Posts Tagged ‘Bed & Breakfast’

Strawberry-Rhubard Crisp

May 17th, 2014 by hafford

Rhubarb CrispCrisp Topping

Preheat oven to 350F

  • 1 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugars, and salt.  Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour mixture.  Using a pastry blender (or two forks) chop and toss the butter until the butter is pea-sized and coated with flour.   Careful to chop the butter – not mash it.  add the walnuts and mix and chop until the nuts are part of the butter and  flour mixture.

Fruit Mixture

  • 2 pints fresh strawberries (washed, dried and quartered)
  • 2 1/2 pounds dark red rhubarb (washed, dried and chopped in 1/4 inch pieces)
  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large stainless bowl toss fruit with sugar, flour and salt.  Pack fruit mixture evenly into a 12x8x2 baking pan.    Spread the crisp topping evenly over the top of the fruit mixture taking care to not pack it down.

Back on center rack of  oven until the topping is browned and fruit it bubbling – about 45 minutes.     It’s ok to put it under broiler for the last 5 minutes to brown the topping further.    Let cool for 15 – 20 minutes before serving with whip cream or vanilla ice cream.

 

Cappuccino Biscotti w/ Hazelnuts & Chocolate Chips Recipe

April 29th, 2014 by hafford

Biscotti are easy to make and delicious with a cup of tea, coffee or milk any time of the day.   Our cookie jar in the coffee lounge is always filled with cookies or biscotti and this recipe gets a lot of requests.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (100 grams) peeled hazelnuts
  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purposeflour
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee, cooled
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

cappucino-and-hazelnut-biscottiPreheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in center of oven. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. 

In a small bowl whisk together the espresso or coffee, milk, egg and vanilla extract.  

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer) beat the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices until combined. Gradually add the espresso mixture and beat until a dough forms, adding the chopped nuts and chocolate chips about halfway through. With floured hands divide the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface roll each half of dough into a log about 12 inches long and 1.5″ inches wide. Transfer the logs to a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart. Bake for about 35 minutes or until firm to the touch (logs will spread during baking). Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.  On a cutting board cut the logs crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2 inch  slices. Arrange the slices on the baking sheet, and bake for 5 minutes or until they are pale golden.    I personally like my biscotti a little softer than is the tradion.  If you like yours real crunchy you can cook the sliced biscotti on each side for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. 

Optional:  Die hard chocolate lovers can melt good bitter sweet chocolate over the logs as they are cooling and before slicing.

Makes about 36 biscotti.

 

Celebrating Nurses in April

March 27th, 2014 by hafford

nursingEvery month at the Scranton Seahorse Inn we pick a profession to celebrate  and welcome to our inn with a special discount.  This April we are celebrating and honoring nurses.   We know and recognize how hard these individuals work and how much they mean to us and our families when we are sick or even when we are striving to remain healthy.   We really enjoy having groups of similar professionals staying with us.   There’s always opportunity to make friends and connections during our wine and cheese hour or at breakfast having light conversation, sharing experiences,  and most important enjoying much needed down time.

If you’re a nurse, have a favorite nurse in your doctor’s office, or work with a nurse please let them know that for the entire month of April the Scranton Seahorse Inn in Madison, Connecticut welcomes them by offering 25% off all rooms.     Call us today to book a room for yourself or your favorite nurse.

See you at the inn!

Call 203.245.0550 to make a reservation today.

 

Madison Fashion Affair – April 3rd

March 19th, 2014 by hafford

Madison Fashion Affair

This Madison Chamber of Commerce event sells out every year and brings fashion and fun together for an evening to raise money for its scholarship fund.

Several of our fantastic independent and local clothing boutiques come together on a single stage to highlight their spring and summer lines at the gorgeous seaside venue – Mercy Center.   Join friends, family and local businesses for a few hours taking in the latest fashion while sipping wine and nibbling on foods prepared by Madison restaurants and food venues.   Don’t forgot to stop by the very popular silent auction tables and bid on some fantastic items.

The Emcee of this years affair is none other than local new anchor and Connecticut icon Ann Nyberg.

Make it a ladies night out & stay at the Scranton Seahorse Inn for the evening.   Rooms are just $120 for the night and include 1 ticket to the fashion affair ($25.00 value).   Call the inn today at 203.245.0550 to book your room and reserve your seat at the Madison Fashion Affair.

See you at the inn!

And Oscar Goes To….

March 3rd, 2014 by hafford

OscarCongratulations Lisa for predicting 8 out of 8 winners in our Oscars contest.   15 of you answered with 100% accuracy and resulted in the random drawing from which Lisa’s name was selected.  We also had 4 participants whose predications were all wrong which has me thinking that next year there needs to be a prize for that too!.    Lisa will be receiving her gift certificate for a One Night Getaway  at the Scranton Seahorse Inn plus a copy of the Argo DVD which was last years best picture winner.

