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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Cherry Almond Muffins recipe by Bella Rose B&B
|Cherry Almond Muffins|
Posting a recipe on this little blog of mine is long overdue. Sorry! And, since I got a request this morning for this very one mentioned on Facebook, well, I thought why not just get to it... It is yummy after all, and a good one to try for any morning breakfast treat, but especially for Sunday. Which is tomorrow. So, get shopping and be ready to go. It will be worth it. Just be sure to use all the cherry preserves to get enough of this very important flavor in each bite!
Thanks, Cathy, for spurring me on! And, thanks to repeat guests, Jim and Diane for sharing. It only took me 4 years to make them!
Cherry Almond Muffins (14 regular or 7 jumbo)
½ c. plus 1 T. granulated sugar
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
¾ c. cherry preserves, slightly warmed
1/3 c. chopped sliced almonds
Make topping by mixing flour, sugar and cutting in butter
until crumbly. Stir in almonds and set aside.
Make filling by beating (use a mixer) cream cheese, egg,
sugar and vanilla. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking
soda, and salt. Cut in butter until it
resembles coarse crumbs. Separately whisk the egg, sour cream and almond extract until smooth, then add to flour mixture
until moistened. Batter will be thick.
Grease regular-sized muffin tin, or if preferred, a jumbo
muffin pan. Fill greased cups, ½ full
with batter. Divide cream cheese filling
and preserves evenly between muffin cups; swirl gently to combine. Cover with remaining batter. Sprinkle topping over. Bake for 30-35 minutes for jumbo pans; 20-25
minutes for regular pan. Cool five
minutes before removing from pans. Bon Appetit!
: After making these according to the
directions, I would make the following changes next time:
Divide batter in ½ before putting in muffin cups. Only add enough batter to fill approx. 1/3 of the
cup, then make a depression in center of batter. Spoon in preserves. Add cream cheese in an even layer. Top with remaining batter, then crumbly
topping, then bake. They are also good
without adding a top layer of batter, just as long as you add a healthy portion
of the crumbly topping to insulate cream cheese layer. I made regular-sized muffins and got 12, not
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posted by Bella Rose Bed and Breakfast @ 2:54 PM
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
"In Full Spring" at Bella Rose B&B
All joking aside, it is Spring, although the weather and the calendar aren't in agreement with one another here in Canandaigua, NY. Winter, and everything that comes with it, is past and we are ready to take on a new season with gusto! Vacation break in the sunny south is over, and we have tackled our winter "to do" list in earnest. Carpets have been cleaned, everything that could be scrubbed and polished, has been, and painting, touched up. The B&B looks brand new again, which is our annual goal. Cushions have been "restuffed" for Ann Eliza's Suite loveseat, an antique chair has been reupholstered because, well, it just needed it. We have also upgraded our flat-screen HDTV's in two rooms - Ann Eliza's Suite now has a big honkin' 37incher and Evie's Chamber has the 26incher from the suite. We still have a couple of minor things to tend to before hitting the great outdoors, but the place looks great - if I do say so myself! We have also added a couple new recipes to the rotation, one being bacon wrapped eggs in polenta that is just YUMMY. So, we are ready! Plan your visit to the beautiful Finger Lakes, Canandaigua, and Bella Rose B&B, SOON! Spring has sprung!
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posted by Bella Rose Bed and Breakfast @ 12:05 PM
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Saturday, January 12, 2013
It's a new year at Bella Rose B&B!
How can it be a new year already? It seems as if I published a similar title just yesterday, but it must have been a year ago. Doesn't seem possible. Time flies by so fast and sometimes it feels like just a blur. I'm sure you know the feeling.
But this year is just slightly different, and I must admit, I'm glad we aren't the superstitious type. It is the year 2013 and if that isn't bad enough, we are starting our seventh year. Some people might think the number 7 is lucky, but others might be thinking......uh oh, it's the year one gets itchy. You know, "the seven year itch". THAT doesn't sound positive does it? Mix that with the number 13 and one might be a bit intimidating going forward.
