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Quiche… B & B Breakfast Prep Is Not Always Easy

Monday, August 27th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I had a little bit of a scare during breakfast.  I was fixing a South of the Border quiche and was nervous that the center wasn’t setting.  As I let it cook, it began to set and I was feeling quite relieved.  Well, that feeling of relief quickly turned into panic when I realized after letting it cool, that it hadn’t set.  So, I went to Plan B.  The Guests, all of them, were quite understanding and loved the scrambled eggs.  I felt a little bit better but quite frankly I was just a tad frightened of making another quiche.  Seems silly as I have been making quiches for years.

So, this past weekend, it was time to overcome that fear and conquer quiche again.  I got new quiche pans.  Got a thermometer for the oven (I have long suspected that the 25 year old Viking is not heating to the correct temperature… and I was right).  I adjusted for temperature and made my Mediterranean quiche… feta, spinach, onion, seasoning.  Served all 10 guests with two pieces left over for Juli and me.  I wish I could say it was a complete success.  The quiche set, looked beautiful and was delicious, but the crust wasn’t as cooked in the center as I would have liked it (even with mozzarella spread across the bottom).  I think I figured out what happened though and will try, try again.

Breakfast Challenges

Mediterranean Quiche

Angell Room Gets New Chairs

Monday, August 13th, 2012

For years I’ve been looking for new chairs for the Angell Room.  Not too big.  Just the right color.  Comfy.  Matching.  And the list goes on…  But, I’ve never been able to find the ones I want.  I have two chairs and beautiful, expensive fabric that I purchased a while back sitting in my office.  The plan has always been to have new slip covers made.  But, I can’t find anyone to sew them.  So, I thought I would take on the task myself.  How hard could it be, right?  I plow the driveway in the winter, clean out the gutters, re-screen windows, do minor repairs, sew curtains and draperies for the canopy beds…  I can surely sew slipcovers.  Then, just when I’m not looking, I find the perfect chairs.  Yeah, I’ve heard that one before.

New chairs, blinds and curtains too!

 

My favorite Wingback!

My favorite Club chair!

 

 

 

Nothing Like A Fresh Coat Of Paint To Make This Old House Look Young Again

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

A HUGE thanks to Amanda for helping me paint the outside of the Inn by the Hotchkiss Room! When the house was painted last fall there was a climbing hydrangea on a trellis that covered the wall. This spring my landscaper took the trellis down and removed the plant. Painting that last bit of the Inn has been on my list of things to do for what seems like forever. Today, I get to check it off.

I feel so very fortunate to have the staff working with me that I do. I couldn’t do this without them… Amanda, Kristen, Juli, Judy, Donna and Carson. And even though technically she doesn’t work with us anymore… Audrey. Thanks Ladies!

The Good, The Bad and Plan B

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Well, I can’t always write about the good stuff now, can I?

This morning I had a beautiful South of the Border Quiche on the menu.  Corn, multicolored peppers and all kinds of other good stuff.  I’ve done this quiche before so nothing too taxing.  But, while the quiche was cooking for an hour, I noticed it wasn’t firming up in the middle as it should.  So, I turned it up and slowed down breakfast a bit.  No big deal.  The quiche browned nicely and looked to have firmed up so I took it out and thought, “Phew, saved that one.”  I even was able to let it sit for a while.  Well, I went to cut into the quiche and it just didn’t look right.  Still a little wet and not cooked.  I thought to myself, “I can’t serve this.”  I’ve had some near breakfast disasters, a candle melted in someone’s Strata (a nice Birthday idea but not exactly thought through), and others, but nothing like this.

I quickly and calmly grabbed a pan, cracked some eggs and started to scramble, in many senses of the word.  I went to the Dining Room and apologized to the guests that it would be a few more minutes as I needed to implement Plan B.  They smiled, which put me at ease… a little.  Of course, I grabbed my largest pan, which isn’t always the best.  The eggs started sticking.  So then I grabbed another pan and poured the eggs into that pan and it worked much better.  Within five minutes, Plan B was in place.  In addition to my scrambled eggs, I served corn muffins with honey butter, tomato, cucumber and cilantro salsa and sausages.  Not my most impressive breakfast, but the guests seemed to like it and completely understood that things don’t always work out as planned.

In my eight years as an Innkeeper, I’ve never experienced anything like this.  I probably even could have served the quiche.  But, thanks to Lucas and Lee, the lovely couple honeymooning in the Barn, to Tamra and John and to Lois and David, for their patience, understanding and grace.  Both John and Lee said, “If you served this every morning, I’d be happy.”  Not all my guests would have been so kind.

