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Fall Into Lancaster

Fall is a fabulous time to visit Lancaster.  The air is cooled enough you can comfortably be outside without wearing a coat.  The leaves are starting to change and there are fun things to do inside and out.

Once again – I’ve scoured the internet trying to find fairs; craft shows; live theatre; corn mazes; farms to pick gourds, fresh fruit and pumpkins; and other fun things to do.

This Fall’s Fairs

West Lampeter Fall FlyerSeptember 26 – 28 West Lampeter will be holding it’s 94th annual West Lampeter Community Fair.  This is how the fair is described on their website:  The three-day event provides friendly competition among neighbors and a wholesome, educational atmosphere for all ages. Farmers and small gardeners can compare their produce at one central location. Children can learn to appreciate quality food products and farm animals. Our Youth Program is especially designed to encourage both boys and girls to exhibit in all categories of baking, canning, cooking, art, sewing, fruits, vegetables, plants and animals.

 

Midway at the New Holland FairOctober 3 – 6, 2018 New Holland will hold it’s Farmers Fair.  Every year the streets of New Holland close to traffic and the center of town transforms into a celebration of farm and community. The crisp autumn air is sweetened with funnel cake, hot cinnamon rolls, and cotton candy. Laughter rings out and dazzling lights shine on the midway filled with thrilling rides and games of chance. The four day event kicks off with the Spectacle of Bands Parade Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. where excitement and attendance is at its peak. The entire two-mile route is flooded with spectators and is quite a sight to see. There is something for everyone throughout the week including an FFA tractor driving contest and a Swine and Sheep Show and Sale at the New Holland Sales Stables. The Tug-of-War and Pedal Power take place on Franklin Street. A Bake Sale and Kid’s Day are held in the ambulance parking lot. Saturday starts off with a Horseshoe-Pitching Contest at the park and continues with a Pet Parade and Baby Parade on Main Street. In addition, there are a whole host of exhibits to enjoy. The New Holland Farmer’s Fair, known to many as “Farm Show”, has been around for over 75 years and has a very rich and colorful history.

You can find more Fall Fairs here.

Fall Craft Shows

Creatively Lancaster has 2 Fall Maker’s Markets this year.  October 13 at the Barnstormers Arena and November 24th at Spooky Nook.  Get ready to get your handmade holiday shop on!

Will update as I find more.

Live Theatre

American Music Theatre is running Songs of the Silver Screen

Dutch Apple has Sister Act running until November 10th and then they start their Christmas Show

Treasure Island is at the Fulton until October 14th.  After that they have The Mystery of Irma Vep until November 4th.  They wrap up the year with A Christmas Carol.

Rainbow Comedy Playhouse is running Love, Lies & the Lottery until the end of October.  Then Christmas in Paradise starts.

Sight & Sound is showing Jesus.

Check our Area Attractractions Page for links to each theatre.

Fall Corn Mazes

Check out this fall post for tasty pumpkin recipes and a list of local corn mazes.

This year the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s corn maze theme is The Amazing Maize.

Farms

Head Over to Kinzer to get gourds at Smucker’s Gourd Farm.  You can buy painted gourds or gourds that are ready for painting.  Henry Beiler has a gourd farm on Strasburg Pike in Lancaster.

You can head to the Country Barn to pick your own pumpkins – because we all need sugar pumpkins for some of these yummy pumpkin recipes; for decorating and for carving and roasting their seeds!   Here’s a list of farms where you can pick your own.

Don’t forget to head over to Cherry Hill Orchards for you pick peaches & apples.  We went in August and had a great time!  We picked over 100 pounds of fruit – including peaches, nectarines and apples.

Other Fun Fall Things

scooter

photo: Strasburg Scooters

Head over to Strasburg Scooters and take a covered bridge scooter tour.

Or grab the list from our gift shop and head out on the Ice Cream Trail!

No matter what you choose to do this Fall you are sure to have a great time.  Don’t forget to check out our rooms and then make your reservations.  Remember, we have the firepit for your Fall evening enjoyment.

What’s For Breakfast?

What’s for Breakfast?  We get asked this question quite often.  The answer depends, quite honestly, on several things.