Well, that's poppycock. We have nothing to fear as life in the B&B world just keeps getting better. Already this year we met a wonderful young couple visiting the area from Florence, Italy. They were here five nights, which isn't so special by itself, but when you take into account that they were only going to stay ONE, it becomes pretty neat. They enjoyed their time here enough to keep adding a night until they had no more to add. It was a delight to get to know them and talk of Italy (you know I'm Italian, right?) and fondly remember our trip there in 2010. But, I digress.... The point is, if that's any indication of how 2013 will be, it will be great. More people to come from far away lands, more people to meet and talk to and learn fun things about other parts of this great world, and more people to feed! Yes, I know you know that we like to do a pretty darn special breakfast at Bella Rose, and this year will be no different.
So, "BE GONE" with any bad luck the number 13 could bring, or any "seven year itch". We look forward to another great year with our B&B and seeing you anytime you feel like coming by. Speaking of which, isn't it time you planned a little getaway? Here's to a great 2013 for you, for us, for everyone! Cheers!
Labels: Bed and Breakfast, breakfast, Finger Lakes, guests, romantic getaway, vacation
posted by Bella Rose Bed and Breakfast @ 1:23 AM
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
And suddenly, it's Fall at Bella Rose in the Finger Lakes!
And, with blink of an eye, summer in the beautiful Finger Lakes is gone. Just like that. History. One wonders (or at least I do) why does it go so fast??? smh. Amazing, really.
But the Fall brings some new and different things to Bella Rose B&B. Well, maybe one is new and different.... We often put out fresh baked cookies in the colder months when guests are more prone to stay in more and go out less. This year we decided to add the option of self-serve coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the form of a......wait for it......yes, you guessed it, a good ol' Keurig machine. It was time. And even though it is just little over a week old, it is already a hit. We set it up for the evening and take it down at bedtime. For those who still like that early cup of java to jump start their morning, we oblige with fresh coffee from the kitchen. (We still like the chance to say "good morning"to you, as silly as that might sound). So no Keurig in the morning, but those cold, "snuggle your honey" evenings, it's all yours.
Winter will be here in Canandaigua soon. Too soon, I imagine. That means you should plan to come and enjoy a little getaway, camping out in front of your own toasty fireplace, sipping on a cup of something hot, and relax, relax, relax. And, go ahead and try to watch a movie from the DVD library....see if YOU can get through it without falling asleep. I dare you to try.....
Happy Fall, everyone!
Labels: Bed and Breakfast, Bella Rose, Canandaigua, Finger Lakes, getaway, romantic getaway, vacation, Winter
posted by Bella Rose Bed and Breakfast @ 10:49 AM
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
It may be HOT, but it's COOL at Bella Rose B&B!
Man, is it ever hot in the Finger Lakes! This is one of the hottest summers in Canandaigua, NY, in a very long time, at least as long as we've hug the "Open" shingle outside Bella Rose B&B, which is now in its sixth season. (Wow, can that be true???) Anyhoo, today is in the upper 90's and the humidity almost just as high. Wicked hot! Why does this matter in a blog post, you ask? WELL, I have a bit of "cool" news to share.... This year we elected to add to our already fantastic central a/c system and boy are we thrilled we did! It couldn't have come at a better time!
If you stayed with us in years past, you will probably fondly recall that our upstairs bedrooms were always cold compared to the downstairs. I guess if any room should be cool in a Bed & Breakfast, especially for sleeping, it should be the bedrooms. So, I gave us high points on planning that very well. But, what we neglected to consider when renovating the house all those years, is how warm the dining room could get during breakfast time when all the cold air was being enjoyed in the bedrooms. The empty and CLOSED bedrooms at that time of day, I might add. It just didn't dawn on us until it, well, summer arrived and some days it was a tad warm during breakfast. Too warm for us as hosts who might "sweat" the details from time-to-time. (Like the pun?)
