Monday, May 31, 2010

North Fork Bed and Breakfast Sourdough Bread

Well, I'm back and as promised, I have some photos from this morning when I prepared the sourdough loaves to rise. With my bread, you have to feed the base. The base is a potato base sourdough. After 12 hours, you make the dough. The dough rises for 12 hours and then you punch it down and make it into loaves. I took some photos so that I could show the process. It is a sweet tasting bread, contrary to it's name. I make white and cinnamon swirl. I've been making this bread for 30 years now. It's very popular at the farmer's market. I will be going this Saturday to the Green Market in Ogdensburg. My husband Tim, will be going to the farmer's market in Canton Friday to sell coffee. St. Lawrence Valley Roasters roasts the best coffee. You can go to his website and purchase or email him, calls are fine too.

[caption id="attachment_131" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="North Fork Bed and Breakfast Sourdough bread after being punched down"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_134" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This is being prepared as a loaf of cinnamon swirl bread."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_136" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="This is what the bread dough looks like when it's being rolled out to make it into a loaf. After it's completely rolled out, starting at one end, you roll it up into a log."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_140" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This is what the dough looks like after it's rolled"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_141" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Preparing the bread loaf"][/caption]

After crimping the ends you place it in the loaf pan to rise. In the warm summer months sometimes you can make an entire batch in a day as long as the base has been fed ahead of time. Otherwise, it takes about 36 hours to make the bread. As I'm writing right now, I have the first 3 loaves of white bread baking in the oven. I'm not sure I will be able to stay awake long enough to bake all of them but I'm going to try. I will take some shots of the finished bread as well to share. It certainly is tasty!! There's nothing like it. After a while one becomes very spoiled by this bread. Guests at the B&B love it as toast and they love the french toast I make as well.


Pressing Flowers

Today's plan, at least at this point, is to press some flowers. I'll be picking pansies and johnny jump ups to start with. I learned a lot last year. Pressing apple tree blossoms doesn't work and neither does lilac.This will save me a lot of time! When I think of the hours and hours I spent pressing all of those, only to find out that they turn brown! So, today's pressing session will include pansies, johnny jump ups and probably lobelia, which is probably not spelled correctly. I will also be organizing the gift shop so that guests can make purchases when they stay here. I have to fix the steps and I'm working on creating a pathway to the shop. Yesterday I sprayed the poison ivy to kill it. I've planted all the planters and will begin placing them as well. I'd like to have one more hanging plant for the shop and I'm going to put something on the door to make the shop more warm and inviting. I hope to bake and kayak today too. A little over zealous I'm sure but that's usually how it goes. I'll try to take a few photos along the way to share later in the day. Right now I have 12 loaves of bread to put together to rise!! I'll check back later.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Window boxes,birdhouses and the humming bird

The Window BoxesFinally, I have planted the window boxes and they are looking very nice. I'll be sure to update with photos as the plants grow and begin to spill over the sides of the window boxes.

Over the weekend when we weren't with our guests, we were working in the yard. The horse shoe bird house, as I have fondly named it, was installed in the memory garden and a wren has taken up occupancy. I was also able to get the planters filled but I still have many more to do. The morning glories at the back of the house still need to be planted. The trellice is in place and everything is ready to go. It's always fun to get all of these things going. While I was working in the yard, a male hummingbird kept stopping by to check on the progress. It was a lot of fun watching him sit on top of the umbrella. He would eat and then take off only to come back seconds later to survey the progress from his viewing station on the top of the umbrella. The rose breasted grosebeaks are back and this year we have two pair! We also have two pair of wrens and one pair of bluebirds. I put up the bluebird house my mom gave me (which she made and woodburned) as I saw the bluebirds looking for a nesting site. I don't think they will choose this house because of the wrens but it looks really nice and that wren house is going to be replaced and in a different location next year. Here's hoping the bluebirds nest in the new house! That new house is the one pictured on the left and all of the art work is done by my mom. A most special birthday gift indeed! I can't wait for birds to come and nest in this house! Bluebirds take a survey annually at their nesting sites and check out places to nest the following year so even if they don't pick this one now, next spring a pair will nest there. It's always entertaing to see the mothers bring their young to the bird bath at the end of the summer. They don't usually feed from the bird feeders as they prefer bugs and such.


The next photo shows the shed and one of the planters. The humming birds frequent the flowers here and many different types of song birds enjoy sitting on the roof.



I'm also including some photos of the humming bird on the umbrella.



 


 


 


 


 



 


It certainly was entertaining to watch this little guy.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

My blog address has changed....please follow me.....

Hi, after much work, my blog address is changed. You can find me at http://www.northforkbandb.wordpress.com/  Please save this address and come and sign up to follow me there. You can also see the latest blog postings as well as lots of new and exciting links. I will keep this up until I see all of you there as followers. I look forward to seeing you there!

Today I planted the window boxes and a couple of the planters. The yard is shaping up nicely. I was excited to find that a wren has moved into my new bird house which is located in the memory garden. Come and see me at the new address and let me know what you think!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fort La Presentation Ogdensburg,NY

I spent the day today at Fort La Presentation in Ogdensburg,NY. I was the music person for the Living History day. There were about 15 stations that 279 seventh and fourth graders could visit throughout the day. Everyone had a wonderful day and enjoyed being outside along the river. At my station we sang 18th century folk songs and La Presentation, a song that Mrs. Madlin wrote about the history of the fort.

