Farmers' Guest House blog
July 24th, 2013

Deconstructed Muffin with Apple Brandy Sauce

Sometimes our best recipes are the product of necessity.  I recently made a batch of amazing Morning Glory Muffins; however, I left too much pineapple juice in the pineapple and the muffins fell apart!  I put the muffin pieces in bowls, created a lovely apple brandy sauce for the top and, voila! a fabulous breakfast treat.

June 30th, 2013

Farmers Guest House Sets Breakfast Record

romantic bed and breakfasts in GalenaWe set a record this weekend! Farmers Guest House not only is the best bed and breakfast in Galena, we’re now also known as the premier Galena inn that served 44 for breakfast. As part of a special partnership with our friends across the street, The Greenbriar Country Inn & Suites, we hosted a wedding party weekend on June 29-30, 2013.

As part of the destination wedding in Galena, Susan was charged with making a personal record-setting breakfast for 44. As always, Susan planned her menu, hand-selected the ingredients and turned out the best breakfast in Galena.

Guests dined on Fresh Peach Shortcake w/bourbon sauce, Banana Walnut Bread, Florentine Egg & Bacon Strata.

Don’t wait for your wedding to plan a getaway to Galena. You can choose from a variety of midweek and weekend getaway packages at Farmers Guest House and experience the best bed and breakfast in Galena.

June 14th, 2013

Pineapple Breakfast Bread

This not-too-sweet breakfast bread is just right with a dollop of pineapple cream cheese spread.


2 c flour
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c butter 
1 c crushed pineapple – fresh or canned
1/4 c buttermilk
In a mixing bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Cut in butter until crumbly.  Add pineapple and buttermilk and mix just until the dough holds together.  Shape into a circle and transfer to an  8″ greased round cake pan.  Score the top in portions with a sharp knife.  Bake at 375 for 30 – 35 minutes and serve warm with pineapple cream cheese if desired.  Serves 6 – 8.
June 10th, 2013

Birth Announcement

The momma bird who just wouldn’t give up has been rewarded with three babies.  Much to the dismay of our housekeeper, Charles, this bird kept up her nest building efforts right over the door to the cottage!  She rebuilt her nest day after day until, finally, I told Charles to “throw in the towel” and let her have her way.  Yesterday her three eggs hatched and we snapped a picture from a healthy distance.  Check back for updates on the progress of our sweet trio.

1 day old!


June 4th, 2013

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffeecake

Rhubarb facts:

Rhubarb is actually a vegetable

The darker red stalks are more tart than the green ones

Rhubarb leaves are toxic

Farmers Guest House Strawberry Rhubarb Coffeecake is one of the best uses for this varietal ingredient!  (I made this one up, but it is still fact!)

1/2 c milk
1/4 c butter, softened 
2 eggs
1/4 c sugar + 1 Tablespoon
1 1/2 c flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1 t dried orange peel
3/4 c fresh strawberries, sliced
3/4 c fresh rhubarb, chopped
Topping -
1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c butter, softened
1/4 c shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, combine strawberries and rhubarb, stir with a tablespoon of sugar and set aside. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, softened butter and sugar.  Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange peel.  Stir until just combined.  Pour into a greased 9″ square baking dish.  Cover with sliced strawberry & rhubarb mixture.  In a separate bowl, mix topping ingredients together until crumbly and sprinkle over top of strawberry/rhubarb mixture.  Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 30 minutes before serving. 9 generous servings.
May 30th, 2013

Garden Oven Omelet

Garden Oven Omelet Recipe

published on by Michael Franco

bed and breakfasts galena ilAt the Farmers Guest House, Susan Steffan uses farm fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Her Garden Oven Omelet is a perfect springtime example of this, and a big favorite with guests. Served with fresh fruit, muffins and farm fresh meats, this is a meal that keeps guests walking the historic streets of Galena, IL for hours!


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 ½ c flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 21 fresh eggs
  • 3¾ cup cottage cheese or whipped ricotta
  • 3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • ¾ cup chopped green/red pepper
  • 2 cup chopped asparagus


Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Melt. Whisk in flour, salt & pepper until smooth. Add eggs 2-4 at a time whisking until mixture is smooth and all eggs are incorporated. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into 18 individual ramekins and bake at 350 for 45 – 55 minutes, until top is lightly beginning to brown and center is set.Farmer’s Guesthouse
334 Spring Street Galena, IL 61036
May 30th, 2013

It’s All About the Passion

We are very appreciative off all our guests who take time to write reviews about their stay with us. 2 recent guests have recognized the passion we have for the bed and breakfast industry and our own Farmers Guest House. If you have stayed with us at Farmers Guest House, we hope that you agree with our guests and that we provide you with a private escape from your daily routine. We aim to provide you with a country elegant escape at Farmers Guest House and hope that your getaway remains with you long after you leave.

