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Strawberries and Cream French Toast

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Strawberries and Cream French Toast

Strawberries and Cream French Toast

June 2016 has brought a plethora of strawberries to our backyard garden, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast!  To take advantage of these delicious morsels our signature dish this month is Strawberries and Cream French Toast. The dish is prepared the night before so, making breakfast is easy, just cook and serve.   We serve this dish with warm strawberry syrup, because we have plenty of strawberries to make the syrup, but it would be equally delicious with pure maple syrup.  If you need a delicious menu item to serve your dad on Father’s Day this just might be it.  And if you don’r have a garden with fresh strawberries in your backyard head down to the Lynchburg Community Market, on Wednesday or Saturday morning, to pick up from a local farmer.   Of course if you don’t have access to fresh strawberries, store bought ones also work.   Enjoy!

For the French Toast:

  • 18-20 slices of bread, cubed
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream

Grease a 9×13 baking dish.  Arrange half of the bread cubes in the greased baking dish.  Sprinkle the cream cheese cubes and strawberry slices evenly over the bread cubes.  Top with remaining bread cubes.  Beat eggs until light and fluffy.  Add maple syrup, milk and cream to eggs, mix well.  Pour egg mixture over bread cubes.  Press lightly to allow egg mixture to be absorbed by the bread cubes.  Cover dish with foil and place in refrigerator at least 8 hours or overnight.  Remove dish from refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to baking.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake an additional 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden.  Allow to sit about 10 minutes before serving.  Top with Strawberry Syrup.

**helpful hint: put the cream cheese in the freezer for about 20 minutes before you cube it.  It will slice a bit easier and more uniformly.

Strawberries and Cream French Toast

Strawberries and Cream French Toast from the oven

Strawberry Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Cook the sugar, water and cornstarch until thickened.  Stir in strawberries and simmer 10 minutes.  Add butter and stir until melted.  Serve warm over French Toast.

**helpful hint: before combining first 3 ingredients mix cornstarch with about 1-2 Tablespoons of the water and mix until well blended.  Add this slurry mixture to sugar and water solution for thickening.


Making a Signature Dish-Jefferson’s Virginia Festival

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Pumpkin Waffel

Pumpkin Waffle

As members of the Jefferson Heritage Trail, The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast, is proud to offer a “behind the scenes tour” during the Jefferson’s Virginia Festival dates of May 28 until July 4th.

Each Saturday morning, during the month of June and on Saturday July 2nd, we will invite 2 guests into our kitchen to observe the preparation and cooking of one of our signature dishes that we serve for breakfast.  And then, they and our other guests will be able to enjoy this fabulously delicious main course.

Tortilla Breakfast Bowl

Tortilla Breakfast Bowl

Dishes may include: Apple Stuffed Croissant French Toast with Spiced Maple Syrup, Breakfast Frittata, Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Walnut Apples, Tortilla Breakfast Bowl, Sweet Potato Pancakes with Toasted Coconut and Pecans, Dutch Baby or Shirred Eggs Florentine.

How do you participate in this unique event?  Call us at 434.846.1388, tell us you are participating in the Jefferson’s Virginia Festival and would like to book a room and take part in our “behind the scenes tour.”  You will book your room for a minimum of two nights and we’ll take care of the rest.   Saturday morning of your stay you will join is in the kitchen, observe, take notes and leave the kitchen with a copy of the recipe served that morning.  Then you will join our other guests in devouring the signature dish offered.  This event is limited to two guests each Saturday morning, so book your space early.

We look forward to sharing some of our techniques and recipes with our guests.  See you soon!

Old City Cemetery Museum-Cemetery Center

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Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery’s Center and Museum

The Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA, is Lynchburg’s most visited tourist site.  During the past four months we have posted a blog describing the individual buildings/museums found on the cemetery grounds.  This month we are going to introduce you to the Cemetery Museum and it’s artifacts.

