Posts Tagged ‘Madison’

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

March 10th, 2016 by hafford

soda breadTis the season!  For Irish Soda Bread that is.    Not sure why I don’t make this more than I do.   Everyone seems to gobble it up when withI make it.   Maybe too much of a good thing comes into play.  Below is the recipe I’ve adapted from others I’ve experimented .   There’s no yeast in this bread so it’s quick to make.   It’s the bread flour in this recipe  that makes it cripy chewy so definitely splurge and use it in this recipe.

10 ounces White Whole Wheat Flour
5 1/4 ounces Unbleached Bread Flour
1 1/4 ounces granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 ounces currants or raisins
1/2 stick very cold butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 large egg

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, salt, and currants or raisins. Using pastry fork cut in the butter until it’s evenly distributed and no large chunks remain.

In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. The dough will be stiff; if it’s too crumbly to squeeze together, add another tablespoon or two of buttermilk.

Knead the dough a couple of times to make sure it’s holding together, then shape it into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly, and place the loaf in a lightly greased 8- or 9-inch round cake pan.  Remember there is no yeast in bread so it won’t spread much, so the pan doesn’t have to be large. Use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2-inch deep cross, extending all the way to the edges, atop the loaf.

Bake the bread in a preheated 400°F oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until it’s golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven, and brush the top with melted butter.

The envelope please! Winner of our 5th Annual Oscars Contest is…..

February 8th, 2016 by hafford

oscars

The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday February 28th and that means it’s time for you to participate in our 5th annual Oscar contest.    Click below and pick your favorite nominees to win an Oscar.  The participant that picks the most winners wins a free night stay at The Scranton Seahorse Inn and two tickets to the movies at the Madison Art Cinemas.

In the event of a tie we’ll pick an entry at random.    Winner will be announced the day after the Oscar ceremony via our Facebook page.  Good lucky everyone!

THE RESULTS ARE IN:

Thanks to everyone who played.  It was a strange year with lots of surprising (but well deserved) winners.   No one picked all the winners in our contest but Craig Silan (a regular guest here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn) from Brookfield CT picked 9 correct winners and won a free night at the inn. The sweet spot was 7 correct answers which is where 189 of you ended up.

Only one person picked Mark Rylance to win Best Supporting Actor (ironically all her other picks were wrong!) and 70% of you picked Sylvester Stallone to win that category.  The other surprise was 80% of you picked the favorite The Revenant to win Best Picture & only 5% picked the real winner which was Spotlight. Thanks again everyone I had a lot of fun reading your picks.

What to do…what to do…December 2015

December 10th, 2015 by hafford

SeahorseinndoorThere’s always plenty to do on the Connecticut Shoreline…even when it’s cold outside.   Here’s a list of suggestions for things happening in our area that should keep you occupied throughout December.

Especially for Christmas 

 

Activities & Performances

  • Click here to see what’s happening at The Kate.   Everything from  ballet, theater, comedy, and music all year.
  • Call Foxglove Farm and reserve your own horse drawn sleigh ride for 2 to 14 people in Lyme.
  • Don’t miss I’ll Be Home for Christmas at the Ivoryton Playhouse thru December 20th
  • Don’t miss the wonderful Christmas performances by Con Brio on December 11th & 13th
  • Everyone is welcome to sing Handel’s Messiah in Old Saybrook on December 20th,   Bring your own score.

Art

This is really just a short list and a sampling of some of the options for you here on the Connecticut Shoreline.   We have resources for other activities so if you are looking for something else or something in particular give us call and we’ll be happy to help plan your special day(s) away.

See you at the inn!

 

Oh Yes it’s Ladies Night

December 7th, 2015 by hafford

It’s time shop local this Thursday from 5 – 8pm in downtown Madison.   Checkin at Moxie or Cafe Allegre for a glass of wine and to get yourladies night small poster map and your wristband and let the shopping begin.  The wristband enters you into a drawing and gets you discounts at participating shops and restaurants all night long.    Stroll downtown Madison and enjoy the spirit of the holidays with friends and family.   Spend the night and save even more.   The Scranton Seahorse Inn will deduct $10 for every $100 you spend   We’ll tally your receipts Friday morning before checking out after breakfast.

Maximum discount $50.  Does not include restaurants.    Call today and reserve your favorite room and get ready for some fun.

See you at the inn!

Veteran’s Day is always free for Veterans

November 3rd, 2015 by hafford

Veteran's DayEvery year on Veteran’s Day we are proud to honor America’s veterans by offering them a free night at the Scranton Seahorse Inn.  Veteran’s Day is Wednesday November 11th.   If you are a veteran or know a veterans that would like a night away please call us to  reserve your space.

