Farmers' Guest House
June 30th, 2012

Grandma Rose’s Banana Nut Bread

Grandma Rose’s Banana Nut Bread is a moist loaf of sweet bread perfection, mixed with a crunch of walnuts. This bread a breakfast starter, dessert and as a party treat. Never worry about leftovers; this sweet loaf will be gone in minutes! See the recipe below and try it for yourself today!
Grandma Rose’s Banana Nut Bread
½ Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
½ Cup Sour Milk
1Teaspoon Vanilla
Sift together and ad:
1 ½ Cups of Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Chopped (Course) Walnuts
1 Cup of Mashed Bananas
Don’t over mix.
Bake 350 degrees for 1hour and 5 minutes in a greased
and floured bread [...]

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June 27th, 2012

Summer Fun! -Quilt Getaway in Galena, IL

Last week at Farmers Guest House we hosted our first Quilt Getaway! Women from as far as Chicago came with scrap quilt pieces to make special memories and beautiful quilts. The retreat kicked off on Monday with a welcome of wine and cheese for all! This was a great chance for the quilters to get acquainted and share their stories. Tuesday began with Susan’s full house breakfast, including her banana bread, Susan’s Signature Egg Casserole and fun door prizes.  After breakfast, the quilters began sewing their project pieces into beautiful quilts.
Rosemary N. attended the quilting retreat and was very pleased with her stay. Rosemary said, “I’m overwhelmed with your generosity.  You all have gone above and beyond to help us with any little thing we may have needed. I [...]

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June 22nd, 2012

Florentine Oven Omelet

Here at Farmers Guest House we look forward to Friday for many reasons, especially the chance to share another secret recipe with you! This week I snuck a recipe from Susan’s secret breakfast collection. Shhh, she doesn’t know! The Florentine Oven Omelet is a fluffy spinach and egg bake. This dish is easy to make and a delicious way to begin your morning! Susan recommends adding a side of fruit or her Lemon Poppyseed Scones to create the complete Farmers breakfast experience! Try the recipe below for yourself and let Susan know what you think. -Cassie

Florentine Oven Omelet

1 stick butter
1 cup flour
¼ tsp salt (1/2 if using unsalted butter)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
14 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
2 ½ cups cottage [...]

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June 19th, 2012

Man on the Move

Whether he’s working on plumbing projects, remodeling, or simply hanging fixtures, Don is always on the move! In the past couple of months Don has applied his know-to handyman knowledge to make the Farmers Guest House an even more inviting and comfortable getaway for our guests. Don’s work ethic and play ethic are very similar. Although Don enjoys golf, he favors the idea of new and exciting adventures. When he is done with work, renting a mountain bike, a kayak, or even a stand up paddle board are a few ways that Don likes to relax. Don especially enjoys biking and kayaking because of their versatility. He can load up the boat and bike and spend a day on the trails or waters of [...]

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June 15th, 2012

Strawberry Bread

Susan’s collection of secret recipes is stacked with delicious recipes! This week is the perfect opportunity to share with you a sweet bread that the Farmers Guest House visitors love so much. This recipe was handed down from our housekeeper, Charles, and his mother.  Strawberry Bread is a delicious combination of strawberries in moist and irresistible bread. If your looking for a sweet dessert that compliments any breakfast, lunch, or dinner, check out our Strawberry Bread recipe below!
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2cup orange juice       
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon orange peel
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries (fresh or lightly drained frozen)
1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice.
Preheat oven to [...]

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June 12th, 2012

Take Time for You this June, Book a 3-for-2 Stay Today!

        Come enjoy a week of relaxation in the heart of Galena. Stay with Farmers Guest House for 3 midweek nights (Tuesday included), and only pay for 2! This is the perfect opportunity to escape the crowds with value in mind. With a warm decadent breakfast each morning, Wine Time each evening and beautifully furnished rooms, owners Don and Susan will provide you an experience you can’t find anywhere else. Farmers Guest House is also within walking distance to Historical Downtown Galena. Galena provides guests an ensemble of rich history, a quaint downtown area and a number of relaxing vineyards. Book your 3 for 2 midweek getaway today by calling Don or Susan at (815) 777-3456 or book online [...]

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June 11th, 2012

Cassie’s Day Off

I don’t get away from the Farmers Guest House often, but when I do I enjoy spending my time relaxing in the Galena area. Guests here will agree the best way to start the day is with a Farmers Guest House breakfast. After enjoying Susan’s decadent Florentine Oven Omelet I was ready to begin relaxing on my day off. First I stopped at the Eagle Ridge Resort’s Spa where I enjoyed the Tranquility Day Package. The package included a Swedish massage, a signature facial and a pedicure. What a treat! The massage was just what I needed to relieve some tension before I enjoyed a glass of wine. After an afternoon of pampering, I made my way to the Galena [...]

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June 8th, 2012

            Susan is busy cooking up another delicious Farmers Guest House breakfast this morning! This week’s feature recipe is Susan’s succulent Potatoes Florentine. This delicious breakfast dish is filled with steamy, seasoned breakfast potatoes in every bite. This recipe is a great option for guests who prefer dairy, egg, and gluten-free entrees! Once you’ve tried this dish at Farmers Guest House you’re going to want to take it home with you. Check out Susan’s secret Potatoes Florentine recipe below and serve it in your home today! The recipes don’t stop here; keep your eyes peeled for more of Susan’s secret recipes to come. -Cassie

Potatoes Florentine
Makes 2 large or 4 small servings
1 green bell pepper, diced into medium chunks
1/2 medium [...]

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June 7th, 2012

Family Getaway in Galena

The Brockman sisters arrived in Galena to celebrate their family reunion with their mother, Lucille. They enjoyed the shopping in Galena, wine tasting & dining at several Galena restaurants. Not to mention playing Scrabble for three days and two nights while on their getaway to Farmers Guest House.  Sisters Sue, Patti, Jackie and Barb enjoyed catching up and relaxing together on our private patios surrounded by the beautiful flowers and gardens at our Inn.  Galena’s dark skies, without ambient light, makes it the perfect location for star-gazing without the annoying insects.  To celebrate their family reunion at Farmers Guest House, they purchased matching t-shirts. What a great way to remember their girlfriends getaway in Galena – with their Mom too! – [...]

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