Archive for September 2010

Buttermilk Waffles

2 cups Flour

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1&1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon dash Cardomon

dash salt

3 Eggs

2 cups Buttermilk

8 tablespoons Butter

1 teaspoon Vanilla

Have all ingrediants at room temperature

Mix everything except, beat egg whites and fold in


We serve this with our Banana Topping [see recipes] and/or a bit or cooked down raspberries.

Ah! A Crisp…A Hawthorne Inn Crisp

Fill a 9 inch square pan almost to the top with fruit:

I mix Apples and Pears or Mangos and Peaches with Raspberries or Cherries for color

2-3 Tablespoons Lemon juice

3 tablespoons Sugar:  white or brown

1-2 tablespoons flour

a bit of juice:  Mango; Cider, ect. depending on fruits used

Top this with a mixture of:

6 tablespoons soft butter

1/3 cup sugar

dash salt

3/4 cup flour

mix well and add in 2/3 cup hazlenuts or slivered almonds

I mix this by hand and then crumble over the fruit

Serve hot and bubbly

When it’s Apple season, this really tastes like a wonderful pie!

I usually prepare the fruit the night before; mix the topping in the morning:  easy.

Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in

There is a spectacular exhibit of large-format, color photos only 10 minutes away from the inn that we highly recommend!

For the past 15 years, photographer Quang-Tuan Luong has traveled across the United States, treasure hunting. Not for gold or hidden oil reserves, but to capture in photographs the spectacular beauty of our national parks. Luong has single-handedly documented all 58 U.S. national parks, a feat that no other photographer has accomplished. The result of his quest is featured in the exhibition, “Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in Focus.”

To get his pictures, Luong kayaked through iceberg-laden waters, canoed down wild rivers, scuba-dived tropical seas, climbed to the summit of Mt. McKinley, and frequently trekked the trail-less terrain of the back country, all while lugging his 75-pound, large-format camera, photo gear, and camping equipment. He once had to sacrifice his gear to escape a bear attack.

For mor info go to:

Treasured Land

Treasured Land


Black and White quilt
Black and White quilt

We recently received a nice note from Japan from a woman who saw Marilyn’s quilts featured in the Japanese magazine “MY HOME”.  Several of Marilyn’s colorful quilts were featured in the December 2009 issue. her latest exoeriment is in black and white. The effect is dramatic. One gets lost in the swirl and contrast of pattern.

Inns at Blackberry Commons

Our guests often ask us where we go to get away. We try to stay at the finest of the small Inns. Earlier this summer we had the pleasure to visit with Jim and Cyndi, owners of the beautiful Inns at Blackberry Common in  Camden, Maine.  This fine property (of two adjacent buildings) is restored true to  period  with crisp detail and rich colors. The Inn is a short walk down to the bustling ocean-side town with many restaurants, fine-arts shops and scenic vistas. Camden, a deep-water port, is an easy 3 hour drive along the coast from Concord. We had time to stop for some lobsters on the way. On our second day we took the kayaks inland a few miles to a stunning lake surrounded by consevation land. We returned home refreshed from the outing. You can find the Inns at Blackberry common:

A day near Camden

A day near Camden