Exit 34 in North Bend, Washington. Just 30 minutes east of Seattle on I-90. 10 minutes away from Snoqualmie Falls & Snoqualmie Casino.

Marzipan Pocket Cookie Recipe

I found this recipe and adapted it from a cookbook that I picked up just this week. It’s official, I have become a cookbook junkie. I love cookbooks that have a photo of every recipe.

Here is what you will need for these delicious cookies:

2 cups flour

1/2 cup of superfine sugar

7 oz. of butter

3 egg yolks (set aside egg whites, see below)

7 oz. almond paste

1/2 cup of powdered sugar

3 egg whites

2   1/2 teaspoons of flour

Raspberry jelly

Combine flour and sugar in food processor…

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Hamilton Beach 70590 Big Mouth 14-Cup Food Processor

Then place butter into food processor and mix together until it resembles bread crumbs. Set aside in a bowl.

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Separate eggs.

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This is easy to do. Just crack the egg and move the egg yolk back and forth between the egg shell halves until the egg white is in one bowl…

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…then place the egg yolk in the other bowl.

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Place egg yolks into the flour, sugar and butter mix. Mix until it forms a nice cookie dough like this.

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The recipe said to half the dough, wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate but since I used cold butter, I didn’t refrigerate.

For the filling:

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Place one 7 oz. package of almond paste (the recipe called for marzipan but I think they meant to say almond paste because of the way they prepared it.)

Odense Almond Paste, 7-Ounce Tube (Pack of 6)

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Process almond paste in food processor until finely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1  1/2 tablespoons of the egg whites and the 2  1/2 teaspoons of flour to the almond paste.

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Roll out cookie dough onto a floured surface and cut out into about 2 1/2 inch circle shapes. I used a doughnut cutter without the center cut out piece… I figured that I might as well since I haven’t had good luck with the doughnut making yet!

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After placing cookies on a baking sheet, brush with remaining egg whites and then top with about 1 tablespoon of the marzipan mix (now it is marzipan since we combined it with the flour & egg whites) and although the recipe did not call for it, I splurged with about a 1/2 a tablespoon of raspberry jelly.

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After placing a second cut-out on top of the jelly layer, I pressed down the edges to help hold the fillings inside.

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Brush each cookie top with egg yolk as well.

Enter stage right… slivered almonds! The star of the show has finally arrived. Pretty up the top of each cookie with about 5 or so slivered almond pieces.
Aurora Products Inc. Almonds Slivered Blanched, 7 Ounce Tubs (Pack of 3)

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

The smell from the oven was heavenly!

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Our guests will love these. We know, because we sampled them too.

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Twittering About

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I just saw this really neat bike online!

Check it out…
Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

While flipping through my recipes looking for my next culinary blog post, I heard a funny noise in our lobby. I finally got curious and started to look around to see what was up. It wasn’t long before I hopped into action with iPhone in hand.

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It was a bird! It was hitting it’s head against the window trying to get out. We’ve never had a guest who actually wanted to leave before!

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Trap it.

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A blur.

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Catching it.

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Oops!

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The hands didn’t work, so we tried a hat.

Happy to be saved from the vicious window.

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“Now let me go!”

We let our tired, confused friend go back into the wild. Bye, bye birdy!

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Tulips vs. Elk

Frogquitoes at The Old Hen

My mom and dad live in a cute little barn on the same property as The Old Hen. More than likely, you will get to meet my mom, Dixie, when you have breakfast here because she helps me in the kitchen often. We enjoy working together. She spends her extra time hacking into my facebook status. She’s a lot of fun and she is always a good sport.


Dixie AKA Mom, Grandma and frogquito farmer

Last month mom started feeding goldfish food to a pot of tadpoles in her garden. They were cute little swimmers. We were excited to meet the little frogs someday but we were also trying to picture so many of them hopping out of the flower pot all at one time.

What mom thought she was growing
What mom thought she was growing

Then we learned from my 13 year old son that these were not tadpoles at all. They were mosquitoes! Ewwwww! Here are a couple of charts I found on the internet to help you see the differences.

What mom was REALLY growing
What mom was REALLY growing

You might want to check your own flower pots and make sure that you aren’t growing any mosquitoes. If you do like raising mosquitoes, we can recommend fish food as a treat of choice.

We love teasing mom about her about her frogquitoes! Sometimes it’s the little things that make life a tad more fun.

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Sour Cream Coffeecake Recipe

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Wilton Disposable 12 Inch Decorating Bags, Pack Of 24

Wow! These bags are lifesavers when it comes to making filled goodies. I used them this time to make cream cheese filled orange muffins — yummers!

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Wrapped in a cute little bag-a-muffin!

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Harrah! We kept the elk herds away just long enough to get our spring picture!

On Saturday, I stopped by with a donation of about 20 pounds of yummy pasta salad and saw my old neighbor friends, Glynis and Berry Rogers while their daughter’s unicycle team put on a big unicycle event. I couldn’t stick around to see all of the tricks like I would have liked too but it sure looked fun!

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This picture, taken by the Rogers family, was of the the North Bend team at The Apple Blossom parade. They really get around! We’re proud of our local unicycle team and their leader, Mr Tupper who has voluntarily led this team for almost 30 years! He is “wheely” cool! :)

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This is my mom, Dixie. She makes breakfast with me every morning and faithfully hacks into my facebook status and let’s everyone know what we’re cookin’! SO, WHEN YOU SEE CAPITALS ON MY STATUS, THAT IS MY MOM TYPING IN FOR ME. I know, we have tried to teach her that capitals means she is yelling but she is the family matriarch so she can type capitals if she wants to.

