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Fall Thyme Breakfast Sides

Instead of Home Fries, how about Roasted Root Vegetables to go with your fried eggs for breakfast or supper?

 

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There are plenty of roots available this time of year and roasting them in salt, pepper, herbs and a bit of olive oil brings out their flavor, texture and color.

 

Shown here are a combo of Carrot, Red Beet, Golden Beet, Parsnip, tiny Potatoes and some chunks of Turnip.  I sprinkled the peeled and chunked veggies with salt, pepper and herbs and wrapped them in Aluminum foil and put them in the oven for about 45 minutes until they were tender.  Then I unwrapped them, tossed them  in olive oil and minced garlic and put them back in the oven for half an hour, uncovered, to toast and brown a bit more.

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Take a trip Off the Beaten Path

view of Hudson River from Catskill MountainsIf you are coming to visit the Hudson, NY this month for a for a Fall Get-a-way we have compiled a list of seasonal and noteworthy activities for you to consider.
We have chosen outings that are provide a glimpse into the history, and culture of our area in the natural, scenic splendor that this season  is famous for.

 

Oct 1st- October 13, Hudson 19th Annual ArtsWalk Festival,

Two events stand out:  Creating Landscapes in the Landscape, an en plein air paintout, exhibition and auction at Olana State Historic Site, and The ArtsWalk Literary Festival that takes place over three days at two locations in Hudson.  Lee Gould, mastermind of the Literary Festival both last year and this, has assembled an impressive lineup of poets, prose writers, and multimedia novelists who will read from their work at the Hudson Opera House, and Karen Schoemer will be presenting emerging and established writers at the Spotty Dog.   There will be plenty of music, of course, including GrammyAward-winner singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester on Sunday night as part of the Helsinki on Broadway series. Other ArtsWalk-related events are scattered throughout the listings below and in more detail at  www.columbiacountytourism.org .  ArtsWalk continues next weekend.

  •  Oct 4 and 5, 2013  Art Book Sale – Hundreds of gently-used books on art, graphic design, crafts, photography, architecture and interior design, as well as a large selection of titles on art history, artist’s monographs, biographies, and various art techniques (watercolor, pastels, etc.) – Hardcover, paperback and coffee table books available – To benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – Information at www.hudsonarealibrary.org – 10 am to 2 pm – Book Sale Room, Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street
  • October 4, 2013  The Great Stone Barn Project: Past, Present, Future – Explore the new exhibit with the exhibit creator, Peter Watson, learn about the Shakers’ innovative farming methods and construction techniques, and the Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon organization’s plans for stabilizing the structure – Information at 794-9100 – 2 to 3 pm – Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon
  • October 5and 6, 2013 Old Time Days – Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association 38th Annual Show – Information at 822-1511 – 390 Fingar Road (off Yates Road), Greenport
  • Windows on Warren – Columbia County Council on the Arts members’ artwork will be on display (and for sale) in the storefront windows of galleries, shops and restaurants on Warren Street – Pick up an ArtsWalk brochure for full listing of artists and locations.
  • October 5 and 6, 2013 Claverack Free Library Annual Fall Book Sale – Thousands of gently-used books at bargain prices – Early Bird Special on Saturday with slightly higher prices – Baked goods and lunch fare also available – Raffle for a handmade quilt – Buy a library tote bag and fill it with books for $15 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday – All proceeds benefit the Library – Information at 851-7120 – Saturday 9 am to 3 pm, Sunday 10 am to 2 pm – Claverack Free Library, Intersection of 23B and 9-H, Claverack
  •  October 12: Opening reception for nonjuried Art Show show @ The Pocketboook Factory, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

Autumn in Austerlitz  Sunday October 13th, 2013

This fun event for all ages began in 1997 as a home grown festival to raise money for the Austerlitz Historical Society and the society’s ambitious project: to create a living history museum in the town of Austerlitz which would depict life in the 1830s, and a center for historical investigation for Austerlitz Town History.

http://www.oldausterlitz.org/events

A visit to Hawthorne Valley to learn something new!   www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org/‎

Cheesemaking at Hawthorne Valley

  • On October 12th, 2013 learn to make Blue Cheese and take home your own tiny wheel.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 – 10:00am to 4:00pm Free admission, Rain or shine.19th Annual Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest takes place at the beautiful Dutchess County Fairgrounds in historic Rhinebeck, New York. Parking is free

www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com/‎
October 12 & 13:
Goold Apple Festival (25th Anniversary)
http://www.albany.com/fall/goold-festival.cfm

Shopping Opportunities
October 19 & 20: The NYS Sheep & Wool Festival
Everybody loves this festival. All aspects of sheep are covered. Wool in every form, Natural dyes, Sheep dogs, Sheep showing, ready made, hand made wool clothing, Sheep milk cheeses, Bar-B-Q Lamb sandwiches, and so much more. http://www.sheepandwool.com

7) Get out to explore the area and learn about the history at the same time!

