Looking Forward to Spring at Haven of Hope Farm B&B

Recipes | February 24th, 2017

Comfort foods- Our guest favorites!

There are few things more comforting than preparing and enjoying a meal together, especially one that nourishes the body, mind and soul. During these cold and overcast winter months some of us retreat to our kitchen hearth seeking solace, warmth and comfort while eagerly and longingly anticipating the first signs of spring and all that comes with it: the first buds on the trees,crocuses busily pushing their way through the pungent earth,returning robins,longer and warmer days….

And speaking of spring (although winter here is lovely too!) and as many of you no doubt know we are blessed to have acquired a love for growing some of our very own produce in our family garden, all of which is either preserved or immediately used for creating many wonderful and delicious meals. At Haven Of Hope Farm B&B we try to pass along a small part of this seemingly “lost art” of garden to table living in each and every one of our guest breakfasts.

Regardless of the season, here at Haven Of Hope Farm B&B we continue to enjoy the privilege of sharing our farm table with the many and various guests who enter our door. Whether their time with us corresponds with us at the nearby health facility, an extended personal retreat, or simply a respite from a long day’s journey through the area, our hope and desire for each visitor always remains the same: “enter as a guest and leave as a friend.”

This month we would like to share a few of our favorite recipes with our followers and guests.
Looking back, we recall that some of the ones included here are the traditional childhood favorites, inspired and prepared by our parents. We hope you enjoy trying them out for yourself and then sharing the delicious results of your labors with others near and dear.

granola-jarsCrunchy Granola ( Makes 2 Quarts)

This recipe can be enjoyed on its own or as a delicious breakfast cereal mixed with fruit and yogurt.

1/2 cup of vegan margarine
1 cup honey or brown sugar
1 Tsp cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup dried cranberries

1. Over medium low heart combine and met the began margarine, honey or brown sugar and
2. Mix together with remaining ingredients.
3. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. After baking, let cool and place in a glass jar or plastic storage container.

spring-tableTrail Mix Muffins: (Makes approx. 8-10) delicious muffins

This is one of our guest favorites!

2 cups of Nameste Gluten Free flour blend
1 cup organic cane sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cups grated carrot
1/2 cups dried cranberries
1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup coconut
1 apple pealed and grated
3 eggs
1 cup vegan margarine
2 tsp vanilla


1. In a large bowl mix together flour,sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
2. Stir in grated carrot, cranberries, nuts, coconut and apple.
3  In a separate bowl,beat eggs, vegan margarine,vanilla and stir into flour mixture until
batter is blended well.
4. Spoon into muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.
5. Sprinkle oatmeal and cinnamon on top for decoration and flavoring.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait:

Our guests really love this for breakfast!

3/4 cup of granola
3/4 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup of fruit-blue berries, raspberries, or strawberries
Optional-2 tbsp of whipped cream for topping

1. Gently layer together yogurt and fruit.
2. Alternately layer granola and fruit mixture.

Serve in a stemless wine glass. Enjoy!

tasty-cookies-2Delicious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies:

Our guests love the smell and taste of these freshly baked cookies upon their arrival!

1 cup vegan margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup of Nameste all purpose baking flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups steel cut oats
1 cup of semi sweet carob chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time and stir in vanilla.
4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture until just blended.
5. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips.
6. Drop heaping spoonful onto ungreased baking sheets or covered with parchment paper.
7. Bake for 12 minutes and then allow cookies to cool on baking sheet.

tasty-soupDelicious Chicken Curry Vegetable Soup (6-8 servings)

This recipe has been enjoyed by our family for many years. It is a go-to and trusted source of comfort during cold and flu season!


6 cups water
5 thin boneless chicken breasts
5 carrots slice thin
4 celery stalks
1 med sized onion
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 tsp Montreal steak spice
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp curry
1 tsp tumeric
* Add salt and pepper to taste


1.To make the broth, combine the five boneless chicken breasts and water in a large pot and
cook gently until chicken is tender. Cut chicken into thin slices.

2. Combine and add the remaining ingredients to the broth and simmer gently for 1 hour stirring occasionally.


Christmas Greetings from Haven Of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast

News | December 20th, 2016


As we reflect on 2016, we have been so grateful for the many guests who have come through our door here at Haven Of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast. As well for the unique and wonderful experiences we have enjoyed while working on the farm.