The main focus of the Cemetery Center is it’s collection of American mourning customs and artifacts, burial records of the Southern Memorial Association, the Lee Reading Room, Taylor Conservatory and the Christian Vault.

This month’s blog post is going to concentrate on the American mourning customs and artifacts.

The main room in the Cemetery Center is comprised of doors, floorboards, beams and a fireplace mantle, all dated 1845.  This room contains mourning artifacts and decor.  Some of the most interesting pieces found include:

  • mourning and funeral photographs (c. 1900).
  • beeswax flowers (c. 1870).  These would have surrounded the casket during the funeral, then have been placed on the grave and finally taken by the family where they were framed and hung in the parlor.
  • a mantle clock draped in black crepe to signify mourning.  The clock would have been stopped at the time of death.
  • mourning stationary that is bordered in black.  It would have been used to announce the death and to invite friends and family to the funeral..
  • a cast-iron “shoulder casket” (c. 1857, from Diuguid Funeral Service). Used by upper-class citizen of Lynchburg it is painted to resemble wood.
  • an embalming kit (c.1900).  Some of the instruments are still used today.

A few of the interesting facts about mourning and burial customs found in the Cemetery Center are as follows:

  • widows were in mourning for a total of 2 1/2 years.  They were in deep mourning for 1 year and 1 day, during which time they could only wear black.  After their deep mourning period they could add a touch of white, more ruffles or trim and wear hats instead of veils.  Near the end of the mourning period they could wear clothing in dark colors:gray, purple, slate or blue.
  • women did not attend the burial.
  • flower arrangements were seldom used before the Civil War.  Between the 1880’s-1890’s fresh, dried and artificial flower arrangements  were used in profusion.
  • mourning attire for men consisted of wearing a black armband or hatband for a period of 3 months.
  • men wore mourning attire as a mark of respect.  Women wore mourning attire out of fear that the omission to wear black would be interpreted as evidence of a lack of affection for the dead.
  • immediately following the funeral all traces f death were to be removed from the house. Shutters were opened, blinds raised, crepe and flowers removed and clocks restarted.

The Cemetery Center is open between 11 until 3 daily, or by appointment.  It contains detailed brochures and booklets relating to the history of the cemetery along with information about the various buildings and museums located on the cemetery grounds (most of which we have discussed earlier this year).  There is a small gift shop that sells “Died and Gone to Heaven” honey (that is produced by the cemeteries bees), books (including Once Upon a Time…a Cemetery Story) and cookbooks (such as the award winning Food to Die For a book of funeral food, tips and tales), along with gifts and items pertaining to the cemetery.

Lazy Days Winery

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Lazy Days Winery

Lazy Days Winery, home of the Summer Solstice

Lazy Days Winery, located just north of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Amherst, VA offers great wines and a spectacular view of the Virginia countryside.

Lazy Day Winery

Grapes at Lazy Days Winery

The first grapes were planted on 12 of the 100 acres by John Fitzhugh and his father, Bill in 2007.  Starting with petit manseng, petit verdot and merlot these grapes were quickly followed by traminac, tannat and a variety of trial vines, including malbec.

Lazy Days Winery Tasting Room

Tasting Room

The winery and tasting room are located in a restored cattle-auction barn, previously known as the Amherst Livestock Pavilion.  The comfortable tasting rooms adjoins the pavilion event area to offer a great space for spending the afternoon, attending a festival or theater production or celebrating a wedding.

Wines produced by Lazy Days include their award winning Petit Verdot, Chardonnay Reserve, Capuchin White, Sweet Lazy Days White Wine and Bill’s Blackberry Wine.  Other wines offered include a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and their new Sweet Peaches (made with peaches grown in Nelson County).

Don't miss the Summer Solstice Celebration in June

Don’t miss the Summer Solstice Celebration in June

Lazy Days Winery hosts their Summer Solstice Festival each June to celebrate the beginning of summer.  Featuring other wineries, musicians, food vendors and local artists from the Lynchburg and Amherst area the festival allows guests to experience the winery before it gets too hot.  Throughout the year they participate in other festivals and tasting events throughout the state.  A member of the Jefferson Heritage Wine Trail they support the history and heritage of Central Virginia between Lynchburg and Charlottesville.

