Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn Arrived

It's been a great summer season at Timbercliffe Cottage and autumn arrived just as schedule and we welcomed it with open arms.  As many know we love decorating the inn with pumpkins everywhere.  Karen enjoys driving to Beth's farm in Warren, Maine at least once or twice a week.  A majority of our produce is purchased here.   From the interesting pumpkin varieties to heirloom apples and fall berries, in our opinion it just doesn't get any better.

Cool nights and warm sunny days have cooperated with mother nature this year and the colors have been fantastic.  We have been burning wood in the library fireplace each evening for our guests and of course they have enjoyed the fireplace in the parlor with interesting conversation and also late night quiet times to read a book.

We sincerely hope that as the the seasons change you have time to spend with your family and loved ones.

Here is the recipe for Karen's Pumpkin Pancakes adapted from Taste of Home.  Karen changed the recipe to incorporate seasonal spices in the finished recipe.

Pumpin Pancakes

1 - 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 eggs
1-1/3 cups whole milk
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese

In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.  In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, pumpkin and ricotta cheese.  Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened (approximately 4 min).  Cook until the second side is gold brown.  Serve with butter, toasted pecans and Maine maple syrup.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer is here

With the arrival of summer we have been busy updating our new website and learning social media as we want to share more of our beautiful bed and breakfast with everyone who has a passion for travel and experiencing Coastal Maine.  Our Facebook page is showcasing photos on how we prepare breakfast at the B&B and serve it to our guests.  We also post photos of current Camden events and a little B&B humor.  We sincerely hope that you enjoy your summer vacation at Timbercliffe Cottage.  We know it's going to be a bountiful summer on mid-coast Maine.  Below are two current photos of our  garden and our lovely porch.  Happy summer to everyone!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

On this Mother's Day weekend it's all about the memories and family.

Here is a recipe that's been passed down from our family to yours.  It's not a gourmet recipe but it's a favorite of our family and part of our family history and we hope that you enjoy making memories around the kitchen table with a glass milk and apple cake.  Thank you MeeMaw, you taught each of us so much about love and life.  Happy Mother's Day to all!!

Rotten Apple Cake

4 eggs beaten till foamy - add 1 3/4 cup sugar and beat well - add 1 cup canola oil & 1 tsp vanilla - mix till well blended.  Add 2 cups sifted flour - 1 tsp soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp cinnamon.  Then fold in 4 apples peeled and cubed & 1/2 cup chopped toasted nuts.  (I think MeeMaw used walnuts.)

Bake 350 degrees - 40 to 50 minutes in a greased 9"x13" pan.

Here's a photo of our apple cake appetizer straight from the Timbercliffe Cottage kitchen.

Friday, May 2, 2014

May is here!

May is here and there is so much happening at the B&B. Besides the big news that we have the "perfect" Golden Retriever puppy, who can do no wrong, not really but we love to live in denial. She is certainly going to make the B&B exciting this season.  Madie is really adorable, easy to love and she is so excited to greet our guests.

So what else is new at Timbercliffe Cottage B&B?  We just finished deep cleaning the entire inn, you know painting, scrubbing floors, washing curtains, driving to the dry cleaners etc. The latest update is the newly sanded and varnished antique fir floor in the Chauncey Keep Chamber.  This room is beautiful on its own but now with a fresh coat of paint and the beautiful floor it's not to be missed. And in case you did not know this room has an amazing view of Penobscot Bay (see photos below).

Our garden is starting to come to life and in a few weeks the tulips and daffodils will be in full bloom.   Here is a photo of last year's garden and we think this year will be just as delightful. With the longer days and temperature rising it is surely going to be an amazing season on the Maine coastline.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Our new puppy arrived at the B&B yesterday.  Missing Caffrey but Madie will be a great successor and she is looking forward to meeting our guests.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring is finally here at Timbercliffe Cottage B&B , "according to the calendar".  A good thing it has not sprung yet with the predicted nor'easter due Tuesday/Wednesday.

Thought this would be a good time to start back up with some restaurant changes in Camden:
Fresh is under new ownership; Graffam's closed on the pier and Peter Ott's is moving to that location and Fromviandoux has closed.

In Rockland one of our favorite spots Waterworks has opened Water Dog Tavern in Thomaston ME where Billy's used to be.

Of course we have to mention our favorite lobster pound (pictured)  Muscongus Bay Lobster in Round Pound ME.  A favorite to enjoy the views and fresh seafood with nothing fried.

Monday, January 13, 2014

I have been avoiding this entry but it is time to write it.
Caffrey, our Golden Retriever companion for 12 1/2 years passed away on her own laying next to Karen at home September 1, 2013.  She was wonderful for both of us and the B&B.  She never missed a beat even going through two cancer treatments over three years and her right leg amputation last year.  She was greeting guests up to the time she passed away and will be greatly missed.