August 21, 2013

Northern Michigan's 2013 Area Queen Event

Ducky Festival Bellaire Michigan
BELLAIRE ROYALTY ARRIVE
The third Saturday in August is Bellaire's Annual Summer Festival which provides Northern Michigan's finest Queens a last chance opportunity to don their royal clothing and get aboard their festive floats.  For many their reign is drawing to an end and the ride through Bellaire is truly reflective.  As the parade route ends, the Grand Victorian becomes a most fitting venue for these promising young people to mingle,  share, and discuss future plans.  Some are off to college, some to new jobs, some returning to area schools, but certainly all are enjoying the festive moment of this day.  After a light lunch and refreshment, picture taking rules as they mingle about the house and decorative grounds.   The newly crowned National Cherry Queen, Sonya Sayler of Elk Rapids, provided great inspiration to the young people in attendance as the event drew representatives from many northern Michigan locations such as Bellaire, Mancelona, Kalkaska, Central Lake, and Elk Rapids.    As always, it is great to spend time with these young ambassadors and see the positive impact they are having on the local community and the State of Michigan. 

Enjoy the following photos taken during the event and please join us in wishing these fine young people a fantastically awesome future! 


Northern Michigan Queen Event 2013
2013 North Michigan Area Royalty



National Cherry Queen
- 2013 National Cherry Queen -
Sonya Saylor graces the front porch 
National Cherry Queen
Arriving in Style


Mingling in the Parlor




A great setting for royalty
Rubber Ducky Mascot
Hi Linda - We know you're in there!

One of many beautiful floats

August 07, 2013

Baked Egg dish is a big hit!

From the Grand Victorian Kitchen:
- Ramekin Baked Eggs
Linda wants to share her Baked Egg dish with our blog buddies.  This simple to make recipe is always a hit with our guests!  Please give it a try and let us know how well it works for you. 


 

Special bakeware:
Four 6 to 7 inch Oval Ramekins
Ingredients:
4 Tblsp butter
8 large eggs
8 Tblsp heavy cream
½ tsp pepper
8 Tblsp shredded parmesan cheese
Chervil seasoning

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Coat inside of each ramekin with 1 Tblsp butter. 
Break 2 eggs into each ramekin. 
Put 2 Tblsp of cream over the eggs which should about cover them. 
Spread about 2 Tblsp shredded parmesan cheese over the eggs. 
Sprinkle with Chervil and pepper. 
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 - 13 minutes until the egg yolks are done and the whites are fully set.  

Add some garnish, toast and a couple of sausage links and you have a great tasting twist on an All-American breakfast.  Enjoy!

Yield:  4 servings of 2 eggs each