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Scottish Oatcakes: A tradition in Scottish homes

October 25th, 2017 by srsm

Stirring it up:   Scottish Oatcakes are made with oats but the result isn’t a traditional cake! This recipe can be mixed and baked in about 30 minutes. The result is a crisp and cracker-like Oatcake to be eaten with cheese, butter, jam or meat. Makes ~32 Oven 375°F (190°C) Bake 15 to 20 minutes … read full article

Sunny Day Road Trip: Discovering Vermont Artisans

April 16th, 2017 by srsm

A beautiful, warm and sunny mid-April day just begs to be enjoyed so, having no overnight guest to attend to, we set out to enjoy the afternoon and view the works of area artisans. Our afternoon outing started in Middlebury, about 45 minutes from the B&B, where we stopped at the Vermont Coffee Company for coffee and … 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

Soft Ginger Cookies

June 29th, 2012 by srsm

Stirring it up! While cleaning rooms the other day I clicked on the TV and found The Barefoot Contessa featuring a batch of the Ultimate Ginger Cookie. They looked absolutely scrumptious so after finishing the rooms I cleaned up and headed off to the kitchen to cook up a batch for our weekend guests. Unfortunately I … 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

Cinnamon Crumb Cake

November 13th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Stirring it up! When you prepare breakfast for overnight guests, or you invite  friends to stop by for a visit, it’s always nice to offer them a home-made treat. A perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea, here’s a never fail coffee cake which is quick to make and yummy to eat. 2 c … 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

We know how to make tea!

April 15th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Over the past few weeks I have attended two conferences, each providing various meals followed by coffee and tea,  but only if you asked for it. My latest tea challenge came just the other day. I was brought a cup filled with very warm water (not hot enough to have been boiling) and a wooden … read full article