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Oct 31, 2011

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I love this job. I get to meet so many interesting people. Everyone with their own unique story. Although all have a unique story, recently I have noticed a common thread in their stories. Most B&B guests are looking for a little adventure in life. I know this sounds odd that they would look for it at a B&B but if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Here we are, a loving family that provides a safe shelter for travelers in Maine – what better backdrop to focus on something new. Stepping out of your comfort zone for a little adventure is hard, and when you have a friendly smile, a great breakfast and smooth comfortable sheets - adventure is much easier.

I will start with Betty:

I received a phone call from a young woman that was looking for a ground floor bedroom with 2 twin beds. I explained that our Coastal Garden room is a nice option. It is ground floor, 2 twin beds, has a TV, air-conditioner and fireplace, private bathroom and shower. The young woman was polite and said she wanted to see what everyone had and would call me back.  After calling and looking around town , the young woman  called us back and booked the room for 5 nights in July. She could not put a deposit down right away because she had to speak to her grandmother, the woman that would actually be staying in the room with her friend. A few days later she called with her grandmother’s credit card and one month later I got to meet Betty and Gisella. Betty and Gisella showed up beaming and very excited to see their room. They were accompanied by several members of their family. We offered them coffee, tea or juice upon arrival, but they did not want anything, they just wanted to relax before their grandchildren came to take them to dinner.

The next morning, the women, dressed very well, came to the breakfast room and were delighted they had a choice from our menu. They took out their glasses and read the menu to each another. Later that day I spoke to Betty and she said she was having a wonderful time and that she was enjoying the Inn and my family.

The 5 days came and went. Upon check out I said to Betty and Gisella that I hoped I would see them again and Betty said, “well I don’t know about that, I am 91.” She looked marvelous for 91 and I think she still has a good number of years left. After they left, with the help of many family members, I was speaking to Jesse and didn’t realize that he had also had some conversations with the elderly ladies. He told me that he spoke to them and found out that they wanted a little adventure. They normally live in an assisted old age home and wanted to “escape”  for a while. They did not want to stay with family, they wanted to be independent again.  We are so pleased that the grandchildren listened to their elders, found a comfortable and safe place for them and granted Betty and Gisella their moment of adventure.

Next Adventure: The 50th birthday party

We see many birthday celebrations at the Inn. Sometimes a person will treat themselves and come by themselves, sometimes with a partner and sometimes with a group of friends. This past weekend we had a group of friends that were trying to ease the emotional pain of their one friend that was turning 50. Three couples traveled from NJ to Maine to celebrate. The weather was beautiful and the rooms were so comfortable for them. They sat on the Brass Room deck and drank wine and then walked down to the restaurant for dinner. You could see they enjoyed each others company and were having a great time. You could tell they felt at home. At breakfast I would hear that they stayed out a little too late. One man with them said he was feeling so adventurous while he was out that previous night, he tried the fried twinkie that was offered at Cuzzy’s bar. He said he had heard about them and always wanted to try one. Well, he tried it and loved it. He said he probably would never have one again, but was happy to at least try it. The newly aged 50 year old woman laughed at her husband and looked like she was a school girl again.

Next Adventure: The Bucket List

One day I got a call from a travel agent. Which is pretty common. But this travel agent was asking so many questions. Not just about the rooms and amenities, which are standard questions, but about the quality of the lobster, the pricing and the availability of the places to get lobster dinners. One lobster question after the next. I was delighted to share all my lobster knowledge with the travel agent, and by the end of the conversation, the agent booked a room for 2 nights. I was curious why she was asking all the lobster questions, but I did not ask why. The next month the guests came with an itinerary that I had somewhat dictated to the travel agent about where the best places to eat lobster were. I helped the nice southern couple find the places and they were pleased. At breakfast the gentleman brought down his leftover lobster and asked if we could cook it up in some eggs for him. What a great idea, we did and he enjoyed eating it for breakfast. Upon leaving the inn, the man said, “thank you for helping me take – eating lobster –  off my bucket list. ” He never realized that he enjoyed lobster and at the age of 60 he found a new food to enjoy.

