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Amazing Peanut Butter Cookies

November 24th, 2014 by Susan

Serving it up:

These peanut butter cookies could be called by any number of names: I Can’t Believe It! Magic!, Too Simple To Be True!, the list could go on and you are welcome to make up your own name for these delicious, miraculously quick cookies. Amazing Peanut Butter Cookies will have to do for now. Perfect to whip up if unexpected guests drop in and, like Old Mother Hubbard, your cookie cupboard is bare. Amazing Peanut Butter Cookies can be created in 5 minutes and cooked in 15 minutes fresh cookies can be ready by the time the coffee is perked or the tea kettle is boiled.

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Amazing Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 measures of tender loving care!

Measure the peanut butter, sugar and egg into a bowl.

Mix together until smooth. The batter will be slightly thick.

Using a scoop or teaspoons, scoop out dough about the size of a walnut.

Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

If desired, pattern the dough by pressing with a fork or by dressing it up with a chocolate chip. If you are making larger cookies use a Hershey’s Kiss- unwrapped of course! I leave the cookies in their rounded state prior to cooking so they flatten out while they cook becoming crackled on top and slightly chewy in the center.

Bake for 15 minutes at 350°F. Keep an eye on them.

Cool on the pan for a few minutes then remove to racks to continue cooling.

Serve with tea, coffee, milk or just a plate!

Makes about 24 amazing peanut butter cookies. They freeze well so you can stock up for the holidays.

Dishing it out:

My Dad would have loved these cookies – peanut butter was a favorite; on toast, with carrots or celery, with a spoon!, with just about anything. I remember as a child we always had peanut butter in the pantry and in two or three pound jars. We even had peanut butter in large bear shaped glass jars and I still have a couple of these jars, empty of course!

Peanut butter is a staple many North American kitchens but not so in the United Kingdom or Europe. When growing up in Scotland, Peter seldom had peanut butter and when living in France we only found peanut butter in pricy, small containers.

This recipe is from amazing peanut butter lovers like Carol and Colin who were guests here at West Hill House B&B while attending the 50th year reunion of Vermont College and Norwich Military Academy respectively. Carol mentioned that Colin liked peanut butter cookies and she proceeded to give me this recipe. I’m not prone to disbelieving recipes which are shared with me, and I’m usually ready to experiment, so I made these cookies then and there and about 20 minutes later presented Colin with a plate of his favourite amazing peanut butter cookies. Give the recipe a try, I’ll bet you say, “I can’t believe it, these are amazing peanut butter cookies!”

Learn more about things that include peanuts – check out the information on George Washington Carver.

Mad River Valley Snowshoeing Tours

November 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley SnowshoeingWith all our recent talk about skiing, you might think that’s the only popular winter sport around here but au contraire, mon frere! Mad River Valley snowshoeing is also a popular winter activity!

Snowshoeing has existed for time out of mind and, like skiing, evolved into a leisure-time sport out of a need for traversing fields of snow with greater ease. As a winter sport, snowshoeing extends the hiking season into winter and combines a good, low-impact workout with a more contemplative way to enjoy those snow-blanketed woods and fields.

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Kick Off The Mad River Valley Ski Season at The Big Kicker!

October 25th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Big Kicker 2014Mad River Glen and Sugarbush Resort, two great, local ski and ride areas – and two of the best on the East Coast, period – are hosting an event to kick off the 2014/15 Mad River Valley ski season on November 22!

The Big Kicker’s co-hosts – Mad River Glen and Sugarbush Resort – throw this freestyle party every year to celebrate the beginning of the Mad River Valley ski season.

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Plan Your Mad River Valley Ski Vacation Now!

October 11th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Ski VacationSnow transforms Mad River Valley into a winter-wonderland of outdoor entertainment, replete with skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, and more. If you’re thinking of a Mad River Valley ski vacation, West Hill House B&B has a deal for you!

Mad River Valley is all about winter. You can feel the electricity of excitement in those around you once the crisp scent of snow hits the air – and once the slopes are ready? Look out! That’s why West Hill House B&B has spent so much time crafting our Ski & Stay Passports: we want to help you make your Mad River Valley ski vacation the best it can possibly be – because we share your enthusiasm for the season!

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West Hill House B&B’s Mad River Valley Lodging Specials

September 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Lodging SpecialsThere is no reason that your Vermont vacation should be ordinary or break the bank and that’s why we here at West Hill House B&B have put together a number of Mad River Valley Lodging Specials designed to make your stay both affordable and unforgettable!

West Hill House B&B offers Mad River Valley Lodging Specials and Packages throughout the year, the most timely of which is our Leak Raving Special.

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Your Vermont Fall Foliage Headquarters

September 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Fall FoliageIf there’s one thing that makes the passing of a fun summer acceptable, its the colors of autumn and here in Central Vermont, things get especially beautiful – there’s just nothing like Vermont fall foliage.

Of course, we’re betting you know this – if you didn’t, vacancies at our Mad River Valley inn wouldn’t continue to disappear with such predictable rapidity when the end of summer began to roll around. As most people know, once we have those cooler evening temperatures following the warm and sunny days, those beautiful reds, oranges, browns, and yellows we all love to start to appear.

The best part of this is that, even though the nights are cooler and the weather can be unpredictable, the days still tend to be quite pleasantly warm and sunny. Perfect, in fact, for taking in all that glorious Vermont fall foliage. Those photogenic vistas, born of the early fall frosts, are a good part of what makes Vermont and the Mad River Valley so popular a destination.

In fact, it’s such a popular time of year that we’ve built an entire special around it: the Leak Raving Special!

