Buck Hollow Farm Newsletter September 2009,Bed and Breakfast Recipe
Online Edition No.57 September 2009
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GIZMO'S GOSSIP  Gizmo's Gossip

My young two legged friends are starting school once again. That prompts me to write about something that I've known for a long time, but humans are now just beginning to figure out. WE DOGS ARE SMARTER THAN YOU THOUGHT !! (Utah of course being an exception).

Friends of mine recently attended the American Psychological Association's annual meeting in Toronto with their masters and, though told to remain under the tables, they could still hear Stanley Coren's paper on dog intelligence. Among his findings:

  •  The average dog can understand about 165 words, including signs, signals and gestures. They can also count to about 5.
  •  The smartest dogs, he calls them the "super breeds," are on par with a 2½-year-old, recognizing up to 250 words.
  •  And, no, not all breeds are created equally. For his book "The Intelligence of Dogs," Coren asked more than 200 dog-obedience judges to rank 110 breeds based on their intelligence. Border collies, poodles, retrievers, German shepherds and Doberman pinschers were among the dogs at the head of the class. The intellectual runts of the litter? The borzoi, chow chow, bulldog, basenji and -- finishing dead last -- the Afghan hound (we knew where the blonde would place).

I respectfully beg to differ. Those of you who read my column religiously ( and thousands do), are well aware that, I have deep feelings of pleasure, pain, jealousy, and lust, and I am certainly smarter than the average bear, certainly on a much higher level than Utah, and have been known on occasion to compete on a par with a 6 year old.

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Maple Cheddar Sausage Casserole

Maple Cheddar Sausage Casserole

A great make ahead brunch recipe with a savory flavor and the added sweetness of apples. Another way to use those fall apples.

12 sausage links (chopped)
10 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups cubed bread
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 large Golden Delicious apples, peeled and chopped (2 cups) (melted)

2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
8 ounces (2 cups) shredded mild Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven 350° F. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. In a large mixing bowl, combine beaten eggs with milk, vanilla and maple syrup; stir well.
2. In small bowl, toss apples with sugar and cinnamon. Distribute half the bread evenly in a buttered 9- x 13- x 2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with half the sausage, half the apples and half the cheese. Repeat layering using remaining bread, sausage, apples and cheese. Pour egg mixture evenly over the casserole.
3. Bake uncovered for 55 to 60 minutes, or until eggs are set. Tent with foil if top begins to brown too quickly.

Note: Casserole may be assembled ahead and refrigerated up to 12 hours before baking.


Get ready for the The Vermont Foliage Season 2009!!! 

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Signs of the coming foliage color are already here in northwestern Vermont. Some trees are already showing some color. Sunlight is becoming more etched, a sign that the sun's direction on the horizon is lower than full summer. Cold nights have started and there could be some frost this week.

Vermont is one of only a few places in the world that has just the right combination of climate, soils and tree species to produce the spectacular array of colors that is fall foliage.

 Gizmo has lost a few pounds this summer leading guests on numerous tours through our trails where they have found a bounty of wild mushrooms, chanterelles and lobster mushrooms to name a few. 

We're looking forward to the coming Foliage season and although we are almost fully booked for the season, there are a few spots open which we have listed below.


# rooms

3rd    3 rooms
9th  2 rooms
13th 1 room
16th 1 room
17th 2 rooms
20th 1 room
21st 2 rooms
27th 3 rooms
28th 1 room
6th 1 room
14th 3 rooms
15th 1 room
18th 3 rooms

Every day is open thereafter.Have a great Fall wherever you are! 

Brad & Jacquie

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VERMONT EVENTS  September 2009

Queen City Ghostwalk  - Sep 04, 2009 - Oct 31, 2009 in Burlington: A spine-tingling tour of Burlington's most intriguing haunts. Join Queen City Ghostwalk on a journey back in time, filled with history, mystery, and spooky fun. Tours depart from City Hall Park on the back steps of City Hall and last about an hour.  
 Boyden Valley Harvest Festival (Celebration of the Vine) - Sep 19 -20 in St. Cambridge: The Harvest Festival is held on the 19th and 20th of September this year and includes a variety of events, from wine tastings to live music, with activities that will appeal to all ages.Grape picking from the vine ,viewing grape crushing and pressing, Grape Stomping Contest, live Blues Music, clowns, face painting, hayrides and games.
Lake Champlain Antiques Show  - Oct 3 & 4, 2009 in Burlington:: 6th Annual antiques show where a large collection of quality and diverse antiques will be found. 
Vermont Antique Expo and Sale  -  Oct 3 & 4, 2009 in Essex Junction:  A wide array of antiques and collectibles. The Vermont Antique Expo and Sale highlights more than 60 top collectors with a wide array of antiques for show and sale. Glass, linens, furniture, ephemera, and more are displayed. A portion of the proceeds benefit Vermont Public Television. Brad & Jacquie will also be there displaying their wares. 
Green Mountain Alpaca Fall Spectacular  - Oct 31, 2009 - Nov 01, 2009 in Essex Junction: The Green Mountain Alpaca Fall Spectacular is recognized by judges & breeders alike for the caliber of animals it draws each year. This year's event features 500 alpacas competing in front of a panel of international judges. Educational seminars are offered & fiber products will also be available  
Fall Fine Arts and Craft Show - Oct 23-25th  in Essex Junction: The Essex Fall Craft & Fine Art Show, an award-winning craft & fine art show, is consistently recognized as one of the top shows in the country. Don't miss your chance to shop this festive marketplace of crafts and fine art featuring artisans from across the country and Canada. It's never too early to get a head start on holiday shopping! Stroll through elegant tents and buildings overflowing with quality handmade creations. Meet the artisans and purchase original artwork from many nationally acclaimed artists. A small sampling includes hand blown and stained glass, fine scents and herbal soaps, forged iron, garden accents, original oils and watercolors, weathervanes, candles, pottery, music, leather and sheepskin, calligraphy, note cards, furniture, jewelry, baskets, florals, and gourmet specialties such as dips, sauces, vinegars, and sweet treats.
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Show - Nov. 14 &15th  in Shelburne: The Champlain Valley Quilt Guild of Vermont is pleased to present our 27TH Annual Quilt Show, “Ladies of the Lake.”  Please join us for a spectacular Display of Quilts, “Wall of Quilts” Silent Auction, Merchants’ Mall, Handmade Crafts, Special Exhibits, and Demonstrations.  In honor of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial, our Quilt Theme Challenge this year will feature quilts which embody the theme “Ladies of the Lake.”  The show will take place at the beautiful and historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, in Shelburne, Vermont. 

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.