Zucchini Spice MuffinsDeciding Factors on What’s Served for Breakfast

1.  Are there any dietary restrictions we need to accommodate?

Personally, I hate being the one person who is single out at any event.  So, if someone at the table is gluten free, I’m sorry, but you’re all eating gluten free for a meal or two.  Will you know that?  Nope.  I don’t broadcast that the meal is gluten free, I just let the one person know that they are able to enjoy it.

2.  What day is it?

Bread or Eggs?  See – we alternate our main course daily.  Between eggs and bread.

3.  How many guests are there?

There are some things that I won’t make when we have a full house.  Mainly because they are too time consuming or it just takes too much time to do it correctly.  Examples of this would be the following:  Baked potato waffles; bacon; and or poached eggs.

4.  What’s in Season?

I always take into account what’s in season currently as far as fresh fruit and veggies.

Breakfast HashWhy Chef’s Choice for Breakfast?

There’s a couple reasons for this.  The main one is that our kitchen is open to guests and it’s a standard home kitchen.  I don’t have any official training nor a commercial kitchen.  It would be incredibly hard for me to cook 5 different dishes and have them all ready at the same time with everyone watching me make a huge mess.  Trust me when I say, I make a big enough mess doing just one main dish.

Next, when we used to go away and stay at bed and breakfasts, I honestly liked the surprise of finding out what’s for breakfast.  I did have a few unfavorable reactions including:  nothing but bagels and lox and surprising good – pork chops with eggs & potatoes.  Also, if we serve something that you absolutely do not like and forgot to mention, we are happy to scramble up some eggs or offer you the ever present cheerios.

Ham & Cheddar SconesWhy Do We Only Have One Breakfast Serving Time?

Have you stayed with us?  If so you can probably guess the answer.  If not. let me tell you.  We have one huge, beautiful dining room table.  I believe it gets a little awkward for people who arrive later to breakfast to join the table.  Although we always accommodate guests who are late.  Also – see Why Chef’s Choice above.  Because of the size of our home and the floor plan, there really isn’t the ability to add more tables and let people chose when to eat.

Isn’t the point of staying at a B&B to meet other people?  How do you do that if you are eating by yourself?  The communal table encourages conversation, laughter and lingering over breakfast.

bowl of sliced fresh peachesFresh is Best When it Comes to Breakfast

If you follow us on facebook  or Instagram you may notice that I often use the hashtag #freshisbest or #eatyouryard I am always trying to find ways to serve up what is currently being picked from the garden – you may have been served a side salad with lettuce picked that morning from the back deck; fresh basil on your freshly picked tomatoes; butternut squash that we grew added to your breakfast hash or hashbrowns.  This summer I developed a recipe for Zucchini Spice muffins and the zucchini came from the garden.

I would say that 9 times out of 10 if there is jam on the table, I’ve made it from fruit that was either grown by Mr. Carriage Corner or that we picked locally.

On top of that – we source our eggs from a local farm right down the road – these are cage free hens and they eggs are super fresh.  We buy butter and milk from Lapp Valley Farm.  Fruits and Veggies that we don’t grow ourselves we get from the local fruit stand at the nearest farm.  Oh, and that balsamic that we put on the fruit?  It comes from The Olive Basin at Kitchen Kettle!  The only thing we haven’t successfully sourced yet is good local pork – because let’s face it, pork is really the only breakfast meat.  Well, unless it’s Father’s Day and we’re grillin’ up some steak and eggs.

Feedback – All About Breakfast

So, talk to us.  What do you like about breakfast at a B&B?

  • Is it the conversation?
  • Breakfast you wouldn’t normally make at home?
  • A little dessert to finish off your breakfast?
  • Lingering over a cup of coffee and fresh peach scone?

Why Not Book at Room and Join us for Breakfast?

All of our rooms are named after quilt blocks.  Read about how we made those decisions and then view our rooms and pick your favorite.  We make it really easy to book – you can call (717-768-3059); text (717-768-3059); book online; or message us through facebook.  We look forward to meeting you and visiting over breakfast.  It really is our favorite meal of the day.

Late August/Early September Lancaster Festivals and Events.

There are loads of Lancaster events happening over Labor Day Weekend and into early September.  So, make plans to visit Lancaster County before the summer is over.   Check out our Log Cabin Room and enjoy a long relaxing get away as a treat for making it through summer!

