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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 http://www.kingarthurflour.com/

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! http://www.kingarthurflour.com/ 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!

It's Time For Dessert

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We have done so many new projects this Spring!

Look...freshly painted benches!

We have a new "Garden Loom" guests can be creative with. Go for a walk, bring back some special finds and weave them in!

A Cloth Cabana will be going up between the Inn and Wedding Chapel! This is going to be great!

And we have three bird feeding stations on the property. Just spotted a Baltimore Oriole the other day! Lots of yellow finches too! And don't forget the cardinals.


The Square Foot Gardens are Fabulous. Well, let's say one of them is doing really well. The second one, my new baby squirrels are chewing all up. I wonder why they are choosing just that box. Anyway, they are cute as the dickens so it's okay. I just keep replanting!

The Guests enjoyed the following last week:

Homemade Strawberry Jam
Homemade Fudge
and Homemade Lavender Infused Pound Cake

Oh my...I'm so glad they ate as much as they did or I would have eaten it all up myself!

Thinking this week will be Angel Food Cake with mixed fruit topping and perhaps some individual Fritattas for breakfast....yum!

Come join us at the Fabulous, Romantic and Historic Stillman Inn located across from General Grant's home and three blocks from Main Street. The gardens are the best they've ever been, downtwon shopping is great and the Weddings here at the Galena Wedding Chapel are divine! Just had an outdoor wedding in the front courtyards. Simply beautiful.

Gardens - Spring 2011

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Okay, so it doesn't seem like much right now but just wait! This is the beginnings of our new "Kitchen Garden". Located on the lower level courtyard where only guests are allowed to go! We're using the Square Foot Garden method to create this soon to be delicious and good for you garden.
We will be using some of the harvest in our Breakfast Quiche!


Also New This Year is our "Garden Loom" presented here alongside "Mom"! We had fun putting this together. We saw a garden loom in "Backyard Crafts" magazine and decided we needed one. Guests are welcome to take the whole thing apart and weave their own magic or just add to what is there. For a quick fix we collected things from the park and just stuck them in for starters! This is going to be fun!

There are knew statues hidden among the gardens for you to come and find. This little guy is sitting in front of a plant that is grown widely in Galena. I need to find the name of it but it is great for rock gardens and spreads like crazy keeping the weeds down in areas where needed. It is a brilliant yellow in Spring - now- and then it's just a cute tufted plant through the summer. We will be gathering the seeds and packaging them up for guests who are interested in taking some home! Just ask for it!

And this is what I'm talking about when I say it grows easily out of the brick walls around town. Nice!

Let Us Not Forget the Birds! We are planning three bird feeding areas in the gardens this year. Sit on the porch and relax with a glass of wine or a cool iced tea while enjoying our feathered friends coming and going. Spotted a Baltimore Oriole a week ago. I understand they enjoy fruit so I'm trying to figure out how to make that happen for them!
So, Come visit the Stillman Inn in picturesque Galena IL. We specialize in romantic getaways and will help you plan the perfect vacation. Visit museums, art shops, walk the levee or bike the bike path. How about a scooter ride out to the local winery or a hot air balloon ride?
We can make it happen!
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Seedlings and Soap

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Well, we have some seedlings started for the gardens and who can garden without a soap holder at the faucet?

Things slow down a little in the winter which gave me time to whip up some soap holders for the faucets at the Stillman Inn. Hopefully this will help when I'm gardening and someone walks up for a tour. I'll be able to shake your hand with clean hands!

I know, these beautiful bags will get dirty, but it's just extra yarn laying around and it was awful quick to make. I put in a bar of melt and pour soap from our gift shop. I think this will work nicely.

So, consider staying this Spring, Summer and Fall to monitor the gardens and help keep me focused!

Blog Special: mention "Seedlings and Soap" and receive a complimentary bar of melt and pour soap made by the lily white hands of Bernadine!

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Gardening

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A Kitchen Garden - that's right! Going by the suggestions of Mel Bartholomew and his book 'All New Square Foot Gardening' we will be installing a kitchen garden this year. Can't wait to show you around it!

Enjoy these images from past gardens here at the Stillman Inn:

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