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Vintage Fashion Show

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Kathy in a 60’s inspired outfit

On Thursday, March 14th the Lynchburg Area Newcomers Club presented it’s bi-annual fashion show.  This year the theme was vintage clothing!   The 14 models chose two outfits from the vintage “closet” and on-line store belonging to member, Kim Foster.  What fun it was to try on clothes from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  Do you remember flower power and hippie outfits?  What about the huge shoulder pads from the 80’s?  Glamorous gowns from all of the decades (boy, were the women in 50’s tiny!).

 

Below are a few pictures of the models (all club members) in their finery.

 

Artichoke and Spinach Quiche

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Artichoke and spinach quiche

 

March finds the wind blowing, the temperatures warming, the daffodils blooming and The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, taking advantage of fresh spinach, along with artichokes, as our signature dish this month.

Ingredients:

  • 1 11-inch store-bought pie dough sheet
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated nitmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Roll out pie dough and place into an 11-inch pie plate, crimping edges.  Pierce dough with a fork several times.  Bake in oven until slightly browned, about 6-8 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Turn oven down to 325 degrees.

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add butter, onion, spinach, artichoke hearts, cayenne and garlic.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cook until mixture is warm and fragrant.  Remove from pan to a bowl and let cool.

In a large bowl combine chives, Dijon mustard, eggs, heavy cream, nutmeg and a pinch of salt and a large pinch of black pepper.  Whisk together until well combined.

Add spinach-artichoke mixture to the pie shell, then pour egg mixture over top.  Top with Cheddar cheese and bake until eggs are set, about 35 minutes.  Remove from oven, cut into wedges and serve with a side of fresh spinach with broiled tomatoes.

Maple Syrup Tapping

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Taping a maple tree

Taping a maple tree

Did you know that the maple trees in Virginia produced sap, which can be made into maple syrup, just like the trees in New Hampshire and Vermont?

Did you ever wonder how maple syrup is made?

If the answers to these two questions peak your interest then you will want to visit the Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, between the hours of 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  The Cemetery’s historic grounds supervisor will be conducting a demonstration on how the century old maple trees, on the Cemetery grounds, are tapped and the sap is converted into maple syrup.  The maple syrup is then sold in the Cemetery gift shop throughout the year (very limited quantities, while supplies last!)

The sap is produced and tapped from trees at least 15 years old, or with a trunk at least 12-inches in diameter.  Beginning in early February, when the temperatures start to warm up but the nights are still below freezing, small splines are placed into the trunks about 2-inches deep and usually on either the left or right side of the tree.  The clear sap drips into bags which is collected until about the end of February.  Once a sufficient amount of sap has been collected the sap is boiled to a temperature of 219 degrees and is a light amber color.  From 2 gallons of sap about 1 cup of syrup is produced.

The Old City Cemetery is Lynchburg’s most visited tourist site.  The grounds are comprised of over 20,000 graves, most of which have long since lost their grave markers or headstones.  Beautiful during each of the four seasons, the winter months bring a sense of starkness, quiet and contemplation.  Great pictures can be taken throughout the Cemetery and will provide fabulous results.

Located at 401 Taylor Street, visit their website www.gravegarden.org for their calendar of events, directions or interesting facts and descriptions.

Come stay with us at the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and one morning you will delight in a 4-course breakfast featuring maple syrup!  Visit our website www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com to check our availability calendar and book your room.  It’ll be a fun weekend!

 

Montpelier, James Madison’s Home

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I had the pleasure to visiting James Madison’s Montpelier, in Orange Virginia this week.  A magnificent house , on 2,700 acres (originally almost 5,000 acres), with commanding views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Virginia countryside.

James’ grandfather acquired the land and originally built a modest house for his family.  James was born March 16, 1751.  Between 1763 – 1765 James’ father, James Madison, Senior had Montpelier built one-third of a mile from the original family home at Mount Pleasant.  James attended the College of New Jersey (Princeton), served in the Continental Congress (1780-1783), participated in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (1787), drafted the Bill of Rights (1789-1797), was a member of the House of Representatives (1789-1797), served as Secretary of State under Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), was our fourth President-elected for two terms (1809-1817), James died at Montpelier, June 28, 1836.

