Yummy chocolate brownie recipe…..”Maryland” Brownies

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to wait until February 14 to enjoy my fill of chocolate.  I consider it to be an essential food group in and of itself, although the recommended daily allowance varies with each individual. This brownie recipe is a favorite at the inn all year long.  They…

Guess whooo came to visit?

Thought you might enjoy this photo of a Barred Owl that was sitting in the great big maple tree out in front of the inn.   I was walking my dogs the other day, around 4:30 pm, and there it was, just staring at me…I couldn’t believe it!  What was this owl doing out during the…

Cold weather doesn’t stop Brampton guests from enjoying their stay!!

We have definitely had our share of winter weather these past weeks: early January gave us record cold temperatures for this area and of course we just recently had a few snow storms.  The white blanket always looks pretty on the boxwood and pine boughs; especially from INSIDE next to a cozy fire!! There has…

Happy 2009!!

It’s a party The holidays have swept by once again and now all we have to do is  take down the decorations and the tree.  It always seems to take much longer to do this than it does to put them up.  (The gingerbread people on the tree have been discreetly shedding their sugar-icing clothing…

Rita’s Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies   3 sticks sweet, unsalted butter, room temperature 1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted 3 large eggs ½ teaspoon real vanilla extract 1 ½ pounds ground almonds (or hazelnuts, pecans, etc.) 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup all purpose flour, sifted 1 – 1 ½ cups raspberry jam (or your preferred…

That time of the year…again!?!

How is it possible that our last post was in October??  It seems to me that there is a kind of time-warp that goes on around this time of the year: the closer it gets to December 31, the faster the days fly by. So now the inn is decked out in all its’ glory: …

Colorful Autumn

The color of the leaves couldn’t possibly be more brilliant than they are right now. It never seizes to amaze me how spectacular the fall is on the Eastern Shore. The Canada geese arrived in early September and have been moving and honking about happily. They might be the bane of many a golf course…

Rita’s favorite quotations from guests…

Since the two new cottages opened, I have been jotting down some of the clever things people have said about them. Some of my favorites have to do with the fact that since they are situated behind the 1860 carriage house, there is a stark contrast between where you park your car (in the carriage house)…