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  • Icelandic Vínarterta – A Shortbread Style Cake

    January 14th, 2015 by srsm

    At breakfast on January first I presented our guests with my variation of  the Icelandic dessert Vínarterta, a Shortbread and Prune Jam Layer Cake. If you want to learn more about our amazing Icelandic Experience check our January 5, 2015 blog. So, with thanks to the Icelandic cooks for the inspiration which I gained from the Vínarterta recipe and apologies to Icelandic cooks … read full article

    Scottish Christmas Remembered

    December 22nd, 2014 by srsm

    At this time of year many of us pause to remember Christmases past. Do you remember receiving a special dress your mother made for you, or a the doll you were wishing for, or a new book by your favourite author (and you still have that book today)?  Perhaps you received a model train or Meccano set. Did you attend a Pantomime … read full article

    Skiing at its best

    December 20th, 2014 by Peter MacLaren

    Have you been reading “Top 10” lists over the last few weeks? If so you will have you see lists of almost everything under the sun, Top 10 Ugliest Cars, Top 10 Best Places to Live, Top 10 Best Companies to Work For, Top 10 Best Universities, and who knows, maybe even a list for the Top 10 … read full article

    Dreaming of a White Christmas?

    December 15th, 2014 by srsm

    Dreaming of a White Christmas but live where there isn’t any snow? Stop dreaming and come live your dream. Come to Vermont! The movie White Christmas is indeed a classic and a must see Christmas movie in our family and perhaps yours too. The holidays are not complete without a visit, via DVD, to the Columbia Inn in … read full article

    Amazing Peanut Butter Cookies

    November 24th, 2014 by srsm

    Stirring 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 … read full article

    Chestnut Soup

    December 25th, 2012 by srsm

      Stirring it up! Until a few weeks ago I had never cooked with chestnuts. Many years ago I had chestnuts roasted on an open fire  (as one does at Christmas time!) from a street vendor in Toronto but nothing since then. I purchased some a few weeks back, sautéed them with some bacon and red onion … 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

    White Christmas in Vermont

    November 28th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Picture yourself doing your Christmas shopping and enjoying Christmas music in the quiet serenity of the green mountains of Vermont. Saturday, December 3 marks the 13th annual Country Christmas Open House in the Mad River Valley. Over 30 local shops and services are offering special discounts which will make your pocketbook happy and may offer … read full article

    Scott Joplin lives at West Hill House!

    July 5th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    A Scott Joplin serenade after breakfast – what a treat! Jeanne and John, long time friends from Texas, were making a cross country tour in June and stopped in to visit us. Always traveling with this very small trumpet he has often times surprised folks with a musical interlude. They told the story of being … read full article

    We’re Engaged!

    January 3rd, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Look who just got engaged at West Hill House. Kathryn and Peter visited us in the spring and came back during the Christmas holidays for some R & R – Relaxation and a Ring! “Your bed and breakfast is so relaxing and enjoyable and I’m so glad that we were able to have it as … read full article

    Christmas Carols at West Hill House

    December 27th, 2009 by Peter MacLaren

    This Christmas at West Hill House we were delighted to have two musical families staying with us. Here are Rick & Ben, accompanied by Rick’s daughter Nicole on the pump organ, singing a Carol on Christmas day in the Sun Room, just before dinner.