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Stargazing at Poplar Forest

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Photo of people looking at the stars at night

Stargazing at Poplar Forest

On the night of Saturday, September 7, 2019 you can experience a unique opportunity at Poplar Forest.  Dr. Neal Sumerlin, former Director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory at the Claytor Nature Study Center at the University of Lynchburg, will share his and Thomas Jefferson’s love of astronomy.

Spending the evening on the south lawn of Poplar Forest Dr. Sumerlin will showcase the night’s sky.  Following a short presentation about Thomas Jefferson and his fascination with astronomy you will then study the moon, stars and planets in the early fall sky.  If the weather cooperates you may be able to see:

  • the first quarter moon, a little less than half illuminated
  • Venus in a crescent phase
  • Jupiter with its four largest moons visible
  • Saturn with its rings tilted for great visibility and its largest moon Titan
  • Mars, not long after its closest approach to Earth in several years

The Stargazing Event will take place between 7:30 until 9:00.  Reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited.  Admission is $10.00 per person, for guests 12 years old and older.  Tickets can be purchased online (www.poplarforest.org/events) or by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.

Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Ridge Road, Forest, VA.  The main phone number is 434.525.1806.

Cloud Bread

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Cloud Bread

The newest sensation on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook…..Cloud Bread.  Light, airy and grain-free this nearly no-carb, gluten-free dish can be enjoyed by everyone.  At The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast we are always on the lookout for delicious, easy gluten-free recipes as we seem to be receiving more and more gluten-free guests.  We serve this entré as you would serve pancakes, with pure maple syrup and fresh fruit topping.

Ingredients and Directions:

  • Separate 3 eggs.
  • In a bowl, combine yolks, 2 tablespoons cream cheese and 1 tablespoon honey until smooth.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites and ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar with a hand mixer to stiff peaks.
  • Carefully fold yolks into whites, then scoop onto 2 baking sheets coated with non-stick cooking spray, flattening into ten 4-inch rounds.
  • Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Serve immediately.

Serves 2-3.

**Sometimes to change things up a bit we have roasted sesame or poppy seeds and sprinkled them on top of the cloud bread.  They add an extra dimension of texture and taste.

Cloud Bread with Toasted Sesame Seeds