Buck Hollow Farm Newsletter October 2009,Bed and Breakfast Recipe
Online Edition No.58 October 2009
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    GIZMO'S GOSSIP     Gizmo's Gossip

Gizmo Goes Green?? 

Hi Everyone. Gizmo here.
Over the last couple years,  I've watched with interest as Mom and Dad have created a "Green Inn".  Solar electric,  solar hot water,  recycling and Mom's salvaging old windows for her folk art are simply a few examples.  Now if I can only get them to complete the paperwork,  they'll be certified by the State of Vermont a  green business.  All of which made me ponder what Utah and I can do to help.

Of course he and I are already recycled as we both came from the Humane Society which is a start,  and Utah's toys are all made from recycled materials.   Both of us walk a lot,  rarely call a cab and almost never use public transportation,  saving who knows how much gas.  Also,  we both are extremely vigilant about not allowing food to go to waste.  We can almost always be found hovering around a table ready to pounce on any tidbit even before it reaches the floor.  Waste not want not !

Now the cat's of course are a different story.   Cats are the biggest, baddest bird killers of all time. Even wind turbines  have got nothing on them.   While you may poo-poo high cat-related bird-mortality rates as collateral damage in the great Circle of Life,  domestic cats do have an unfair advantage.  Unlike wild predators,  house cats are always well fed, well rested, and in tip-top fighting shape.  That perhaps helps explain why domestic cats annually kill 39 million birds.

So,  the inn is green,  I'm turning that color,  and our cats will probably continue their marauding ways.

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"VEGAN" Cranberry Orange nut Muffins

Vegan Cranberry Orange Muffins

Here is a great "vegan" muffin recipe with no dairy or eggs. These muffins are moist and fragrant.

2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup canola oil

2 tbsp orange zest
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pure almond extract
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, roughly chopped
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped (walnuts would be good too)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin (or use paper liners). In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt with a fork until well blended.
Make a deep indentation in the center and pour in the orange juice, oil, zest and extracts. Mix just until all wet ingredients are moistened, adding cranberries and nuts about halfway through.
Fill the muffin tin three-quarters full. Bake 23 to 27 minutes, until muffins are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean. When cool enough to handle, transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.
Makes 1 dozen muffins.



Another Fall Season Comes & Goes !!!! 

Folk Art Reverse Painting

We are frequently reminded by our guests, particularly during the fall season  how fortunate we are to live among such untouched natural beauty. We are always thankful and never take it for granted. In keeping with previous years we would like to share  with you the beauty of Vermont this foliage season with our
slideshow  It's always sad to hear the flocks of geese overhead as they  journey south. There's a crispness in the air, the animals are getting their winter coats and the woodstove begins to fire up yet again.

 Thank you to all our guests for a busy year.

P.S. The photo shows another piece of reverse  folk art painting of "Country Cats". Notice something in the top right hand corner of the photo?

Brad & Jacquie

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VERMONT EVENTS  October 2009

This month we have listed some unique, sometimes adventurous activities that you may want to keep in mind.  
 Essex Fall Craft & Fine Art Show : Oct. 23 to Oct 25- Essex Junction  :  28th Annual Essex Fall Craft & Fine Art Show. Visit with artisans and enjoy demonstrations that will be offered throughout the show. The gourmet marketplace of culinary delights tempts your appetite and encourages sampling before making your purchase.  
Green Mountain Alpaca Fall Spectacular - Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 -Essex Junction::  More than 175 alpaca breeders will be on hand, representing farms from throughout the Northeastern United States and from as far away as the Pacific Coast. A panel of international judges will review more than 500 world-class alpacas participating in this competitive (Level IV) alpaca show. The Green Mountain Alpaca Fall Spectacular is recognized by breeders and judges alike for the high caliber of animals it draws each year. You're invited to view the judging and meet the alpacas. Along with free seminars related to the alpaca industry, owners will beavailable to answer questions on breeding and raising alpacas. Fiber products will be displayed and offered for sale.  
 North Ramp Aviation - South Burlington Days/Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9-5 pm. Sat. & Sun., 9-8 pm :  Come and enjoy the Champlain Valley and Green Mountains from the air. Rides are scheduled at your convenience year round. They have airplanes for one passenger through three passengers. Call to schedule a ride and for current pricing.
Vermont Breweries Tour  - Burlington::  Like wine is to California, craft beer is to Vermont. The state has the most number of breweries per capita. Now you can visit them, see how beer is made, and have a taste. 
 Bjerke Bears- Donna Bjerke  ibjerke@gmavt.net  Charlotte:   She makes bears and teaches classes on how to make teddy bears in her studio. Her bears have hand-blown glass eyes and hand-stitched noses. Artist made hand crafted teddy bears made of German Mohair and imported plush. 
PETRA CLIFFS CLIMBING CENTER-  Welcome to Vermont's only full time outdoor climbing school. Located in beautiful Burlington, Petra Cliffs offers year round indoor rock climbing for all ages and abilities. Petra Cliffs also offers teambuilding programs on a local, regional and national level. Please see their website for more information.  
Vermont Farm Tours - Burlington: Offering full-day & half-day excursions into Vermont's edible landscape. "Vermont Farm Tours is your backstage pass to the local foods scene." Great food, good company, and stunning landscapes go hand in hand here in Vermont. We relish our connection with food and the land. As a result, we make the best cheese, beer, wine, veggies and maple syrup in the country. There’s a lot to try. If you’re visiting Vermont for the first time their  expert guides take you on a behind the scenes tour of the best of the best, tasting and learning as you go.

Experience Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

We have also entered into an arrangement with Ryann Schofield,  a well known local Massage Therapist,  to offer her services at the inn.  Guests are able to call her directly for an appointment (802-933-2585) for a variety of Massage Treatments such as "Swedish Relaxation Massage",  'Deep Tissue Massage", "Sports Massager", and "Aromatherapy".  

She will come to the inn and perform her services in the guest's room.  We're delighted to make this offering,  which has already received rave reviews (especially from Brad). Her prices are reasonable and she offers a $5.00 off coupon on your first massage. Plan a massage for a loved one as a special relaxing surprise for a birthday, anniversary or just BECAUSE.