Rock Cornish Hens Teriyaki

Rock Cornish Hens Teriyaki

Cooking Time:
40 to 60 minutes
Yield: 4 Servings

While we mainly serve a full breakfast at Charlie-Jane’s B&B, there are special times when a guest will book all our rooms for a family reunion or other memorable get-to-gether in Mount Ayr. Occasionally we will be requested to assist by providing additional meals. This recipe is a result of such an event. (And, it’s great for when the innkeeper’s family is coming to visit.)
Rock Cornish Hens Teriyaki served on a bed of wildrice and vegetables.

4 (one-pound) Rock Cornish Game Hens
2 cups seasoned packaged croutons (or better if you make your own)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 cup diced mandarin oranges


Begin by washing and patting dry all of your Rock Cornish Game Hens. Mix together your croutons, butter and mandarin oranges. Next, stuff the hens with the mixture of croutons, butter and mandarin organges. Place hens on roasting pan and brush with a mixture of soy sauce and crushed garlic. Roast in pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for 40 to 60 minutes, being sure to baste with soy sauce and garlic mixture every 20 minutes. Once golden-brown, cover with foil. Yield: 4 servings.

We like to accompany these tasty hens with a wild rice and vegetable combo. Very Impressive!
Rock Cornish Hens Teriyaki served over a bed of wild rice and vegetables.

Room Renovation at Charlie-Jane’s B&B Completed

Summer Breeze Room

Renovations have been completed and the Summer Breeze Room features a high quality Queen-sized bed.  Charlie-Jane’s is now accepting reservations!

“Peaceful as a walk in a summer garden” is how Jane Lawhead, innkeeper at Charlie-Jane’s Bed and Breakfast in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, describes the newly renovated upstairs room.

The B&B features three bedrooms and two full baths. Guests are invited to play the piano in the parlor, enjoy a hearty breakfast in the dining room, read a book in the library or relax on the wrap-around porch of stately home. Rooms range from $65 to $85 a night, and each has a personality of its own.

The newly renovated Summer Breeze room’s walls and curtains are of light filtered leaf green with a bedspread of coral and rose flowers on a beige background. All the rooms include an alarm clock, radio, cable TV, an amenities basket, bath robes, extra pillows and blankets, ceiling fans, hairdryer, high-speed wireless Internet access, ironing board, full control of heating and air conditioning, with a coffee/tea bar with microwave in the upstairs hallway.

A night’s lodging includes a full breakfast such as eggs and pancakes, homemade breads and fresh fruit.

“Renovating and updating our rooms is one way we strive to give our guests a memorable stay in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. You can learn more about Charlie-Jane’s Bed and Breakfast online at — you can even make a secure reservation from their website.

Historic Decker Hotel in Maquoketa, Iowa

Historic Hotel Offered For Sale at $495,900
Downtown Maquoketa, Iowa

Historic Decker Hotel located in downtown Maquoketa, Iowa

Front Exterior of the Historic Decker Hotel in Maquoketa, Iowa

This unique historic hotel was built in 1875. It is a 3-story Victorian, with 17 rooms and suites, a formal dining area and pub. The majestic entry, in the lobby, is inspired and the reception area is very impressive with a fireplace, nice furnishings and an open stairway.

The 17 rooms are tastefully decorated with valuable antique bedroom sets as well as accent pieces expressing the time period. All rooms have their own controlled heating and cooling as well as bathrooms. Digital TV and the large suites with jacuzzi tubs and all decorated in the period. The hotel is handicapped accessible to the 3rd floor by the refurbished and updated elevator. The restaurant dining area meets the needs of large groups serviced by an updated kitchen. The pub is located in the lower level with an outside entrance, as well as easy access from inside. TV’s and a pool table make “sports night” come alive. Must See! (Listing added 4/21/14)

Office: 319-378-8760
Cell: 319 270 2906


Enjoy the garden areas at the Whiterock Conservancy

Coon Rapids, IA — The Whiterock Conservancy ( invites you to spend a night in the comfortable bed and breakfast, the location of the former Garst Home Farm.

The Garst Farmhouse offers garden lovers a room with private Garden Terrace access on the main floor.  Appropriately named, the Garden Terrace room and is ornately decorated with a flora and fauna theme. The room features a Queen bed and private bath (shower only), a comfy reading chair, dresser and TV. Complimentary continental breakfast is included in your stay and is available in the kitchen.

Garden Terrace Room at the Garst Farmhouse B&B

Sit back, relax, and enjoy an escape from the hectic pace of everyday life as you enjoy the variety of landscapes at the Whiterock Conservancy.

Breakfast at the Historic Decker House

Due to the overwhelming interest in our nationally recognized entree, Sweet Potato Waffles with Praline Sauce, we will be serving breakfast to the public on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday April 13 9:00am-Noon.
Dining guests will choose between an entree of Sweet Potato Waffles ($10.00) or Eggs Mornay ($12.00), another Decker House Specialty. Price includes fresh fruit, coffee and hot tea.  Orange juice, Mimosas and breakfast meats may be ordered at additional cost.
Guests will dine in the historic elegance of the Decker House dining and living rooms at private or communal tables.
Reservations are highly recommended, as seating is limited. Call 641-423-4700.
Come enjoy the breakfast without the bed!
Hope to see you there!
Mason City, Iowa