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Do You Pouf?

Pouf - Bee Kind

One of the early upgrades we made to Carriage Corner was to stock the bathrooms with BeeKind toiletry items.  We made the decision that rather than purchase tiny individual sized items that either don’t get used up and then have to be thrown away or just get taken (which is fine).  That we were going to go with the BeeKind line of products as we liked their philosophy.  All of the BeeKind products are made without parabens, phthalest or artificial ingredients.  Both Jay and I felt that the fragrance was light and citrus-y enough to work for either men or women.

The next decision was to put refillable bottles with pump dispensers into each shower.  Each bathroom has a supply of Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash (doubles as hand soap at the sink) and Lotion.  pouf - packaged

At that point, our older daughter said, if we were supplying body wash in the showers rather than bar soap, we needed to also supply poufs.  So – we ordered a case of poufs and we put a brand new pouf sealed in a plastic bag in each bathroom.  One per stay.

 

pouf - showerBut – I’ve noticed that people rarely use them and I don’t know why?  I’m looking for ideas here.  I find that when I use a bath pouf, I get better suds from my body wash than if I used a wash cloth.  I also use less body wash to get clean.

Personally – I love my pouf.  So – I’m wondering – would you use a pouf?  If not – why not?  Talk to me, because I really do want to know.  I also need to know if this a good expense or a waste of money that could be spent elsewhere?

Lemon Blueberry “Pan” Cake

Lemon Blueberry Pan-CakeIn the last blog post – I talked about where my inspiration for breakfast comes from and how I run with it.  The Lemon Blueberry “Pan” Cake has had a few remakes and my favorite version uses a blueberry compote rather than layering fresh blueberries.  And this weekend on Mother’s Day – I believe I’m going to layer that cake up with some fresh, house-made lime curd and possibly dress the plate with some pansies – because I can.

So – I bet you want to see the finished cake and some recipes, right?  Okay.  First – you should know that both of my daughters are gluten-free.  Neither of them are diagnosed celiac, but both have done elimination diets and they do not process gluten well.  So – when experimenting with this recipe – I’ve almost always made it with King Arthur Flour’s Measure for Measure.  Often, I don’t even tell guests they are eating something that’s gluten free.  A tiny bit evil?  Maybe.
Pancake

3C flourServing a slice

9T sugar 

6 3/4t baking powder

3/4t salt

7 1/2T butter

2 1/4C water

3 eggs

2t vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 425*
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together into medium bowl
  3. Melt butter in small bowl.  Add water, egg, and vanilla mix well
  4. Stir liquid mixture into dry ingredients until there are no dry spots left
  5. Pour batter into 2 prepared 9″ cake pans
  6. Bake at 425* for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean

Cake PlateWhile your cake is baking, prepare your Berry Compote, this is going to be layered in the cake, drizzled over the top and served as ‘syrup’ at the table..

Berry Compote

3C fresh or frozen fruit

3T orange juice

1/4t nutmeg

Place fruit, juice and nutmeg in a small saucepan and bring to a medium boil

Once bubbling, reduce heat slightly and use a potato masher to muddle and mash the fruit

Cook over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, occasionally mashing and combining the fruit

Cake on the plateRemove from heat and transfer to a clean jar or container – I go straight to my syrup pitchers.

Once your pancake is cooked and your compote has simmered to the thickness you want – you’ll need to work a bit fast here.  Turn the pancakes out of the cake pans and then cut them in half horizontally.  On a pretty cake plate, layer as follows:  pancake round, lemon curd, then blueberry compote, repeat until you get to the top layer – just drizzle your blueberry compote on the top – doing your best to make it look pretty.

Slice and serve like a cake with additional lemon curd, fresh berries and more warm compote.  This cake is more pancake like it texture, density and flavor than a cake.  You can also layer fresh fruit in with the curd if you want.  Please let me know if you try this.  Enjoy!!

 

Breakfast Inspiration – Lemon Blueberry “Pan” Cake Edition

So – where do you get your ideas for breakfast? People ask me all the time. Are they my own recipes or someone else’s?

Honestly – it’s a combination of both a found recipe and then the tweaks to make it mine.