The last question I asked was for you to write in your favorite movie of all time which I know is hard to do.  The wide range of answers proves that entertainment is subjective and that everyone finds something to love in almost every story told through cinema.    Here’s a sample of the answers:   Camelot, Wizard of Oz, To Kill a Mockingbird, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc.,  The Godfather, Rocky I and Rocky V, Groundhog Day, & Europa Europa.      The movie listed as a favorite most frequently was Shawshank Redemption.   I love that movie too and is in fact already part of our DVD library.   I loved all the answers and will save the list and use it when I am adding to the  Scranton Seahorse Inn collection.

Next time you’re staying at our bed and breakfast be sure to look through our DVD collection and take your favorite(s) back to your guest room and relax with a good movie.

Thank you again everyone and once again congratulations to Lisa!   See you at the inn!

 

 

 

 

March=Lion=Last Minute Special!

February 28th, 2014 by hafford

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LAST MINUTE SPECIAL!

March is certainly rolling in like a lion with cold weather and a little bit of snow.   We’ll beat that ferocious entry with a great last minute special for all our available rooms.   For the last days of February and first days of March our rooms are just $110 and that includes a full breakfast.  Book on line or over the phone at 203.245.0550 and mention our blog posting to take advantage of this last minute deal.    Spend oscar weekend on the Connecticut Shoreline at the Scranton Seahorse Inn!

See you at the inn!

Not valid for existing reservations.  Cannot be combined with other specials, discounts or offers.

Advocate Best of New Haven Readers Poll

February 24th, 2014 by hafford

best-of-nh-voting-page-graphicIt’s time for the annual Advocate Best of New Haven Reader’s Poll where we are listed in the Best Bed & Breakfast category.   We are really excited and anxious at the opportunity to win the coveted prize of “bragging rights”.   Your vote for us will help achieve that.   We promise NOT to brag in front of you (too much) if we win.   Vote for us if you can!

If we win this year we’ll celebrate by bragging (a little) and by having a guest appreciation BBQ.  Wait…is that bribery?

Hope to see you at the inn soon!

Click here to Vote

 

Last Minute Special thru February 23rd

February 20th, 2014 by hafford

 

$110 ROOMS THIS WEEKEND

Feeling like a shut in these days?  Cabin fever got a hold of you?   According to the local weather stations we’re going to see 40 & 50 degree weather this weekend.   That means you need to dust yourself off and get out of the house.    Come to the Connecticut shoreline and Madison and enjoy the great outdoors.   You have multiple options for hiking here including along the beach at Hammonassett.   It will be great weather for the beautiful eagle watches in the area too.   Consider checking in here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn and then venturing out for night.     Try nearby Chamard Vineyards while sampling some of their wine and listening to great live music.   Or walk 2 minutes and enjoy the great French fare at Bar Bouchee.

What ever you decide we got you covered with special room rates of $110 in our Long Island Mist, Sunlight Serenade or Seaside Garden guest rooms.   Just call us at 203.245.0550 and ask for the last minute special.    See you in Madison!

Cannot be combined with other specials.   Good for 1 night Thu, Fri, Sat or Sun Feb 20 – 24

Enter Our “Pick The Oscar Winners” Contest & Win a Free Night

February 17th, 2014 by hafford

OscarIt’s Oscar season which means it’s time for our annual PICK THE OSCAR WINNERS contest.   In the past we have given away a DVD of the Best Picture winner from the the prior year.   This year I’ve upped the jackpot to not only include the DVD (Argo won best picture last year) but also a gift certificate for a free night at The Scranton Seahorse Inn.   All you need to do is click the link below which will take you to the contest I’ve created on Survey Monkey.   There are 8 categories you need to select winners for (1 selection for each question is required).   Fill out your name and email address and your done.  I will only reach out to you via the email address you provide if you are the winner.     In the event of a tie we will randomly select a single name to be the winner.

If you’ve stayed here before you know we love movies and you already know about our DVD library.   Guests have called our collection everything from “great” & “eclectic”, “crazy”  & “awesome”.   This is the time of year we add to that collection so return guests should be sure to take another look on your next visit.      If you haven’t stayed here yet we hope you do soon and when you do be sure to grab a few DVDs from our library (this is also where you’ll find the free homemade cookies) and watch some good movies.

NOTE:  I added the question “What’s your favorite movie of all time?” to the end of the survey.  I’m curious to see how everyone responds and I’ll be sure to share the results.   If we don’t already own the title that gets the most results I’ll be sure to get it.    By the way my favorite movie, To Kill A Mockingbird, is already in our library.    Good luck everyone!

 CLICK HERE TO ENTER CONTEST

Special Rates Just For Teachers

February 16th, 2014 by hafford

teacherCalling all teachers and educators!   I’m not even sure there is a winter break (again) this year but in the event there is I have special rates through the end of February just for you.   It’s my way of saying thank your for all you do  and to let you know I think the future looks brighter every day thanks in part to your hard work.

These darn breaks seem to disappear and dwindle away with every snow flake that falls from the sky so if you have just a short window of opportunity to escape you really should.   Of course it would be really great if you escaped to the Scranton Seahorse Inn.   When you let us know that you’re a teacher/educator  we’ll take 25% off your room rate whether it’s 1, 2, or 3 nights.   And if you really need to decompress don’t forget to ask about our fantastic massage therapist who comes on site.

A full breakfast is included every day of your stay and I promise there will be no parent-teacher conferences while you are here.

 

 

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