I scoured the googles and found a few Festivals happening in Lancaster County for your enjoyment!  In chronological order:

Friday, August 31:

Long's Park Art Festival AddThis year will be the 40th Annual Long’s Park Art Festival.  This Festival has been called One of America’s Top 50 Art Festivals.  The Long’s Park Art Festival runs from 10a to 6p on Friday & Saturday and 10a to 5p on Sunday.  This historic tree-lined park features walkways surrounding a tranquil freshwater lake.  Long’s Park is located just 15 miles from Carriage Corner.

Live Music – Every Friday and Saturday night from 7p – 9p all year round, The Treasure Place and the Corner Coffee shop host live music.  During nice weather the performance happens in the courtyard, so grab your favorite hot beverage and a cookie and pull up a comfortable chair and sit down and enjoy the music and the evening.  Smucker’s Village is located just a short walk from Carriage Corner.

Saturday, September 1:

Hospice & Community Care Auction – this is the 34th Annual Auction, with proceeds going to benefit Hospice and Community Care.  Solanco Fair Grounds is the home of this benefit auction.   Because these auctions are very similar to the mud sales, you can find just about anything you might be looking to buy.  The Hospice Action includes  Sports Memorabilia, original artwork and Quilts.  Check out the schedule and plan your day.  After spending a day at the auction, grab a fantastic dinner at the Historic Bullfrog Inn on your way back to Carriage Corner.  15 miles from Carriage Corner you’ll find the Solanco Fair Grounds.

Sounds of Strasburg – Both the Temple Avenue Jazz Quintet (a group of musicians that add a fresh energy to jazz classics) and The Flipside Big Band (a branch of the Lampeter-Strasburg Community Band that performs jazz and swing) will be performing beginning at 6:30 pm in the Strasburg Community Park.  You are encouraged to take a blanket or lawn chairs, if you don’t have a blanket we have some you can borrow.  You are also welcome to pack a picnic (or pick up some chicken from Amo’s Place) and eat before/during or after the concert.  There will be food vendors on site during the show.  The park is located 8 miles from the B&B – what a fun way to spend the evening.

Sunday, September 2:

Landis Valley is hosting their September Ice Cream Sunday.  Come for the art festival and relax with ice cream and music. Landis Valley and the PA Guild of Craftsmen have partnered together to add a Fine Art & Craft show to their popular September Ice Cream Sunday event.  Resulting from a competition among artists, the festival features judged artworks that have been produced outdoors throughout the summer.  The artworks will be exhibited in the grove; live music will be happening in the firehouse.  Free ice cream and wagon rides round out the event.  Landis Valley is located just 12 miles from Carriage Corner and would be a fun Sunday thing to do.

Everybody Loves a Parade

There are several parades happening in Lancaster County over Labor Day weekend.  Some on Saturday; some on Sunday; and some on Monday.  You can find a schedule here.

Saturday, September 8:

Makers Market - a Festival of all things creativeMaker’s Market.  Creatively Lancaster hosts a monthly Festival celebrating creative individuals.  Makers Market is a way for incredibly talented makers to sell their original creations, unique products and beautiful wares.  From 10a until 3p you can find talented makers at the Lancaster Barnstormers Stadium.  Creatively Lancaster says this about Makers Market:  We are more inclusive than a craft fair and more discerning than a flea market.

 

 

 

Flower Shopping

Guests after their Greenhouse Tour!Many of our guests come up to Lancaster to shop at the local nurseries, many of which just happen to be Amish owned.   It’s interesting to us how many people drive out for the weekend to buy plants – but I will say, our guests come back with beautiful plants and great deals!

So, to help you find your favorite greenhouse/nursery, we reached out to several of our guests who come just to buy annuals, perennials, and sometimes their veggie starts.  These are the places they told us you MUST visit:

 

Must See Greenhouses:

Whispering Willow Greenhouse.  Whispering Willow is located at 1137 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17581.  Check the link for their hours.

Leids GreenhouseBeautiful Basket at Leid's Greenhouse.  This is a greenhouse we learned about when some Amish Friends of ours asked if we’d take them to the nursery.  I do not garden, and I loved it!  We bought veggie starts for a fantastic price – $1.29 each for 6-packs of broccoli, cauliflower and onions.  The tomatoes already had huge green tomatoes on them and the 4″ pot was less than $5!!  Mr. Carriage Corner also went crazy with the annuals and perennials, buying several beautiful climbers to plant around Carriage Corner to add lots of spring and summer color to the yard.

