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The 12 Day Trips of Christmas in Wisconsin 2018

The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast in Madison has made the list of the 12 Day Trips of Christmas in Wisconsin!   Wisconsin is an amazing state and Madison is a great place to live, work and play.  For our out of state visitors, Madison is an all time favorite spot because there’s always something going on.  For those of you that love the outdoors, Madison offers ice skating, hiking, cross country skiing, ice fishing, and even miniature golf on the Lake!   And if you’re looking or something really unusual and adventurous to do, why not try The Speckled Hen Inn offers its guests complimentary snow shoes for trekking our 20 acres in search of deer, wild turkey, mink, fox, coyote, owls
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Shopping Getaway Special in December!

Madison is a great destination no matter what time of year and there’s no better way to pamper yourself with a Christmas getaway to The Speckled Hen Inn!  You can do all your Christmas shopping – from great Madison cheese shops like Carr Valley, Fromagination, MouseHouse and UW’s Babcock Hall to wonderful kitchen gadgets and cookware at The Kitchen Gallery, Wisconsin Cutlery & Kitchen supply and Sur La Table to electronics, toys and clothing at East Towne, West Towne, and Hilldale Malls – not to mention the 13 other shopping centers in Madison!  Bring your packages back and wrap your gifts at our free gift wrapping station while you enjoy a complimentary glass of spiced wine in our cozy fireside room before retiring to your
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A Magical Madison Christmas Escape!

If you love Christmas as much as we do, then you’ll love a Magical Madison Christmas Escape to The Speckled Hen Inn.  And take advantage of our Winter Getaway Special at the same time!   It isn’t so much about the gifts because no one seems to remember what they got last year anyway.  What is memorable though, is the feeling, the warmth, the people and the traditions that form over time that we all want to experience over and over again.     Take a walk in the snow down our Christmas tree lane and appreciate the beauty of the forest that only winter brings with deer, wild turkeys and winter birds serenading.   Then nestle in and enjoy the enchanted, magical Christmas Village, the Snowing Tree with
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The 12 Treats of Christmas – #4 Spritz Butter Cookies

These pretty little cookies are second only to cut-out Christmas cookies in being the cookie that will really dress up a holiday cookie tray.  They are quick to make and only need a few sugar sprinkles or a candied cherry in the center to make them sparkle. This recipe is a bit less sweet than most spritz cookies and the finely ground almonds make them very tender.  The almond and butter flavors develop as the cookie is stored so they really are one cookie that isn’t at it’s best just out of the oven.  Give them a day or two and they will be heavenly. I used a cookie press to make mine.  They can also be piped through a
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The 12 Treats of Christmas – #3 Rosettes

We saw a few flakes of snow this morning and more is predicted tomorrow…finally!  It wouldn’t be Christmas in Wisconsin without snow and it wouldn’t be Christmas at The Speckled Hen Inn without a batch of Rosettes on hand to garnish the morning fruit plates.  We make them to resemble snowflakes but dust them with spiced sugar to pair nicely with winter fruits.  We always have to save a few for our friend, Jay. Making Rosettes does require some special equipment.  You will need a Rosette Iron.  They come in lots of fun shapes but the snowflakes are my favorites.  You can find them at specialty cookware stores especially in areas that have a Scandinavian heritage population.  You can also
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The 12 Treats of Christmas – #2 Mexican Wedding Cakes

Think about Christmas foods and the first thing that pops into your mind is a Christmas cookie.  Sweet, buttery, nutty, chocolate bites that transport us to our childhood days and fill a kitchen with the smells, sights and sounds of holiday preparation.  The great personal reward for a busy day of shopping, wrapping, or making last minute gifts is a cup of tea and a couple of cookies.  The perfect thank you gift for a holiday hostess is a tray of cookies. Cookies come from the heart and the hearth.  Some are treasured family recipes, reminders of holidays at Grandma’s house.  Others are from ratty looking clippings from a newspaper or magazine that sits in the recipe file until December every
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The 12 Treats of Christmas – #1 Caramel Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Back in the days when middle school “Family Living” class was a little more like my high school home-ec class, my daughter came home with a recipe that has become a family favorite during the Holiday Season.  I’ve made these special popcorn balls for family Christmas stocking-stuffers, for holiday fund-raising auctions, and for the treat bowl at The Speckled Hen Inn.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do. Caramel Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls 10 cups of popped plain popcorn 12 caramel candies unwrapped 24 regular marshmallows 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup butter Pop the popcorn and keep warm on a non-stick rimmed cookie sheet in a 250 degree oven. In a large saucepan melt butter,
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Christmas at the Inn

Christmas Getaway at the Inn. Book a stay in December and receive a complimentary bottle of wine and a $50 gift card off your next stay. Shop the great stores of Madison for your holiday gifts, then come back to enjoy that bottle of wine while you wrap all your treasures at our complimentary gift wrapping station.

WBBA Cookbook is Here

The new Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association cookbooks, with The Speckled Hen Inn on the front cover are here and ready to wrap up for Christmas.  We have a good supply at the Inn and will hold one for you to pick up at the Inn or we can also ship them to you. The cookbook is more than just the recipes that have been contributed by over 150 different Wisconsin B&B’s.  It could even be used as a travel guide because there is information about each B&B that submitted a recipe and there are lots of fun facts about the food scene in Wisconsin. The contents are not just focused on Breakfast, although there is a wonderful array of
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