October 30, 2016


Last month, Cudjoe and I went to Gettysburg and Philadelphia to celebrate our birthdays.

Cudjoe enjoys visiting Civil War battlefields, and Gettysburg was on our bucket list of places to visit.

We absolutely loved Gettysburg.  And one of the reasons that made this trip so perfect was where we stayed.

This hotel is number one on my list of places we've stayed.   I absolutely loved it!!

It is an old school house that has been made in a hotel.  I realize that's not a novel idea.  We have an old school house right here in our small Midwestern town that is a Bed & Breakfast.

There's also an old school house north of town that has been made into a house; and an old school house that is an antique store on the lower level and an apartment for the owners upstairs.

Perhaps one of the reasons I was so smitten by this hotel was it reminded me so much of the grade school I attended as a child.  It invoked in me such sweet memories. 

It is laid out practically identical to my grade school, with its underground floor and two floors above, wide hallways with classrooms on either side.

It is so well appointed and always smells a little of fresh baked apple pie.  The rooms are spacious and lovely, and we were fortunate to have a large corner room with lots and lots of natural light.  

I love the furnishings, light fixtures, prints and plants.

Every afternoon at 3 p.m., they serve scones and tea at this little table.  It was a "self-serve station".  Cudjoe and I always made it back to the hotel to enjoy these delicious scones and lemon water.

The scones were white chocolate and cranberry. 

I made my own version of these scones last week, and here's how I did it:


2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 butter (8 tablespoons) of cold, unsalted butter, cup up.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup of milk
3 ounces of dried cranberries
6 ounces of Greek Style Yogurt Flavored Baking Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1.  In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add in cold butter and using your fingers rub ingredients together until butter is incorporated into dry ingredients.

2.  Mix in sugar.

3.  Add milk and stir with a fork until a dough forms.

4.  Pat into an eight-inch circle.

5.  Cut into six to eight wedges.

6.  Places wedges onto an ungreased baking sheet.

7.  Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake between 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

(Adapted from Food.com)

Serve to family and friends!!


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