Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Visit the Mitchell Car Museum!

So another really fun thing to do is go visit the vintage car museum that is just 2 blocks away from the High Street Victorian Bed and Breakfast! What an interesting place!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I was pretty excited to see this: Our town, Boonville MO made it into the top 10 of "The 20 Best Small Towns 2015" We came in at #9 and one of my old stomping grounds, Pt. Townsend, WA came in at #6!
Its a fun article! Enjoy reading, and do check out our town! (you won't be disappointed!)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Here is a wonderful recipe to share with family and friends this Easter!

Raspberry Sweet Rolls
A rich, light coil of sweet dough, topped with raspberry preserves
Makes 24
3 1/2 - 4 cups of all-purpose flour                                    1/2 C margarine
1/2 C Sugar                                                                       2 eggs
  1 teaspoons salt
  1 pkg active dry yeast
  1 C. milk
TOPPING                                                                               GLAZE
1/2 C red raspberry preserves (seedless)                                1 C powdered sugar
1/4 C butter melted                                                                1/4 C Butter
Grease 2 cookie sheets
In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast; blend well. 
In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup margarine until very warm (120-130 degrees f). 
Add warm liquid and eggs to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Stir in additional 1 3/4 to 2 cups flour until dough pulls cleanly away from sides of bowl.
On floured surface, knead in 1/4 to 1/2 cups flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel.Let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 45 - 60 minutes.
Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into 15-inch rope. Loosely coil each rope into a circle, sealing ends underneath and place on prepared cookie sheet. corer; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 20 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Carefully brush rolls with melted butter. Make a deep thumbprint in center of each roll; fill with 1 teaspoon of preserves. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. 
Remove from pan immediately; brush a second time with melted butter. cool. 
Combine powdered sugar and milk; drizzle over cooled rolls. 
Tip: if you are in a bit of a hurry, for the first rising you can place your dough in the oven (turned off), and place a pan of boiling water in the bottom of the oven. This cuts the rising nearly in half.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

What is it like to own a Bed and Breakfast??

The thermometer says its 10 degrees (or -10) outside and I do not have to start my car to go to work
I get to work in my jammies and robe (like right now writing this up smile emoticon OK, I don't greet guests in my jammies)...
I meet people from all over the world, and I can drink coffee in the morning with them
I meet people in many occupations
I get to hear compliments on my cooking
I get to hear people tell me how much they needed to get away to a place like this
I get to hear a repeat guest calling to say - please tell me you have a room!
I get to plan day trips, although for others, it's still fun!
I get to see the tight, pinched, tense faces that arrived, be full of smiles and laughter and regret that they have to go, as they depart
I get to touch many lives and be touched by theirs
Putting your stamp on something that's very personal to people; it feels wonderful
I help people have the perfect vacation
I'm my own boss
I get to cook, bake and do gardening. It's a dream job!
My commute is awesome (from upstairs to downstairs)
Being part of peoples special occasions they will remember forever
I get to live in a beautiful historic place AND get paid to live here
I meet some very interesting people and have created special friends
I get to do what I love and use my creativeness with food, decorating, gardening, website, blog etc.
I get to work side by side with my husband
I can take wonderful vacations in the slower times
I have met and networked with other innkeepers who are amazing group of people that come to the industry from every profession imaginable
I never get tired of the compliments from guests. It's those guests that appreciate what we do and who make us continue in this awesome profession
Being home for my family
Being my own boss
Meeting people I would never meet otherwise, from all walks of life, with varied interests and experience
Making people feel good, with a cup of coffee and a warm handshake/hug from us
Serving others
Learning new things, expanding my knowledge (due to marketing/tourism, technology)
Excelling in my own environment
Having a cluster of innkeeper friends that I can share with and laugh with
No two days are alike
Having fun!
Every decision is our own- no boss enforcing a policy that makes no sense
Ability to take on projects that I like and make a difference in my town
I love the challenges
I want to leave a legacy-both in things I've done and looking after a 133 year old home
I do things how I want them
Regulars who say when they arrive, "Its good to be home", or "I'll be back" (and you know they will)
Catching up with regulars on what they have been up to
When you can make a different breakfast every morning for a week and never look at a recipe

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Its a jungle in here!

