Sunday, March 23, 2014

Get Out the Waffle Iron!

Tater tot waffles with scrambled eggs and bacon


When was the last time you used your waffle iron for something besides 'waffles'? If it's sitting in a corner all dusty, take it out! We've got some ideas for you...

First up is the creation above - Tater Tot Waffles! Yes, tater tots. But we're going to add some extras to them to give them some zip.

Our trusty waffle maker is a Black & Decker Grill and Waffle Maker combination. You can use whatever waffle maker you have on hand. But, you'll need to have a practice run as all wafflers are not created equal.

Ingredients:

Tater tots (the original shape works best but you can use other styles as long as they are on the smallish side)
Oil for the waffler (spray or brush on)
Salt
Pepper
Hot sauce

We use a combination of regular tots and sweet potato tots.

First thing - thaw the tots! This takes dang near forever if you try to waffle them frozen! Brush or spray the waffler lightly with oil. Lay the thawed tots side by side in the waffler, close and cook on high for about 4 minutes. (Every waffler is different, take a peek to make sure you're not burning them! If they are crisping up too quickly adjust the temp or the time.) 

Open the cover to see if you have any gaps, fill with tots (VERY IMPORTANT STEP), close lid and keep waffling. Total time is about 8 minutes.

When done, flip out onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet (we can take the waffle tray out of the machine, you might need a couple of spatulas or forks). The tot waffle should slide right out. If not, loosen with the spatula or fork and try again. Immediately season. You can hold these in a 170 degree oven for about an hour (if you're waiting for sleepy heads or you need to make more).

The tots should flatten out and stick together. If they don't, use more tots next time. You can see in the photo below how there are some gaps on the edges but it flipped out in one piece.

tater tot waffle on waffler
Almost done. Edges a little raggedy, should have filled in with more tots.

You can use these for any meal or for an after school snack. We piled ours with scrambled eggs but a poached egg with pancetta and Hollandaise would be yum-o as well. They make a fun alternative to french fries or onion rings.

Next up - Cinnamon Roll Waffles!

cinnamon roll waffles
Cinnamon roll waffles

Ingredients:

Pillsbury cinnamon rolls with frosting (NOT Grands)
Oil for the waffler

Pop open the can, separate the cinnamon rolls, oil the waffler, put 2-3 rolls on waffler, cook on low or the cinnamon will make a royal mess of the waffler! Takes about 4-5 minutes on low. But keep an eye on it the first time. Rolls are done when nicely browned. 

Remove from waffler, cut into servings, plate and drizzle frosting over the top. 

trusty waffler
Magic machine
Hard to believe this inauspicious looking waffler can create such fun foods!


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Friday, February 07, 2014

Osprey Nest in Winter

Here's another short (about 1 minute) video of our hike through Wolfe Neck Woods in the winter.

video

This one is taken on the Casco Bay Trail where you can see the main osprey nest on the island.

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

We Play in the Snow

video

Here we are playing in the snow at Wolfe Neck Woods State Park.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

2014 Room Reno

A couple of photos from the room reno's we did in January. These are just candid shots, the 'good' pix will be on the website in a few weeks.

Casco Bay in 2013
Casco Bay in 2013

Casco Bay in 2014
Casco Bay in 2014
The Casco Bay Room got a new king bed and 2 new chairs for reading. We added some wall art we had in our space to make it a 'Maine Cottage' look.


Crow's Nest 2013
Crow's Nest 2013
Crow's Nest 2014
Crow's Nest 2014
In the Crow's Nest we stripped the wallpaper and painted the room a sunshine-y yellow. There are new drapes at the window and a second chair has been added. (I'm sitting on it to take the photo!) Still trying to decide if I want to paint the dresser. The picture that is propped on the table is now hung up on the short wall. I have a few new pictures to put up once I get frames. You may recognize the quilts from the Casco Bay Room. I love these! Such a yummy blue.

New sink

The above is one of the new sinks we added. All of the bathrooms got new sink hardware.

We are still working on the Parlor Room. Wallpaper is stripped and the room is painted but we're getting new chairs this weekend and adding wainscotting. That will be a couple more weeks. In mid-February we'll start the work in the Winthrop Fogg room. The last one!

