Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Romantic Getaways in Lancaster PA

Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association has 14 different B&B’s that would be perfect for a romantic weekend getaway in Pa.  Unfortunately, not everyone has the chance to escape to celebrate this lover’s holiday, so here is Valentine’s Day idea that will help you have that Bed and Breakfast allure in the comfort of your own home.

The Alden House, located in Lititz, PA, is a great choice for your romantic getaway.  Surrounded by the smell of chocolate from Wilbur’s Chocolate Factory, this Inn is irresistible.  Anyone that has a weakness for chocolate will just love this recipe for Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies, which would be a great finish to that breakfast in bed you are planning for your special someone.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

1½ C. flour
½ C. unsweetened cocoa
¼ t. salt
¼ t. baking powder
¼ t. baking soda
1 10oz. jar maraschino cherries (about 48)
½ C. butter or margarine
1 C. sugar
1 egg
1 ½ t. vanilla
1 6oz. package semisweet chocolate chips
½ C. sweetened condensed milk

Combine first 5 ingredients and set aside.  Drain maraschino cherries, set aside and reserve juice.  In large mixer bowl, beat butter until fluffy, add sugar and beat, add egg, vanilla and beat.  To the butter mixture, add dry ingredients and mix well.  Divide dough and roll into 48 balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.  Make an indentation in each ball and place a cherry in each (you can use half a cherry instead of a whole one).  Preheat oven to 350.  Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condense milk and heat in microwave at 30 second intervals until chips are melted.  Add 4 t. of reserved cherry juice to chocolate mixture.  Spread 1 t. of chocolate frosting on each cherry to cover it.  Bake frosted cookies for 10 min.  Cool completely.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hershey, PA

We recently drove my mother to Hershey, PA to enjoy some of the Christmas festivities there.  Hershey PA is just a hop, skip, and jump away from any of our 14 Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns.  We’d previously been to Christmas Candylane several times (and I recommend that for any kids or kids at heart!), but we wanted to check out Sweet Lights and Hershey Gardens.  Hershey Gardens near Lancaster County, PA is a beautiful place, something like Longwood Gardens but not nearly as extensive.  They offered a Christmas Tree Display and contest.  It was cold and windy the day we went, so I think we will opt to go again in the spring when the weather is warmer. Hershey Gardens will reopen for the season on April 1, 2011.   I understand their rose gardens are magnificent!  Sweet Lights was certainly festive, and one can enjoy this lights display in the warmth and comfort of your own vehicle!  There is a per vehicle fee of $20, which must help cover the cost of the electricity!  They also gave us these goofy glasses that magically turn the lights into stars and seem to magnify the beauty!  My mom was like a little kid!”  Mark and Brenda Miller, Brownstone Colonial Inn

Friday, January 7, 2011

2011 Mud Sale Season

The Lancaster County 2011 Mud Sale season is almost upon us.   If you are not familiar with mud sales many of the Lancaster County villages hold fund raising auctions in the late winter to support the local volunteer fire companies.  The name 'mud sale' comes from the eventual muddy ground that the auction is held upon and trust us when we say "bring your boots"!  The last Saturday of February is the kickoff of the Lancaster County Mud Sale Season and it starts at the Strasburg Fire Company in the village of Strasburg! The donation and consignment sale begins at 8:00 AM and runs all day.   Items to be sold include: Quilts, Crafts, Furniture, Farm Equipment, Horses, Yard Equipment, Bicycles, Misc. Stuff, Building Equipment, and much, much more!  And another treat - The Food Services Committee will have lots of good food available.  This year the Strasburg 35'th Annual Spring Sale is on Saturday February 26, 2011 at 08:30 am.  So come on out to the country for the weekend, make a reservation at one of the fabulous inns of the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association and enjoy yourself!  One warning - you'll probably end up buying a quilt!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lancaster County Inns Recipe Favorite

Being an owner of a Bed and Breakfast or Country Inn has many perks.  One of those perks is the scrumptious recipes that cross our paths every morning.  Since an enticing breakfast is a big draw to our Lancaster County PA B&Bs, we as a group are constantly looking for quick  and delicious breakfast recipes.  Bed and Breakfast owners love cooking, eating  and sharing wonderful breakfast recipes.  The Hurst House located in Ephrata, Pa, one of our associations 14 B & Bs has shared her Pumpkin Square recipe.  Please enjoy.

Mix: 1 1/3 cup crushed graham crackers crumbs
        1/3 cup sugar
         ½ cup melted butter
Press into oblong cake pan. Line entire bottom of pan

Beat: 2 eggs
         ¾ cup sugar
         8 oz. cream cheese
Pour over graham crumb crust and bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.

Cook:  2 cups pumpkin
           3 egg yokes
           ½ cup sugar
           ½ cup milk
            1/2 salt
            2 teas. cinnamon
Cook until thick, about 5 min.

Sprinkle 1 envelope plain gelatin into ¼ cup water. When dissolved, add to pumpkin mixture, cool until it mounds.

Beat 3 egg whites until stiff. Add ¼ sugar. Fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour over cooled crust. Keep in refrigerator
Top with cool whip before serving. Optional: sprinkle with chopped pecans.

The Hurst House B&B,
Bert  Hurst