Peachy Keen

Mar. 29th 2014

This morning we had a new recipe that we wanted to share with you!


Cinnamon and Sugar Grilled Peaches with Granola and Warmed Honey

This recipe is very simple!


Peaches – one half per person



Honey – about 2 tablespoons per person


Frozen Vanilla Yogurt


1. Half ripe peaches and pit

2. Place peaches on a sheet pan with skin side down. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.


3. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes until sugar caramelizes.

4. While the peaches are cooking, warm honey in a small sauce pan on low.


5. Remove and place peaches on plate with a scoop of frozen yogurt.

6. Slowly pour warm honey over the peaches and frozen yogurt.


7. Sprinkle with your favorite granola. We used honey granola.

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Serve Warm!

Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Food and Recipes | 2 Comments »

As If Yesterday Wasn’t Enough!

Mar. 14th 2013

Here is a new recipe to make your stomach growl…

French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar

French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar with Orange Marmalade Syrup

It is a wonderful twist on french toast with layers of favors.

Hope you enjoy!



1 loaf of French Bread (you could use Challah Bread too), slice on the bias (at an angle)

1/3 Cups Sugar

1/2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

Zest from one large Orange

1 Cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Orange Marmalade

9 eggs

3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream

1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 Cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Cup Orange Marmalade

Butter or non-stick spray


Heat Griddle or non-stick pan.

Mix Sugar, 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and zest in small bowl.


 Set aside. Mix eggs, heavy cream, 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon and vanilla in a wide dish (I use a deep dish pie dish). Set aside. In a microwave safe dish, mix 1 cup of maple syrup and orange marmalade. Microwave 30 seconds at a time until warm. Don’t over heat. Stir and set aside.


Coat griddle or pan with butter or non-stick spray. Dip slice in egg mixture and flip. Before you remove it, sprinkle the top with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Remove and place sugar side down on the pan or griddle. Repeat to fill pan or griddle. Watch closely. When the sugar caramelizes and side is golden brown, flip and brown the other side. Remove and repeat.


Serve with warm Maple and Orange Marmalade Syrup.



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Labor Day of Love

Sep. 3rd 2012

After our weekend in Fredericksburg, we decided to take it easy for Labor Day. Brett had a few things he wanted to get done for our home in Chesapeake and our kids were both working all day. So left to myself, well you know what I did… antique shopping!

I only made one stop today, but what a great stop it was! I headed to downtown Norfolk to a store called Harper’s Antiques. I had just been there a weekend ago. I had seen a couple items I wanted, but needed to wait until I had my pennies saved. It was a small silver tea set with a teapot, creamer and sugar bowl. I really loved this set because it has the grape detail on it. That reminds me of the vineyards we have around us at Belle Grove.

The other was a silver teapot that reminded me of a teapot I saw at Kenmore Plantation. When I saw the one at Kenmore, I remembered this one in Norfolk.

Teapot at Kenmore Plantation

After paying for my items, I stayed and talked to the owner, Richard and one of his friends about the plantation and how these were going to become part of the history that includes James Madison. Just as I was about to walk out, Richard asked me to walk to the back room and look for a silver punch bowl with some other items in it. He told me if I liked it, he would give them to me. I pulled them out and brought them to the counter. Being the bargain hunter I am I accepted his offer. Free is always good when you have 8,000 square feet to fill!

When I got home I spent about 3 hours cleaning each piece. It was a very messy job that required a lot of “elbow grease”, but to see them now, it was truly a labor of love.

Gravy Dish
(It was almost black when I brought it home)

Punch Bowl with 12 silver cups

If you are ever in the Norfolk area, stop by Harper’s Antiques on Granby Street!

I plan to return again very soon!

Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Year of the Virginia Historic Homes | 29 Comments »