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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

James River Adventures

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Paddling down the River

James River Adventures rents by the hour, half day or full day.

Just across the James River from downtown Lynchburg, VA and it’s fountain, you will find James River Adventures.  James River Adventures opened last summer in Riveredge Park.  Offering guided or unguided paddling trips using canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, tubes and now a replica of an 1800’s batteau they hope to share the beauty of the James River with locals and visitors.  Open 9 until 6 every day, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, during April through October they look forward to helping you learn about the river.  Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and tubes can be rented by the hour, if you don’t want to commit to a 3-6 hour trip.

Photo of people tubing down the James River

A perfect way to spend a warm summer day. Relax and float down the James River.

Safety is a top priority.  Every guest is provided with a lifejacket and is given basic instructions on how to use the equipment and navigate the waters.  Shuttle service is offered to their customers.  Each tour is different but may provide the opportunity to see eagles, turkeys, ospreys, various fish, otters, deer and beavers.  The guided paddle tours provide one-on-one lessons from the James River’s historical, ecological and environmental perspectives.

Since this spring James River Adventures, in conjunction with Rise Up Climbing, is now offering rock climbing.  Outdoor climbing classes or rock climbing sessions are offered throughout the week.  Call for more information, 434.847.1090.

Riveredge Park is located at 150 Rocky Hill Road, Madison Heights.  Detailed information can be found at www.jamesriveradventures.org.   You can also book your adventure down the James River on line on their website.

Academy Center of the Arts-Youth Theatre

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logo for the lion king

This version is being put on by our young artists.

The Academy Youth Theatre is a creative and challenging outlet for students who are interested in the theatre arts.  Kids learn to open their minds, explore different worlds through scripts, scores and characters and to be able to tell a story in a variety of ways–words, song, dance, mime and more.

This summer the Youth Theatre will be presenting four plays during the months of July and August:

  • The Lion King, Jr. youth theatre camp program will introduce middle schoolers, over a 2-week timeframe, to Disney’s story.  The African savannah will come to life with Simba, Rafiki, Scar and others as they journey to Pride Rock.  Everyone who participates in the camp will have a role, although auditions will be held for specific parts.  Participants must be between 12-14 years old.  The cost of the camp is $300 and will be held July 8 through July 20 between 10 until 4.
  • Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr. will allow students between the ages of 8-12 to participate in a theatrical production where the cast members escape from their home in New York City’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on a journey to Madagascar.  Everyone who participates in the camp will have a role, although auditions will be held for specific
    Poster of A wrinkle in time

    Another youth theatre production

    parts.  Camp will be held July 22 through August 3 between 10 until 3.  The 2-week camp costs $275.

  • A Wrinkle in Time is geared for middle and high school students, between the ages of 12-18.  The story of a young heroine who joins forces with others to battle the forces of evil, save her father and in the end find herself.  The camp will be held July 29 through August 10 between 10:30 until 2:30.  The cost of the camp is $225.  All camp participants will have a role, although auditions will be held for specific parts.
  • The Jungle Book will be performed in conjunction with Compass Creative Dramatics.  The one week camp will take place August 5 through 9 between 9 until 3.  Participants will race through the jungle against a band of jackals.  This camp is open to participants between grades 1-12.  The cost of this camp is $200.

Performances will be held either in the Historic Academy Theatre or the Warehouse Theatre.  The Lion King will be presented July 19 & 20.  Madagascar, A Musical Adventure will be performed August 2 & 3.  A Wrinkle in Time will be shown August 9 & 10.  The Jungle Book completes the season on August 10.  Ticket prices range between $9.00 to $20.00 depending on the performance date, time and seat location.

For more information about the camps or performances contact Kelly Posenauer at 434.528.3256 at the Academy Center of the Arts.

 

Freedom Tower

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Exterior view of Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower on the campus of Liberty University.

In 2 days we will celebrate the 4th of July, the day the people of the United States of America celebrate our freedom.  I am writing today about the Freedom Tower, which can be found on the campus of Liberty University.

evening exterior view of the Freedom Towner

The Freedom Tower is Lynchburg’s tallest building.

