Easy to Make Blondie Recipe 9 Nov 2015, 9:21 am
I love looking at Pinterest for ideas to make different cookies than our normal ones for our guests to enjoy in the afternoon. I came across a Blondie photo posted by Food52 which was adapted from Cook’s Ilustrated. Since I highly trust both of these sources I knew the cookies would be good – and boy are they! But the nicest thing is that they are so simple to make.
Blondies are an adaptation of Brownies. The main difference is that there is no chocolate or cocoa powder in a Blondie. So if you don’t like chocolate (what???) these would be great for you to try.
I hadn’t made Blondies in years. They were once a common cookie bar to make but then went out of fashion. Why? I don’t know. I am so glad that they are back!
Just like Food52 I did make a few modifications and our guests here at Foxfield Inn really seem to enjoy them. We hope you do too. The recipe I used is located HERE.
Dan & Kathryn
Our Favorite Cake Shop – Pearl’s Bake Shoppe 29 Oct 2015, 12:23 pm
I have been looking for a bakery to provide birthday, anniversary and celebration cakes for our guests to surprise their special someone. Well, I think I have finally found one that I absolutely love! It’s Pearl’s Bake Shoppe on West Main Street in Charlottesville, VA.
We had purchased a cake for a couple who eloped here last year and they were very pleased with it. It was a delicious carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Not only did it taste good and look good it smashed nicely on their faces (where we got this tradition I really do not know). After that event I promptly forgot about Pearl’s Bake Shoppe and went back to my regular baker for the celebration cakes.
So last week when one of guests wanted to get a decadent white cake with white frosting for his girlfriend’s birthday celebration I thought of Pearl’s again. Well, the cake was a huge success! It was decorated very simply but elegantly as he requested. They loved it so much that they took the rest of the cake home with them to continue the celebration for a couple more days.
When I went to pick up the cake I saw their display of cupcakes and couldn’t resist getting a Peanut Butter & Jam cupcake for Dan and a vegan Carrot Cupcake for me. Let me tell you they didn’t last very long.
If you are visiting with us here at Foxfield Inn you should stop into Pearl’s for an afternoon treat. We’re sure you will enjoy their cupcakes!
Dan & Kathryn
5 Things to Do in Charlottesville in November 23 Oct 2015, 6:31 am
It’s hard to believe that November is just a week away. I cansmell that Thanksgiving turkey already. This year we are buying a locally raised turkey (across the road from us). We were able to do that a couple of years ago and it was fantastic! If you get a chance to buy locally raised turkeys by all means do so.
Anyway, besides eating turkey next month I scouted out a few things you might enjoy.
- Sunday – November 1: Barney J. Conrath: A Photography Retrospective in Black & White from 5:30-8:00pm at FIREFISH Gallery. As many of you know we love photography, particualrly black & white. Barney’s work focuses on the quirkiness of nature and man-made machines.
- Saturday – November 7: Mountfair Vineyards’ Fall Oyster Festival, from 4:00-8:00pm at Mountfair Vineyards. This annual event is one not to miss. There will be plenty of oysters and some great wines. Plus singer/songwriter Karen Jonas provides the entertainment.
- Wednesday – November 11: Veteran’s Day – thank your active duty or retired veteran for their service to our country
- Saturday – November 14: Vinegar-Making Workshop , from 9:30-11:00am at Monticello. Learn how to make artisanal vinegars that you can enjoy year-round. We will provide an early breakfast for you so that you won’t miss a thing.
- Sunday – November 22: Mistletoe Market, from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Boar’s Head. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping (ok, some of you may be way ahead of me) by spending the day at this fascinating market where you can purchase one-of-a-kind handmade and artisan items.
If you need more ideas, do not hesitate to ask.
The One Thing To Do in Charlottesville in November 14 Oct 2015, 1:48 pm
So, as I sit here thinking about what I want to do the most next month my mind immediately went to the Virginia Film Festival. This year sounds like it is going to be a great one for the festival. It starts Thursday November 5th at 3:00 with the screening of The Birth of a Nation and finishes on Sunday November 8th at 11:20 when The Forbidden Room ends. In between these two films you can choose from more than 130 films across 8 genres to watch. They are shown in 13 different venues around town.
Check out the trailer for the event HERE.
Special guests this year include a lot of top-end directors, critics, actors, writers, animators and more! Some that look promising to spend an evening or afternoon listening to include Meg Ryan, Leonard Maltin, Marc Abraham and Oliver Stone. On Friday night Meg Ryan’s movie Ithaca will be shown at The Paramount Theater with a discussion afterwards with two of the actors and the producer. On Saturday at 1:30 Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July will be shown with discussion after the movie.