Riverside Greenhouse (doesn’t have a website).  Our guests say they have unique colors of petunias and that’s why they go.  This greenhouse is also located in Ephrata at 1751 Division Hwy and is open Monday through Friday until 8p and Saturday until 5.

Zimmerman’s Greenhouse.  Zimmerman’s is only open seasonally, from mid-March through July 4th.  BUT they are open Monday through Friday until 8pm and Saturdays until 5pm.  Zimmerman’s Greenhouse is located in Ephrata at 421 Brossman Road.

Greenhouse Tour Map

Route to the Greenhouses listed

I Don’t Flower.

If you’re like me and love flowers but don’t have a green thumb, well, you’ll want to check out Flower and Home Marketplace in East Earl.  This is what one of our guests had to say about the Flower and Home Marketplace:  The selection of artificial flowers is never ending!  They are so lifelike! I’m not an artificial flower person at all but I’ve purchased quite a few from there! Jenn S.; Wayland, NY.

Since you’re headed out to purchase flowers, why not make a weekend of it?  Book into our Dahlia room – named after the quilt pattern, based on the flower.  We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your greenhouse excursions.

Peach Rhubarb Jam

Peach Rhubarb JamIn honor of the Rhubarb Festival at Kitchen Kettle in May, this year I came up with a new recipe.  As so often happens, I am inspired by a thought or a meal we had somewhere.  When we lived in Seattle, we had several rhubarb plants growing in our yard and often gave it away.  After sharing a large bunch with a friend, I asked her what she was going to do with it.  Peach Rhubarb Crisp was her answer.   That’s sound yummy. That summer I added peaches to my family’s favorite Rhubarb Crunch and it was yummy.  So, the peach/rhubarb combo has been bouncing around in my brain for a few years now.  This year, I decided I wanted to make jam – so I started with the google.    I started with a recipe from pipandebby and modified from there for my taste.

Here you go!

Peach Rhubarb Jam

What You Need:

  • 6 cups rhubarb, cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 T vanilla
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 cups chopped peaches (I used frozen)

What You Do:

  1. Combine rhubarb, sugar, vanilla & lemon juice in a large enough pan.  Mix well and let sit for about an hour.  (I made rhubarb crunch and granola while I was waiting).
  2. Add peaches to the mixture.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat and simmer until jam starts to thicken and sticks to the back of a spoon.
  4. Let cool slightly before pouring into a prepared mason jars.  Seal tightly and water bath.  Peach Rhubarb Parfair

How We Use:

  • Serve jam along side rhubarb scones for a yummy double rhubarb treat;
  • Layer Peach Rhubarb Jam with greek yogurt and your favorite granola for a lovely parfait;
  • Top vanilla ice cream; or
  • Eat with a spoon.

Check out our instagram video of making the parfait.  Please let me know if you make this.

Fun Events Around Carriage Corner this June

The following is a short list of June events.  Many are close to Carriage Corner and several are free.

Knit In Public Day*

Saturday, Lancaster Yarn Shop at Kitchen Kettle Village.  Bring a chair and your knitting and join other knitters in showing that knitting is a community activity.  (June 9)

Second Saturday at Smucker Village*

Saturday, Smucker Village.  You don’t even have to move your car for this one.  Enjoy a quick stroll into ‘town’ to check out the artisans at Smucker Village, grab a coffee and stay for the live music in the evening.  (June 9)

Heritage Days Fireworks Heritage Days*

Friday- Monday, Intercourse Park.  Share in this exciting celebration that includes everything the community has to offer ~ food, fun and fellowship (June 15 – 18)

 

 

 

 

Makers Market

Saturday, Lancaster Barnstormers Stadium.  Shop from 60+ vendors at this curated pop-up market of talented makers hawking their original creations, unique wares, and beautiful designs. Enjoy your favorite Summertime foods and local brews while listening to talented local musicians. (June 16)

Splash Into Summer*

Saturday, Kitchen Kettle Village.  Take a leisurely walk from Carriage Corner to Kitchen Kettle to enjoy a day of music and summer fun.  (June 16)

Amish Dinner Tour*

Saturdays, Intercourse Bikeworks.  This event is an 8-mile ride through our lovely farmlands.  After the ride, join the other riders around the dinner table with a local Amish Family.  Bike rentals available, space is limited, pre-registration is required. (June 16 and 23)

Full Moon Fundraiser

Saturday, Wolf Sanctuary of PA.  Enjoy a bonfire and live entertainment while touring the Wolf Sanctuary.  We’re happy to help make the reservations for you.  (June 30)

*Close enough you don’t even have to move your car.