The Freedom Tower broke ground in the early spring of 2016.  Intended to be the architectural centerpiece of the campus I think it has served this purpose well.  Home to the School of Divinity, the world’s largest school for religious studies and ministerial training the Freedom Tower is committed to preparing students both academically and spiritually.

The Freedom Tower is 275-feet tall, 17 stories.  A large three-story building encircles the base.  Just inside the main entrance stands a large globe.  Classrooms and offices for the various departments within the School of Divinity are located throughout the building.  The ground level includes a 150-seat interactive classroom as well as an immersion classroom with projectors that surround the room, visually transporting students to remote locations.  The first floor also contains the Rawlings Scriptorium which displays a collection of scared texts valued at over 1 million dollars and a life-sized replica of the Gutenberg press.

A grand staircase, or elevators, take you to the second and third floors.  Once on the third floor you can take an elevator higher up the tower or if you are adventurous you can walk up the 409 steps to the top.  Levels 2 and 3 feature rooftop terraces.  The 4th floor invites you onto a large, wrap-around plaza and garden pergola.

Visitors enjoy expansive views of the campus and beyond from the indoor observation deck on the 15th floor.  Accessible through a special elevator on the 15th floor is the 17th floor.  Once there you will have 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside plus access to view the 25-bell carillon.  In addition to the carillon is Liberty’s own Liberty Bell, which was cast in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States and the renaming of Lynchburg Baptist College to Liberty University.

The Freedom Tower is a unique place to visit anytime during the year.  We have enjoyed visiting during each of the four seasons to see how the campus and surrounding counties appear differently depending upon the month of the year and time of day.  Happy 4th of July!

Blueberry-Ginger Clafoutis

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Photo of a tray of Blueberry-Ginger Clafoutis

Blueberry-Ginger Clafoutis

A scrumptious, three-bite, custardy mini-pancake filled with fresh, bursting blueberries and zingy bits of crystallized ginger will have you delighted and amazed that there’s a “new” pancake on the block!  They are quick and easy to make and even good for you.  Made with whole wheat flour, a touch of honey for sweetness, a tiny portion of butter and low-fat milk you will feel indulged and healthy.  We purchase our fresh blueberries at the Community Market in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Blueberries are now in season so they are especially fresh and juicy.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted & slight cooled plus more for the pan
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup low-fat milk (one percent)
  • 1/3 cup mild, light-colored honey
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Brush the wells of a standard-size, 12-count muffin an with butter.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, honey, 3 tablespoons of the melted butter, the lemon zest and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. Gradually whisk in the flour to form a batter, which will have small lumps.
  4. Distribute the batter evenly among the wells of the muffin pan, then add equal amounts of blueberries and crystallized ginger to each one.
  5. Bake, on the middle rack, until puffed and golden and the centers are set, about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 20 minutes (the Clafoutis will sink, slightly, as they cool.)
  7. Run a knife around the edges to release them from the pan.
  8. Serve while warm with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar on top.

Easier to make than pancakes!  Can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and re-warmed in the microwave oven for 20-30 seconds each.  We serve these to our guests, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, with blueberry syrup, on the side.

Harry’s Bakery and Catering

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Welcome sign in bakery

Harry’s Bakery in downtown Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA has a new and very yummy bakery in downtown.  Located at 901 Jefferson Street, #1–in the Riverviews Artspace–they serve a variety of cakes, pastries, authentic NY-style bagels and more.

decorated cake

Cake at Harry’s Bakery

You will be dazzled by the display cases and have a hard time choosing what to try.  They offer a few breakfast and lunch items plus platters comprised of either sweet or savory delights.  Artisan breads are always a welcome treat at a delicious meal.  Cakes can be purchased whole or by the slice.  And who doesn’t want to try cappuccino cream, raspberry lemonade or cherry cordial cake?  Just a few selections to entice your taste buds.  The wide assortment of muffins, croissants, cannolis, pies and quiche as well as salads, sandwiches, custom-made omelets and Belgian waffles will serve you well throughout the day.

At Harry’s Bakery you can buy a whole cake or just a slice.

Harry’s Bakery and Catering is open Tuesday through Saturday between 8:00 until 6:00.  If you have any questions you can contact them at 434.329.2429 or visit their web site at www.harryandhannahscatering.com.