Last but not least… the new B&B guest – Adventure

Every year we get a dozen or so first time B&B guests. They always look the same when the come in the front door – scared. They ask lots of questions and walk very slowly. Sometimes I ask if they are first time B&B people, but most of the time, they offer right away that they had never done this before and that they don’t know what to expect. Sometimes they ask to see the room before they pay. Implying that if they don’t like what they see, they are out of here. It is really cute to see the new B&B couples hold each others arms and look to each other for comfort in this new experience. A step out of their comfort zone, something different, a little adventure. We are so happy that we could make the new experience as painless as possible and have seen many non- B&B guests leave saying they will be back.

We recently had a guest that wasn’t a first time B&B guest but a 2nd time B&B guest. The couple came in and you could tell they were nervous. The wife said – “Honey – only pay for one night, in case it is like the last time we were in a B&B”. Jesse tried to get out of them their past B&B experience, but they weren’t talking. After seeing their room, they decided pay and see how things went. The next morning they were all a glow. The guests seemed very comfortable and were willing to share with me at breakfast their last B&B experience. They said that the last time they went to a Bed and Breakfast the Innkeeper was not very friendly. The room was dark and there was only 1 thing for breakfast. They were so happy to see that we had a selection and that they could have whatever they wanted.  I was surprised that they experienced such bad hospitality at a B&B. Finally I asked when this experience had happened. The woman said 20 years ago. I almost fell on the floor. This couple wrote off B&B’s for 20 years because of 1 bad experience. They said they were willing to give it another try – they were feeling adventurous and they were happy they found us.

So when you are ready to step out of your comfort zone, need some adventure, look online for a nice couple that own a B&B. Not only will their hospitality make you feel welcome it will open the door to new adventures.

-Kristi

 

Last year about this time, I wrote about wanting to get out to Curtis Island. At the time of writing, I had been here for 5 years and had never been to the closest island to Camden. It looks so close, but I could not get to it. Well, if you remember the post, I finally tried to swim to Curtis Island, but did not make it.  I had to get in the row boat that was following me. The row boat did finally take me to the island. I was so happy to finally get there. The same year, my husband bought me a kayak, I guess he was scared I would try to swim out to the island again.

I was fortunate this year to get to another cluster of islands off the coast of Maine. No I did not swim, I did not kayak, I sailed on a boat that you can rent for charters – Redwings. Redwings is a Peterson 46 center cockpit offshore cruiser for your rental pleasure. Aaron Henderson is the captain and a local Maine native. Aaron grew up here and is very familiar with the water and nearby islands. I laughed every-time he picked out an island and told me the name of it. To me the islands all looked the same. He said that most islands look like their names, Saddle Island – looks like a saddle. I wasn’t convinced that it looked like a saddle, but maybe if I had looked at it as many times as he has, it might start to resemble a saddle. Anyway, Aaron took me and my boys out to White Islands. White Islands are a group of Islands off the coast of mid coast Maine. Redwings is a beautiful sail boat that is very comfortable. My boys are taking sailing classes and Aaron was great to reinforce the things the boys had learned and helped them to understand the many details of sailing Redwings out in the ocean. The sail was both visually beautiful and intellectually  stimulating. When we got to White Islands, I was a little concerned because it it was high tide and the only thing you could see were tops of rocks and I was not sure these rocks were islands. But then Aaron steered us into a narrow channel and we sailed into a beautiful beach. The boys got out and ran around looking for treasures, which they found, 7 lobster buoys that had drifted ashore. Each buoy a different color for the lobster-man that had put it out in this part of the ocean. I should mention that White Islands are near Vinalhaven. Vinalhaven is populated by many lobster-men. The waters near Vinalhaven are filled with lobster buoys. It’s really amazing to see how many buoys are near each other in the waters near Vinalhaven. While the boys were gathering their buoys, I walked around the island. I was surprised to see rugosa roses and small bushes growing in between the rocks. White rocks and pink roses. I told Aaron that I thought this must be what heaven looks like. The island was so beautiful. We stayed for about an hour, the tide was going out so we had to move the boat. I regrettably left this wonderful paradise in the ocean. I am so happy that I have it now in my memory and it is one of those happy places I can go to when I am cleaning rooms and ironing sheets. Aaron told me after that trip that he had never been to those islands before. He said there are so many islands, each one very unique. A friend of his told him about that island the day before and he decided to check it out. I think he was as pleasantly surprised as I was. I did however get a little disappointed,  when I felt a little empowered by the sea, feeling knowledgeable from all of Aaron’s teachings, I offered up that I thought the islands were named White Islands because they were white in color. Aaron actually disagreed with me and said that it was probably because some sailor named White discovered them. Let me tell you if they can name an island saddle because it looks like a saddle, they can name these islands White, because they are white.

