Dad’s 88th Birthday Pie

March 25, 2011

 

Perfect Meringue Recipe

Perfect Meringue Recipe

I am so lucky to still have my Dad! Yesterday was his 88th Birthday and since he prefers pie to cake I made him a banana cream pie which is one of his favorites.  My mom gave me this MERINGUE recipe many years ago that is fantastic. You will always get a perfect meringue every time and the wonderful part is that it won’t stick to your knife when you cut it which allows you to serve a beautiful slice of pie.  Sorry you can’t enjoy the pie but you will enjoy having the recipe!

Perfect Meringue (This is an excellent meringue. It doesn’t stick to the knife when cutting it either.)

1 T.  cornstarch

3 egg whites

1/2 cup plus 2 T. water

6 T. granulated sugar

Mix cornstarch with 2 T. water.  Then add remaining water and boil 2 minutes stirring all the time.  Beat egg whites that have come up to room temperature and add sugar a T. at a time.   When the egg whites begin to just start to stiffen add hot cornstarch slowly, beating all the time.  When the egg whites are stiff pile onto your warm pie filling pushing all the way to the edge of your crust so that it touches the crust. ( This will keep it from shrinking ) Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off oven and leave in another 5 minutes if you want to ensure that the meringue is well done.

Try this recipe the nest time you make a cream pie. You will want to add it to your collection.

 

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How to Make Crepes Video

March 14, 2011

Some people may think crepes are difficult to make but they are truly very easy, especially after making them for twenty years!

If you would like to watch the video you will find just how easy it is to make them and give your family a special treat. For gluten-free crepes you can use soy flour or rice flour and for lactose free you can substitute rice milk, soy milk or coconut milk.  If using rice flour or soy flour they may be a little sensitive when turning but  can be turned very successfully  if you have a little patience.  Enjoy! http://youtu.be/QoKe4UX3VXU

Huckleberry Crepe Filling Video

March 14, 2011

We had fun making our first youtube video on how to make Huckleberry filling for our crepes.

Of course you could use blueberries the same way or any other berry that you like as Huckleberries are not readily available.

If you are ambitious you can always go out and pick your own when they are in season.

Here is the link to watch the video http://youtu.be/FiwcpWSm_4s

Fill Your Gas Tank On Us!

March 10, 2011

May special!

Book a two night stay in any room and we will help fill your gas tank by taking $50.00 off your total bill! Get away from the big city sounds – welcome to the country setting and scenery at The Shepherd’s Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Create your own package – as a reminder we have a relaxing 2-person Jetted Tub (available with any room).

Huckleberry Crepes on YouTube Soon!

March 10, 2011

Check out our new Updates to the Website – we are now working on You Tube videos of our yummy   “Signature Wild Huckleberry Crepes”

Along with your scrumptious Crepes for breakfast, enjoy Apple Glazed Smoked Sausage and our Potato, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Casserole that is so good it has been published in a Taste of Home Cookbook.


NOT TOO EARLY TOO BEGIN SPRING PLANTING

January 31, 2011

NOT TOO EARLY TOO BEGIN SPRING PLANTING

Ellen planted some early flowers to cheer up the view a bit on these winter days.   The primroses, daffodils and tulips, are some of the spring flowers that come on first, and are fairly tolerent of freezes between now and Spring.  These are a colorful variety of plants and long lasting.   They are economical as well and will provide weeks of color on your patio while waiting for the annuals to arrive.  Of course if it freezes down to single digits in February it is easy to take pots in or cover for protection.  When warmer weather arrives simply transplant your primroses and store your bulbs for fall planting.  Your pots will quickly be ready to welcome the creative arrangements of  the abundant varities of late spring and summer annuals that are so elegant and cheery. Go ahead and be brave, pick up some of those colorful plants at the supermarket on your next visit.  You will be glad you did!

Late Fall Deer

December 16, 2010

Seeing wildlife has always been a benefit of living in the country,  especially when they are right out the breakfast table window.  This is a doe with twins from last year.  There is lots of feed for these deer, so they don’t need to venture vary far during their lifetime.  We have had a warming trend over the last couple of weeks, and some rain that came with it, but of course that is why it is always green in western Washington. 

Autumn Leaves – Work or Play?

November 12, 2010

The long driveway into The Shepherd’s Inn Bed & Breakfast is aptly named and is very evident when Fall arrives. It is always exciting to welcome the arrival of a New Season but Fall is one of those Seasons which teases you as it progresses. I love to watch the leaves dance from branch to branch as they gently float to the earth. The brilliant reds, yellows & oranges delights your senses as they reflect the suns golden rays and lures you outdoors to soak up the earthy smells.  Fall is truly one of my favorite times of the year but the reality of the job that goes with it can make you want to hasten the arrival of the last leaf to drop.The photo below is only a 5 day accumulation and the 5th time the leaves were blown off since they began to fall. Is it work blowing off all those leaves again and again? Perhaps some would call it work but I call it therapy, for though it is a huge task it makes me appreciate the beautiful surroundings we live in.

Around The World Travelers

August 29, 2010

Last night some folks from the Netherlands stopped by and rented a room.  They are driving around the world with Steven Weinberg’s 1959 Renault 4CV, and expect to travel more than 32,000 KM.  See the blog link to see the route. http://www.weinberg.lu/?langue=en We had great conversation with Steven and Jaap about their adventures.

It’s The Reunion Time of Year!!

August 1, 2010

It’s interesting to note that for the past couple of days, all our guests at The Shepherd’s Inn have been attending reunions. The Mossyrock all school reunion is this weekend, and Ellen attended some of the activities today. It’s always nice to renew old friendships.