400 or 800-262-5226
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Jul 11, 2008 through Jul 13, 2008
 22nd Annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
25 of the nation’s most prominent balloonists will lift off. Live entertainment.
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa (1746 Mountain Road)
Launches Fri. & Sat., 6:30 pm. Sat. & Sun., 6:30 am. Festival gates open Fri. & Sat., 3 pm.

Web Site


Jul 12, 2008 through Jul 14, 2008
Sea Kayak Symposium
A 3 day symposium for sea kayak instruction on the lake.
Lake Champlain (25 Nash Place)

Web Site
Jul 18, 2008 through Jul 19, 2008
 Vermont Brewers Festival
Beer tasting, great food, and live music.
Waterfront Park, Burlington (Lake Street & College Street)
Fri., 6-10 pm. Sat., noon-4 pm & 5-9 pm.
Web Site | Map
Aug 3, 2008
 Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
90 community and Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat teams will race against each other for charity.
Waterfront Park
Sunday, August 3, 7:30-4:30
Web Site
Aug 7, 2008 through Aug 10, 2008
 51st Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts Stowe Antique Car Meet
Antique, classic, military, fire equipment, fashion show, prizes and more.
Nichols Field (VT Route 100 Stowe)
9-4 pm.

Web Site
Aug 8, 2008 through Aug 10, 2008
 Festival Of Fools
Featuring the best international street performers from around the globe.
Church Street Marketplace & surrounding stage areas (135 Church Street)
Fri. & Sat., noon-11 pm. Sun., noon-6 pm.
Grand Isle
Aug 30, 2008
 Olde Tyme Craft Day
Quilting, Weaving, Basket Making, Blacksmith, Rug Hooking, Chair Caning, Butter Churning Demonstrations and More
HYDE LOG CABIN (228 US Route 2)
10:00 – 3:00 PM
Web Site | Map


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