Happy Thanksgiving, from Hilltop House!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend.  I did.  My family came up for a visit.  They bought along pie, so I let them in.  I really wanted to post some pictures of the food, but after spending all day in the kitchen, I couldn’t wait to eat, I ran to the table and that’s all I remember.  It was delicious.

Some things I am thankful for

~Our new roof is nearly finished…

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~My job!  I’m so happy to have this Bed and Breakfast.  I really feel blessed here.  I’m glad to finally be able to do something I love.  And I do love it.

~All the wonderful guests I’ve had, from literally, all around the world.

~Hand dipped (by ME) chocolate candies.  Looks like that class at the Culinary Institute is paying off!

I’m so thankful for them that I can’t stop eating them.

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~And of course, my family!

~OH!  And let’s not forget, HEAT, HOT WATER, and ELECTRICITY!

Happy Thanksgiving!



Autumn Baking

One of my favorite things about Fall is the flavors associated with the season.  I’ve been busy in my kitchen this week baking all sorts of goodies like this, Apple Kuchen, a recipe passed down from my  mother who taught me how to bake.  My guests loved it with breakfast.

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My grandkids and I endulged later that evening with a side of ice cream.

Then I made these Pumpkin Walnut Cookies.  They are fabulous!

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Want to make the cookies?  Here’s the recipe: Pumpkin Cookies.  The Kuchen, sorry, that’s my mom’s!


We’ve reached the off season!

Happy Halloween!

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Halloween marks the beginning of our off season.  What does that mean for you?  Better availability, no 2 night minimum, and lower room rates.  If you’re looking for an inexpensive getaway, why not spend a weekend at the Hilltop House Bed & Breakfast and enjoy some of the great activities here in the Hudson Valley.

Meet some of the local farmers and artisans at the Amenia Farmers Market. It’s here every other Saturday and is a quick walk down the road, but with all the great food, produce, baked goods, and hand crafted gifts, you may want to bring the car.

Many of the historic sites decorate for the holiday and give tours in December.  Visit Dutchess Tourism for a complete list of these homes.  One of the mansions, Locust Grove, does a Twilight Holiday Tour by candlelight and ends with a 4-course dinner featuring recreated recipes from the home’s archives.  Just want the tour?  It’s every Saturday in December and the week after Christmas.  Want the dinner too?  It’s December 3 beginning at 5:30. (Locust Grove Calendar of Events)

Maybe you want to check out ‘A Dinner to Die For’ murder-mystery at Charlotte’s which is about 7 miles from us.  Reserve your table for November 12th at 6:30 to enjoy Murder Cafe’s production of this comedy which has received rave reviews.

Are you a food enthusiast?  Want to explore a new cuisine?  Or bake?  The Culinary Institute offers a variety of classes.  I attended the Chocolate and Confections class.  It was awesome and delicious! Here’s a list of their offerings, Day Classes.

This is just a small handful of the things here.  Be sure that whatever you do, you’ll be returning to Hilltop House for a relaxing evening with fresh baked cookies and rich, homemade hot chocolate.  Then, after a comfortable, cozy night’s sleep, be prepared to wake up to a delicious country breakfast that’s sure to please.