Finger Lakes Region Bristol Valley Canandaigua Bed and Breakfast

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Quiche… B & B Breakfast Prep Is Not Always Easy

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

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

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!

Happy Anniversary To Me!

August 1st, 2012

Eight years ago today I took over this quaint little B & B in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes.  I was proud to own it then and I’m even more proud to own it now.  A constant work-in-progress, the Inn continues to evolve, just like me.  I’ve poured my heart and soul into this old house and in turn, she constantly gives back.  Forever bringing me new friends and providing for me.

AAA Four Diamond Rated Bed & Breakfast in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes

Thank you to all my guests, friends and family for your visits and your support.  It’s been and continues to be an amazing ride… full of growth, challenge and great reward.  Cheers!


Back on Track

July 18th, 2012

I have to say I was just a tad nervous this morning to prepare breakfast.  But, everything went as planned.  The Baked French Pear Pancake was perfect.  I feel like I am back on track.  Maybe getting up on the left side of the bed helped.

Oh, in case anyone is looking, the Angell Room just became available for Friday and Saturday nights this weekend, 7/20 & 7/21.  And the Barn Suite just became available for Saturday night, 7/21.  We’ve been full for weeks but plans do change.

The Good, The Bad and Plan B

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…

Food, Glorious Food!

July 11th, 2012

Thank you Brown Hound Bistro for my special treat last night!  I am hearing nothing but fabulous things from my guests at the breakfast table after they have enjoyed a wonderful meal the night before.  And, I’m extremely happy to say that some of them are even eating at your fine establishment two, even three, nights in a row.  When you find a good thing…  It’s quite fortunate to have you just a few miles down the road.  Such a quaint house in the country with indoor and outdoor seating, delicious food (doesn’t quite cover it) and such warm and friendly staff.  Keep it up!

Brown Hound Bistro - Look what's inside...

Could it look any more scrumptious?





Finger Lakes Sunsets

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

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

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