Farmers' Guest House
May 30th, 2013

Garden Oven Omelet

Garden Oven Omelet Recipe
published on by Michael Franco
At the Farmers Guest House, Susan Steffan uses farm fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Her Garden Oven Omelet is a perfect springtime example of this, and a big favorite with guests. Served with fresh fruit, muffins and farm fresh meats, this is a meal that keeps guests walking the historic streets of Galena, IL for hours!

1 stick butter, melted
1 ½ c flour
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
21 fresh eggs
3¾ cup cottage cheese or whipped ricotta
3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¾ cup chopped onion
¾ cup chopped green/red pepper
2 cup chopped asparagus

Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Melt. Whisk in flour, salt & pepper until smooth. Add eggs 2-4 at a time whisking [...]

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May 30th, 2013

It’s All About the Passion

We are very appreciative off all our guests who take time to write reviews about their stay with us. 2 recent guests have recognized the passion we have for the bed and breakfast industry and our own Farmers Guest House. If you have stayed with us at Farmers Guest House, we hope that you agree with our guests and that we provide you with a private escape from your daily routine. We aim to provide you with a country elegant escape at Farmers Guest House and hope that your getaway remains with you long after you leave.
“Recent Stay”
“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
Passion is something that people just have, and that emotion is very difficult to [...]

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May 21st, 2013 Recognizes Our Summer Specials

Reprinted from
No more students, no more books . . . just lots of discounts for teachers at bed and breakfasts across the country this summer, thanks to a new program from
Often overworked and most definitely underpaid, many teachers are lucky enough to have the summer months off, but the summer is the most expensive time of year to take a vacation. Participating bed and breakfasts in the Travel for Teachers program are offering a range of getaway specials starting at 25 percent off. Some B&Bs offer free nights while others offer teacher appreciation packages that include free massages, wine and other amenities.
More than 100 B&Bs are participating. Click here for all offers.
“We are honored to organize and offer this special [...]

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May 20th, 2013

Bananas Foster

I had a guest ask if I could make Bananas Foster French Toast and of course I said “yes!”  Here’s the recipe I came up with.

Bananas Foster French Toast
Serves 18
12 eggs
3 cups whold milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 sticks butter + some for griddle
2 loaves French bread
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup maple syrup
2 cups pecan halves or pieces
3 tsp rum extract
8 bananas, sliced
Cut French bread into 36 slices.  Each loaf should yield about 18 slices about 3/4″ thick.  Whisk eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Dip French bread slices in egg mixture and place in large, flat pans like a jelly roll pan.  After all the bread has been dipped, evenly pour remaining egg mixture over [...]

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May 18th, 2013

Galena Studio Tour

Farmers Guest House, the best bed and breakfast in Galena Illinois, is proud to recognize the tremendous impact that the artists in Galena make to our lifestyle. Galena is one of the most beautiful towns and regions in Illinois. You can sip wine at several wineries that are part of the Northern Illinois Wine Trail, you can absorb rich historic architecture and you can have direct access to local artisans.
This May 25-26, join us on a self-guided studio tour through historic Galena, IL.  We invite you to our six downtown locations where you have a unique opportunity to not only meet the artists and view their art work, but to learn something about the creative process that the artist undertakes [...]

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May 9th, 2013

Still Number 1 and Growing

Farmers Guest House has been reviewed on TripAdvisor by 554 guests and we’re still number 1. That’s right, the best bed and breakfast experience in Galena is at Farmers Guest House. The best thing is, you don’t have to take our word for it. Just take a look at what our guests are saying.
Don’t you want the best from your Galena bed and breakfast getaway?
“excelent B & B”
Reviewed May 6, 2013 NEW
Thank you Don and Susan. Chuck and I had a wonderful time. Plan on recommending this B & B to my mom and other friends. Visited for my birthday and plan on coming back for our anniversary. Also looking forward to getting a gift certificate for my brother because he [...]

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May 7th, 2013

The Inn Life

Reprinted from Inns Magazine, May 2013
Inn Life
Susan & Don Steffan, Farmers Guest House, Galena, Illinois
Talk about romance!
“This innkeeping journey of ours began on our honeymoon,” smiles Susan Steffan. “We rode off into the sunset from our reception to a b&b.” It was the first b&b experience for Susan and Don. Converted b&b goers, they discovered that they loved the lifestyle. In fact it fit their whole family – nine children and all, so they prepared thoroughly to go into the business. “It was a blast,” she laughs. “We did B&B practice every weekend! I would do the whole breakfast regalia, even down to the heart-shaped Fench Toast.” That, she confides, is Don’s favorite.
“It’s wonderfully fun working together,” she says. “It [...]

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May 5th, 2013

Gluten-free Pancakes

Kristy asked for this one on our facebook so, here you go!
Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes
1 ½ c buttermilk
1 ¼ c vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 t vanilla extract
3 c gluten-free flour blend
¼ c sugar
2 t  baking powder
2 t baking soda
½  t salt
Mix together liquid ingredients.  Add dry ingredients to bowl and mix all at once after all ingredients are added.  For thinner batter add a bit more milk.
Make your pancakes on a griddle at medium [...]

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May 5th, 2013

Bacon Caramel Apple Pancakes

A picture is worth a thousand words. Our breakfast this morning for our Galena bed and breakfast guests, was Bacon Caramel Apple Pancakes with fresh fruit smoothie and some blueberry pastries, this was a meal to [...]

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