Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Chicken and Dressing Recipe:
(created over the years by Jeannine, Charmaine, etc.)
Transcribed by Tammy Jordan Sikes 11/26/97
Take 2 hens with giblets (remove giblets and defrost). Wash hens and put them along with the giblets in a large roasting pan (preferably not flat on bottom - if it is flat, put foil in bottom so hens won’t stick). Fill the pan with water about 1/3 to 1/2 full (this will be your broth). Add 2-3 Tablespoons of salt and cover the tops of the chickens with foil so they don’t brown too quickly. Put the lid on and bake at 300 degrees for about 5 hours until golden brown.
Boil 6 eggs. (Bring eggs and water in a saucepan to a boil, then cover and remove from heat. In 18 minutes they will be ready.)
In a saucepan, mix 3 cups of chopped celery and 2 cups of chopped onion and enough of the broth you made to cover it. Cook until tender.
Broil 8 pieces of toast, crispy. Make 2 pans of Gladiola yellow mix cornbread. Add the toast and 2 pans of cornbread to a box of Stove Top chicken flavor dressing.
Grease a 9.5 x 14 x 2 pan or a 10.5” x 12/5”.
Check your broth and remove the giblets (neck bones, livers, etc. check for bones and remove any from your broth.)
Put aside 2 cups of broth for the giblet gravy. Slice 2 boiled eggs into that broth for the gravy. Dice up the remaining 4 eggs into the cornbread/dry ingredients mixture. Pour the celery/onion mixture in with the cornbread mixture. Add broth to the mixture. It will usually take all the remaining broth. You could add a little water if you didn’t have enough broth, but if you filled the pan 1/2 full of water you’ll have plenty.
Add 1 can cream of chicken soup. Salt and pepper the mixture to taste. Everything in this is basically already done.
Take out a couple of spoonfuls and put into your giblet gravy. Once the gravy is not hot, add a little milk to thicken it.
Pour the remaining mixture into the greased pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour until it is golden brown and bubbly.
2 hens with giblets
3 cups celery
2 cups onions
8 pieces of bread
2 packs Gladiola yellow cornbread mix
1 box Stove Top chicken flavor stuffing
1 can cream of chicken soup
Why hens and not turkey you might ask? Hens are much richer and make a far better broth. You can still cook a turkey separately if you like and serve it as well. We usually just eat the two hens and sometimes add a small ham. Good luck!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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There are only a hand full of seats for the Christmas show at Fredericksburg Theater Company this weekend. Shows are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and a Sunday matinee. These shows always sell out, so check out their website today and buy and print tickets online!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
The Nimitz Museum will officially christen its new 32,000 square foot addition this coming weekend as part of a weekend long celebration. The world famous facility will now reach a size of nearly 65,000 square feet and hosts the most extensive and largest collection of artificats, photographs, oral histories, etc. to be found anywhere in the world regarding the Pacific War. According to Richter Architects, "The scale of the design steps up to convey the national significance of the museum and the global and historic magnitude of the Pacific War. Materials and detail of these building elements allude to the WWII era American military- yet also hold traditions in the Texas Hill County." (Photos courtesy Richter Architects and Nimitz Museum).
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Am I the only one out there wondering if anybody can still make good Thanksgiving dressing? I mean I only cook a couple times a year, but when I do, it's for the holidays and includes great dressing from scratch. My family and I ate out at a very nice upscale this restaurant this Thanksgiving because there was just no time left to cook. This restaurant has never served a bad meal, but their dressing....was definitely not good old fashioned southern cornbread dressing. And then we can start the sage vs. no sage debate (I'm in the no sage camp.) I have a great dressing recipe at home and can post it here if there are others out there longing for the real deal! I can promise you, we'll be having it at my house for Christmas!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
We have one cottage available for this weekend (Cindy's Bed and Breakfast) because it's soooo new...it's not even on the website yet! BUT, email the service at firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll send you the photos. It is absolutely gorgeous and won't last another 24 hours, so call now! Did I mention how gorgeous it is?
