Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blackberry is Entered in the 19th Annual Toboggan Championships! Would You Like to Join Us?

That's right! The Inns at Blackberry Common will be racing in this years National Toboggan Championships held right here at the Camden Snowbowl! The weather has been perfect, leaving a 24" snow base on the mountain and over 10 inches of ice on the pond! The event will take place the weekend of February 6th through the 8th and you are invited to join us for a toboggan ride on the 440 foot chute that is completed in less than 8 seconds! Just call the Inn and talk to Jim or Cyndi to reserve your spot! This is a fun-filled family event with activities throughout the weekend! Simply visit http://www.camdensnowbowl.com/ and click on Toboggan Nationals for a full calendar of events, photos and videos of prior years events and more! The mountain is open at designated times throughout the weekend for skiing, snowboarding and tubing as well! A great time is had here every year! Call us and become a part of this years events!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Camden is a Winter Wonderland!

We have had such a beautiful winter so far this year! Conditions have been perfect for downhill as well as cross country skiing and snowshoeing! We have had over 4 feet of the white stuff so far this year, making for a great base, beautiful scenery and plenty of outdoor activities available! All of these activities can be fun for the whole family, and we love to recommend our favorite parks, paths and hills! Don't have your own equipment? You can borrow ours if available, or you can rent locally at Maine Sport in neighboring Rockland. One of our favorite hills is Mt. Battie, with breathtaking views of the Camden Harbor and the Penobscot Bay, and plenty of trails and hills depending on your skill level! We have lots of ideas and advice, and would love to help you plan your activities,... give us a call! This picture is of Jim snowshoeing last week. Need a guide? He would be happy to oblige as time allows! Any excuse to go out and play!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Recipe: Gingerbread Cake with Rum Sauce

This recipe has been a hit every time we have served it and has been requested again and again by some of our favorite guests! We are sharing here with you, but must credit the Joy of Cooking with this fabulous recipe!

Cake Ingredients:
1 C applesauce
1/2 C molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
2/3 C sugar
1/3 C canola oil
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp finely grated ginger or dry ginger
3/4 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp cloves
4 tsp salt

Preheat oven 325. Spray 8X8 glass pan. Bring applesauce in a saucepan to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in molasses & baking soda. Let rest. In separate bowl, beat eggs & sugar for 3-4 minutes. Gradually add canola oil to egg mixture. Sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Alternately add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the egg mixture, alternating with 1/3 of the applesauce mixture until fully incorporated and mix well. Pour into baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven.

Butter Rum Sauce Ingredients:
6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 Tbsp Corn Syrup
1 C Brown Sugar
2+ Tbsp Rum
About a pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
Fine Zest of one orange.

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook on medium heat until bubbly. Reduce heat and continue to heat 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken upon standing. Serve the gingerbread with Rum Sauce drizzled on the plate, and over the cake with a little scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream! Delicious!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

NEW YEAR WISHES

May peace fill all the empty spaces around you
And in you, may contentment answer all your wishes.
May comfort be yours, warm and soft like a sigh.
And may the coming year
show you that every day is really a first day,
a new year.
Let abundance be your constant companion,
so that you have much to share.
May mirth be near you always,
like a lamp shining brightly
on the many paths you travel.
May you be true love.
-- Author Unknown