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The Winning Recipe

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010



Last month, the Benjamin F. Packard House B&B sponsored the Dreamland Theater movies here in Bath. At each of the two movies shown, there was a drawing to win one of our famous baked goods. The first winner has yet the claim his prize, but the couple who won at the second movie are picking up their winnings today. Each winner gets to pick from a choice of three baked goods. Being that the second couple is vegan, Amy needed to make some adjustments to the choices to meet their dietary needs but she found three good recipes and they chose the Pumpkin Pecan Braided Bread. It turned out wonderful and the house smells of toasted pecans and cinnamon. Luckily, it is a big recipe and makes two loaves so hopefully there will be some leftovers for my breakfast tomorrow....

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Family Traditions

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Mark, Amy and I are far away from family (it is a 11 hour drive) but they like to keep the family traditions alive especially at the holidays. Just the other night they went into downtown Bath for open house night and looked at all the wonderful lights and decorated shop windows then out for pizza at The Cabin. When Amy was a little girl, her whole family would go look at the store windows in downtown Erie, PA and then for pizza at Luigi’s. This year they created a Maine version of that family tradition. Another yearly event is how Amy, Mark and I spend Christmas Day. Even when we lived in PA, Christmas Day was for the 3 of us. We stay in our pajamas all day (if guests are here they do dress to serve breakfast and then get back in the pj’s for the rest of the day) and watch old holiday movies. Christmas dinner is always special (lamb this year!) and they always make sure I get a little. The one big tradition that Amy learned when she was just a little tyke is giving back during the holiday season. Whether it is sponsoring a family in need with gifts for Christmas morning (something her family back in PA still does every year), dropping toys in Santa’s bag in Bath or, this year, baking cookies to bag up and distribute at a local food pantry, it brings them such joy to give to others. Now I just need to think of another way to give back besides barking a Merry Christmas at everyone who walks by the house!...

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Afternoon tea is served

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010


At our B&B we try to do everything possible to make our guests feel welcomed and relaxed. Everyday at 4;30 p.m., tea is served for the guests. When the weather is warm and sunny, tea is served on the patio. Guests can relax on the comfy furniture and soak up the sun and the beauty of the gardens. Hot tea is served with a variety of ever changing goodies – maybe brownies today and Mexican wedding cookies or fresh herb scones and jam, local cheese with fresh fruit – whatever strikes Amy’s fancy. If tea is not your thing, she will gladly get you a glass of lemonade or maybe a complimentary glass of wine to go with that local cheese. Most people do not take the time to stop, relax and treat themselves, but at the Benjamin F. Packard House we believe they should. So come for a stay and spoil yourself a little – you will be glad you did!...

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Perfect Day for Baking Bread

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010






Today was chilly and rainy – I hate going outside in this kind of weather – but it was the perfect day for baking bread. Amy bakes all the bread that is served to our guests. She makes wonderful cinnamon bread which she slices thick and makes into french toast or an English muffin bread that she toasts and serves topped with ham, poached eggs and cheese and a classic wheat bread which goes great with the frittatas. She makes many different kinds and is always trying new ones or adapting old recipes but today she made my favorite – Italian bread. Being of Italian heritage, of course, I love this one. For Amy, who used to work in the Little Italy section of Erie, PA, it is a reminder of the smell of baking bread early in the mornings which filled the air and enticed her to buy bread for her breakfast. She has finally settled on a recipe that reminds her of that bread from Erie’s Little Italy and our B&B was full of that delicious smell today. It is quite a long process with all that rising time but well worth the waiting. I took some pics throughout the day so you can see the product from beginning to end. Too bad I can’t send a taste through the blog – it came out perfect!...

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