I am past my urge to swim to the nearby islands. I do have a kayak, but don’t think I could make it past Curtis Island. I am so pleased that I found Redwings and now have a wonderful new option to exploring Penobscot Bay. If you are staying in Camden Maine, I highly recommend contacting Aaron and arranging a trip on Redwings. You can spend the day exploring the islands off the coast of Maine. It truly is a wonderful and memorable experience that you can take back with you after your Maine vacation.

Check out our page for RedWings: http://www.windwardhouse.com/things-to-do-here-in-camden-maine/sailing-in-maine-kayaking-in-maine-biking-in-maine/sail-redwings/

Kids enjoying the White islands off the coast of Maine.Redwings

The harbor in Camden Maine is coming alive, as is our quaint little seaside town. The boats are all open and starting to take salty dogs out to sea. The lobster men can be seen racing between traps in their boats. The lilacs are blooming at Camden Windward House and yesterday I noticed my favorite black eyed suzie’s are starting to come out of the ground. Jesse, has successfully made a wisteria flower on the front porch. Baby birds are nesting over the Chart Room back door and the humming birds have come back. Yesterday my children swam in Lake Megunticook for the first time this season. While we were at Barrett’s Cove, Megunticook Lake, we noticed a person rock climbing Mt. Battie. Yes, spring has finaly arrived in Camden Maine.

This is a recipe from the SeasonalFamily.com A very nice blog that we highly recommend. We are surely going to make these muffins this season!
 
Carrot Cake Muffins
yields 18 medium sized muffins
2 cups of barley flour (or whole wheat flour)
 2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1 cup of milk
1 cup of applesauce or grated apples
1 cup of  maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup crushed walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350*
In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients. Now in a medium bowl, combine all the wet ingredients.
Slowly add the wet ingredients in with the dry, stir to combine.
With an ice cream scoop (or spoon), add batter into either a well greased muffin tray or into unbleached baking cups.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before eating.

A bit of advice, you may want to make a double batch of these since they seem to go rather quickly… My mother, sister and cousin were over when I made them and by the next morning, there were none left. Between those three, my husband, my daughter and myself all 18 muffins were gone! Poor Reid does not get to try any until his birthday, and even then it will be a special treat that he will not get again for awhile.

These muffins can also be made into a cake for a first birthday party or any celebration!

Bon Appétit!

Chef Momma

SeasonalFamily.com

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

3/4 cup of mashed sweet potato
 1/3 cup cream cheese at room temperature or soft unripened goat cheese at room temperature
2 tablespoons of softened butter
4-5 tablespoons of maple syrup (add extra tablespoon for very sweet)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon plus extra for dusting on the cake as garnish
In a large mixing bowl add all of the ingredients (except for the dusting cinnamon). You can either hand whip it with a whisk or use a hand mixer or food processor. I used my hand with a whisk (it’s a great upper arm work out!), I find that hand whipping it adds an umph to the frosting, where as beating it makes it a bit airy, but it’s a personal choice.
Whip, blend or process until the frosting becomes spreadable, then with a spatula, take a large glob and throw in on the top of the cake, spreading the frosting around carefully

Spring has sprung and my husband has put out the Maypole. We have a joke each year that he has the biggest Maypole on the street. This is true because we are the only ones on the block that have a pole out to welcome spring. You may ask why a couple from NY that is Irish, English, Polish and Italian in heritage would put out a maypole. If you look at Wikipedia, it seems like every culture has some form of this spring ritual, believe it or not. The Italians grease the pole and have contests to see who can get to the top and steal the crown. Not sure how to interpret this one.

