Monday, February 28, 2011

Moms Bed and Breakfast ~

Long before we were blessed with children I dreamed of owning a Bed and Breakfast. When my husband and I would travel we always reserved a night or two in a B n B. We loved everything about it! More often than not we were greeted by cheery Inn Keepers who were happy to see us. They always had something hot or cold to drink and a snack just in case we were hungry from a long day of traveling. After a comfy nights sleep we would awake to wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen early in the morning. We couldn't wait to get down to the antique-filled dining room to see what tasty home made treats were in store for us!

I remember one breakfast in particular. Home made Scones baked from scratch, banana and walnut pancakes, fresh fruit, apple smoked sausage, fresh squeezed orange juice and hot coffee. What delighted me even more was the way each inn keeper set their breakfast table with lovely antique linens, dishes, real silver and crystal. A simple arrangement of freshly cut flowers placed in the center of the table for an added touch of elegance.

Most Inn –keepers love telling their stories so we never had to be in suspense for too long wondering about the history of the home, where all those beautiful dishes came from and how they landed such a great deal!
We stayed in many different types of Inns over the years. On a trip up the Northern coast line of California we stayed in a lavishly decorated Victorian Inn in the quaint town of Ferndale, and a more modern affair in Eureka that had a jetted tub inside the room! Then there was the ranch style inn in Little River where each room was outfitted with its own four poster bed, fireplace and an amazing ocean view.

My all time favorite inn was “The Old Pioneer Garden” in Unionville, Nevada. A tried and true self sufficient homestead at the end of a dirt road in the middle of no where. When we stayed there the main guest house was only 5 years old but had been built to feel as if it were no less than 100. The food we ate was all grown right there on the ranch. Milk, eggs, meat, veggies and herbs!

If you’re like me, you have to bring home a little souvenir of some sort when you travel. Just so happens, they had Antiques for Sale in the barn.

I have a few “treasures” in my china cabinet to help me remember our stay and the friends we shared that weekend with.

Naturally, people who run such a place are what really make it interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with proprietors Lou and Mitzi over a delicious lamb chop dinner.

I don’t own a bed and breakfast like the ones we used to stay in, but I did get one that’s right for me!

Mine is called Moms Bed and Breakfast! Open 24 hours- year round. My hubby makes a mean Sunday waffle breakfast complete with home-made syrup, sliced ham and fresh fruit. I set a pretty table and brew the coffee. The kids are the clean up crew!

Additional Services: caterer, chauffeur, laundress, moneylender, seamstress, psychologist, tutor, nurse, etc… etc…

Nope, it’s nothing like those fancy inns of days gone by, it’s even better.

 Try making your own ...

Simple Homemade Syrup Recipe~

3 cups granulated sugar
3 cups brown sugar
3 cups water
3 tea spoons maple extract
3 tea spoons vanilla extract

Pour water in a large pot and add all sugar. Bring to a low boil then reduce heat stir and let cool for an hour or so. After it has cooled you can add the flavored extract and serve. Store your syrup in a glass container in the refrigerator.

It's that simple!

For Organic syrup, just use all organic ingredients! 

This post is linked to Verde Farms  Farm Friend Friday! 


Kendra at New Life On A Homestead said...

Sounds delicious! And so easy :) I'm definitely gonna have to try this syrup recipe. Thanks for sharing!! And thanks for linking up to the Homestead Barn Hop!!

Unknown said...

Oh, that last phrase is too cute!!!!! Can I use that sometime? "Dosado and don't forget to leave a note on the barn door on our way out" LOVE IT!

And your post about B & B - brings up all kinds of inspiring ideas, good memories of past stays, and beautiful pictures. I adore how hospitality brings out beauty and good food all wrapped up in love. Thanks for linking up with such a fun topic!

John'aLee said... amazes me how much alike we are. I too have studied the b and b industry for about 15 years now. I wanted to open one...but then I decided I liked visiting them much better!!
I would love to go to the one in Nevada you mentioned. Self Sufficiency intrigues me too.

Marie said...

Oh I share with you the love for B & B's...hubby and I stay in one at least every other year!!! Would love to visit yours sometime!!! That B & B in Nevada sounds amazing too!

Anita said...

We make our own syrup as well. Almost the exact recipe but will all white sugar. Will have to try it with both next time. Stopping over from the Barn Hop.

Laura @ Green Legacy Farm said...

I will have to try that recipe! We made our own maple syrup last year from the sugar maple in our front yard, but have moved to a slightly warmer part of the state.

Anonymous said...

Will definitely be trying this recipe. I make syrup, but it only uses white sugar. Been thinking about trying it with honey sometime.

Erica said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing. I've thought of owning a Bed n' Breakfast and I love the idea of incorporating homesteading into it. Thanks for the recipe as well! (Erica from Eat What You Grow)

Mumsie said...

Lovely said it all! I for sure would come and stay at your B&B ;o)
Blessings to you! Mumsie

Julia said...

Great post my friend! I love B&B's! Someday when I am in New England....
Mumsie has a great one! :)

Boho Farm and Home said...

We love B&B's too but alas...I am just like you and run my own along with a short order kitchen for all the dietary issues in our family--no cow milk, no gluten--at least they can all eat eggs! cute blog and I too love the "don't forget to leave a note on the barn door".

Larkrise garden girl said...

Lovely post, How wonderful to share your recipes!Cheri

Jen said...

I love your bed & breakfast :) I've never been to a BB but I live it everyday too, lol. Syrup recipe sounds yummy, I will be makin it soon.

Teresa said...

What a great B & B. I run one a lot like yours too.

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