Monthly Archives: June 2014

Mr. Thomson’s Dining Room


IMG_6633There’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but has just never quite made it to the top of our to do list. Until now.

So many of you know that we re-opened for the season a little later than usual this year, and some of you even know why: Jim slipped on the ice one sunny winter day, fell, and cracked a couple ribs. Thanks to everyone who called and sent messages and healing vibes. Broken ribs are pretty crumby, and take a while to heal. But the extra time off (specifically time off that Jim had to sit and relax and couldn’t do his usual puttering and tinkering around) allowed for some laid back afternoons daydreaming about long coveted projects that we’d like to get off the ground. Well, the daydreaming turned into some planning. And the planning turned into making some phone calls, setting some meetings, having some brainstorming sessions, and finally, after wanting to do it for so long we found the time to spruce up our dining room!

IMG_6679Mr. Thomson’s dining room has always had a nice relaxing vibe, with views of our gardens. We always thought, though, that it would be lovely to add some nice lamps and curtains, and a bit of new art. So we met up with the immensely creative Dianne Eastman, of ‘Dianne Eastman ReDesign.’

Such fun we had! We told Dianne about all our ideas – many of which had gone through several incarnations through the years – and she listened very carefully, got a feel for our style, made some awesome suggestions, and helped us make our dream a reality. A few meetings later, we had new window treatments and area rugs picked out, along with some new art pieces, lamps, and some comfy furniture around the fireplace.

The results? We couldn’t be happier! Mr. Thomson’s dining room still has the same vibe it always has…just better! It’s still country casual and relaxing, with some very comfortable upgrades. It’s the perfect room for a quiet cup of tea, some live music, a private reunion, or a romantic dinner. We will certainly keep you posted about any events coming up in the new and improved dining room here at Paudash’s Original Country Diner. In the meantime, take a look at the photos of the improvements and let us know what you think.

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The Buzz on our new Breakfast Menu


Even the bees stop by The Craftsman for a snack!

Even the bees stop by The Craftsman for a snack!

Hi there! We missed you! So, it’s been a few weeks now since we re-opened for the season, and we’ve been busy getting back into our routines at the Craftsman: training a few new crew-members, coming up with new burgers to feature on the ‘burger of the week board,’ moving a few tables and art around… We’ve been busy as bees! Speaking of bees, people keep asking us about our new breakfast menu, and why there’s a photo of a bee on the front of it.

The menu items haven’t really changed much. There are a couple new things (like the breakfast bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion, and capers…yum!), but the main changes are just visual. We decided to expand our one-page breakfast menu to a two-pager so the text can be a bit bigger and we have a bit more room to describe each item. And of course, we added the image of a sunflower (we love sunflowers), and a bee (we love bees, even more).

Here's our new breakfast menu; you can click on it to see it enlarged.

Here’s our new breakfast menu; you can click on it to see it enlarged.

If you’ve ever taken the time to wander around outside the Craftsman, you’ve surely noticed our gardens. We grow flowers in the front gardens, like lupins, poppies, irises, violets, tall phlox, and lilies. They are all bee-friendly flowers, because we are…well…bee friendly ourselves.

14417626486_0d41e07202_z14437389701_3b4e82967c_z14254143890_b17d0c4b4e_z14254146258_b1978ac190_zYou know how we always say we make real food for real people? Well, that’s thanks in part to the bees. The bees are a small but mighty global workforce that supports all life on the planet by pollinating the fruits and vegetables that we all rely on. Plus, you know, they make honey which is AWESOME! (By the way, honey bees don’t typically sting… hornets and wasps are responsible for that…) We are big on sustainability, which is why we do things like recycle and compost, only feature sustainably resourced fish, bring in as much local inventory as we can, and maintain gardens that feed the bees.

If you’re not aware of the importance of bees, and the struggles they face, spend a few minutes on google getting the scoop. You can also check out an article (written by our daughter; **proud smile**) from last summer’s issue of Country Roads Magazine. Click here to read ‘Bee Fever,’ by our daughter, Michelle.

We are so thankful that the bee populations in North Hastings are strong and plentiful, and we are dedicated to supporting them as much as we can to keep it that way. So yes, our new breakfast menu features a picture of one of our fuzzy little friends, and our gardens (mostly organic and heritage/heirloom) feature all kinds of yummy nectar for our little pollinator buddies. So if you come by the Craftsman and see a little bee, busy as can be, buzzing around the flowers, give him a smile.