Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cheesecake Pancakes

Don't they sound yummy? A friend forwarded me a recipe for Cheesecake Pancakes which I am hoping to try tomorrow. I love cheesecake so it should be interesting to see how they turn out. One of the great things about owning Serendipity is trying out new recipes. I never try out a completely new recipes on guests. I try it out on my or willing friends. (Thank you willing friends - and yes, that includes family, too!) However, tomorrow I have no friends or family visiting so it will be just me. Next step - if I like the recipe - is finding someone else to try them.
During the summer I have 9 menus that I rotate. I do that so if someone visits a few times during the summer on the same days they do not get the same breakfast menu everyday. I have a couple of items I tried out that were not that popular so in the winter I look for replacements. So stay tuned - maybe this summer you will see Cheesecake Pancakes on the menu!

Don't forget my free night contest. Book a stay for 2 or more nights by March 31 and be entered to win a free night stay anytime you want! If you plan to come down this year anyway, why not book now and get a chance to win a free night! Call me today at 609-399-1554 to book or book online at www.serendipitynj.com Be sure to write in the Notes section to enter you into the contest. This contest is only for those who receive and read my newsletters or read my blog so your chances are good. Let's face it - someone has to win and it might as well be you!

Hope to see you soon!

Karen
Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
info@serendipitynj.com
www.serendipitynj.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Vote for Ocean City!

Calling all Ocean City fans! South Jersey Magazine is again running their Best of the Jersey Shore contest. Last year Ocean City was voted #1 Beach! Ocean City was also recognized for our surfing beach, shopping and a few other categories. Help Ocean City retain the title of #1Beach in New Jersey. Go to http://www.southjersey.com/best_of_shore/ and vote for Ocean City for all the categories you believe it applies. (Just a hint.....OC is not the best for BYOB !) Although the polling does not end until 5/1/10, do it today while you are thinking about it.
While you are there, be sure you scroll down far enough to vote for Serendipity Bed and Breakfast as best B&B!

Karen

Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
info@serendipitynj.com
www.serendipitynj.com

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Blizzard of 2010 - take 2




The second snow storm was not all it was played up to be - which was just fine! We got maybe another 3-4 inches but best of all, it was the light, fluffy snow! At 8:30 pm the snow had stopped and the wind was not crazy. I had been watching the forecasts and they were talking about temps in the single digits for Sunday and with the wind chill factor even less so I figured I should shovel Saturday night before everything froze. So I went out but it did not take very long. When I woke up the next morning I realized I could probably have waited until Sunday to shovel but at least it was all done! Only problem was the ice. Parts of the sidewalk were icy and the porch and stairs were very icy. Ever since breaking my elbow is 2003, I have been paranoid about walking on ice. With the carpeting on the porch and stairs there was not a lot I could do, Then my sister Deb reminded me that Bonnie had bought this stuff called an ice walk mat (or something close). Anyway, it is hard to describe but is a brown fibrous material about 18" wide and you put it over ice and you can now walk! Perfect for the porch and stairs! It does not mold itself perfectly to the stairs but is fine if you are holding onto the railing. I had just enough salt left in the bag to do the sidewalk so I was all set! Here is a pic of the house - with the ice walk mat. Doesn't everything look pretty?
Later in the day I drove down to the south end to check on Deb and Bonnie's house for them. There were a lot of wires either down or very heavily weighted with all the snow and ice. I guess those are the houses that may have been without power. Fortunately Deb and Bonnie's house appeared to be fine.
Next storm is Tuesday evening.....stay tuned!
Karen




Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
info@serendipitynj.com
www.serendipitynj.com

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Bizzard of 2010 - Take 1

OK, so the blizzard of 2010 has arrived. It started snowing last night and really did look pretty. Around 9 pm I looked outside. The snow was coming down and there was a lot of wind. Across the street at Coral Sands, their parking lot has maybe a half inch. On MY side of the street, we already had about 2 inches on the sidewalk. Hey, no fair. It really was kind of funny - no snow across the street but snow here. Well, by morning things has kind of evened out - but there still was more snow on the south side of 9th street. However, there was enough snow to go around!
We are still waiting for the next snowstorm to come through. but I feel sorry for the people who live on the back bay area. In addition to having to deal with all the snow, they also have to deal with flooding. The next high tide is 2 pm - I cannot imagine having to deal with snow, water and wind. So things are not as bad at Serendipity as they could be. And I am thankful for that.
I set my alarm for 8 am so I could get an early start on shoveling. I woke up, heard the wind and said, forget that and snuggled back for another hour. By the time I went out, the snow had mostly stopped but the wind was really bad. I was fortunate that Rich from across the street came over and helped me to shovel. The sidewalk wasn't too bad but it was a heavier snow than the last one. The snow that had been piled up by the plows was really heavy and that is the part that Rich worked on.Conditions like this really do bring out the best in people. I feel a bit tired but invigorated by being out in the fresh air. It is cold and windy but also feels clean. I love living in Ocean City.
Stay tuned for Blizzard of 2010 - part 2. Anticipation........!

Karen

Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
info@serendipitynj.com
www.serendipitynj.com

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Win a free night at Serendipity Bed and Breakfast!

There might be snow on the ground but those hot days of summer are fast approaching.
How would you like to win a free night at Serendipity? From now until March 31, make any 2 night or more reservation for any stay during 2010 and be entered into a contest to win a free night! Already made your reservation? Email me and tell me to enter you name in the contest! That is all you have to do. Pick up the phone and call me at 609-399-1554 or go to my website at www.serendipitynj.com and reserve online. Put in the Notes section "enter me to win one free night!" On April 1 - and I promise this is no April Fool's prank - check back at this blog to see if you are the winner!

Good luck!

Karen
Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
609-399-1554
info@serendipitynj.com
www.serendipitynj.com