Online Edition No.56 July 2009
Inn at Buck Hollow Farm
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Eden Dog Sledding

GIZMO'S GOSSIP  Gizmo's Gossip

Hi again everyone. Gizmo here.
Almost everyday, I'm struck by the comments I hear from guests about our cat Tundra. You see, she's a bit on the large side, which is why we refer to her as "Two Ton Tundra". Those guests are in awe of her size. One guest even mistook her for a beanbag chair.

I do think it's a bit unfair.  Yes,  she does have more chins than lives and yes,  her gut does keep our hardwood floors freshly buffed,  but saying that's it's no longer safe to lift her without a spotter is going a little far.

It is true that Rosanne fits through her kitty door without the aid of lubricants and that Larry King has tried to kiss her full on the lips. It is however a rumor that she no longer cleans herself unless coated in Cheese Whiz and there is no truth at all to the rumor that she only catches mice that get trapped in her gravitational pull.

To find out the truth, join me when you're here and we'll go looking for her. She's the one who looks like Queen Victoria from behind.

Love Gizmo

Fresh Strawberry Coffee Cake

Fresh Strawberry Coffee Cake

A different spin on the traditional coffee cake. Try substituting blueberries, apples or cherries.

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup margarine, or butter melted
3 cups strawberries, sliced.

Crumble Topping

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter, cold

1. To Make Crumble Topping
: Sift sugar and flour together in a large bowl. Place the margarine in the center of the bowl and sprinkle a little of the sugar and flour mixture over it. Place all 10 fingers on the stick and start crumbling it by making cat-kneading gestures with your fingers so the margarine turns into little pea sized bits. Keep crumbling until the stick is completely whittled down.

2. Sift the first four ingredients together in a bowl and set aside

3. Whisk the milk, eggs, vanilla, and melted margarine together in a bowl.

4. Add the mix of wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients.

5. Beat together with a handheld mixer until well incorporated. Pour into a pre-greased 13×9 pan. Arrange the sliced strawberries on top of the batter. Sprinkle the crumble toppings.
6. Bake at 350F for 35-45 minutes.


Eden Dog Carting...Sledding.

Buck Hollow Farm

Every year for Father's Day the family plans a surprise experience or adventure gift. We figure Dad's just about done with the neckties. Two years in a row he flew a plane, and one year we hiked at Ausable Chasm. For Brad half the fun is guessing the planned event so he spends every waking moment trying to trip us up. Well, this year we took him dog carting the summer equivalent of dog sledding.



We had a blast!! The owner Jim Blair introduced us to the dogs and the sport of dog sledding on wheels. We harnessed our own team and set out on the trails with eight dogs leading the way.

The dogs are lovable, huggable and live to run. They are free-range dogs whose year-round well-being and quality of life is their passion. They are located on  75 acres in the midst of 3000 acres of protected Vermont wilderness. Upon our return home the smells on our clothes drove Gizmo and Utah into a jealous frenzy.

Brad & Jacquie

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VERMONT CELEBRATES CHAMPLAIN - Champlain2009 marks the 400th anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain’s travels by sail, oar and paddle to the lake that now bears his name. All year long, special opportunities are planned for young and old alike to celebrate and commemorate the anniversary of this historic occasion. Download the Events Brochure

Celebrate Champlain Burlington Waterfront Festival - Jul 2, 2009 - Jul 14, 2009 in Burlington: Commemorate the 400th anniversary of Champlain's exploration at this unforgettable event. 800-837-6668  


Tony Bennett The Jazz Legend - June 26 -28 in Burlington: Flynn Theater (153 Main Street) Tues, 8 pm Admission 802-264-0766
Taste of Champlain Food Festival - Jul 8 to Jul 12, 2009 in Burlington:  Various locations in Burlington Times vary. See website for exact details. Free 802-264-0766 
Vermont Indigenous Celebration - Jul 9, 2009 - Jul 12, 2009 in Burlington: 4 day celebration of Abenaki Culture. Music, Dance, Films, encampment & presentations. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (One College Street) 10 am to 5 pm Admission 802-579-0049 
The Antique and Classic Car Meet- Aug 7, 2009 through Aug 9, 2009 in Stowe: 52nd Antique & Classic Car Meet, Vintage Fashion Show, Car Corral, Flea Market, Historic Vehicle, Parade & more Nichols Field 802-253-4897  
"Bond Auto Four-Wheel Drive Jamboree and Monster Truck Show - Aug. 1 - 2 2009 in Essex  
National Street Rod Association Nationals - Sept. 18 - 20 2009 in Essex:  Now excepting cars from 1979 
Vermont Mozart Festival - Jul 19, 2009 - Aug 9, 2009 in Burlington: The festival hosts 19 classical music concerts each summer in a variety of scenic outdoor and historic indoor venues. Various around northwestern Vermont.