Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Watermelon Soup - a refreshing treat

I can't believe that it is April already!  Where did March go? 

The weather has been so unusual this year that the plants are either  way ahead or way behind.  Most of our blueberries froze when we had 2 days of below freezing temperatures and about half of our azaleas have freeze damage.

Local blueberries that survived the weather have already been available for purchase, so, I wasn't surprised to see some watermelons in the store.   I bought one.

Unfortunately, it was quite a disappointment.   So, what do you do with an under par watermelon?  I remembered that I had a recipe, somewhere, for watermelon soup.  
 The last time I made it, everyone commented how "refreshing" it was.  I just had to find the recipe.

Thank goodness, I had shared it right here on our blog.  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.


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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Daytripping From Americus - An Artful Day at Pasaquan

We visited Pasaquan several years ago.  It was only open one day a month, 8 months a year.   The paint was faded and peeling.  But, even in disrepair,  it was an awe-inspiring place.
Created by Eddie Owens Martin, also known as St. EOM, (1908 - 1986) in Buena Vista, Georgia (about 35 - 40 minutes from Americus),  Pasaquan is described as a "visionary art environment".
Eddie Owens Martin lived a very interesting life.  He was born in Glen Alta, Georgia to sharecropper parents in 1908.   At the age of 14, he ran away to New York City where he had the opportunity to visit art museums and cultural institutions that inspired his future art designs.
Following his mothers death and the inheritance of his mother's home in Buena Vista, he returned to live permanently in Georgia in 1957.
Pasaquan reflects St. EOM's vision of the future.
St. EOM worked for almost 30 years creating this incredible art environment.
In 2014, the Kohler Foundation partnered with the Pasaquan Preservation Society to restore the artwork to its former glory.  
In the photo above and below, you can see the before and after shots of some of the work from Pasaquan.
 After 2 years of restoration work, the Kohler Foundation gifted Pasaquan to Columbus State University.
Reopened to the public in October 2016, CNN hailed Pasaquan as "one of the 16 intriguing things to see and do in the U.S. in 2016."
One of our guests, Michelle Clotfelter, shared these great photos from a recent trip to Pasaquan.
She and her sister, Lisa, regularly visit the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast for some sisterly time together without children or husbands, a girlfriends' getaway.
After visiting Pasaquan, on our recommendation, they visited Five Points Berries Winery in nearby Mauk, about 15 - 20 minute drive.
With advance notice, you can visit Five Points Berries to try all 6 of their delicious blueberry wines.  From sweet to dry, the wines are 100% blueberry wine, not blueberry flavored grape wine.  And, they have no added sulphites.
Pasaquan is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It is closed the months of July and December.
Admission price is:  $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students
Hope you enjoyed Michelle's photos as much as I did.

Thank you so much for visiting the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast blog.  We hope to see you in person, soon.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Daytripping from Americus - Butterflies and Wine

This was truly my kind of daytrip - butterflies and wine.  We drove about an hour and 45 minutes to visit the Cecil B Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens.  It is one of the largest, tropical, glass-enclosed conservatories in North America.

There were beautiful flowers outside of the conservatory and I found this predator lurking.

You have to be very careful entering the conservatory not to allow any of the butterflies to escape.

One of the first butterflies we saw feeding on some fruit.

Everywhere you looked, there was something beautiful and exotic.

There is a beautiful waterfall.

And, lush foliage.

But, back to the butterflies.

That's not a butterfly!

I took a little break from the heat in the conservatory to look at the "new arrivals".

This is where the magic happens as they emerge from their chrysalides, dry their wings, and take their first wing-beats. 

I found this absolutely fascinating.

I went back into the conservatory to see how many more butterfly species I could photograph.

After a couple of hours of butterfly observation, it was time to head to Warm Springs Winery.  It is about 25 minutes from Callaway Gardens.

You drive in past this lovely home, a replica of FDR's home.

And, you come to the winery and tasting room.

We were given the tasting list with tasting notes.

As you can see, we had a lot of wine to taste.

Yes, we really did try all of them.

We bought some White House White and Hotlanta.   Hotlanta is jalapeno infused red wine.  It is delicious! 

Heidi was a superb hostess.

We really had an absolutely wonderful day and if you like butterflies and wine, this is a perfect day trip from Americus.  Even if you don't visit us, check out Warm Springs Winery.  Did I mention that the tasting was FREE?

Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast blog.  Check back soon to see what other day trips we may have planned that are perfect for you.