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Sunday, October 11, 2015

#Kleenex Pocket Packs: Sharing the #Love!

I recently had the opportunity to sample and share Kleenex Pocket Packs through Crowdtap, and while we've used Kleenex tissues "forever", the new pocket packs are different, and really cool! The colors are bright and cheerful, and  each one has a sweet expression of "Kleenex Care" on it- on one side in English, and on the other side in French! They basically make you want to share them, and I think that's the whole point!
The cute sayings are in English on one side...

...and in FRENCH in the back!
As a result of the French on the back, I now know how to say  "Hard Times Call For A Soft Touch" in French:  "On A Tours Besoin De Douceur Dans Les Mauvais Monments"! :-)
On one there is a space to write a personal note!

The one that states "Just Wanted To Say..." has a place to write a personal note, so I wrote "I Love You!" and gave that one to my chef hubs!

The plastic wrappings are strong, and the resealable flap reseals well, and keeps the tissues from getting soiled in one's purse or briefcase.

As I said, we've used Kleenex tissues for Many years, and we always have them on hand, both in all the Guest Rooms at the Elkhorn Inn, and for our personal use, in my purse and briefcase, in our car for road trips, and in our ATV packs for when we go out riding!

Kleenex Pocket Packs are great products, and it was fun to try them and share them! Thank you, #Crowdtap and #Kleenex!

Gave that one to hubs!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

#ATV Leaf-Peep & #Railfan Site Scouting! It's fall, y'all!

Next month!
This week hubs and I did a wonderful, easy ATV ride through the mountains to scout out the best places to "leaf peep" in October. Because it's gloriously LEGAL to ride ATVs on our roads here in McDowell County, WV, we  rode right from the Elkhorn Inn in Landgraff, WV, all the way to Lashmeet! It was a long, lovely ride, and although it is fall now, it was warm enough to wear sweatshirts, and our mountains are still 80% green! The best  leaf-peeing here is in October, and the foliage here is usually beautiful all the way through Halloween! (We often get calls at the Inn asking what the best weekend for leaf-peeping will be, and if I knew the anawer to that question I'd be a Very rich woman! We get similar calls in the winter, asking which spring weekend will be best to see the Rhododendrons flower! I wish I knew! Like the cherry blossoms in Japan, foliage and flowers are a giant Mother Nature Crap Shoot! LOL)
We rode from the Elkhorn Inn through Eckman, WV stopping first to take some photos of one of Sky's great new organic farms, which is literally one minute from the Inn. What was once an unsightly field of overgrown weeds is now squash and corn and beans, thanks to Sky and "McDowell County Farms"! :-)
 As you can see, our mountains have Just started to change color! Wait 'till next month!!

Then we rode through Crumpler, WV...
 And started riding 'round and 'round, up into the mountains...
See- it really IS still green!

Looking down to where we started!

Bear Town Church, Herndon, WV
 One of THE most gorgeous "leaf-peeping lookouts" we know of in Herndon, WV! Wait 'till next month!
Turkeys in the yard!

Herndon, WV

 Another gorgeous "leaf-peeping lookout" for October...
Dan feeding "Cheetos Dog"!

We found some great "railfan photo spots" along the way, too; these were near Giatto, WV.

An old RR line...

Elisse, at a great "railfan" photo spot!

Made it to Matoaka!

Another great railfan photo spot...

Lashmeet, WV: Pizza and Hoagies!
After Matoaka, we kept going to Lashmeet, WV, but just as we got there it began to drizzle! Fortunately, it was 4pm, and the Pizza/Hoagie place was just opening up for the evening, so we ran inside and had hoagies! And the rain passed us by!
On the way home... wait 'til next month!

On the way home, we stopped to take photos of some of the fall decorations in Keystone, WV...
Keystone, WV

Our last stop of the day was above our Theatre, where Dan took me to pick the cattails that I love to have to decorate the Inn in the fall!
Dan found THE Mother-lode of Cattails!

Then we came home, and DIY Dan decorated the Ekhorn Inn with garlands of leaves and wreaths and scarecrows- 'cause it's fall, y'all! :-)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Coffee Fun with Folgers Flavors!

I'm a member of the Crowdtap Folgers Rewards program, and Folgers sent me samples of their Folgers Flavors Coffee Enhancers to review and share, and Chef Dan and I and our guests at the Elkhorn Inn got to sample and enjoy them all- Hazelnut, Caramel, Mocha, and Vanilla! 

Me, experimenting with Folgers Flavors!

Coffee time!
Dan, enjoying Folgers Flavors!
Our British guests, having a cuppa with Folgers Flavors!
Who sez Brits don't like coffee?!

We've had Folgers Flavors at the Inn for awhile now, and everyone loves them- it's fun to be able to make a cuppa just the way you like it! My faves are Hazelnut & Caramel, and Dan likes the Caramel one the best, but what I really enjoy is being able to mix them, and create things like Vanilla-Hazelnut coffee, or Caramel-Vanilla coffee! They're small and portable, and don't need any refrigeration, so they're not only great to keep next to the coffee pot, or on the "breakfast buffet" table, but you can throw them in your purse or backpack or briefcase, and keep one or two in the car, and always have your coffee flavored just the way you like it, whether it's at the office, on a picnic, or on a road trip! If you like flavored coffees- and most of us do!- Folgers Flavors are a great way to truly "customize" your cup- not only at home, but on the go! Because our home is also an historic inn, we use a LOT of coffee, and Folgers, both regular and decaf, are our "go-to" coffees, as everyone knows and loves them. And Folgers Flavors are a great way to enhance that "coffee experience"! As Dan and are Totally Useless without our coffee (LOL) I have to give a BIG thank you shout-out for this sampling opportunity to both Crowdtap and Folgers! Folgers Flavors are definitely something we want to always have at the Elkhorn Inn!
"The best part of waking up..." :-)