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  • Farmer’s Market

    June 15th, 2012 by srsm

    A must on our Sap-bucket list is our local Farmers’ Market which is held every Saturday morning from now until October 20th–rain or shine–on the Mad River Green in Waitsfield. Local farmers bring a vast array of items including seedling plants, freshly harvested vegetables and fruits, cheeses, local meats, maple syrup, honey, eggs, jams and fresh … read full article

    Healthy ‘Green’ Shopping Bags

    May 21st, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

    Green is in – especially here in Vermont. Among other things, here at West Hill House we use “green” light bulbs, we have solar panels to preheat our hot water, we have rooms with individually adjustable temperature controls, we drive a hybrid car and, we use reusable bags for our shopping. Every conference that we have … read full article

    Picnic by the pond

    May 21st, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

    A basket filled with Vermont cider, cheeses, crackers, home made cookies and other goodies brings smiles to Grace and Charlie who welcomed the warm spring weather with a picnic by our pond. Spring has indeed sprung in the Mad River Valley. Signs of the season are all around us; chipmunks are sunning themselves on the rocks, … read full article

    A Gem of a Restaurant

    March 28th, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

    Today Peter and I (Susan) had a marvelous lunch at MINT, a local vegetarian restaurant in Waitsfield. In the wake of  tropical storm Irene, which flooded the restaurant with 5 feet of muddy water, MINT has been reborn through the hard work of  it’s owners Savitri and Iliyan. The restaurant now boasts a new layout, … read full article

    Valentine’s Day – Romance is in the snow!

    January 31st, 2012 by Peter MacLaren

    A picture postcard Valentine’s Day package awaits you… A snow covered landscape, a beautiful room with a double Jacuzzi tub in its ensuite bathroom, a sleigh ride to whisk you through the snow, and a delicious dinner at The Common Man restaurant. We have two all inclusive packages: The Logan Suite for any 3 nights … read full article

    Ajver

    December 12th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    This past summer we were delighted to get to know Martina and Tanja, university students from Macedonia. While they were here I purchased a jar of Ajver for them. I had no real idea of what it tasted like but it looked good and I wanted to give them a small taste of home while … read full article

    Pecan Snowballs

    December 8th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Stirring it up! Special baked goods play a key role in many of the winter holidays whether it be Christmas, Chanukka, Pancha Ganapati, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year or any  number of others celebrations. Here’s a yummy recipe for cookies to help us encourage winter, Pecan Snowballs. Ingredients: 2 c. pecans 1 c. butter, softened 1/4 … read full article

    Cinnamon Crumb Cake

    November 13th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Stirring it up! Here’s a never fail coffee cake which is quick to make and yummy to eat. 2 c  all purpose flour 3/4 c  butter 1 c  white sugar Rub these three ingredients together to the crumb stage. Put 1 cup of the mixture aside to use as topping Mix the remaining mixture (from … read full article

    Farmers’ Market-Top Rated

    June 29th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Yankee, in the July/August 2011 magazine, ranked the Waitsfield Farmers’ Market as one of the 5 best Farmers’ Markets in New England. Here’s what they say… Waitsfield Farmers’ Market It seems that the entire population of the Mad River Valley turns out to partake in a boisterous round of festivities: face painting, arts and crafts, … read full article

    Quaich Single Malt Bar

    May 27th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    We invite you to enjoy our Quaich Single Malt Scotch Bar. Just in case you are wondering, a Quaich is a traditional Scottish drinking vessel that was used to offer a guest a cup of welcome and also as a farewell drink, usually a dram of whisky. The inspiration for the name came from the … read full article

    Scrumptious Sauce

    April 26th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Stirring it up! Unexpected guests for dinner? This quick curried fruit sauce has come to my rescue more than once. Good on a variety of meats or on rice or quinoa, this sauce is quick and easy to make. 1/2 c butter 1 c brown sugar 2-3 t curry powder (more if you are a … read full article

    Tea Primer

    April 23rd, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    When we moved to Texas from Canada, two new friends, knowing of our Canadian & Scottish backgrounds, offered us tea – cups with water heated (not to boiling) in the microwave and presented with a tea bag on the side. YIKES! My mission from then on was to teach them to make a good cup of … read full article