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Cranberry Breakfast Panini

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Cranberry Breakfast Panini

 

Thanksgiving is almost here.  Since we will all have leftover food items in our refrigerators and pantries, why not use extra cranberry sauce and cranberries, as we do at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast’s, in our November signature dish?  We have been serving this all month but it would make a delicious breakfast Thanksgiving morning or as a treat on Friday before heading out to shop.

Cranberry Breakfast Panini

  • 1 loaf challah or french bread
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or cream

 

Bring a saucepan of water to a boil.  Add cranberries and boil for about 3-4 minutes.  The cranberries will pop as they expand.  Drain the cranberries and do a rough chop of them, leaving large pieces of cranberries.  Next combine the cream cheese, sugar and cranberries together in a small bowl.   Put a liberal amount of this mixture on a piece of bread then add another piece of bread on top (like making a sandwich).  Beat eggs, orange zest, vanilla extract and milk together in a large, shallow flat bottom bowl.  Dip both sides of the stuffed bread into egg mixture.  Brush melted butter on both sides of panini press.  Place coated bread in press, heat 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned.  Slice panini on the diagonal, dust with confectioners’ sugar and arrange on plate.  Serve with Cranberry Syrup.  Makes 4-6 servings.  Note:  you won’t use the entire bag of fresh cranberries in this recipe so put the bag of leftover cranberries in the freezer.  They freeze well and can be used throughout the winter in other recipes for cakes, muffins and breads.  Besides, this is the only time of year you can buy fresh cranberries in this area.

Cranberry Syrup

  • 1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • dash nutmeg
  • dash cinnamon

 

In small saucepan melt cranberry sauce and butter.  Add maple syrup and spices.  Stir to combine.  Keep warm until ready to serve.

We wish you and yours a happy and filling Thanksgiving and hope to see you on your next visit to Lynchburg, Virginia.

Fun in Lynchburg Returns!

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Once again things will be hopping in downtown Lynchburg.  This Friday, November 16th the Downtown Diva Crawl returns with divas of all ages on the town!

Beginning at 5:00 pm (and lasting until 8:00 pm) your inner diva can meet other divas at the Lynchburg Community Market where you will receive your tote bag filled with goodies and a discount card with special diva offers.  Then travel up and down main street where you will visit our local downtown businesses and restaurants to get a headstart on your holiday shopping, enjoy delicious special menu items, and discover all that downtown has to offer.

 

If your taste runs more toward wine, then Saturday, November 17th between 11:00-5:00 you will want to spend time at Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat, Poplar Forest.

Once again the Poplar Forest Wine Festival will welcome 14 Virginia wineries, food from local purveyors, shopping experiences with local crafters and artisans, live music throughout the day and “Mr. Jefferson” discussing his love of wine.  All events will take place rain or shine in heated tents.  House tours will be available at a reduced rate.  Tickets cost $25 at the gate and include a wine tasting glass.  A good day should be had by all attendees. 

 

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast still has a room or two available this weekend if you would like to include an overnight in a 1878 mansion in downtown Lynchburg to your weekend.  Call us at 434.846.1388 to make your reservation.

CityArts Mosaic Mural

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Monacan Indians and farmers–Lynchburg, the early days

On Thursday, November 1st, Amazement Square unveiled its nearly completed CityArts Mosaic Mural.  The mural is located at the corner of 9th and Jefferson streets in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.

The first bridge to Lynchburg

The mural, seven years in the making, depicts the story of Lynchburg in more than 4,800 square feet of panels.  Starting with the Monacan Indians and farmers tending crops to the industrialization of downtown in the 1920’s and its development during the 1950’s and 1960’s during the Civil Rights era the last two panels depict Lynchburg today and in the future.

Lynchburg grows–Court House at top of 9th Street built 1855

The use of volunteers from various Lynchburg organizations, groups and clubs allow many in the community to take ownership of the project, or at least their spot on the panel.

The Allied Arts building (our first skyscraper on Church Street is visible

As you stroll along Jefferson Street and study the mural from beginning to end there are many things Lynchburgers will recognize:  the James River, the old Courthouse, the original train depot, Craddock-Terry show factories, Main Street, the fountain in the James River, Riverfront Park, the mountains to our west, downtown office buildings, the Community Market and more.  On our next warm, sunny day you should take the time to enjoy this work of art that belongs to Lynchburg.  An artistic and historic addition to downtown that can be enjoyed by all.

