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Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats

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Mrs. Joys, Lynchburg, VA

A treat from Mrs. Joy’s

It’s finally here, open and a huge success–Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats!

Tarsha Joyner, aka Mrs. Joy, became a Lynchburg, VA celebrity in November 2015 when she took home the top prize on Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” special.  Long before the airing of that episode Tarsha had already gained a large and loyal following for her booth at the Lynchburg Community Market, where she sold treats of various shapes, sizes and goodness beginning in 2012.

Lynchburg Virginia, Mrs. Joy's

Mrs. Joy’s almost too good to eat.

The shop took almost a year to build, but the time allowed Tarsha to design the shop exactly as she always pictured it.  Bright accent walls, a checkered floor in shades of butterscotch yellow, light bulbs encased in whisk fixtures above the bar, tables at the front of the shop and seats in the back.  Her plan is to rent the lounge space, located in the back section near the terrace level and breakfast bar area,  She plans on offering decorating classes which will focus on cookies and cupcakes.  A painting with chocolate class is in the works.  Mrs. Joy’s will offer standard menu items with two kinds of cookies, one of which will always be chocolate chip, along with other staples like caramels, brownies and doughnuts.  Special surprises will be offered on a rotating schedule and will include whoopee pies, macarons, and “hot chocolate on a stick.”  When we have visited there have been cases filled with Black Forest cupcakes with cherry and vanilla frosting, ginger and lemon macarons filled with buttercream and lemon curd, peanut-butter glazed yeast doughnuts and apple pie pockets filled with Granny Smith apples, plus maple-bacon caramels.

Mrs. Joy's

Mrs. Joy’s, Downtown Lynchburg

Located at 1008 Commerce Street the hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 9:00-6:00 and Saturday from 8:00-9:00.  The website is www.mrsjoys.com

A word to the wise, if you are on the hunt for your favorite delicious bakery item get there early!  There are times items are sold out by 10:00, with a line out of the door waiting to get in.

Don’t worry about the calories,  Mrs. Joy’s is walking distance from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast so you can indulge on these treats then burn off the calories by walking back to the Bed and Breakfast.

Italian Soup

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Italian Soup

Italian Soup–A great meal on a cold winter day.

Italian Soup.  A great meal for a cold winter’s day.

Each month The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast posts a recipe for past guests, future guests and just interested people who might be looking for something “new” to cook for their family.  Most moths we feature a dish we have served at the breakfast table.  This month we are featuring soup–it’s now winter, it’s cold outside and soup is a warming, cozy meal that is easy to prepare, tastes good and fills you up!  We hope you will enjoy this recipe.  In addition, this one is simple easy and is cooked in a crock-pot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans beef broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano, undrained
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15.5-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 9-ounce package fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, over medium heat, brown ground beef until no longer pink, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks; drain off fat.

In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker combine browned meat, water, broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, paprika, fennel seeds, black pepper, salt and crushed red pepper.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5-6 hours or on high heat setting 2 1/2-3 hours.

Add cannellini beans, kidney beans and macaroni to slow cooker.  Continue cooking fo 30-60 minutes on either setting, or until macaroni is cooked al-dente.

Stir spinach into soup just before serving.

Top each serving with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 8 servings.

Old City Cemetery Art Exhibit

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Painting of the Chapel at Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery-Painting of The Chapel

Westminster Canterbury is proud to be hosting a special exhibit of original art of the Old City Cemetery, all by local artists, until January 26, 2017.  This exhibit is placed throughout the Westminster Canterbury complex, ask at the front registration desk and they can direct you to the correct rooms and hallways throughout the two buildings.

The exhibit is comprised of approximately 25 pieces of art.  The art work featured are paintings, pastels, pencil drawings, two dimensional art and a quilt.  When seen together all of the pieces of art tell the story of the Southern Memorial Association and it’s association with Old City Cemetery.  They were created and combined to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Southern Memorial Association in 2016.

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery Artwork

In 1866 the Ladies Memorial Association was founded to beautify and protect the Confederate graves found in the Old City Cemetery.  Between 1904 and 1915 the LMA purchased and installed over 2,000 individual marble headstones for the Confederate graves.  During the time period of 1918 until 1931 they erected several monuments and structures in the Confederate Section, such as the entrance archway, “Speaker’s Belvedere” and the Veteran’s bench.  In 1981 this association became known as the Southern Memorial Association.  Although originally charged with the mission of protecting and preserving the Confederate section of the cemetery the “new” organization gradually assumed responsibility for the preservation of the entire Cemetery.  Today the Southern Memorial Association is tasked with the management and maintenance of the cemetery.

On January 17, 2017 Ted Delany, Associate Director of the Old City Cemetery, will present an illustrated lecture at Westminster Canterbury.  The lecture will describe the various pieces of art, using the actual art, slides and descriptions from the artists to tell the interesting and unique story of the Cemetery and the Southern Memorial  Association.  The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm, the front desk will be able to direct you too the appropriate room.