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We worked on the garden yesterday too. I hate rows so we have little patches of everything that you can imagine. I will keep you posted with pictures. “Deanna, how does your garden grow?” I’ll be honest… if it grows well, it will be a miracle! :)

Here is today’s lovely breakfast of ham, cheese and green onion quiche (I wish that your screen was scratch & sniff cuz this smells heavenly!) and a whopping piece of sour cream coffeecake. Yummers!

Super-de-duper Moist Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

1 c. butter, softened

2 c. sugar

2 eggs

1 t. pure vanilla

1 t. salt

1 t. baking powder

2 c. cake flour

1 1/2 c. sour cream

Cream butter, sugar & eggs. Fold in sour cream and pure vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients. Spoon half of batter into greased 9 inch-round cake pan Wilton Excelle Elite 9-Inch Round Pan

Cover with 3/4 of this filling:

1 cup chopped walnuts,

1 1/2 t. cinnamon

3/4 c. brown sugar

Spoon remaining batter over cinnamon-nut filling. Top again with remaining cinnamon-nut filling. Bake about 45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

You can see above that we wrapped ours in brown paper and a little raffia straw bow for that added special touch. This coffeecake is extra delicious warmed with butter!

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Lastly, my son and I finally painted our rockers for the porch this weekend! They look awesome!

I have many more projects on my list but I think perhaps that I have earned a Mother’s Day break! I hope that you will have a very happy Mother’s Day too! If you haven’t gotten a gift for mom yet, we have gift certificates, openings for tonight and freshly painted porch rockers for her to enjoy. :)

Blessings!

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Life is Good Unless You’re a Lobster

I am a happy girl as I sit here in front of my Mac, sipping hot coffee from my “Life is Good” mug.

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I love “Life is Good” products. They remind me of the simple truth that life really is good every time that I use them. I went to a store that was going out of business the other day hoping to scoop up a new “Life is Good” shirt and, instead, walked out with the “Life is Good” display coffee table for the inn! I’ve been looking for the perfect coffee table for months and finally fell in love with this one! :) Ahhh… life really is good.

Life is good Women Hot Mug Coffee Longsleeve Shirt, L

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I heart having a small business! You get to meet such great people. I went to a tourism meeting this week and met the Mayor of Mercer Island, Jim Pearman; the project planner of Grimaldi’s Coffee House, Tanya Alter and Will Parkinson from the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah. What great people! I’ve found that most business owners are big-hearted people who really want to make a difference in the world.

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On a side note, I had to take a Jag to the meeting. Bummer, huh? It was a lot of fun to drive. I’ve always liked the look of Jaguars but, whoa baby, do they drive nice and it had an awesome stereo too!

It has been a busy week since as well. We celebrated a birthday with a shin-dig and cooked a live lobster. Here’s the scoop in picture form:

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Poor little guy

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Sunburned after about 45 minutes of boiling (about 12 minutes per pound)

I know, I know but I just couldn’t resist. Me? I have officially decided that I do not like lobster. I wish I liked red wine and lobster but I do not enjoy either one so I had Jack & the Box tacos for dinner. There is no hope for me.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Original post on 5.5.2009

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Apple iPod nano 8 GB Pink (4th Generation)

High Sierra Torrent 70 Hydration Pack

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Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook

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Canon PowerShot SD1100IS 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue)

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The Help

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Scrapbooks Etc. (1-year)

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A Well Balanced Diet

Yummers! This breakfast sandwich is stacked to please with a fried egg, black forest ham and the trimmings on your slightly toasted bread of choice.

Keep posted for recipes coming soon! Yep, that’s right… we are letting you in on the how tos of our culinary and hospitality secrets as well as some go to resources that will keep you filled with fresh ideas!

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I heart mini quilts.

Make your house a home with these amazing little mini quilts that can be used as a throw or a lovely cover over your tablecloth. Sweet! There is even one named after me.

Deanna Pink Green Floral Jacobean Quilt Throw

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What Are Your Favorite Signs of Spring?

I haven’t blogged for a few days but I have been thinking about you. :)

I took a little walk around The Old Hen to show you some of our encouraging signs of spring!

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Golden Majestic Yellow Tulips – 6 Bulbs

This tulip was in the backyard where wwwe discovered the elk. I can’t believe it survived!

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These are some of my favorites… now if I could just remember the name of them!
Ahhh… I looked them up after blogging, and here they are: Grape Hyacinths – 25 Bulbs per bag

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Nothing says spring like the first week of hanging baskets. You don’t know how much of a miracle it is that they survived under my brown thumb!

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And an update on our Giant White Bantam chicks. They are almost junior high age in just a couple of short months! I am curious to see if they both turn as white as they say or if one will remain more golden. You know how they say that big babies are easier to hold? I’m not so sure that applies to peeps!

I found this antique file drawer at a garage sale. It reminded me of when I was a bank teller and we had everyone’s signature literally filed away in an actual drawer at the branch they opened their account at! BTW, it wasn’t fun when we dropped the cards and had to put them all back into the correct alphabetical order. I know from experience!

So I had this fun little idea to place pots of flowers in the drawers. I’m not sure that it will work well but in the meantime, I love it!

Happy spring!

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