A cooking demonstration was presented by Chef Dennis Wingler of the Embassy Suites Hotel. Sauteed Chicken Breasts with caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes was on the menu. Followed by a reception and the announcement of the Silent Auction Winners. I hope we did well with the Silent Auction. There were some beautiful items up for bid.
Dinner was followed by a tour of the Hank Williams Museum by manager Beth Parker. Of course, everyone knows Montgomery is Hank's home town. Although, I always thought Georgiana had that claim to fame.
Prior to adjourning the Conference for 2008, everyone met for the annual meeting. I believe all of the important items were covered in Lillie's last email. Thank goodness.
Now, something light and sweet by Carolyn Bivins, extension agent, as copied from the Brewton Standard:
A group of graduates were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor. During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives. Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups--porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite--telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate. When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said:
"Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The cup that you 're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.
When all you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup: but you consciously went for the best cups...and then you began eyeing each others cups. Now consider this:
Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. the cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate we have.
The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.
Please live simply.
Thank the Lord for your blessings in 2007. And enjoy your hot chocolate in 2008.
Remember, the happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.
A recipe Quaint on Brooklyn would like to share (please send in your favorites)
Keep the pot boiling.
1 stick unsalted butter
2 bunches sliced scallions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
12 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 package frozen shopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 cups chopped artichoke hearts
4 small unpeeled red potatoes, cooked and chopped
1 bell pepper diced
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper.
Melt the butter in a cast iron skittle and add the scallions, garlic, mushrooms, spinach, artichoke hearts, bell pepper and potatoes. Saute until the vegetables are tender. Spread in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
Beat the eggs with the heavy cream in a large bowl. Add the cheese, salt and pepper and mix well. Pour over the vegetables. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until light brown and done. Serve immediately.
You may top with chopped tomatoes, roasted garlic and/or sour cream.
Oh, by the way, guys and gals, any recommendations for the newsletter would be greatly appreciated, just don't suggest for me to go out and buy "English For Dummies." That would hurt my feelings.
I would like to hear from you regarding any funny situations or not so funny situations you may have run into while in the B&B business, that I can share. For instance, I rented out two rooms to three people and walked in the next morning to start coffee to find momma on the new couch, mattresses had been pulled off the beds and seven people had camped out. They had the nerve to ask for towels, because they had run out (I have alot of towels.) I can't believe they called me again this year for reservations, of course I was booked. Anyway you get my drift. If you don't want to be mentioned send it in a sealed brown paper envelope to newsletter@BedandBreakfastAlabama.com
I am thinking whoever comes up with the neatest story will probably get a prize at the next conference.
In the meantime, have a very wonderful Valentines, and I will see you again around St. Paddy's day.
"A pessimist is ONE WHO makes difficulties of opportunities. AN optimist MAKES opportunities OF difficulties."
owner of Grady's B&B
on Smith Lake
is hosting an OPEN HOUSE March 15
from 10 - 4.
Please try to attend. Everyone loves an OPEN HOUSE. Doesn't that mean free food?!! Just kidding. Grady is a very enthusiastic prospective new member with lots of great ideas for the BBAA. Smith Lake is located in Crane Hill, Alabama, northwest of Birmingham. It's got to be easier to find than Andalusia, Alabama. For directions call 256-287-0529 or e-mail email@example.com