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Baked Pancake topped with lemon curd & fresh blueberries

While I like pancakes, personally – I hate serving them to guests. I want them all to be the same perfect size and all piping hot fresh off the griddle at the same time. But – I don’t have a dinner griddle in my kitchen.  So, that makes it nearly impossible to serve 10 people fresh, hot pancakes at the same time when you are running a B&B.

Early in January, we took a couple days and went to Jersey City to help our daughter with her “Daddy Do” list before our perfect little grand-daughter was born. We met the kids at the Brownstone Diner for lunch. One of the things on their menu is a pancake wrap and our son-in-law ordered one. It was a large buttermilk pancake rolled around a savory breakfast filling.  But then, I didn’t really want a savory filling. So what to do? That’s when I came up with the lemon curd and blueberries.

I mean, a savory filling would be okay – but it wasn’t going to make me try and figure out how to make that when I got home.  Or ask for the recipe.

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Sheet pan-cake rolled. Not pretty, but it tastes great

Hmmm – an idea was born. I already do an omelette roll as a means of serving omelettes to a large group. Could something similar be done with pancakes?

At Carriage Corner, 90% of the pancakes, waffles, scones, muffins, and sometimes the bread in the baked french toast is made from scratch.  So, the first thing I had to do was come up with a good pancake recipe.  Not too sweet but still fluffy and griddled pancake like.   Plus, while I can’t claim a gluten free kitchen, I can prepare gluten free foods using GF cup for cup flour – so having a good, go to pancake batter is necessary.

First, I tried baking my pancake on a sheet pan – but that didn’t roll well and didn’t look pretty.  Honestly, I think I baked it too long.  And I haven’t tried doing it again with a shorted cooking time, because I came up with something works.   For the filling in that first sheet cake, I blended lemon curd with marscapone cheese and a tiny bit of powdered sugar to create a ‘lemon cream’ to spread on the cake and then sprinkled it with fresh blueberries.  Blending the lemon curd and cheese didn’t really add any flavor or richness to the filling and just created more work, so another option was needed.

First Lemon Blueberry "Pan" Cake served to guests

Lemon Blueberry “Pan” Cake served to guests

A good friend from Seattle is an amazing baker and her instagram feed is filled the images of gorgeous layer cakes.  So, taking my inspiration from her, my next step was to bake the pancake batter in a cake pan. It worked!!  It still had the fluffy texture of a pancake.   Once the cake had been removed from the cake pans, it was sliced horizontally to make 2 layers.  Between each layer, I spread lemon curd and sprinkled blueberries.  This was good, it was sweet without being over the top and the blueberries added a nice freshness.

But then, blueberries started getting questionable and harder to find nicer blueberries.  So, I started thinking – what if I made a fresh blueberry compote?  I could start with frozen blueberries and you still have the ‘freshness’ of them and I’d have ‘syrup’ to put on the table if someone needed something else.  It works a treat!  I’m telling you – I’m so happy with this breakfast item – it feel decadent and the combination of blueberries and lemon is amazing – it’s fresh and tart and the cake is just the tiniest bit sweet.  I say this all the time – but it’s really one of my favorite breakfasts.

Next – I’ll share the recipe and show you how the entire cake looks before slicing and serving.  Until then, tell me what inspires your breakfast choices?  Is it something you saw on Food Network?  Something you ate?  Or a favorite food?  Do you have a challenge for me?  A breakfast you’d love to see recreated?

A Bit About Us & What We’ve Been Up To

Hi folks! I want to tell you a little bit about us – who we are and what we’re doing.

J&G

This past year, after having his third shoulder surgery, Jay really couldn’t see himself going back to work in the automotive industry. If you find yourself talking about a car problem at breakfast, however, his ears will perk up, he’ll definitely join conversation, and you might even find him either crawling under your car or pulling it into the garage to check something out.  He’s also quite handy, doing all necessary repairs around the B&B himself.  He loves that kind of thing.  He also really enjoys deep cleaning stuff. (I don’t get it, but to each their own.)  

Anyway, just after the final surgery, we found out our East Coast-based daughter and son-in-law were having a baby.  The stars aligned and the time was right for us to move forward with the dream of owning a B&B back east.  We wanted something large enough to support us in a modest lifestyle, ideally with more than four rooms.  We wanted something small enough for us to manage on our own though, so nothing bigger than five rooms.  We wanted a location that had an almost year-round draw and was no further than three hours from that fresh little grandbaby. I also wanted to make sure I had a place to set up my larger-than-it-probably-should-be sewing room.

