Troy-Bumpas Cookie: Layered Raspberry Squares

Layered Raspberry Squares
Layered Raspberry Squares

We frequently get requests from guests for our recipes. Here’s is a recipe for a favorite Troy-Bumpas Inn cookie. I once submitted this recipe to a contest and was a semi-finalist. I didn’t win the big prize (and I’ve forgotten what the big prize was), but I did win an apron. I still have that apron, but better yet, I still have this recipe. This is a go-to recipe, great for anytime you want to have a delicious and attractive bar cookie. I consider the chocolate glaze optional – the cookies (shown here without the chocolate drizzled on top) are great with the glaze and great without it. Enjoy! If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!  — Innkeeper Judy

 

Layered Raspberry Squares

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) seedless raspberry jam
  • Icing (below)
  • Chocolate Glaze (optional, below)

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Position rack in center of oven.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and slat. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture consists of particles the size of small peas. Add eggs and mix well. The mixture will be crumbly. Measure and set aside 1-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture. Press the remaining mixture evenly into the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking pan to form a crust. Stir jam in jar to make it more spreadable. Spread crust with jam, carefully spreading to within ¼ inch of the sides of the pan. Sprinkle reserved crumbs mixture evenly over jam; press lightly to form a top crust.

Bake 30 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Spread with Icing; then dip a fork into the Chocolate Glaze and drizzle glaze on top of icing in thin strips. Let stand until chocolate sets.

Makes 48 squares.

Icing: Combine 1 cup confectioner’s sugar with 2 tablespoons milk or cream; mix well until smooth.

Chocolate Glaze: Melt together 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate and 1 teaspoons vegetable shortening. Gradually stir in 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of boiling water.

 

Think About Documents When You Plan to Travel

Passport USA

No one ever plans to lose a purse or misplace a passport, but if it happens while you travel, you may find yourself in a really difficult situation.

Before you travel, take a few minutes to remove unnecessary items from your wallet, things like credit cards that you only use at local stores or gift cards you won’t be using. Take only the credit cards you may actually use. To ensure that out-of-town transactions are not declined, notify your major credit card issuers that you will be traveling. This usually only requires one or two quick phone calls.

If you will be traveling with a passport, scan the primary pages and email them to yourself (or store them in the cloud) in case your bags or wallet are lost or stolen while you’re traveling. Being able to bring up an image of your passport on your phone or someone else’s computer can speed up the process of proving your identity and getting a replacement at your country’s embassy or consulate.

It also makes sense to scan your driver’s license, insurance card, and any important travel insurance documents. It probably won’t be effective to scan credit cards since a merchant is very unlikely to accept a photocopy, especially if you’ve lost your wallet and cannot prove your identity. If you do lose your credit cards, report the loss immediately to the credit card company and see what they can do to help with your predicament.

Don’t forget prescriptions. If you suddenly need a prescription refilled out-of-town or abroad, having the dosage, proper name, and phone number for your doctor or pharmacy will make it easier for a pharmacist to help you out—or even call your doctor back home to authorize an emergency refill.

‘Looking for other travel tip? Check this blog or visit our Travel Tips board on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn.

A Packing Tip for Those Pesky Charger Cords

Have you ever left anything behind at a B&B or hotel?

One of the most common items that land in the lost-and-found at B&Bs and hotels are charger cords for cell/mobile phones. Most B&Bs and hotels have a basket full of assorted cords that have been lost by guests. In fact, if you lose one of your cords mid-trip, ask your innkeeper or hotel front desk clerk if you can look through their collection to find one that will fit your phone. Chances are they’ll give it to you.

Cords in an Eyeglass Case

Store your phone charger cord and ear buds in a hardshell eyeglass case.

A good way to keep cords and ear buds in good condition while you travel is to store them in a hard-shelled eyeglass case. Not only will the case keep the cords neatly wrapped and less prone to tangling, if you get into the habit of putting the cords away in the case as you pack your purse or suitcase, you will have a better chance of not leaving them behind!

Check this blog for other travel tips or visit our Travel Tips board on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn.