I still have a hard time understanding how my little part of the world can be so lush and green so close to town. By close, I mean walking distance.
My gardens have grown extra beautiful this year. The hostas have especially loved the weather we have had. Lots of rain has kept  them nice and green and we were rewarded with an abundance of the bell shaped blooms! The grape vine that grows over the pergola looks as if it has been here 100 years! The pergola has only been up a year, and we trained the grape vine to grow over it to provide shade. It complete covers it and is about a foot thick! The vine itself may very well be over 100 years old. When this home was built over 100 years ago, they planted grape vines and made their own wine. When we moved in, we kept it trimmed way back. We decided to let it grow last year to cover the pergola knowing we wanted the shade. The trunk of the grape vine is pretty thick but I don't really know how old it is. I read somewhere that grape vines can last over 100 years. So who knows... maybe I have a 'historic' vine! But letting it grow has unleashed some kind of super growth that was just storing up in that trunk, I'm sure of it! It's like some kind of monster vine! LOL! ONE trunk has produced so many vines that completely cover the top of the 12 x 14' pergola and hang over the sides.
When you enter the garden, its like entering the garden of Eden, it takes you some place, some place far away where you forget all your worries and cares. You begin to relax and you forget there is anything else around. Its so peaceful, and serene. You are enveloped in a blanket of green with muted colors of flowers.  The scents of the jasmine that grows over the fence help you relax as the waterfall plays out a rhythm that dances on the wind. You sit entranced as you watch the Koi playfully dart under the falls and around the water lilies.
You never want to leave this place. And when you do, you leave relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated, as if you've been a million miles away.
Wouldn't you like to stay in a place like this? Come experience the High Street Victorian, you won't be disappointed.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Wonderful things about owning a B&B

One of the wonderful things about owning a B&B is sitting out in the gardens with guests learning about different parts of the country or foreign countries.
Guests are often willing to share the cultural differences between two place and their own unique perspective adds interest even if its a place we have previously been to.
Of course its also fun to  have visitors from places where we have lived. Its truly a small world.

One of those small world moments happened several years ago while on an online forum for Innkeepers, I met an Innkeeper, Shelly, who owns a B&B on the other side of the country. In the process of chatting we discovered we were both originally from the same county in WA! How amazing is that? And we had never crossed paths (that we know of). As we began the 'who do you know' process we came to discover that we had mutual friends and my friends daughter spends every summer with Shelly on the other side of the country!
We were online friends until this past Dec when my Innkeeper friend Shelly, came for a visit! What a delightful time we had sharing Innkeeper stories, tips and just hanging out! There really is a special bond between Innkeepers. Its a job like no other!

Stay tuned for more fun Innkeeper stories!

Shelly and Me!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Finding treasure on a historic property!

I am very excited. This is a bit lengthy, but hang in there and read to the bottom. I think you will like this post!

 Our gardens continue to 'evolve'. Three years ago we put in our beautiful water garden. Talk about a learning curve! I had no idea what I was doing when I took on this project. I have the mind set of, "if I want to do something and don't know how... I learn how and do it!" Thats exactly what I did with the pond. It was fun and exciting and a LOT of work! LOL.

 I discovered the neatest thing. While searching for inexpensive landscape rock to put around the water garden, I got on Craigslist and found someone who was taking apart an old wine cellar and selling the rock, cheap! Yeah Craigslist. The best part is, he was only a mile away. I went up the road and got my rock and we chatted about the old wine cellar and I got the name of the guy who originally built the wine cellar that the current owner was taking apart and selling the stone.

When I got home I did a little research and discovered he was a partner with Mr. Vollrath, the man who built our house. They had neighboring vineyards and made wine together and stored it in the old wine cellar. Their wine won first place in the world fair way back then! This was a very German heritage community back then. Many German immigrants, wanting to preserve a bit of their heritage, brought with them carefully wrapped Grape plants from their vineyards in Germany. Growing grapes was a 'must' for families way back then, and most families made their own wine. I also found a photograph of Mr. Vollrath! All because I decided to put in a water garden.

So... Why is this so neat... well not only did I bring home pieces of history, (the rock from the wine cellar) that I feel 'belong' here, and found a picture of the Mr. Vollrath who built this place 134 years ago, but the story gets better!!

 Last year my son built us a big BEAUTIFUL pergola (remember I said our garden continues to evolve). There is an old grape vine growing near it and we thought it would be neat if we trained it to grow up the pergola and cover the top for shade. The grapevine never bare fruit, but it did grow up and completely covered the top. It worked great for shade! Maybe it didn't grow fruit because of its location next to a fence, not a lot of sun, or maybe its because I always trimmed it so much!

Well guess what, this spring, we were working out in the garden and my son said, "hey we've got grapes!" We thought at first they were flower buds... BUT they ARE grapes!  After having this vine for 10 years!! (well, its older than that, because it was here when we bought the house). How cool is that!

Now, I don't know, but I like to think, that there is a chance, maybe, just maybe, this is a remnant of the original vineyard that was here on the property, I also like to think that this grapevine is a remnant of one of the original grape vines that was brought over from Europe!
Now how cool is that?!
Here are a couple of pics of our baby grapes!

Mr. Charles Vollrath (July 10th 1858 - Jan 22 1935)