Our Sausage-Cheese Breakfast Pie is one of the simplest recipes we have but it is easy to make and tastes great!
As most of you know we alternate a savory entreé with a sweet when guests stay with us for more than one night. This easy to prepare and serve quiche-like entreé is great when serving up to 6 guests. It only takes about 15 minutes to prepare it, before it goes into the oven. Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have said it reminds them of the Bisquick™ Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie. It does! I substituted ground sausage for the ground beef, in the original, and ta dah! A “new” breakfast dish.
- 1 pound mild Italian sausage
- 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup Original Bisquick™ mix
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
Heat oven to 400°F. Spray a 9-inch glass pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
In a 10-inch skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is brown; drain. Stir in salt. Spread in pie plate. Sprinkle with cheese.
In a small bowl, stir remaining ingredients with fork or wire whisk until blended. Pour into pie plate.
Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let sit 5 minutes before slicing.
It’s easy to stay indoors this time of year. Last week was cold. Didn’t get above freezing for all week long, but I decided not to let the cold weather keep me from taking a walk on my favorite part of the Blackwater Creek Trail system which is at the foot of our street. The best part of the walk this time of year are the icescapes that form.
It’s okay to hibernate when it gets cold out side but if you do, you miss the beauty of the landscape that only occurs during the extremely cold weather. For example you would miss the eerie tunnel with its icicles hanging overhead. A mile or so beyond the tunnel is the Hollins Mill Dam and if you are lucky enough to be out when it is really cold you’ll see it frozen in time.
Get out and enjoy the beauty of the season and explore my favorite part of the Black Water Creek Trail system. And while you are exploring that trail don’t be surprised if you see ice scapes this time of year.
Thomas Jefferson’s retreat, Poplar Forest, located just west of Lynchburg, Virginia in Forest is hosting Candlelight Tours during the month of December. The architectural masterpiece has been meticulously restored to reflect daily life in the mid-19th century. During December you will have an opportunity to see this wonderful house bathed in candlelight and decorated for the holidays. The tour offers you an intimate look at what Thomas Jefferson’s and his family’s evenings might have looked like. Docents will entertain tour guests with anecdotes gathered from Jefferson’s diaries and letters.
The tour schedule is as follows:
- Friday & Saturday, December 15 and 16 at 5:30 and 6:30 pm
Reservations are required. Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.
Poplar Forest is open 10:00-5:00 most of the year for guided tours. Self-guided tours are arranged on weekends from mid-January until mid-March between the hours of 10:00-4:00.
Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Ridge Road, Forest, VA 24551. They can be reached at 434.525.1806. Their website is www.poplarforest.org.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located about 20 minutes from Poplar Forest. The last private owners of Poplar Forest are direct descendants of RT Watts, the gentleman who built our home and bed and breakfast. Mike and I will look for you on a tour. Or better yet come stay with us and enjoy two Watts houses!
The second annual Gilded Christmas will again be held at historic Avenel, in the heart of the city of Bedford, Virginia, Saturday, December 9, 2017 between 6:00-8:30 pm . This centerpiece of social, cultural and political life in Bedford, for over 150 years, is typically open by appointment only.
The stately mansion was constructed in 1838 by William M. Burwell and his wife, Frances Steptoe Burwell. The Burwell family occupied the mansion until 1906, when it was purchased by J.W. Ballard. The mansion remained in the Ballard family until 1985 when it was purchased by the Avenel Foundation. The Avenal Foundation was formed to rescue, restore, preserve and protect this unique landmark.
During the Gilded Christmas event guests will step back in time and enjoy beautiful Avenel decorated for the holidays, as in the mid-1800’s. Guests will enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres from the past and present, cocktails, entertainment and music. Tickets are $40.00 per person. They are available at the Bedford Welcome Center or online at www.lynchburgtickets.com.
For more information vist their website www.historicavenel.com
“Christmas: A Season of Giving” will be the theme of the open house to be held at Avoca, in Altavista, VA, this year. The dates for the tours are: December 2 & 3 and December 9 & 10, 2017. Tours will take place between the hours of 11 until 5 on Saturdays and between 1 until 5 on Sundays. Tickets will be available in the museum gift shop on the days of the event. Ticket prices are $5 per adult and $2 per child.
Avoca is the principle architectural landmark in the town of AltaVista, Virginia. This country Victorian house was constructed in 1901, after the original and second dwellings were destroyed by fire in 1879 and 1900. The house is a commissioned work by J.M.B. Lewis, of Lynchburg, VA. This house is a grand example of the Queen Anne-style. Turrets, leaded glass, grand staircases, magnificent mantles and more are shown off in this lovely house. Each room in the mansion will be decorated as in the way homes would have been decorated for Christmas in Victorian times.
As you tour the house the collection, displays, programs and interpretations are planned to take into account the cultural and natural history of the region.
Avoca was originally the private residence of Colonel Charles Lynch (1736-1796). Charles Lynch’s elder brother was John Lynch, who established Lynchburg. Charles established his home here in 1755 as part of a land grant from King George II to his father, in 1740, and called it Green Level. Col. Lynch was a planter, politician and American revolutionary who headed an irregular court in Virginia to punish Loyalist supporters of the British during the American Revolutionary War. The property was passed down through the Lynch family until it was deeded to the Town of AltaVista in 1981 as a memorial to the Lynch family. At that time the property consisted of the main house, brick kitchen, smokehouse, milk house, farm office and approximately 10 acres.
Avoca is located at 1514 Main Street, Altavista, VA 24517. For more information contact the museum at 434.369.1076 or visit their website www.avocamuseum.org.
It’s November and thoughts are turning to pumpkins. Pumpkins can be used in a variety of dishes, not just for a delicious pie. Pumpkin Bread is a great accompaniment to our savory breakfast dishes served at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast. Don’t let the ingredient list fool you, it looks long and intimidating, but you probably have everything already in your pantry–except the pumpkin. If you need a new idea for a dish at your Thanksgiving meal, or a delicious hostess gift for someone you may be visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday this recipe fits the bill. Enjoy!
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first eight ingredients. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, oil and water; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts and raisins.
- Pour into a greased 9×5 loaf pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 65-70 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
** Be creative, you can use additional or alternative stir-ins for the walnuts and raisins: shredded toasted coconut, dried cranberries, candied ginger, cinnamon chips, toasted pecans or diced apple or pear.
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