Is Mascara a Liquid? (When it comes to flying)

Packing Liquids

Packing liquids? Place plastic wrap between the bottle and cap before packing.

If you’re packing a suitcase for car travel vs. air travel, you probably will have more space and don’t need to worry about the quantities of liquids you pack. You can just grab that favorite bottle of shampoo right out of the shower and put it in your suitcase. Well, not so fast. Do yourself a favor and first put a piece of plastic wrap between the bottle and the cap as a little extra insurance against spills within your suitcase.

If you’re traveling by air, you’ll need to adhere to the regulations regarding liquids in carry-on luggage. Travelers currently may bring one small bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the airport checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less per container. Liquids must be in one 1-quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. Consolidating these containers in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage enables TSA officers to screen them quickly.

So what will be considered a liquid when your carry-on luggage is inspected? You may be surprised by a few things on the list.

  • Water, juice, wine, beer, liquor and other drinks
  • Creams, lotions and oils
  • Perfumes and cologne
  • Sprays
  • Gels, including hair and shower gels
  • Many canned or bottled foods such as jam, jelly, salsa, soups, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, cranberry sauce, peanut butter, cheese spreads, dips, gravy
  • Contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
  •  Pastes, including toothpaste
  •  Liquid-solid mixtures
  •  Mascara
  •  Snow Globes (cannot have more than 100 ml of fluid)

If you’re not sure, check with the airlines or you risk having the item tossed in the trash! Keep in mind that you can also buy most of these items at your destination.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn. We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

Packing: Shoes on the Top or Bottom?

Today’s Travel Tuesday Tip is about shoes.

Most authorities on packing recommend that you put your shoes at the bottom of your suitcase and fill them with rolled socks. Contrary to that advice, the TSA (Travel Security Administration) recommends packing shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of other contents in your luggage. The TSA recommendation probably is more important if you’re packing a carry-on bag vs. checked luggage.

Regardless of whether you pack your shoes on the top or bottom, it’s a good idea to wrap your shoes. An easy way to do that, as shown in this photo, is to use a disposable shower cap. These caps, which you can pick up at the dollar store, easily fit around most shoes.

Shoes wrapped in shower cap

Use an expensive shower cap to cover shoes in your suitcase.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn. We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

Tips for Packing Your Suitcase

SuitcaseIs there a best way to pack your suitcase when you travel? You can find many suggestions for efficient packing online.

One of my favorite tutorials is this video from Heathrow Airport.

Several good takeaways presented include:

  • Pack light. You really won’t need all the clothes you initially pull out of your closet and drawers.
  • Roll many of your clothes, especially undergarments, sleepwear, and socks. Stuff smaller rolled items into the shoes you pack.
  • To minimize creasing, use a layered interweave to pack your outer garments. The video shows you how to do it. For trips where you’ll visit and stay at multiple destinations, you can reduce the amount of unpacking and repacking by creating multiple interweaved stacks of clothing. That way you can hang up the clothes in one stack and leave the other stack(s) in your suitcase until you get to your next destination.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn. We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

When your travels bring you to Greensboro, NC, we invite you to stay at the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B, located in historic College Hill and close to downtown Greensboro, the Greensboro Coliseum, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Greensboro College.

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIk8v__Osm8

 

Travel Tip Tuesday

The more you travel, the better you get at planning trips, interacting with the airlines, and packing your suitcase. One of the best ways to prevent traveling from “taking it out of you” is to have accommodations at a welcoming and restful location (say, for example, at the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B in Greensboro, NC). After you’ve purchased tickets and made reservations, you can use plenty of tips and tricks to make life on the road easier. We’ve collected a wide variety of tips and will share some of them with you in the coming weeks.

Have you ever lost jewelry while traveling? As shown below, one of the best tips we have for packing small pieces of jewelry is to use a pill container. You can buy inexpensive plastic pill boxes in a variety of sizes at the dollar store.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn. We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

A bill box will keep small pieces of jewelry safe in your suitcase.

An expensive bill box will easily keep small pieces of jewelry safe in your suitcase.