Lancaster Rose

Lancaster Rose

We found a bed and breakfast in Lancaster County, PA that felt like home as soon as we walked through the front doors.  The then-owner was ready to retire and spend more time with his grandchildren after running the B&B for the past 24 years.  Before we could even list our home on the West Coast, we made him an offer.  It was a hectic Summer, adding two new puppies to our family while paring down and listing our home, and saying goodbye to our friends and careers for a completely new lifestyle on the East Coast.  The sale of the B&B closed without any issue and we have been slowly making changes to make it our own.

So, if you have previously stayed here, and even if you haven’t, you may want to know what we have been working on:

*Upgraded the complimentary Wi-Fi; in-room televisions and cable

*Deep cleaned all the carpets

*Painted all the guest rooms and bathrooms

*Added all new fluffy white towels, and working our way toward having more towels in each room

*Introduced luxurious bedding.  It’s so nice, you won’t want to get out of bed!

Malloracas

Malloracas

*Purchased new snuggly robes

*Added blow dryers to every guest bath

*Installed environmentally friendly refillable dispensers with spa-quality soap, shampoo, and conditioner in the showers, along with soap and lotion by the sinks

*Stocked the guest fridge with complimentary bottled water and an assortment of soft drinks

*Added a complimentary snack station which includes: an electric kettle and assorted teas; a Keurig coffee maker and assorted K-cups; freshly baked treats – usually cookies, but sometimes there are brownies, coffee cake or cake; snack packs of chips; and fresh fruit

*Perfected new breakfast recipes, ensuring a fresh, hearty, handmade meal using local and organic ingredients, when possible

*Added electric fireplaces to all the guest rooms and created cozy sitting areas

*Filled a closet with board and card games and a large selection of outdoor games

*Installed a stone patio in the backyard and added a fire pit

*Rearranged furniture in the common room to make it more inviting and provide space for everyone to sit and visit

Last Holiday Table setting of the 2016 Christmas season

Last Holiday Table setting of the 2016 Christmas season

*Moved the large china cabinet so we can get around the table to serve your breakfast.  I prefer to plate the meal and serve it, putting extras on the table. I like family-style, but I really like making sure everyone can relax and not worry about being responsible for others’ plates.

*Updated the website with new photos and descriptions, revamped the Facebook page, and actively post on Instagram

*Implemented new loyalty and referral programs.

We also updated the room rates to make them comparable to other B&Bs in the area. What we don’t want do is change the rates during peak periods or over the weekends. When you’re our guest we want you to be able to relax and unwind. Therefore, we want you to plan your visit when it is comfortable and convenient for you, not because you can get a better rate on a certain day. We also want you to know that you will be treated like family, staying in a clean, safe space, and hopefully you will leave feeling like you can’t wait to come back!

First Carriage Corner Sew Camp Recap

Whew!  That’s a mouthful!  I’m happy to say that I survived the first ever Carriage Corner Sew Camp.  While I wish I had had more time to sew, I actuaFood Collagelly didn’t anticipate having much – but I am so very, very thankful for the time that I did have, the conversations, the laughter and the new friendships that are developing as a result of #CarriageCornerSewCamp.  We are planning another one, very soon.

We had one camper who chose to come a day early and stay until Monday and it was so much fun having you!  We had some other guests on Friday morning, so all the guests were treated to a the typical B&B breakfast – on Friday morning it started with a yummy gluten free coffee cake and was followed by a potato & Gruiere crustless quiche served with sausage and sliced pears drizzled with a dark vanilla balsalmic.  The other attendees timed their arrival just perfect.  Breakfast was mostly done, but because my kitchen cleaning B&B helper had decided to get the flu, I needed to do the kitchen clean up before we left.  So as the other ladies arrived, they joined Carolyn at the dining room table and had coffee & coffee cake.

