Donuts finished with Hershey chocolate spread and sugar coated with Raspberry jam inside!
Jelly donuts from a new recipe today turned out great! Found the recipe for them on the internet. It was by Mark Bittman, and can be found at http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017067-jelly-doughnuts. The donuts are so much lighter than other recipes that I have tried, they just melt in your mouth. They are our reward for surviving a very cold February. We are headed into the negative numbers tonight and tomorrow, with a high tomorrow projected to be 4 degrees! Ouch, that is really cold! We are very fortunate here to be in a warm place with a sturdy home to keep us that way while the winds blow outside. Hunter doesn’t even want to be outside today. He was reluctant to go off the porch when we let him out of the basement.
Hope everyone is staying warm and safe inside during this weather!
Here it is the middle of August, flowers blooming and enjoying the rains we have had
the past two weeks. Jim and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary yesterday.
We were able to get away for supper to a nice restaurant in Mt. Airy for the evening
and enjoyed some memories from long ago. The house was full of guests, here for a
wedding in Roaring Gap. The bride and groom spent their wedding night in our cabin.
They seemed quite pleased with the quiet and seclusion it affords, even with a house
full of friends in the main house near by.
The Route 21 Yard Sale weekend was a great event the last weekend in July. It ran in
conjunction with the Blue Ridge Craft Fair and brought in a large number of visitors.
Next year promises to be even better, so make your plans now to come to Alleghany
county and enjoy a great time shopping for bargains along the roadways.
Our farmers market in Roaring Gap is coming to a close in just two more weeks, at
Labor Day. It has been a good summer so far and we are getting ready for fall- coming very
soon. The Heritage Festival in Sparta is September 20th. Vendors from all over will
take over Main Street with food and music as well. Its always a great time.
June is going by quickly. Flag Day and Father’s Day have come and gone. The
blueberries are ripening and summer has arrived. This coming weekend, it is time for
the Studio tour in Sparta. It runs Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22nd. There are 13
Studios open in the county for viewing. You can see some wonderful craftsmen at work
and pick up some beautiful items for yourself or as gifts. The tour occurs twice a year,
and will be repeated in October. We have maps here, or you can pick one up at the
local Chamber of Commerce. We still have a couple of rooms available for the weekend.
Come join us in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.
Here it is, Memorial Day already! What a beautiful day to celebrate. The iris are
blooming and summer is finally here. The Dutch iris on our hillside are spreading,
and will be covering the entire hillside soon. The lilies haven’t started to bloom yet.
The pictures are of the Dutch iris and the bearded iris. These are a variety of bearded
iris that are reblooming. They are supposed to bloom again later this year, we will
wait and see. Last year was the first year for them and I was so pleased to see them
blooming. Many of them have a fragrance, a little different than the regular iris.
Dutch Iris on the hillside
Spring has really come and the grass is growing along with the weeds. The iris have
started to bloom, as have our rhodendrons. It is so pretty this time of year! The cold
of winter did take a toll however, I lost several rhododendrons to the cold, as well as
camellias. I tried cutting one camellia back to see if it might come out again. Our huge
hydrangeas are coming out from the roots, but there is no growth on the stems at
all this year. The butterfly bushes have shown no sign of life and I fear they are gone
too. It is so sad to lose plants that are so well established and have done so well over
several years. One bush has not been effected by the cold winter, that is my flame
Redbud Tree in our yard
Earth Day already here, and my garden is barely getting going. It is off to a really slow
start this spring because of the cold weather. Tried to plant in mid March, as I
usually do, but the ground was still frozen. The last week of March we were still
getting snow, so I waited until April to get things in and then covered the beds up.
Now the radishes, carrots, spinach, green snow peas, and onions are coming up,
but we discovered that the wind had blown off the grow covers on two of the beds
last week. Pulled the metal pins right out of the soil and sailed them down to the
woods! Thus some of my little plants got burned by the 23 degree temperatures last
Wednesday morning. Not a happy camper about that. I am hoping they will still
come back out with time and sunshine. So glad it is finally looking like spring will stay
for a while here. Everything is so pretty with the flowers blooming. I took some pictures
of the redbud tree, just as it was starting to open last week I wanted to share.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to everyone. The happy part is that we DID NOT get snow last
night like some spots to the north did. Foggy and a little slippery on the decks, but
Our new flag from the North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Association has
arrived and we are proud to have it. This flag signifies we are an inspected facility and
is one way you can be assured of quality when you choose a Bed and Breakfast to stay
at. The association inspects every Inn before you can become a member, unlike other
organizations that simply ask for your money in turn for membership. The association
helps us in many other ways as well, giving us opportunities to share with other inn
keepers and learn more about our business. We are proud to fly our new flag!
Daffodils in the Snow
Spring seemed right around the corner on Sunday, but winter
returned on Monday afternoon. Today is back in the teens and
we are on another roller coaster ride with the temperature.
I am thinking about the garden and planting seeds inside
to satisfy my longing to get out and dig. It won’t be long now
until we actually have spring coming in the mountains.
Watching the leaves come out in all the shades of green
is such a beautiful time and we can’t wait for it to arrive!
Couples celebrating with us on a snow covered night in Glade Valley. Each one was
greeted by a romance package. Sparkling cider, a homemade cheesecake for two,
and chocolate truffles, made here as well, waiting in the room today. Everyone who
booked a two night stay received the special package free. It is available at any time
during the year, whenever you want to add a little romance to your stay. Book a night
soon and add the package to your stay.
Sitting by the fire tonight, enjoying a cold night with the guests. It seems that
January has been an extremely cold month. Perhaps February will be warmer.
Hunter hasn’t been able to be out much at all and doesn’t really understand why
he has to be in the basement all the time. He would much rather be out in the yard,
but it’s just too cold. It is a great night to be quilting and enjoying the fire.
The day started at 32 degrees and gave us some sun and a little wind snow. Tonight it
dropping quickly and in the single digits! The weatherman is predicting it will go to
below zero tonight. I don’t think it has been this cold since we moved to Glade Valley
to build the Bed and Breakfast almost ten years ago. The fireplace in the great room makes
it feel cozy and warm inside, even as the wind blows outside. Hunter and Pumpkin
are both in the basement staying out of the weather too. Looking forward to warmer
weather over the weekend. Quite a cold start for this new year!