Goats!

Best Kept Secrets – Goats

Goats - or kids

Thanks to the recent Best Kept Secrets Tour and some lovely guests we found out about many great places to visit when you are in visiting Lancaster County.

I was so excited when they came back the first day and told us they had been to a goat farm.  Goats!   I love goats – I couldn’t wait to go visit Misty Creek Goat Dairy in Leola.  According to Google Maps – Misty Creek is 5 miles from Carriage Corner – and did I mention they have Goats!!

Visiting:

Thankfully our daughter and son in law came to visit right after the guests had given us this Goats - well hello there!wonderful information!  Based on Little E’s nap and eating scheduled we had a little window to check out a farm.  It was a toss up between heading to Lapp Valley Farm to see the cows and get ice cream or heading over to Misty Creek to the see the goats.  We decided to grab Lapp Valley at Kitchen Kettle and go see the goats!  Misty Creek is open from 8a to 6p Monday through Saturday.  No appointment is necessary.

E was thrilled!  She’s at that stage where everything is a doggy.  But she was reaching out and petting the goats, laughing when they nibbled on my coat, and she sampled all the cheese.  Be advised when you stop at an Amish farm like this one you’ll need to have cash for your purchases.  The cheese was creamy and delicious. The soap smell light and there were some lovely little trinkets available to purchase.  If you’re visiting Kitchen Kettle – add Misty Creek Goats to your places to visit.  You won’t regret it!

Booking Direct

Why It’s Important to be Booking Direct:

I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but I do want to talk a little bit more about the importance of booking direct.  Again, I can only speak directly for Carriage Corner.Why Book Direct

Best Rates:

When you book direct with us you get the best rates around.  We know you’ve all seen the commercials for whichever website compares prices – but did you know that they DO NOT include the price for booking directly with you?  And if the rate is significantly lower at one OTA, that most likely the play you are booking at hasn’t authorized that price, but the OTA is offering a special rate to get you to book with them.

Ease of Booking:

Multiple ways to book your room.  Not only can you click through to our website to book the Log Cabin Room, but you can also call us at 717-768-3059, text us at 717-768-3059, send a direct message through facebook or instagram, or just leave a comment on a post saying you’d like to book a certain day.  Ever tried getting a hold of a person at one of the OTAs?

Cancellation:

We understand when you have to cancel and will work with you.  Most times, your deposit will be applied toward a future stay within a set time period (generally 3 months).  When you book through an OTA and you need to cancel – we find that’s when guests can find our phone number.  Unfortunately, we cannot cancel a reservation you made through an OTA.  So when you are the midst of a hurricane and you need to cancel your reservation, sadly we are unable to help you. book direct - the owners will do a happy dance

Deposit:

When you call Carriage Corner to book, we rarely take a deposit.  WE do this because we pay credit cards fees every single time we process a credit card.  So if you book and pay a deposit – we pay a fee.  Then when you arrive and pay the balance – guess what?  We pay another fee just for running your card.  This is in addition to the percentage of the fee that the credit card processing company takes.  We try to limit the number of fees we pay on each booking to help keep our costs and thereby our room rates as low as possible.

Availability:

Because we are a bed and breakfast, each of our rooms is different.  They have different names and similar – but different amenities.  So, when they are listed with an OTA – it will always says – book now only one room left.  That doesn’t mean we only have one room left – it means that style of room is the only one of it’s kind, and remember we have 5 styles of rooms.  If you are looking at our website or talking to one of us, you can see exactly what is available for the date you are interested in.

#bookdirectYou will also get all all of the details regarding a specific room.  For example all of our rooms have private baths, but if you are looking at an OTA and you don’t click on the actual room info, you’d never know that the bathroom for Dahlia is across the hall.

Finally – did you know, our website is almost always available for 1 night bookings – even on the weekends.  The except is holiday weekends.  But, we don’t open the weekend up to 1 night booking until much closer to the weekend.

Small Business:

Also – when you book direct – you are supporting a small business who lives and works in the community you are visiting.  We the opportunity to get your food preferences.  We also have a chance to find out if there is a special reason you are coming to visit – a birthday or anniversary – and help you plan something special.

