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Food, Flowers & Festivities at Crabtree Cottage

  • “Summer’s lease hath all to short a date.”  William Shakespeare

You know the saying, “August is the Sunday of Summer,”  well at Crabtree Cottage  we are packing every last minute into this “day”  that is for sure.   Our guests have been seeing plays, concerts at Tanglewood,  and world class dance, at Jacob’s Pillow.  In between they tour museums, shops & galleries.  Sometimes they leave after breakfast and pack in so much sightseeing that they don’t come back here until after an evening performance.  They eat in great restaurants & cafe’s,  and take in all the summer Berkshire activities.  Some stay for the just the weekend, others for almost a week.  We have been trying to keep up with them too! Although we are not on vacation, we often feel like we are as soon as we sit on that Tanglewood lawn, go the Pillow for an Inside Out performance, or eat in one of favorite restaurants that line our Main Street.  Come along, I’ll show you what we have been up to here at our summer cottage!

Crabtree Cottage
Crabtree Cottage

First, we make an amazing breakfast for our guests.  We love to add a twist to some of the traditional breakfast favorites.

mini avocado pesto omelettes with summer squash pancakes (all veggies from our garden)

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caprese scrambled eggs
caprese scrambled eggs, a side dish with our homegrown tomotoes

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artichoke & olive strata
artichoke & olive strata

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our signature popover
our signature popover ~ a guest favorite.  #susanbranch

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summer squash, tomato & cheese frittata
summer squash, tomato & cheese frittata, all from our garden!

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caprese crepes
caprese crepes

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 #barefoot contessa blondies
#barefoot contessa blondies

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One of my very favorite things to do when setting the stage for my guests arrival is to make a floral arrangement from my garden.  I think innkeepers / decorators get the most pleasure from setting the stage for their customers & loved ones.  This is one simple activity that fills my heart with enormous amounts of joy!  From a simple little vase to a grand arrangement for my friends & family.

crocosmia 'lucifer'
crocosmia ‘lucifer’

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floral arrangement from the garden
floral arrangement from the garden

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We also love to entertain on our back deck on summer nights.  Alfresco dining is our very favorite summer experience!

alfresco dining
alfresco dining

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cold corn soup & quinoa wraps
cold corn soup & quinoa/avocado radicchio wraps served during the heat wave

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My sister eloped in Nantucket!  When she came home we had a festive little dinner date here.

simple perfection ~ champagne & tapenade
we started the night with a toast….simple perfection ~ champagne & tapenade on polenta rounds

beautiful newlyweds!

The beautiful newlyweds!

A lot of my repeat guests have been asking about our dear, elderly, cat Beau. Beau is an indoor cat now, and spends her days lounging around, taking cat naps. No more front porch greetings for our guests , but you will usually get a glimpse of her if you are here long enough. Especially in the morning before her midday nap.  She has taken a liking to my office chair, strange but true.  Here is a little snippet of my dear girl purring ~ she doesn’t go out to the garden much anymore, so I bring it to her. She loves catmint & lavender.

Check out this little video of our beautiful Beau.

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Whenever we get the chance we pack a picnic and zoom over to Tanglewood.

avocado & basil pesto
avocado & basil pesto is Julia’s favorite so we always take that!

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summer picnics at Tanglwood
summer picnics at Tanglwood

Lastly, what would a summer post be without a few shots from the garden?  Here are some views from the inside looking out.

view from Suite Julia window
view from Suite Julia window

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back deck area
back deck area

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No more garden tours are on the calendar but that doesn’t mean summer is officially over.  We will still be out and about visiting gardens.  The Berkshire Botanical Garden is a must see in all the phases of summer.

summer garden tours
summer garden tours & open days  2013

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Thank you for coming by my blog today.  I hope you had a great summer too.