Happy Independence Day from Star Spangled Banner Country!!

maryland fireworks

We hope that you are enjoying this 4th of July…regardless of the weather.

As the year speeds by, and folks get busier and busier, these holidays become more and more essential and a rare chance to unplug and connect with loved ones.

Our guests this Friday, July 4, will  have the opportunity for an old-fashioned social networking system: of the sit-around-the-campfire-and-shoot-the-breeze variety.  If you are among the lucky folks staying with us this weekend, be sure to ask at check-in about the festivities.  There will be complimentary snacks (the kind that you can cook on a stick!) and adult beverages on us as well.

maryland getaways

If the weather permits, we will have chairs available for fireworks viewing right on the property.  A private performance, just for you, with an opening act by the thousands of fireflies that get busy every evening as the sun goes down.

 

All this and more here in the land of pleasant living.

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New Pictures! New Adventures!

A few weeks ago we talked about some of the improvements and updates that we’d been working on over the winter at the Brampton Inn.  With these changes comes the need for new photographs.  Be sure to take a look at our website and check them out.  In addition to new pictures, there are also more pictures for each individual room’s description page. Each room or cottage has its own description page and a slide show of photos.  Even Squeaky makes an appearance in one of the new photos!

Renovations at Brampton Inn

We always look forward to these “photo shoot” days because the photographers just happen to be good friends of ours in addition to being good at what they do.  Mark Smith and Matthew Lovette of Jumping Rocks Photography are former inn owners who made the transition to photography specifically for the hospitality sector, and they know their stuff.   Our guests always mention how nice it is to find out that the room they’ve chosen is in fact as nice as the picture they saw online!

Plus, Mark and Matthew are just fun to be around.  It’s easy to get the models smiling with these two in charge!  Here they are posing in an interesting shot of the Blue Room bathroom…

Summer activities

Now you see them. . .

Remodeled website

. . . now you don’t!

While perusing our website, please check out another new addition: we’ve added an “Adventures” tab to  our page about packages.  This will interest you if you are the type of guest who wants a lot of activity during your stay.  Choose from golfing, bicycling, even a crabbing expedition.  It’s the summer time and that means getting out on the water. Rent our kayaks for the day.  Or if you’d prefer to have someone else do the work sailing charters are popular and we absolutely love our friends Mark and Suzanne of Blue Crab Chesapeake Charters out in Rock Hall.  There are lots of things to do this summer on the Eastern Shore.  Our “Plan Your Stay” tab on the website will give you all the info.  Or just give us a call; we’d love to help plan your getaway.

Happy Summer!

 

 

 

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Strawberry Jam Time!!

Strawberry Jam

We posted a picture on Facebook last week of two huge bowls of strawberries that Michael picked from our garden.  Though we’re very proud of that harvest,  it just isn’t enough to meet the demands for fresh berries at breakfast time AND making jam for the rest of the year!

So of course we have to supplement with  several flats of local strawberries for jam making. We do the same when the seasons come around for blueberries, peaches, and plums (my favorite!!)  Unfortunately, the extra cold winter nearly killed one of our fig trees and we had to cut it all the way down.  It has new growth, but we won’t be making jam from it anytime soon.

So today was a strawberry jam making day in the kitchen:

Strawberry Farms

2 flats plus a large bowlful from our garden yielded about 19 quarts of the stuff!  Not a bad day’s work.

We’ve written before about the abundance of local farms that we are so lucky to have here in Kent County, MD;  today’s jams are courtesy of berries from Godfrey’s Farm, one of those farms.

It’s about time for a recipe here, so here is a classic.  Even though Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn has posted this before (4 years ago, I checked!)  we’re sharing it again because it’s Just. That. Good.  And it calls for JAM!!

Strawberry Jam Recipe

 

In a lot of muffin recipes, the second instruction (right after pre-heating the oven), is to grease and flour the muffin pan.  Or, to make it easier, spray pan with non-stick cooking spray.  But, if you want to play in the big leagues, just order up some of these awesome muffin/cupcake pan liners.  They make life in the baker’s kitchen so much easier. And the presentation is fabulous.   You can thank us later.

 

Makes one dozen muffins

2          cups    unbleached flour

¼         cup      sugar

1          tablespoon   baking powder

½         teaspoon  salt

1          large    egg

1          cup      sour cream

4          ounces      unsalted butter, melted (1/2 a stick)

1          teaspoon  pure vanilla extract

¼         cup      jam of your choice, homemade if you’ve got some, or your favorite brand!

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl whisk egg, sour cream, melted butter and vanilla until smooth.

Gently fold egg mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened.

Scoop one heaping tablespoon of batter into the prepared muffin pan. Make a well with the back of the spoon. Fill each well with one teaspoon of jam. Top each with remaining batter, dividing evenly among the six muffins. This should cover the jam nicely.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until just golden on top. Let rest for 10 min. before removing from pan. If you would like sprinkle with sifted, powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

 

 

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