North East, PA

Tis the Season!

Peggy and April putting the topper on the Christmas treeWhew!  With Thanksgiving so late this year it feels like Christmas is descending like a freight train! Is it my fault because I won't start the Christmas decorating process until AFTER Thanksgiving?  Won't have it any other way!
The elves are pretty much done now, and so our thoughts have turned to baking, and what cookies are going to be the special ones this year.  I asked Liz and April what their favorites were from their childhood, and that is what we are going to recreate now.  For April, her memories are of pizzelles--so we are planning an evening of classic, chocolate and filled pizzelles.  For Liz--well, her severe gluten allergy throws a wrench into the traditional cookie types, so we are working on a flourless chocolate cookie.
For me, I can't decide between two cookies.  One isPeggy, Liz and April at their Christmas Party called a "filled cookie" or some recipes call Kolaches.  I used to make them with my mother in law; they are time consuming, because you have to roll out the dough into little squares, put in a fruit filling, and fold over opposite corners and bake.
The other is a Polish fried cookie called a Chrusciki, a small knot of dough that is fried and then rolled in powdered sugar.  I have hilarious memories of my Dad trying to "help" me make them--he had zero cooking skills, and could only tell me what they were supposed to taste like.
What are your favorites?  I will for sure let you know how they all turn out!  And Merry Christmas from the three of us!


Reminder of Our Special Offer:  You may have missed our mid-month newsletter with the details of our Winter Special--just for our readers!
Make a reservation for a two night stay anytime until April 30, 2020, and get a 30% discount on the room, and a special treat upon arrival (my choice!). 
Grape Arbor in winter with snow and wreaths on windowsThere are lots of ways to do this...if you want to give a gift, buy a gift certificate, and then make the reservation.  It is for ANY room.  There are some exclusions:  1: The week between Christmas and New Year
                    2.  Wine event weekends (February 14 - 16 and April 17 -19)
To reserve, either call us (814-725-0048) or book online,
If you book online, after you click the "Check Availability" tab, you will see a line that says Special Rates.  Click that and use the code "GrapeSpecial" and you will be charged your special rate.
Be aware that a 50% non-refundable deposit will be taken at reservation time.  This offer is for new, not existing reservations, and cannot be combined with any other special--although you are welcome to add anything onto your stay!

Grape Arbor B&B is always a great getaway for either romance, or for friends. We look forward to seeing you soon. Watch you email for our mid-month letter containing our monthly customer appreciation offer.
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 What Other Things are We Doing?
Week Seven  ::  Redefining Europe  ::   Aug. 8 - 15, 2015
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Week Eight  ::  The Middle East Now and Next  ::   Aug. 15 - 22, 2015
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Week Nine  ::  Creating Livable Communities  ::  Aug. 22 - 30, 2015
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Large gingerbread bakery with sweets in winterWhat else are we doing during the holidays?  Along with our cookie adventure, for the first time in a couple of years, we are attempting a gingerbread house.  More specifically, Santa's Toyshop--so keep yoru eyes open for updated posts.
Here is a picture of one of our other creations.   We already have gingerbread snowflakes all around the tree in the Library, but the Toyshop with have toys in the windows, and outside the shop, along with many details designed to drive me crazy!    

  Keep your eyes open for our midmonth Newsletter, which may contain a recipe or latest foodie review!
One of the most requested recipes is for our large fluffy Moravian Love Buns.  Here is the link for the recipe--enjoy them at home as you do here at the Grape Arbor.
Two fluffy rolls on a white napkin in a basket



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