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:http://www.monh.org

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: www.innsatblackberrycommon.com

A day near Camden

A day near Camden

Turtle Days of Summer

Grand-Daddy Snapper near the North Bridge
Grand-Daddy Snapper near the North Bridge

We took a little kayak trip down the Concord River and caught sight of a monster snapping turtle sunning on a rock. That is the Old North Bridge in the background.

Concord Museum Quilt Exhibit

  Friday, October 8, 2010 through March 27, 2011
Special Exhibition

A little scrap for recollection’s sake:  Quilts from the Concord Museum

Rarely exhibited, the quilts on view in this special exhibition range from doll size to full size, and include bold geometrics, traditional patchwork, signature quilts and crazy quilts, most dating from the second half of the nineteenth century. Also included in the exhibition are patterns, quilt tops, shams and sewing tools.  Of particular interest are:

  • A signature quilt made for Rebecca Brooks and Joseph Allen Smith on the occasion of their Concord wedding in 1849, with 96 squares signed by friends and family, each “a little scrap for recollection’s sake”
  • A crazy quilt celebrating the work of 19th-century children’s book illustrator Randolph Caldecott
  • A Concord quilt featuring an early example of the “Pieced Pineapple” pattern in vivid colors of “turkey red,”  “cheddar,” and “poison green”
  • A quilt passed down in the family of Hannah Dawes Newcomb, the daughter of William Dawes, who was an alarm rider like Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775 
  • A quilt from the collection of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, attributed to Abigail (Abby) May Alcott, mother of the famed author of Little Women

Each quilt on exhibit has a story to tell about the creative makers, the communities they lived in, and the period of history in which they were working. Free with Museum admission; Members Free. Through March 27.

Concord’s 375 Birthday Celebration

Concord's 375th Birthday

Concord's 375th Birthday

Concord was the first English settlement above tide-water in North America. Incorporated on September 11, 1635, we will celebrate 375 years with a bash. There will be a parade with over 90 units, brass cannon and 50 horses. Fireworks will light the sky, music will fill the air, stories will be told and there will be dancing and merriment at the Ball. Join us for this spectacular event. For a shedule of events go to: http://www.concordma.gov/pages/concordma_bcomm/Letter%20details%20for%20375th-A.pdf

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World

Bert and Ernie

Bert and Ernie

April 3 – June 27, 2010




 National Heritage Museum

 The exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson’s talent as a storyteller and visionary. Among the variety of exhibition objects are puppets and television and movie props, photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and original video productions, including excerpts from Henson’s early career and experimental films. Free.

Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art, located in Dedham, Massachusetts, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory. The museum was founded in the fall of 1993 and presented its first show in March 1994. The response was overwhelming. Since then, MOBA’s collection and ambitions have grown exponentially.

MOBA was first housed in the basement of a private home in Boston, but now is available to all at the MOBA Permanent Gallery, in the Dedham Community Theater, in Dedham Square, Massachusetts. Conveniently located just outside the men’s room, the gallery is open whenever movies are showing, typically 5 to 11pm on weekdays, noon to 11 on weekends and school holidays. Admission to the Museum of Bad Art is free, so this important institution is supported entirely by voluntary contributions and sales of MOBA gifts. http://www.museumofbadart.org/