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Seedlings and Soap

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Well, we have some seedlings started for the gardens and who can garden without a soap holder at the faucet?

Things slow down a little in the winter which gave me time to whip up some soap holders for the faucets at the Stillman Inn. Hopefully this will help when I'm gardening and someone walks up for a tour. I'll be able to shake your hand with clean hands!

I know, these beautiful bags will get dirty, but it's just extra yarn laying around and it was awful quick to make. I put in a bar of melt and pour soap from our gift shop. I think this will work nicely.

So, consider staying this Spring, Summer and Fall to monitor the gardens and help keep me focused!

Blog Special: mention "Seedlings and Soap" and receive a complimentary bar of melt and pour soap made by the lily white hands of Bernadine!

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Gardening

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A Kitchen Garden - that's right! Going by the suggestions of Mel Bartholomew and his book 'All New Square Foot Gardening' we will be installing a kitchen garden this year. Can't wait to show you around it!

Enjoy these images from past gardens here at the Stillman Inn:

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Happy Birthday Dave!

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Yes It Is True...on March 17th, 2011
Dave will be 65 years old!
"Happy Birthday My Sweetheart"

Dave has the Dick Clark thing going on and no one ever believes him when he shares his age.

He is a terrific husband, friend, father, carpenter, innkeeper, Christian, my goodness I could just go on and on about him.

Dave has been successful at many things in his life. He's a hard working and dedicated man. Right now I think his favorite thing is being a Grandpa, "Big Daddy" to Cara Isabella. And we have another granddaughter on the way! One of the things he truly enjoys doing is running the Stillman Inn. If you know Dave, you know he just loves, loves, loves people. His standard greeting is "Hi, I'm Dave, you'll like me, I'm a nice guy" and nothing could be more true. We have met so many interesting and wonderful people and made so many new friends here at the Inn over the past ten years.

Retirement: Yes, it's inevitable. One day I must have Dave all to myself. At some point he must agree to retire but I know he will never leave the inn unless someone else replaces him who is just as genuine as he is. This he would do to honor our repeat guests. We are going to start thinking about selling the place over the next few years. If you know of anyone who is worthy of and interested in taking over the baton, please let us know!


"Where will Dave go" you ask? No problem. We plan on staying in Galena near our grandchildren. The new innkeepers, whoever they end up being, will have our contact information so please, give us a shout and we will be happy to lunch with you! Mind you, we've only just started thinking about it, we aren't going anywhere yet so come see Dave for his Birthday year long celebration!

Proud Wife of Dave Anderson,

Bernadine

Happy Birthday Dave Blog Special: Two night midweek stay in any of our lovely rooms, mention this blog and get a pineapple upside mini cake during your stay. Dave's favorite! Good now through March 17th, 2011

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Gifts from Guests

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Not too often but from time to time a guest will bring us a gift. Sometimes it's a gift for our granddaughter. What sweet people to do such a thing. It's not expected and it is a lovely surprise when it happens reminding us of how blessed we are to be in this business!

Thank You Dear Guests!

Last weekend we received a couple of really welcome gifts. A couple from Chicago talked with Dave on the phone long enough to know how we love the Greek lemon soup from Greek town. Wish I knew the proper name for it. And if you know Dave, you know how easy he is to get to know before you ever get here so this wouldn't surprise you!

To our surprise they checked in on Friday with two take-out orders of soup. Oh how we enjoyed that. It was like being in Chicago and brought back sooooo many great memories. Like the first time we met our son. He was 5 weeks premature and in the hospital. We were to adopt him so we went to meet him right away. Afterwards we celebrated in Greek town with our daughter and of course had our favorite soup and flaming cheese!


Saturday we had some new friends stop in with their charming family. They presented us with a lovely and delicious pineapple.

I quickly pulled out one of my favorite books "The Gentle Art of Domesticity" by Jane Brocket. In it she writes about her first experience with being gifted with this lovely jewel of a fruit. Not only does she discuss the symbolism of "hospitality" that it carries with it but she also discusses it as an art form and how we see it in crochet, prints on fabric, carved on furniture, in architecture, etc. Interesting.

On the web I found this description "The princess of fruits and the symbol of hospitality". I like that.

Dave loves, loves, loves, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and I make it for him every March 17th for his birthday as any smart wife would! Please enjoy this recipe. I bake ours in a round cast iron skillet!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
1/4 cup margarine or butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (16 ounces) sliced pineapple, drained
Maraschino cherries,if desired
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granluated sugar
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
Heat oven to 350. Heat margarine in 10" ovenproof skillet or square pan, 9x9x2 inches, in oven until melted. Sprinkle brown sugar over margarine. Arrange pineapple slices in skillet. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice.

Beat remaining ingredients on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour over fruit in skillet. Bake skillet 45 to 50 minutes, square 50 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately invert onto heatproof plate. Let skillet ramin over cake a few minutes. Serve warm and, if desired with Whipped Cream.

Blog Special: Come and stay with us 3/17 and have a piece of Dave's fresh baked Upside Down Cake! Just mention the word "Pineapple" when you book your room!

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Figgy Pudding at the Stillman Inn

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Yes, it's true...we made Figgy Pudding and so much more here at the Inn for our family Christmas. Wish we had a picture but we had so many people and so much food it just didn't happen.

Basically we went to "You Tube" to see how it was done. Then we went to http://www.allrecipes.com/ to select a Figgy Pudding recipe of which there are many and they are highly varied in what goes in and how to cook it. This is the first time, and we just love first times, we have "steam cooked" something and it was very interesting. You can use the oven or steam the pan in a pot on the stove.


We got lucky. Our bundt pan fit into one of our old cast iron pots. The lid was tight and perfect. We did have to check it regularly and add water to the cast iron pot to keep it steaming. We were brave and used a bundt pan that we put lots of cooking spray and butter on. We had heard it was hard to get the pudding to release once cooked. But that wasn't the case. The only disappointment was when we went twice in the recipe to set a flame to it. It was a very small flame that lasted only seconds. We expected something bigger. Oh well.


It was actually quite good. It didn't take long for us to make an educated guess that "Figgy Pudding" is simply bread pudding. We had fun and it was interesting. Would only do it again for traditions sake...if we decide to make this a tradition!


So come and stay with us next Christmas and sing out "We won't go until we get some, we won't go until we get some, we won't go until we get some so bring it right here"!

Mission "Figgy Pudding" Discount: To celebrate our great success we are offering 20% off your midweek two night stay in either of the Fireplace rooms, now through January 2011. (Does not include New Years - Sorry!)

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