We also have ONE room available for a Friday only stay and a handful available for a Saturday only stay. It's going to be a great time in Fredericksburg. The weather should be fantastic! Both Friday and Saturday are expected to be sunny with highs in the upper 60's and lows in the 40's and 50's. So pack up the leftover turkey and head on over to Fredericksburg!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Fredericksburg has just become the proud owner of the largest German Christmas pyramid in the United States. The traditional German Christmas symbol was built in Germany and was assembled locally by German craftsman. It has been suggested that this type of pyramid is the precursor to today's Christmas tree. According to Wikipedia, "[The Christmas pyramid] is a kind of Carousel with several levels some depicting Christian motifs, such as angels or manger scenes, and others with more secular motifs such as mountain-folk, forests, and other scenes from the everyday life of people in the Erzgebirge. The spinning motion of the pyramids is traditionally achieved with the help of candles whose rising heat spins a propeller above."
The pyramid will soon be formally inducted as a new Fredericksburg tradition and will serve as a focal point of our beautiful Marktplatz during the holidays. Come see us and help us celebrate!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Well the BIG weekend is only one weekend away. The most exciting time of the whole year in Fredericksburg (IMHO) is the weekend after Thanksgiving. We only have 6 rooms left!...and one of them is Paradise Loft! The weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving, however, is usually the calm before the storm and a fantastic time to hit the shops for great selection. Check your calendar and see if you can come on down this weekend or next and enjoy some great Fredericksburg hospitality.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Are you starting to worry about finding that perfect gift for someone? How about an Absolute Charm Gift Certificate? Give someone the gift of relaxation, time away, a much-needed respite. This is often something your friends and loved ones won't do for themselves, but badly need! Our certificates are good for lodging and toward massage and pampering packages. This is the time of the year when we have so many requests for gift certificates, so we've gotten pretty quick! We can even get you a certificate same day, so start planning today!
As of today, we have only TWELVE rooms out of 90 available for the weekend after Thanksgiving, BUT the great news is the ones available are some of our best! We actually have Victorian Mansion's Master Suite, Paradise Loft, Rockhouse Guest House and a few others available. These will be sold out soon, so if you are considering coming, please remember that this particular weekend will sell out all over town! Call today to reserve your spot. Fredericksurg is a great place to be during the holidays!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The trees are really starting to turn here in Fredericksburg and the surrounding Hill Country. The drive along Highway 87 between Fredericksburg and Comfort is always beautiful. I went to San Antonio yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the drive. There are finally some of the beautiful red leaves appearing that are my favorites! We took a trip in October all the way up to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons hunting fall foliage. I can tell you that what we have right here in our back yard is prettier than anything we saw on that trip. Nearby Lost Maples State Park is supposedly to be especially beautiful this time of year. I'm going to make it a goal to visit it this season. If anyone out there has already been, post and let us know the state of the leaves.
You've asked for it, you got it! Here's the recipe for the wonderful coffee cake we often serve at the Inn on the Creek and at the Queen Anne B&B and Spa. This is a sure-fire winner and comes out great every time. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup buttermilk (or sour milk)
1 cup apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup chopped black walnuts or pecans
Mix flour, baking powder, soda, salt and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, cream granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and butter. Mix in eggs, buttermilk, and flour mixture. Fold in apples. Pour into a 9x13" greased baking pan. For topping, combine remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, walnuts, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over batter. Cover with foil and put in refrigerator until next morning. Uncover and let stand about 30 minutes. Bake 45 minutes in a 350-degree oven. It's best served warm. Try drizzling coffeecake with a thin powdered sugar frosting before serving. (For this I use about 1.5 cups powdered sugar and 1/3 cup of milk stirred together).
Monday, November 9, 2009
Can you believe it's already time for Eisbahn outdoor ice skating rink again? Today, volunteers from Heritage School began setting up the first decorations under the pavilion. This year you will see new and improved lighting above the rink (maybe even a disco ball?) so be on the lookout for some exciting changes. If you'd like to learn more about Eisbahn, check out www.skateinfred.com It's going to be a blast and, with the help of our great community here in Fredericksburg, better than ever. The rink opens the day after Thanksgiving at Marktplatz (Fredericksburg's central park) and ends January 3. Price to skate is $10 which covers rental of your skates. More info can be found on the website. If you are interested in helping in some way, email me at email@example.com!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The always-wonderful antiques show returns to the Gillespie County Fairgrounds this coming weekend! Enjoy perusing country furniture, estate jewelry, quilts, pewter, toys and much more. Admission is $5 per person, with children 12 and under free. Admission is good for both days. Hours are Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm.
