Monday, March 21, 2016

Make-Ahead Eggs Benedict for Easter Sunday

Hill Country Easter Sunday

Spending Easter in Fredericksburg? If you have not made restaurant reservations, you may have missed your chance! Town will be packed, so we have some advice: 'Make-Ahead Eggs Benedict' can impress and feed a crowd at home. Perfect for breakfast or brunch, this recipe is a cinch to prepare the night before! 

Make Ahead Eggs Benedict

8 Eggs
4 English Muffins, Split
8 Slices Canadian-Style Bacon
*Mock Hollandaise Sauce

1. Lightly grease a large skillet. Half fill the skilled with water. Bring water to boiling; reduce heat to simmering (bubbles should begin to break on the surface of the water). Break one of the eggs into a measuring cup. Holding the lip of the cup as close to the water as possible, carefully slide the egg into simmering water. Repeat with remaining eggs, allowing each egg an equal amount of space.

2. Simmer eggs, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Using a slotted spoon, remove eggs to plate.

3. Meanwhile, place muffin halves, cut sides up, on baking sheet. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat about 2 minutes, or until toasted.

4. Grease a 9x13 baking pan or dish. Place muffin halves in prepared pan. Top each muffin half with a slice of Canadian-Style Bacon and one cooked egg. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. Prepare Mock Hollandaise Sauce and cover and chill for up to 24 more hours.

5. To serve, preheat oven to 350*. Spoon Mock Hollandaise Sauce over eggs. Bake, covered, about 25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with Paprika.

Makes 8 Servings

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 366 calories, 27 g total fat (7 g saturated fat), 241 mg cholesterol, 692 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 15 g protein

This recipe was adopted from a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook I purchased recently called, "9 x 13: The Pan That Can". If you cook for crowds often, this book will be a fun addition to your kitchen. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Extreme Home Makeovers, Fredericksburg Edition!
Well, maybe the upgrades were not THAT extreme, but we certainly love the improvements that have been made. Check out the new photos of our Bella Manor and Carriage Room properties. New furniture, paint and decor has really transformed the spaces!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Spring at The Maplestone: The countdown begins! 

Only 18 days until the official start of Spring, and we are already basking in warm weather. This time of year is the most popular for Fredericksburg visitors because of the local wildflowers and mild temperatures. Most Spring Break vacations start on the 12th, so March lodging options are already limited! 

Our suggestions? Avoid the crowds by reserving a week-day stay, or book at the end of the month and catch the peak of bluebonnet season. 

Insider Tip: typically, bluebonnets bloom most between mid March to mid April, however with our warm weather we can expect an abundance a little earlier this year. 
This same note also applies to the peach crops. As long as we can avoid a late freeze (knock on wood), we should have a plentiful peach crop this year. The peach trees in my backyard are already blooming!

Which property is for you? Our favorite home for Spring is The Maplestone's Garden House at Holly Pond Hill. The English Garden inspired decor and immaculate lawn make for the quintessential Spring Retreat. Add breakfast to your stay and enjoy homemade scones on the porch with your coffee before you set out to Enchanted Rock to really complete the Fredericksburg experience!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

February in Fredericksburg: The month of love is a busy time here in the Hill Country. This Valentine's Day, escape with your better half to relax in small town USA. Stroll Main Street, cozy up next to a fire, or attend some local events. February happenings include the Lukenbach Valentine's Ball, Cory Morrow in concert and the Ragin' Cajun Shrimp Fest!
If you need February accommodations, please call The Maplestone for Luxury Lodging availability.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

UPDATE: The Maplestone Makeovers

This week we are sprucing up a couple of our properties! We love each and every one of our homes, but we also thrive on improvement. We are excited to see the final transformation, and know that our new spaces will be even more inviting for our guests. Keep an eye out for photos coming soon!

The Maplestone, Luxury Lodging of Fredericksburg, Texas