I try not to talk about the weather, but this is too much. It was 27 degrees in Embarrass, MN yesterday and here it is still August. Even the Twin Cities dipped into the high forties yesterday and it is about the same today. Just in case you are worried as a B&B guest, we have already turned on the heat! We also have a nice fireplace in the front hall where a chilly soul who has braved Minnesota can warm his feet.
Yesterday we had a popular breakfast. As usual, the meal started with coffee, tea etc and fresh fruit. I made a new and very delicious side to go with eggs to order and tomato with parmesan and basil. The side recipe came from a bed and breakfast site . Dripping Springs Inn in Estes Park, Colorado and the reviews were positive. It was a Cheesy corn fritter recipe and here it is:
1 small package cornbread mix
1 cup pancake mix
1 can whole kernel corn
1 cup shredded cheddar
milk (see directions on box of cornmeal mix) about 2 cups
diced red or green peppers
Mix together all ingredients, should be like pancake batter, let it rest while your griddle is heating, grease the griddle well, and pour on by spoonfulls like a pancake. Cook till bubbles are dry then flip.
Guests will just eat these up!!!! Serve with syrup or honey and butter!
So, I asked one of our guests if she wanted more fritters and she replied “Oh please no. I am foundering.” Music to a breakfast chef’s ears.
And here is some more visual excitement, a detail from our first floor on the fireplace.
When our youngest child left home, we were in possession of a 9 bedroom house and 2 people to fill all those rooms! But before the youngest left, we had some guests from our church (traveling preachers, trainers etc) who stayed here, and the glimmer of a B&B idea emerged. Luckily, one of my friends from days past was running a B&B near Macalester College. I contacted her and she was so helpful and so nice in answering my questions and helping me get licensed with the city. When we did get our license, Linda was very generous and, in fact, provided us with our first guest because she could not accomodate her. The guest was from overseas, and she was so grateful and so easy, that she set the tone for all that has followed since. At the time, we just had one room but shortly after that we added another, and now we have two singles rooms and a suite. We must have had in seven years 5000 or more guests and EVERY single one of them has been polite, respectful, interesting and fun.
Now for a little visual excitement, here is a beautiful picture of the newell post in our front hall.
This old house has seen many occupants. It started out as a single family dwelling for about 40 years. During the depression, it became a boarding house with untold number of occupants. As time went on, the boarding part of the equation disappeared and the house was divided up into five or more apartments. The owners lived in what isn now the living room, dining room and kitchen and the rest of the building was subdivided. Then came the commune in the 1970s. A group of young people from Macalester College bought the house and started putting it back into a single family dwelling, although there were eight unrelated individuals doing the renovation.
Then came our family…two parents and seven children! That kept the bedrooms occupied for a generation. Look at our front hall picture. Then imagineno furniture, bare floors, leaves swirling around in the fall (children do not close doors) and children playing broom hockey! Not exactly a tranquil Bed and Breakfast scene. Next post I will describe the way we got into the B&B business
The new operas for the 2009-2010 season have been posted for the Minnesota Opera. Why not try one of the fabulous offerings: The Pearl Fishers, Casanova’s Homecoming, Roberto Devereaux, La boheme or Salome. Then make a reservation at Cathedral Hill B&B for your pampered (we do spoil people!) lodging because the B&B is only 10 minutes from the Ordway where the operas will be performed.
This weekend it is going to be very hot and just in time for the annual Irish Fair at Harriet Island, a short 5-10 minute drive from Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast. If you are from St. Paul you know that there was a significant Irish population immigrating here at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The Irish Fair is free, so be sure to meander on down to take in some Irish dancing.
We have big news this weekend at the bed and breakfast. Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast has just launched a new website. There is all the usual information about policies, rooms, rates, breakfasts but what makes it all so exciting is that we now show you the blog and our Facebook page is integrated too. This means, there are many ways to learn about the specials we run, the contests we are involved in and also what is going on around town.