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Nov 29

“You Should Write a Book!”

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Jan 26

Cleaning Staff Challenges for Bed & Breakfast Owner

Every year I face the same challenge: How do I find reliable people to do the daily cleaning, laundry and bed-making here at the Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast? Every year one or more of our cleaning ladies exits for one reason or another. Reasons range from “I’m 65 years old now and my back …

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Apr 10

The women in your family share more than recipes

My mother, my daughters, my stepdaughter, daughter-in-law and sister-in-law have all influenced what and how I cook. This fact makes cooking so much more special, so filled with memories, so infused with affection, that the process is not a chore, but a true pleasure. My mother was thrifty (a child of the Great Depression, raised …

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Mar 13

Small Chocolate Cake Recipe From My Mother’s Vintage Cookbook

Many of our guests are coming to stay at the Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast to celebrate a special occasion, like an anniversary, birthday, honeymoon, getting engaged, even getting divorced (rare). Sometimes they want flowers, a bottle of champagne or a favorite bottle of wine , and we have our Romance Package, which includes those …

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Mar 09

Steps to Simplify My Life as a Bed and Breakfast Owner: Step Two

Looking at the things that have caused me the greatest aggravation over the years, I would say that crashed computers are ranked at top of the list. One a scale of 1-10, with 10 being near to a complete melt-down, mentally, emotionally and psychologically, our series of 3 computer crashes over the 13 years we’ve …

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Feb 14

Steps to Simplify My Life as a Bed and Breakfast Owner: Step One

My life has gotten way too complicated, by my own making, and it’s time to simplify it. My father used to say that he had to get something done. He had a lot to do, even post-retirement from his job as a Professor at the University. By then he owned three properties; his home in …

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Feb 07

Toilet Paper Roll Loading: Over vs Under?

Feb 07

Bed and Breakfast Owners – Prevent Burnout! Take a Vacation!

After an intense 2013 season, we planned a trip away to a tropical sunny paradise. It was recommended by a friend whose daughter has built a house there. We found a whole-house rental via VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) that sounded like It met our requirements for king sized bed, swimming pool, reliable water and …

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Jan 30

The First 6 Months – a Look-Back on a Self-Published Book Launch

A race to the finish line! Book publication! Launch parties! Six months later and now what? Straining to cross the finish line during the hectic months of July, August, September and October, I came to realize that I hadn’t finished a race, but instead have begun the next chapter of my journey. It’s a familiar …

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Nov 18

Awesome Almond Torte Recipe

Daughter Erin’s mother-in-law Bonnie is a self-sufficient woman who cooks everything from scratch, even her mayonnaise! Whenever I’ve had the chance to partake of her delicious Almond Torte for dessert at family gatherings, I’ve been pulled into tastebud heaven. Bonnie shared this very simple recipe with me, and our guests rave about it. Just this …

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