Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas can now begin!

I always feel as though you have to wait until after Thanksgiving to really start decorating. Since owning Serendipity I have stretched this personal ruling a bit. I sometimes start the few days before Thanksgiving. The big reason I do not decorate completely before Thanksgiving is purely selfish. My sister comes down for the Thanksgiving holiday and stays at her place. Also my brother and his family come down the day after Thanksgiving, spending it with Deb. But - and here comes the selfishness - they always "help" get the Christmas stuff down from the attic. ("Help" means they do the work of climbing up into the attic, passing it down and stacking it in 3rd floor office/storage/no place else to put it room). So I get a couple of bins down to get started and they do the rest. When you have 25-30 bins of decorations, that is a lot of up and down those bessler steps if you do it by yourself! Then my brother brings in my big tree from the shed. And I cannot forget my big helper, Kevin. My nephew, Kevin, is 7 and fascinated with all things electric. He also is pretty smart about it. Kevin's job is testing the lights and then helping me decorate outside. So, with all this help, you can understand why I do not do it all myself. Why take all that joy away from them! Prior to Thanksgiving I did get one small tree up and decorated and about 10-12 of my regular houses and 10 small houses put up. Starting today, though, the serious decorating begins! The difficult part about decorating when you have a business is that the place can never look totally like a wreck. Since I have guests in this weekend I need to do this in an orderly fashion. It is good for me to have these perimeters - otherwise it would look like a tornado set down in the North Pole! Stay tuned for pictures of some of my decorating. And if you have time and need to destress, why not come to Ocean City for a couple of days? It is calm and peaceful and on the weekends there are horse and carriage rides along Asbury Ave and lots of shopping deals!
I hope that if you are decorating you let the joy of the season take over and help you enjoy it!

Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Apple Butter Pecan Muffins

In one of my posts on facebook (www.facebook.com/serendipitynj) I wrote about making a new muffin recipe - Apple Butter Pecan Muffins. I promised that I would put the recipe in my blog and then share it on facebook, so here it is! By the way, if you have not already "liked" Serendipity on Facebook, just go to www.facebook.com/serendipitynj and click on Like. You can follow what goes on in Ocean City and at Serendipity. You'll get first look at any specials and first chance to get any last minute deals! So don't delay - get onto Facebook and Like Serendipity!

Apple Butter Pecan Muffins
1 large apple, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 T sugar plus 1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup apple butter
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 T baking powder
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 375. In medium bowl toss chopped apple with cinnamon and 1 T sugar to coat thoroughly. In mixing bowl cream butter, apple butter and 1/2 cup sugar until well blended, about 4 minutes. Add eggs and mix well. In another bowl mix flours and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture blending well. Stir in apples and pecans. Spoon into greased or paper lined muffin tins. Bake 15 - 20 minutes. Makes 18.

Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
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www.serendipitynj.com
www.facebook.com/serendipitynj

Monday, November 1, 2010

Shop and Wrap Special

Now that Halloween is over, it must be time to get ready for the holidays. Thanksgiving is easy - cook, bake and eat. You don't have to shop for anything except food. Now for Hanukkah, Christmas, or whatever your December holiday is, Shopping (yes, the capital S was deliberate) takes on a life of its own. And not only do you have to shop you also have to wrap those special gifts. Make it easier on yourself this year. Do your shopping in Ocean City! Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk have unique gifts, and a lot of special activities going on. Starting 11/20, every weekend through 12/19 will feature free horse and carriage rides on Asbury Avenue! So why not take a trip to Ocean City, do some shopping, and enjoy a weekend of semi-relaxation! To help you do that, here is a special package for you called the Shop and Wrap Special.
Shop and Wrap Weekend
Stay any 2 consecutive nights from now until 12/19/10. Shop Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk for those unique gifts of Ocean City! Come back to Serendipity to find wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, tape, scissors and gift tags waiting for you!Listen to holiday music while you sip hot tea and wrap your special gifts. Receive a special gift bag when you check-in! Free horse and carriage rides on Asbury Avenue starting 11/20/10. All of this for only $295 INCLUDING all taxes and fees! Or Stay any 2 weekday nights - Sunday through Thursday - for only $275 You must mention the Shop and Wrap Weekend special at time of reservation.
So give me a call at 609-399-1554 or book online at www.serendipitynj.com Tell me you want the Shop and Wrap Special. I'm waiting to take your reservation!

Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
[email protected]
www.serendipitynj.com