Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mother's Day Weekend

Mother's Day is just 2 weeks away! We have just a few rooms open for that weekend so it's time to reserve your room to treat Mom! Here are some ideas for you:  Check-in at Pheasant Field B&B; Dinner at Boiling Springs Tavern; See a show ("Happy Days - A New Musical") at Allenberry Theatre; Sleep well and enjoy a full country breakfast at the B&B; Head off to enjoy the Wine & Fruit Trail where there is very special treat for Mom at Reid's Orchard & Winery.

You can enjoy the tour of the apple orchards on your way to the winery and maybe take in some history around Gettysburg before returning to the B&B or heading home.

It's all for Mom!

Back in January 2012, I told you about our new Generac Generator.  Today I have to tell you how much I LOVE IT!!!!!  The power went off in our neighborhood this morning at about 5:15 AM while I was in the kitchen preparing breakfast for my guests (yes - we do serve very early!).  Of course, at that hour of the morning, all went black in the kitchen - but only for 30 seconds!  Then I heard our Generac kick on and, voila! I was back in business with coffee brewing and the griddle warming-up!  The installation of that generator was one of the BEST investments/insurance policies we've ever purchased! It had me doing my "happy dance" at 5:15 AM! Sorry, Chuck was not out of bed at that hour to take a picture of my happy dance...

Happy Spring!  Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

What's blooming in Carlisle, PA

WELCOME to Pheasant Field B&B!
It's spring and things are really blooming here at Pheasant Field B&B near Carlisle, PA!  We have other signs of spring here at the farm -- our equestrian "snowbirds" are making their way north.  Some of those guests know that they will see snow when they get home but while they're here, they can enjoy some of our spring blossoms. Enjoy these pictures taken around the property:
The view from our front porch.

Enjoy a flowery walk near the pond.
This is the view as you enter our driveway...

...a closeup of one of the blooms...

This tree is always SO beautiful in the spring!

Visiting pups - so well mannered!


Even the horses see beautiful trees as they much on new shoots of tender grass.

Remember that the first car show of the year happens in Carlisle next weekend. We have a room open on Thursday night and one on Saturday night. So come to Carlisle in the spring for cars, fishing, antiquing, or hiking!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring herbs

The warm weather has been wonderful for our little herb garden.  This week I used my first fresh - really fresh - herbs from my own property!  There are fresh chives, which I used in an egg dish, and fresh parsley which I used mostly for garnish.  But it is so nice to be able to just run outside and cut the chives as I'm ready to use them! 

I remember when... My grandmother used to cut dandelion and make a wonderful salad with the tender young plants. Of course, she would make her own hot bacon dressing to make it yummy (and maybe a bit less healthy). I have been adding a few young sprouts of dandelion to my own salads at lunch time.  Make sure you find young plants so they are still tender and sweet.  I read a blog last week from a local plant guru who wrote that the wild onions growing in the lawns can also be used for cooking!  I think I will have to try it!
The other wonderful garnish that's available now are pansies!  Yes, you can eat them, but mostly they dress up a plate of special eggs and make the whole look pretty!

Whatever your favorite spring herbs are, go use the really fresh stuff available right now!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quilts, quilts, and MORE QUILTS!

This is a small wall hanging.
It's time for the PA Relief Sale at the PA Farm Show Complex!  Hundreds of beautiful quilts will go up for bid at this annual auction sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee.  All proceeds are used to fund world-wide relief - from famine, disasters, and diseases - mostly in third-world countries.  You can help by purchasing one of these fine quilts - all made by volunteers!  There is also wonderful food, more items to buy, and fun entertainment.  Don't miss this one!  The Relief auction starts on Friday evening (4/5/13) at 6:30 PM and will continue on Saturday until all the quilts have been sold.
I think this is my favorite!

This is the season for horsey "snowbird" visitors at Pheasant Field B&B!  We are having a rather steady stream of horses - and their owners - stopping by on their way to Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, upstate NY, Maine, Quebec, and Ontario. If you are on your way north on I-81 and need a place to stop with your horse, we are the place to layover in PA - providing gracious accommodations for man and beast!