Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Travel

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This time last year we were planning our trip north that we always break into2 equals parts... stopping always somewhere in Pennsylvania... One of our favorite inns is Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast in Lititz right outside Lancaster...
Fresh flowers from the expansive gardens are always a welcome  greeting..
We can count on  gorgeous sunflowers this time of year!

Beautiful views out of the chalet windows  bid one to  step outside and  wander the  beautiful well manicured grounds...
Every deal both inside and out  calls back to the  Swiss beauty...
Cups of robust coffee are ever ready  along wiht  homemade biscotti....  one of my favorites! I have collected this mugs  for  about 8 years and have a lovely collection in many complimentary colors.. I love the way they feel in my hand!! And of course, remind me of the many  wonderful places we ahve stayed!

Just the right  treat to  take outside  and  just  enjoy a  lovely spot  in one of the many seting areas  through the gardens

I particularly enjoy the area around the fountain.. trickling wter is so soothing!

This  gorgeous bench is not only calling my name...
but it is also right outisde the private entrance to our garden room!

When hubs comes out to join me we'll  retire over under the tree and  enjoy the  cooling evening  air serenaded by  birdsong and the rustle of the breeze...
If I know my man.. he would have  found the cookie jar in the lodge and have a fist full of  

This article is  written on the  webpage  ...  shared here for your convenience...and to  advertize   this wonderful    B&B.
"We love this chewy cookie. We used both kinds of raisins in this batch but have made them with only dark ones and with only golden ones. Make sure to not over bake to keep the wonderful chewy texture. Soaking them is the other secret to the perfect cookie."

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar - (packed)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups mixed raisins - golden and dark
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup walnut pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees..

Pour the boiling water over the raisins...

Mix the sugars, softened butter and shortening...

Add the eggs and vanilla...

Mix the oats, flour, salt and baking powder...

Add to the butter/egg mixture...

Add the plumped raisins and walnuts...

Using a small scoop place balls of dough on a parchment-lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart..

Bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. DO NOT over bake.
Swiss Woods Bed & Breakfast Inn
Debbie Mosimann , Innkeeper

These cookies  make a great  accompaniment to  a cup of tea or coffee..  especially great for dunking!
This week we are planning our late summer turn to see our kids  in MA.  Maybe we will stay here or maybe  a new  place... Deciding  is half the fun, after all!


  1. Hi: Those cookies look so good. Love that vacation spot. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  2. Hello, there! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for praying for Shorty Bear! It was so nice to meet you and come here and read about your adventures at the B&B. The cookies sound just wonderful! May God bless you, my new friend. :)

  3. Looks like a wonderful place :) and I want some of those cookies!!

  4. These are the types of places I like to stay while on vacation. The cookies are an added bonus. Found your blog on Martha's Favorites :)


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