Online Edition No.43 September 2007
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GIZMO'S GOSSIP  Gizmo's Gossip

Hi again everyone.  Gizmo here.
Fall, end of summer, beginning of school. Ever looked at this through a dog's eyes ?


Parents are delighted to ship their loved ones off to school or college (Mark and Kate left a week ago) but we pets are left to suffer the consequences. First of all, we lose friends who run, jump and play with us quite a lot, so we get lonely. But with kids gone, adults now begin to focus more on us than we would like.

All summer I've been able to sneak onto the leather couch unnoticed for a (pardon the expression) cat nap. Not now. My paws are barely off the floor before I hear a sharp voice crying "Gizmo. Off !". Or, sometimes Utah or I are able to slither unnoticed into the laundry room to help ourselves to the cat food. Those days are now over as well.

It goes further. Once foliage is over and the inn gets a bit slower, Mom pulls out her knitting. I DON'T NEED A SWEATER!  God, they look silly. I'm not a fu fu dog ! And besides my thick fur grows so quickly I could produce my own yarn.

Finally, now they see how dirty and grungy we've gotten over the last few months so it's off to the groomer for a shave and perfume bath. YUCK ! (See in my above photo how I turned away with embarrassment as Mom took my picture)

So you see, the end of summer is not necessarily a good thing.
Thanks for listening.
Love Gizmo

Strawberry Cheesecake PancakesStrawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

Amazing rave reviews for these pancakes. Rich, melt in your mouth strawberry taste! Yum!

2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
6-10 large ripe strawberries (mashed or lightly pureed)
chopped strawberries for garnish

1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, whipped cream cheese,  vanilla, and mashed strawberries. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, mixing only until combined.
2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat until it bubbles. Ladle the pancake batter into the pan to make 3 or 4 pancakes.
3. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on top and the underside is nicely browned. Flip the pancakes and then cook for another minute until browned.
3. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, add more butter to the pan, and continue cooking pancakes until all the batter is used. Serve garnished with chopped strawberries, a  dusting of powdered sugar and maple syrup.

Inn at Buck Hollow Farm

Hi,

While predicting the future is a 50/50 proposition at best, we're confident that another great fall foliage season is on the horizon and are encouraging visitors to plan well in advance. Most people are unaware that fall foliage season is our most intense travel period, and many people book a year in advance.

Vermont forestry experts back up the prediction that a good foliage season is on the way. We’ve experienced many bright sunny days and received plenty of moisture this summer, which has created ideal growing conditions for all vegetation.

Vermont’s foliage season typically begins in earnest in mid September in northern Vermont and at higher elevations and progresses steadily southward and to lower elevations through mid to late October. It is important to remember that Vermont’s small size makes it easy for travelers to explore the countryside and experience every color stage.

Best Bets: During the earliest part of foliage season, viewing is more about elevation than location. Your best chances for spotting color are to ‘get high’ or ‘get low.’ Higher elevations with panoramic views will allow you to spot smatterings of color in the valleys below. Alternatively, you can ‘get low’ – marshy areas near bodies of water typically offer the first areas of foliage change and also offer a wide variety of tree species which enlarges the palette of early season colors.  

If you need to feel inspired or just want to take a break, view a music slide show of 35 photos from last year's Vermont Fall Foliage

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VERMONT EVENTS  September 2007

The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival - Sep 8th & 9th, 2007 in Essex Junction Attention knitters: Showcase of Fiber Arts and Fiber Animals. Champlain Valley Exposition Center (108 Pearl Street) Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm.

Burlington Book Festival - Sept. 14th to 16th in Burlington:  The Queen City's third annual celebration of the written word. multiple venues in downtown Burlington varies by day. Free
NSRA Northeast Street Rod Nationals-  Sept. 21,23rd in Essex Junction: Hundreds of colorful street rods and customized cars on display. Champlain Valley Exposition (105 Pearl Street) Friday & Saturday, 8:30-5 pm Sunday, 8:30-2 pm.  
Champlain Valley Antiques Festival- October 6th & 7th in Essex Junction:  Vermont's largest antique show during peak fall foliage season. Miller Expo Center at the Champlain Valley Exposition (Route 15) Saturday,10-5 pm Sunday, 10-4 pm.
Champlain Valley Quilters Guild 25th Annual Quilt Show - Nov. 3rd & 4th 2007 Shelburne Quilters celebrate the seasons. $5 with ample free parking. Shelburne Farms Coach Barn (Harbor Road) 10-5 pm. Admission.
Vermont Hand Crafters 55th Annual Holiday Craft Show - Nov. 3rd & 4th 2007 Shelburne The 52nd Annual Show features more than 180 juried craft producers and fine artists. Sheraton Conference Center (870 Williston Road) Thursday & Friday, 10-8 pm Saturday, 10-6 pm Sunday, 10-4 pm.

  Vermont Moose

Vermont Moose Watching

  1. The moose herd is growing  in Northern New England with an estimated 2,100 adults in Vermont alone.
  2.  If you're driving and see a moose on, or near the road, STOP! Proceed very slowly and cautiously. Moose will, on occasion, turn and walk directly onto the road.
  3. Moose are most active at dusk and sunrise; are generally quite docile and eat ONLY plants.
  4. Moose are very hard to see at night, (their eyes don't reflect light like those of deer) and their dark coat make them almost invisible after sundown.
  5. AND....If you see our resident moose Morris, we'll give you a gallon of maple syrup


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