Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Upcoming Sumter County Georgia Events

THINGS TO DO THIS FALL IN SUMTER COUNTY GEORGIA


As the temperatures drop to a more comfortable level and the gnats disappear, it is time to enjoy a trip to Americus, Andersonville, and Plains.  There are a quite a few upcoming events that may inspire you to come visit us.

Former President Jimmy Carter has been all over the news due to his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment.  As you may or may not be aware, Mr. Carter has been, and plans to continue, teaching an adult Bible Lesson at his church on the Sunday mornings he is in town.  The service is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.   His schedule is posted on the Maranatha Baptist Church website.

In September:

Sunday, Sept 6 Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday School at 10 am.

Sumter Players will be performing "The Andersonville Trial" Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Rylander Theatre.  Tickets are $10 - $15. 

Sunday, Sept 13 Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday School at 10 am.

‘The Ride Home’ which pays tribute to former U.S. POWs and the families of MIAs will be Sept. 16-20.  See the Americus Times Recorder for more information.

The Manhattan Dolls will be performing  music USO style from boogie-woogie to the blues
Friday, Sept. 18 at the Rylander Theatre.  Tickets are $14.  

The Funeral for the 13,000 will be held at Andersonville National Historic Site on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1:00pm. 

Taste of Sumter will be held on Thursday, Sept 24 in our beautiful historic downtown.

Plains Peanut Festival, honoring Plains, Peanuts and a President will be Saturday, Sept 26 in downtown Plains.  Events include a parade, book signing, train ride and a street dance.  Visit the Plains Georgia website for more information.

Sunday, Sept 27 Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday School at 10 am.

In October:

Andersonville Historic Fair will be Sat & Sun, Oct 3 - 4,in the Andersonville Civil War Village.

Sunday, Oct 4 Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday School at 10 am.

Plains Chautauqua will be held Friday, Oct 9 through Sun, Oct 11.

The Broadway Boys, a group of 6 Broadway performers, will be performing the music of Broadway on Friday Oct 16, 2015 at the Rylander Theatre.  Tickets are $29.

Sunday, Oct 18 Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday School at 10 am.

Sunday, Oct 25 Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday School at 10 am.

Although some of these events are subject to change, maybe you should just come to Americus to enjoy some peace and quiet, along with some Southern hospitality.  We'd love to see you.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Gluten Free Oatmeal Banana Muffins (wheat free, flour free) Recipe




Today, there are so many people on gluten free diets.  For those who can enjoy oats, here is a recipe that uses exclusively oats.  No wheat, corn, rice or other flour is used.  The recipe makes 8 muffins and can be doubled.  Here are the ingredients you'll need (the chocolate chips are optional).  I did not have "gluten free" oats, but, no one had Celiac disease when I experimented and regular oats were okay to use. 

You could simply put all the ingredients into the food processor and blend at one time.  But, I chose to use my immersion blender and the chopping attachment for this small batch recipe.  I measured the oats into the chopping cup.

Added the sugar.

Baking powder was next.

Baking soda.

Cinnamon was last.

All the dry ingredients are in the chopping container. 

I blended until it looked about right.

This looked perfect, to me.

Now for the wet ingredients.  I broke a banana into pieces into the immersion blender cup along with one egg.

Added Greek yogurt

and some vanilla extract.

Everything is ready to be blended.

Immersion blender was perfect for this task.

Looks perfectly blended.

The oven was preheated to 400 degrees.


Combine the dry ingredients with the wet.

Blend with the immersion blender.


Here is the volume of batter once everything is mixed together.


This recipe makes 8 muffins.  I've made it twice.  You can either use foil liners or you can spray the muffin tins with non-stick spray.  However, if you use the chocolate chips for garnish, as I did, if you do not use the foil liners, the chips sink into the batter.  They stayed on top using the liners.


1/4 cup of batter per muffin.


I carefully placed 6 chocolate chips on top of each muffin and filled the empty muffin cups 1/4 full of water.


The timer was set for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, they were not quite done.  I gave them another 3 minutes,

Looks like 8 beautiful muffins to me.

A closer look


I allowed them to cool for about 10 minutes before serving them.  Everyone liked them!


Gluten Free Oatmeal Banana Muffins (wheat free, flour free)

1 ¼ cups old fashioned oats (gluten free, if needed)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg
1 large ripe banana
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
48 chocolate chips (optional)

1.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.      Line 8 muffin cups with foil liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
3.      Measure dry ingredients into food processor or chopping bowl of food processor.  Blend or chop until oats are finely ground.
4.      Blend egg, banana, Greek yogurt and vanilla extract together with immersion blender.
5.      Add dry ingredients to banana mixture and blend until smooth.  
6.      Divide batter into prepared muffin cups.  Garnish with chocolate chips, if using.
7.      Bake at 400°F for 15 - 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

NOTE:  You can simply put all ingredients (not the chocolate chips) into a food processor to blend.  I was experimenting and wanted to how the ingredients looked at each step.

Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn blog.  Let me know if you what you think of this recipe.  Hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we do.  
Love,
Susan

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Refreshing, Chilled Watermelon Soup


April has been a crazy, busy month for us.  I'm not complaining.  I'm merely stating a fact.  No daytripping for us.  But, I did try a new recipe that I'd like to share with you.

Have you ever bought a watermelon and after eating it for a few days you wonder what to do with the rest of the melon?  Well, here's an idea - chilled watermelon soup.  When I made it, Kim and I both said the same thing on the first taste.  "Refreshing!"

It is incredibly simple to make.   Cut up some watermelon and put it in the blender with some honey, ginger, fresh mint, fresh lime juice and apple juice.  Blend for just a second or two.  Let the flavors meld for a little while in the fridge.  Serve plain or with a dollop of yogurt.  I chose to pipe the yogurt into a heart shape and added a strawberry and fresh mint leaf for garnish. 

Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast blog.  We hope you'll come stay with us, soon.

Love,
Susan


Chilled Watermelon Soup (from Southern Living July 2003)
The recipe says it yields 4 cups of soup - when I made it, it came out to 3 cups of soup)
  • 4 cups seeded watermelon cubes
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt

Process first 5 ingredients and honey, if desired, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Daytripping from Americus - Massee Lane Gardens - Home of the American Camellia Society

What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Spring day - a visit to Massee Lane Gardens, Home of the American Camellia Society in nearby Fort Valley.  Less than an hour away from Americus, there is always something blooming at Massee Lane Gardens.

When we visited, the peach trees were in bloom on the way to the gardens.


Peach blossoms look very similar to the plum blossoms in our own garden.


The camellias were in full bloom.  Please click the photos to see them full size as a slide show.












In the Japanese garden, there is a beautiful, relaxing koi pond.



Beauty is everywhere.


The daffodils were also in bloom.




I was amazed at the variety of camellias.





We took a stroll around the large pond


and saw some frogs.


There are many varieties of flowering trees and shrubs, as you can see.



There are quite a few different gardens to explore.


This sculpture reminded me of my Dad.


With all the camellias in bloom, I almost missed the forsythias.


I love the variegated camellias.


Another interesting sculpture in one of the gardens.



I love the way this photo came out.  It truly conveys the feeling you have as you wander.


There are so many red and pink varieties, the white ones really stand out.








I love snowdrops.





We wandered the gardens so long that we only had a couple of minutes to explore the porcelain collection.  It gives us a great excuse to visit again, soon.


Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn blog.  We hope you'll come visit us in person and enjoy all the wonderful opportunities our area has to offer.