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Archives: March 2012

Looney Toons

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Were you a fan of the Looney Toons as a kid?  Did you root for the Road Runner or Wiley E. Coyote?  Maybe Bugs Bunny was your favorite.

Lynchburg College’s latest exhibit at the Daura Gallery is more pop culture than fine art.  “What’s Up Doc? Chuck Jones and the Animation Art of Looney Toons” features animation and limited-edition engravings of characters from the iconic cartoon series.  The exhibit shows the development of your favorite characters through hand-painted animation cels.

The Daura Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 am until 4 pm.  This exhibit runs through April, 15, 2012.  For more information you can call 434.544.8343.

Visit, explore, enjoy and reminisce.  We had fun, you will too!

First Day of Spring!

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at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg Virginia

Saucer Magnolia

 

Today we celebrate the first day of spring, but to our bushes and trees, spring came several weeks ago.  We have a saucer magnolia tree next to our patio and it started blooming in February.  Yes, this tree is supposed to bloom in the closing days of winter or beginning of spring, but in years past the blooms appear one day and are typically gone a few days later when the frost causes all the blossoms to drop from the tree.

 

at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast Lynchburg, Virginia

Saucer Magnolia in full bloom

With the mild weather this year, the blossoms have lingered for over three weeks.  The aroma when opening the back door is unbelievable and as the blooms fall, making way for the leaves, we have a carpet of pink pedals covering the patio.  To say this has been a spectacular year in our back yard is an understatement.

In addition our Camilla bush is in full bloom and the 300 daffodil bulbs I planted last fall are also in full bloom.

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA

Camilla is in bloom

 

We will soon be putting in our garden and getting ready for Garden Day.  Yes, we our home will be on tour for Historic Garden Day next month.  Will keep you posted.  We are expecting over 1600 people (based on last year’s figures) to see our home on Garden Day.  Obviously they will be here to look at the house, not the gardens, although we are making some progress on getting the yard in shape.

We would love to welcome you to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast this spring or summer so that you too may enjoy our restful patio or wraparound front porch.  Don’t you deserve some time to relax?

Chocolate-Mint Crackle Cookie Recipe

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Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookie

 

Guests arriving to stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, are greeted with home-made cookies in their room upon arrival.  This month our welcome treat cookie is a brownie-like cookie that looks like it has been shattered.  Filled with minty goodness they have been a big hit!

Chocolate-Mint Crackle Cookie

  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure mint extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

 

1.  Melt chocolate in heatproof bowl by setting it over a pan of simmering water, (but not touching the heatproof bowl) stirring constantly.  Add the mint to this mixture.

2.  Whisk together flour, baking powder and cocoa in a small bowl.

3.  Whisk together sugar, eggs and melted butter in a medium bowl.  Gradually whisk in melted chocolate and mint extract until smooth (from step 1 above) .  Stir in flour mixture (from step 2 above).  Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.

4.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Roll tablespoons of dough into balls using your palms, then roll into confectioners’ sugar to coat.  Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing each 1-inch apart.  Bake until slightly firm in the center, about 15 minutes.

5.  Let cool slightly on sheets set on wire racks.  Transfer cookies to racks and let cool completely.

**Dough can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 days or rolled into balls and frozen for up to 2 weeks.  Roll in confectioners’ sugar just before baking.

***Store cookies in an air-tight container, at room temperature, for up to 3 days (but they won’t last that long!)

Enjoy!!

 

Empty Bowls

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This past Saturday the Academy of Fine Arts presented it’s third annual “Empty Bowls” event .

Empty Bowl events take place all over the country and always benefit hunger programs.

Our Empty Bowls event supports the Daily Bread.  Located in downtown Lynchburg, VA, the Daily Bread was founded in 1982 to help those in need by providing one meal at a time.  365 days a year they serve lunch between 10:50-12:20 to approximately 160 guests.  Their mission is to “provide a free, nutritous meal every single day of the year” through donations of food, cash and time by volunteers.

The Academy of Fine Arts conducts bowl making sessions in it’s pottery studio each January and February.  Individuals, groups, co-workers, clubs and organizations come together to learn how to craft a bowl from clay.  Then in early March the bowls are sold (you get to take yours home) after being filled with delicious soups accompanied by fresh-made breads and desserts at the Empty Bowls event.  Participating restaurants this year included Market on Main, Bedford Avenue Meats, Lorraine Bakery, Catalano’s Delicatessen among others.  All proceeds from this event benefit the Daily Bread in it’s mission to feed Lynchburg’s hungry.

If you would like to participate in 2013, by contributing a bowl or just eating delicious soup in a hand-made bowl please visit The Academy of Fine Arts web site at www.AcademyFineArts.com for more details.