Archive for December, 2012

Almost on our way to Spring

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

This is the view from my kitchen desk

We have just had our first major snow storm in Manchester, VT. The Inn at Ormsby Hill has been transformed into a winter paradise. The view from my kitchen desk is truly remarkable. That being said, I can already envision a different scene out this window: green leaves on the crab apple, a soft breeze blowing through the screen, multi-hued green on the Taconic mountains…in other words – SPRING! The days are already getting minutely longer; the darkest days are behind us. I am celebrating the new year with beautiful cymbidium orchids purchased at Equinox Valley Nursery, the place I sneak off to when I need to feed my soul.

Mini white with blush

Lime green

Demure pink

So, when you visit us here, you can enjoy the actual climate outside, or you can join me inside for a hint of warmer days to come.

C & C’s Cranberry Orange Sugar Plums

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

No cook Sugar Plums

Candi and Courtney were at it again – making holiday cookies for the Inn, that is. The biggest hit with our guests and Inn Tour visitors were the Cranberry Orange Sugar Plums. These surprisingly light and refreshing treats are a breeze to make.

Combine the following ingredients in a food processor until minced, and the “dough” sticks together:
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup orange juice
3 teaspoons spiced rum

Use a tablespoon sized scoop to make balls. Roll balls in sparkling sugar and place in mini muffin cups. Refrigerate until balls are firm.

This recipe makes about 35 cookies.

Decorating for Christmas and the Holiday Inn Tours

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Flowers and greens are the core of our Christmas decorations.

The first weekend of the Manchester Merriment Holiday Inn Tour (go to visitmanchestervt.com for information on the December 8 tour and other events) was a resounding success here at Ormsby Hill. I’m sure our Christmas cookies, made by Candi and Courtney were the most spectacular in town.

Christmas cookies by C&C


Gingerbread men and mittens

We had visitors from Manchester and neighboring towns as well as out of state guests of nearby inns. The weather added to the holiday spirit, with a gentle snow fall. Scott McCampbell (scubamcc@yahoo.com) was playing sensational jazz guitar, and Taylor Farm (www.taylorfarmvermont.com) brought cheese and artisinal goods from their farm, as well as other local sources.

Taylor Farm offerings

Scott will be back with us next Saturday, and we hope Taylor Farm can make it back, too. Come taste some Vermont wine, eat some cookies, or just to say hi. Then, explore the other inns on tour, and you might as well do some shopping while you’re in town!