Three railroad lines ran through Lynchburg

Amazement Square staffers are in the process of compiling a publication that documents the mural’s progress and the number of volunteer hours that went into the project.  Once the mural is complete they intend to file for recognition as the largest glass-tile mural in North America (the largest currently listed is 4,300 square feet.)

Lynchburg continues to grow and thrive!

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located within walking distance of downtown and this mural.  The area is rich in history, downtown has many great restaurants and some fun shops.  We look forward to meeting you on your next trip through town.

Today’s downtown Lynchburg, a great place to visit.

The American Flag and our 5th President

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The Flag in 1814 had 15 stars and 15 stripes

When you think of America you may think about Freedom, Democracy, Free Speech, Opportunity, Justice and all that makes this a great country.  The American flag is the one symbol that represents not only who we are but what we are as a county.

 


Last week Kathy and I took a road trip to Charlottesville and visited the home of our 5th president, James Monroe (1817-1825).  His home is known as Ash Lawn and is owned and maintained by The College of William and Mary, his alma mater.  In many respects it is a simple home but worth visiting.  One of the interesting facts I learned was President Monroe  had legislation enacted that makes our flag look the way it does today.

The flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore in 1814 (pictured above) has 15 stars and 15 stripes.  One star and one stripe for each state.  President Monroe recognized that if we kept adding stripes for each state the flag would create design and proportion problems so in 1818 he signed an act declaring that henceforth our flag would have 13 stripes and a star for each state of the Union.  Had he not signed this act by the time he left office in 1825 there were 24 states and one could only imagine the flag with 24 stripes.

When you see the American Flag today you have our 5th president to thank for the way it looks. Speaking of presidents, next Tuesday we, have the privilege of choosing our president for the next four years.  Remember to get out and vote.

 

 

 

 

Zombie Walk

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Headless zombie at 2012 Zombie Walk

The sun was setting on Saturday, October 20, 2012 as several hundred zombies rose from the dead to walk along Main Street in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Almost as many spectators lined Main Street to see the zombies up close and personal, hear their moans, groans and screams and “enjoy” an unusual yearly event.  Who knew so many zombies lived among us?

Blond Zombie

Some participants clearly spent hours or perhaps days, working on their costumes and planning, then applying their makeup.  We saw traditional zombies, brides, headless zombies, zombies with missing (but carried) limbs, zombies with gashes and missing flesh….you name it.  The “Best Child Zombie” was a boy with a cleaver embedded in his head.  “Most Authentic Zombie” was Abraham Lincoln, risen from the dead, who was accompanied by his wife dressed as John Wilkes Booth.

Abe Lincoln and John Willks Booth at Lynchburg Zombie Walk

The event had a philanthropic theme as well.  Participants were asked to bring along a non-perishable food item or donate cash to the Lynchburg dog park.  More than $200 was raised for the dog park and it is estimated that over 800 pounds of food was donated to Lynchburg’s food bank.

Child zombie

Next year plan on spending the Zombie Walk weekend at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Rise Saturday morning to our legendary breakfast, get yourself ready for the walk and then haunt Main Street with your fellow zombies.

Next week will be the Ghost walk down Main Street.  If the zombies didn’t scare you then come downtown to hear stories of residents of years past that just don’t want to leave downtown.  Who can blame them with as much revitalization that is happening!.  The Ghost Walk is put on by the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and tickets can be purchased the night of the event at the Community Market at the corner of 12th and Main Streets.  See you there!

Cemetery Tours

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This Sunday, October 21, 2012, residents of the Lynchburg, VA area have 2 cemetery tours to take advantage of.

In Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery, starting at 3:00pm, a tour highlighting the history and horticultural aspects of the grounds will take place.  If you have never visited Old City Cemetery or have visited on your own and have wondered why this historic site is Lynchburg’s most visited historic site this tour will enlighten you.  Explanations of the graves, grave sites, some of the “residents,” plants, shrubs and trees will give you an overview of this not so hidden gem.  The leaves should be almost at their peak color, the weather is forecasted to be partly sunny and warm, so the day will be well spendt at Old City Cemetery.

Just up Route 29, in the town of Amherst, the Amherst County Museum and Historical Society is offering their first Cemetery tour at 2:00pm.  The tour begins at the Christian Aid Cemetery (next to the Subaru dealer on South Main Street) and continues onto the Amherst Cemetery (on North Main Street.)  This tour will feature actors, from Amherst County High School, who will portray some of Amherst’s more interesting “residents.”

As both of these tours will be walking tours, on uneven ground, it is suggested you wear comfortable shoes.