The weekend of July 17th there is a reenactment and many different people will be there to portray various parts of life as it was in the 18th century. I was very glad to be part of the activities today and look forward to checking out the reenactment this summer. I really learned a lot about the fort today and enjoyed singing with so many kids throughout the day. Everyone seemed to really enjoy watching them fire the canon at the end of the day. A really fun time was had by all.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The flowering crab trees are finally blossoming and how beautiful they are!

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The back yard is so beautiful this time of year that one can't help but want to sit outside and take in the sights and sounds that surround us here at North Fork B&B. The cestrels are nesting in the front trees and the wren is back in the lighthouse bird house. The blue birds are all over the place and the humming birds are plentiful. Sitting outside is a treat. A very relaxing getaway for sure!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We've had a very busy weekend here at North Fork B&B

This past weekend was incredibly busy here at North Fork B&B getting ready for SLU graduation. Congratulations to all the graduates. We had wonderful guests and they loved their breakfasts! Tonight we'll be doing the spotlight on the business for the Chamber of Commerce and going to Kyle's place to see his stuff. It should be both fun and interesting. Right now it's a bit overwhelming. Too many things and not enough time as we head toward the end of the school year and the start of summer.

I'm pretty sure that I've lost everything on my computer. I'm working really hard to get the laptop up and working so that I can continue with my blog and get some pictures going. It has been very frustrating and very time consuming. Hopefully, somehow they can retreive the data from my computer. If not, eventhough I have a lot of it backed up, I'm still going to have lost a lot.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather. Wish me luck as I work to replace the lost information and search for someone to repair my computer, if that's even possible.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Snow and Lilacs?!? on Mother's Day!!

Yup, that's correct. It's been snowing most of the day here and this morning when I got up there was some snow on the ground! Very weird weather indeed. Had to wear a hat and mittens to walk today. We've been very busy here at the B&B. This weekend we had the pleasure of having guests for the Clarkson Graduation. They are from Cleveland, Ohio. Always fun to meet new people.





Congratulations to my nephew for graduating from Clarkson yesterday!! We had a wonderful time celebrating this accomplishment last night.

Lots going on just now. It makes it tough to keep up here. Our Spring Concert is Wednesday with a dress rehearsal Monday, another Tuesday and then, finally the concert. I'm sure it will be wonderful. This time of the year is bitter sweet as I'll miss the students that are graduating. I've had them since kindergarten. Wonderful people. I'm very lucky to be their teacher.

I haven't had a chance to do much in the way of creating lately




Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Antique and Artisan Show




It's hard to believe that it's been a week since the show. It was a wonderful show and it was even better because my cousin came up from CT and we were able to go to the show together. It was great! The lunch was fabulous and dessert was to die for. I was able to get a new hand crafted mirror for the Adirondack room and I'm very excited about it! It's done in birch bark with twigs around the sides. Just perfect for that room.

Getting ready for the show was both work and fun. I created some new soaps and made some lotions which sold well.

This is Patchouli made from goat's milk soap. It was a popular purchase at the show as was the lotion.

This is actually lavender vanilla but I'm going to make some the same color in chocolate.


These are some brand new pressed flower soaps with baby powder fragrance. My cousin says if blue had a smell this would be it. These were also a hit at the show.


A new soap that can be used to clean your hands after gardening or for your feet. It's an exfoliating soap made from shea butter with pumice for that extra scrubbing. The shea butter makes your skin soft.


This soap has a wonderful smell. Goat's milk with a lemongrass essential oil fragrance. Wonderful!

All in all, the show was a great experience. Making all of these new soaps was a lot of fun. There are more to come. For those of you that check the website, please be patient with me. School is extremely busy at this time and my time to upload things to the website is limited. You can always shoot me an email if there's something you'd like that you see here. northforkbandb@hughes.net I'm working on the spa bags and gardening gift baskets for mother's day gift giving as well. Hopefully, I'll get these onto the site very soon.




The Antique and Artisan Show

It's hard to believe that it's been a week since the show. It was a wonderful show and it was even better because my cousin came up from CT and we were able to go to the show together. It was great! The lunch was fabulous and dessert was to die for. I was able to get a new hand crafted mirror for the Adirondack room and I'm very excited about it! It's done in birch bark with twigs around the sides. Just perfect for that room.

Getting ready for the show was both work and fun. I created some new soaps and made some lotions which sold well.
This is Patchouli made from goat's milk soap. It was a popular purchase at the show as was the lotion.
This is actually lavender vanilla but I'm going to make some the same color in chocolate.

These are some brand new pressed flower soaps with baby powder fragrance. My cousin says if blue had a smell this would be it. These were also a hit at the show.

A new soap that can be used to clean your hands after gardening or for your feet. It's an exfoliating soap made from shea butter with pumice for that extra scrubbing. The shea butter makes your skin soft.

This soap has a wonderful smell. Goat's milk with a lemongrass essential oil fragrance. Wonderful!
All in all, the show was a great experience. Making all of these new soaps was a lot of fun. There are more to come. For those of you that check the website, please be patient with me. School is extremely busy at this time and my time to upload things to the website is limited. You can always shoot me an email if there's something you'd like that you see here. northforkbandb@hughes.net  I'm working on the spa bags and gardening gift baskets for mother's day gift giving as well. Hopefully, I'll get these onto the site very soon.