Monday, May 2, 2016

 Bridal Shower at the Downtown Historic Bed and Breakfast

This weekend we hosted a beautiful bridal shower for a really sweet couple.  The shower was planned at first outside but due to our New Mexico weather deciding to be one our more "Blustery" days plans had to be changed and it was hosted inside the Heritage House.  The shower had all sorts of cute little features to it.  

Guest were able to enjoy mingling and all the treats in the dining room of the Heritage House

There even was a cupcake decorating station!

This wasn't just a Jenga game it was also a place where you could write on a block "marriage advice" for the couple.  

Best of all there was an assortment of food and treats for all the guests.  All beautifully staged on the buffet in the Heritage House.

Everyone seemed to have an amazing time at the event and the couple got lots of great gifts to help them start their life out together.  We loved hosting this event and look forward to more opportunities to bless others with our beautiful facility for a fun and unique event.  Thank you Sara and Colin for having your shower with us!

Steve & Kara Grant
Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfasts of Albuquerque
your Albuquerque New Mexico Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Count Down to Christmas - #1 Gluten Free Dinner Rolls

A must for any Christmas dinner - Rolls!  This year thought I would try gluten free rolls, and I must say I like them better then a wheat flour roll.  Here is the recipe I put together after trying a variety of grains.

  • 1 cups Almond  Flour
  • 1/2 cup soy flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp. SAF instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup warm water (105-110°)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, dairy-free margarine, or Spectrum shortening, melted
  • 1 egg (preferably room temp)
  • 1 tsp. cider vinegar

1.  In the mixing bowl of your electric mixer, mix together flour, xanthan gum, instant yeast, sugar, and salt.
2.  With mixer running on low speed, add in the water, melted butter (or substitute), egg, and cider vinegar.
3.  Mix on medium speed 3 minutes.

4.  Spray 8" or 9" round cake pan or pie plate with cooking spray. Using a 2" scoop or 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop dough into 9 mounds in the pan. I place one mound in middle, then scoop 8 mounds of dough side by side all the way around the pan.
5.  Dip your fingertips into warm water and use to smooth out the tops of the rolls, continuing to wet fingers as needed.
Ready for the oven after rising

6.  Cover with a dry towel and let rise in a warm place 45 minutes to 1 hour.
7.  During the last few minutes that the rolls are rising, preheat oven to 400°.
8.  Bake in 400° oven for 26-28 minutes. Tops should be golden brown and if you measure temperature of dough, it should measure 200°.
9.  Brush rolls with additional 1/2-1 Tablespoon of melted butter.
Fresh out of the oven golden brown rolls

Steve & Kara Grant
Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfasts of Albuquerque
your Albuquerque New Mexico Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Tuesday Lunch Date

One of my favorite days is Tuesday.  This is the day that Steve and I have decided to make a standing lunch date.  We have also decided to try a different place to eat each time we go for our "Lunch Date."  I decided that this would be a great way for me to share some of the great places to eat in Albuquerque as well as share our finds with guests at the bed and breakfast.  For our first lunch date we decided to try out a newer restaurant in Nob Hill, it is called "Matanza."  So here is my review of this awesome restaurant.
Front door of restaurant

Great walk down Central to restaurant

Food:  Outstanding!  I had the "Black & Blue Tacos."  It was 3 tacos with kobe beef in them and a side of black beans.  I have to say these were some of the best tacos I have ever had!  Steve had the "Philly NM."  It was like a Philly steak sandwich but even better with a side of slaw.  We enjoyed every bite!!

Atmosphere:  Beautiful!  I loved the black and gold with the wall of beers on tap.  It had a very open feel and I loved eating here.

Steve & Kara Grant
Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfasts of Albuquerque
your Albuquerque New Mexico Bed and Breakfast Hosts