Thursday, April 25, 2013
How fortunate for us and our guests! The furthest away is probably Stoudt's in Adamstown or Union Barrel Works in Reamstown. One of our favorites is more local, Lancaster Brewing Company (I'm partial to the Strawberry Wheat)
In addition, there's Appalachian Brewing in Lititz; Iron Hill and Spring House (Taproom in Lancaster and Brewing Company in Conestoga); Bube's in Mount Joy; Rumspringa Brewing Company in Intercourse; JoBoy's and Swashbuckler Brewing Company in Manheim (at the PA Renaissance Faire) and St. Boniface Craft Brewing in Ephrata .
For beer-lovers, this should keep you occupied for at least a week!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Each item to be auctioned was meticulously tagged. There were several auctions taking simultaneously in separate tents. I love to listen to the auctioneers! I must admit, however, that I'm way too intimidated by the process of the auction to register to bid. I get absolutely no enjoyment from having to out-bid others and spending my hard-earned money while I'm doing it. No thanks.
Then there was the parking. We had to park a considerable distance away because there were so many people. There were Amish boys with wagons who would help people cart their treasures to their vehicles (for a tip, I'm sure).
I was certain that if you really wanted an item that you'd have to be willing to spend a good deal of time waiting around for it to come up for bid. Then, of course, there was no guarantee that you'd even get the item. It seemed to me like an exercise in patience and potential failure. Unfortunately I don't have that kind of time.
Of course, this is Lancaster County, so it wouldn't be a gathering of any sort if there wasn't food to be had. There were several food vendors offering everything from sausage sandwiches to crab cakes and apple pie. I enjoyed watching this guy make French Fries. He could cut through a 20 lb.pound bag of potatoes in nothing flat! And people were gobbling them up just as fast.
Here's a list of the mud sales in and around Lancaster throughout the spring, summer and into the fall of this year. Most are just minutes from the Walkabout Inn.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
1 T. vegetable oil pinch of red pepper
2 pounds lean ground beef ½ oz. unsweetened chocolate
½ cup chopped onion ¼ c. chili powder
1 tsp cumin 1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp allspice ¼ tsp cloves
4 cups beef broth 2 T. cider vinegar
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce 1 bay leaf
Cook beef and onion in oil in deep skillet. Drain and transfer to large pot. Add chocolate, spices, broth, tomato sauce, and vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1/12 hours, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate overnight (it's much better the next day anyway). Next day, remove bay leaf and heat gently over medium heat. Serve over pasta and top with cheese, onion and sour cream. Makes enough to cover 1 pound of pasta.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Pack a picnic, grab your lounge chair! The Hans Herr House is 5 minutes from The Australian Walkabout Inn B&B.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Nonetheless, the only way to get the bubble bath out of the tub was to throw the water out with it. Wait, haven't I heard that saying somewhere before? Involving a baby, maybe? Ah, yes, but I digress...
I love when the tub is full again and the chemicals, ph and temperature all back to normal. I like to look into the sparkling clean water and think how happy it will make our guests. Most of them are so appreciative of all the hard work we put into making our place a refuge for them. This hot tub is just one example.
If I had to list Rules of the Pool:
1. Please, no bubble bath.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Casserole
2 C. of Milk (to make lactose-free, substitute soy, almond or rice milk)
¼ c. packed brown sugar
2 T. Butter (or margerine)
½ t. salt
1 C. Old Fashioned Oats
2 t. Cinnamon
1 t. Nutmeg
2 finely chopped apples (skins on or removed)
½ C. raisins (I prefer golden)
½ C. sweetened, dried berries (blueberries, cherries, cranberries, etc.)
½ C. sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease medium casserole dish. Combine milk, brown sugar, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to simmer, cook until butter is melted (don't boil). Remove from heat. Put oats in casserole. Stir in milk mixture, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, nuts and raisins. Stir to moisten well. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Serve with milk or cream.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Regardless of the size, we have some really NICE sheets! Folding sheets is an acquired skill. The folding of the fitted sheet is very important. The fitted sheet then gets matched with its flat sheet and they're placed on the shelf in a nice, neat stack - all ready for taking to the guest rooms and putting on the beds. One of our time-saving tips - the sheets for the king bed are either gold or chocolate brown so that they can found easily.
Pillow cases are ironed. Why? This is one of the little, unexpected 'extras' at our inn. We have certain parameters in between which everything must fall. Everything that the guest experiences must be just a little more special than what they might have for themselves at home (not many people iron their own pillow cases) but not TOO far out there that anyone feels intimidated (think of that really frilly hand towel that you see at Bed, Bath and Beyond that you think is pretty, but won't buy because if you did, you'd be afraid to use it).
So, after all the ironing and folding is done, and it's all placed neatly on the shelf, it's time to move on to other chores.
But, I'd like to discuss a different type of feline persuasion. Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS will debut at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater on May 16th and run thru June 29th. This is a production that should not be missed.
The Dutch Apple Dinner Theater is an easy 20 minutes from the Australian Walkabout Inn. Great food and superb entertainment, all in one package.
Monday, March 25, 2013
The 'fold' is very important. There's a lot to think about. Separate types of towels - hand towels, bath sheets, spa towels, washcloths, makeup washcloths and bath mats. Each of these things has a specific area where it has to go on the shelf. If it's not folded properly, it won't fit on the shelves and it's not fun having to run all around the inn looking for things when they're not where they should be!
Our innsitter, Anne of Two Hearts Innsitting is very impressed with our linen storage!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Keeping up with the technology of innkeeping is hard work. There are 5 televisions and 5 accompanying DVD players and 4 cable converter boxes. Not only do these things attract dust like magnets, but it seems that they all have different settings and quirks that you have to know in order to make them do what they're intended to do when they need to do it.
Just one more item on the 'to do' list of innkeeping. I'm hoping that you'll join me as I see what else there is around here to get into.