Spring is Blooming :: Chestertown, Maryland Events

Tulips in Maryland

Just as the daffodils start blooming, the list of outdoor Chestertown, Maryland events starts to grow longer.  The third week of April is chock full of interesting things to do here in Kent County.

The 6th annual Paint the Town event, sponsored by Chestertown RiverArts,  features 50 artists (50!!) from all over the east coast descending on Kent County from the 23rd to the 26th to paint “en Plein Air”- the river scenes, streetscapes and landscapes that are so abundant here. (Fancy French words meaning artists will be painting outside!) You will be able to see works of art take form, and then bid on them a few days later!

The 8th Annual Taste of the Town (& County) is on Sunday April 26th, from 12 to 3.  This is a highly anticipated and well attended event that gives folks the opportunity to sample dishes from area restaurants.  Adult beverages are available as well.

On Friday April 24, kids of ALL ages can enjoy Trout Fishing in America at the Mainstay in Rock Hall.  An award winning duo in the world of children’s music, but highly entertaining for adults as well, these guys have been going strong for 30 years!!

Almost every weekend there is at least one event or festival happening somewhere in the vicinity of the Brampton. But even when there isn’t some special event, a trip to the farmers’ market can always fill in.  The market in Chestertown is always bustling and filled with activity.  Or take a ride down Route 20 to Rock Hall and visit the market there and then take a stroll on the beach.

This is assuming of course that you want to get up from your perch on the porch.  Remember, “front porch surfing” is a highly refined art as well.  Several of our guests are quite adept at it.  Come and visit the Brampton and we’ll give you some pointers.

:)

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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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