Monday, January 28, 2013

So Simply Perfect....Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole!

From Egg in a hole, Toad in a Hole and Eggy in a Basket, Bird in a Nest to Hobo Eggs, it seems that everyone calls this breakfast treat by a different name.  The first time I made this, I used homemade bread and I was able to cut some nice thick slices of bread. The thicker the bread, the smaller the hole needs to be. You can cut the hole with a knife, a small glass, a biscuit cutter, or anything else that you find handy. Or you can just tear a hole out of the center with your hands. It’s up to you, it’s your breakfast! 

This time around, I used a biscuit cutter to make a fairly large hole because the bread wasn’t very thick. It worked perfectly. I buttered one side of the bread, placed the dry side down in a buttered cast iron skillet, cracked an egg into the hole, sprinkled with a little salt and a lot of freshly ground black pepper and let it sizzle away for a few minutes. From here you can do one of two things. When the egg starts to set, you can carefully flip the bread over and cook it to your liking. Or, you can pop the whole pan under the broiler for a minute or two.

Valentines Day is coming up!  Try this to start your sweetheart's day off with a simple but wonderful breakfast.  You can even do this entirely in the oven with a heart shaped muffin tin heavily buttered, lined with bread or frozen and thawed hashbrown potatoes (as seen below) and filled with an egg.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes or until the egg is set the way your sweetie likes them!  Add a valentines card to the breakfast setting and start his/her day off with love.  Valentines Day doesn't have to be a big, showy expensive day...just show them you care and think of them.  Isn't that what we all need?  The breakfast is bonus!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Oh Honey......I Smoked the Hive!

Oh Honey.....I Smoked the Hive!

Honey Anyone?  Do you love the taste of honey?  Do you know where it comes from? How it is 'grown' and harvested?  No?  Well here is part of the story.  The next time you put a little honey on your hot buttered biscuit say thanks to your beekeeper!  I hope you search out and find a beekeeper near your home.  Eating locally grown honey will help with your allergies by introducing  local histamines and pollens to your system in small doses.  Helping your body create antihistamines and reducing the need to take medications.

This is a wonderful lesson on beekeeping and lighting your smoker.  If you are in need of a smoker please visit Dixie Picks at the Marietta location.  We have a vintage Woodman Bee Smoker that is ready to use.  We search out hidden treasure. Rethink, Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose that is the Dixie Picks mission statement.  Check out Dixie Picks at!/pages/Dixie-Picks/210507725731236.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Although an imposing structure for its day, the inn was anything but luxurious. The Joe Brown room, named for for Joseph E. Brown, who was Georgia’s Governor from 1857-1865 and a U.S. Senator from 1880-1891, offered the inn’s most luxurious accommodations. Brown and his new bride spent their honeymoon in this room and probably paid about $1 per night – which would equate to about $100 per night today. Despite their status, the renowned guests endured much the same rough conditions as the common travelers. The only heat in winter cam from fireplaces and the inn had no running water, so guests had to use the pitcher and basin on the washstand to clean up. A chamber pot in the Joe Brown room was available if nature called in the middle of the night, but guests in the other rooms had to trek to the outhouses.
The Joe Brown Room - most luxurious accmmodations at the inn
Most travelers who stayed at Traveler’s Rest were men; they spent the night in the common room, which was furnished with four beds. Here, for 25 cents, they could have half a bed! Visitors often had to share a bed with a complete stranger and hope for a good night’s sleep. Among the authentic furnishings found in this room is a bootjack – a device that helped men take off their high leather boots, since lying in bed with boots on was prohibited. Visitors are encouraged to touch the straw and feather-filled mattresses on display. Most Georgians of the time preferred to sleep on straw in the summer and feathers in the winter, although if the straw was not been replaced regularly, they ran the risk of being bit by bedbugs.
Unlike most nineteenth century kitchens, which were located outdoors in order to minimize the risk of fire burning down the house, the Traveler’s Rest kitchen was in the basement. Slaves who did the cooking climbed up and down an outside staircase to serve guests. The bathtub was also located in the basement, as it was the only place hot water could be provided, but this was rarely a problem since most people only took a bath once a month.
Located in the basement, the kitchen was also the locatin of the ony tub in the inn
Traveler’s Rest was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Nearly 90% of the heart pine used in the original construction is still in place and a good portion of the furnishings on display are the original pieces from the 1800’s, many of which were hand-crafted by Caleb T. Shaw, a renowned furniture maker from Massachusetts.
Hours of operation appear to vary seasonally; so it may be wise to call 706-886-2256 to check the current schedule. According to the website, starting July 1, 2009, Traveler’s Rest Historic Site will only be open the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults. $3.50 for seniors (62+), and $2.50 for youths under aged 6-18 (children under 6 free).
Photos courtesy of Barbara Weibel

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