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Red Velvet Waffle Recipe

Most families have special recipes to celebrate the holidays, and here at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast, we always look forward to serving these waffles - to our guests and family.  These waffles have a "cakey" smell and texture - and I have even thought of serving them for dessert!

By the way - if you want to see more recipes we use at breakfast at the B&B, check out our Recipes Page.

Tip:  I always make the cream cheese butter ahead of time and then store in the fridge to harden up. 


Ingredients for Wafflesred velvet waffles

2 cup(s) all purpose flour
11/4 cup(s) sugar
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
4 tablespoon(s) unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup(s) butter, melted & cooled
2 cup(s) buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
2 tablespoon(s) red food color


Ingredients for Cream Cheese Butter

4 ounce(s) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 c butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon(s) teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup(s) finely chopped nuts



1. Preheat waffle iron and spray with non stick cooking spray.
2. Add the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa to a large mixing bowl.
3. To a food processor, add the butter, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract and red food color.
4. Pulse to blend; spoon in half of the flour mixture into processor at a time, pulsing to blend before adding the last of the flour mix.
5. Spoon 1/4 cup of the batter evenly onto the waffle iron and cook until desired doneness.
6. Remove waffles as they cook and keep warm until all are cooked.

7. Whip together the cream cheese, butter , cinnamon, and nuts until blended; pipe into rosettes or drop by the spoonful
8. Pipe cream cheese "butter" into rosettes or drop by small spoonfuls onto plate covered with wax paper.
9. Serve waffles topped with some of the cream cheese butter and maple syrup on the side.



10 Ways to Have Fun in the Snow

Like most of Canada, even Parry Sound has experienced the unusual weather patterns that most of Canada has felt during the winters of the last several years.  However, we have always ended up with snow on the ground.  Besides getting our exercise shovelling it, snow can be a lot of fun too!

Here are my top 10 tips for having fun in the snow:

snow angels10. Catch snowflakes on your tongue

9.  Cover our backyard with snow angels

8.  Discover the fun you can have with snowballs – juggle, stack them up to build towers, forts, or snowmen

7.  Go tobogganing at Kinsmen Park

6.  Go on a winter picnic

5.  Lie in the snow in the backyard and watch the stars at night

4.  Go ice fishing

 3. Rent snowshoes or a kick-sled from White Squall and break a new trail

2.  Go cross country skiing - Georgian Nordic Ski Club will be open soon and you can rent skis at the clubhouse

And the number one reason to come to Parry Sound in the winter…follow the snowy shores of Georgian Bay – either in town on the “Fitness Trail” or at Killbear Provincial Park.

To make sure we have a room for you, check out our availability - and the amount of snow that is on the ground in Parry Sound!


What we do in the Winter

Many guests wonder what life is like around 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast during the winter months…and while itsnow small is a lot quieter than it is during the summer months, we never lack for things to do!  Sitting in our pyjamas, drinking coffee and playing on the computer (writing blog posts, of course!) can take up a lot of time, don't you know?

Most years in November, there was a major renovation done.  However, all the rooms in the house are done now, and last year we updated all the rooms used by guests.  This past summer the exterior of the house was painted and next spring, we will be re-painting inside.

A lot of time during the winter is spent winding up all the paper work involved in running a business.  We also take time to review what worked, and what needs to be improved to make our guests comfortable. Then, plans and budgets for the next year are created and work gets underway – whether it is updates to the web site, searching out the best deals on new towels, experimenting with new recipes, or networking with other local businesses.

And did I mention I get my exercise shovelling? And cleaning off the car?  Actually, during the winter, unless I am going grocery shopping, it is often quicker to walk.  Otherwise, I need to shovel my way up the back stairs, clean off the car, warm it up and then drive to my destination, where I have to find a place to park, and then walk to wherever it is I am going!

I really try to take some time for me – if the weather is good and the snow allows it, I go to Toronto to be with family and friends there, take an art course, catch up on my reading and work on The B&B Coach business (where I help others create their dream bed and breakfast).

Throughout the winter we typically have guests on the weekends; and generally have one or two long-stay guests – people who are working in the area, and stay during the week. The room rate is substantially discounted, as we don’t provide any meals, and rooms aren’t cleaned on a daily basis.

Before we know it, it is May again, and a massive spring cleaning gets underway, both inside and outside. The calls and e-mails start to arrive, the sun warms up, and another season begins.

I really hope we get to see you - and if you've never been to Parry Sound in the winter, why not give it a try?  This link will take to some great ideas of what you can do.