Monday, July 19, 2010


close up of a orange puplin bloom on a green vine two orange pumpkins on a green vine tiny new orange pumkins on with lots of big green pumkin leaves on the vine around them This year several pumpkin vines have appeared in the yard. The one along the front walk is incredible. It has wrapped itself around the hedge on both sides and now has two great looking pumpkins. They won't last long as we have a family of squirrels who love pumpkin seeds....which may be who planted the seeds in the first place! They are a variety called a Cinderella pumpkin and turn a reddish orange when full grown. They are also very good for cooking. You can also pick the flowers and dip them in a batter and fry until crispy. We haven't tried that yet.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


little white dog phoebe on a red pillow on the floor with chairs and table next to her Phoebe loves helping us! The Derby Room gets a new look. a woman standing on a ladder hanging a tassel on the end of the curtain rod a man sitting on the top of a ladder hanging a curtain with a woman standing handing him a curtain It took all five of us to hang the new drapes in the Derby Room! All of us are experts in our normal areas of work but handy with a drill we are fact none of us had used one before. It probably took triple the amount of time that a handy person could have completed that task in...and it certainly was funny to watch us. But we did have fun and the finished product looks great. We especially liked the curtain rods from the Pottery Barn catalog. They allow the drapes to slide across the whole wall of windows.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Party in Your Mouth French Toast ingredients for out french toast, eggs in a bowl, milk, butter, cinnamon, vanilla bread all on the counter nine slices of bread cooking on the griddle with cinnamon on toplaurlaurel demostrating the finished french toast on a plate with whiped cream and berries We always have out caramel french toast....or the guests are disappointed. But we also sometimes do this french toast as well. We love it and it makes a super showy presentation on the plate. We use a challah bread loave from a local Great Harvest Bakery. Slice it about 1/2 inch thick, then dip in a mixture of 5 eggs, 1 and 1/2cups of milk with a teaspoon of bourbon barrel vanilla extract. Next pan saute on a hot griddle that has some butter sizzling on it. Sprinkle a little cinnamon over each slice as it cooks, then flip and cook the other side until just golden. You can keep it warm in a 100 degree oven. To assemble lather some Nutella on each slice, top with a sliced marshmallow and sliced banana. Warm in the oven set at 350 now until those marshmallows start to brown. Serve with whipped cream and tiny chocolate chips as a garnish. The guests also use our maple syrup on this! Fried Green Tomatoes Laurel dipping the bread in a bowl of whipped eggs Green Tomatoes are plentiful at our neighborhood farmers market right now so we are cooking up fried green tomatoes for breakfast. Amazing enough they are fabulous with eggs and bacon and grits. A layer of creamy grits, a fried green tomato and poached egg is yummy too. We dip them in a egg wash and then a mixture of flour, bread crumbs and salt, pepper and dill to taste and fry in vegetable oil until golden and crispy.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Summertime Events at Locust Grove Historic Home

two of my guests dressed in jane austen era atire going to the ball one man with a black top hat and one woman with a feather fan both standing on our staircase Third Annual Jane Austen Festival July 10 and 11 The Regency Period comes alive at Locust Grove with lectures, demonstrations of dueling and fencing, and a four course tea each day. Also, there is a regency emporium where you can purchase period clothing. Edward Maeder who created the fantastic bonnets and turbans for the PBS documantary on Dolley Madison will be on hand as well. the green lawn at locust grove and a white tent set up at the far end Antiques Fair June 27 The annual Antiques Market features dealers from all over the Midwest and South. The lawn around the house is full of booths featuring American Country and formal furniture, jewelry, silver, china and gardening antiques. The admission of $6 includes a tour of the historic house museum and out buildings.