Did you know the busiest night for online B&B bookings is usually Sunday night? After all, you've just finished one weekend, and you're looking forward to another, right? Well, if you're making plans to take in a little of the Texas Hill Country this weekend, why not beat the crowd? Go to www.absolutecharm.com NOW while you still have so many great choices. Someone else may be looking at that dream suite right now online!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Did you know that our website www.absolutecharm.com is all new? Thanks to our wonderful webmaster Barry Sikes, we now have a completely remodeled website that is even more beautiful and more user-friendly than before! If you liked it before, you've gotta see it now!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Welcome to the latest member of the family, Creek Street Retreat offering two private cottages just a couple blocks from Main St. called the City House and City Hideaway. In the front Cottage, you will find City House a 2 bedroom, 2 bath BEAUTIFULLY decorated bungalow with a private hot tub. In back is the Hideaway, an intimate cottage with a little less space but all the great design of the City House. Check out these new suites on our website today http://www.absolutecharm.com/CreekStRtrt_Launch.html
Hunting season opens this weekend! The paper is reporting that the deer may be in luck for a while. We've apparently had an abundance of acorns this year, so they aren't moving around as much in search for food. Run Bambi, Run! LOL Seriously, hunting season is always a big time in the Hill Country. Many hunters visit annually and bring the wife for a little shopping trip while they hit the lease. One of the most popular shirts in our store for a long time is a camouflage t-shirt that says, "He Hunts: I Shop!" Let the games begin!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This Friday marks another "First Friday Art Walk" in Fredericksburg, a monthly even where local art galleries stay open until 8:00 p.m. The local galleries will focus on their exhibiting artists' work including painting demonstration, art talks, opportunities to meet the artists and other entertainment. Participants will also enjoy fine wines from our fabulous local wineries. Galleries scheduled to participate this Friday are: InSigh Gallery, Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg Art Guild, Rodeo Studio Gallery, Photography 414, The Good Art Co., Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Charles Beckendorf Gallery, and the Artisans at Rocky Hill. Make plans now to spend this weekend enjoying a relaxing evening with Fredericksburg's amazing arts community!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Fredericksburg's renowned Theater Company is offering an encore performance of Dracula: The Musical? this weekend, November 6 and 7. Everyone who has attended this show has told me that it's one of the best that FTC has ever done. I'm told it is beyond hilarious! Tickets are available online at http://www.fredericksburgtheater.org/index.html. FTC's performances always sell out so I recommend you book early. Everything this group does is first rate. In each audience, you will hear people saying they live in various other cities and states but always come to town when FTC is doing a show. Call us today for a great selection of rooms for this weekend and plan a special getaway with that someone special!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
No, I'm not talking about Halloween....I'm talking about the biggest shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving! Did you know that the busiest weekend of the entire year in Fredericksburg is the weekend after Thanksgiving? More and more families are choosing to get away during Thanksgiving and spend some quality time with the family a little more "unplugged" than they would be at home. So, if you are thinking of making a Texas Hill Country Thanksgiving your new family tradition, then you need to make reservations now.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- Victorian Mansion: Master Suite, Suite Elizabeth, Carriage House;
- Across the Way: Front Porch, Back Porch, Ella's Haus, Arbor Cottage;
- Terah's Garden;
- Paradise Loft (only our FINEST luxury suite);
- Inn on the Creek: Admiral, Garden View, Tuscan and Seventh Heaven (our honeymoon suite)!!
- Queen Anne: Aspen and Kaden
Again this sale is ONLY good for this coming weekend and only on the suites listed above, as long as they are still available. First come, first served...call today for best selection!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Welcome to ANOTHER beautiful new property to the Absolute Charm family...Sister Creek Ranch! This spectacular 700 acre ranch, located only 20 minutes from all the Fredericksburg action....is home to two spacious three-bedroom cabins, along with a saloon (complete with karaoke just for you!), a fabulous Hill Country river for swimming and "catch-and'release" fishing and...well, just too much to name! Check our website in the coming days as we upload all of the great photos and information on Sister Creek Ranch! And did we mention all of the beautiful horses? Meet Shakespeare!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Well it's Food & Wine Fest time this weekend! We are full EXCEPT we are adding two new cottages this weekend....first come first serve. Call ASAP to see if they're still available. One has a private hot tub. Both are walking distance to Marktplatz. This event has become so huge, you might want to consider making reservations for next year believe it or not!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It's supposed to reach 92 degrees by this evening...crazy Texas weather! But this weekend is expected to be really nice. We are almost full, but have just signed on some brand new properties that will be opening this weekend so give us a call!