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2013 February Valentines Special
DECEMBER 22, 2012 BY KAREN
Surprise your sweetie with a romantic 2 night stay in the Garden Room at The Carlton Inn B&B. Enjoy your 2 night stay, a half (375 ml) bottle of Seven of Hearts 2011 Coupe’s Cuvee Pinot Noir Dessert Wine, The Carlton Inn’s Signature Cookies, and two 30-minute Aromatherapy massages or one 60-minute Aromatherapy massage for $356 (a $410 value). Not good with any other special or discount, and subject to availability. Expires February 28, 2013.
The Garden Room – The only guest room on the main floor, very private and quiet yet conveniently located in the rear of the house. This spacious, carpeted room is decorated in a cottage-style with a romantic chandelier, and overlooks the garden and backyard. The private bath features a jetted tub with shower combo.
NOVEMBER 8, 2012 BY KAREN
My first attempts at blogging…so ready or not, here I come. Thats what I have to tell myself in order to get the momentum going. So Hello World, Here I Come!
Today is also the first day of my cleanse. Normally I would wait until after the New Year, but I need to get a head start before the holidays. Since moving to Carlton, Oregon in mid-July, and becoming an Innkeeper, I’ve noticed a bit more snugness in my jeans…I equate this to practicing new recipes, and sampling them all, and regular leftovers from those scrumptous breakfasts…sigh…delicious desserts, and wonderful wine tastings offered by Oregon’s Wine Country in the Willamette Valley. I’ve also been working my way through a number of local eateries, from Carlton (of course) to Newberg, Dundee, and McMinnville. I’m not even half-way through them yet.
Since moving to Carlton and purchasing The Carlton Inn B&B, I’ve visited a number of the local wineries (no hard chore), taken a wine tasting class, experienced my first Walk in the Park, Artist’s Tour, where I collected a few new art pieces for the Inn, and of course numerous visits to the Farmer’s Markets in McMinnville. There are many more events that I’m looking forward to participating in…I’ll keep you posted.
Improvements to The Carlton Inn B&B are ongoing. New dual-paned windows have been installed throughout all the guestrooms, bathrooms, and living room areas. What a difference this has made to insulating from outside noise and temperature control, as well as having screens on all the windows, so fresh air is plentiful if that is your preference.
There have been some stylish updates to each of the guest rooms, including new silky soft sheets (available for purchase to), allergy protective covers for the pillows, some light fixtures/chandeliers, furnishings, and artwork. New pictures of each of the guest rooms has been included in the room/rates page. So what you see is what you get!
Your personal Innkeeper at The Carlton Inn B&B, Karen
A Carpet of Gold just a short week ago...
Now the trees are bare...or nearly so. There is beauty and crispness in the air, and in a short few weeks a dormant winter. Still time to come and enjoy the season in a beautiful setting.
My helpers this morning, "helping" me cook breakfast for guests. This weekend is an open house at Elk Cove.
Try this Fall Favorite...
On a brisk autumn day, I enjoy the ritual of a day spent in the kitchen baking and the aromas it creates! Here’s an easy and delicious recipe you can try in your home, and enjoy the aromas of Fall with your family.
Autumn Apple Bread
2 ½ c lightly packed brown sugar
1 c soft unsalted butter
1 T vanilla
2 T lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
4 c all purpose-unbleached flour
1 T baking soda
1 ½ t salt
1 ½ t freshly grated nutmeg
½ t cloves
½ t ginger
1 T cinnamon
5 c finely chopped crisp apples (I suggest either fugi or gala apples for this recipe)
Preheat oven to 350….grease 3 glass loaf pans
Cream sugar, butter, sugar and then beat in eggs & liquids.
Add all dry ingredients to the wet & mix well until everything is incorporated. Stir in your chopped apples and then portion the batter into the 3 loaf pans and bake for about 1 hour. Enjoy!
Yummy new recipe for Belgian Waffles -
Blueberry Malted Belgian Waffles
Makes 4 to 6 servings
2 1/4 cups flour
2 TBLS granulated sugar
1/8 teas salt
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil...
1 1/2 cups 2 percent milk
1/4 cup malted milk powder
2 TBLS baking powder
1 cup blueberries (thaw and drain well if you use frozen berries)
Fresh Whipped Cream, powdered sugar, fresh berries (optional garnishes)
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, oil, milk, egg, malted milk powder, and baking powder and mix with a whisk until well combined. Do not over mix - mix is slightly lumpy. Gently fold in blueberries.
2. Heat a waffle iron and liberally coat with cooking spray.
3. Ladle the batter onto waffle iron and cook until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes, depending on wattage of iron.
4. Garnish with fruit and whipped cream, serve with maple syrup.
Its Official! The Garden Room has passed the Beyond Comfortable Rating by the first guests to use the newly remodeled room. Brand new paint, a new King sized mattress, bedding, pillows...and microfiber Comfy sheets combine to make this an overall, exceptional ahhh feeling.
The new brown color accentuate the soft teal and natural wood wainscoating of the bathroom, which adds to the serenity of relaxing in the deep jaccuzi tub.
Even the cottage style furnishings are sporting new looks. The crystal chandelier really shines against its new backdrop.
It truly looks like a beautiful garden.
Just need to get those professional pictures to really do it all justice.