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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.

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!

 

Baked Brie Tarts from Fall Open House

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our annual Fall Open House this afternoon!  It was wonderful to make new friends and visit with many people who have helped to make 5 Corners Bed and Breakfast a success. Here is the recipe for the Baked Brie Tarts that was requested by many…

Baked Brie Tarts

mini phyllo tarts
Brie cheese, cubed
brown sugar
chopped pecans
honey

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place tarts on a cookie sheet.
  3. Place a cube of cheese in each tart.  Top each tart with 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, chopped pecans and a drizzle of honey.
  4. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

This recipe was originally posted by the blog Plain Chicken.

Girls Night Out Recipes

 

Thanks to everyone who attended our Girls Night Out event tonight!  Even with the yucky weather, we had a nice turnout of wonderful ladies.  Everyone seemed to enjoy our two tastings tonight so I thought I would share the recipes.

Caramel Apple Dip

16 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup water
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium pan over low heat, melt caramels with water, stirring constantly.  Once completely melted, remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, blend together cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla (My Kitchen-aide mixer worked perfectly for this).  Once the caramel mixture has cooled slightly, fold it into the cream cheese mixture.

Serve with apple slices.

I also served the dip with graham cracker pretzels (available locally at Penton’s Farm Market or Miller’s Apple Hill).  Here’s a tip for you — after you cut your apple, soak them in 7-up or Sprite to keep their bright white color.  This recipe was originally posted by the blog How Sweet It Is.

 

Apple Cider Sangria

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
3 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup ginger brandy
2 large apples, chopped

Combine all ingredients, except apples, and stir.  Refrigerate for several hours.  Right before serving, add apples.  I would recommend freezing some of the extra apple cider in ice cube trays.  This will keep your Sangria cold without diluting it.

This recipe was adapted from its original post on Chef-In-Training.

 

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