Monday, September 28, 2009

Wooly Worm Siting In Waynesville, North Carolina

Okay! If you know me at all you know I am NOT a cold weather lover. Ron just showed me the first wooly worm he found here at our bed and breakfast. Wooly worm forecasters say that the size of the brown band of color will tell you what kind of winter is coming. Legend says that the thinner the brownish red bands, the harsher the winter will be. If the wooly worm is mostly brownish red in the middle, winter will be mild. Well all I can say is that this wooly worm had really thin red bands. Break out the long underwear!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

North Carolina Weddings in the Mountains

Yes! Another wedding here at Andon-Reid Inn. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Kristian Spencer. What a wonderful celebration it was.Of course the couple wanted an outdoor wedding without any tent. Do they realize that we cannot control the atmospheric Gods? We had been watching the weather report for a full week literally sweating it out because all it has been doing here is rain. Now what? The family arrived on Thursday and Friday, settling in and decorating the bed and breakfast with fall decorations and beautiful flowers everywhere. It literally poured both days. Then Saturday arrived and it started to clear. The ceremony was scheduled for 5PM. At 3PM it started to cloud over and the skies were threatening. We had previously decided not to put the chairs out till 4:30PM just in case there was a sprinkle. Yes...we had a Plan B but we didn't want to go there. At 4:35PM chairs went out, the trellis was planted and the wedding vows took place without a drop of rain. Pictures were taken and then it started to sprinkle. Not a problem, the party already started inside and all around our wraparound porch. Another wonderful ending to a great weekend event.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fall Foliage At It's Best in Waynesville, North Carolina

Autumn is beginning to arrive in Waynesville, North Carolina. We're starting to see the leaves changing up in the higher elevations.This is one of the busiest times of the year at Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast. We are encompassed by the most beautiful views and colors to be seen. Waynesville is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains which is part of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, the Balsam Mountains and beautiful windy roads that take you to all the waterfalls. Western North Carolina is in all its glory and everyone wants to be here for it. There is so much to be seen it will make your head spin. Haywood County has 14 mountain peaks that soar to elevations of 6000 feet. During your fall foliage tour go to one of the most notable mountain peaks, Cold Mountain at 6,030 feet, the backdrop for the Charles Frazier best selling novel and movie in 2003. The Balsams have seven types of forests and mountains with peaks that top 6,400 feet. Take a drive and stop at all the overlooks from the road and enjoy the breathtaking views.

If you're an apple lover you're in luck. Our town has wonderful orchards. Barber's Orchard is the most famous and is outstanding. They have an orchard bakery that offers apple cakes, pies, turnove
rs, fresh cider and more, besides over 20 varieties of apples to choose from. You have to get there in the morning or all the baked goods are gone. The line that is formed is definitely worth waiting in. They are open from 9-6 daily. Don't forget about our Apple Festival in downtown Waynesville on October 17 from 10am-5pm. Over 25,000 people are expected to visit with 125 vendors, mountain music plus dancin' in the streets and bushels of apples!

Come visit us in October and November and see why it's the busiest time of the year. You won't want to miss the senses of the season.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cookie Baking at Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

The past couple of days have been a tad overcast in Waynesville, North Carolina. That is a bit unusual for this time of year. I honestly don't mind the gray skies, it gives me time to catch up on my baking, which I love to do, but if the sun is shining I feel guilty staying indoors. So here's my chance! The next couple of months are really busy at Andon-Reid Inn, so I have devised a "cookie" plan. It seems that whoever enters through the doors of this bed and breakfast, they have heard about all my different cookies that I bake. That's a good thing. I even have a couple of previous guests, the homes they have built in the mountains are now completed, that know when the cookies go out to the Garden Room and they make impromptu visits. Ron and I find that to be hilarious and we love visiting with them again. However, it has been difficult keeping up with the demand. I now take a day and make five different cookie doughs, measure them out and freeze them. When you bake frozen cookies they tend to be thicker and a bit more dense.That's the way I love them. Once they're frozen, I bag them up, label them, put the oven temp and baking time on the Ziploc, then put them back in the freezer. At the end of my baking day I have five different kinds of cookies each yielding 5 dozen. That will keep me in the cookie business for a couple of weeks.

Here is one of the cookie recipes most requested by our guests. Everyone seems to have their favorite but this is different from the regular chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie. Give it a try and give me your feedback.

Andon-Reid Inn Crunch Drops
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown Sugar
1 cup granulated Sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder AND baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups quick oats
2 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup shredded coconut

Cream the shortening, add sugars, eggs and vanilla. Add all dry ingredients up to the oats. Mix together and then add oats, Rice Krispies and coconut.

Drop by teaspoons onto greased baking sheet or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes. If you froze the cookie dough bake for a minute or two longer.

Makes 5 dozen


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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Personal Training at Andon-Reid Inn

Julie and I are now entering into our 5th week together in this journey to weight loss, nutritional and wellness changes.I must say that I am quite impressed with the determination that Julie has. This woman is putting everything into it!

Julie has lost 17.2 pounds and 11.5 inches! That is almost two complete dress sizes. Julie has been focused and dedicated to this program. Sure, she has had a couple of tumbles, but she got right back up, composed herself and went forward. I must say that she is very proud of herself and her smile can't get any larger.

Julie has overcome peer pressure, restaurant choices,a broken down refrigerator for a week, Mt. Dew dependency and so many other distractions. It is important that she realizes all the changes that she has made to get to this point. I had her write down all these changes and it came to 36 changes. That in itself is amazing.

On Monday Julie met with Patricia Becker, her Wellness Coach, and discussed the next segment of her program... behavioral goals. She has a whole new set of goals, that she envisioned for herself, to attempt, step by step, within the next 4 weeks. Julie is well on her way to achieving her wellness vision and I couldn't be happier for her!

Read my first blog entry about the quest for wellness at Andon-Reid Perspectives. Follow Julie's adventures by reading her blog called Wellness Journey.

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