Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cherry Almond Cheese Trifle

Cherry Almond Cheese Trifle
1 8 oz. block of cream cheese
1 -14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 -12 oz. container whipped topping
1/2 almond extract
1 -21 oz. prepared angel food cake
2 -21 oz. cans cherry pie filling
sliced almonds for garnish
In medium bowl combine softened cream cheese and condensed milk at medium speed until smooth.  Stir in half of the whipped topping and almond extract.  Tear 1/2 angel food cake into cubes and line the bottom of your trifle bowl.  Spoon 1/2 half of the cheese mixture over the cake.  Then layer on can of the cherry pie filling.  Repeat all three layers and top with remaining whipped topping and garnish with the sliced almonds!  Serves 15

Friday, October 16, 2009

What's coming up!

Not to get ahead of myself, but just to let you know...

November 21-22, 2009
Trunk Show and Home Tour by the Heritage Society of Washington Co. 
The Giddings-Stone Mansion at 2203 Century Circle in Brenham 
Trunk Show is 11- 5 P.M.  Home Tour is 1-4 P.M.
Admission $10.00 per person for the tour of 7 historical homes decorated for Christmas and the trunk show.  This year there will be Antique Fair on the grounds of the Mansion.
Come back to the Mansion from 5-6 P.M. for wine and cheese and door prizes!
Thanksgiving Nov. 26, 2009
If you book two nights at Thanksgiving, overlapping Thanksgiving Day, as a treat from us, we will also provide our guests with a 5:00P.M. Thanksgiving Meal for you at the regular two night room rate!  Book Now!

Christmas Stroll Weekend Dec. 4-5
Wrap up your Christmas at The Brenham House!
 40 shops in the decorated downtown to stroll through and dine on the square.  Five of Brenham's Bed and Breakfasts who are members of the Texas Bed and Breakfast Association will provide free gift wrapping for their guests who make purchases here.

Friday night, Dec 4 guests can watch Christmas movies outdoors on the square from the comfort of their own lawn chairs and carriage rides will be available.
Saturday evening events include:  a Parade of Lights and shopping until 8:00 P.M.  Unity Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life:  A live Radio Play on Thursday-Sunday

Dec 12-13 is the annual Chappell Hill Holiday Home Tour of Country Homes, Dec 12-13.  Unity Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Thursday-Sunday  

Get in the Spirit of the Holidays!
Book your rooms now or call for more information!
979 251-9947

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Unity Theatre presents, The Matchmaker      Located in the Historic District Brenham is ...
The Unity Theatre
and now showing is .....
The Matchmaker 
By Thornton Wilder
A delicious and dizzy comedy that embodies the American spirit of optimism and adventure.  By the author of Our Town, it's the story of one exasperating woman and of one glorious day in New York, full of shenanigans, a stuffed whale, and pudding.
Oct. 8-25, 2009
3 weeks, 12 shows
Not a bad seat in the house!
Book your room now and we will be glad to secure 
your tickets for you!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Scarecrow Festival '09

Scarecrow Festival - Oct.10-11th
Chappell Hill, Texas

It is a wonderful event located in the Historic Downtown Chappell Hill. It will be covered with scarecrow and pumpkin patches.  Live music, food vendors, crafts and collectibles.  Celebrating the Harvest Season is a wonderful way to get into the Fall Season!  As you drive all over Washington County you will see scarecrow exhibits.  It is free to get in and it is family friendly.  Sat. 10-6 P.M. and Sun. noon-5 P.M. 

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Successful Fall Antique Festival at Round Top '09

      It was really a very fun Fall Antique Festival!  We made a lot of new friends.  There was a lot of strategy planning at the breakfast table!  It was awesome.  We had a couple from England, Florida, Shreveport, Louisiana and Missouri.  Of course, they came from Dallas, Flower Mound, McKinney, Houston, and Austin!  What fun it was.  Phil and Teresa seriously shopped for 5 days and with great success!  Here they are with the hardest part of loading up the van to head back to Missouri!  Thank you all for coming and staying with us and we hope you will come back to see us soon!  

Published Recipe from The Brenham House of 1990

     As I was thumbing through my rather large collection of cookbooks, I found this recipe from The Brenham House Bed and Breakfast, when the Phillips owned and operated it.   The Phillips purchased the home in 1990.  The 1920's home, on Clinton Street,  had already been renovated for a BnB and in 1989 was DBA as The Brenham House Bed and Breakfast.  How delighted I was to find out a little bit of the history and a bonus .... a wonderful recipe which we have incorporated into our collection that we use here at The Brenham House today.  Megetas is the name of the recipe.  Their son in law's family was from Mexico and this is how they came by the recipe.  Many of you may know it as Migas.  It all depends on which part of Mexico you are in.
1/3 c. chopped onion
2 small garlic cloves, minced
8-10 small corn tortillas, torn into tint pieces
6-8 eggs, beaten
1- 7 oz jar of Herdez Mexican red picante sauce 
1-2 c. grated cheddar cheese
Also:  butter, vegetable oil, salt and pepper, optional ingredients:  sausage, diced potato, cherry tomatoes.

In a large skillet, melt a little butter and oil.  Saute onion and garlic ( opt. potatoes).  As the mixture cooks, stir in torn tortillas.  Add oil as needed to keep from burning.  Fry until the tortilla pieces are crisp.  (Add optional cooked sausage).  Stir in the beaten eggs, picante sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook over low heat as a scrambled egg dish.  Stir in cheese at the last minute.  Serve after cheese is melted.  ( I top my egg mixture with the cheese and place skillet under broiler until melted and serve.  It is less messy for me, and then top it off with picante sauce or sliced cherry tomatoes!
It is a wonderful Saturday morning breakfast or evening meal and the house smell so good while you are preparing the dish!