We like the idea of welcoming spring after a hard winter. We celebrate the renewal of life and hope for a successful summer.

This years pole is our largest one. Jesse stood on the roof of the porch to put it together. I told him, he is not try to beat this record next year. He would have to stand on the roof of the house, and that could get ugly.

Please stop by to see the pole, we keep it up for almost the whole month of May.

One might think to drive 5 hours is a little extreme for a weekend getaway. I’m grateful for the beautiful website that led us to this quaint town and the photos of your B&B did nothing but confirm we had found our weekend destination. You walk in the door and the warmth we were met with, stayed with us the entire time. It was a pleasure to have been invited and welcomed into your house. Thank you so much for the stories and wonderful food . We wish you all the success. - Angela- MA.

PhotoA guest emailed me this recipe. She said one of the former Innkeepers gave it to her. It is nice to see the simplicity of this recipe. I thought I was the only Innkeeper that tried to make things delicious and easy. I guess it is the Windward Way.

Windward Muffins

1 cup flour

1 cup oats

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup walnuts

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup oil

Combine wet ingredients.  Add dry ingredients (except nuts)  and stir until just moistened.  Add nuts. Put into greased muffin tins (2/3 full).  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.  Enjoy!

Windward Granola:

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup whole almonds

3/4 cup walnuts (Crush to desired texture)

3/4 Sunflower seeds

3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup (may need more depending on how it is coming together.)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto a sheet pan. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl.

2 large eggs

½ cup whole milk

1 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup malted milk powder

Sift together dry ingredients

Add a pinch of baking powder to the top, and squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice on the powder

Add the eggs, milk, oil etc

Mix with a rubber spoon until smooth but a little lumpy

Add frozen blueberries, Maine blueberries are the best

I add a handful and a half – to taste

 Cook on a griddle at 350 degrees, I use a quarter cup measure for each pancake, cook until golden on each side. Enjoy with real Maine Maple Syrup.

Adam’s Holidays Eggs – by Jesse & Kristi Bifulco Camden Windward House B&B

I made the mistake of making my 5 year old Eggs Benedict one morning. After that he would always ask for Holidays Eggs (mispronouncing Hollandaise), even when I had only 5 minutes left to leave to make it to Court on time, throwing an apron over my navy suit and silk tie:

Hollandaise: make it first whip four yolks until about 2-2 ½ times original volume. Keep warm, either in double boiler, or on a griddle about 175 degrees. Pour in slowly clarified or just melted butter about 1 cup give or take, a little at a time as you whisk. Finely chop a shallot put in a pan with cracked pepper corns white vinegar and reduce. I like to use apple cider, or wine, or champagne vinegar if I have it. After the yolks and butter begin to thicken, throw a little cold water on your reduced shallots, and pour that into the sauce with about 4 ounces of fresh lemon juice to taste. Now worry the judge is going to yell at you for being late to Court. Add sea salt to taste. Keep it at a warm temperature, or use it right away for safety sake. Now poach a couple of eggs. Depending on what we are making I may serve the eggs with sauce over it on top of a fried Canadian Bacon or maple smoked thick sliced bacon, and an English Muffin, or better yet, over a stack of silver dollar sized butter milk wild Maine blueberry pancakes. Worry once more about Court, quite, buy and bed and breakfast and move to Maine, … and voila! Enjoy your benedict, such as it is.

Ingredients
1 cup Kates homemade butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg (cage-free, organic)
1 cup real Maine maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (sweetgrass farm vanilla)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration
Directions
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
2.In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, syrup and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into mixture until well blended. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.
3.Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool on wire rack.

