B & B Review: The Mansion at Elfindale, Springfield, Missouri – Part One

………… <PART ONE ……. PART TWO……    .PART THREE >

 

We were blessed to be able to stay two nights and review this beautiful European style B and B, The Mansion at Elfindale which at one time was the largest bed and breakfast in Missouri.  It exceeded my expectations, and I must say that the pictures on their website do not do it justice. The pictures do not completely capture the spaciousness and elegance of this Victorian era mansion. We felt as though we had stepped back in time, only with the modern conveniences of air conditioning (which worked really great), cable television, and wireless Internet. Since the mansion was completed in 1892, I expected a little bit of a musty smell but there was absolutely none…not at all. My husband can testify to the freshness of the air as he has a very good sense of smell.

The Mansion is a wonderful place for a couple or a family with older children to stay.  This beautiful bed and breakfast in Springfield has hosted ladies’ retreats, even a youth group retreat, family reunions, wedding parties, and “girls’ night out” events.  If you’re headed to Branson, it’s less than 40 miles away which makes it a perfect bed and breakfast near Branson, yet out of the busy tourist area.

We stayed on the second floor which you can see on the far left side of the picture. A beautifully decorated, extra-large bay window provided us with a wonderful view.

Let me give you a tour inside.  Pictured below is the magnificent grand staircase made with imported teakwood, adorned with stained glass windows.


Once we got to the second floor landing, our room was straight ahead.  You can see my husband and our son unlocking the door to our suite.  By the way, there are thirteen suites in the Mansion, each suite complete with its own distinctive charm and personality.  And this is very important, each suite has its own private bath unlike some B & B’s.

I was impressed with the sliding, wooden doors, the original doors from 1892.  Once inside, this was the first view of our spacious room, authentically decorated in Victorian style and elegance:

The Chapel Suite where we stayed had two very comfortable queen sized beds with luxurious sheets which made for a wonderful night’s sleep. There were plenty of pillows which were great for propping up to read in bed at night.


 As I mentioned, we had all the modern conveniences of cable television, DVD player, telephone, and wireless Internet which was greatly appreciated while using the laptop.  Here’s another view of our room with the entertainment center:

The furniture throughout the mansion was styled according to the era in which the mansion was built.  This chair in our suite was so cool!  It’s the early version of a recliner which my husband took to instantly!


I could have slept longer, only I woke up hungry and thinking about the breakfast which was going to be cooked for us.  The first morning, we had eggs, bacon, sausage, cantaloupe, homemade biscuits and gravy with strawberry preserves on the side.  Coffee, a selection of teas, and orange juice were our beverages.  The second morning, we had eggs, sausage, homemade gourmet muffins, and sliced bananas topped with yogurt sprinkled with granola.  Our son took the picture below which is my favorite breakfast picture:



MORE TO COME!  In Part Two, I will share some interesting history of the mansion.  It was once a convent/school and later was considered as a possible safe house for the Shah of Iran before it became a bed and breakfast.


………. <PART ONE .    …… PART TWO…    ….PART THREE >

Friendly Friday 7-30-10


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Do you ever wonder if something is just too good to be true? Amy at We’re In For It… has the cutest, most well-behaved baby boy named Gage, so she isn’t sure how the future live up to how wonderful life presently is. With a son this adorable and a laid-back, conversational writing style, reading Amy’s blog is like having a chat with a good friend. From swim lessons to blog design (currently decked out as a birthday present to her husband!) to questions and topics all moms wonder, We’re In For It… is always a fun read.


A real-life, real mom looking for ways to make ends meet, Debby at Deal-icious Debby writes about great store deals and coupons that she has found as well as products she enjoys and tips for money-saving crafts and fun projects to keep on budget. Being frugal isn’t always easy, but Debby shows that through her deals, garden and cute kids that it can still be possible. Head over to start saving some money today!


A Christian mom and grandmother, Teresa at Too Many Heartbeats writes an extremely moving and informative blog about dealing with her rare and serious illness, Dysautonomia/POTS. A disease of the autonomic nervous system, Teresa’s body cannot make the necessary adjustments to counteract gravity when standing up and has therefore left her 100% disabled, homebound and bedridden due to losing consciousness almost every time she stands or sits up for too long. With such an incredible story and positive outlook, Teresa’s words will touch your heart through each post.

