Farmers' Guest House
October 1st, 2013

Baked Cinnamon Apples

With the crisp chill of autumn in the air there’s nothing like the warmth of Baked Cinnamon Apples first thing in the morning!
Baked Cinnamon-Apple Slices
4 firm Apples
2/3  cup brown sugar
½ cup raisins
2 Tablespoons melted butter
¼ cup orange juice
 
Core and slice the apples into 8 wedges each and place in an 8” x 8” baking dish.  Pour orange juice in the pan.  Sprinkle the top of the apples with the brown sugar and raisins.  Drizzle the butter over the top.  Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until apples are tender but not mushy.
Divide into 8 serving dishes, pour any liquid in the pan over the tops.  Serve [...]

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September 16th, 2013

Guest Review: Max Grinnell

“A remarkable trip made even more amazing by the folks at the Farmers’ Guest House”
 Reviewed September 15, 2013 NEW

With antiques abounding and a cool collection of clocks, Farmer’s Guest House is THE place to stay in Galena. But this isn’t your grandmother’s B&B. You won’t find a doily or a stuffed animal in the place. Each room is tastefully decorated and comfortably outfitted for a cozy stay. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy an in-room jacuzi and skylights!
If this wasn’t enough, the best part of Farmer’s Guest House is the hosts. Susan and Don are warm and friendly. Welcoming, friendly, and eager to chat or share a glass of wine with you at their daily Wine Time. Breakfast is to die [...]

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September 13th, 2013

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

What a great way to get a portion of your daily veggies!
3 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c canola oil
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
2/3 c ground oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 c chocolate chips
Beat eggs, sugar, oil & vanilla until well blended.  Add zucchini.  Add dry ingredients and mix just until blended.  Stir in choc. chips.  With an ice cream scoop measure batter into greased muffin pans.  Bake at 350 for 20 – 25 minutes or until done when tested with a toothpick.
Tip:  I shred a bunch of zucchini at once and bag in 2 cup portions for the freezer.  When the zucchini thaws, don’t discard the liquid that collects in the bag – put [...]

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September 9th, 2013

Bacon & Cheese Strata

This is a classic egg dish I have been making for over 25 years!  It is savory enough to serve for a lunch or dinner when paired with a salad and can easily be made as a vegetarian dish.

Bacon & Cheese Strata
1 pound bacon cut in 1/4 inch pieces
1/2 c finely chopped onion
1 cup chopped red pepper
12 slices of day old bread cut in cubes (do not use sourdough, but any white bread works)
3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 c fresh, snipped parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt (increase to 1 teaspoon if omitting bacon)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
16 eggs
4 cups milk
3/4 cup dry white wine
 
Place the bacon, onions and peppers in a skillet and saute until the bacon [...]

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August 31st, 2013

National Bacon Day!

In honor of National Bacon Day, I submit to you a recipe that I shamelessly stole from a friend’s blog and then adjusted to my taste.

Ba-corn Salad
6 – 8 servings
8 ears of corn
1/2 lb bacon
3 T butter 
1/4 c fresh, chopped basil
1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper or to taste
2 – 3 plum tomatoes chopped
Place the bacon in a single layer on a jelly roll pan (a flat pan with 1″ sides) and bake in the oven at 375 for about 20 minutes or until crisp.  Drain off fat, reserving 3 tablespoons and the tasty bits from the pan.  Coarsely chop the bacon and set aside.
In a large pot of boiling water, cook sweet corn on the cob for 3 minutes.  Remove from pot and set in a colander to cool. [...]

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August 25th, 2013

What our guests are saying

At Farmers Guest House we love our WineTime™ with guests each evening. Here’s what Jessica from St. Louis recently let us know:  “I love it here…the décor hearkens back to an earlier time without feeling like being at Grandma’s.”
Farmers Guest House is the country elegant lodging option in Galena. We provide guests with luxurious accommodations in a relaxed environment and pair that with outstanding guest services like concierge services and a full new country breakfast each morning.
Looking for an alternative to old world bed and breakfasts? You’ve found it at Farmers Guest House. Don’t take our word for it. Check out what our guests say on TripAdvisor and you’ll see why we’re the number 1 bed and breakfast in Galena on [...]

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August 15th, 2013

Golf Options in Galena

Here is a question we received from a guest of Farmers Guest House: My wife and I are staying at the Farmer’s Guest House …. We were thinking about going golfing one day. (and) would rather go to a more relaxed, simpler course that would not mind a slower pace, nothing fancy. We don’t mind driving a little bit either. Do you have any suggestions on a course?
Answer: We’re looking forward to your arrival in the next few weeks.
There are several golf courses in the area that fit your needs. The closest course is Galena Golf Club located only a 3 minute drive from Farmers Guest House. If you choose the Galena Golf Club, I would suggest an afternoon tee time [...]

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July 31st, 2013

FGH Welcomes Author Max Grinnell

Recently, Farmers Guest House was privileged to welcome legendary author, travel-writer and urbanologist, Max Grinnell, for a two-night stay at our best-in-class Galena inn. We are delighted that Max chose to stay with us at Farmers Guest House, widely regarded as the best bed and breakfast in Galena. Max kicked back, relaxed, soaked-in everything Galena, and enjoyed the famous Farmers Guest House WineTime™ during his stay.
As all guests do, Max enjoyed the infamous Farmers Guest House new country breakfast each morning; set against our ever-evolving backdrop of new country elegance and always changing scenic beauty.
At Farmers Guest House, you won’t find the dusty, old, grandma décor so often found in bed and breakfast stays. Farmers Guest House offers each guest [...]

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July 29th, 2013

Why Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

Staying the night at a bed and breakfast and not sure what to expect? Well, at Farmers Guest House in Galena, you’ll find all of the hospitality and amenities you would expect at a first class hotel, inn or resort. Farmers Guest House always aims to create the best bed and breakfast experience for our guests whether you’re a first-timer at a bed and breakfast, or an experienced bed and breakfast traveler.
Here’s what two recent guests have to say about their bed and breakfast experience at Farmers Guest House.
“1st time B & B’ers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 NEW
Not going to bore you with the same rhetoric from all the other reviews. Yes, Don and Susan are amazing, [...]

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July 26th, 2013

November in Galena – So Many Things To Do!

 
November 2 & 3 – Murder Mystery at Galena Cellars –
With your weekend stay at Farmers Guest House purchase two tickets for the Galena Cellars Murder Mystery, (normally $99.90)
Murder Mystery 2012
for $79.90!  Join us at the Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery for dinner, catered by Fried Green Tomatoes, and watch as a murder mystery unfolds. You’ll step back in time to 1933 as a dinner guest of Tiffany ‘Gold’ Digman, who’s looking into the disappearance of her archeologist husband. We’ll introduce you to all of the local ‘characters’ as Inspector Seymore Clues returns to solve the mystery. You don’t have to do anything but have a good time at this heart-stopping Die-Laughing Murder Mystery.
 
November 8 – 10th Quilt & Fiber [...]

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