Museums of Maitland, Florida

Museums of Maitland, Florida

We are blessed with a strong history in the arts and culture. There are several historical museums, as well as a wonderful historic arts colony. The Maitland Art Center was founded as an art colony in 1937 by visionary American artist and architect André Smith (1880-1959). This tradition continues at MAC today, with gallery exhibitions, art … Read More

Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida

Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida

Beautiful Leu Gardens in Orlando is only 15 minutes from Thurston House in Central Florida. It has 50 acres of beautiful land that feature many different types of garden areas – America’s largest camellia collection outside of California, 3 acres of idea gardens, the largest formal rose garden in Florida, a 2 acre tropical stream garden, … Read More

Central Florida Colleges Are Back to School!

Central Florida Colleges Are Back to School!

Within the next 2 weeks, Central Florida Colleges Are Back to School! What an exciting time for all those students, particularly the ones who are coming for their freshman year. Lots of excitement, angst, and pressure for sure. Usually, the incoming Freshman is brought to school by a parent or parents in order to help … Read More

Sizzling Central Florida Summer

Sizzling Central Florida Summer

Yes, it is time for a Sizzling Central Florida Summer. This one is a bit more sizzling than usual. You still want to get away but the beaches and the attractions area are just too hot. How about a place where fine dining, wonderful museums and great shops are plentiful?  There is even a local … Read More

Thurston House Celebrates 25 Years!

Thurston House Celebrates 25 Years!

As they say, time does fly. In 1992, September 15 to be exact, Thurston House opened its doors to bed & breakfast customers. After a slow start trying to get the word out, there was no internet back then, of course, we eventually have become known to a worldwide audience. Featured in many publications over … Read More

Buttermilk Spice Muffins

Buttermilk Spice Muffins

1 cup sugar 3 eggs 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup butter 2-1/2 cup flour 1 tsp nutmeg 1/4 cup buttermilk Topping – 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cupchopped nuts, 1/2 tsp both cinnamon and nutmeg Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend sugar and butter; add eggs and mix well. Mix dry ingredients … Read More

Recipe: Applesauce Muffins

Recipe: Applesauce Muffins

1/2 C butter 1 C sugar 1 egg 1 C applesauce 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp allspice 1/2 tsp cloves 2 C flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 C chopped nuts (optional) Preheat over to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar; add egg and mix well. Stir in applesauce and spices. In small bowl mix … Read More

Recipe: Beautiful Blueberry Coffee Cake

Recipe: Beautiful Blueberry Coffee Cake

INGREDIENTS: blueberry cake mix 2 tbs cinnamon 1 cup sour cream 1/4 cup water 4 large eggs 2 tbs brown sugar 1 cup chopped nuts 1/3 cup oil 1/4 cup sugar Preheat oven to 350 degrees; spray bundt or tube pan with Pam. Filling mix: Combine 2 tablespoons of the cake mix with the brown … Read More

Rollin’s College Family Weekend 2016

Rollin’s College Family Weekend 2016

Rollin’s College Family Weekend 2016 is almost upon us! The college looks forward to welcoming families to campus for this special weekend. Activities include spending time relaxing with your student, meeting with distinguished faculty members, and becoming better acquainted with the Rollins community! It’s always a special weekend for all. Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland … Read More