9/30/12

Zucchini Onion Pie

Here is a way to use up your Zucchini!  It is a great side dish with chicken.


Zucchini Onion Pie

3 eggs                            1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. canola oil            1/2 c. grated sharp American cheese
1 minced garlic clove   1/4 tsp salt
1/2 garlic pepper          3 c. slice zucchini
1 c. biscuit baking mix   1 large onion chopped

In a large bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients.  Stir in the zucchini, baking
mix and onion.  Pour into a greased 9-in deep dish pie plate and bake at 350 deg
for 25-35 minutes or until lightly browned.

The Sewing Chicks Retreat Sept, 2012

Twenty girls arrived from downriver Detroit to Ann Arbor to attend the Inn for the first time.
A few of them had checked out the Inn 6 months earlier to see if it could accommodate them.  They had previously stayed at a camp that had them in bunk beds so were very happy with what they saw.
I can't remember hearing so much laughter from the dining room as they ate.  They were a hoot.  Joe even got some kisses from the gals for all of the hard work that he does!  They didn't have one particular project that they worked on but did alot of UFO's.  They put many of the projects over the railing on the second floor, it added so much more color to the room!  The group will be back next year and I will be looking forward to the REALLY FUN gals!

9/29/12

Great Dessert Recipes for Fall

Here are some great fall recipes that I get lots of requests
for!  Enjoy them as you enjoy the colors of fall.


Jewish Apple Cake

9 X 13 pan   350 deg for 45 min

1 1/2 c. sugar (you can use 1/2 brown and 1/2 white)
1 c. vegetable oil
3 eggs

Beat eggs, add sugar and oil then the rest of ingredients:
 1/2 t. salt
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. vanilla
4-6 apples in cubes
1/2 c. walnuts

Put in greased pan and bake for 45 min.  Enjoy the smell of your kitchen!
You can serve with a dollop of Cool Whip or Vanilla Ice Cream.


Pumpkin Dessert

29 oz can pumpkin                1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c. Carnation milk                1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 c white sugar                       Yellow cake mix
1 c. brown sugar                     1 c. butter, melted
4 eggs                                     1 c. nuts

Mix the first 7 ingredients together.  Pour into a 9 X 13 inch pan.  Sprinkle dry
cake mix over the pumpkin mixture.  Press cake mix slightly.  Sprinkle nuts over
cake mix and pour melted better over all.  Bake for 1 hour at 325 deg.  This is good
topped with Cool Whip when serving.

9/26/12

Mystery Quilt Retreat- with Sherry Jacqua September 21

Sherry Jacqua from Sunshine Quilt Shop in  Oscoda, Michigan a noted quilt teacher and author brought 33 of her closest friends to the Inn from all over Michigan along with Indiana and Illinois.  Sherry put on a Murder Mystery and featured a Mystery Quilt.  Friday evening started out with the murder and then the clues began and throughout the week-end were hidden all over the houses (barn, cottage and inn).  Many became detectives looking at great length for the objects.  At meals if the clue was found it was announced and the object shown.  On Sunday the murderer was revealed with lots of laughter!

Mystery Quilt

The mystery quilt was of a leaf just perfect for fall.  The kits that Sherry put together were very colorful and the results were beautiful.  Most of the girls were making wall hangings but with some extra blocks and more borders it would make a great twin quilt.

Only a few had been at the Inn before and I hope to see them back soon.

High School Reunion-Napoleon High Class of 1962

It seemed like just yesterday seeing my friends from my class.  It was a busy week-end at the Inn so I couldn't go to reunion until late, after dinner.  My class had only 69 graduates with 15 having passed away way to early.  Fifty people showed up including significant others it was so great to reminisce about what a good life we had in a rural community, the roots we began with helped us make it through following fifty years.  As I reflect back it was a time when you knew everyone in the school, were able to participate in many activities, and there were no class distinctions because we were all poor!  Most of our moms didn't work and we all sat down for the evening meal together.  We had great teachers, one of our math teachers only had a two year education from then Eastern Normal College but he was one of the best.  The Home Ec teacher made us learn until we got it right and 5 classmates started college wanting to be Home Ec teachers including myself.  Many of them came the year we were freshman just out of college and we grew up together.  They inspired us to be great. 

It was so good to talk about the old times and all of the great times "we had a blast!".  Back in high school we didn't have to worry about drugs , alcohol and few smoked.  Our times were hanging together, going to Saturday night dances, the football and basketball games, pajama parties and lots of laughter.  We were the true innocents, a great way to get a start in life.  I look forward to the next time we meet and hope everyone keeps good health.

9/14/12

New items at the store

Artist Clarice Hamlin brought over some great items this week.  She makes cake plates that match her runners!  What a unique way of showing off your cake plate.  I especially like the autumn candy dish with the matching runner, it has great colors (the picture doesn't do it justice).  The price is fantastic only $35.00!  All of your guests would notice how you like beautiful items that are individual to you.  Come to the store and check all of the great gifts. 



Notice I have put up a sign which shows where the buildings are.  It was kind of tongue and cheek because they are all close together but I do get asked so now have the answer.

9/12/12

The Lake House transformation

Spent lots of time at the Lake House yesterday putting on the rock.  It was a beautiful Michigan day with a breeze coming off of the Lake.  One of my helpers Todd worked with me to put it on, we really work well together because we had already done it at another house we had flipped.  Where the double windows are was a sliding glass door that we took out.  It was a bedroom so didn't make alot of sense to have a look at the road!  Today we will be grouting it and working on the picket fence.  Lots of painting and landscaping to do but when you can see results like this it gives you a great feeling of accomplishment.