Tuesday, April 29, 2008

"Jack and Jill"

Our little hummingbirds and grown up and flown away. Jack and Jill perched on their branch a couple hours for a couple days and then got enough courage to fly away. We all hope they will be back to "house" their familes in our trees.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Buttery Scones

I just had a guest comment on how good the scones were this morning and thought I would share the recipe with everyone. You can "wow" all your family and friends with this easy to make recipe. The trick is to use cold, right out of the refrigerator, butter, and try not to over mix it.
Mix with your hands, it helps get out some aggression and you feel like a kid again. But a word of advice don't dive in if you are waiting for an important phone call, it is a little difficult to answer a phone with all of the dough on your hands!

Enjoy!

Buttery Scones

Ingredients:

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, cold and cut into chunks
2 ½ cups sour cream (or 1 cup buttermilk)
1 cup dried fruit, raisins, cranberries, cherries, etc.

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Add the butter chunks and rub into the flour mixture, an electric mixer fitted w/the paddle attachment can also be used for this procedure. The end result should resemble coarse meal about the size of small peas. Add the dried fruit and mix just to coat the fruit. Incorporate the sour cream and mix. Do not over mix or the scone will be tough instead of light and airy. Bake at 400* for about 15-18 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.

Yields approx. 12 to 15 small scones

Friday, April 18, 2008

Our new additions!

The Inn is proud to be the home of two baby humming birds! Their home (for now) is on a tree in our center courtyard. We are not sure of the exact day they hatched as their mom hid the nest pretty well so they would not be disturbed. They are growing a little each day and will probably take flight in the next week or so.

This is the 2nd family of hummingbirds that we have had. Our first "baby" was born in February.

Just goes to show us that Mother Nature is still out there.