Author Archives: Katherine Brown


Helping a Little Friend with “Snack Day”

Dolphin Snack Bowls and Story

Last Spring, one of my little friends invited me to participate in his school “snack day”.  We decided to have Dolphin Bowls with a Dolphin Story Time.  We prepared them at Bloomsbury Inn.  Remember to ask the teachers if there are any student allergies so you can prepare accordingly. Supplies:  Disposable blue soup bowls, disposable […]

Bloomsbury Biscuits

Light and Fluffy Biscuits in an iron skillet

We are often times complimented on our biscuits.  They are just Southern biscuits cooked in my Grandmother’s iron skillet.  Maybe it is all the years of love (or the real butter) that makes them so soft and fluffy.   I tell everyone that I use the Pillsbury Southern Biscuit recipe.  2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon […]

Holiday Bug Bites

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It is that time of year, the decorations are going up…you are feeling festive…you want to share a special time with friends.  Well, here is a great idea to consider:  A Champagne and Cookie Reception.  Not a cookie exchange, but a true Holiday Reception. Select your date and design a pretty, seasonal invitation such as […]

Designing Your Entry (the magic of the entry is you)

The entr hall viewed from the staircase.

The magic begins before you ever open the front door, but today we are focusing on what awaits one just inside the door.  The perfect entryway is the window to your home or your business or your life.  As a re result, this first impression should reflect you. The entry or entry hall may be […]

Common Earth Farm: Stuffed Dates

Upclose view of a stuffed date.

You cannot even begin to imagine how wonderful this simple stuffed date is.  I promise that they will disappear off the serving dish before all else.  When my friend from Common Earth Farms first introduced me to these, I was totally hooked.  So, of course, I stole the recipe and now claim it as my […]

Bloomsbury Jam-Off 2015

Each year we offer an amuture jam-off at Bloomsbury.

The third Bloomsbury Jam-Off  is scheduled for Sunday, 27 September 2015!  Yes, Jam-Off (amateur jam-off).  A panel of jam-loving judges will be selecting the top three entries in the entire universe.  Well, the top three of those j-petitors(contestants) who make a submission to be judged.  The top three entries will be awarded a Jam-Off Certificate and […]

Deep Cleaning

Ladies Parlor, Bloomsbury Inn

To really clean a room, be prepared to work!  Every room of your property should be deep cleaned each year.  Grandmother Sally Rose referred to this process as “spring cleaning”.  Surprise!  It does not have to be done in the spring.  But, she did it in the spring because at that time she swapped from […]

Bloomsbury Quiche

Bloomsbury Quiche baked to perfection.

Perfect Butter Pie Crust 1 ¼ cups flour ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter ¼ cup ice cold water Spray oil  In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.  Chop your butter into small chunks, cut the butter in the mixture until it forms small coarse crumbs.  Add the ice cold water, one tablespoon at […]

White Grape Punch

A glass of white grape punch, garnished with fresh mint.

My great niece is co-hosting a Ladies’ Shower for a bride-to-be.  She asked me to suggest a punch recipe.  My go-to non-alcoholic punch is very classy and just as easy as it is classy.  It can be served from an elegant punch bowl or from a fun summer pitcher — it is always a hit! […]

Bloomsbury Egg Nests

Egg nest

Mother’s Day Perfection Bloomsbury Egg Nests A few days ago, I was researching new breakfast ideas to be used at Bloomsbury Inn, Camden SC.  I especially wanted something beautiful for Mother’s Day 2015.   I decided on a menu of: Fresh Fruit Cup, dressed in local honey and fresh lime Biscuits right out of Grandmother’s iron […]

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