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White Peach Lavender Jam

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We here at the Stillman Inn have mastered "White Peach Leavender Jam". We put this on everything from toast to pancakes and oatmeal. We've also discovered the huge and great Farmers Market in Dubuque on Saturday Mornings. Lots of great produce, flowers and crafts but nothing can beat the Amish made Pumpkin Bread.


We also dabbled in fudge again this weekend for the guests. It was gone in no time!

White Peach Lavender Jam
2 Tbsp Dried lavender flowers or lavender extract
1/2 cup boiling water
4 cups fine chopped white peaches (8-9 medium)
2 Tbsp Lemon juice
6 cups granulated sugar
1 Pack liquid fruit pectin

Place lavendar flowers in a small bowl. Pour boiling water over flowers and steep 20 minutes. Strain and discard flowers. OR use 1 tsp lavender extract in 1/2 cup water.
Combine lavender water, peaches, lemon juice and sugar in very large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a full boil over high heat and boil hard for 2 minutes. Stir in liquid pectin and boil 1 more minute. Remove from heat, skim off foam.
Ladle into prepared jars and process for 10 minutes.
Prepared jars means they have been boiled/sterilized. Check out a book on canning for details.
More great news - our second granddaughter is due tomorrow so she will be with us soon. Hopefully we will be free to both be there. If it's in the morning we plan on sending our guests to Otto's for breakfast! Hope they don't mind!

Enjoyed two great Garden Tours this weekend. Saturday was in Galena and Sunday was in Dubuque. Both were fabulous. If you have a GPS it's even more fun!!! Don't miss it next year. Sunday night we enjoyed the Drum & Bugle Corps Competition in Dubuque as well. What a busy weekend!

Two July Specials:
Purchase a 1/2 pint of White Peach Lavender Jam and receive a complimentary hand knit cotton dish cloth
Stay three midweek nights at regular price and receive a bottle of wine for each night you stay!
Neither of these specials can be combined with any other special we may have going on!

Fall is coming so make your reservations soon. This is our busiest time so if you want to stay and in a specific room you can't book too soon now! The colors are wonderful around here and the big Craft Fair is the second weekend in October. This, and all weekends in October require a three night stay. I'm tellin' you it's busy and fun!

Bernadine & Dave

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It's Time For Dessert

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We have done so many new projects this Spring!

Look...freshly painted benches!

We have a new "Garden Loom" guests can be creative with. Go for a walk, bring back some special finds and weave them in!

A Cloth Cabana will be going up between the Inn and Wedding Chapel! This is going to be great!

And we have three bird feeding stations on the property. Just spotted a Baltimore Oriole the other day! Lots of yellow finches too! And don't forget the cardinals.


The Square Foot Gardens are Fabulous. Well, let's say one of them is doing really well. The second one, my new baby squirrels are chewing all up. I wonder why they are choosing just that box. Anyway, they are cute as the dickens so it's okay. I just keep replanting!

The Guests enjoyed the following last week:

Homemade Strawberry Jam
Homemade Fudge
and Homemade Lavender Infused Pound Cake

Oh my...I'm so glad they ate as much as they did or I would have eaten it all up myself!

Thinking this week will be Angel Food Cake with mixed fruit topping and perhaps some individual Fritattas for breakfast....yum!

Come join us at the Fabulous, Romantic and Historic Stillman Inn located across from General Grant's home and three blocks from Main Street. The gardens are the best they've ever been, downtwon shopping is great and the Weddings here at the Galena Wedding Chapel are divine! Just had an outdoor wedding in the front courtyards. Simply beautiful.

Strawberry Anyone?

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Bernadine's Stillman Inn - Best Bed and Breakfast in Galena!


We asked a recent guest how he choose the Stillman Inn. He said he googled "Best Bed and Breakfast in Galena" and we came up! Awesome!

This weekend I canned fresh Strawberries and made a Strawberry pie for everyone to enjoy. It was eaten up immediately. We also had fresh baked apple/cream cheese strudels. They were fabulous.

Guests love our "love cakes" (heart shaped pancakes) so I made these individual strudels in the shape of hearts. Wala..."love strudels".


New addition to our gift shop is "Bernadine's Homemade Strawberry Jam".

Last week we served Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. Yummy.


Come and stay with us and enjoy the deserts. The pie was topped off with a clipping of mint from our new Kitchen Garden. Now that some wild animal has stopped nibbling at things everything is growing nicely! Come check it out! All sorts of fun things to see and smell in our garden. Ask for the tour!


Bring your friends and family and stay at the beautiful, romantic and historic Stillman Inn. Located across from Grant's home. Beautiful walk to main street. "Best Breakfast" and Best Innkeeper" awards.

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Gardens - Spring 2011

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Okay, so it doesn't seem like much right now but just wait! This is the beginnings of our new "Kitchen Garden". Located on the lower level courtyard where only guests are allowed to go! We're using the Square Foot Garden method to create this soon to be delicious and good for you garden.
We will be using some of the harvest in our Breakfast Quiche!


Also New This Year is our "Garden Loom" presented here alongside "Mom"! We had fun putting this together. We saw a garden loom in "Backyard Crafts" magazine and decided we needed one. Guests are welcome to take the whole thing apart and weave their own magic or just add to what is there. For a quick fix we collected things from the park and just stuck them in for starters! This is going to be fun!

There are knew statues hidden among the gardens for you to come and find. This little guy is sitting in front of a plant that is grown widely in Galena. I need to find the name of it but it is great for rock gardens and spreads like crazy keeping the weeds down in areas where needed. It is a brilliant yellow in Spring - now- and then it's just a cute tufted plant through the summer. We will be gathering the seeds and packaging them up for guests who are interested in taking some home! Just ask for it!

And this is what I'm talking about when I say it grows easily out of the brick walls around town. Nice!

Let Us Not Forget the Birds! We are planning three bird feeding areas in the gardens this year. Sit on the porch and relax with a glass of wine or a cool iced tea while enjoying our feathered friends coming and going. Spotted a Baltimore Oriole a week ago. I understand they enjoy fruit so I'm trying to figure out how to make that happen for them!
So, Come visit the Stillman Inn in picturesque Galena IL. We specialize in romantic getaways and will help you plan the perfect vacation. Visit museums, art shops, walk the levee or bike the bike path. How about a scooter ride out to the local winery or a hot air balloon ride?
We can make it happen!
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Best Bed and Breakfast Lavender Cookies!

These cookies are good any time, any where but they are especially scrumptious with a hot cup of tea and conversation with a friend!

Lavender Cookies
Ingredients:
5/8 cup butter room temp
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg room temp
1 TBLS Lavender flowers from your garden or on line
1/12 cups all purpose flour
Optional Frosting: Mix a bit of water with some powdered sugar, sprinkle with sprinkles or lavender if you'd like.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets
Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat the egg and blend into the butter and sugar. Mix in the laavender flowers and the flour. Roll some dough in your hand and flattend slightly. Place on cookie sheet
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Remove cookies to a cooling rack. When cool, pour a bit of powdered sugar mix on each one and top off with sprinkles, decorative sugar and/or lavender flowers if desired
Enjoy! These are just great!

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