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Salted Caramel Liquor Lollipops

5 Corners Bed and BreakfastAt this year’s Wine & Chocolate Walk, I ventured out to try something a little different…homemade lollipops! These are easy to make (although if you are making 325 like I did it will take you some time). Just be patient and don’t walk away from the stove! These would be great for a bridal shower or Bachelorette party.

Each recipe makes 16-18 lollipops.

1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
2 tablespoons cool water
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt

1) Place silicone mat or parchment paper on baking sheet.  Tip – make sure whatever you lay on your cookie sheet is totally flat otherwise your hot candy will run making for some funny looking lollipops.  You can also use a lollipop mold but I don’t feel it is worth the expense.
2) Mix together 1/4 cup Vodka, water, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a 2-quart saucepan until sugar is wet. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally and gently with a heat resistant spoon.
3) Boil to 300 degrees F without stirring.
4) Immediately remove from heat and working quickly add 1 teaspoon Vodka. Mix well. Be careful – the hot sugar will bubble up.
5) Still working quickly, drop teaspoons of syrup onto the baking sheet. Add stick before the syrup cools. Be sure to twist it so it adheres firmly to the candy.
6) Store lollipops in an air tight container.

 

Recipe originally posted by Hostess with the Mostess (she shows great step-by-step photos).

Travel for Teachers

Travel for Teachers5 Corners Bed & Breakfast is pleased to be a part of BedandBreakfast.com’s annual Travel for Teachers program. Its time to get out of the classroom and enjoy some rest and relaxation!

Teachers who stay one night will receive 50% off their second night.

As with any good discount, there is always some fine print.  Here’s the details:

  • The discounted night must be a Sunday – Thursday; however the full price night can be a Friday or Saturday. For example, teachers who reserve Saturday and Sunday night will receive their discount on the Sunday night stay. Likewise for a Thursday and Friday night reservation.
  • Reservations are currently being accepted for travel dates June 8 through August 22, 2014 for all guests rooms located in the main house.  Not valid holidays or holiday weekends.
  • Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.  BedandBreakfast.com gift cards are not accepted when used in conjunction with this promotion.
  • School ID must be presented at check-in and offer mentioned at time of reservation.

To make a reservation or to learn more, please give us a call at (440) 984-3084 or reserve online at www.5cornersbnb.com and enter LOVETOTEACH in the promo code box.

 

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.

8 Ways to Organize Your Kitchen

I am honored to speak this evening at our local MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) meeting on Kitchen Organization.  Here are my top tips that were shared.  Feel free to check out our Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/5cornersbnb for more great ideas!

Utilize the tops of your cabinets with items that are not used very often.  Make the most of this space by hiding less popular kitchen tools inside of them (such as cookie cutters, cookbooks, cloth napkins, attachments for your Kitchen Aide mixer, etc).  Labels are a good idea so you don’t forget what’s up there.

1) Utilize the tops of your cabinets with items that are not used very often.  Make the most of this space by hiding less popular kitchen tools inside of them (such as cookie cutters, cookbooks, cloth napkins, attachments for your Kitchen Aide mixer, etc).  Labels are a good idea so you don’t forget what’s up there.

Make a kid-friendly zone for snacks and school lunches.  Make all of your sandwiches for the week on Sunday night then just grab and go in the morning.2) Make a kid-friendly zone for snacks and school lunches.  Make all of your sandwiches for the week on Sunday night then just grab and go in the morning.

3) To make cooking easier, organize your kitchen so each area has a specific purpose.  Choose one counter that will be used for food preparation.  Have within easy reach of this area all utensils (knives, spoons, measuring cups, measuring spoons, etc).  Another example would be putting your cups and coffee mugs should be located closest to your refrigerator and coffee pot.  Your silverware and napkins should be located closest to where you eat.

Have herbs at your fingertips.  You will be more likely to use them!  Spices should be stored where it is dark and dry.  Perfect place: inside pantry door4) Have herbs at your fingertips.  You will be more likely to use them!  Spices should be stored where it is dark and dry.

5) Move foil and baggies out of the drawers to make extra room by attaching a magazine rack to the inside of your pantry or cabinet door.

Use the inside of your cabinet doors for extra space.  Corkboard, pegboard, magnetic sheets all work great! Hang measuring cups, measuring spoons, kids artwork, conversion chart, boxtops, invitations, etc.6) Use the inside of your cabinet doors for extra space.  Corkboard, pegboard, magnetic sheets all work great! Hang measuring cups, measuring spoons, kids artwork, conversion chart, boxtops, invitations, etc.

7) Group like items in  baskets (lids, pills, spice packets, candy). Keep in mind rectangle and square containers take up less room than circle.

8) Store lids on the side of your cabinets by using either a towel rack or hooks.  Use that drawer/broiler under your oven for something else!

 

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.

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