Wanted to share with the Camden Windward House followers this new State of Maine concept to help tourists. http://memoir.mainetourism.com/ . If you have any fond memories of Camden, please share with the world.

Romantic Story

Feb 14, 2011

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Just read a romantic recollection of a couple that were together for 60 years. They met on a blind date and a year later he proposed. He brought her to the bottom of a ski trail, had skiers come down the hill with torches as he gave his love a box that had a circle of carnations with a ring in the middle. He read a poem to her that he wrote about the things they did together. She said yes and they have been together for the past 60 years!

This love story is so inspiring. http://knox.villagesoup.com/news/story/rockport-couple-reflects-on-60-years-of-marriage/379907 

Don’t forget you can celebrate Valentines Day, The day of Love any day. Our Bed and Breakfast is a great place to start your celebration of love.

Kristi & Jesse,
Greetings, I hope that all is well with the kids, construction and the business. I wanted to thank you for the lovely stay. Our room was splendid (Quarterdeck) and the view breathtaking. I do’t think we had a better breakfast on our trip either. We are both huge fans of the Eggs Benedict.

Thank you again for the great service and hospitality. Maybe we can do it again when it’s a spot warmer!
Best Regards,
CT.

Ingredients:Yield: 24 miniature cupcakes
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup butter, melted
2 eggs

Directions:
Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 33 mins
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
3. Spray a miniature muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
4. Fill each 3/4 full.
5. Bake in preheated oven for approx. 18 minutes.
ENJOY.
Recipe from food.com

Windward House’s Green Valentines.
February is a special, lovable month. Our romantic Bed and Breakfast getaway definitely sees an increase in traffic this month. It is so pleasing to see the happy faces at the breakfast tables, both young and mature love. We have been honored to hear love stories of both newly engaged partners to those celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
One special room at the B&B, the Windrose Suite, has a love note box from the Love Project. A young and in-love couple came to the Inn two years ago and left a beautiful wooden box and a request that you write a love letter to someone special and place it in the locked box, and one day they will publish it in a book about love. Two years later, it’s full of notes locked inside. I can only imagine what sweet nothings are in this box (http://aloveproject.net/A_Love_Project.php ).
I love all things love and have constructed this top ten Windward House Maine Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Since we are a green B&B I decided to make this a green valentine list.
1. A special gift from the downtown of Camden Maine: Dolan Geiman (DG) MINIS and Lovebird collection. These handmade & eco-friendly artworks by mixed media artist Dolan Geiman including paintings, collages, and BOX PRINT® reproductions on wood are sold in Glendarragh Farm Lavender Store 22 Main Street Camden Maine. http://www.etsy.com/people/dolangeiman?ref=ls_profile

2. Chocolate: Coastline Confections chocolate bars are all natural. Coastline Confections has no additives, preservatives, glazes, or waxes. The only thing they add to the chocolate is the essential flavors and ingredients to achieve a delicate flavor profile. I prefer the Lobsterman bar, dark Chocolate. Bitter. Rich. Belgian. http://www.coastlineconfections.com/Coastline_Confections/Coastline_Confections.html

3. Danica Candles : Add a little romance to the bedroom or the dinner table with candles. All of the Danica candles are made in Maine. They never use animal byproducts or lead, they only use naturally made beeswax, . The best waxes and cotton wicks made in the U.S.A. http://www.danicacandles.com/home.html

4. Jewelry from Russell’s of Camden : My favorite little jewelry store in Camden Maine. Russell and Paulette craft wonderful pieces of jewelry, right here in Camden Maine. http://www.russellsofcamden.com/index.htm

5. Oyster River Winery : Complete a perfect dinner menu with a wonderful local Maine wine: The Villager from Oyster River Winery represents a house style — off-dry, crisp, and aromatic. This blend of Seyval Blanc and Cayuga are fermented for three months at low temperatures for good fruit retention, then is filtered and bottled soon after to capture freshness and retain a bit of CO2. The wine has “fatness” on the mid-palate and a “leesy” character from extended contact with the yeast. http://www.oysterriverwinegrowers.com/

