Cameo Heights Mansion Bed and Breakfast is a
seven suite luxury resort overlooking the beautiful Walla Walla
River and was named one of the top ten bed and breakfasts in the
United States. The owners, Alan and Deanne Fielding, welcome couples for
anniversaries, honeymoons and a chance to just get away and have
time together. Being parents of seven grown children and 26
grandchildren who now live at all geographical regions through the
US, they remember the importance of getting time away to renew
their marriage. Their home, once filled with great home
cooking and warmth, provided the training for Deanne who now
"mothers" guests from all over the world. "Nothing makes
guests feel more at home than delicious food and warm hospitality",
When the children were at home, the holidays produced aromatic
smells of spices, fresh bread and rolls, baked goods and fun.
"Getting children to eat what is good for them is one of the
hardest jobs for moms!" laughs Deanne. "Contrary to what most
pundits say--Food is love. If you love your kids, you teach
them to enjoy the food that is good for them and tastes good
too!" Deanne believes that the foods that make healthy bodies
are best taught at home. "During the holidays, take out a
cinnamon stick, a whole nutmeg or fresh ginger root and show it to
your children. Show them how to grate it, let them smell the
wonderful aroma and then let them stir and follow recipes.
When they see how an apple made into fresh homemade applesauce
tastes with fresh grated cinnamon on it, it's better than any
Deanne knows that the way to help picky children learn to eat
whole wheat bread is to have them help you make bread. "Bread
hot out of the oven with honey is hard for the most particular
child to turn down." Her own five daughters now share recipe
ideas on their own blog 'Bred to Cook'. "Introducing flavors
to children early in natural ways develop their little palates to
be more willing to try foods and appreciate nutrition to build
healthy minds and bodies. Spices contain natural cleansing agents,
immunity functions, digestive aids and help clear cold & flu
Cameo Heights Mansion features a five star onsite evening
restaurant "The Vine" with a private chef, Penny Addison.
"Penny was a natural fit for us," says Fielding, "she cooks with
simple herbs and spices, fresh local seasonal items that come
together in simple ways that have made us a top area
restaurant." Guest reviews on Opentable.com indicate
the formula works.
Deanne is the breakfast chef for the Mansion. "Each
morning before breakfast we pamper our guests with hot fresh Danish
and coffee delivered outside their door on a tray. " One of
the favorite guest breakfasts during the holidays is 'Almond
Crusted Lemon Zested French Toast' with 'Apricot Persimmon Compote'
and fresh house made 'Lemon Curd'. "The Apricot Persimmon
Compote hints of warm aromatic cloves that make the whole kitchen
smell like the holidays." She shares the recipe with
readers. "This would make a holiday breakfast a treasured
Don't forget to pin this amazing recipe to your Recipes
board on Pinterest or share it on Facebook with
Almond Crusted Lemon Zested French
Beat 6 eggs and mix with ½ c. half and half, ¼ c. sugar, 1 tsp
vanilla and the zest of one lemon. Reserve the lemon aside.
Beat together well and dip thick cut Texas Toast on both
sides. Sprinkle sliced almonds on a cookie sheet and put the
dipped toast on the almonds, turn and the almonds will stick to the
egg mixture. Fry on a medium griddle until the almonds are
toasted and browned on both sides. Dust with powdered sugar,
drizzle with lemon curd and top with warm Apricot Persimmon
Apricot Persimmon Compote
Chop ½ c. dried apricots into a saucepan. Add one can of
canned apricots, liquid and all. Peel 2 ripe persimmons and
cut into bite sized pieces. Add to the apricots. With a
microplane grater, add the dust of 4 cloves and the juice from the
reserved lemon. Simmer on low until the apricots and
persimmons are soft and fragrant. Serve warm.
Zest lemons and add the sugar to the zest. Squeeze the
lemons to get the juice, add the water and add the eggs beating
after each egg until frothy. Add the sugar/zest mixture,
cornstarch and salt. Cook in a small saucepan on low heat
until it thickens slightly. Don't overcook! Add the
butter and stir in as it melts. May be served cooled or
COMMENT below with your favorite holiday recipe!
