February 2019 Barnes House Tour – Almost Five Years Since Move to Montclair Library

Barnes House at Montclair Public Library

Copied from Prince William County Historical Properties website

 

Its Black History Month, and I have a treat for you!  Right in my own backyard is the preservation of history!  I am not related to the Barnes family, but I truly enjoy the history associated with this property.  The Barnes House was built in 1797 for a wealthy local family and eventually rented to Gavin and Susannah Adams along with 34 acres of land surrounding the property.  The Adams used the Barnes House as a tavern and place to sleep for travelers passing through the area.  The house and land were purchased by Moses and Nancy Copen in 1834, who owned seven slaves including Jane Barnes and her three children (included Eppa Barnes).

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Jan 2019 – Update: Restoration of Historic Barnes Home

It’s been a long time since I posted about this property.  I periodically get an inquiry, so I decided to do an update. The property is located at the Montclair Community Library , in Dumfries, VA.  Feel free to contact the library at 703-792-8740 for details.

There’s a lot of history associated with this property and you can check out my previous posts here.  Also, Prince William County Site on Historic Preservation where the Barnes House is discussed.

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Jan 2019 – Back to Back Cruising

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Paradise Island – Overnight Nassau

My family and I just came returned from a “Back to Back” or B2B cruise. You might ask, what’s that? Well, it’s where you take at least two cruises back to back. For example, we cruised 4-7 Jan 2019 on the Carnival Victory out of Miami to Overnight Nassau. Then we stayed on the same ship, same cabins (you have to ask for this!), and cruised 7-11 Jan 2019 on the Carnival Victory to Key West and Cozumel. Because we had the same room, there was no need to pack our suitcases. In between cruises, we had a leisurely day eating breakfast, waiting for all to exit ship, and then we got priority “boarding” for our second cruise. We only had to exit to show our passports to customs, re-board and receive our new sign and sail cards. The process was easy.  Note: Each cruise is separate so you do need to settle each cruise account separately.

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29 Dec 2018 – How To Get The Best Price On Your Cruise!

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Have you ever wondered how to get the best price for your cruise vacation?  Well, let me count the ways!  My family and I love cruising, and we have been to the “school of hard knocks” when trying to get a great cruise deal!  So, I’m sharing what I’ve learned so far.  I want your cruise vacation to be memorable and at a great price!  Before we get into how to get the best price for your cruise, there are some simple steps I recommend you take to become a cruise insider. Cruise insiders stay on top of the deals and promotions as they become available so you know a great price when you see it, and you have lots of great choices before you decide.

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Pot Roast Lasagna

 

 

Lyndsey's Pot Roast Lasagna

 

This is a list of ingredients from my daughter, Lyndsey.  She is one of those cooks that does not keep track of the actual amounts of the ingredients, just the fact that an ingredient was added.  So, I can’t be held responsible if it does not come out just right – there’s no way to follow the recipe.  Having said all of that, the concept of using a pot roast for your meat filling is amazing!!!  I know first hand because I tried it.  So here’s a recipe for cooks that know what they’re doing!

Ingredients:

  • Cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh garlic
  • 1 box of frozen spinach
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Fresh green peppers
  • Fresh onions
  • Sugar
  • Tony Creole Seasoning

 

Directions:

  • Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour and 15 min

 

Combine a container of cottage cheese, 2 eggs, a small container of ricotta cheese, fresh parsley, basil, and garlic with the Italian blend shredded cheese for filing.  Use your favorite sauce and a box of frozen spinach (optional) with fresh mushrooms; green peppers, onions, and a little sugar to taste.

Let the sauce cook for about an hour and season with Tony’s creole seasoning

Use the no cook lasagna shells and just layer it up… Sauce, noodle, cheese mix, and repeat until the pan is full.

Bake for about an hour and 15 min until cheese is brown.

 

 

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