So – regardless of where you are staying – call the bed and breakfast or visit their website.  And don’t be fooled by the “Book Now” button when you google them.  That button will send you directly to an OTA who bid the most on getting it.  I find that many of our guests think they were booking directly with us by clicking that button and were sad to find out they weren’t.  For more information on booking direct – check out this post!

We look forward to meeting you and helping you plan the perfect get away in Amish Country!  Give us a call and book a stay in any one of our quilt themed rooms.

3 Great Places to Get Ice Cream in Lancaster County

Since purchasing a bed and breakfast in Lancaster County – my world revolves around food.  Seriously, it’s all about what to make for breakfast; where I can find good local produce; finding the freshest local eggs – and good Lancaster County Ice Cream.

Lancaster County Ice CreamWhile we really enjoyed doing the Turkey Hill Experience and suggest it as great rainy day or Sunday activities for our guests.  One of my favorite things to do is to stop by Lapp Valley Farm and get ice cream.  Go prepared because they only take cash – but the ice cream is made right there at the farm and it’s creamy and delicious!  Lapp Valley is located closest to Carriage Corner and we’re happy to show you were it is on the map.

Another place worth stopping to get the ice cream?  Strasburg Creamery.  Not only is their ice cream delicious, but our guests have been known to purchase bags of the broken waffle cones to take home and snack on until their next visit.  Strasburg Creamery is open on Sundays!

Finally – don’t forget to head out to Fox Meadow Creamery and maybe have some lunch before your ice cream.

With 3 great places to get ice cream you’ll want to stay at least 3 nights so you have time to check out each one!

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Baked French Toast

In this month’s edition of What’s Cooking at Carriage Corner – I’ve been working on something new.  Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Baked French Toast – Whew!  That’s a mouthful.  It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a recipe, so clearly it’s time.  You can ask Mr. Carriage Corner – bit I get bored with my recipes and making the same things all the time.  Part of the ‘fun’ of having a B&B is getting to try out new things all the time.

I love lemon and blueberries.  Put them together and I am one happy camper.  So, while my regular baked french toast recipe {I use Pioneer Woman’s recipe for the custard, but use sweet bread and add fruit and nuts} which is full of custard-y goodness I went in search of a new one.  As is almost always the case, I went looking for recipes to start with by doing a search of the main ingredients I wanted to use:  Lemon Blueberry  Ricotta.  I found a couple {Self Proclaimed Foodie and Well Floured} and combined and adapted to come up with what I’m using.  This is my version.

Carriage Corner RecipesLemon Blueberry Ricotta Baked French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tubes Pillsbury crescent dough – baked and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup full fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 3T sugar
  • 2T vanilla extract
  • juice & zest from 2+ lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries – fresh or frozen

Directions:

Bake the crescent dough according to the directions.  I have found you can just lay it out on parchment paper and bake.  No need to roll into little crescents before you cut.  You can also use store bought croissants or any other fluffy bread.

In a large bowl mix ricotta, eggs, cream, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and zest.  I like things lemony, so I tend to use the zest and juice from at least 2 lemons but will often use up to 4.  {I’m also thinking about adding lemon curd into this mix, or maybe just serving on the side.}  Add the bread and stir to combine.

Spray an 11×13 baking dish with cooking spray, spread half the bread mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan.  Sprinkle liberally with blueberries.  Top with remaining bread and blueberries.  Make sure you scrape all that yummy ricotta mixture out of the bowl and into the baking pan.

Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, take the casserole out of the fridge to come up to room temperature while the oven is warming up to 350*.  Also, make a streusel topping:

  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1/4 C packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 4T melted butter

combine everything until crumbly.  Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.  Re-cover and pop into your preheated oven for 45 minutes.  I leave the pan covered until the last 5 minutes or so.  Otherwise I find the top gets dried out.  You want it to be golden but not dried.

Let cool for about 5 minutes before cutting into 12 pieces.  Once it’s on the plates, sprinkle with powered sugar and serve with a little dollop of lemon curd.  I think this would also be amazing for dessert served warm with lemon sherbet {told you – I love lemon!}

Try this for your next family gathering or church potluck.  Or if you aren’t a fan of cooking – book a room and ask if it’s on the menu 😉