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The Secret Bed & Breakfast

2356 Alabama 68 West, Leesburg, Alabama 35983
Innkeeper(s): Charlie and Kris Thomas

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast 3 Apr 2016, 5:55 pm

Spring is well under way, which means summer is not far behind! For a Bed and Breakfast owner, summer means a lot more fruit to choose from to serve on the breakfast table. Strawberries are already becoming available so there will be some Strawberry French Toast served here in the not so distant future! For those of you who want to give it a go on your own, here is the recipe. Or, if you want to pair it with some well deserved rest and relaxation just come on up to The Secret and I will make it for you!!
Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast
8 slices white Bread cut into 1inch pieces
1-8oz pkg cream cheese cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
7 eggs
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Add regular milk to this for a combined total of 1 2/3 cups
Strawberry syrup
Grease 9x13 dish. Spread half of bread pieces evenly in dish. Add all of the cream cheese pieces evenly over bread. Then add Strawberries. Finish with the remaining bread pieces. Beat eggs with sweetened condensed milk until well blended. Pour over bread, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. No longer than 24 hours. Bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes then uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes. Watch the bottom of the pan to guage doneness.
Serve with strawberry syrup.

The Weaver Mansion: A Hidden Room? 3 Apr 2016, 5:51 pm

A hidden room. That is one of the "stories" going around when the Weaver Mansion was built. Millard Weaver spared no expense in the building of the mansion so it is natural that folks would come up with some monstrous tails about the monster house on the mountain. I believe that the "hidden" room is actually the bar area which could be hidden when necessary. You see back in 1965, and particularly in the South, alcohol was the devil! But not to all. Being mindful of the likes and dislikes of potential guests Mr. Weaver did put a bar in the house. The bar however could be concealed by a large mirror. The Mirror could be rolled up into the ceiling of the bar when "drinkers" were present but hidden when those members of the local church came calling! The outside of the bar window was built to look like a frame for the mirror. Up in the ceiling two large concrete stones act as ballasts to pull the mirror up and down.
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Rain Cooled Air 3 Apr 2016, 5:48 pm

Peaks of green pushing through a sea of white. Where the rain cooled air meets the warmth of a spring evening. Angels wings touching the tender green vegetation. A chorus of crickets and frogs ushering out the rain as well as rivers of thick yellow pollen. A menace to our nose, a blessing to all things that are spring. TGIF Y'all!!! Get your Spring on!
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Silence is Golden 3 Apr 2016, 5:44 pm

Silence is golden. Never is that more true than to those who don't get much of it on a regular basis. I am one of the fortunate. On any given day there is a hammock sitting under a tree with an amazing view of Weiss Lake and the surrounding valley. An added bonus.....the bird feeder is hanging in the tree just at the foot of the hammock. The sound of silence is interrupted by the occasional chirping of the birds, I can deal with that!
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Secrets of the Secret, first of many! 3 Apr 2016, 5:41 pm

The Secret has many "secrets". One of the most amazing is the fact that on the property one can not only see the sun come up in the morning, but the sunset in the evening. And on those rare occasions, the moon both rise and set. Both equally spectacular. It seems that no matter what the day brings the beauty that begins and ends each day brings with it the appreciation of those things that are beyond our control.
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Spring Facts 3 Apr 2016, 5:34 pm

Spring is almost here, two of my favorite things to do once the weather turns warm are hiking along the river and having dinner on the patio. The dogs love it to, as they get to hike and Molly gets to herd her cat while the birds feed overhead! What is your favorite Spring activity? While you think about that here are some fun facts about the season:
-The first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.
-Spring almost always arrives on March 20 or 21, but sometimes on the 19th. The reason the equinoxes and solstices don’t always come on the same day is that Earth doesn’t circle the sun in exactly 365 days.
-The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.
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Perspective 3 Apr 2016, 5:29 pm

We all have days that test our fortitude, even when you don't live in the real world. Mine, no show newlyweds in the Sugar Shack, a fog covered mountain, mud covered feed buckets, and internet down. Then, when I finally get connected to technology a post regarding a prayer request for a child with cancer. Perspective. My day is really awesome!!!
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The Rose and the Sunshine 8 Mar 2016, 6:18 pm

The color of the rose mimics the color of the sunrise. The emerald green of the river the foliage surrounding it. Coincidence? I think not. Surround yourself with the beauty of nature its beauty will reflect back on you!
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Easter - Sweet Potato Biscuits 8 Mar 2016, 6:13 pm

Easter is just around the corner, and with it our minds turn to spring!! Frogs begin to croak in the distant lake while colorful flowers seem to burst upward from every corner of the property! The spectacular weather we had this past weekend reminds us of the warm spring evenings in the not so distant future. So while we wait on the Joseph's Coat Rose to come into bloom perhaps we can focus on some food for our Easter celebration! When we first began here at the Secret I tried my hand at making Sweet Potato Biscuits. They were quite yummy but a little too labor intensive to make for a crowd of people. I'm thinking they might go good with an Easter Ham, what do y'all think!!
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 heaping tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter
2 to 4 tablespoons milk (depending on the moisture of the potatoes)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate, large bowl, mix the sweet potatoes and butter. Add the flour mixture to the potato mixture and mix to make a soft dough. Then add milk a tablespoon at a time to mixture and continue to cut in. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and toss lightly until the outside of the dough looks smooth. Roll the dough out to 1/2-inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a greased pan and coat tops with melted butter. Bake for about 15 minutes. (Watch your oven: If the biscuits are browning too fast, lower the temperature.) -Compliments of Paula Deen-
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The Weaver Mansion-the Pool 8 Mar 2016, 6:09 pm

In 1965, The Weaver Mansion, now the Secret was considered state of the art for its time! There was an intercom system that ran throughout the house as well as forty-two plus phone jacks with 4 incoming lines. The most amazing feature of the house is the roof top pool. Spanning almost the width of the house, the pool is housed in it's own encasement. The shallow end starts at 3 feet then moves down to a whopping 9 feet!! It originally had a diving board on one end that has since been removed. It has a vinyl liner that has been replaced a few times over the years and was originally accessed by a spiral staircase. The staircase was removed and turned into storage closets to limit access from the outside.
Can you imagine in 1965 coming to the house for a swim to discover such a breathtaking view from the pool deck!! Amazing!!
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