“Recent Stay”

bed and breakfasts galena il“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

Passion is something that people just have, and that emotion is very difficult to teach. People show their passion in many different ways, but those with passion are so easy to spot, and usually their passion motivates all they come in contact with. The one quality those folks have is their passion for life, family, and career. Both Susan and Don represented their establishment as the B&B that all should recognize as the Innkeepers deserving utmost praise and respect. My wife and I thank them for their passion. Their love for what they do is obvious to all. – TripAdvisor Review, May 2013

May 21st, 2013 Recognizes Our Summer Specials

Reprinted from

galena il resortsNo more students, no more books . . . just lots of discounts for teachers at bed and breakfasts across the country this summer, thanks to a new program from

Often overworked and most definitely underpaid, many teachers are lucky enough to have the summer months off, but the summer is the most expensive time of year to take a vacation. Participating bed and breakfasts in the Travel for Teachers program are offering a range of getaway specials starting at 25 percent off. Some B&Bs offer free nights while others offer teacher appreciation packages that include free massages, wine and other amenities.

More than 100 B&Bs are participating. Click here for all offers.

“We are honored to organize and offer this special promotion for teachers who give so much commitment and hard-earned time to our nation’s youth,” says Gregory Sion, general manager of “We can’t think of anyone better who deserves a weekend of rest and rejuvenation than teachers, and we hope they will enjoy these special travel offers.”

A sampling of what’s available through the Travel for Teachers program at Farmers Guest House in Galena, Ill.: $100 off a two-night stay and a gift certificate for a wine tasting for two (a $300 value for only $188+ tax).

May 20th, 2013

Bananas Foster

I had a guest ask if I could make Bananas Foster French Toast and of course I said “yes!”  Here’s the recipe I came up with.







Bananas Foster French Toast

Serves 18
12 eggs
3 cups whold milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 sticks butter + some for griddle
2 loaves French bread
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup maple syrup
2 cups pecan halves or pieces
3 tsp rum extract
8 bananas, sliced

Cut French bread into 36 slices.  Each loaf should yield about 18 slices about 3/4″ thick.  Whisk eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Dip French bread slices in egg mixture and place in large, flat pans like a jelly roll pan.  After all the bread has been dipped, evenly pour remaining egg mixture over the bread in the pans and let it sit for a few minutes to soak up egg mixture.  Melt 1-2 tsp butter in a griddle or large, flat skillet.  Place bread slices on the hot griddle.  Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until browned.  Remove to cookie sheets.  Bake the French toast in a 350 oven for 20 minutes to set the egg in the center.  In a large skillet melt 2 sticks of butter, then add brown sugar and maple syrup.  Bring to a low boil and simmer for 2 minutes longer to dissolve sugar.  Add banana slices, pecans and rum extract.  Simmer for one minute more and serve over French toast.

May 18th, 2013

Galena Studio Tour

Farmers Guest House, the best bed and breakfast in Galena Illinois, is proud to recognize the tremendous impact that the artists in Galena make to our lifestyle. Galena is one of the most beautiful towns and regions in Illinois. You can sip wine at several wineries that are part of the Northern Illinois Wine Trail, you can absorb rich historic architecture and you can have direct access to local artisans.

things to do in GalenaThis May 25-26, join us on a self-guided studio tour through historic Galena, IL.  We invite you to our six downtown locations where you have a unique opportunity to not only meet the artists and view their art work, but to learn something about the creative process that the artist undertakes and the story behind their artwork.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions and explore the studios.  For each event, the artists’ studios will be open Saturday, May 25, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 26 from 10am to 2pm.  If you miss our events don’t worry, these galleries are open year round.

The City of Galena and Jo Daviess County have a wealth of talented artists.  For this event, the artists offer a variety of artwork including: painting, pottery, prints, note cards, jewelry, and sculpture. Participating Galena artists include: Charles Fach, pottery and sculpture; Carl Johnson, watercolors and etchings; Jan Ketza, jewelry and painting; Jane Einsweiler, jewelry; Janet Checker, painting; and Joe Pinder, pottery.

Maps to the artists’ locations and Studio Tour Events are available at the CVB (Train Depot), Visit Galena, downtown businesses, lodgings and at each of the artists’ studios.  things to do in GalenaMaps and additional information are also available at or visit us on Facebook at “Galena Studio Tour.”

The Galena Studio Tour artists have five events scheduled throughout 2013.  Check the website for more information about each of these Galena Studio Tour events.