And don’t miss Leonard Maltin introducing Employee’s Entrance and The Maltese Falcon. Or attend the showing of Maggie Greenwald’s Songcatcher and hear their discussion afterwards. He’s also part of the conversation with Bill Plympton after the showing of Plympton’s Cheatin‘.
All in all there are so many events happening – some free, some low cost – that it is worth while attending. Looks to be a great festival this year.
Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers at Foxfield Inn
Crozet Arts & Craft Festival – October 10-11, 2015 5 Oct 2015, 1:25 pm
It looks like it is going to be a glorious weekend here in the Charlottesville area. Great weather to go to a festival. The Crozet Arts and Craft Festival takes place on the weekend of October 10-11. The festival is in it’s 35th year and the number of artists and artisans increases each time. We love to go to see if we can pick up any “foxes” for the inn. Every time we’ve gone we have found something to add to our collection.
The festival is close-by in Crozet – approximately a 15 minutes drive from our inn. Approximately 100 artists show their work – everything from paintings, photography, basket weaving, clay pots & mugs, to musical instruments, jewelry, candles, clothes and so much more!
There is also entertainment on stage through the two days – showcasing some great local talent. Plus food vendors, producers and samplers. One of our favorites to visit every year is the Blue Ridge Kettle Korn – Dan always picks up a bag to have on his way home.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed & breakfast in Charlottesville VA
What to do in Charlottesville in October? 22 Sep 2015, 1:27 pm
Our guests here at Foxfield Inn frequently ask us this question. The first place to look for ideas is here. We’ve scouted out plenty of things for you to do and experience. Below are just a couple of ideas that might interest you.
There are wineries to visit. Our favorites nearby are King Family Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards and Stinson Vineyards. At this time of year they are all harvesting and processing grapes so if you visit in October you get to see them in action.
Don’t care for wine? How about visiting one of the many breweries or cideries in the area. Albemarle Cider Works is just one of several here that make delicious “hard” ciders. At this time of year they are out picking apples and then pressing them. They also have great orchards of vintage apples to enjoy.
For a great horseback riding adventure Ashton Beebe of Indian Summer Guides will take you for a ride through local wineries or local nature areas. This time of year with the fall foliage coming to peak (mid-late October) the rides are not only enjoyable but beautiful as well. Previous guests have had nothing but positive comments to say about their time spent with Ashton and his team.
Where’s our Favorite Place to get a Burger in Charlottesville? 8 Sep 2015, 12:06 pm
Citizen Burger Bar, of course! Why go anywhere else when you can get get great “burgers”, salads, and beverages all served by friendly wait staff and bartenders? We try to eat there once a month but would love to go more often.
Their “burgers” include beef, chicken and vegan. The beef comes from Timbercreek Organic Farm (across the street from us here at Foxfield Inn) and is the best grass-fed, free range Angus beef in Virginia! Of course, I might be a bit biased since they are our neighbors but the beef is REALLY good. Dan’s favorite beef burger is the Citizen Burger with the multi-grain bun and the fried pickle on top. My favorite beef burger is the Southern – love pimento cheese, skip the bun and have it served on lettuce! Of course any of the other beef burgers are just as good – including the Mini which is just the right size for me.
I recently tried the Vegan burger which is made with quinoa, millet and beets. It is a great option for those who follow a plant based diet, which I am trying to do more often. Again, I would skip the bun even though they do offer a vegan bun and have it served on lettuce instead. If you are a vegetarian you can add cheese, of which there are 7 different kinds of cheese.
We have not tried their Chicken Burger, Grilled Cheese or Lobster Club Sandwich yet. But there are more months ahead for us to explore those options. I will say the salads look fresh and interesting as they have gone by us to another table – just haven’t gotten around to them yet.
So next time you are in Charlottesville don’t hesitate to stop at Citizen Burger Bar for a great lunch or dinner burger.
Yes, the back of his shirt does say “Grass – everybody’s doing it”. It’s a cute cow that’s eating grass.
5 Things to do in Charlottesville in September 19 Aug 2015, 2:29 pm
Ah, September! The month when the nights start cooling down and the days stay warm & sunny. Just the perfect weather to get out and explore. If you love apples there are several apple orchards in the area so you can pick your own or pick up a selection of apples in bins waiting for you.
Below are some ideas that you may want to consider to get you out of the house and into the Albemarle countryside or the University Grounds. Of course if none of these interest you there is always hiking, biking, horseback riding, balloon riding, visiting wineries (and sipping some good wines!). There is lots to do in Charlottesville and Albemarle County!
