Farmers' Guest House
November 23rd, 2014

What’s that cooking?

What’s that cooking?
This is an often heard question around Farmers Guest House since I spend so much of my time cooking up something scrumptious in the FGH Kitchen.  This past week the scent of Beef Stew was in the air as I prepared a big pot of it for supper for Don and I.  One of my favorite new kitchen products is The Pampered Chef Rock Crock but a Dutch oven will do.  I hope you enjoy this Fall favorite.
Susan’s Beef Stew
2 lbs  lean beef roast cut in large chunks
4 large carrots cut in chunks
2 parsnips peeled and cut in chunks
½ a bunch of celery chopped with leaves
1 large onion diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 T beef base
1 c [...]

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November 19th, 2014

Best reasons to stay at Farmers Guest House

Yes, it is all about the bed and the breakfast.  But not all are created equal.  Guest room beds here at Farmers Guest House, are spotlessly clean, comfortable and equipped with 4 plush pillows and luxury sheets.  Our award-winning breakfasts are made fresh each morning with the finest available ingredients – many locally sourced.  Fresh eggs from Dykstra Farms, our special pork sausage made locally at Weber Meats, and a variety of produce when in season makes your breakfast tasty and healthy.

And, there’s nothing like WineTime to make you feel at home.  Stop in the dining for a glass of wine, visit with other guests, let us make dinner reservations for you, or choose a table for two and just [...]

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November 8th, 2014

Holiday Getaway

Chestnuts roasting over an open fire. Carolers singing a holiday tune. The romantic glow of a town illuminated with the gentle flicker of luminaria. And everyone is enjoying simple pleasures. Hot chocolate. Candy canes. Festively wrapped gifts.
Step back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays in Galena. Festivities begin just as soon as the ghosts and ghouls from the hallmarked Halloween Parade go back into hiding for another year. The temperature cools, often crystal-like snowflakes start to fall, and the charming shops transform into a magical wonderland.
Be sure to join the fun as Santa Claus comes to town—after Thanksgiving—on Saturday, November 29. During the celebrated tradition, Santa makes his way down Galena’s historic Main Street to the Old Market [...]

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October 17th, 2014

Do Something Nouveau this November

It’s that time of year again in Galena and, if you’ve never been, we are inviting you to do something Nouveau this November. If you are a Galena Nouveau regular, you already know what a great weekend and kick-off to the holiday season it is. Each year, thousands of revelers line Galena’s historic Main Street on the Friday before Thanksgiving to welcome the latest annual release of Galena Cellars’ Nouveau. Celebrate the new vintage with wine-inspired lunches, dinners and tastings in Galena, Illinois November 21-22 and plan to spend the weekend with us at Farmers Guest House where you can also enjoy a very special WineTime™ each night at 5:30 pm.
The 30th Annual Galena Nouveau Weekend starts at noon on [...]

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October 15th, 2014

Everything is Better with Bacon

Below is an article from Global Writes on the recent Galena Food and Wine Festival. It just goes to show that everything is better with bacon…
Savoring the Flavors of Fall at Galena’s Food and Wine Festival
Near U.S. Grant’s house and down the street from the Piggly Wiggly, there was a distinct scent of bacon in the air. It was here on a recent Friday night in September that Galena, a historic river town in northwest Illinois, welcomed me to its second annual food and wine festival.
As I walked into the L-shaped exhibit hall at the Galena Convention Center, I couldn’t help overhearing two attendees discussing the intricacies of toasting wine barrels. Yes, foodies and oenophiles united to bring together more [...]

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October 6th, 2014

Caramel Apple Bacon French Toast Recipe

Farmers Guest House Caramel Apple Bacon French Toast
Voted 1st runner-up 2014 Best Breakfast in North America by

Serves 4, easily doubled
½ loaf French bread sliced into 12 1” slices
6 eggs
1 ¼ c whole milk
2 tsp vanilla
¾ c maple syrup, divided
1c  + 1 tsp butter, divided
4 slices thick cut, lean bacon, cut in ½ inch pieces
2 c brown sugar lightly packed, divided
2 gala apples cored and sliced thin

Slice French Bread into 12 1” slices.  Place French bread slices in a 9 x 13 baking dish. In a large bowl whisk eggs.  Add milk, vanilla and ¼ c maple syrup and whisk until well blended.  Pour over French bread slices and let set for 10 minutes, then turn the slices over and [...]

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September 30th, 2014

Apple Pot Pie

Apple Pot Pie
Fall is in the air and it’s time for some new fall recipes!
Apple Pot Pie was inspired by a Facebook post my sister sent me.  This is a simple but lovely dish.  Use your favorite apple pie recipe.  Divide the filling among the ramekins.  Use a biscuit cutter and a small cookie cutter to cut the top crusts which can be made from your own pie crust recipe. I use a leaf cutter from a pie crust decorator set I purchased at The Grateful Gourmet, one of the many specialty stores a short walk from the inn on Main Street.
Apple Pot Pie Tools
Brush the crust with beaten egg and sprinkle with decorators sugar.  Bake for about 35 minutes [...]

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September 26th, 2014

Welcome Back Project Linus!

Project Linus Retreat
For the third year in a row, Farmers Guest House welcomed the Project Linus executive staff from their national headquarters, located in Bloomington, IL for their annual executive retreat to Galena, IL.  Pictured are Vice President, Mary Balagna, and President Carol Babbitt.
“We are humbled and just love saying ‘Welcome back Project Linus’,” says Farmers Guest House innkeeper Susan Steffan.
The group meets over 3-days to process the results of their yearly conference and plan future events.  The group of engaged executives also lives their mission of providing each child in need a handmade blanket when they need it most. The group brings their sewing equipment to Farmers Guest House and creates new template projects and amazing artwork that will [...]

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September 23rd, 2014

Fall in Love with Cycling: Visit Galena

With it’s dramatic scenic vistas and tens-of-thousands of trees, Galena Illinois is naturally a draw for leaf-peepers from around the region. Visitors to Galena typically walk our historic streets, or drive through our scenic roadways to marvel at the changing colors, but touring Galena on a bicycle and having the opportunity to get some exercise at the same time is becoming more irresistable to many of our guests at Farmers Guest House.
We recommend, and many of our guests have experienced, riding a bicycle along the 4 mile Galena River Trail.
Visitors to Farmers Guest House can bring their own bikes, or rent a bike from Fever River Outfitters – right around the corner on Main Street.
On a bicycle, you can experience [...]

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September 20th, 2014

LGBT Travel to Galena

Enjoy Gay Friendly Galena
Places to Stay Galena
When you are looking to book your stay in a gay friendly bed and breakfast or hotel in Galena, look no further than Farmers Guest House.
Sit back and relax. Book your overnight stay in Galena, the Midwest’s bed and breakfast capitol, at Farmers Guest House and wake up to the sights and sounds of our best small town in America. Our country elegant bed and breakfast is the perfect alternative to an upscale boutique hotel. You’ll find that we are the perfect, welcoming option for your next getaway. Our one-of-a-kind LGBT friendly bed and breakfast offers private accommodations, all with private bathrooms.
You’re invited to enjoy delicious dining, exciting nightlife, beautiful views and fun adventures [...]

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