Farmers' Guest House
November 19th, 2013

Weekend Getaway: Picturesque Galena, Ill., draws visitors in late fall…and all year long

Thank you to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writer Brian E. Clark for the excellent coverage of Farmers Guest House in his article.
History, architecture, food, romance and scenery are just a few of the reasons Tedd Zebrowski and his wife, Bridget, return to Galena, Ill.
“We especially like visiting in the autumn around our anniversary each year,” said Zebrowski, a businessman from Hales Corners. “It’s a special place and we feel like we are stepping back in time 150 years or more when we go there. The overall setting is really picturesque, too.
“We like to stay in B&Bs that have some historic significance, which is the majority of them,” he said. “This October, we used the Farmers Guest House and last year, we chose [...]

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October 28th, 2013

Gourmet Breakfasts and so much more…

Staying at a bed and breakfast is a unique getaway experience. At Farmers Guest House we aim to provide guests with a country elegant experience where they are free to join in conversation with other guests, or make their experience private and personal.
If you are considering a bed and breakfast getaway to Galena, we invite you to review TripAdvisor review from our guests including one of our latest:
“Gourmet Breakfasts and a Great Wine Happy Hour Define Your Trip”
Reviewed October 24, 2013 NEW

We took off for Galena for a quick short getaway (October, 2013) hoping to get in some good hiking in fall colors. Horseshoe Bluffs was a great hike in the Mines of Spain just south of Dubuque, Iowa with a [...]

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October 23rd, 2013

Catch the Holiday Spirit in Galena at Farmers Guest House

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 30. During the celebrated tradition, Santa makes his way down Galena’s historic Main Street to the Old Market [...]

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October 13th, 2013

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

It’s that time of year!

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

 
 
 
 
Preheat conventional oven to 400˚ or convection oven to 375˚.
Cream together in a bowl:
3 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 ¾ cup sugar
½ cup canola oil
½ cup orange or apple juice
 
Add the following ingredients to the top of the mixture and blend just until moistened after all ingredients have been added to the bowl.
3 cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon*
½ tsp nutmeg*
¼  tsp cloves*
 
Stir in
1 ½ cups raisins
1 cup pecan pieces
 
Fill greased muffin cups ½ full. Dust top with coarse sugar.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.  Serve warm.
* 1 ¾  tsp of pumpkin pie spice can be substituted for these seasonings.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 parts cinnamon
1 part nutmeg
½ part [...]

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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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