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Easter Sunday we saw Pastor Bill's Barn Bible

 

Barn Bible

 

 

The general rule in customer service is you are never supposed to talk about three things:

Politics

Religion

Guns

 

It used to be just politics and religion but recently there have been some heated discussions at our breakfast table concerning the "right to arms" so I have added that to the list.

 

Since we just celebrated Easter yesterday I am going to take the liberty to mention that yes, we are Christians and yes, we enjoy Church....so that I can share with you this interesting story.  

Many of you will like it.  

 

Our Pastor Bill has an interesting Faith story.  He was in the Army on a  tour in Iraq. When he got on the plane to come home at the end of the tour he and his team members were sent on an extended tour, a second tour.  He lost a good friend during this time and gave up believing there was a God.

 

He comes home, gets in a car accident and ends up in the hospital.  A friend went to visit him and brought him a Bible.  Some time after he started helping another friend out who runs a farm.  When he would go to work in the barn his friend would challenge him to learn a Bible verse with him each day.  This became the "Barn Bible".  

 

It is kept in a paper bag because of the smell but isn't it amazing!  Well worn and more beautiful than any Bible I have ever seen as it is part of what led Bill to be our Pastor and he is an amazing man of God.

 

Thank you to everyone who led him to where he is today!

 

As long as we are on the topic - Faith that is

We were also privleged to have seen a replica of the Shroud of Turen at a local Church here in Galena,

St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Pastor Fred Baltz.

What an excellent presentation.  I've never needed to know much about the shroud for my Faith journey but was I glad I saw and heard about it.

 

If you are in town next Easter be sure to check it out!

 

Shroud of Turen

 

 

Now on a more secular note: If that offended anyone here is the other side of yesterday,

Sunday 4/20/14

 

We took our beautiful granddaughter to the park and played with her!  

Beautiful weather and there are green things popping up out of the ground!

Hope you had a great Sunday!

Here is Miss Lili with Oreo!

 

Lili  Oreo

 

 

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Bernadine's Stillman Inn

Week of 04/07/14

Things to Do In Galena, IL This Week

 

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Dave taking MORE pictures!

 

#1 Things To Do This Week

Take Pictures

 

I know it's not the prettiest time of the year and that is exactly why you should consider spending time in Galena taking pictures.  

You will be challenged to find just the right shot

Being overcast most of the time you will have perfect lighting

You will get a lot of exercise walking around

So, call to make you reservation today for this week, mention "Photography" and receive 10% off!

#2 Try at Shake and Burger at Durty Gurts Restaurant

#3 Pizza for Dinner at Procento's Pizza - uhm excellente

#4 Walk the soggy 3 mile walking path - Riverviews at one point on the path

#5 Shop - anywhere, just shop!

#6 Coffee - when you are tired from all the shopping - enjoy the Coffee Shop

We haven't had any snow lately so we have officially discontinued our special classes 

"Snow Shoveling 101, 201 and 301"

Sorry, but maybe you can get in on it next year!

The good news is we are now taking reservations for our next series, back by popular demand

"Window Washing 101 through 501"

Just Kidding You Know!:)

 

 

Recipe Highlight

Orange French Toast

It's so simple

 

Scramble up a few eggs

Add some milk to loosen it up

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp Orange Rind

1/2 cup Orange Flavored Liquor or Orange Juice

 

Mix all that up, dip some Texas toast in there and put it on the griddle!

 

 

 

Next Week I Begin My New Series

"What Makes Me Happy"

 

It should be fun and perhaps a few suggestions will stand out to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bernadine's Stillman Inn

 

Happy St. Patricks Day

 

You may be asking why we love St. Patricks Day so much

Well, because it is Dave's Birthday!

Our kids always thought the big parade in Chicago was just for Dave's Birthday, what memories!

 

Birthday cake

 

So, to all you St. Pattys Babies - Happy Birthday!

 

 

Recipe of the Month

Luck o' the Irish Layered Mint Brownies

You are going to love this sweet treat.

 Let's see, cake, brownies...let's get the party started!

 

 

1 (19.9 oz) pkg family-size brownie mix

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese at room temp

4 (1 oz) squares white chocolate for baking, melted

2 cups whipped topping

1/4 - 1/2 tsp peppermint extract Green liquid food coloring

1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

 

Heat oven to 350F. using foil lined 9x13 baking pan coated with cooking spray, prepare brownie mix as package directs. Let cool.

 

Using mixer on medium speed, beat next 3 ingredients 2 minutes or until smooth. Sperad half of mixture over cooled brownies. Chill 20 minutes. Meanwhile, stir peppermint extract and enough food coloring into remaining mixture to create desired green color; spread in pan. Chill 20 minutes

 

In microwave safe bowl, microwave dark chocolate chips and butter for 30 seconds, or until melted. stirring until smooth. Let sit 5 minutes; spread over mint layer. Chill 30 minutes or until set.