Well, that's all changed. Bella Rose B&B is no longer too warm during breakfast. It is a cool 73 degrees and now our guests not only get to enjoy an incredible breakfast (if I do say so myself), but they get to enjoy it comfortably too. So, now there is no reason to not come to the Finger Lakes for your next getaway, even in the dog days of summer. We have your room ready, it is downright cool, and so is the rest of the house. Yahoo! Our current guests don't even know it, but they are happier this year and because of that, so am I! Bring On Summer!!!!
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posted by Bella Rose Bed and Breakfast @ 8:11 PM
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Summer's a comin' in Canandaigua....at CMAC!
CMAC Schedule of Events
Well, by now you have all heard of Canandaigua's fantastic concert venue, called CMAC. It stands for something I can't quite recall exactly, but that's unimportant. The important thing to know is this is where the action will be starting very soon. June 1 to be precise. And people will come in groves, from all over the country, following their favorite music group or artist. The line-up this year is particularly good, and true to form there are a lot of great country artists scheduled. Anyone who loves country music knows these concerts are always a huge draw here in Canandaigua whether you want to be under the shell and protected from the elements, or sitting on the hillside looking up at the stars dancing your little hearts out. Out of the gates to start the year off right is Steve Winwood on June 1, followed closely by Lady A (Lady Antebellum) on June 3. Lady A was announced last Fall, so you know the anticipation will be high. Soon after will be Crosby, Stills and Nash; Tim McGraw, Journey, Kelly Clarkson, and so much more, right up until Sept. 2. So, if you haven't planned your summer getaway for a concert under the Finger Lake stars in beautiful Canandaigua, New York, you should. Time waits for no man and it's best to think ahead -- especially if you plan to make it a true getaway and need accommodations. We at Bella Rose B&B are ready and waiting for your call. It will be so worth the trip!
Labels: Bed and Breakfast, Bella Rose, Canandaigua, CMAC, Concert, Finger Lakes, getaway, vacation
posted by Bella Rose Bed and Breakfast @ 5:16 PM
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Sunday, April 22, 2012
Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes -- The Most Romantic Small Town in America!
We were lucky enough to be asked by the Editor of Canandaigua Magazine why we thought Canandaigua was romantic. Seeing that we have what we think of as a romantic B&B, we might have had an opinion or two.... Shocking, I know. But in addition to MANY OTHER options of things to do, this is what we offered:
We think Canandaigua is romantic because there are so many things lovers can do hand-in-hand. They can walk safely through historical neighborhoods admiring unique architecture of well-kept homes. They can stroll from one of these neighborhoods right into beautiful Sonnenberg Gardens and sit among the quiet beauty of the roses.... Or they could wander through our quaint shops downtown on their way to a wine tasting, a cooking class (the couple who cooks together, stays together, as I like to say...), or a simple walk around the nose of our prized jewel - the lake. I especially love the romance of sitting in a swing together while the water kisses the rocks. How relaxing, and we know it's hard to be romantic if you aren't relaxed!!! The perfect ending to a walk-filled day in Canandaigua is to return to (our!) cozy B&B, sit on your private balcony or in your bubble tub for two and enjoy a chilled bottle of Finger Lakes wine before climbing into the best bed you've ever slept in... The icing on the cake is waking up to the wonderful aroma of breakfast cooking, especially for you, and served by candlelight. It just doesn't get any better than this!
Of course there are at least a dozen other things that scream "romance" in our small town, but if you've been here you know this. If not, don't you think it's time you found out for yourselves? You owe yourself that much.....!
Labels: Bed and Breakfast, Bella Rose, Canandaigua, Finger Lakes, NYS, romantic getaway, Sonnenberg, vacation
posted by Bella Rose Bed and Breakfast @ 9:11 PM
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