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New breakfast for summer

With the warm weather here, and more wonderful fruits available MJ and I have rolled a new breakfast for our guests.

The fruit component is a wonderful mix of watermelon, blueberries with a lemon/mint simple syrup. This idea was from our good friend Dee who runs the Pedal’rs Inn.


The other item is a play off of French toast. English muffins have always been a favorite of mine, and a while back in a cooking magazine I saw a version of the ‘French English’ toast, but it was deep fried.

I didn’t want to do the deep frying, with extra equipment, time, and calories. But our efforts paid off and I used my favorite custard to soak the muffins in and then fried them on the griddle, and I love ’em. We also developed a gluten free version, that MJ loves.


We’re still working on the sauce, presently, it’s a version of bananas Foster, but I’d like to see the bananas go, but MJ wants to include them… So, the final version could be a few reversions away. We served this breakfast last Sunday , and it was a hit with our guests.

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A very special week off

Even innkeepers need some time off, and when needed, we take time off.

This next week we’ve closed the inn, but this time off is very special. The picture below shows what we went through a year ago.


My entire family including us were in Joplin last year. The pile of rubble in the background is what was left of my son’s house, and the little laundry room that saved 9 of us. We had just sat down for an important dinner and never had a chance to enjoy it. I even bought a special bottle of port to enjoy with dinner. At 5:41 the EF5 tornado hit, and all of our lives changed.

In digging through the rubble, a week later, my son found the bottle of port, in tact. A month later, on a visit down to help we opened that bottle, toasted to being, and my son named it tornado port. Since then, every month on the 22nd my wife and I stop what we are doing and a 5:41 have a toast celebrating “being”, with a glass of port.

This Tuesday will mark the one year anniversary of that dreadful event and my intention is to have a glass of port, at 5:41 at that location. This time we will be in my son’s almost completed new house, but all of us will be there. Together. Celebrating being.

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Anyone that knows me, or soon after they do meet me knows that I do very much enjoy coffee. In fact, it’s been suggested that I should buy stock in Starbucks. Heck, I even have a Starbucks hat!

Being an avid Facebook user I’ll often post that I’m at this Starbucks or that coffee shop, and the reaction I get is that I’m a coffee addict or maybe a sales guy for Starbucks. One of my friends responded that I might need to get into coffee detox.

Recently in Cambridge a new cafe opened up –Camrock cafe and sport , that is open late (for Cambridge) and fits my life style, it’s on my evening walking route so that I get my walk in and my latte!

I do enjoy coffee, I can tell good coffee from bad. But, in the big scheme of things it’s not really the coffee. It is the fact that at least once a day, I stop what I’m doing, get a coffee and invest time in me. I do some thinking, I relax, I refresh. It could be tea, root beer, whatever. It’s also important to note that I can make really good coffee at home. Cheaper too. But, at home it’s pour a cup, have a sip, and do a chore, keep going, lots to do. Plus, my mom told me, it always tastes better when someone else makes something for you.

When having the coffee in town I’ll met a neighbor and catch up with them. Bottom line, it’s really not the beverage, but rather the investment in me.

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Destination weddings right here

Saw this article on destination weddings, and thought you should be aware that we do that right here at the Hanson House!

We had the ultimate, intimate destination wedding here last weekend.  The bride, and her parents were from China and the groom was from Indiana.  Take a look at the pictures, you can see the look on their faces of joy and true love.  We were more than happy to be this couple’s destination for their wedding.  Rev Mary Jane from marytherev.com was the officiant and custom wrote the ceremony.


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All guests are special….

For years now we’ve known that our guests are special. But, every once in a while an extra special one comes along, and we experienced that this weekend. Many of our guests leave us notes and comments in our guest books, but this comment. Was wonderful.

Here’s a little background on this visit. The gentleman booked the room as a surprise for his wife, who turned 89. He was also 89, gentle, sweet man, and you could tell very much in love with his wife. I did not ask how long they were married, but that really didn’t matter.

After they left we found the following note in our guest book:

“This is our first B&B experience in nearly 90 years of living. Hanson House’s peace, quiet, beauty and Serbian hospitality showed us what we have been missing.

What a wonderful birthday overnight! Your ‘brunch’ tray was beautiful and delicious and we particularly appreciated your thoughtful amenities.”

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Spring at the Hanson House, REALLY early this year.

Here in Cambridge, we are enjoying the really, really early Spring weather.  Although we’re suspicious of what Ma Nature has in store for us next, we are very much enjoying the incredible weather.

MJ just came in from the yard, and it appears our plant also want to come out and enjoy the weather.

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Mia’s Room Update! New Movie Lover’s Room.

MJ let me do the newest upgrade to one of our rooms.  So, I did what most guy’s would do – get a bigger TV!

Now, one of our largest rooms has the largest TV!  Plus, while I was add it, I also added an HD cable box.  Not only can you watch a selection from our vast DVD library, but you can also pick anything you like on cable, and watch it in HD!

As with any “Grand Opening”, you have to run a special.  Surf on over to our promotions page, and check it out.


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Just when you think you’ve seen most things, I came home from work a week ago and found a couple of peacocks at our back door sitting in the sun.  Seems our neighbor has these, for good luck, and they got out.  After they were rounded up, I found that these birds may look beautiful, but they are a shi**ing machines!

This past weekend, once again, there was one in our yard.  I thought, no big deal.  I’ll just round it up, and get it back in their yard.  It was a windy day, and the gate had swung open.  As I’m “herding” this bird back to the gate, the wind blew and closed the gate.  So I pushed it open to get the bird back, and while this is going on, the other peacock left the yard.  So, now I’m chasing two of these birds, and the gate is swinging open and closed.  Funny stuff.

I gave up, and just called our neighbor and let him know of the escape again.  BTW, these birds are big and beautiful.  But, after their looks, I really don’t know why any one would have them.  Other than the mess, they also sound terrible.

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guests say the funniest stuff

On week day morning, we include a short hand written note for our guests.  Today, when cleaning the room I found a note from the guests, to us –

Dear Duke & MJ,

Should you find a little sock in this bed, I apologize. 😉  The bed eats socks as well as will power~! …..

Thank you for everything….


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Vacations Are Fun by Mary The Rev

The two of us just finished our first whole week of vacation in a long time. The first part of our vacation was spent in Little Rock at the Professional Association of International Innkeepers. Our first evening in town, we spend on the first floor of the hotel in the middle of a tornado watch drinking port. The next few days we proceeded to find out where to find artisanal coffee and gluten free dining options. On day 5, Duke and I fell down 16 wet metal steps on our backs. Duke felt relief for the hotel hot tub and by Saturday, I needed urgent care. The urgent care doc said just a contusion and back spasms. The last two days we spent inJoplin with our children and grand children and saw their new house rising out of the red soil. Wonderful!


Now that we are back home, we feel in order to get vacations just right, we’ll need to schedule more of these.