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26 Main St.
Windsor, VT 05089

802 227 0008

Pure. Fresh. Vermont

That's what we offer at the Snapdragon Inn. Join us for a  relaxing getaway and explore the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. 

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Whistle while you work


This past Saturday, we had an owners work day. It was our first big work day outside for the year and we couldn't have had better weather AND the kids were actually quite helpful. In years past, if they wanted to help, we had to help them help--not very productive-- or expect this to happen if we took our eyes off them.  It was very exciting to have so many workers. We have a lot more work to do but the beds have been weeded and we're  getting ready to plant in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned. 

Christmas is in a week?!

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Wow, that week rushed right by! Our video is so so close to being ready to debut. Here are a few more sneak peeks since we are making you all wait. It's going to be cute and hopefully help spread the holiday cheer in the last week before Christmas. The kids were really pulled out their best performances!

Have a wonderful weekend!

What kind of cookie do you like?

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We have a family of chocolate lovers which is a HUGE understatement, really. If humans could exist on chocolate alone, this family would be fine. But there are some of us (okay maybe just one) who prefer cookies without the chocolate.

In case you fall into this category or are like we were this morning without any butter ( you know to make real cookies) then this recipe for Peanut Butter cookies are yummy (assuming you aren't allergic to peanuts), quick and toddler friendly. Said toddler wanted "chocky coo keys" but when we realized there was no butter or chocky to be found, we simply googled, " cookies without butter" and came upon this one which from the sounds of it has gone through a bit of honing through the years. It's tasty!

We generally do Chaz's deliciously perfect chocolate chip cookies for the guests at the Inn but maybe we change it up sometimes? What kind of cookies do you like?

**We did use a natural peanut butter and we didn't use natural sugar cane. And making them with a toddler may be a lot messier but it's very entertaining. That said, everything with a toddler is more entertaining!

Sensational Peanut Butter Cookies
18 cookies
1 cup peanut butter (see note)
3/4 cup natural cane sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
additional sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees°F.
Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl. Roll walnut-sized pieces into balls and roll balls in the additional sugar. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten slightly with a fork in a crisscross pattern. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool before removing from baking sheet.
Note: Peanut butter comes in all kinds of configurations and the kind you choose will influence your outcome. Some peanut butters are very sweet, some have been hydrogenated, some have a whole lot more in them than peanuts! Then there is the chunky versus smooth debate. I used a natural chunky version (Safeway brand) for this recipe that wasn't too sweet although it did have added cane sugar in the ingredient list.

Halloween hi lites 2011

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This year we had a robot, a disco dancer, a swamp monster, an Ironman, princesses, some knights, a ghost, a reindeer, and Mr. Watson. 

Of course, here in Vermont the kids have to pick warm costumes or wear them over their jackets and we still had some snow on the ground. 

and our crew over in Illinois with warmer climates. 

Work days with the little snappers

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Sneaking up on Uncle Mike while he blows leaves

Dead heading the roses with Aunt Chelle

Hanging out with Innkeeper Grampy

Raking with Aunt McKay
Gathering at the swing

The weather has been so humid the last few days. The mosquitoes are gigantic so our Saturday work day was especially uncomfortable. As usual, many hands make for a lot of progress and we are getting geared up for a weekend wedding. 

Valley Quest Hunt: St. Gaudens Historic Site

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We aren't sure how we missed out on this up until today, but we discovered another fun summer (even fall) free activity for kids in the area. It's called Valley Quest and they are a
series of more than150 treasure hunts that teach and share the natural and cultural history of the Upper Valley region. People of all ages enjoy Questing; and many have discovered that it is a special family activity. Follow intriguing maps and clues to find the Upper Valley region’s secret places! A day out Questing will help you discover and learn about the landscape and heritage we share.
Today we took the troupe just across the river to the St. Gaudens National Historic Site and discovered the area through the treasure hunt quest that is available. You can see the clue map here and print it out. There is even a Super Quest going on this summer/fall for the 250th celebrations. There are books available to purchase and a website with lists of quests. Check out just the ones listed for Windsor! I see more Valley Quests in our horizon. 

Vermont summer adventures

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Yesterday was another steamy August day in Vermont so we took the crew and headed to Queechee gorge, just 25 minutes down the road, to play in the river. It's a short .4 mile walk down to the bottom from the car park and there are some nice shallow pools for kids to play in but also some deeper holes for others. The kids could have stayed there for hours but eventually we had to hike back out (goes a bit slower than the walk down) there are some nice shady spots and tables for a picnic at the top. There are plenty of little easy day adventures close by.

Perfect summer day? We think so.