Fabric Mart's Instagram Pic

Fabric Mart’s Instagram Pic

A little bit later than anticipate, we all trooped out to the driveway where my better half unloaded sewing machines and projects and carried them into the sewing space while we went to FabricMart.  We arrived right around 11:30 or so.  There were photo ops and while I even put my camera into my purse, I didn’t pull it out once.  We were given the grand tour of FabricMart and I was surprised how big it is!  If you haven’t been there, you should go.  They have patterns and notions too!   I was good and only bought 3 pieces of fabric – each one is big enough to make some tacky matching GG & Eleanor outfits!  (I don’t even want to tell you how excited I am about that prospect.)  Piles of fabric

As usual, after getting home – I had loads of fabric envy and wished that I had shared fabric with everyone.  At the top is a link to the Carriage Corner Sew Camp hashtag on Instagram and so far both B & S have shared their purchases with the world.

Anyway – once we got back to the B&B, we got sewing machines set up and projects out.  I learned that Friday night we want to cater dinner in – after being out most of the day, everyone wants to just settle down to get to know one another and sew.

It was an absolutely blessing that Carolyn was here.   Saturday started with B getting a serger lesson; saw C ripping, ripping and doing more ripping to a dress she had brought that had fabulous beading on the neckline but needed fit help.  She got loads of fit help and hopefully will translate that to her paper pattern (which she didn’t bring or it would be done already).  S started the morning by transferring her tunic alterations to her tissue, she then picked a piece of fabric from my stash, cut and mostly sewed up a beautifully fitting tunic from The Tunic Bible.  It went home waiting for trim and hems and since S is now on instagram and leaving comments on blogs, I have no doubt we’ll see that finished tunic soon.  (You can find all the Sew Camp attendees through the instagram hashtag link above.)

Saturday evening we all went out for dinner as a group – lesson number 2, make reservations or cater both nights.  Upon getting back, sewing happened until later in the evening.  Sunday morning B was up early, she grabbed a cup of tea and went to sew before breakfast was ready – yea!! this is what I wanted.  I know there are plenty of places where people can go to learn with an ‘expert,’ especially on the East Coast, but sewing can be so solitary and it’s nice to know that there really are other people out there who like fabric and making things.  My goal with hosting CarriageCornerSewCamps is to help create that community; and build friendships and connections.  Each of the ladies who attended our first very intimate Sew Camp are now on instagram, they are all private so request to follow them.  My personal experiences with attending the Sewing Retreats sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of ASG where amazing.  I left with such fond memories and while there wasn’t a dedicated person there to answer questions and help with fitting, we all pitched in.  Fitting books were poured over, darts and excess fabric were pinned out, modifications were transferred to patterns, garments were tried on, great conversations were had, and sewing happened.  As we sat and sewed we learned who would help us with a question and who we could help and that’s my goal – to create a similar experience here.

Friday night sewing

When you attend Sew Camp at Carriage Corner you get the full Bed & Breakfast experience.  You stay in one of our 5 rooms – 2 of the rooms have pull out beds (one double, one twin) both of them have fabulous memory foam mattresses and you wouldn’t know you were sleeping on a pull out.  You sew in our personal space – there is a kitchen, and powder room available to you.  We provided irons & ironing boards, tables, extension cords with serge protectors and a couple of Ott Lights.  I also have 2 machines I can loan, if you are flying and don’t want to cart your machine.  Also, the Hubby will move your sewing paraphernalia to and from your car so you don’t have to.  The space is separate from our sleeping space so you can feel free to stay up as late as you want or get an early start (this was lesson #3 – I’m so used to closing the office door at night that I didn’t even think about it – won’t happen next time).

There are 10 spaces max for the next Sew Camp happening July 21 – 23, 2017.  Rooms will be filled on a first come/first served basis and the cost remains the same $425 for the weekend.  If you wish to share a room with a friend, please provide their name when you email.  Your registration includes the following:

Friday, July 21st:
~ Arrive at Carriage Corner by 10:00 am.
~ Fabric Shopping at Fabric Mart.  We will plan to leave by 11:00 am.
~ After getting your fabric fix, lunch will be at a charming little cafe called Crave, cost of lunch is not included.
~ Upon our return from FabricMart, we’ll get the sewing area set up and you can sew to your hearts content.  (There are 2 machines available for use, on a first come basis)
~ Friday Dinner will be a happy hour at the B&B with small bites available, we have both the gazebo and the fire pit to allow you to enjoy the outdoors.
~ The sewing space will be open through the night for the late night stitchers.
Saturday, July 22nd:
~ Sew all day ~ start early, stay late, leave in the middle for a nap ~ it’s your choice and your pace.
~ Breakfast will be prepared by me and served at 8:30 am.
~ Lunch & Dinner will be catered.
Sunday, July 23rd:
~ Sew all day ~ start early, stay late, leave in the middle for a nap ~ it’s your choice and your pace.
~ Breakfast will be prepared by me and served at 8:30 am.
~ Lunch will be catered in.
~ You need to be checked out of your room by 11:00 am, but can stay and sew until 5:00 pm.
~ All weekend there will be coffee, tea, water, sodas and snacks available.
How to Register:
Please send an email to hello@carriagecornerbandb.com, with “Carriage Corner Sewing Retreat” in the subject line indicating that you want to attend.  Please send a number I can reach you at to call and get your details.  Once we have chatted, I will send a reply email confirming your attendance with additional details.

What Happening Around Town?

So – why would you come to Lancaster? I mean, what is there to do? I’ve been doing some research – some of the actual attended it myself and had a great time variety and some of the online variety.

SwingIn the next couple of weeks there are some really, really fun things happening. Seriously – if you’ve never been to a mud sale – get yourself out here. We’ve now been to 3; Strasburg, Gordonville, and Farmersville. Most likely, your first question is what is a mud sale? Well, typically, the mud sales happen in the Spring (check) when the snow is melting (check) and the fields are full of mud. So, bring your boots and come prepared to get dirty. Next, everything at the mud sale is sold auction style, so when you arrive get your bidder number. Also know that everything sold supports the fire department of the city/town/village that is holding the mud sale. Last – know what you are looking for and what your top bid is before you go in. Everything – and I mean literally everything – is available to be bought (won) at the mud sale.

At the Strasburg sale we managed to pick up an Adirondack chair for the yard and a beautiful swing. Jay also added a bunch of birdhouses to the yard and we’re enjoying watching the birds find them. We also found 2 quilts – a beautiful one for Dahlia’s bed and one for the pull out in Log Cabin.

DresserAt the Gordonsville sale we couldn’t get near the quilts if we tried, and we did try. Gordonsville’s sale was HUGE! We managed to stumble into the yard furniture section just as they were finishing and picked up a couple of candy colored chairs and a table for the back yard. There are plans for a fire pit and you need to be able to sit around it. We also picked up some fabulous furniture which has been cleaned and moved into the B&B. Lancaster Rose has a lovely new dresser and the snack station has a new sideboard that has room to house the table linens.

Finally, at the Farmersville sale – I found the quilt of my dreams and hubby won the bid on it.  We also bought several quilts, some for the B&B and some for resale.  That wasn’t our original intention, but we ended up with many, many beautiful quilts and we don’t need them all.  So, if you are staying here and fall in love with the hand quilted quilt on your bed, ask – it might just be for sale.  Quilt of Dreams

If you haven’t already figured it out – I had a fabulous time at the mud sales.  I’m going to start a list of the things I need in preparation for next years’ sales and be on the look out for that one just right piece that will complete our vision of the B&B and make that perfect blend of comfort and relaxation.

The mud sales aren’t over yet – the Gap Mud Sale is this coming weekend, Friday, March 24th & Saturday, March 25th .  And there are sales in early April, May, June, August, September & October, the full list of sales can be seen here.  The Gordonville Fall Sale is a another good one for getting a hand-quilted quilt – and it’s not too early to book your room now.

Also happening around town in the near future?  Gardenspot is hosting their annual full & half marathon on April 7.  If you book a room – let us know if you need drop off and pick up service for the race.  We’re happy to provide that to make your race a little bit easier.

That will get us into early April.  May will bring the rhubarb festival at Kitchen Kettle Village – but more will be coming about that soon.  So – talk to me people, the comments are working – what do you want to know about?  Do you want recipes?  Do you want to know what inspires me to try a new breakfast?  Do you want to see more pictures of the B&B?  Or do you just want to know what specials we are offering?  Talk back to me – I want to know and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Authentic Inns of Lancaster County

affiliate-authentic-bed-and-breakfastWe were approved!  As a bed and breakfast owner one of the first decisions you have to make, after what to make for breakfast, is what associations to join.  Will they only help the bed & breakfast or are there any that will also help our guests.  In searching associations in Pennsylvania to join, we found a couple that were really worthwhile.  One of which, truly helps our guests as much as it helps us.  Which one is that?  Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County.

