In September 2014 we had nine days to clean, spackle, paint, move in furniture, decorate, fill the kitchen with wonderful ingredients and our favorite recipes, then re-open the doors to the Dungeness Barn House B&B. Reservations wait for no one and nothing.
For a year and a half we prepared for the move to the Dungeness Barn House. Now it is absolutely surreal to realize we have finally made it here after 20 years of loving this property from afar. Our dream of being the stewards of this property is a reality. But there was so much more to it than wishing and hoping.
Thanks to an amazing moving company and even more amazing friends, we were able to accomplish all of this. I will never forget those nine days and the feelings are still strong.
It was a huge gift to work so hard with such amazing friends who were excited for us and unbelievably supportive in every way. Really good friends hold on to us, lift us up when we need it, feed us when we are hungry, and tuck us in when we are tired.
When it comes to our B&B guests the same applies. We serve you lovingly prepared food, give you a wonderfully peaceful place to rest, sleep and stroll which helps to send you off in the direction of YOUR dreams.
For 20 years this is the service that our hearts wanted to provide. Some things are just a part of us, a deep part of who we are. Some times, even way before we even understand it ourselves. But upon reflection, reflection of how it FEELS, we always knew this is what we were meant to do; to be doing. Doing right now. And it feels so good. Even when it’s a lot of hard work and long days, it still feels so good to be doing what we KNOW we were meant to do. In a location this lovely and with such warmth.
Thanks to all of you who have joined us here at the Dungeness Barn House B&B, or have come back to see us again, or let us celebrate moments of your life with you. We honor you, our new friends, and all that you share on this journey we take together.
These kinds of experiences over the past two years have literally changed me. On so many levels I feel like a new person, or what I really mean is that I feel like my truest self has emerged. That’s what happens when we hold tight to what we want in our lives.
You may remember that back in the middle of December  we posted a blog about the wonderful Open House we held at the Dungeness Barn House B&B. At the end of that blog we said that we’d include the recipe for the cookies in a LATER recipe blog. Well, now it’s later! And if fabric stores can hold sales for Christmas in July, then… Christmas cookie recipes in July must be just as appropriate, right? Okay, better than never, especially with this great recipe. On the other hand maybe we are really helpful by blogging a great holiday recipe for those of you who like to prepare early. Yes, that’s it! ENJOY!
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Colored Icing Ingredients
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons water
3 to 4 drops food coloring, plus more as needed
Colored sprinkles, optional [we used ‘googley’ eyes, noses, mustaches….]
Cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and light. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time to make a stiff dough. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll out a portion of cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased or nonstick cookie sheets. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minute, rotating baking sheet halfway through cooking time. Cool completely on pans about 5 minutes, transfer to cooling racks and cool completely before decorating. 24 cookies.
Icing: In a small bowl, mix sugar and water to form a thick, smooth icing. Stir in food coloring to reach desired shade. Drop icing onto cookies using a small teaspoon and smooth with the back of the spoon. Make additional bowls for additional colors. Multi-colored sprinkles can be added on top of icing before it dries for more decorative cookies, if desired.
It was a great Lavender Weekend for all. The setting was of sunny skies (more…)
Our Lilacs were simply beautiful this year. Different colors, different size trees and bushes, but all stunning. Especially under our Sequim “Blue Whole” sky this spring. And to get to walk around all of the raised beds and green house having Lilacs surrounding the east and west sides….
The nicest thing about Lilacs is that they are not only lovely to look at but they are fantastically fragrant. And to be working in the garden and veggies WHILE being surrounded in the sweetness, it just doesn’t get any better.
The fun part has been seeing that our new chickens are enjoying the Lilacs too. Between the Lilacs and the cows in the field, there’s a lot to explore if you’re a chicken at the Dungeness Barn House B&B. Or a guest!