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Brugo Travel Mug Review & Giveaway

Brugo has given me the opportunity to review one of their Brugo Travel Mugs with patented temperature control chambers. I must say the mug I received is trendy looking and works great. I’m not much of a coffee drinker but rather a huge tea drinker, so I tried it with tea and it works just like they say it will.

There are three options, the “tip and cool” setting which lets you tip the mug and then drink your beverage at just the right temperature so you don’t burn your mouth, the “sip” setting for those who like their beverage real hot, and then the “lock” setting to keep the beverage from spilling out.

This mug will be great to take to work, using the “tip and cool” setting” before I leave for work, the “lock” setting while driving and then the “sip” setting after I get to work.  One note about the “lock” setting.  It works when the mug tips over, not when the mug is turned upside down.  It’s not designed to be turned upside down, so if a young child is holding it then you would need to supervise them because it will drip just a little bit if turned upside down.

Brugo Mugs hold 16 ounces, have a stainless steel finish and a no-slip bottom. They also have an ergonomic grip, are very comfortable to hold, and fit most cup holders. This makes the mugs great for a family.
These attractive mugs come in 13 stylish colors. Pictured here are the colors in the Executive series.  I received the Seagrass color in this series and really like this color a lot.  They have additional colors as well and offer 25% off when you buy 2 or more and free shipping on orders over 50.00.  I think these would make great birthday and Christmas gifts.

Now, on to the giveaway. Brugo will be supplying the winner with their own Brugo Mug, valued at $19.95.

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Menu Plan Monday 7-26-10


I’m late getting this done today because we didn’t get home until 1:30 am this morning from Springfield, Misourri.  We did a review of a bed and breakfast this past weekend, and it was so very awesome!   We were given two nights stay in exchange for the review, and so I plan to be doing a post on it soon with photos and everything.  I think I’m spoiled because I can’t imagine any other B&B measuring up to this one.  It greatly exceeded my expectations!

OK, here’s this week’s menu…very simple!

MONDAY: Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli (Like I mentioned before, this is a favorite of my husband’s and our son’s AND it’s lower in fat which is great!!)

TUESDAY:  Our son won’t be home all day so my husband and I might use a coupon for a free Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich

WEDNESDAY:  Chicken Tortilla Soup (another favorite)

THURSDAY:  Chicken tenders cooked in a little EVOO (seasoned with fresh lemon juice, a little butter, thyme, salt and pepper) and frozen veggies

FRIDAY:  Homemade pizza

Outdoor Cooking

Someday I would like to fix up our back deck with an outdoor electric grill for outdoor cooking, comfy outdoor furniture, and several new potted plants.  However, now that we don’t have young kids at home, I wonder how much time we would actually spend outside.  When our kids were little, we were outside every day.  You know how that is.  But now that our youngest is in college, I don’t spend much time in our yard.  I’m inside working on the computer instead, and besides, it’s so hot in Texas during the summer.  Maybe, though, if we had a grill then we would spend more time outside during the spring and fall.

Friendly Friday 7-23-10


Welcome to Friendly Friday!

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Jodi at Jodibee Designs likes to have conversations with her readers where she talks about everyday life such as jewelry and things like her search for online bake shop goodies.  She found a site where one can order some delicious items online (all four goodies look good!).  Jodi also has giveaways on her site and gives info about some great deals.



Kimberly at Oh My Baby tells about J, her son who is soon to be four years old and has finished his first year of preschool. He helps out with her reviews of products that are toy related. Not only does Kimberly have reviews of products but she has several giveaways and also an online “Oh My Baby Store” as well where she offers a wide selection of personalized baby items.



Tanyia at Surviving Motherhood is a stay at home mom of three girls, married to her high school sweetheart. She’s interested in crafts, cooking & baking, music & books, and much more.  Tanyia shares many ideas about scrapbook graphics and where to get freebies.  She has a recipe section which features photos & recipes such as Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers and other mouth-watering recipes.

