Farmers' Guest House
September 8th, 2014

Fluffy Eggs

“How do you get your eggs so fluffy?”  It’s such a basic and simple component to a wonderful breakfast we have to get it just right.  Begin with one dozen of the freshest farm eggs you can find.  I have a lovely lady who raises chickens here in JoDaviess County who delivers fresh eggs to Farmers Guest House each week.  Shown here is Fluffy Eggs with ham served in a puff pastry shell and garnished with Hollandaise and chives.
Fluffy Eggs
1 Dozen Farm Fresh Eggs
1 1/4 C Whole Milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 stick (1/4 c) butter
Cut the butter into 4 pats and place in the bottom of a glass 9 x 13 baking dish.  Place the dish in the oven while it [...]

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September 6th, 2014

Speak up, diet requirements are no problem

Diet Requirements? No Problem.
We’ve heard nightmare stories of getaway travelers at hotels and bed and breakfasts not being able to find anything to eat. The problem? They’re vegan, gluten free or have another diet requirement.
Sometimes innkeepers and hotel operators forget that not everyone is like themselves. Because they are not thinking of the guest’s experience they force guests to feel uncomfortable.
And, sometimes religious restrictions force guests to sit quietly, eating nothing, or very little.
Not at Farmers Guest House. We will make every effort to accommodate your diet restrictions. All we ask is that you give us some advance notice so that we can make arrangements and make special purchases.
At a time when some 20 percent of the adult population in [...]

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September 3rd, 2014

Pottery – Handmade in the USA right here in Galena, Illinois

It’s a special feeling to eat and drink out of pottery that was handmade by your neighbor – especially when that neighbor is a first class artist!  Here in Galena we have a wonderful variety of artists who enjoy creating fine pottery.  Their annual event, Twenty Dirty Hands, is held in October once again this year.  TwentyDirtyHands.com
My favorite work to collect this season is from Kent Henderson, owner/artist of Galena Clay Works, who has a rather unique approach to showcasing his work.  About 1/2 mile past the business district on historic Main Street in Galena, nestled among some of the oldest homes in the city, is an old garage.

In this “old glory” garage is a sometimes dusty, but curiously charming [...]

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August 23rd, 2014

Annie’s Galena Cottage

The only cottage within walking distance to Main Street, Annie’s Galena Cottage offers you all the comforts and amenities of our luxury inn.

Just 80 feet behind the main building and less than a two block walk to the entrance to Main Street’s Shopping District, guests still have a taste of the country as deer graze in the wooded area behind the cottage.  Just this past week this family of deer kept our guests entertained all morning. Thanks for the photos, [...]

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August 21st, 2014

Galena Food and Wine Festival

Galena Food & Wine Festival
BREAKING NEWS: Farmers Guest House, widely recognized as the best bed and breakfast in Galena Illinois, has been selected to participate in the 2014 Galena Food & Wine Festival. Farmers Guest House will be the first, and only, bed and breakfast to be featured at the Festival.
“We are delighted to be able to participate in the Galena Food & Wine Festival this year,” says Farmers Guest House innkeeper Susan Steffan. “We know that food is a significant reason why visitors choose a certain bed and breakfast. Being able to let them experience one of the amazing breakfasts we serve will help the entire destination in attracting additional overnight visitors.”
Award-winning Breakfast
Farmers Guest House will be providing attendees [...]

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August 16th, 2014

Zucchini Cornbread

This cornbread is so flavorful and moist that many guests ask for the recipe every time it is served as a part of our Fiesta Breakfast.  It also makes a great way to use up an abundance of zucchini at this time of year.

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1  1/3 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
2 T baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
8 cups shredded zucchini
2 small or 1 large onion chopped
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 9 x 13 glass or stoneware pan.  Beat eggs and oil in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients holding back 1 c of cheddar cheese.  Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.  Pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle [...]

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August 13th, 2014

Tipsy Tuesday and a Free Room Too

The Best of Galena
Galena is a great place to visit whenever you come to our special place in Northwest Illinois. A Galena getaway becomes so much more enjoyable when you can enjoy $2 glasses of top notch wine and a free room at Galena’s best bed and breakfast.
Fried Green Tomatoes Galena
Every Tuesday, Fried Green Tomatoes offers their Tipsy Tuesday $2 wine by the glass special. This isn’t your usual experience with $2 by the glass wine. They open up their entire by the glass selection and pour their regular pour, not some tasting pour. Did I mention that Fried Green Tomatoes is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Galena? Or, that they are the only restaurant in [...]

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August 11th, 2014

Improving the guest experience every square foot of the way

Best Galena Bed & Breakfast
When Don & Susan Steffan purchased the Farmers Guest House in Galena, Illinois, they knew the large common rooms were the reason for so many group reservations, but it didn’t take long to realize that the cluttered upstairs library was wasted space.  Guests were using their tablets and iPads for reading and were sitting in the larger, brighter living room or the terraced grounds while the library took time to clean and maintain only to sit empty. As the changes to the inn made by the new owners began attracting younger guests, the need for the library was non-existent. Other services, however, were becoming more popular, including massage services.
Spa Services at Farmers Guest House Galena
The inn [...]

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August 5th, 2014

Fall in Love with Autumn

Fall Getaway Galena
It’s easy to fall in love with autumn when you book your Galena getaway at Farmers Guest House. While fall is the busiest season of the year in Galena, you can still enjoy everything that is Galena regardless if you choose to book a weekend or weekday getaway. By booking a midweek getaway, you will have the opportunity to enjoy special savings and avoid some of the largest crowds at our award-winning restaurants and attractions.
Midweek Getaway Packages
There’s no better way to kick off the fall season than a country elegant room for free. Farmers Guest House offers Tuesdays for free in September when you book a three night stay that includes Tuesday night. Can’t stay for three nights? [...]

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August 3rd, 2014

Breakfast with the President

September 13th we will have a very special guest at breakfast – the 18th President of the United States, General U.S. Grant.  Hailed for his military genius, General Grant served two terms as President from 1869 – 1877.

Now, in 2014, General Grant and Julia Grant, for whom the term “First Lady” was first used, will walk the floors of Farmers Guest House once again.  Make your reservations for the weekend now, for this event will only be open to guests of the inn.  Reservations
Born and raised here in Galena, Illinois, Bob Buman and his wife represent General and Julia Grant, bringing these historic figures to life for visitors to this Diamond of the Midwest, historic Galena, Illinois.  Saturday, September 13th, [...]

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