Farmers' Guest House
February 1st, 2015

We Need Your Help!

In 2014, Farmers Guest House’s Caramel Apple Bacon French Toast was recognized as first runner-up in the Best Breakfast in North America competition and we are gearing up for the 2015 competition.
That’s where you can help out. The 2015 Best Breakfast Competition’s focus is on the use of local, farm-fresh ingredients. We are encouraging our friends, former guests and, even, those who are not-yet-friends to provide suggestions.
We are looking for great breakfast ideas that will incorporate some of our great local, farm-fresh ingredients from the Midwest. Those of you who know us know that Farmers Guest House always uses local foods whenever possible, but we thought it’d be fun to have your input
As an added benefit, the winning [...]

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January 18th, 2015

Sleigh Ride in Galena


There’s nothing quite like a sleigh ride in the beautiful countryside of Galena, Illinois.  We bundled up this last week with a few friends and enjoyed a lovely trek with the team at Shenandoah Riding Center.

Located just a few minutes from downtown Galena, a sleigh ride is a treat guaranteed to delight everyone in your party. The many guests from Farmers Guest House who have enjoyed this classic winter activity have returned with rosy cheeks and a smile on their faces.

The hot chocolate is waiting for your return so book your stay here at Farmers Guest House and include a sleigh ride at Shenandoah Riding Center before the opportunity melts [...]

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January 4th, 2015

Skiing in Galena

The snow is piling up out at Chestnut Mountain offering some great skiing in Galena this year!  Chestnut Mountain has become a premier Midwest ski destination with its nineteen trails that span 220 rolling acres with a total vertical drop of 475 feet.
Here at Farmers Guest House we do everything we can to make your Illinois ski weekend getaway as relaxed and carefree as possible.  In addition to the fresh hot breakfast and locally brewed coffee each morning, we offer dryer service so your gear is dry and ready for your next day of skiing.  We also provide indoor ski storage and plenty of hot chocolate.  So give us a call or check our availabilityand enjoy a weekend on the slopes.
Chris [...]

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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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