The Innkeepers that belong to Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County have come together as a group and come up with ways to make guests’ stay in Lancaster County even more enjoyable.  It might be discounts they’ve negotiated on shopping or food.  Possibly, it’s the passport program where as a frequent guest to Lancaster County you can earn a discount on a stay at any one of the member bed and breakfasts by staying five different times at three different bed & breakfasts.  Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the fun events that are planned within Authentic – such as the Belsnickle Tour (December 2 & 3, 2017 – we’ll be including tickets for our guests staying at least 2 nights that weekend) a fun tour of several of the Bed & Breakfasts that make up Authentic, you get to tour the B&Bs decorated for the holidays, sample cookies, collect cookie recipe cards, find the Belsnickle (an angry Santa) and enter to win great prizes including 1 night at any of the Bed & Breakfasts that make up Authentic.

But – one of the things I like most is the Passport Program.  What’s that you ask?  That’s discounts the Innkeepers have managed to arrange with local merchants for all sorts of stuff.  Check out the Things to Do Pages, anyone with a red star is participating in the Passport Program, but the discounts are only available if you stay at an Authentic Bed & Breakfast of Lancaster Country.  Don’t forget to ask your Innkeeper for your Passport.

Hope to see you soon!

Sewing Retreat/Camp?

I thought I’d share a little about my desire to host sewing retreats at Carriage Corner.  Before moving to the heart of Amish Farmlands, we lived in Seattle and I belonged to the Great Seattle Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  I am still a member of ASG, belonging to the Philadelphia Chapter now.

It's a wall of fabric in my family room (sew camp headquarters)

It’s a wall of fabric in my family room (sew camp headquarters)

Anyway – twice a year, the Seattle Chapter would host a sewing retreat or Sew Camp as many people referred to it.  In Seattle it’s held at a church camp property or an old convent.  There is no educational component of Sew Camp, it’s simply a chance to get away from the distractions of home and spend 2 1/2 days with like-minded people working on projects of your choosing.  For me, sew camp appealed for many reasons:
1. I wasn’t at home and couldn’t procrastinate working on my projects. There was no housework to do or dogs to walk. If I procrastinated, it was because I was chatting with another ‘camper,’ looking at their projects, catching up with their lives, etc.
2. No cooking.  All meals were prepared for me – I just had to stand up from my machine and walk into the dining room.  I could spend as much time there as I chose.
I promise - this will be a beautiful clean space to trace or cut during sew camp

I promise – this will be a beautiful clean space to trace or cut during sew camp

3. 2 1/2 glorious days to sew my little heart out.  Are you a morning person?  Want to get up at 5 and start sewing?  Everything is set up, coffee is on so go right ahead, you won’t bother anyone.  Maybe you are a night owl and you get on a roll and you want to keep sewing until 2 or 3 in the morning.  Probably there will be at least one other person there with you.  But if you are the last woman sewing, just make sure the irons are off, flip a couple switches and off you go to bed.

4. Social – sewing can be a very solitary hobby.  Yes, there are blogs and various social events.  Many of them right here on the East Coast – for example:  Workroom SocialCashmerette and Gertie, to name a few.  It’s so nice to spend several days working on projects and have numerous ‘experts’ there to ask questions of or get fitting help.  Because we all know it’s hard to fit your own back!

5. I was sewing on MY machines so there was no learning curve to get started.
My desire is to host sewing camps along those lines.  I have 5 rooms in the B&B with queen sized beds.  Ideally, you would register with a friend that you don’t mind sharing a bed with 😉  Because at this type of sew camp – it really is the more the merrier.
I will prepare and serve a typical B&B breakfast to the sewing retreat attendees on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  I also plan to have cookies, chips, and fruit available all day, along with a coffee pot and kettle set up in the sewing area – so you don’t have to leave the sewing area if you don’t want.  Lunch and Dinner will be catered with requests taken so that we can meet any dietary concerns that the attendees have.
Standing at the back wall looking at my machines

Standing at the back wall looking at my machines

One additional “treat” to the Carriage Corner Sew Camp attendees is a trip to Fabric Mart. We will meet at the B&B on Friday morning. We’ve rented a van so that all of the attendees can travel to Fabric Mart together. The Fabric Mart staff will be waiting to assist us with purchases and will ship your goodies home if you don’t want to carry them.  After the shopping spree, we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant (which, other than your fabric, is the only meal not included in the entire weekend). When we get back to the B&B, you can settle in and then join us for a Wine & Cheese reception at the local yarn store which is in walkable distance from the B&B.

