Hot Chocolate Recipe

The Gift of Hot Chocolate Mix

A very easy and quick way to make something special for the holidays or anytime of the year. Make it a gift: Yields approx. 3 cups. ¾ cup granulated sugar 4 Tablespoons Vanilla Sugar 2 tablespoon cornstarch 8 ounces dark chocolate 60%, roughly chopped 1 cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon kosher salt Combine ingredients in a…

Shopping Season in Chestertown, or: How to stay out of the malls!

Holiday season is upon us again, and like it or not, that means it’s also shopping season.  Whether it’s gifts, decor, food, or for donations, this is the time of year we all go out and spend our money. It’s important for that hard earned cash to get the most bang for each buck.  You want…

The Best National Parks Right in Your Back Yard

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year.  August 25 was the official date, but all year long there has been a big media push to get folks out and enjoy the parks, as well as promoting the second 100 years of stewardship of these national treasures.  When you hear “National Park”, perhaps the Grand…

Downrigging Weekend is Almost Here!

One of the biggest weekends of the year here in Chestertown is coming up soon:   “Down-rigging”, denoting the end of the sailing season, has over the past 15 years grown to be a weekend long festival filled with tall ships, music, food, fireworks, lectures, races, films, classic cars and wooden boats. And fun!  Always…

Maryland Thanksgiving

Got plans? Thanksgiving Dinner awaits!

Do you procrastinate?  Or are you a planner?   Everything is relative ….. So, are you in the camp that says “Whoa, Thanksgiving is right around the corner!”  OR, those that say, “Slow down, it’s still hot out, there’s plenty of time to make plans!” ?? Either way, this post is for you. Once again, this…

Falling into Autumn with a Killer Puffed Pancake Recipe

Late August into early September… It’s the time of year when we can’t help but notice a yellowing leaf here or there, or a surprising day without debilitating humidity, and we start to dream about fall…..  isn’t it everyone’s favorite time of year? We have talked about it before, here,  and here.  If it’s late August,…

Getting ready for Fall Festival Season!

    Summer lasts roughly 14 weeks:  June 20 to September 21.  So why is it that when August rolls around, and it’s quite literally the middle of the summer, everyone starts acting like summer is over and it’s all about back to school and Halloween decorations??  Slow it down, people.   Life is short,…

Passing the torch.

This past July 4th marked 29 years since Danielle and Michael moved into the house known as “Brampton”.  With 18-month-old Sophie, and a teenage Lucas in tow, they opened the doors to the Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn 5 months later on December 12, 1987.   There were 2 rooms on the second floor available (Yellow or…