James married Dolley Payne Todd, September 15, 1794.  Together they added on to Montpelier as their family grew expanding the original house to the 22 rooms you see today.  The tour of the mansion includes the Drawing Room, filled with various pieces of art, the Dining Room, where the Madison’s entertained important and influential guests, the Presidential Library filled with books and maps, the room where James Madison died and Dolley’s kitchen, which is in the basement of the house.

The impressive grounds contain the family cemetery, where James and Dolley are buried, a slave cemetery, Mr. Madison’s Temple (built over the year-round ice house), and a 200-acre old-growth forest, along with sites where the slave quarters were, the blacksmith shop site, a formal garden and the farm complex.

Although this historic house and property is about 2 hours north of Lynchburg guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn could easily combine a tour of this house with either Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or James Monroe’s Ashlawn and learn about two or three of our founding fathers, their lives, beliefs and what life was like at the dawn of our country.  Additionally, Thomas Jefferson’s summer home, Poplar Forest is just 20 minutes from us.  —  Kathy

 

Chocolate Waffles & Valentines

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and what could be more romantic than waking up and being served breakfast in bed.  Not just any breakfast, but chocolate waffles!  We re-worked last years recipe and made these waffles a little lighter.  You can serve these waffles with strawberries or raspberries or you can make a strawberry or raspberry syrup.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup good cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup of black coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk (room temperature)
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Preheat the waffle iron per manufactures instructions.  Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl.  In another bowl combine the buttermilk, eggs, coffee canola oil and vanilla.  Add the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients mixing  until combined (small lumps in the batter is fine).   Spray the waffle iron with non-stick spray to avoid the waffles from sticking to the griddle.  Ladle batter onto the griddle and cook per manufacture’s instructions until done.  Remove and serve with sliced strawberries or raspberries and syrup.  Hint:  If you are making numerous waffles place the cooked waffle in a preheated 200 degree oven on the oven rack and continue making additional waffles.  The warm oven will hold the waffles for 30-45 minutes.

Guys, if this sounds like too much work, then pick up the phone and make a reservation for you and your valentine at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Ladies, if you don’t think your guy is into cooking just forward this blog post to him and he might get the hint .  This is our signature dish for February so don’t worry if you can’t be here on Valentine’s Day, we serve it all month long.  We don’t serve breakfast in bed but we will make this a memorable stay.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all from Kathy and Mike at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic Lynchburg Virginia!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Specials

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Again this year, at The Carriage House Inn, we are offering a variety of Valentine’s Day Specials–both for an overnight(s) stay or in our on-site Massage and BodyWorks Studio.  And remember, every day is Valentine’s Day during February!

For a romantic getaway you can choose from:

  • “One Night Love Affair”: one night stay with a rose in bud vase, chocolate dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of Prosecco for the cost of your room plus $75.00.
  • “Sweetheart Weekend”: 2-night stay with six roses in vase, 2 gourmet cupcakes, a chilled bottle of Prosecco accompanied by cheese & crackers for the cost of your room plus $150.00.
  • “Romantic Rendezvous”: 2-night stay with one dozen roses in vase, a bottle of chilled Prosecco with cheese & crackers, a box of handmade truffles, a hand crafted stained glass heart keepsake and a $75.00 dining gift certificate to one of our downtown restaurants for the cost of your room plus $250.00.
  • “The Total Eclipse of the Heart”: a 2-night stay, one dozen roses in vase, a bottle of chilled Prosecco with cheese & crackers, a basket of chocolate goodies, 2 Swedish massages in our on-site Massage & BodyWorks Studio and $100.00 dining certificate to one of our downtown restaurants for the cost of your room plus $550.00

All romantic getaways include your room of choice with generous room amenities and  our legendary 4-course breakfast (featuring our decadent Chocolate Waffles).  Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of your arrival.  Call 434.846.1388 to discuss your reservation options.

  • The Carriage House Inn Massage and BodyWorks Studio is offering a “Chocolate Delight” -chocolate sugar polish body treatment & massage using a chocolate butter cream for $150.00 (normally $175) with any 2-night stay during February.  This treatment must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance of your arrival.

 

We look forward to helping you celebrate Valentine’s Day–any day in February!!