 

 

March Blog Special

Stay with us 3 midweek nights at the regular rate, say "Happy Birthday" to Dave and receive

25% off your third night stay! Based on availability

 

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Things To Do In Galena

Traditional Irish Dancing - Irish Cottage Hotel

Live Entertainment - all over Galena

Feng Shui Class - Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life

Paint & Pour

All About Smudging Class

Miss Kitty Quiz Show

St. Patricks Day Parade

and so much  more....www.visitgalena.org

 

You're going to love it here in Galena!

 

Dave Wedding

 

Say "I Do" in March

There are still openings for a Romantic March Wedding!

Call and say "I Do" and receive 15% off your ceremony 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things To Do In Galena IL 2/28-3/1/14

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THINGS TO DO IN GALENA ILLINOIS

Feruary 28 - March 1, 2014

 

 

Ken  James and entourage

 

First of all - CONGRATULATIONS Ken & James On Your Special Day!

These three couples met while staying at Bernadine's Stillman Inn over Labor Day Weekend in 2008

They have met every year since!  What a Pleasure

Thanks for Inviting us to join you all last Friday!

 

Your Blog Special This Week:

Say "Ken & James" when you call to book your room for this weekend and receive 10% discount!

 

EXCITING THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

IN THE JO DAVIESS COUNTY AREA - GALENA IL

Mardi Gras Parade - Saturday

Snow & Ice Sculpting

Mystery Pub Cruise

Winery/Distillery/Brewery Tours

Mardis Gras Pub Crawl

Mark Twain & The Laughing River

P.T. Murphy Magic Show

Lunch with Art

Ghost Tour

Skiing & Snowboarding

Traditional Irish Dancing

Live on Stage - Sam Wyatt, Ten Gallon Hat, The Lonley Goats, Smiley Tillmon Band, The Johnny Rockers

Feng Shui Class - Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life

All About Smudging Class

Introduction To Knitting Workshop

All About Essential Oils Class

All About Chakras & Crystals Class

Early 2 Rise Meditation Class

Qigong for Beginners Class

Miss Kitty Quiz Show

Open Mic Night

Museums

Art Studios

Coffee Shops

Shopping & Dining

Etc!

 

Bernadine's Youtube Channel of the Week: The Frugal Crafter and Scrap Made Simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There is just no denying it, we are into Fall and it is beautiful here! Fall Festivals are beginning, we just had a civil war encampment event here down our hill and I'm taking what will most likely be the last pictures of this years gardens. All that work....!

We've just spotted our second set of baby squirrels for the Spring/Summer. They are just too cute and cause quite a bit of mischief around...not as bad as racoons though. We've taken the bird feeders down and set them on the ground since the squirrels end up getting everything anyway. Fun to watch our granddaughter try to say squirrel at 2 years old!

We'll start making pumpkin and apple pies, cheesecake, hot apple cider and by the way, a lot more people are have a smores fire these days here at the inn! Yummy!

I love the random sunflowers that come up around the garden, particularly under the bird feeder. It's just a pleasant surprise that I didn't have to plant!

Once the sedum blooms you know it's time to get your warm clothes out!

Galena IL has two to three civil war encampments a year. There was one this weekend across from Grant's home. You can see it from the Inn. As a matter of fact, I can hear the cannons going off right now.

Civil war encampments are a great thing for families to do. We used to go to them and was I happy when the guys told my son he couldn't use his phone or any other electronics while there. He loved it. He was usually a water boy during battle.

They regularly go through formations that were typical in the civil war encampments. Guests love to go down and ask questions, see how they make their food, look at antique artifacts from the time like uniforms, guns, old kettles, saddles, etc.

This is always my favorite. When they set up the little log cabin as it would have been in the 1800's. This particular weekend it was Set up especially nice with lots of knitting, quilts and sewing gadgets. I love the simpler arts. I won't say simpler life because it most certainly was not simple or air conditioned for that matter! There are a lot of artists in Galena that like to work with their hands especially in the area of fibers, mending and sewing, knitting, rug making...When I work on my projects I like to think what it would have been like for women in those days. It's kind of a touch stone for me like doing a family tree is to others.


By brother-in-law Donn is going to like this pic!

I had the rare opportunity of being able to leave the inn for a walk Saturday. I sat in Grant Park trying to finish up a knitted scarf when the train came by. Next to the train tack is a bike path. Lots of people riding bikes! And next to that is the Galena River. I was able to watch several canoes and kayaks go by. What a perfect day!

Then I walked to the farmers market. Tried to find "Pink Lady" apples. I've been trying to find them for pies because the description of them is so luscious. I understand they are an Heirloom apple and hard to come by. If you see any, send one this way!

Have a great Fall and stop on in! The colors are going to be spectacular in the next couple of weeks. Next weekend is Oktoberfest complete with wiener dog races and then the following weekend is our busiest weekend - Country Fair Weekend.

Mention this Fall 2011 blog and receive a complimentary bottle of wine with your two night stay!

-Bernadine & Dave

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