Because space is limited this special and popular offer is for veterans who have not stayed with us on Veteran’s Day in the past.   Proof of service is required.

Happy Veteran’s Day.  Please be sure to shake the hand of a veteran and thank them for their service.

 

A Last Minute September Special

September 8th, 2015 by hafford

Faulkner's IslandSeptember is a great time to be on and near the beach in Connecticut.   The weather in CT is spectacular with its’ warm days and cool nights.   I could sit on the beach all day to watch the sunrise and the sunset.  For the most part vacationers have gone back home and gone back to school leaving wide open spaces on otherwise crowded beaches.

We have a 3 night special at the Scranton Seahorse Inn throughout September that is hard to pass up.   For just $399 you get your choice of (available) guest rooms which includes a full breakfast each day.   We also have a supply of beach chairs and towels for you to borrow while you are here.   Don’t forget bike rentals are available from the inn until the end of October for just $10 a day.  The Madison Bike Share has been a great success this season and has benefited Vista Vocational along the way.

So if you’re not willing to let go of summer now is the time to make a reservation at the Scranton Seahorse Inn!  Call us for availability today.  Sorry, last minute specials cannot be used on existing reservations and do not include our two deluxe rooms.

 

 

Best Bed & Breakfast

July 29th, 2015 by hafford

bestofWe loved hearing that we won this category in a local readers poll.   Feedback from our friends and guests make it all worth while and we send a big THANK YOU to all of you.

What tickles us even more about this is that while there a lot of places to stay in the New Haven and  CT Shoreline area the top three places to stay in this poll are right here in Madison.    So there you have it  – Madison is a special place to visit and now you know that it’s a great place to stay too.   Come visit for a day or two or three.  We are here all year and would love to see you (again).

Read this great story about Madison Connecticut that was in the Hartford Courant recently.

 

See you at the inn!

Mint & Green Tea Simple Syrup Recipe

July 15th, 2015 by hafford

mintThis is for the mint lovers out there.   Recent guests from San Diego Maureen and Carlton asked me to please post this recipe so here it is guys!

We grow our own mint out in the garden and I’m forever trying to come with different ways to use it.   I like this recipe for a simple syrup infused with green tea and fresh mint.   I toss local fresh ripe cantaloupe and/or watermelon with this fragrant syrup and serve it as a first course in the summer months when the ingredients are fresh.   When you’re done a little of this sweet syrup goes a long way to taste test as you add it to your fruits of choice.  If you try it Let me know what you think.

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1.5  cups water
  • 1 T white corn syrup
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 1/2 c packed fresh mint leaves

Combine the sugar, water and corn syrup in a sauce pan can cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes.   Don’t let the syrup boil but heat long enough to make sure the granulated sugar is completely dissolved.

Chop the mint and place 1/2 of it in a mesh tea bag or infuser and set aside the other 1/2 aside.  Place the infuser filled with mint and the green tea bag in the syrup.    Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool completely (about 1 hour).

When cool remove the mint the green tea.    Stir in the remaining mint.  This will last in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

Enjoy!

Last Minute Special – Save $50!

June 28th, 2015 by hafford

Our relaxing porch overlooking the gardens

Our relaxing porch overlooking the gardens

Everyone needs to getaway sometime and The Scranton Seahorse Inn is here to help you make that happen.   Celebrate the end of June and the start of July with us here in Madison on the Connecticut Shoreline.   When you book Tuesday June 30th and Wednesday July 1st we’ll take $25 off each night.   This offer is good for these two nights only and you must book both nights for the discount.    A delicious hot breakfast is always included.

Get here before the July 4th crowds and enjoy some beach time.   Remember we have beach passes for free parking, towels, & chairs so pack lightly.    Bike rentals are available for just $10 a day.

See you at the inn!

Gift Certificates for Dad

June 16th, 2015 by hafford

fathers dayA gift certificate to the Scranton Seahorse Inn is  a great gift for dad.   While spending a night or two in Madison we’ll make sure there’s plenty to for him to do.   He can enjoy one of the the town beaches, take in a Sunday concert on the Madison green, hike the trails at East River Preserve, golf at a few near by public courses, relax with a beer at one or two of our fantastic local pubs or bistros, or enjoy a glass of wine at a local vineyard.    The list goes on and we’re happy to help plan the perfect getaway for the father(s) in your life.

Gift certificates can be purchased in increments oft $100.  For Fahter’s Day we’ll include a $25 gift card to Lenny & Joe’s fish tale restaurant – one of Madison and the CT Shoreline’s favorite seafood restaurants.

Call today to purchase your father’s day gift certificate to The Scranton Seahorse Inn.