Online Edition No.66 Sept. 2011
Inn at Buck Hollow Farm Fairfax VT
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    GIZMO'S GOSSIP     Gizmo

Pet Contest Winners! 

Hi Everyone. Gizmo here.

Finally, the blistering heat of summer is over and as a VERY furry dog, I can’t be happier. Some days were so hot, Mom would hose us down four times a day. I don’t mind so much, only protesting a little but then I give in. Utah on the other hand, HATES water. Imagine a water dog hating water. He sure gives Mom a run for her money but he never wins. It’s a fact of dog life. I am now 11 years old which is 77 people years and I still get treated like a pup. I’m tired of sneaking around. Why haven’t I earned a seat on the couch with my own pillow and plate of sumptuous people food. I’ll have to ponder on that for the next newsletter. A “Dog Bill of Rights”, a Declaration of Dog Independence. Any ideas?

The election is over and the count is in. We are ready to announce the winners of our Fourth Annual Pet Photo Contest. In case you forgot, the winner receives two complimentary nights at the inn, while the second place winner receives one night. This announcement is months overdue, as a result of the thousands of paper ballots in need of counting, hanging chads, demands for recounts, and challenges to some of the procedures. Just kidding. Actually Mom and Dad got overwhelmed by numerous unexpected tasks.

Linus and BisouSo ! The winner's are:

Linus in 1st place sent in by Katherine McCormick, and Bisou in 2nd place sent in by Davy.

Congratulations to both and thanks so much to all of you who sent in so many adorable photos. Gives me much to dream about !

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Love Gizmo

Chai Zucchini Walnut Cookies

Vegan Mixed Berry French Toast

My garden is overflowing this time of year with an abundance of zucchini and we all have a favorite recipe for zucchini. This is mine. Take advantage of this vegetable's powerhouse of nutrients and they're vegan.

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup grated zucchini (I use the fine grater)
1/2 cup margarine, meltede
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
˝ tsp cloves
˝ tsp allspice
1 tsp cardamom
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tsp onion powder
1 cup raisins (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together in a medium sized bowl, brown sugar, zucchini, oil and vanilla. (No electric mixer needed.) Sift the remaining dry ingredients in another bowl.

Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until combined. Stir in the nuts and raisins.

Drop by spoonfuls on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool.





Autumn Special!

Buck Hollow Farm, Fairfax, VT

 Hurricane Irene

Hard to believe such a small state has received so much (unwanted) attention. Though the storm was, and remains, devastating to much of the state, here in the Northwest we were mostly unscathed. Wind, rain and the loss of one lilac bush was about it. We thus remain fully open and operative with all roads leading to and from the inn fully functioning. In fact, virtually all the roads throughout the state have reopened. As one road contractor said "There's the bureaucratic approach, the permit application approach and the Vermont approach - we just do it".

Thanks so much for the many calls and emails we received expressing concern for our welfare. Many of those came from people who have never been here but feel a closeness to us through our newsletters.

Autumn Special: Bookings for foliage are heavy as usual. What is unusual is that the second half of the month shows a number of rooms still open, so if you still wish to visit in October, even at this late date, it's not too late. To give you a bit of encouragement, we are running an unannounced (to everyone but our newsletter readers) Autumn Special. When you stay any 2 nights, from October 16th through November 20th the second night is 50% off. To qualify be sure to mention the Autumn Special when calling, or enter a message to that effect if reserving on line.

Fall Foliage: The stage is set for a beautiful foliage season as early fall color begins to emerge across Vermont's higher elevations and low-lying wetland areas where swamp maples are already showing color.  Vermont is a magical place, especially at this time so we intend to capture it in a special slideshow which we hope to share in our next newsletter.  We'll try to make it the next best thing to being here.


Thanks, Brad & Jacquie

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VERMONT EVENTS  October  2011

Guests frequently  plan a day trip to Montreal which is only a short 90 minutes away. You can visit MONTREAL EVENTS for detailed listings, dates and ticket information. N.B.: If you plan on visiting Montreal you MUST have a passport or passport card for both border crossings.

Vermont Antique Expo & Sale – Oct. 1 – 2, Essex Junction - Join more than 60 quality dealers offering antiques and collectibles. Your admission includes seminars.

Northern Vermont CROP Hunger Walk: Oct. 16, Burlington - The Northern Vermont CROP Hunger Walk has brought the community together in support of solutions to local and global hunger for 30+ years. Information and walker packets available - contact Lucy Samara, Chair of the event, at; 802.862.5010.  

Fall Fine Arts and Craft Show – Oct. 28 – 30, Essex Junction – Get a jump on the holiday season and find unique homemade items reasonably priced for that person who has everything.

Savor Vermont – A Culinary Experience- Nov. 5 -6, Essex Junction- A new family event that features the cuisine, products, amenities and ambiance that make Vermont a special place