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March in Lancaster, Swans and Mud Sales

It is hard to believe that winter is almost over, or at least we hope it is. The sun is shining brightly and the almost 4 feet of snow is down to about 2 feet. This is the time of year we look forward to the Tundra Swans and Whistling Swans stopping at the lake…

Dream Weekends in Lancaster County

Join us for the first in a series of Dream Weekends here at the inn. We are very excited about the specials we have in store for 2010 and are launching these weekends with our Wine and Wolves Weekend Feb 26 and 27. We have been dreaming here at Swiss Woods and would like to…

Eight Broads in the Kitchen

Last week 7 other innkeepers and myself, launched a new blog that is all about food. It is difficult to keep this blog just about recipes and to keep it up to date so we are using the network of friends and innkeepers that I have come to know over the past few years and…

The wedding

Many of you know that our oldest daughter Mirjam became engaged to Dwight Zimmerman in the spring and they were married on Sept 29. The wedding was in a local church and the reception took place here at the inn on the lawn. A group of innkeeping friends flew in to help me with the…

August 1, the Swiss National holiday

August 1 is to the Swiss what July 4th is to America. We always love this day of commemorating Switzerland and are especially thrilled when a visit from friends coincides with it. Yesterday was just one of these days and we did the traditional cervalat, veal sausage and regular sausage on the grill. Swiss cervalat…

Baked Blueberry French Toast

When berries are ripe and plentiful, this is a true crowd pleaser. It holds its heat well on a buffet table and is just delicious. 12 slices white bread, cut into generous 1 inch cubes12 oz cream cheese, cubed1 cup blueberries (blackberries, peaches, raspberries, or any mix)12 eggs2 cups milk1/3 cup honeygrated orange zest Grease…

Bluebirds

Ok… so this has nothing to do with food but… We have a huge variety of birds here on the property. Being located next to woodland, meadow, and lake give us a diversity that is just incredible. This week I spotted a Scarlet Taniger in one of the Hickory trees. They are unusual and I…

Morning in the garden

Before breakfast I often walk through the wet grass to gather herbs, see what birds are about and check out the pond for new water lilies. The red currants in the garden are done and the blackberries are just now starting. We move from one fruit to the next enjoying the diversity and flavor. Day…