- Saturday September 12 – 9th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. This popular event showcases heirloom fruit and vegetables through workshops and lessons, sampling of foods by local chefs plus a local food market – all on the beautiful West Lawn of Monticello. If you are in town on Friday night plan on attending the Festival Opening Ceremony at The Paramount Theater. The Fabulous Beekman Boys are in town to kick the festival off in great style.
- Saturdays September 12, 19 & 25 (Friday) – UVA Football at Scott Stadium. Join in the fun and excitement of watching the UVA football team. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Hoo’s coming to town? September 12 – Notre Dame; September 19 – William & Mary; September 25 – Boise State. This could be the start of a successful UVA football season.
- Thursday September 17 – Night at the Museum at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum. Enjoy exploring the exhibitions from 5:00-9:00 pm. The Smiling Islanders start playing their music at 6:00 pm. Hungry? There will be food trucks their for you purchase your dinner or snack plus beer from Devil’s Backbone!
- Tuesday-Friday September 22-25 – LUSH Wine Camp (summer camp for adults!) Enjoy four days filled with learning about wine, meeting vintners, seeing the behind-the-scenes activities at some of Charlottesville premier vineyards. Plus two extravagant wine pairing dinners. If all you needed to do was sip wine and relax as Sommelier Kim Dozier takes you to 7 spectacular wineries. Plus you get to stay with us here at Foxfield Inn!
- Sunday September 27th – Southern Living Idea House 2015 – Bundoran Farm. Tour this beautiful property which was designed by harlottesville-native Bunny Williams. Working with Rosney Co. Architects they designed a quintessential Virginia farmhouse, filled with hundreds of fresh ideas for decorating, architect and gardening. Situated in the rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia, the 2015 Southern Living Idea House is located at Bundoran Farm—a preservation community where a majority of the land is protected landscape.
5 Things to Do in Charlottesville in August 22 Jul 2015, 11:22 am
We’re sure you need a break between now and September! After all, once schools start it is hard to get away for a few days. So if you are looking for something to do in August how about one of these?
August 2, Sunday 1:00pm – Polo at King Family
Take a picnic lunch, sip on a glass of wine and watch polo being played. Great way to tailgate, enjoy the outdoors and see some action.
August 8, Saturday Noon – 3:00pm – British & Classic Car Show, Grace Estate Winery.
Enjoy looking at classic cars and British cars in a beautiful setting. Food trucks, live music and wine – what could be better?
August 11, Tuesday 7:00 – 9:00pm – Tuesday Tunes, Ash Lawn-Highland (James Monroe’s presidential home).
This evening concert is performed by two local bluegrass
bands – Pretty Little Miss and Gallatin Canyon. Take a picnic with you and enjoy some great beverages from Albemarle Ciderworks and Devil’s Backbone Brewery while listening to modern and traditional bluegrass music. Food trucks will be on-site if you don’t want to take a picnic with you.
August 20, Thursday 5:30-8:00pm – Mosaic Lessons, Firefish Gallery.
Always wanted to learn how to make mosaics? Well here’s your chance to learn how to make a mosaic mirror, flower pot, or tray. It’s BYOB and BYOS(nack). We’ll pack a lunch or snack bag for you to take.
August 22, Saturday 9:30-11:30am – Summer Fruit Tasting, Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s presidential home).
Grabriele Rausse will help you enjoy what Thomas Jefferson referred to as “precious refreshment”. Tasting includes early apples, figs, grapes, nectarines, peaches, and more. We’ll provide an early breakfast for you if you are staying with us so you can make to the tasting in time.
Charlottesville Restaurant Week – July 18-25th 9 Jul 2015, 2:06 pm
I love Restaurant Week. This July there are 40 restaurants participating with three course meals. The restaurants either offer their meals at $16, $26 or $36 per person. One dollar from each meal goes to support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
With so many restaurants to choose from it was difficult to decide which one to go to. I know we could select one for each of the eight nights but work calls so we narrow it down to just one. A group of local innkeepers get-together to enjoy the night out and experience a restaurant that not everyone has been to yet. We look at the menus of the restaurants we haven’t been to yet (this year there are only a couple) and some old favorites.
This month we chose Three Penny Cafe. A couple of the innkeepers have been there before and really enjoyed the food so we decided to give it a try. Our group has some interesting food restrictions and Three Penny’s menu fits all of our requirements.
In the past we’ve been to Maya, Orzo, Horse & Hound, and Hamilton’s. All were really good as I am sure they will be this year. In fact looking at all the menus, I don’t think you will go wrong at any of the participating restaurants.
So, come to Charlottesville, enjoy some good food and help support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Hope to see you soon,
Dan & Kathryn Bundy
your innkeepers at Foxfield Inn, Charlottesville VA