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Don’t Let Summer ZIP By

First and only world class zipline canopy tour in northern ohio; 20 min from 5 Corners B&BWhat a great time to visit Lorain County!  One of the most exciting new developments from over this LONG winter is the new Common Ground Zipline Canopy Tour.

Fly through the trees on an experience that is memorable, exhilarating and definitely worth repeating with Common Ground’s new Zipline Canopy Tour.  As northern Ohio’s only world-class canopy tour, this zipline travels through all types of terrain including beautiful meadows and the steep valley walls of the beautiful Vermilion River Valley.  It features a combination of fast ziplines, soaring aerial bridges, aerial staircases, foot paths, rappel stations and uncommon views of the natural landscape.   The longest zipline is roughly 850 feet.  Each guided tour will be 2.5 to 3 hours long and will feature information about the land, its inhabitants and its resources.

The Canopy Tour is scheduled to open mid-June.  Tickets are $85 per person.  Participants must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 70 and 250 pounds.  Online reservations will be available on the Common Ground website beginning in late April.  Common Ground is located 5 miles west of Oberlin on Baird Road.  Common Ground also offers a ropes course.

More information will become available on the Common Ground website within the next few weeks.   Make it a weekend — Common Ground is just 20 minutes from 5 Corners Bed & Breakfast plus enjoy all there is to see and do including the Backroads & Beaches Mulit-Sport Trail (biking, rollerblading, running) and the Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail  (kayaking and paddleboarding).  Lorain County is a fantastic place to escape reality for a day, a long weekend or even a week!  There is truly something for everyone…from zipping through the trees to soaking up rays on a sandy beach.  Enjoy fantastic restaurants, fine wines and micro-brews.  Take in the beauty of fine art and the rustic appeal of a unique flea market find.  Its all right here in Lorain County.

Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans

Our Elf on the Shelf, whose name is Server (I have no idea why) likes to have a little fun when he visits.  So much so that my two kids can remember just about everything Server did last year.  We thought we’d share a few of our favorite hiding places just in case there is another Elf out there who needs a little creativity to keep his family laughing.  Our Elf has learned that he’s got to clean up whatever mess he makes so he’s not too fond of messy pranks.  He does have a hard act to follow after last year…I hope he’s up for the challenge.

 

Our Elf on the Shelf took a bath in our cotton balls…complete with a rubber ducky.

 

 

 

 

His E.T. impersonation

 

 

 

 

Elf and Barbie say “I Do”

 

 

 

 

Fun with the photocopier.  At least he didn’t show us his backside.  Maybe this year.

 

 

 

 

Helping with homework.  Things got a little messy with all those stickers.

 

 

 

 

Our dog, Buster, and Server worked together to make our screen saver a little more festive.

 

 

 

 

Nothing like a little game of cards with his pals.  Wonder what they were betting?  Maybe candy canes?

 

 

 

 

Our Elf on the Shelf isn’t feeling so well.  Probably ate too many cookies or partied too much during that card game the night before.

 

 

 

 

Toasting marshmallows

 

 

 

 

Our Elf on the Shelf toilet papered the tree.  At least he could have thrown away the empty roll.

10 Ways to Upcycle Your Halloween Candy

10 Ways to Upcycle Your Halloween CandyTwix and Snickers are my personal downfall of Halloween candy. Once those are gone from the bucket, I start to gravitate to other flavors…which is not good. Its time to get it out of the house. Here are a few ways to upcycle your kids’ leftovers so its still not sitting around come Easter.

1) Trade in candy for Toothbrushes – Many dentists will trade in Halloween candy for new toothbrushes, floss or sometimes even stickers or other small goodies. The candy is then sent to our soldiers overseas or donated to a foodbank. Learn if there is a dentist near you that participates in this program by visiting: www.halloweencandybuyback.com.

2) Offer your kids a trade-in option.  Maybe offer to buy them a new book or crayon set for every pound of candy they turn in then donate it using #3 or #4.

3) Donate it to your local food pantry, nursing home, women’s shelter, church youth group or Ronald McDonald House.

4) Send a care package to a soldier overseas by visiting www.anysoldier.com or Operation Shoebox (please don’t ship anything that will melt).

5) Save it for the holidays and use it to fill stockings, advent calendars or candy dishes (chocolate freezes beautifully).

6) Reward your kids by attaching a note and sneaking it into your kid’s lunch box. Its the perfect way to give them a little support before a big test, big game or other big event.

7)  Make gingerbread houses.

8)  Use it in treat bags for your kids’ upcoming Birthday Parties or to fill a pinata.

9)  Melt down chocolate bars and make chocolate covered apples, pretzels, potato chips and more.  Add candy to pretzels, cereal, nuts and seeds for a wonderful trail mix.

10) Use candy to make homework fun by quizzing your kids and then using a piece as a reward.  Get the question or spelling word correct and they get to eat a piece.  Get it wrong and Mom gets it instead (M&Ms, Skittles or those new mini Reese Cups work great for this).

Simple Suppers – Enchilada Bake

Enchilada BakeIf your family is like mine, we love Mexican food.  Tacos, Fajitas, Quesadillas…you name it.  My husband and I especially love Enchiladas but after cooking the chicken, waiting for it to cool so I can shred it, then filling the tortillas…well I don’t make them very often.  Until now.  Thanks to a rotisserie chicken, this recipe is quick and easy to pull together.  I served it alongside some Mexican Rice and a small salad.

Enchilada Bake

1 rotisserie chicken, removed from the bone and shredded
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 small can Enchilada sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
sour cream
green onions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Over medium heat, melt butter and saute onions until transparent and slightly brown.
3) Place shredded chicken into the bottom of a greased 8×8 pan.  Sprinkle cooked onions over chicken.  Top with Enchilada sauce.  Stir until chicken is covered evenly.
4) Sprinkle cheese over chicken mixture.
5) Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.  Top with sour cream and green onions. Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from The Key Ingredient.

Sandstone Suite

Sandstone Suite Twin Bedroom

Over the last six years, the #1 thing guests have requested is a room with multiple beds.  With so many families visiting for reunions, weddings or to tour Oberlin College, a two+ bed suite was necessary!

The new Sandstone Suite is perfect for families, longer stays or as a vacation rental.  The suite is located kitty-corner from the main house so it has lots of privacy and functionality.  The first bedroom features a queen-size pillowtop bed while the second bedroom offers two twin beds.

The suite also includes a private kitchenette with fridge, coffee maker and microwave.  You’ll enjoy breakfast in the privacy of your suite with fresh muffins, breads, cereal, yogurt, fruit and more provided each morning.

$169/night (two night minimum) – This room offers an exclusive discount: stay five nights and your sixth night is free!

Amenities include:Sandstone Suite Master Bedroom

  • Bedroom 1 offers a queen size pillowtop bed and sitting area with 42″ flatscreen TV, DVD player and over-sized chair
  • Bedroom 2 offers two twin beds and 40″ flatscreen TV with DVD player
  • The two bedroom suite has a shared bath with shower
  • Kitchenette with fridge, microwave and coffee maker
  • Luxury Bed Linens & Towels
  • Antique DresserSandstone Suite Kitchenette
  • Ceiling Fans in both bedrooms and kitchen
  • Large closet area to store suitcases, clothes and coats
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Central Air
  • Cable Television in both bedrooms
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Iron and Iroining Board
  • Enjoy a freshly prepared continental breakfast each morning in the comfort of your suite

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