Yup ~ I'm SUPER beyond late with a post. Ummmm, like 3 months late! LOL
Sorry ~ so much has been goin' on not only at the B&B (www.mountvictoria.com) but also personally.
Where do I even start?!? Let's start with the B&B ~ we're only in the month of May and we have been full 24 out of the past 27 days. Most folks in E-town don't consider high season to really be high season until June ~ we've just been rockin' and rollin' along and are looking forward to a phenomenal 2011 season! Prior to the month of May we were busier than usual as well - knock on wood....it's a great problem to have! :)
At the inn, we modified Social Hour ~ we host Social Hour on Wednesday & Saturday afternoons with delicious hors d'oeuvres, cocktails & fresh lemon iced tea ~ we moved it from four o'clock to five o'clock in the afternoon. http://www.mountvictoria.com/socialhour.shtml
We incorporated badminton on the lawn ~ we have yet to have some serious players but have definitely witnessed some "unusual efforts!" :) (zoiks!) Let's see, what else....we recently made AY Magazine's "AY's 2011 Best List" in the category of Hospitality / Bed & Breakfast Inn!! This was / is truly exciting as this recognition was / is 100% voter submitted. So, "Thank You!" to everyone who voted for us - we had no idea until we were contacted that we made "the list!" www.aymag.com
Personally?!? WOW! So, so much! Last month I met my two brothers (who I "found" in January), divine sister in law and beautiful 7 week old niece! Enough said ....there really are no words to describe this ....any word I can think of just simply is not fantastic enough of a word! I spent a week re-learning what the term "family" is about / what it means. I came home and was filled with so many emotions ~ I was so emotionally raw yet simultaneously so ecstatic - it had been a long time since I opened myself up so much and put myself out there into the unknown ...willingly so. It meant enough for me to find out so I did it ....a decision I will never regret. A decision that has left me believing clouds truly do have silver linings! :) Better Late Than Never, Right!?! :) Mostly, I'm counting the days 'till I go back in September! (smile) Oh, and did I mention I'm going back ON my birthday!??! Rollin' in a birthday with family ....the best birthday present I could ask for. Ever. Period. http://www.cafeastrology.com/zodiacvirgo.html
Moving on ~ let's talk FOOD! Ate some ROCKIN' sushi last month when I was out of town. Came home and was still craving it so much I decided ....against my better judgement....to give a sushi place located about 10 miles from E-town a whirl. Not such a great decision. I kinda got the feeling it was truly one of my worst decisions when I bit into my first sushi roll and it was HOT. We'll just leave THAT there. Never would have been better. LOL Here's a super kewl link with the faboosh Anthony Bourdain and ....sushi! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuhu4QZJZyw
Let's see what else ~ I re-vamped our strata recipe at the inn ~ carmelized onions is just one of the "new" things. Gave the strata a whole new vibe / kick vs the raw diced onions I was putting in it. I also omitted the green apples ~ Chris and I had been going round and round about the apples since the inception of the strata and I finally came around to his way of thinking. Better Late Than Never, Right!?! :) http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_caramelize_onions/
I remember my Mom loved her some onions. Onions were a large part of my life growing up. Surprisingly, as with most things my Mom attempted to "entice" me with, I didn't oppose the onions. Now, I don't mean I chomped on a raw onion for breakfast but I did like onions and, present day, carmelized onions are my fave way to enjoy the good 'ole onion. I remember her past food battles she lost with me ~ the green pea, pickled herring, liver, grapefruit.....well, you get the idea. I can still hear her..."Now Lisa Margaret this (insert the food here) is good for you and will make your hair long and shiny." I can still remember thinking..."REALLY crazy lady? I've already GOT long, shiny hair!" LOL At least I have good taste, right? Oh, and present day, I chose to indulge in cheeseburgers with mustard, cheese, pickles and ONION. :) If I'm feelin' wild and crazy I'll toss some lettuce on there and butter lettuce is my fave!
Here are some fab strata recipes ~ if you'd like MOUNT VICTORIA's strata recipe, please shoot me a message and I will happily send it to you! http://www.foodnetwork.com/search/delegate.do?fnSearchString=strata&fnSearchType=site
Gotta get back in the groove of my daily postings but I'm back and I'll talk to ya'll tomorrow!
Better Late Than Never, Right!?!" :)
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