Designed for those eager (or at least not afraid) to get up close and personal with the Vermont Fall Foliage, the Leak Raving Special (a spoonerism of Leaf Raking – are you starting to get the picture?) is a fun opportunity to receive a 50% discount off a stay of two nights or more … for each day you rake leaves in the West Hill House yard for three hours or more.

Yes, we’re serious: you rake leaves for three hours each day, you get 50% off your Vermont Fall Foliage vacation.

You’d think we’d keep the pleasure of soaking up all that Vermont Fall Foliage for ourselves but no, we’re willing to share AND to give you a discount on your stay as well; we’re big that way. And get this: if the weather doesn’t allow for raking during your stay, you *still* receive a 25% discount!

West Hill House B&B’s Vermont Fall Foliage Leak Raving special runs from October 19th to October 25th, 2014 – as of this writing, those dates are still clear but they wont be for long so book your stay at West Hill House B&B now while you still can!

Visit the Waitsfield Farmers Market

August 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley's Waitsfield Farmers MarketIf you like the idea of locally grown and prepared foods, plus a community-oriented, carnival-like atmosphere, then you’ll love the Waitsfield Farmers Market!

Farmers markets seem to be on the rise of late and that’s a good thing. Sustainability begins with locally grown and prepared food, as well as other goods, and a farmers market fosters a greater sense of community between growers, artisans, and their clientele – all of whom are likely neighbors!

Not to say that “outside” visitors aren’t welcome to the Waitsfield Farmers Market. On the contrary! A sense of local pride that wants to be shared is part of the farmers market dynamic – and what better way to share said pride than by sending the results of your hard work home with someone from a different town, state, or country?

Farmers markets are a fun and colorful way to buy fresh and locally produced food – or even things like crafts and flowers. It’s also a great way to get to know a community, as farmers markets, by their very nature, provide a very authentic atmosphere.

The Waitsfield Farmers Market is located on the Mad River Green in Waitsfield, Vermont and runs from the middle of May through the middle of October. One of the best farmers markets around, the Waitsfield Farmers Market offers fresh produce, flowers, seedlings, honey, wool, eggs, locally and humanely raised meats, cheeses, maple syrup, vegetables, and many other farm products. There are also Vermont-made fine art and handcrafts, Vermont cider and beer, baked goods, and prepared food. Better yet, every Saturday features a different offering of live entertainment provided by local musicians so you can tap your toe as you shop. There’s even free wifi!

Farm fresh produce and meats, prepared foods ready to be eaten, handmade crafts and local art, live music … all in all, perusing the booths at the Waitsfield Farmers Market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning in Mad River Valley!

Mad River Valley's Waitsfield Farmers Market

Waitsfield Farmers Market

Saturdays from 9 to 1pm
mid-May to mid-October

Mad River Green
Waitsfield, Vermont
www.waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com

Mad River Valley Lodging
West Hill House B&B is a strong supporter of farm fresh food, sustainability, and the local, Mad River Valley community. Earlier this year we became involved in the Muddy Boots CSA program because of this commitment to ourselves, our community, and, of course, to YOU, our guest! We’re proud to be able to offer farm-to-tummy produce when we can in our breakfasts and other treats.

Stay at West Hill House B&B for an exceedingly comfortable and guilt-free, certified “Green Hotel” experience – and be sure to visit the Waitsfield Farmers Market for more of what makes the Mad River Valley the special place it is!

44th Annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair

August 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Craft Fair 2014As the last few months have demonstrated, the Mad River Valley loves its art – and we’re not done yet! Labor Day weekend sees the arrival of the 44th Annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair: August 30 & 31, 2014.

The 2014 Mad River Valley Craft Fair is 100 of the region’s top artists and artisans displaying and selling their wares in a festival-style atmosphere that continues to attract visitors from all over Vermont and beyond.

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Green Mountain Stage Race 2014

August 8th, 2014 by Katie Pate

The Green Mountain Stage Race will take place August 29 – September 1, 2014, offering, as always, 4 days of exciting and challenging racing in the mountains of Vermont. We are honored to have had many accomplished cyclists stay at West Hill House B&B for the Green Mountain Race and look forward to the event again this year!

Lodging for the Green Mountain Stage Race

ITT-500M-to-goIf you are coming into town for the race and need lodging in the Mad River Valley, here are a few perks to staying with us you might consider:

  • We have a large barn (our Handsome Red Barn) where there is room for you to set up and make adjustments
  • We have indoor storage for your bikes
  • We provide breakfast at the time you need it for your race schedule
  • If you stay with us for the race for three or more nights we offer a 15% discount

AND: If you are staying with us and finish in the top three in your class on any of the first three stages we will comp your room for that night! 

Registering for the Green Mountain Stage Race

You can register for the race online or by mail to: Green Mountain Stage Race, LLC P.O. Box 1172 Waitsfield VT 05673.

Recreational Cycling in the Mad River Valley

While future Olympians partake in races here, anyone can enjoy the beautiful vistas from our quiet back country roads, perfect for cycling. We can help you with everything you need to get your cycling trip underway. Bikes are available for rent at the Sugarbush Adventure Gear Shop, a few miles down the road, and we can provide you with maps and directions for miles of well-maintained blacktop routes.

If you would like to mountain bike, Sugarbush offers biking on some of their ski routes in the summer months.

The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out

July 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out 2014The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out is a festival inside of a festival, located as it is within the circle of the 2014 Vermont Festival of the Arts, here in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.

And just what is “Plein Air Painting” you ask?

Plein Air alludes to the French phrase “En plein air,” meaning “in the open air.” In other words, Plein Air painting is painting out of doors but, more than that, against the changing of the light.

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