We have been so humbled by listening to the cancer journeys many have shared as they have been walking through their treatment, as well as those who have physical disabilities and have come for a retreat stay. The time we share having breakfast around our kitchen farm table with our guests has given us the privilege of building lasting friendships.

Another highlight of our year was hosting day retreats-a great experience of learning, sharing, spending time with the animals on a tour of the farm, and enjoying the beauty of the Rockway Conservation area.

In the spring of 2017, we anticipate the arrival of our new lambs. This time of year is always a highlight for us! We will be sure to take lots of photos of our new additions to the farm.

It is such a gift for our guests to spend time with the animals. It is amazing how they seem to forget so many of the stresses of life when they enter the barn and spend some time with the lambs, alpacas, chickens and pigs. As one of our guests shares, “When a person goes through the cancer journey, you begin to look at life with a different perspective. The simple things become beautiful and you learn to see each day as a gift.”

We have included a few photos of the farm B&B as well, the bounty which we were able to grow in our garden this year. So many of our guests have enjoyed seeing where the ingredients of their breakfast have come from. Health, nutrition and locally grown produce are in such priority, which we strive to provided.

On a personal note, many of our guests have asked that we keep you updated on how our family is doing. We were so blessed over the last year to have two new granddaughters born. It is hard to believe Autumn and Hailey are already a year old. Jon, Nicolette & Autumn moved across the country to B.C. We are thankful they are adjusting well-they are living close to Jon’s family and are settling into their new community.

Phil & Anna are adjusting well to being new parents to Hailey and are settled into their new home here in St. Catharines.

Jake is in his 4th year of university for Business and accounting.

We look forward to the year 2017 with anticipation and thankfulness to be able to serve our community and to welcome many more guests who enter our door.

“Come stay with us and find rest for the journey.”

We wish you and your family a blessed Christmas

Your hosts,

Dave & Daphne Bakker

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Celebrating 3 Years Of Giving Back To Our Community

News | November 11th, 2016


3 year anniversary bed and breakfast, bed and breakfast medical retreat

Running a Bed and Breakfast for people going through health concerns brings with it unique opportunities. As we celebrate our 3rd anniversary of Haven Of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast this year, we look back with thankfulness at the many experiences that have taken place over the course of time since we have been open and are excited to share them with you on our blog today.

We have met a wide variety of wonderful people who have stayed at our bed & breakfast. Their journeys have often been ones of suffering ,endurance, sorrow, and yet they are somehow able to see the joy and simple gifts life holds. As hosts, these individual guests have been an incredible example to us of what it means to overcome life’s challenges and the importance of valuing our relationships with friends and family.

To provide hospitality and walk alongside during their time of treatment or retreat is an absolute privilege!  The quietness of the countryside, the beauty of the Niagara escarpment and warm accommodations have been a gift to so many who have entered the doors of Haven Of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast.

4 highlights over the course of these past 3 years have been:

1. Building Relationships With Our Local Hospitals,Hospices,Wellspring Niagara and Chamber of Commerce
As you can imagine running a Bed and Breakfast specifically for those with health concerns requires partnering with local health organizations and business professionals to ensure that people are aware that accommodations are available. Since opening our doors we have had cancer patients, those requiring accommodations with disabilities, families attending local funerals, and people traveling through the Niagara Region stay with us.


support group retreat

2. Support Group Retreats

We have been able to host several support group day retreats which included providing lunch for those in attendance, guest speakers , fellowship time and a tour around the farm.


3. Producing a Video Curriculum For Children

We had the unique privilege of having our farm and Bed and Breakfast be part of the filming location for a children’s television series LOUIS SAYS produced by Crossroads.

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 4. Niagara Life Centre Home Tour

During Christmas time we had the privilege of being part of the Niagara Life Centre home tour fundraising event. Our home was decorated from top to bottom with Christmas decor and many people from the community came through our door.

To all who have helped to make the dream of Haven Of Hope Farm B&B a reality again we thank you! We look forward together to another year, anticipating the gift of being able to give back to our community.

Continue to come back to our blog for all the latest of what is happening at Haven of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast!

Your Hosts,

Dave & Daphne Bakker