You'll be entered to win a one night stay at luxurious Cameo
Heights Mansion (value $279, prize applies to week night stay
only and expires March 31, 2013). Winner will be
announced on December 24 (just in time for Christmas!)! (No
purchase necessary to win.)
My kids are busy baking and decorating Christmas cookies
together. This is the first time that they've done it and I'm so
proud of them. They are 12 and 9 years. Together we'll make goody
plates for friends and family. Tonight we'll deliver them and visit
some wonderful people.
Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Click here for some great Holiday Cookie and Homemade Candy
We are so excited to see Cavalia in Portland tonight. They have
extended the show through December and created a family package,
making it more affordable. Don't miss this opportunity. Check out
the website for amazing video footage of the horses. And click
below to learn more about the show and the family value package
I was on the black hole of time called pinterist and
found this amazing recipe for fun holiday pretzel treats. Adorable
and delicious - with three simple ingredients. Kisses, round
pretzels and m&m's. I'm so excited to try it with the kids.
She calls them pretzel snacks. Her
friends call them Reindeer Noses. Check out the step-by-step
instructions and photos at the House on the Hilltop blog.
I love learning new ideas and recipes
that are not only delicious, but fun to do with the kids. Just when
you think you know everything, someone surprises you! Please share
some of your favorite treats with us too. Add your items with a
link in the comments section below and we'll be sure to share them
with our readers.
Get the look of expensive packages wrapped in no time and for
little money. Top your gifts with beautiful handmade bows. Bows add
polish to packages, wreaths and all kinds of holiday decorating.
Just keep some of your favorite satin and wire-rimmed ribbon
on-hand and you'll be a package pro in no time.
These large and gorgeous bows add polish to packages,
wreaths and decorations. Follow these five steps to craft
beautiful, full bows.
Use three widths of ribbon to make this tiered bow. Match the
colors of your gift wrapping paper to the ribbons for a tailored
finish. This easy-to-make bow adds a delicate touch to any gift. In
two easy steps, you can make your own tiered bow.
A spin on a traditional bow, two colors ofribbon add a creative
A modern, chunky spin the classic bow, you can make this tailored
bow in two easy steps.
For more amazing wrapping ideas, visit www.bhg.com.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is making Candy Trains.
The kids love it - how could you not love bowls and bowls full of
candy and frosting? You can keep it simple or get creative and make
a how candy village. The directions were passed on by a friend, and
I'm afraid I don't have any specific info on the origin other than
"Home Arts Festival" to give proper credit - so if you know, let me
The instructions can be found here, complete with notes on
frosting recipe and how to construct different elements: Candy Train Instructions
Let us know if you try this out!
We know how busy all of you moms are going to be for the
holidays. Here is a quick greeting to let you know that we're all
in this together. Remember to take time to enjoy this holiday
season, and maybe even do something special for yourself!
Have fun with your holiday greetings.
Yourself today! It's fun and really easy.
Kelley Reese's simple and inspiring
jewelry stylishly gives moms subtle reminders of important
qualities that we all embrace. To let all you moms out there
know that you are strong and beautiful, we are giving away Kelley
Reese's strength necklace, like the one pictured above.
In the comments section below, tell us about your strongest
holiday memory. We will randomly draw a name on Friday, December
10th to win the bracelet.
You can view her entire collection of gorgeous jewelry here.
There is no doubt that one of the hottest gift
items this holiday season will be Pillow Pets. Pillow Pets was
gracious enough to supply MOM Magazine with a Pillow Pet as part of
our holiday giveaway.
I was first introduced to the darling things while in Target one
day several months ago. I was happily walking down the isle when I
heard a grown woman scream "O. M. G. THEY HAVE PILLOW PETS!" I
watched her rush to an end cap filled with puppies, lady bugs and
unicorns. Soon after that, I started hearing about them
Does your child have a pillow pet? If yes, which one? If no, is
it on his/her wish list?
We will randomly select a winner on Friday, December 10th, so
check back often!
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