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Baked Eggs in Hashbrown Cups

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Baked egg in hashbrown cups

Welcome 2016!  The Carriage House Inn B & B is serving baked eggs in hashbrown cups during the month of January, as our signature dish.  The recipe is easy to prepare and good for you, if you are trying to start the new year out by eating healthy.  We generally serve this dish accompanied by roasted vegetables (butternut squash, tomatoes, asparagus, beets, etc.) that roast in the oven and present a nice color palate with the egg dish.  We have just started using farm-fresh, organic and hormone-free eggs from Coleman Farms in Gladys.  The yolks are a beautiful shade of orange-yellow.  The eggs are delicious and full of great flavor.

Ingredients for Baked Eggs in Hashbrown Cups:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 20-ounce bag shredded potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 12 extra-large eggs
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch chunks and cooked until crisp

Directions:

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Use the butter to liberally coat the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan.

Hashbrown cup ready to receive the eggs.

Hashbrown cup ready to receive the eggs.

In a medium bowl, combine the potatoes, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Toss well.  Divide the potato mixture evenly between the muffin cups.  Use your fingers or the back of a spoon to firmly press the shredded potatoes over the bottoms and up the sides of each cup, completely covering them.  Bake for 25 minutes or until the sides of the potatoes are browned and crisp.

Crack 1 egg into the center of each cup, then top each with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Top each cup with several chunks of bacon.  Bake for 15 minutes or until the egg whites are set.  Set aside for 5 minutes, then use a fork to carefully remove each cup from the pan.

Gluten free breakfast, Baked Egg in Hashbrown Cup

Baked egg in hashbrown cup ready to be served.

** You can use a standard size muffin tin or we have begun using a Texas-size muffin tin liner, made from silicon.  Nothing sticks to it and the dish pops out of the silicon cup very easily!  When using the Texas-size muffin tin I get between 6-8 egg cups depending upon how much I fill the cup with potatoes.  Also, I place 2 eggs into each cup when using the larger size.

 

The White Hart Cafe

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White hart Cafe

Drop into the White Hart Cafe for a great cup of coffee or a burger, wrap or sandwich.

coffee shop, white hart cafe

White Heart Cafe

The White Hart Cafe in downtown Lynchburg is a special place.  It’s a homey spot known for it’s locally roasted coffee plus all-day breakfast items, burgers (some say the best in the Lynchburg area), sandwiches, nachos and wings.  This local business supports local farmers and other locally-sourced food, the local downtown revitalization, local residents (and visitors to Lynchburg) and the city of Lynchburg in general.

White Hart Cafe

Coffee Beans

Open 7 days a week, beginning at 7:00 a.m., most mornings, and closing about 10:00 or 11:00p.m., most evenings, they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between.  Some evenings live music is performed for the patrons enjoying their delicious food or locally famous roasted coffee. The coffee, Blackwater Coffee, is named after the Blackwater Creek Natural Area, located not far from the White Hart.  The small, craft-roasting shop works in five-pound batches.  Each batch is roasted by hand and is only completed when the roaster knows the beans will be perfect for your next cup of coffee.  Remember, a good cup of coffee starts with good beans!  And yes, they sell the beans at the White Hart too.

Burgers and wraps ate served at the White Hart CafeIn addition to being known for their coffee they excel at burgers, wings, sandwiches and nachos, during lunch and dinner time.  Breakfast items include malted waffles and their famous breakfast bagel topped with a fried egg, Swiss cheese, chipotle cinnamon bacon, lettuce, tomato, cream cheese and red onion.  Of course guests staying with us at the Carriage House Inn B & B won’t need their breakfast, altho’ it does sound good.  Many of our guests however have stopped there for a light lunch or dinner or a good cup of coffee.

Stop in after exploring the Community Market, antique shops or local, unique businesses in downtown Lynchburg or after hiking or biking the Blackwater Creek Trail.  It’s a great spot to relax and watch the world go by.  They are located at 1208 Main Street in historic downtown Lynchburg.

 

 

 

Diamond Hill Historic Home Tour

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Tour 5 homes in Diamond Hill

You are cordially invited to join the Diamond Hill Historical Society for a tour of five seasonally-decorated homes in the Diamond Hill Historic District.  The home tour will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 between 1:00 until 4:30 p.m.

Diamond Hill Home

Harrison Street Home

Diamond Hill was the third of Lynchburg’s original seven hills to be developed and became Lynchburg’s first historic district in 1978.  Located on the edge of downtown Lynchburg, between Church and Grace Streets Diamond Hill is comprised of a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne, Georgian Revival, Italianate, Gothic and Colonial revival.

Homes open for the tour include: 1216 Clay Street, 1407 Harrison Street, 401 Washington Street, 503 Washington Street, and 609 Washington Street.  These homes were built between 1850 and 1919.  Varying in style, size and lot design they will give tour attendees an educational sense of this historic District.