When I woke up this morning, I debated getting out of the right side of the bed.  I usually get out on the left, but a cat was blocking my way.  Many times I get out on the right and don’t even give it a second thought.  Today I did.  And it wasn’t even Friday the 13th.  So, there you have it.  Guess I should have my oven checked…

Finger Lakes Sunsets

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I have always felt fortunate to live in New York’s Finger Lakes.  The scenery, the seasons, the people, the festivals… are just a few reasons.  But, the other night while driving home from doing some after-hours grocery shopping, I snapped this picture.

It gave me one more reason to feel lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

Fabulous Food and Live Jazz Friday Nights in the Finger Lakes

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

While we have many fabulous restaurants within 10 miles from the 1795 Acorn Inn, I was reminded last night about Friday nights at Wegmans, our fabulous grocery store. They have an outdoor BBQ and live jazz. It’s hard to beat the food and atmosphere. Last night my meal consisted of a wonderful glass of Pinot Grigio, perfectly grilled Mahi with grilled papaya and mango and crunchy jicama slaw. Yum.

Friends in the Finger Lakes

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I thoroughly enjoy making new friends! In my current profession as an Innkeeper, I do it daily. And, I am fortunate enough to have many repeat guests. That feels even better. But, there is nothing like the feeling of meeting an old friend again… no matter how well you knew each other in the past. Thank you Sheila for visiting and for thinking of me. It was wonderful to see you again and to meet your beautiful family. I have a feeling we will do it again before 30 years go by. :)

Old Friends

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Hey! Look what we got…  A big thank you to those that took the time to write a review!

Certificate of Excellence

Finger Lakes Concerts

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Our resident Crooner. Concerts can be heard in the evenings by the pond outside the Barn Suite.  Or, pretty much from anywhere… he needs no microphone.

  

Spring Snowstorm

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Oh boy do I feel silly. Here I was worried about the flowers and debating whether to put the plow on or not to put the plow on…

I woke up this morning to pine trees outside my bedroom window heavily draped in snow. Really pretty, right? What was varying shades of green yesterday was today completely devoid of color. I can appreciate that beauty and severe change even if at the end of April. So, I stepped outside and started taking pictures and noticed how everything seemed to be sweeping the ground. So pretty. And I wondered how something to strong and hard could bend what seemed to be so easily.

I started to walk my path in the woods, I immediately noticed I couldn’t get through. Almost like a Secret Garden, branches ladened with snow covered the opening, as if to say, “Do not enter.” So, I went around. I started to notice how deep my feet were sinking. More than I thought they would. As I got further along the path, I maneuvered around bending branch after bending branch and just barely escaping falling bombs of wet snow… almost as if they were trying to tell me something.

Finally I noticed the devastation around me. I began to see limb after broken limb and worse yet, entire trees on the ground. Sad really. It was then I heard the bending trees and falling clumps of snow saying, “Get out of here you idiot!” Or, it could have been the ominous cracking sound limbs and trees make before falling to the ground that did it. If you haven’t heard it, it’s a very strange sound. So the city girl ran out of the forest and came to the Four Diamond Acorn Inn.

As I drove into the Inn parking lot, I was quickly taken aback by how low the beautiful, blooming trees were hanging… actually laying in the dirt. A few large branches already broken and on the ground. I walked into the gardens and was shocked by how different it looked less than twelve hours ago. The only bit of comfort was that Robin, that’s the type of bird and her name as well, was sitting on her nest on the light fixture above the office door.

I walked around taking pictures and wondering how these plants would ever survive. What could I possibly do to help them. I put my camera down and started shaking limb after limb. As soon as I shook a little, the branches stood up. It’s difficult to explain, but I actually think they were trying to thank me for lifting their burden.

I had just finished and was admiring my cleverness when my contractor, Brian, shows up with a long pole. He’s come to shake the higher limbs. Brilliant!

But, it’s still snowing and hard. Clumps of snow continue to fall and leaves drip like rain. And, although it’s above freezing now… if it freezes tonight, we’ll be in trouble. It’s been over twenty years since the “great” Ice Storm in 1991, but folks here still remember. So far, I still have power. A lot of people lost power hours ago. But, rest assured, all should be back to normal and cleaned up before guests arrive on Thursday. The woods behind my house, well that will take a while. Thanks Steve for getting my chainsaw working again. I think I’ll be needing it.

Do I see bonfires in the future?

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