House Inn Decorating Contest!
in line for a makeover is room three in our main house, scheduled for
a facelift next fall. Currently, the room is wallpapered in pink, purple
and green floral with a matching bedspread. We want to give the room a
fresh look and need your ideas. Please e-mail
or regular mail photos, magazine clippings, general decorating ideas,
websites etc. of rooms you like and think would fit well at our inn.
will be re-wallpapering or painting and refurnishing the room as well
as updating the bathroom. We want you to use your imagination, so the
only guidelines are to keep in mind that there are slanted ceilings in
the room, and we cannot put a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. The
winner of the contest will receive a free night’s stay in room three
when the renovation is complete. Have fun!
Spring is well deserved this year!
Cape Cod hasn’t seen a winter like this past one in quite some time,
with some areas of the Cape topping 100 inches of snowfall! While we enjoyed
seeing the beach covered in snow, we are ready for warm weather and are
eager to get outside and begin spring clean-up!
In addition to outdoor yard work, we have also been gearing up for the
busy season and are anticipating another busy summer. Last year, we welcomed
many honeymooners, so we designed a package specifically for romance seekers:
Whether you are celebrating your first, second, or tenth honeymoon,
romance is in the air for your Cape Cod getaway! This package includes
four nights lodging, a couples massage, a gift certificate for dinner,
roses, champagne, and taxes. For more details, visit
the specials page of our website.
On June 18, Chatham will host its third annual Maritime Festival to celebrate
the town’s maritime heritage. Throughout the day, sample of all
kinds of great local seafood and enjoy fun, maritime-themed events. Last
year’s favorites included a Fishing Boat Parade, Fishermen’s
Contests, Zany Boat Races, and a big evening block party with hot live
As much as we hate to think about next winter already, we got an
early start on our annual New Year’s package since it was
so popular last year. If you’re interested in ringing in 2006
Cape Cod style, consider booking early as this is a popular weekend
and rooms sell out quickly.
year, our package includes a two or three night stay, a New Year’s
Day mimosa brunch, a New Year’s Eve champagne social, chocolates,
passes to all of Chatham’s First Night festivities featuring
midnight fireworks, and all taxes. For more details, visit
the specials page of our website.
Jill Spills the Beans…
Unfortunately (or fortunately as we see it), we had an extremely
busy winter and have therefore made little progress on our cookbook,
James Cooks While Jill Spills the Beans. As an apology
for the delay, here is a freebie recipe which is a favorite among
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Makes 3 dozen
1 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. peanut butter chips
10 chocolate covered peanut butter cups, cut into eighths
1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, white
sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time,
then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, and baking soda;
stir into the peanut butter mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips,
peanut butter chips, and peanut butter cups. Drop by tablespoonfuls
onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 1 or 2 minutes on sheet
before removing, or they will fall apart.
Domestic Tips Corner
you use softener sheets in the dryer, scrub your lint tray every
six months with hot soapy water and brush to remove film that has
built up. You can’t see the film, but you’ll double
the lifetime of your dryer if you remove it.
Pineapple is a refreshing spring and summer fruit. To select a ripe
one, make sure all the “eyes” or the circles on the
skin are the same size. Your pineapple should also be firm and not
smell too “pineapply” when you smell it from the bottom.
It will not ripen any more over time, so eat it soon after you buy
it. Color does not matter when selecting a pineapple.
Give your kitchen or bathroom a new spring look: replace boring
wood knobs with shiny brass, chrome, or other decorative knobs.
They’re inexpensive and easy to replace.
To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and
add the flowers. Shake vigorously- the salt will absorb the dust
and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new. Works
like a charm!