Located at 1315 N. Amherst Hwy (RT.29) in Amherst, VA they can be reached at 434.381.6088.  Winery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am until 5 pm.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast and we can plan your tour of this winery along with several others that are nearby and may participate with us in the Jefferson Heritage Trail.  A chauffeured wine tour package can be found on our web site.  Everyone always enjoys it!


Blue Angles visit Lynchburg

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Blue Angles

The Blue Angles to visit Lynchburg

The Lynchburg Regional Airport will host the 2016 Lynchburg Regional Airshow the weekend of May 21 & 22.  Once again this year the US Navy Blue Angels will be the featured, premiere performers.  America’s longest serving flight demonstration squadron will be performing at 34 locations in the United States this year.  The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 and is made up of both Navy and Marine aviators.  2016 is their 70th anniversary!

Blue Angles

See the Blue Angles @ The Lynchburg Air Show

In addition to the Blue Angels the performer lineup includes other aerial performers, more than 15 static displays, vendors and those who love flying and airplanes.

A few of the aerial performers include

  • The Aeroshell Aerobic Tea
  • The US Navy Leap Frogs-an all volunteer team of active-duty personnel from Naval Special Warfare (including Navy Seals) who comprise the US Navy Parachute Tea
  • The de Havilland DH 100 Vampire-a British jet fighter that was entered into service with the Royal Air Force in 1945.  The Vampire was the first fighter jet to be powered by a single engine, to cross the Atlantic and to land on an aircraft carrier.  It was used as a front-line fighter until 1953. The RAF retired this fighter jet in 1966.

The theme of this year’s airshow is “A Salute to Service”.  This theme was selected to honor those who serve to protect our country and communities, specifically our military and first responders.  A portion of ticket sales will be donated to support these individuals.

Tickets can be purchased at  General admission tickets are currently $25, children (6-12) $8, and VIP tickets $125.  Tickets can be purchased on site the days of the show at $35 each.  Tickets are valid either Saturday or Sunday and include parking.  Gates open each day at 9:00 AM and the show will conclude by 5:00 PM.

Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast can request a box lunch, should you not want to purchase food at the airshow.  Just let us know at least 72 hours in advance of your reservation.  Call us, 434.846.1388 to discuss room availability.  We attended the show during it’s last visit to Lynchburg, 2011, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts

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Mama Crockett';s Cider Donuts

Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts

Do you like doughnuts?  And who doesn’t?  Have you tried a crisp apple cider doughnut (after waiting in line, on a cold winter day), hot from the fryer, coated in cinnamon sugar, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and just plain yummy?

If you have answered yes, then maybe you have discovered Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts. If you have answered no then you need to get to downtown Lynchburg.  Made inside a teeny, tiny, vintage 1950’s-1960’s, light teal green, renovated trailer (food truck) with a silhouette of a lady wearing retro horn-rimmed glasses, and a bandana on the side of it.  Found, oftentimes, in downtown Lynchburg, VA near the corner of 12th and Main Streets.  Or on Thursdays in Miller Park for the food truck roundup.  You’ll know you’re close when you can smell the sweetness of the dough–made with 45% apple cider, the sugar with cinnamon and the soybean oil that’s always hot and ready.  Served by the dozen, in a paper bag that’s darkened by the soybean oil that the batter was fried in they’ll be gone before you know it.  On cold winter days try them with a delicious cup of hot chocolate or hot cider.

So be on the lookout next time you’re traveling on Main Street.  If you see a line standing in front of a strange, little trailer you’ll know you’re in the right spot for a treat.  Get out of your car, wait in line and enjoy in a delicious bite.  If you can’t find them downtown they can be reached at 540.460.5048.  Enjoy!