8) Don’t forget there are many of the usual activities awaitng you too

Apple Picking

Biking of the Rail Trail

Boat ride on the Hudson

Looking for good books to read

Eating seasonal food at one of the MANY EXCELLENT RESTAURANTS!

 

 

Waste Not, Want Not

With so much food coming in from the gardens this summer, much more than we can use up on a daily basis, it is time to pull out the Canning Pot and start processing food for the coming winter months. With all the work that goes into growing your own vegetables, it is a shame to waste what you can’t use up.  Canned food is like a luxury in the winter.  Chemical free and so easy to use, no defrosting necessary and with the increase in power outages these days it is one less thing in the freezer to worry about using up during a blackout.

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Elderberry syrup to help fight off colds this winter

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Tomato Sauce made from a variety of heirloom tomatoes and plenty of herb, onions and garlic

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Cucumber Lime syrup to sweeten fruits and cucumber relish

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Canning Pot filled with an assortment of jars of vegetables and fruits

Antique Appraisal Event Happening nearby on September 28, 2013

Fall is a beautiful time to visit our area and there are lots of unique
events to enjoy. Here is one that might interest the antique lovers

Glimpses of Summer Thyme in the Country

 

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The gardens at Thyme in the Country are in Full Bloom
and there are flowers everywhere, including the vegetable gardens.

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Carrots and Kale

 

We are harvesting and preserving fruits and veggies daily to serve for breakfast now and for months to come.

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peaches ready to bottle

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Tree ripened ORGANIC Pears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Come and enjoy the scenery. The backyard is waiting for you!

How are we keeping cool on these scorching hot days?

 

We are in the middle of a heat wave here at Thyme in the Country; we’ve found a few ways to beat the heat

Such as……

 

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Taking a swim before bedtime…,

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Or before breakfast…,

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Drinking lots of cold herbal lemonades

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Napping in the Hammock…,

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Taking outdoor showers…

At last…Snow!

Not only does it hide a multitude of sins in this bleak late winter, but it’s fun! and beautiful and right now it is plentiful.  The earth loves the blanket of snow protecting all that lies beneath it during the harsh freezing weather.  Lets hope it lasts and at the risk of seeming greedy, we are hoping that there might be more!

There are many cross country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities, Art Omi (www.artomi.org) is only 3 miles away, and our back yard, even closer.  For a more complete listing see www.columbiacountytourism.org/index.php/seeing-doing/outdoors/1310/ .  Downhill skiing at Catamount Ski Area (www.catamountski.com) is only 30 minutes from our B&B and Windham Mountain Ski (and Tubing) Area (www.windhammountain.com)  is only 40 minutes away.  Snow shoes can be purchased  at Steiner’s in Hudson (518-672-5063) but sizes are limited so if you want to go snowshoeing its best to bring your own.

Don’t forget when you come in from the cold there will be hot cocoa and cookies for you in front of the fire!

Who goes to a Christmas Tea?

You and the people you care about.  Young and old, men and women, friends and relatives.

Those who wish, in our “Paper Cup” world,  to enjoy tea from a china cup at a table adorned with, silver, and linens, and tea time treats, reminding us fondly of earlier times.

Those who enjoy a slower paced rythym, afternoon tea can be peaceful and serene

Its not the tea itself that makes an afternoon tea so memorable, it is what happens when we take the time to enjoy the company of friends and family and unhurried conversation while sharing the sweet and savory delicacies set before you.

Using only the finest, freshest ingredients we create an array of freshly made finger sandwiches, scones and individual cakes baked especially for you.   Come and see what an Afternoon Tea is all about.

 

Soapmaking…It all starts with the grass.

One thing leads to another.  I never imagined we would be making  our own soap on top of everything else.   But we use a lot of soap in the Bed and Breakfast and so Soapmaking has been added to our list of seasonal tasks.  If I stop to think about how and why certain tasks have become part of the work that we do here, almost all of them can be attributed to our 5 acres of grass.

For many reasons we chose to get a cow instead of a lawnmower to keep the meadows open.  That lead to milk, lots of it,  more than we can easily deal with and pigs love milk.  Each Spring we get 2 small pigs and carefully feed them milk, combined with leftover garden produce and kitchen scraps and organic barley until they grow into hefty hogs that become the homegrown meats that many of our guests enjoy.  Not only do you get bacon and sausage from pigs but you get a lot of fat.  From the fat we make lard and from the lard, soap.

This week Jennie and Kate made Sage and Rosewood scented soap.  You won’t find a long list of hard to pronounce chemicals on our soap labels. Just a few ingredients; lard, coconut and olive oils, and lye.  After much stirring, these ingredients combine to make a smooth and creamy bar of soap with rich lather and lots of moisture for dry winter skin.

 

Thank you Pigs!

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