6. Dolcelinos: I was so happy when I discovered these little treats in the local grocery store. A caterer started making these treats for parties and they were so successful, she started to sell them in stores. The Dolcelino is designed after the Woopie Pie, and the ice cream sandwich. There is a wonderful outside cookie filled with a delicious, mousse-like frozen cream. I found this simple and fun dessert you can serve your sweetie. THE CHOCOLATE TURTLE: A little hot fudge on the plate, place a “topless” chocolate Dolcelino on top of the hot fudge, sprinkle pecans on top and drizzle with caramel sauce. http://www.dolcelinos.com/

7. Atlantica Seafood Bistro: We at Windward highly recommend the only Maine Green Leader certified restaurant in downtown Camden Maine. Atlantica will be open the month of February. Located on the dock overlooking the harbor, it is a sure way to please your valentine. http://www.atlanticarestaurant.com/

8. Swan Island Blankets : Warm up your sweetheart with a blanket or a scarf. Swans Island is a company and a community centered in Maine and determined to create objects of beauty and utility in authentic and earth-friendly ways. Swans Island rare wool blankets are made from naturally occurring brown and black sheep. These sheep aren’t common, and after three or four years, their fleeces tend to go grey, so they are only able to weave a limited number of rare brown and black wool blankets each year.
http://www.swansislandblankets.com/ Swan Island Blankets has free shipping until Feb. 28th, so if even if you don’t live in Maine, you can get these beautiful items.

9. Floral Greeting cards by Ann McKendry: Merryspring Park in Camden Maine sells these special hand crafted cards. Remember, sometimes the best gifts are simple. http://www.merryspring.org/

10. Special getaway at a “green” Bed and Breakfast: If you can take your love away for a night, I highly recommend making it a green getaway. Your partner will love you for being good to both him/her and the earth. http://www.maine.gov/dep/innovation/greencert/lodg_participants.htm

Greek Pizza
Ingredients
Pizza
Baby spinach

Sauce
1 large can of Pastene kitchen ready ground peeled tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Pepper
Basil
Parsley
Thyme
Fresh herbs or dried and McCormak’s Italian herbs grinder)
White wine
Baby spinach
Marinated artichoke hearts (goya or imported Italian in glass jars)

Pizza Sauce
Cover bottom of a small saucepan/pot with the olive oil
Put in some salt and pepper and the garlic, and turn on the flame
Once the garlic starts to sizzle put in some white wine
Let the wine reduce a short while, then pour in tomatoes
Stir it, then put in the other herbs. I like to use fresh herbs when I have them. If not, dried are okay, just don’t use too much.
Then use a hand blender to make sure all the herbs and the garlic are chopped up very small.
Then cook it about ten minutes longer on a simmer. (I don’t cook pizza sauce very long)
Taste it. If it needs it you can add a little brown sugar – although I rarely do that, but sometimes the tomatoes are not very sweet, and pizza sauce I think should be a little more sweet and seasoned. Don’t add more than a half teaspoon or so.
Don’t cook it with the lid on, as you want it to be a little bit thick.

The pizza
Kristi or my dad make dough, but I don’t, so I usually get the Portland Pie co. dough at Hannafords. I get white or beer, occasionally wheat.
Blanch the baby spinach in hot water
Roll the dough out very flat and thin.
Apply a little sheen of olive oil to the pan. That gives it a little brown crispness.
Bake @15 -20 minutes at 450degrees.

These cookies are easy and great!

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar and 1/4 cup to roll the dough in before cooking
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, roll in sugar,  and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Calling all middle-schoolers who want to keep Camden the “jewel of Maine”, and make sure the kids and pets who live here stay healthy. A large map displayed in the window of the Camden town office shows properties in town painted green where homeowners have agreed not to use poisons on their lawn to get rid of dandelions and other “weeds””Kids for a Greener Camden”  There is a group of middleschoolerswho want to turn the whole map — and town –green. First step: One student or a group of friends adopts a street. Next step: Receive a packet and with the help of this packet get every homeowner on that street to agree not to use harmful lawn chemicals. Once everyone on the street agrees, the street is painted green on the town map and is a street that is now healthy for kids and pets. Everyone who “greens” a street gets a “Kids for a Greener Camden” button, is invited to a party in April, plus is eligible for a Middle School community service Schooner Tag. To adopt a street, sign up on the Kids for a Greener Camden sheet in the office. For more information, check out the KIDS page on the  citizensforagreencamden.org sixth-graders Molly Mann, Liv Berez or Jade Hazzard or email website, talk with kidsforagreenercamden@gmail.com.

