Sunday, March 29, 2009

What's for breakfast 3.29.09?

Gallery House guests' chose from:

Governor's eggs
cinnamon apples

Lemon pancakes with blueberries
and blueberry syrup
(PS - we picked the blueberries ourselves!)

Hot oatmeal
with brown sugar, almonds and dried fruit

Choice of juices

coffee or tea

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pie. The hubby likes pie.

Gordon does love some pie. Pretty much any kind of pie.

He asked for Apple.

I felt like making Cherry Berry.

He didn't mind. :)

Cherry Berry Pie
1 pound bag of frozen sweet pitted cherries, thawed, juice reserved
1 pound bag of frozen mixed berries, thawed, juice reserved
In a saucepan combine:
3/4 cup sugar
reserved juice + enough water to equal 1 cup
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
Cook juice mixture until very thick. Combine with cherries and berries. Turn into prepared pie crust and top with top crust. Cut slits into top crust to let steam escape. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

About those pineapple upside down pancakes

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes were Gordon's idea. A month or so ago, he said "I like pineapple upside down cake, and I like pancakes. So you think you could figure out how to make pineapple upside down pancakes?"

hint, hint, wink, wink

So, for the next four mornings, I experimented and found out a number of things that didn't work. Like crushed pineapple. That doesn't work. But the end result is pretty yummy, if I do say so myself.

And in the words of our guests this morning, "Those pancakes were awesome!"

What's for breakfast 3.22.09?

Gallery House guests' chose from:

Pineapple Upside down pancakes
with pineapple syrup

Spinach and Parmesan cheese frittatas
smoky potatoes

Hot oatmeal
with brown sugar, almonds and dried fruit

choice of juices

coffee or tea

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A family 'meet up'

Barbara, Charles and Lesley checked in a couple of days ago. There was a need to exchange vehicles, but I think the family also enjoyed seeing Louisville and spending time together. They stayed busy! They visited the Louisville Slugger Museum, Glassworks, the J.B. Speed Art Museum and the Frazier International History Museum. Whew!

Barbara and I also shared some stories that involved attempted thefts and the "voice of God." Actually the voice telling the person not to steal the items came from above (a second story window in Barbara's story and a balcony in my story) and confused the thief (in a good way) so that the goods were not stolen! Come on over and I'll tell you the story.

Barbara, Charles and Lesley chose four really good things to do in Louisville.

The Louisville Slugger is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. That's quite a statement. You'll tour both the museum and the factory, watch bats being born and at the end of the tour you get the coveted mini-souvenier Louisville Slugger bat. And in case you're wondering, the big bat is 120 ft. long and 9 ft. diameter at the base; 3 ft. 6 in. diameter at the handle with a 6 ft. 6 in. diameter knob.

Glassworks is dedicated to the art of glass; its magic, its mystery and its beauty. It offerss three working glass studios, two glass galleries, a walk-in workshop, daily tours and more. Don't forget to visit the Gift Shop!

The J.B. Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's oldest and largest art museum with over 13,000 pieces in its permanent collection, spanning 6,000 years of history. Be sure to visit the Kentucky Room to see works by native artists. Did you know that Gordon's a professor of art history? He spends a fair amount of time at the Speed, and organizes field trips there for his students.

The Frazier International History Museum presents 1,000 years of history in a100,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art museum encompassing three floors. At Frazier you can relive historical events that challenged our ancestors. You'll meet heroes, generals, and famous leaders of America and the world whose military victories –- and defeats –- changed history.

What's for breakfast 3.20.09?

Gallery House guests' may choose from:

Artichoke and potato frittatas
Orange yogurt parfait
12 grain toast

Chocolate waffles
with sliced strawberries
and strawberry syrup

Hot oatmeal
with brown sugar, almonds and dried fruit

choice of juices

coffee or tea

KY Derby 2009

The Kentucky Derby is always the first Saturday in May. This year, it's on May 2. You don't want to miss the "Fastest two minutes in sports"!

Louisville parties for two weeks prior to the Run for the Roses, with all sorts of races- rats, people, steamboats, balloons, servers carrying trays of wine glasses, beds and oh yes horses. In addition to the races, there'll be golf and volleyball tournaments, an academic challenge, a parade and of course the Chow Wagon. For a complete listing of events, click here.

You'll need a $5 Pegasus Pin for admission to most events and these can be purchased nearly everywhere in Louisville!

The Opening Ceremony of Derby Festival is Thunder over Louisville. If you haven't experienced it, you need to. It's the largest annual fireworks show in the country. It's quite spectacular.

Here at Gallery House, we're gearing up for Derby. We're helping guests with restaurant reservations (you should have your reservations by now), and ordering the souvenirs that our guests will find waiting in their rooms.We do our best to make sure that each guest has a memory-making Derby experience. We'll be making Mint Juleps in the evenings with fresh mint from our garden, serving a champagne breakfast on Derby day and packing a lunch for our guests to take to Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Every year we hear how our guests with their gourmet lunches were the envy of all those around them. :)

Gallery House still has one guest room available for Derby weekend, so if you're looking for accommodations, we're here!

What's for breakfast 3.19.09?

This morning's menu includes guests' choice of:

Migas with salsa fresca
Sweet corn cakes


Homemade pancakes
Cinnamon Apples
with real maple syrup


Hot oatmeal
Brown sugar, almonds and dried fruit

choice of orange, grape or apple juice

Coffee or tea

Bon Voyage Rebecca and Peter

Rebecca and Peter stayed with us for several weeks while getting their paperwork sorted out for a move to Jordan. Originally when they began their stay with us here at Gallery House, they thought they were headed to Saudia Arabia. You see, they're both English teachers (TOEFL) and have lived and worked all over the world. They reared their family in Argentina and most recently were employed in VietNam.

While here in Louisville, they were able to visit with Rebecca's family, then after a brief visit to Peter's family they start their new jobs in Jordan. By the time you read this they will be there! We had many interesting discussions on the merits of the American healthcare system compared to healthcare around the world, politics, the arts (Peter is a violinist) and of course cats. Our princess kitty Maggie was quite enamoured with Rebecca and Peter and Marlow was usually more than happy to entertain them by pouncing on various toys.

Gordon and I wish them a safe trip to their new home and know that Peter in particular will enjoy the warmer weather!

Gordon and I thank you again for the gift of the handcrafted wooden deer made by Rebecca's father. It's sitting on our mantel right now. And, really, he should open an etsy shop!

This is one of the best things about being an innkeeper - meeting people from all over the world!