Recipe of the Month: Cappuccino Praline Puffs

  Cinnamon and chocolate garnish a coffee-flavored pastry cream piled into golden puff pastry shells. We’ve garnished with chopped Andes peppermint candies and green sugar sprinkles during the holidays. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake and cool the pastry shells according to the package directions. Finely chop 1 chocolate bar. Set aside. Stir the espresso powder…

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Recipe of the Month: 12 Days of Christmas Cookies

This month we review our blog feature for the 2012 holiday season – the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! We baked a new cookie each day starting with National Cookie Day on December 4th. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

December 4th is National Cookie Day! We first made these for our Holiday Open House in 2011. These cookies are delicious and festive! Perfect for a holiday party, or just a special treat!   Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk and vanilla in large bowl, and beat until…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The decorations have been hung by the chimney (and then some) with care. In hopes that St. Nicholas (and YOU) soon would be here! Here’s a peek. Our front porch welcome to the Nicolin Mansion. One of our festive urns… Snowman foyer reminder – “Count Your Blessings” – everyday! Inside holiday window looking out. Snowflake…

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125th Anniversary Celebration

Thank you to everyone who attended our 125th Anniversary Celebration! On Monday, October 29th, 1888, Frank Nicolin moved into his new mansion and invited friends and family inside for tours and musical entertainment. This is the original announcement from the Jordan Independent, published on November 2, 1888: So, Kevin and I decided to do the…

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Mansion Tour by 125th Celebration Guest

We love to see what details our guests notice on a tour of the mansion. Here is our friend LaDora’s perspective on a tour during our 125th Anniversary Celebration.

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Carriage Ride through Historic Downtown Jordan

Vis-a-vis Carriage Rides along the route of the “Walking Tour of Historic Sights” was one of the highlights during our 125th Anniversary Celebration, held October 26, 2013. Trish Denn from Denn Carriages in New Prague brought two of her exquisite Percherons to lead the 1.5 mile carriage tour. Click here for the full walking tour…

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Slideshow of Nicolin Mansion Through the Years

We presented this slideshow of the Nicolin Mansion at our 125th Anniversary Celebration, on October 26th. It includes photos of all the previous owners of the mansion, including Frank Nicolin and each of his children (except Joseph). There are four sets of images shown for each of the rooms:   Grab some popcorn and enjoy…

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Recipe of the Month: Haralson Apple Crisp

Featured as our September 2013 Recipe of the Month, apples from Jordan’s orchards take center stage. Kevin’s favorite apple is Haralson, which is a perfect fit for this apple crisp. Haralson’s have a mildly tart flavor, and hold their shape and texture in baking. Top this off with a cinnamon ice cream. Yum!   Preheat…

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Fireside Films Inaugural Night

Tonight was the premier of our Fireside Films in the Nicolin Mansion courtyard. Our Innkeeper’s choice rental “Zero Dark Thirty” was played on our new outdoor projector. So fun, ate pizza and snuggled up with a blanket beside the fire-pit. We welcome our guests to bring your favorite DVD, or choose one from our collection,…

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