Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Coffee Totes and North Fork Gifts

[caption id="attachment_1027" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="New Coffee Tote Bags in the gift shop"]Coffee Totes at North Fork Gifts[/caption]

I've been pretty busy with the B&B but in between times I made nine new tote bags from authentic burlap coffee bags making a unique tote bag, shown hanging in my gift shop. These tote bags can be carried over the shoulder or just by their handles. They are great for work because they hold so much. Each is lined with fabric. These are eco friendly as they are upcycled. They are also "one of a kind" which makes a unique handmade item. We have lots of soy votive candles, locally made fudge sauces, local maple syrup and maple candy, placemats, handmade soap, lotions, sugar scrubs and even strawberry jam! We make a variety of gift baskets and our customers can create their own basket if they wish. We also have Jonathan's Spoons which I hope to get into the shop online for purchase through our online store.

Tonight I'm hoping to get out to the shop to finish the bath teas. I'll be putting together some bath tea sets in the near future so be sure to check back. There are some completely new items I'm working on as well but they are a surprise.

Today most of my time was spent working in the yard, mowing. I'm also gearing up for the second week of August when I plan to transplant perennials and day lilys. Today I went over to my mom's and we marked all of the day lily's I'd like to transplant. I've been planning just how I'd like to orchestrate this. Usually I don't plan at all I just get plants and put them in where ever how ever. They always look nice but this time I really want to accomplish my vision and that is going to take planning!

Our Coffee Totes are available for $30 with free shipping. I hope to have them in our online store this evening barring any unforeseen difficulties that is. Here are some other pictures of the shop and the totes.

Coffee Tote Bags

Coffee Totes

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Stuffed Blueberry French Toast for Breakfast today!

We had our fabulous stuffed blueberry french toast for our guests this morning. They just loved it! The kids loved the fact that it is served with whipped cream. It is very yummy! Yes, of course I'll share the recipe. I wouldn't think of keeping something this yummy all to myself! So, here it is. Try this breakfast, it's just wonderful.

Blue Berry Stuffed French Toast

 12 slices French Bread (1" thick)
6 eggs
1 1/2 cup half & half
1 T vanilla
1/4 lb. butter
1 c brown sugar
1 pint Blueberries

 Melt Butter add brown sugar bring to low boil., Beat eggs, half & half, vanilla. Dip break slices in egg mixture. Lay dipped bread slices in 13x9" greased baking pan. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread slices, Pour butter and brown sugar over bread, sprinkle blueberries over top. Refrigerate 8 hours  overnight. Bake 350 35 minutes un-covered. Serve with whip cream.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Local Foods for North Fork B&B Breakfast

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This morning we served this fabulous strada for breakfast. The bacon, which was exceptional, came from Cook Farm in Heuvelton,NY.  Our guests absolutely loved this tasty dish.

[caption id="attachment_982" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Fresh Blueberries"]Fresh Blueberries[/caption]

These blueberries and raspberries came from Sweet Core Farm. They were all purchased at the Farmer's Market in Canton,NY.  This is a great place to find and purchase local foods. You can find all kinds of vendors there each week. It is worth the trip!

We'll also be putting this recipe on our website. Check back to see the recipe and what is happening at North Fork B&B/Gifts. You'll be glad you did!


Monday, July 4, 2011

It's a Great 4th of July!

Over the years I can remember many Memorial Day and 4th of July Day parades that were rained out. I remember the disappointment. This day has been spectacular! We really couldn't ask for nicer weather. Recently, I took some photos of the flowers. They are doing really well this year. It is so satisfying to see how beautiful they are. The past few years we've had so much rain, it was tough to keep things nice. This year things seem to be doing quite well.

[caption id="attachment_957" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Pergola, A great place to relax!"]Adirondack Chairs in the Pergola[/caption]

After I'm finished with this post, I'm headed to the pergola to sit and relax and enjoy the breeze and watch the birds.

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 The above photo, is my favorite flower arrangement. I love the colors and particularly the way the bacopa falls over the side. The straw flowers are an added bonus. It is just charming with the tangerine violas. Makes for a very pleasant area to hang out in and listen to the birds.

Flowers on the front step

These are the flowers on the front step. Usually by now I'm having a terrible time keeping things looking nice. I'm so thankful things are doing so well. My brother and his wife raise all of these plants and each year I make my way over to the greenhouses to purchase my flowers for the season. They do a fabulous job. Their place is called Never Tire Farm. The mums for this fall are already growing in the greenhouses. They do annuals and perennials and the mums in the fall. They shut down in the winter months due to the extremely cold winters and extremely high fuel costs.  Well, I just wanted to share a few little tidbits today. Happy 4th of July! I'm off to the pergola to sit (something I rarely do!)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Strawberry Jam and Soy Votive Candles and Melts

I love to make jam. I thought I would include some pictures of the jam I made recently. I decided to make them in jelly jars, something I don't usually do, so that they can be used in my gift baskets and also given as gifts.

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This week I spent quite a bit of time watching the birds. When I wasn't watching birds, I was busily working in my shop making soy votive candles and soy melts. Here are some of the things I made.

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[caption id="attachment_941" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Vanilla Almond Soy Votive"]Vanilla Almond Soy Votive[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_942" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Coffee Beans Soy Melt"]Coffee Beans Soy Melt[/caption]