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From Val's Kitchen

Val writes, “I’m always fascinated by the different names a food has in different geographical places. When we lived in New Hampshire, shortly after moving there we were at a flea market with friends. The guy said “I’m going to get some tonic, do you want some”. Thinking he meant tonic water I passed. He came back with Cokes. I mentioned I would have liked a Coke and he said I just asked you and you said no. That was my first experience with foods being called something other than I was used to. So let’s see what you all call some things that I know have other names.”

  1. How do you pronounce manicotti? Men-e-got, man-i-cotti or some other way?
  2. What do you can the carbonated drink that comes in a bottle? Soda, tonic, pop, fizzy or something else?
  3. What do you call a sandwich on a long roll? Sub, grinder, hoagie, hero, poor boy or something else?
  4. Do you call it broth, boullion or stock? How do you make chicken stock?

You can visit Val’s site, From Val’s Kitchen, to find out her answers and also other people’s answers.  Here are mine:

  1. Man-i-cotti
  2. We call it a “coke,” as in “Do you want to go get a coke?” which could end up being Dr. Pepper, 7-Up, etc.  It’s kinda funny when you stop and think about it.
  3. Sub sandwich
  4. Broth is what I call the watery stuff that comes in a can.  I think of chicken stock as boiling the whole chicken, and when the liquid is chilled in the fridge, then the stock has the consistency of gelatin.   Actually, though, stock has veggies and spices cooked in with the chicken, and the liquid drained off is the stock.

Menu Plan Monday 7-19-10

I’m in the mood to do something different for Menu Plan Monday, so I thought I would do breakfasts this week.  Normally our breakfasts consist of cereal.

What do you usually have for breakfast?   I know some people grab a breakfast bar and eat it in the car on their way to work or school.  Some are cereal eaters like we are.  And then some have full blown breakfasts with biscuits and yummy preserves.

Here’s a breakfast menu that is far from our typical menu:

MONDAY:
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These made-from-scratch blueberry muffins, oozing with fresh blueberries, are easy to make.  This recipe makes 16 regular sized muffins.  If your household is like ours, they won’t last long.  They’re usually gone by the next morning.   Blueberries seem to be at their peak of flavor right  now, so it’s a great time to make these muffins!   I’ll add something for protein, maybe bacon.

TUESDAY:  Migas (Tex Mex version popular in Austin, Texas)  I saw another recipe for this but can’t find where I saw it.  It had  tomatoes and potatoes in it as well, so I’ll probably experiment with what I make.  Also, instead of using tortillas, it called for tortilla chips which I think would add a really good crunch to it.

WEDNESDAY:  Christi (daughter, from Frugal Novice) had a recipe for Amber’s Egg Casserole on her site that sounds really good.  It has tons of good protein in it with eggs, cottage cheese, and cheddar cheese.  Even if you don’t make this casserole, go to the recipe site to see pictures of Amber’s precious twin babies.  Christi and I got to hold them when they were just days old.

THURSDAY:  Turkey Breakfast Pizza

FRIDAY:  Breakfast Burritos (scrambled eggs, cheese, sauteed onion, tomatoes, and salsa in a flour tortilla)

Friendly Friday 7-16-10


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If you visit Moogie & Pap on an empty stomach, you may end up making an impromptu trip to the grocery store! Joann (aka Moogie) painted murals and designed landscapes professionally for years, and now enjoys baking for her blog. Filled with creative and mouth-watering recipes plus really beautiful photos, this blog is a delight to the senses. From Cloud Souffle (how could that not be something good?) to “Magically Delicious Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars”, there are a ton of new recipes for you to try!

Really in the mood for a party? Nicole at 2 Savvy Sisters has a boatload of ideas to inspire your next soiree – there are ideas for themes, including great decor and invitation examples. Nicole also runs an Etsy shop with the same name, where she sells home decor and party items.  She describes herself as loving all things crafty, party, and paper-related. She’s a part-time instructor for the University of Phoenix, and a mom to two adorable little boys, too – but still manages to find time to make her custom creations!

Adventures of Wee Mason Man is the story of two newbie parents, two dogs, two cats, and one little boy. Frankly and humorously written, it’s a blog filled with absolutely adorable photos of their little boy, Mason. Need something to make you smile? Just take one look at him and it’ll brighten your day! The first post of this blog is their ultrasound photos, so it really does chronicle Mason from the very start!
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