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— The best of Greensboro, including pictures of the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B
— Useful travel tips
Household tips (Have you ever wondered how to fold a fitted sheet?)
— A sampling of our favorite breakfast and cookie recipes
— Breakfast recipes and ideas for breakfasts for people on special diets

We anticipate that we will add more boards. And, we always welcome suggestions from our fans for things they’d like to see on our Pinterest page. You’ll find the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page at  http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn/. Check it out!

Lots to Do in Greensboro at the Start of 2015

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson appear at the Greensboro Carolina Theatre Feb. 5, 2015.

The holidays may be over, but there’s no shortage of things to do in Greensboro, NC, during January and February 2015. In the coming month, three well known and diverse performers will appear at the nearby Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, NC.

Travis Tritt – Jan. 10, 2015, 8 p.m.
Country music superstar Travis Tritt will bring his Solo and Acoustic tour to the Carolina Theatre.  Tritt, now in his 25th year of performing, will appear solo on stage with only his guitar. Tickets range from $55 to $27.50. A $2.50 theatre facility fee is added to each ticket; a $3.50 per ticket fee is added to online ticket purchases.

Glen Miller Orchestra – Jan. 16, 2015, 7 p.m.
The Glen Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought-after big band in the world today. Known for its jazz sound, the orchestra is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. The band was originally formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since. Tickets are $26.50, or $24.50 for students, seniors, and military. A $2.50 theatre facility fee is added to each ticket.

Craig Ferguson – Feb. 5, 2015, 8 p.m.
Craig Ferguson, star of The Late Late Show and host of Celebrity Name Game brings his stand-up comedy — the Hot and Grumpy Tour: Walking the Earth — to the Carolina Theatre on Feb. 5, 2015. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Ferguson works as an actor, writer, director, producer, and creator. Tickets range from $89 to $49. A $2.50 theatre facility fee is added to each ticket.

For more information on any of these shows, contact the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro box office at 336-333-2505 or visit their website: www.carolinatheatre.com.

And, of course, we at the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B, 114 S Mendenhall St., Greensboro, NC, encourage you to make your night out complete by staying at Greensboro’s premier bed and breakfast, located just minutes from the Carolina Theatre. For more information, visit our website at www.troy-bumpasinn.com or phone 336-370-1660.

April is North Carolina Beer Month!

April 2014 is North Carolina Beer Month

April 2014 is North Carolina Beer Month

April is a great time for beer lovers to be in North Carolina in general and Greensboro in particular. That’s because all month long the whole state is celebrating North Carolina Beer Month. Craft breweries are flourishing in North Carolina, which is among the top ten states with the most breweries and has more breweries than any other state in the South. That translates to more than 100 breweries and brewpubs from the mountains to coast. Many of the beers produced use locally ingredients grown in North Carolina such as sweet potatoes, kumquats, sorghum, blueberries, blackberries, persimmons, barley, wheat, rye, and hops.

Greensboro is celebrating with a Hops Around Greensboro celebration when many local restaurants will be serving a wide variety of locally produced craft beers. There’s even a race called Tap N’ Run where participants get a beer at different points during the race. Fortunately, at only 4 kilometers (2.5 miles), it’s a short race that most of the competitors complete within an hour.

One of the things I love about craft beers are the creative names these brews are given. Take, for example, Black Mamba Oatmeal Stout, Skipping Stone Stout, Moe-Beer American Ale, Farmer Ted’s Farmhouse Cream Ale, White Zombie Ale, HellYesMa’am Belgian Golden, Sparkky’s Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout, Wilma’s Wandering Eye PA, Hoppy Gnome, and Death by Hopps. They’re all from North Carolina.

I would be remiss to talk about beer without mentioning a fantastic local store that is famous for its “wall of beer.” Bestway Grocery, at 2113 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, (just 2 miles from the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B) has an impressive assortment of beer for sale. Their beer menu is available on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BestwayGrocery. This independent, neighborhood grocery store is the place to go whether you want an expensive domestic to a framboise, saisson, Belgian, stout, porter, IPA, bock, brown ale, or witbier. And, the store has a good selection of most commonly shopped for groceries and household items, too!

What to learn more about North Carolina Beer Month? Visit the official NC Beer Month website.