Breakfast in Garden

Archive for November, 2010

Deck the Halls!

November 29th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn Christmas treeWell, the time has come to decorate our beautiful old home for the holiday season. We will be heading out to Hauser’s Tree farm today to cut our own trees, and then the process of getting all of those boxes from the attic begins. While there are certainly times that this can seem tedious and overwhelming, we really attempt to make it a special time at Pinehurst. Turn on the John Denver & The Muppets Christmas album, heat up the kettle for tea and hot chocolate and away we go!

Opening up these old boxes is always fun and takes twice the time it should due to stories about when we got certain ornaments, or noticing the dates and stories on the newspaper used to wrap the decorations, or simply stopping to sing along with Kermit and Miss Piggy. We all have these different holiday traditions. At Pinehurst we decorate two trees. The larger one as you walk in to the main house is full of our family ornaments and decor. It’s a stroll down memory lane for the Sandstrom family, but our guests seem to love it too, when they notice that “we have that ornament too!” We do have a smaller tree on the landing in the main house as well, full of musical notes, instruments and more. Music is one of the biggest treats of the holiday season, and this small tree just serves as a reminder to all of us to keep singing along! Under this charming small tree, we take special time to arrange all of Nancy’s caroler collection in the perfect choir. There are plenty of other touches throughout the Inn such as Santa Claus figures along the mantle and garlands dressing the windows.

The most important thing about all of this decorating is spending the time with family and enjoying the moment. Please be sure to take time with your friends and family this year and continue all of those old traditions, and try to think of some new ones too!

Off to cut down our Christmas trees…

Steps for a Greener Holiday

November 22nd, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Photo from EarthEasy.com

Holidays are filled with traditions. It may be useful to simply think about ways to build on those traditions in new, more sustainable ways. And it’s our guess that these steps might add significant quality to your holiday celebration. Some ideas for greener holidays from Eartheasy.com:

  • Buy Less. Give more while spending less. Here are ideas for how to give greener gifts.
  • Buy Smart – think “green”. Look for locally made gifts, gifts made from recycled sources, or gifts produced by sustainable companies. Consider re-gifting!
  • Connect with Nature. Start a family tradition of giving back to the earth and instilling the values of sustainable living to your children, friends and community. Take a hike or snowshoe. Participate in the Annual Bird Count in your area.
  • Lower the impact of Holiday Lighting. Consider the size of your lighting display as well as the light sources. Explore LED lights that use up to 95% less energy than the traditional larger lights.
  • Choose a live tree. Live trees, on the other hand, are a renewable resource grown on tree farms, that are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and almost ninety percent are recycled into mulch. Live trees are usually locally grown and sold, saving both transportation costs and added air pollution. Live trees also smell like Christmas!

For more ideas, we suggest Eartheasy.com – a great side providing simple and understandable information on this topic and more.

Please share with us how you’ve altered your holiday traditions to honor both the holiday and the earth!

Calling all Cooks! Pinehurst wants your recipes!

November 17th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn Apple Cheddar MuffinsAre you a foodie? Do you love to cook and play with recipes? Do you get excited at the prospect of finding some great produce at your local Farmers Market? We’d love to connect!

Pinehurst Inn is seeking your help in expanding our breakfast offerings. We work hard to offer our guests wonderful breakfasts each morning with recipes that honor our local produce and products, provides options for various dietary needs and is simply good food. But it’s time for some fresh (no pun intended) recipes!

Send us your best recipe that might work for breakfast by January 15, 2011. We will select the top 5. These recipes will then be offered for breakfast to our guests through February 28, 2011 with the guests rating the recipes on a “1-5 muffin scale.” These overall ratings will be used to determine the winner.

The winner will receive three of the best Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast cookbooks along with a $50 Pinehurst Inn Gift Certificate.

Some suggested parameters:

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