Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween from the Cullen House!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Today, at the Cullen House, we served our Halloween favorite of Pumpkin Pancakes. Here is the recipe:

2 1/3 cups pancake mix
1/2 - 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup oil
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger

Mix together and cook on your favorite griddle until browned on both sides. We found that the mixture needs a little extra liquid. They smell heavenly cooking and our guests were smiling!
Oh, and we garnished with some dried cranberries and a little whipped cream.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Cullen House Prepares for Halloween

October 29, 2010

Today is a lovely and sunny fall day between the heavy rains of earlier this week and those that we hear are to come in the next few days. The forecast says that those out for Halloween, may get wet, so be prepared with rain coats.

As you can see from the picture, Edward was in charge of carving our Halloween pumpkin this year.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bella's Baked Apple French Toast

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Today we had Bella's Baked Apple French Toast served with the same Apple Syrup that we make for our Apple Pancakes. This recipe is from our friends who used to operate The Bowman Bed & Breakfast in Port Angeles. Though they are no longer in business, their recipe lives on!

Ingredients: 1/2 loaf of French bread, sliced thick
8 eggs
3 cups of milk
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 apples, cored, peeled and slliced
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons butter

Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish lightly with cooking spray. Slice bread into 1.5 inch thick slices. Place bread tightly together in one layer in the prepared baking dish. Place eggs in large bowl and beat lightly. Add milk, 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla and mix with a whisk. Pour half of the liquid over the bread in the baking dish. Peel, core and slice apples. Cut into into rings. Place rings on top of the bread to cover. Pour remaining egg mixture over the apples.

Mix the remaining 1/2 cup sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the apples. Distribute small chunks of butter over the top. Bake for 30 minutes, or wrap and refrigerate over night, baking at 400 degrees for 50 minutes the next morning. Set 10 minutes before serving. Serve with real maple syrup (or our Apple Syrup). Yield: 8 - 12 servings depending on the serving size.

Recipe can be divided in half and baked in a 9x9 inch pan for 20 - 30 minutes.

Garnish with powdered sugar, whipped cream and dried cranberries.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Low Fog Hiding the Elk

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pocket Edward helped see off the fishermen this morning, before he went up the road in the low fog to check out the elk. The Cullens have to get their hunting in early in the morning or later in the evening today because the sun is supposed to appear for the next couple of days.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Portland Twilight Convention

Monday, October 4, 2010

It hardly seems possible that it is October already! There is a nip of fall in the air. The end of last week and the beginning of this week has brought many visitors to the Cullen House. Many of our guests attended a Twilight convention in Portland, OR over the weekend. It has been wonderful to see so many fans out and about. The sunshine keep our vampire friends out of sight, though.