Saturday, August 23, 2014

Recipe for Peach and Apricot Jam served at Parish House Inn

It's that time of year for us when the homegrown fruits and vegetables are in abundance at the Farmers Markets. I have made plain peach jam in the past and was never very happy with the result.  This year I found a recipe that originated in England, made some adjustment for our measuring system and  cooking method.  The result was not only foolproof but delicious.  I have made a batch a week for several weeks now, and so I will have plenty on hand.  because it doesn't use additional pectin, there is a longer cooking time.  I found that it could be a hit or miss situation until I used my candy thermometer.   It turns out perfectly every time.  So enjoy!

Chris Mason, Innkeeper

Parish House Inn Peach and Apricot Jam

Peach and Apricot Jam
makes 3 -4 half pints

1 pound peaches, peeled, stoned and cut into small pieces
1 pound apricots, stoned and quartered
3 ½ cups sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  1. Prepare jars by boiling them for 10 minutes add the lids and let sit.
  2. Put all the fruit, sugar, water, and lemon juice into a large deep pot.
  3. Gently heat to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a rolling boil.
  4. Insert a candy thermometer into the pan and cook the mixture until the temperature reaches 225 degrees. You can put a teaspoonful onto a chilled plate and if it crinkles when a finger is pushed through it is done. If not done, boil another 2 minutes. This may take 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Use a potato masher to chop the fruit into smaller pieces as it cooks.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter.
  7. Ladle into the sterilized jars, add lids and rims. Turn upside down on a cloth cover tray for 5 minutes. Turn upright and do not move them for 24 hours. These can also be processed in a canning pot for 10 minutes.
  8. The jar lids should make a popping sound if they are sealing properly. If that doesn't happen, keep the jam in the refrigerator. It will keep for a long time...if you can keep it from being eaten, that is.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thunder Over Michigan at Willow Run August 9 - 10

,Photo: More international flavor for THUNDER!! From the Royal Canadian Air Force we are excited to host the venerable CH-146 Griffon out of the 400 Tac Hel Sqn in Borden, Ontario.  Come by and welcome the Canadian crew to Michigan at this weekend's air show!!

 Excitement is building for the Thunder Over Michigan air show this weekend, August 9 -10 at the Willow Run Airport.  This event  draws thousands to watch the very best airplanes, pilots and spectacular flying to the area. For all the details and ticket information go to
On the tarmac will be the CH-146 Griffon out of the 400 Tac Hel Sqn in Borden, Ontario. You  can come by and welcome the Canadian crew to Michigan at this weekend's air show. 
Other favorites to see are  the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, WWII Battle Reenactments, Screamin' Sasquatch, and dozens of rare warbirds.  To get tickets for this weekend's Baltia Air LinesThunder Over Michigan Air Show, go to 

Chris Mason, innkeeper
Parish House Inn

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Visit Library Park for Ypsilanti History during a stay at the Parish House Inn

Library Park
Historical marker for Elijah McCoy
When you stay at the Parish House Inn, in addition to shopping or dining in Downtown Ypsilanti, you can visit an interesting little park nestled right next to the B-24 coffee shop and the Ypsilanti Public Library.  It is called Library Park and was updated a few years ago when  the Historic building that houses the library next door was totally renovated. There are permanent tables with checker boards for table tops, benches, a fountain, and an Historical  Marker for Elijah McCoy. Ypsilanti is the second oldest city in Michigan, founded in 1829 (Detroit is older). the Ypsilanti Normal School, a teachers college, was founded in 1849 and became Eastern Michigan University. Elijah McCoy was an African American man who lived here in the mid 1800's and invented a self lubrication piston for the railroad engines, and the expression "the real McCoy" became associated with it.  He later went to Scotland where he was responsible for many more inventions during his lifetime.
So after a walk around the downtown area,  enjoy a cup of coffee or browse through the library and relax in this lovely oasis and read  all about Elijah McCoy. Eastern Michigan's school of business is across the street, so there is a lot of people watching to be done.

Chris Mason

Thursday, May 29, 2014

First Fridays Ypsilanti in Downtown, Depot Town and Cross Street

First Friday June venues
First Fridays Ypsilanti  is a year around event that
features FREE  art events, live  music and food in a variety of venues. You can walk from place to place from 6 PM until  and meet the musicians and  artists.

The map shows the locations and times of the venues, so make your plans to visit Historic Ypsilanti  June 6.  The July event will be on July 11, due to the Jul;y 4 Holiday.

Why not plan a getaway and book your room right on line? We are located in the downtown area...let Ypsilanti surprise you this summer.

Chris Mason

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Parish House Inn Ready for Summer after Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area cold winter

Glider on the patio
The Parish House Inn bed and breakfast is getting ready for summer! The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area has survived one the harshest winters on record and we have been busy preparing the outdoors for the spring and summer.

The glider has been sanded and re-stained is is ready for the cushions and relaxing on the patio. The lattice around the patio is also stained and ready for those climbing roses to show off their blooms in June. The roses were cut down last Fall and the new support built.  Now they are beginning to sprout and  will once again surround the patio with their  color and aroma.

 Every Spring there is a lot to do in the yard to prepare for the season.  After this past winter with the snow and severe cold, it has been a joy to be outdoors!  There will be  pots of geraniums and other flowers and herbs added to the grounds as the weather warms.  Looking forward to enjoying the patio with all my guests this summer.
Chris Mason, Innkeeper

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Graduation April 27, 2014

Congratulations to the Class of 2014.  

Graduation ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. for the College of Arts and Science and the College of Technology and at 2 p.m. for the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services.

Commencement is always a time of great joy and yet nostalgia for both students and parents. I know I was so proud of my children when I saw them walk across the stage to receive their diploma. They were now armed with a hard earned education that would launch them into their careers and adult lives.  Best wishes for a successful and happy future.

Chris Mason

Monday, April 7, 2014


"Inns and Outs" , by Chris Mason, innkeeper

Because the house that became the Parish House Inn bed and breakfast once housed ministers and their families, it has attracted more than the usual number of guests who are also  ministers or in a related profession.  This past week I have had a retired minister and his wife, a minister who changed direction within his church,his wife who is  an organist for her church, and a man who is becoming a minister in midlife.  Over the years I have had the pleasure of hosting many church groups in addition to ministers and their spouses. We are fortunate to have Concordia University and the district headquarters of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, located on the banks of the Huron River on the East side of Ann Arbor.  It is just a short ten minute drive from the Parish House Inn, which is also set on the banks of the same Huron River. I always  look forward to hosting the alumni, parents, friends and guest of Concordia University. It is easy to go to our website and check availability and book a room right on line.
Concordia University Campus House

Here is a short history of the Inn;

The Victorian house that is now the  Parish House Inn bed and breakfast, was originally located next to the First Congregational Church on Adams Street in Ypsilanti.
The House was built in 1893 and was the home for the minister of the church until the 1950's when it was used as a Sunday school and office building. In 1987 the church decided to build a better building and because the location is in the Historic District, had to have the structure moved.   So it was moved to 103 S. Huron Street, totally 
renovated as a bed and breakfast which opened in
August of 1993.
Concordia University sign