Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The last day of summer...




 Ahhh, the bittersweet end of lazy summer days...

It has truly been another amazing summer at the B&B.  It was filled to the brim with hiking, swimming, fishing, horseshoes, campfires and of course lots of great food, friends and fellowship. Thanks to all who spent some time with us at
Crystal Cove this summer, we enjoyed having you! 

 
As we bid a fond farewell to a wonderful summer, however, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of the new season.   There is nothing quite like a leisurely walk on an Fall afternoon.  The bite of the cool, crisp autumn air, paired with the brilliance of  leaves bursting into fiery colors, always leaves us hungering for a sweet slice of hot pumpkin pie, fresh from the oven!  Yum...

 Hope everyone enjoyed the summer as much as we did, and wishing you all a Happy Fall!






Saturday, September 18, 2010

Iron Man Competition...




Hello!  I hope that everyone is having a great weekend, so far.   We had several couples over tonight for the last BBQ of the summer.  Hamburgers, Brats, homemade macaroni and cheese (my grandmother's delicious recipe) , potato salad...etc!   We topped dinner off with a scrumptious Mocha Raspberry Fudge Cake.  What a fun evening!  Now as we settle in to watch a movie together, it's thundering in the distance.   A little thunderstorm would actually be nice!

The Iron Man Competition is tomorrow morning, starting at 6 am.  What an amazing event!  Lately, we've seen many people training for it all around Branson.  Good luck to all who are entering.  We hope that you have a safe and successful day tomorrow! 

           Hope you all have a wonderful evening....


           

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A rainy morning....

Good morning!  A gentle rain is falling and it's quiet and cool at the B&B this morning.  It's the kind of morning that is perfectly matched with a homemade cinnamon roll and a cup of steamy hot coffee. 

The leaves are beginning to show the first hint of autumn.  Before we know it, the Ozarks will be brilliant with the warm colors of Fall.  It's hard to believe that it arrives next week!  We always look forward to this amazing season....

                                                       Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Recipe of the day! *Harvest Pumpkin Muffins*

 If you're hungry for a little taste of Fall, here is a great recipe for to get you in the mood!  We've made it a Crystal Cove tradition to whip up a batch of these moist and delicious pumpkin muffins every September to welcome in the Autumn season.   From our kitchen, to yours.....hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Muffin Ingredients:
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1-½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoons Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup (heaping) Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ cups Evaporated Milk
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • _____
  • Topping
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons Nutmeg
  • chopped  roasted pecans   (Bake at 325 for 15, turning once)
  • _____
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ¼ cups Softened Butter
  • 4 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • ½ pounds Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoons Vanilla

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease 12 muffin tins.
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Cut in butter with two knives or a pastry blender until it is fully incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture.  Fold gently until mixture is just combined.
Pour into a greased muffin pan—batter hardly ever fills all twelve unless you keep it down to 1/2 full. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar-nutmeg mixture over the top of each unbaked muffin.
Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool. Ice with cream cheese frosting.
To make the frosting, mix all ingredients on high until soft and whipped.   After icing, sprinkle with fresh roasted pecans.   (You can keep these in refrigerator, if you like)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Weekend!

 We've had stormy weather off and on for the past couple of days, but now the sky is clear and the weather is nice and cool.  A beautiful "Fallish" day...
We have a full house coming in tonight and a busy weekend ahead. 
This afternoon I'm loading up the Coffee and Sweet Shop with mini peanut butter fudge cakes, topped with a rich peanut butter cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with chopped fresh roasted peanuts and also some chocolate chip cookies.  There is nothing quite like the aroma of fresh homemade cake, straight out of the oven....Hope everyone enjoys!

With Fall just around the corner, it's almost Apple Butter time!  Every year my mom comes down and we all make a trip to the orchard.  We spend the afternoon "apple picking", along with sneaking an occasional glass of the best fresh apple cider you've ever tasted!  We spend the next couple of days pealing, chopping, straining, boiling and baking.  (and of course lots of laughing, too!)  The special blend of cinnamon and spices, along with a "secret" ingredient,  has been handed down through generations in our family.  Once all the jars are canned, we bake a batch of homemade biscuits and everyone samples the the tasty autumn treat.   Many of our guests continue to inquire as to what the "secret" ingredient is, that makes it taste so amazing.  So far, I have kept the secret safe, but deep down I have always known that the real "secret" to it's success are all of the stories, laughter and the love that comes from a weekend spent in the kitchen with my mother...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Happy Labor Day!




Happy Labor Day! We've had a wonderful weekend, with another great group. Branson is bustling with activity. Peirce Arrow, The Branson Bell and The Dixie Stampede are among the many shows that our guests took in over the past couple of days. Several played on the lake, and enjoyed hiking the trails. It feels like Fall this evening, with a nice cool breeze. It would be a perfect night for a campfire!
We had the great pleasure of having Susan Shay and her husband among our guests this weekend. She is our third published author to visit Crystal Cove. For more information on some of her work, feel free to visit www.susanshay.net. What a talent!
I just finished baking some double chocolate, pecan brownies with mocha icing.
(Now, if I can just keep Bob away from the Coffee and Sweet Shop, so there are plenty for the guests!) I will try to post the recipe sometime. They take a little extra time, but they are definitely worth it! Have a great evening....