We hope you enjoy the changes we're making! Come on up and see us sometime!

In case you were wondering...when we do these reno's and remove older towels and bedding like sheets, blankets, quilts and the mattresses, we don't just throw them out. We take all of the items in good condition to a homeless shelter/halfway house. They use the linens & bedding in the shelter and provide the folks getting back on their feet with items for their new apartments. Any 'hardware' we get rid of like wall sconces, doorknobs, cabinetry all goes to the ReStore in Bath.

One year Rock took all the blankets we were replacing to the shelter. One of the guys who helped him unload looked in the bags and said to Rock, 'Thanks! This means I get my own blanket now. They didn't have enough last night.' Holy cow. We hear something like that and we just have to step back and think how lucky we are to not have to worry like that everyday.

You can donate in your area as well. If there are no people shelters, animal shelters will also take old towels and blankets. I know my mom makes quilts out of every possible odds and ends bits of fabric that get donated and those are given out to people on the streets in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Valentine's Day Treat

Here's a quick little something to make for your kids, your spouse, yourself on Valentine's Day!

Heart shaped French Toast - 

French Toast hearts
French Toast Hearts
To make:

Use any French Toast batter you like. You can change up the flavor by changing the extract...orange, vanilla, almond, etc. (Sample FT batter: 2 eggs, splash of milk, dash of cinnamon & sugar, splash of vanilla extract, whisk together.)

This works best if the bread is cold so store in the fridge the night before to make it easier to cut out the hearts. 

Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter that's close to the size of the bread, cut out as many hearts as you'd like. (Save the extra bread for croutons or stuffing.)

Dip the hearts into the batter on both sides and fry up on a griddle or in a frying pan. Flip once, fry and plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, add raspberries, drizzle with chocolate, serve.

They are just so dang cute!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Don't Tread on Me

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Golden Road Millinocket Maine

Telos Rd off the Golden Road Millinocket Maine
Telos Rd
No trip to Millinocket is complete without a drive down the Golden Rd. This secondary (toward the end tertiary) road goes from Millinocket to Canada. The border crossing into Canada is limited to logging trucks so don't think you're headed out on a moonshine run! There are innumerable hidden trails along the road. Nothing is marked so you really need to get directions from a local.

The Appalachian Trail crosses the Golden Road near Abol Pond.

Town names along the road are a little different to say the least. The photo above was taken in T3 R11 WELS. Translated: Township 3 Range 11 West of Easterly Line of the State.

Continuing down the road you come to Haymock Lake where you can stay at Macannamac Camps and Lodges for a real outdoors Maine experience. 

River Pond Nature Trail Millinocket
A walk in the woods at River Pond Nature Trail
 One of the trails we found along the Golden Rd. We didn't know it but you can drive your car down this road to a small parking area. We pulled in off the road and parked there. There is NO parking on the Golden Rd. Log trucks have the right of way at all times. You're just a visitor. This is a working logging road.

West Branch gorge
Just below the power house on the West Branch
Next stop was down the Power House Dam Rd. There is parking above the power house and an outhouse which can come in pretty handy after bouncing along on the Golden Rd for an hour! We wandered down a side trail where we found this gorgeous view of the gorge below the dam. Great place for a picnic lunch!

One of the trails leading to the West Branch Falls


The culmination of our drive was the Ripogenus Lake Dam. The Golden Rd continues on after this for another 50 miles or so to Canada. 

Ripogenus Dam
Below the dam

Ripogenus Dam
Gears on the Ripogenus Dam
 Stopped a few more times on the way back to Millinocket. Once to get another shot of Katahdin and again at the River Drivers Pub on Twin Pines Rd. Great ambiance and very friendly servers! We got the scoop on a few more places we have to go next time we're up this way including the bunk house where Rock's dad probably stayed back in the 40's when he worked worked in the area!

Katahdin
Katahdin

Moonrise
Your intrepid innkeepers


Combine this drive with a few days at Baxter State Park and you are well on your way to enjoying a small slice of the Great Maine Woods! It's a 3 hour drive from White Cedar Inn so plan to stay here a couple of days for your 'ocean' time and then head inland for your 'mountain and lakes' time. One state. We've got it all! (The desert is here in Freeport!)

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