Now while I don’t yet have spare sewing machines to offer, the upside of bringing your own is that you know it and have the supplies for it. If it’s inconvenient for you to bring your own, I am willing to loan out either one of my personal sewing machines.  They are regularly serviced and kept in good working order.
I realize that I’m offering another sewing opportunity but I loved the friendships made while attending the Seattle ASG Sew Camps.  The inspiration.  The guidance.  I believe that you will find all of that while attending a Carriage Corner Sew Camp and more.  I hope you’re willing to join us for one this year.
BTW, there’s only 1 double room still available for the March 24th Sew Camp.  I also have 1 room available for part of the retreat weekend. There are still a few daily walk-ins available so if you live locally and only want to come to sew, please contact me so that you can join in. Once these last two rooms are booked, there are a few other B&Bs in the area, if you’re from out-of-state, and want to participate.  Please contact me for additional information.
I can’t wait to see and sew with everyone at Carriage Corner Sew Camp!

Lititz Fire & Ice Festival

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Krystle, Eleanor Leigh, and Jessica in the Ice Chair – brrrr

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Beautiful ice castle. This thing was huge – actual castle proportions 😉

This is our first Winter in Lancaster County and as I research fun things for you all to do while you stay here, we’re taking advantage of some of them too.

So, on President’s Day Weekend, when our oldest daughter was visiting from Seattle and our youngest daughter (the new Momma) and our beautiful brand new granddaughter (Eleanor Leigh) were in town visiting, we loaded everyone up and headed into Lititz to wander around the Fire & Ice Festival.  Lititz was a short drive, made a bit longer by all the traffic heading to the festival.  We stayed off of the main freeways and enjoyed the driving along the farmroads.

Luckily for us, it was an amazingly warm Spring-like day.  Which had the crowds out in huge numbers – but caused the ice to melt much, much faster than it would have normally in February in Lancaster County.  You can see, except for the baby, we were all walking around in our shirtsleeves.

There was so much to do at the Park where the Fire & Ice Festival was held.  You should check out the “official photos” of the event, because the Ice Sculptures were amazing, but like I said, starting to melt by the time we got there.

There was also a chili cook-off which we really wanted to attend, but not knowing where to purchase the buttons, we decided to grab lunch from the food trucks available at the park. We were amazed to find plenty of gluten free and dairy free options for the girls who have food issues.  And Jay & I had some amazing smoked chili, smoked mac & cheese and nachos.  Other than all the things smoked – there was no rhyme or reason to what we ate.  Also, since Eleanor isn’t really old enough yet, we skipped the carnival this year.  But will take her in a few years.

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Eleanor Leigh with the Ice (we’ve bought her sunnies since then).

After walking all around the park, looking at the all the Ice Sculpture and trying to figure out what they were before they started melting, we headed to main street.  There was a giant chair made of ice.  The girls (mind you, they are our kids, but obviously, they are adults!) wanted to sit in the chair.  They stood in line and waited their turn.  Krystle was wearing the baby, so she stayed warm.  Kystle said, even though there was a pad on the seat that it was COLD!  Jessica was the smart one and just stood behind the chair.

After leaving the park, we crossed the street and headed for Wilbur chocolates.  My first experience with Wilbur was last November when guests brought us a box of milk chocolate buds.   These little buds are darling to look at, but the chocolate is heavenly and they just melt in your mouth.  We came home with both milk & dark chocolate buds, some salted caramels and chocolate covered raisins.  I’m hoping they last a long time, but the buds will most likely end up in a candy dish in the common area.

We felt like the Ice Festival was a lot of fun. It was a short drive along beautiful farmlands and didn’t really get congested until we got very close to the park.  It’s an annual event and we’re looking forward to going again next year!