Earth Day Every Day :: Romantic Maryland B&B

If you grew up in a rural area, then you know that one sure sign of spring is laundry hanging out on a line. There’s nothing quite like the scent of clean linens that have been air-dried in the sun. Unfortunately, this is not a “perk” we can offer here at the Brampton, but we do our very best to come close!

Rural Maryland Countryside

Michael Gäbler via Wikimedia Commons

April is the month of Earth Day; it’s the 18th this year.  It’s well known that we care about the environment and we do our best to be as “green” as possible all year long. While we can’t dry all our laundry in the sun, sometimes a towel or sheet with a stubborn stain will make it to Danielle’s house to sunbathe.  That big ball in the sky is quite the “stain-lifter”!  But first we try a few tricks of the trade.

We use vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and elbow grease to get stains out whenever possible. If we absolutely must use chemicals, we use Borax, Biz, or Fels-Naptha Heavy Duty Laundry Bar Soap.  But the one thing we will not use is bleach.  Being so close to the Chesapeake Bay, we are keenly aware of the movement of unnatural products through the watershed, and so we try to contribute to it as little as possible.  There is a lot of iron in our well-water so we have to use a softening agent, otherwise everything would turn orange;  we use as little of this as possible though.   Repeated washings and no bleach  means that sometimes the towels in your room might be two different shades of white.  Or that maybe a small stain remains on a washcloth.  Let us reassure you they are clean, clean, CLEAN!  And the bottled tap water that we keep in glass bottles in the guest fridge is super clean and tasty too!

Earth Day 2015

One of the other ways we keep it green in the laundry room is by using cotton towels and microfiber sheets that dry fast!  Our Comphy Sheets (yes, that’s a brand name) are incredibly soft and luxurious; guests always ask about them.  Like most places, we also offer guests the option of keeping their towels rather than automatically replacing them.

There a lots of little things each of us can do that add up to a lot of good.  After all, every day is Earth Day, when you’re an earthling. :)

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Fun & Simple Appetizers : Seeded Cheesy Wafers

As spring hobbles in, and winter drags its muddy feet, we’re here, waiting for the actual season to change.  I suppose every March is like this but it does seem to be taking forever this year.  There’s really only one way to deal with weather that keeps us inside; that’s to start cooking and baking!  What else is there?

Our post early this month, in which we tried to invoke spring with talk of asparagus, didn’t work I suppose.  It’s still cold!  Sorry to have failed you all.  :(

To make up for it, here is a recipe for one of our most popular, and often requested, snacks.  It’s another one of our extremely easy recipes that will become a must have in your repertoire of simple appetizers.  It comes from the Land O’Lakes website, which is a major resource around here.  It has all the qualities of a great recipe: Simple, few ingredients, keeps well and tastes delicious!

simple appetizers

Seeded Cheesy Wafers

For the Dough:

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup sweet, unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon salt

a pinch of ground cayenne pepper

2 cups of shredded cheese of your choosing:  Cheddar is the standard, but any sharp cheese will work.

For the Topping:

1 egg white + 1 tablespoon water, beaten together

2 tablespoons seeds (poppy, sesame, flax, etc)

Directions:

Mix together all the dough EXCEPT  for the cheese, until it forms a dough. Add  cheese and mix well.  Shape the dough into a flat disc shape, and wrap in plastic.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours or leave overnight.

When ready to bake,  pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.   Lightly dust work area with flour.  Roll out disc to 1/4 inch thickness, using a bench scraper to straighten the sides so that  you end up with more of a square than a circle shape.  The dough will be a little tricky to roll out at first but as the butter softens it will give in.  Press any cracks together with the bench scraper or your fingers.  Cut the dough into bite sized shapes using either a cookie cutter or a pizza cutter.   Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Next, brush the cut outs with the egg and water mix.  Sprinkle liberally with seeds.  Bake for about 15 minutes, checking half way through and rotating pan if necessary.  They should be lightly browned around their edges.  Let them cool on the pan before removing.

They are a fabulous addition to an hor d’oeuvres spread, along with olives, nuts and cheeses.  They are upscale Cheezits!  (sorry/not sorry Cheezits!!!)

Hopefully by the time you try these, you’ll be enjoying them with a nice beverage on a porch somewhere!  Or you can try them the next time you’re here at the Brampton Inn!

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Chili Cook-off event to Benefit Kent County Humane Society

We like our turkey and vegetarian chili here at the Brampton Bed and Breakfast, and if you’ve ever visited us in the winter you may have ordered our chili picnic for one of those nights when you just wanted to stay in by the fire.  Who doesn’t love chili anyway?  If you consider yourself a connoisseur, then you may want to take note of an event this weekend right here in Kent County.

cyclonebill via Wiki Commons

cyclonebill via Wiki Commons


The 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off
is this Sunday, March 22, at Crow Farm and Winery.  The contest benefits our beloved Kent County Humane Society.  (Our resident beagle mix Sidney was adopted from there!!)  Several of our favorite restaurants are participating; the chili samples are free, but votes are counted in dollars!  You’ll also be able to sample the local wines of Crow Farm; it’s a win win for everyone, 2 legs or 4!   Held from  1-3pm on a Sunday, it’s the perfect way to cap off a weekend stay at the Brampton.  By early afternoon, your breakfast might just be starting to wear off. . .

 

 

 

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