Tickets can be purchased at the Lynchburg Visitor Center or at Givens Books.  Tickets will be available on the day of the tourat the corner of Madison and Washington Streets. Each ticket is $20.00.

Smoked Salmon Frittata

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Smoked Salmon Frittata with Herbs

Our recipe for the month of December is our smoked salmon frittata with herbs.  It is one that guests have enjoyed, that is pretty when plated and would be a great Christmas morning breakfast or brunch dish.  It’s easy and quick to prepare.  I hope this helps you with a Christmas meal.    We serve it with a side of roasted potatoes and a fruit salad.  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Ingredients:

Smoked salmon firttata

Smoked salmon firttata

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces sliced smoked salmon, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • lemon wedges

Directions:

  1. In medium bowl, beat eggs, half-and-half, chives, dill and pepper.  Gently fold in salmon.
  2. In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, with sloping sides, heat oil over low heat.  Pour egg mixture into skillet.  Using 2 teaspoons, drop cream cheese over egg mixture.
  3. Cover, cook 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned and bottom is set, lifting edges occasionally to allow uncooked egg mixture to flow to bottom of skillet.  Cut into 6 wedges.  Serve with lemon.
  4. Enjoy the smoked salmon frittata with friends and or family!

Lynchburg Design House 2015

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YWCA Design House

The Lynchburg Design House for 2015

Mark your calendar to attend the YWCA of Central Virginia’s inaugural Design House.  Located at 3128 Rivermont Avenue, the house will be open Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, December 13.  During this time the house will be open between 10-6 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Sundays it will be open between 12-4.

A Preview Gala will be held on Friday, November 20 between 6:30 until 9:30.  At the gala you will be able to meet the designers and be among the first to see the Design House, in all of it’s glory!  A catered reception will delight your taste buds and the rooms will delight your senses.  Tickets for the preview gala are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance.

What is a Design House?  Sixteen interior designers from across Central Virginia have been assigned a room of the house.  The designer will bring their skills, design styles and techniques, paint, fabric, furniture and accessories for a total, special room makeover.  This unique home tour allows visitors to experience the spectacular work and vision of the area’s designers and to gather ideas and inspiration for their own homes.  Almost everything in the house will be “for sale”, plus an on-site boutique and Christmas shop, with fabulous items showcasing the best of the latest in home design and accessories, will be open to visitors.

Throughout the Design House tour days there will be a variety of seminars presented.  The $45 ticket allows you to enter the Design House as often as you like and the ability to attend one or all of the seminars.  The seminars currently range from decorating ideas, remodeling and even holiday drinks.  Seminar dates and times can be found at LynchburgDesignHouse.com.

All proceeds from this event–put on solely by volunteers–will directly support the YWCA programs, including the Domestic Violence Prevention Center.  This center includes two 24/7 domestic violence shelters, a domestic violence hotline, specially trained court advocates, support groups for women and children, emergency transportation, community education and the Children’s Visitation Center.  The YWCA of Central Virginia serves the state between Lynchburg to Danville to Southside, more than 4,400 square miles and a population of more than 410,000.

Visit this historic property filled with wonderful design ideas and help a great cause at the same time.

Tickets may be purchased through LynchburgTickets.com, or at the Farm Basket or Persian Rugs and More, or at the Design House any day of the tours.  Ticket prices are: $20 per person for a one time visit, $45 for a multiple day ticket.

For more information visit www.LynchburgDesignHouse.com

Diva Crawl in Downtown Lynchburg

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Diva Crawl

Divas getting their necklaces and sashes

Are you ready to get your Diva on?  Do you own a tiara?  A feather boa?  Would you like to be treated “royally” for an evening?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you need to head to downtown Lynchburg for it’s annual “Diva Crawl”

Friday, November 20, between 4:00 until 11:00 pm things will be happening!

Diva Crawl

Diva Crawl Check-in Line

Start the night off at the Lynchburg Community Market.  There you will receive a goodie bag (available to the first 350 Divas) and a list of participating businesses.  Hop on the GLTC trolley for a free ride around town.  You will be able to get off and back on at various stops so that you will able to shop, peruse, and enjoy the local stores, shops, restaurants and galleries.

Beginning at 8:00 the Downtown Diva Crawl Official After Party will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Ballroom.  DJ Ed and Tony Cam will be headlining the entertainment for the evening.  For just a small admission, $5.00, you will have a fun and exciting evening.  Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

So don’t hesitate to have a great time in downtown Lynchburg, it’s always a fun evening.  See you there!  And, oh by the way, there may be a few guy divas there as well!

To avoid the long check-in lines get there early!  If you and your diva friends want to make this a special weekend, why not stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and make it a girls weekend.  Leave the kids, husband/boyfriend at home and reconnect with your gal-pals.  For reservations call:  434-846-1388.