Online Edition No.46 March 2008
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GIZMO'S GOSSIP  Gizmo's Gossip

Hi again everyone.  Gizmo here.
For more than four and a half years, my brother Isham and now I have sent you some our best pet photos ( dogs and our cats ). Well folks, IT'S NOW YOUR TURN !

Buck Hollow Pets

 After months of barking, I have convinced my folks to sponsor the first Buck Hollow Pet Photo contest. Here's how it works. Send a photo of your pet and Mom will create a web site for all the photos submitted. All of you will then get a chance to vote for your top two favorites. The winner will receive two free nights at the inn, while the runner up will receive one free night. We must have the photos no later than March 25th. They must be in jpg format and no larger than 640 x 480 pixels. Please be sure we have your name, email address, pet's name and perhaps a title of the photo. Send photos to :

We ( well, Mom) will create a web site with all the photos. Our next newsletter will give that web address. Once there our subscribers (more than 52,000) will be able to vote right online for their two favorites. The winner will be announced in the following newsletter. The pics above are a few of the better ones of us just to give you a little inspiration.

Family members and Pets of Buck Hollow are not eligible to win.

Love Gizmo

Eggless Cranberry Walnut Scones (Healthy Breakfast)Eggless Cranberry Walnut Scones

Low in fat, these semi-sweet scones are packed with the goodness of cranberries and walnuts. Without the egg these are more like shortbread

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar (or more if you like them sweeter)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts - chopped
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1/2-3/4th cup milk

1. . Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. You can even do this with your fingertips. Stir in the cranberries and walnuts, then slowly add the milk, just until the dough is moistened. Make a tough dough like cookies..
2. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough gently, 5 to 10 times. Pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8-12 wedges with a buttered knife; place on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Sprinkle some more brown sugar if desired. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack before trying to remove them.
3. Serve these healthy low-fat scones with your morning tea or coffee, or with a dollop of jam any time of the day!

Pet Photo Contest 

Buck Hollow Farm


We've broken the record for the snowiest February, and we're in the top-10 list of snowiest winters, so it can stop snowing now, right? Snowfall this month has amounted to 39.6 inches, setting a record for February. The old mark was 34.3 inches in 1958. In Vermont, Burlington's 7.6 inches pushed the official snowfall past the February record of 34.3 inches and the winter record from December, January and February of 96.9 inches.

Good News... 18 days until it is officially spring... maple sugaring season is fast approaching. Maple syrup producers, also known as "sugarmakers" are hard at work all over Vermont checking their lines in the woods for damage from snow, squirrels and even moose; looking for fallen tree limbs, and some sugarmakers are starting to tap. Stay tuned for updates!

The Seventh Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont, March 28-30, 2008 (Friday March 28, Saturday March 29 and Sunday March 30). Sugaring requires warm days and cold nights, allowing the sap to flow freely. So there is no exact date... it can happen anytime. Those who are visiting the inn at that time are welcome to visit our sugarhouse and watch Bill perform his magic. If not, you can visit any one of our local sugarhouses during Vermont Maple Open House. You can visit: Branon Family Maple Orchards.

Be sure to read Gizmo's Gossip for details on our Pet Photo Contest. 

Brad and Jacquie Foliage Banner


Northeast Model Railroad Show- March 8th in Essex:  10am to 4pm. The show will features operating model railroads in many scales and more than 120 tables of exhibits and vendors. More info: Ron Piro, 878-1135.
7th Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend - March 28-30 Statewide Held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont. The Open House Weekend is the public kick-off to the maple season. Statewide Free. 802-763-7435
10th Annual Franklin County Quilt Show Apr 05, 2008 - Apr 06 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--1st prize is a queen-size quilt made by guild members. Special exhibits include Purple Heart Quilts, Breast Cancer Quilts, 2008 Charity Quilt for the Franklin County Humane Society, and charity quilts for numerous local organizations supporting the Franklin County community  
15th Annual Vermont Antiquarian Spring Book Fair- April 13th in South. Burlington: 40+ dealers  of Antiquarian Booksellers from New England and the Northeast offering Scarce, Rare & Out of Print Books, both Antiquarian & Modern, Antique Maps & Prints, Postcards & Ephemera for sale  
Vermont Maple Festival - April 25-27 in St. Albans: Maple and More at the 42nd 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 2008 - April 26-27 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, 7 pm, separate admission required. Hours: Saturday, 8:30 am to 6 pm, Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Advance tickets, $6, day of show, $8, kids under 5 free with adult. call (802) 878-5545.

Guest Comments

Congratulations Michele & Alex

We are honored that Michele and Alex chose Buck Hollow Farm for their wedding venue. They tied the knot on February 23rd. Some of you may remember seeing their online Vacation Diary a year ago.  We wish them many years of happiness.


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