Buck Hollow Farm Newsletter September 2010,Bed and Breakfast Recipe
Online Edition No.63 September 2010
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GIZMO'S GOSSIP  Gizmo's Gossip

Hi Everyone, Gizmo here. Well summerís over, and the pool was closed today so that ends my closet swimming. Weíve had some pretty hot ones this summer and when the panting and drooling becomes too much, Mom drags the hose out to cool our furry bodies down. Utah hates the water and runs for his life, that is until he reaches the boundary of the invisible fence. Iíve never heard of a Springer Spaniel hating water and itís pitiful to watch. I on the other hand every once in a while when NO ONE is looking will quickly sneak in the pool area, jump in the shallow end, do a very quick circle and get out before Iím detected.

Iíve had a few health issues, and a few visits to the vet where I was introduced to the CONE OF SHAME. I donít understand why I canít be trusted not to attack that hot spot on my tail. Is it payback for my sneaking a swim now and then? Or maybe itís because Utah and I know where they hide the dog treats and we get the cats to knock the bag down from the top shelf so we can stuff ourselves. Who knows.

Fall means goodbye to my bikini cut, fear of the lawnmower, and sadly those tasty scraps of food from those wonderful guests who feed us under the picnic table. You know who you are but your secret is safe with me.

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Low-Fat Zucchini Bread

Low-Fat Zucchini Bread

Harvest time is upon us and everyone seems to have a favorite zucchini bread recipe. Mine is dairy and egg free but full of taste and nutrition. They'll never know.

Mix the following dry ingredients together:
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp powdered cinnamon & cloves
1 cup lightly toasted and chopped pecans or walnuts

In another bowl, mix together:
3 tbsp flaxseed and 9 tbsp water
4 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
2 cups of sugar
Then whisk in:
3/4 cups of applesauce
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups grated zucchini (about two small to medium zucchini)

Preparation:
1. Now add the wet mixture to the dry, whisking it in 1/3rd of the flour at a time, until well mixed. Do not overmix because you don't want to develop the gluten in the flour.
2. Grease and flour two standard-size loaf pans. Divide the batter equally between the two and smooth down the top.
3. Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack about 15 minutes, then slide a knife around the edges to unmold. Place right-side-up on a rack to cool. This bread also tastes great slightly warm.

 

Pardon the Interruption ! 

Foliage Buck Hollow Farm

Hi,
This month marks the 7th anniversary of our first newsletter which was sent to some 1,000 names we had accumulated - prior guests, potential guests etc. Over the years that list has mushroomed faster than rabbits to the point where we now have slightly more than 71,000 subscribers as we write this letter. In out initial letter we wrote "We'll try, in a light and casual way, to keep you up to date on doings at the inn as well as upcoming events in the area. Occasionally we'll come up with a "special" which will be available only to our online subscribers and we may also let you know of something unusual or of special interest sitting in the antique shop." Looking back on that "mission statement" I think we've pretty much kept to that goal. Something must be right as our "unsubscribes" are very much below all industry standards while our percentage of "opens" each month is well above.

In that opening letter we also said " With luck we'll get a letter out on a monthly basis". Such has pretty much the case until this summer when events, family commitments, some staffing glitches and a touch of laziness all combined to severely delay this issue. So we apologize for the interruption but also want to express our appreciation to the more than 20 subscribers who have written asking whether everything was Ok and letting us know that they missed getting their issue. (I think what they really missed was Gizmo's Gossip.)

 We've already had numerous inquiries about winter specials so we'll use this spot to announce that both our "Mid-week" and our "Canadian at Par" programs will be repeated, beginning January 1 and continuing through April 30, 2011. You'll find additional details on our specials page through our website.

Thanks to the many new guests we had this summer as well as the returning faces, some for the fourth and fifth time. The seasons seem to fly by faster and faster.

To quote once again from that maiden newsletter "As always we'd love to have any input or ideas for either the newsletter or the inn."

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.

September

# rooms

23rd 1 room
24th  1 room
October  
6th 2 rooms
11th 2 room
17th 1 room
19th 2 room
21st 2 rooms
27th 3 rooms

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

Brad & Jacquie

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VERMONT EVENTS  September 2010

28th Annual Quilt Show  - October 30 - Oct 31, 2010 in Shelburne:  Champlain Valley Quilters Guild 28th Annual Quilt Show Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms (Harbor Road (off Route 7)) Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4 802-863-5042  
†30th Annual Essex Fall Craft & Fine Art Show - October 29 - 31st in Essex Junction: THE REGION'S LARGEST QUALITY CRAFT & FINE ART SHOW * THE SHOW NOT TO MISS! 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.
Nightmare Vermont  - Oct 21 & 30 2010 in South Burlington:: What is Nightmare Vermont? Nightmare is a thrilling, interactive haunted house. It has run in underground spaces and as part of other events since 2004. It has garnered a reputation for cinema-level visual effects, engaging characters, and wild Halloween fun. The event has now found a home with the South Burlington Rotary, a collection of business leaders who connect for the good of the community. The Rotary has helped fulfill Nightmare Vermontís purpose of being a creative outlet for the weird and unusual in our community. Scrappy evil geniuses team up with community leaders to bring you Vermontís most exciting and unique event. 
Craft Vermont  -  Nov.18 -21, 2010 in South Burlington:  More Than Just A Craft Show A holiday tradition for over 50 years The annual four-day event features both traditional and contemporary fine craft work and art by juried members of Vermont Hand Crafters. The show is highly acclaimed for offering a wide range of products in all price ranges. This is an event where connoisseurs and novices alike come to craft a collection, connect with tradition, and invest in the work produced in. and inspired by the unique state of Vermont. Both floors of the Sheraton Conference Center will be filled with high quality and uniquely designed works that are handcrafted in Vermont. 130 of Vermontís finest artisans in a setting that allows you to meet the artists, talk to them about their work, their inspiration, and their dedication to their craft.  
Art & Artisans Holiday Market  - Nov. 13 - 14, 2010 in Jericho: A collection of over twenty artisans selling their creations. Community events and lunch cafe. MMU High School (Browns Trace Road) Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm Free 802-899-3956  
Vermont International Festival - Dec. 4th to 6th  in Essex Junction: This new & modern facility has unlimited free parking, is on a bus line and is handicapped-accessible. Come and enjoy our bustling international marketplace with: Over 50 vendors selling reasonably-priced, unique, imported handcrafts (clothing and accessories, home decor and gift items, pottery, wall-hangings and rugs, holiday decorations, instruments, sculptures, carvings and jewelry). Delicious and affordable ethnic food, including African, Pakistani, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Bosnian, Eastern & Western European, Colombian, and Middle Eastern. Non-stop multi-cultural music and dance.

Guest Comments

Massage Therapy

Guests from Great Britain are enjoying Cheese Fondue with local family members. Cheese fondue can be ordered in advance and comes with bottomless Caesar salad, homemade French bread for dipping and ends with homemade Maple Ice Cream for dessert.

As the colder season draws near some guests prefer to dine in after a long drive. We offer a number of pasta dishes, chili, pizza and vegan Mac & "Cheeze". All are served with freshly baked bread and homemade Maple Ice Cream. Please let us know in advance to make sure Jacquie is available.