This Green Inn – loves this Green Idea.

Some pictures and video.

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Rooms & Rates

Jan 13, 2011

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Our Rates vary. To find out a room rate for a particular date check our online reservation system or give us a call. Thanks! Our rates are very reasonable considering our location, amenities and wonderful breakfast.
Room Rates & Availability

Non Smoking and Reservation Deposit Policy

Non-Smoking policy: There is no smoking permitted anywhere on the premises, either within the rooms and buildings, or on the grounds. The word smoking as used herein shall be construed to mean the burning of any substance whether for aromatic, cooking purposes or for any purpose including but not limited to candles, cigarettes and or cigars. The guest agrees that due to the fact that it is impossible or impracticable to the calculate the actual damage done by smoking including damage to the marketability of the room, lost revenue, and costs incurred to abate odors discoloration and the imitation by others of the guests smoking behavior, and further, in consideration for being permitted to stay at the inn, all guests accept and agree as a precondition that if they smoke anywhere on the premises, in exchange for smoking against our policy, the guest shall owe the greater of a charge of $300 plus one night’s room rental or the actual cost of abatement of smoke and or odor damage. The guests agree that the opinion of the innkeeper and or housekeeper as to whether or not a guest smoked in the room without having been seen smoking, will be sufficient to establish the fact that the guest smoked, and incurred the penalty. The penalty may be charged on the guests’ credit card by the inn.

Cancellation Policy

A properly cancelled reservation is entitled to a refund.

A deposit refund which is a credit to the guest’s credit card will have a transaction fee subtracted from it. The transaction fee is the amount charged the inn for crediting the guest’s credit card which is charged by your credit card issuer and is approximately $25.

Cancellation period Reservations More Than 30 Days In Advance

You may cancel a reservation made thirty or more days in advance of the date of intended stay no later than 14 days after you have made the reservation.

Reservations Less Than 30 Days In Advance

You may cancel a reservation made less than thirty days in advance of the date of intended stay no later than 14 days before the start of the first day of your reservation period. You may not cancel the reservation outside of this period. The guest owes the full reservation amount for a reservation that has commenced and has not been canceled.

Cancellation

A cancellation is effected by notice to the innkeepers. Notice is not effective unless it has been given via telephone to the innkeeper directly, and same has been acknowledged by the innkeeper to the guest via email. No reservation may be canceled by voicemail message, email or facsimile transmission, or any method other than described. Any reservation made constitutes acceptance of all the bed & breakfast’s policies. Travel insurance can be purchased from third parties to insure the cost of your trip in the event it must be canceled outside the cancellation period due to circumstances outside of your control.

All rates listed are per night, single or double occupancy, and are subject to Maine’s seven percent lodging tax. Additional persons (when the room allows and at the Innkeeper’s discretion) are $50 per person, per night except for the *Crow’s Nest Room which is an additional $125 for up to two additional persons the *Crow’s Nest double occupancy rate is for one bedroom only. Prime season weekend reservations require a two-night minimum stay. Certain holiday periods require a two or three-night minimum stay. Please call to check specific availability. When booking Crow’s Nest please express your preference for either one or two beds in the room if the stay is for two persons.

Room Reservation

To confirm a reservation and reserve a room, a deposit of one night’s lodging cost or 50% of the entire reservation cost, whichever is greater, is due at the time of booking per room reserved. The deposit is applied to room charges, and the balance is due upon arrival at check-in. We accept cash payment, Visa, or Mastercard. We do not accept American Express at this time.

 

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