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This Weekend

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Guests enjoyed Fudge and a white cake with Laender Frosting this weekend.

Lavender Frosting:
Simply make your favorite buttercream frosting recipe and add to it 2 teaspoons Lavender Extract and violet food coloring. After frosting the cake, sprinkle with decorative sprinkles and a pinch of lavendar.

Lavender Extract purchased at

Other than Almond or vanilla extract, you never hear about all of the other flavors available like orange, blueberry, banana, lavender. Check out King Arthur and be prepared to experiment. I've learned a little bit goes far in flavor, just like vanilla.

The Gardens are beautiful this year. All the hard work has paid off. This is our Zinnia bed and our granddaughter Cara, now 20 months old. She just loves following me around the gardens, watering and picking flowers apart.

We've been collecting rain water in a regular plastic garbage can. Does she love to put her little watering can in there and fill it up. Most of it ends up on her and not the plants but at this point that's okay! She is charming.

LAVENDER FROSTING: This weekend I made the guests chocolate fudge with walnuts AND a double layer white cake with Lavender Frosting! Yummy. All you need to do is add 2 teaspoons Lavender Extract to your favorite frosting along with a bit of lavender food coloring. Sprinkle on some pretty sparkles and edible lavender and you are all set! for the extract and lavender.

We planted our own lavender this year. Thinking of having some garden tours next year. What do you think about that?

Thank you to all of our guests for staying with us!

2011 Flood

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A couple of weeks ago we had heavy rains for about 12 hours. Galena received 20" of rain in this amount of time. The Stillman Inn faired well with just a bit of water in the restaurant and in the cellar. No complaints here.

Some downtown restaurants were flooded with up to 6' of water in their kitchens. Guests parked in the lower level of the parking lot at the Desoto Hotel found their cars covered in water. The water did not come from the river. It was all run off water that caused the damage.

The flood gates were closed to downtown and as you can see a couple of the houses entering Main street ended up with water filled garages. It was quite exiciting for about a day. The waters receeded quickly.

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East Dubuque was hit the hardest.  You can drive around and see the repaired roads that were washed out and railroad tracks.  What a mess!

Corn Relish

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This just in...Mom is in town for a visit - Yay!

Carol and Bernadine have been busy making and preserving "Corn Relish" and it is fabulous. Next they're making a strawberry pie for the weekend AND fudge!

More flooding on the Galena River. We had 14" of rain in the past 24 hours and the river has swelled further than we have seen in the 11 years we've been here. Photo ops everywhere! Pictures coming soon!

Did you know that "relish" is the French word for "salsa" which translates to "sauce". That was free!

These are some of the flowers from the Stillman Inn Gardens. Teddy Bear Sunflower and Zinnia's. They are really beautiful - come see!

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Liliana Reyes Anderson

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Well, she is finally here....

Introducing our newest granddaughter "Liliana Rae", excuse me that would be "Princess Liliana Rae"! Born 7/14/11 at 7lbs14oz, isn't that cool!

Thank you to all of our guests who so graciously accommodated our weird schedule during this time. We may have been late for a couple of check-ins but we never missed a breakfast!

To Celebrate her arrival we made Oatmeal Cookies! Enjoy!

Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup margarine, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup raisins (or use butterscotch or chocolate chips instead)
1 cup black walnuts, coarsely ground or pecans
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 cups rolled oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Sift and add to the egg mixture above. Stir well
Grind the raisins up with 1 tsp of sugar until they are small pieces. Stir in oats, nuts, raising and mix well, drop by tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Cool and remove to wire rack.
When cool, store in airtight container!

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White Peach Lavender Jam

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We here at the Stillman Inn have mastered "White Peach Leavender Jam". We put this on everything from toast to pancakes and oatmeal. We've also discovered the huge and great Farmers Market in Dubuque on Saturday Mornings. Lots of great produce, flowers and crafts but nothing can beat the Amish made Pumpkin Bread.

We also dabbled in fudge again this weekend for the guests. It was gone in no time!

White Peach Lavender Jam
2 Tbsp Dried lavender flowers or lavender extract
1/2 cup boiling water
4 cups fine chopped white peaches (8-9 medium)
2 Tbsp Lemon juice
6 cups granulated sugar
1 Pack liquid fruit pectin

Place lavendar flowers in a small bowl. Pour boiling water over flowers and steep 20 minutes. Strain and discard flowers. OR use 1 tsp lavender extract in 1/2 cup water.
Combine lavender water, peaches, lemon juice and sugar in very large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a full boil over high heat and boil hard for 2 minutes. Stir in liquid pectin and boil 1 more minute. Remove from heat, skim off foam.
Ladle into prepared jars and process for 10 minutes.
Prepared jars means they have been boiled/sterilized. Check out a book on canning for details.
More great news - our second granddaughter is due tomorrow so she will be with us soon. Hopefully we will be free to both be there. If it's in the morning we plan on sending our guests to Otto's for breakfast! Hope they don't mind!

Enjoyed two great Garden Tours this weekend. Saturday was in Galena and Sunday was in Dubuque. Both were fabulous. If you have a GPS it's even more fun!!! Don't miss it next year. Sunday night we enjoyed the Drum & Bugle Corps Competition in Dubuque as well. What a busy weekend!

Two July Specials:
Purchase a 1/2 pint of White Peach Lavender Jam and receive a complimentary hand knit cotton dish cloth
Stay three midweek nights at regular price and receive a bottle of wine for each night you stay!
Neither of these specials can be combined with any other special we may have going on!

Fall is coming so make your reservations soon. This is our busiest time so if you want to stay and in a specific room you can't book too soon now! The colors are wonderful around here and the big Craft Fair is the second weekend in October. This, and all weekends in October require a three night stay. I'm tellin' you it's busy and fun!

Bernadine & Dave

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