Monday, June 28, 2010

Anchorage Alaska’s Camai Bed and Breakfast Motorcycling Guests

Camai Bed and Breakfast in Anchorage, Alaska, has had several guests who traveled to Alaska on their motorcycles via the Alaska Highway. This past week we had Curtis and Ray and their wives, Kathy and Rubette stay with us. Curtis and Ray traveled the Alaska Highway (on a Gold Wing Honda and a BMW) while their wives flew up to Alaska.

The pictures were taken yesterday after breakfast as Curtis and Ray got ready to leave Anchorage and Alaska behind. Curtis has the Gold Wing and was ready to go before Ray. Curtis chatted with Jeff on Camai B&B's driveway. Ray has the BMW.

Many interesting stories where shared at the Camai’s breakfast table. Curtis and Ray are sharing their adventures on their blog where you can find out about their wrong-turn adventure coming to Anchorage. Two of the mornings we had another guest from Washington state (Jeff) who shared several rides not to be missed in his area.

Last year we had a Canadian from Ontario who took the trip on his motorcycle. His wife flew to Anchorage and joined him. They toured some of the state on the motorcycle before his wife flew home while he biked back to Ontario.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Camai B&B Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

Here in Anchorage Alaska at Camai Bed and Breakfast our rhubarb plants are thriving along with many flowers, vegetables and hanging baskets. Today is summer solstice and a warm sunny day. We can practically see the plants growing!

Breakfast this morning started with a fruit plate. Here is the recipe for a rhubarb coffee cake that was served with Marne's Easy Egg dish as well as sausage this morning.

Camai Bed and Breakfast Favorite Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degree. Grease spring form 10X3” pan. Lightly flour.

Rhubarb sauce (makes more than you need for recipe)
4 cups sliced rhubarb
½ cups sugar

In a sauce pan cook over lowest heat stirring frequently. Cook until rhubarb is just tender. Remove from heat and cool.

Cream cheese layer
6 oz cream cheese
¼ cup sugar
1 egg

Soften cream cheese. Mix in sugar. Stir in egg. Set aside.

Cake topping
1 cup flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup butter

Mix flour, sugar, and almonds. Cut in butter. Set aside.

2 ¼ cups flour
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter. Mix in sour cream, egg and almond extract.

Pour cake into prepared pan. Spread cream cheese layer evenly over cake. Spread 1 cup rhubarb sauce over cream cheese. Sprinkle with cake topping.

Bake for 50-60 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before placing on serving dish and removing pan.

Serves 8 generously.

For other rhubarb recipes check out the Anchorage Breakfast Club blog and Big Bear Bed and Breakfast's posting.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Textile Arts at Camai Bed and Breakfast

Numerous hand crafted works of art are displayed at Camai Bed and Breakfast in Anchorage, Alaska, for guests to enjoy. The women in Caroline’s family have worked and continue to do cross-stitch, crazy quilt, needlepoint, painting on silk, and borgello. Abbey Naumen (daughter-in-law), Cecilia Smith (daughter), Gwen Dunbar (mother), Betty Dunbar (sister-in-law), Meta Pillsbury Dunbar (paternal grandmother), Mary Louise Pillsbury, Libby Dunbar (sister), and Caroline have works displayed throughout the B&B.

When Abbey was in high school her violin teacher had her students do a “senior” recital. Abbey asked Caroline to accompany her…which Caroline did with joy. Since Caroline would not take money for accompanying her, Abbey made a cross-stitch and gave it to Caroline. The cross-stitch is of the Prayer of St. Francis. This is hanging in the B&B’s main entrance.

At the top of the stairs on the living room level is Cecilia’s latest cross-stitch masterwork. Cecilia began working on this when she visited Gwen after Gwen moved to Oregon to live in a retirement community. Gwen eventually moved to the assisted living section of the facility. Cecilia brought her baby and cross-stitch to visit her grandmother. Cecilia now has three young children. This past October Cecilia went to Illinois with Caroline and Howard (Caroline’s brother) to bury Gwen’s ashes. Cecilia took the cross-stitch out again and worked on it. Once the work was completed Cecilia decided to give it to Caroline for Mother’s Day. Cecilia sent it to her sister-in-law (Abbey) who washed it and ironed it. Abbey and Kit gave Caroline the frame. This is a most treasured piece.

When Gwen was first married she made needlepoint seat covers for all of her dining room chairs. Caroline’s sister, Libby Dunbar, obtained at least three of these needlepoint chair seats. Libby framed them and gave one to Howard Dunbar, one to Caroline and kept one. The needlepoint given to Caroline is hanging in the living room of the bed and breakfast.

When Caroline was in sixth grades she had a severe case of viral pneumonia. Gwen wanted to keep Caroline occupied for the few hours a day that Caroline was awake. Needlepoint was Gwen’s answer. The two pieces Gwen had Caroline work were eventually completed by Gwen. These hang above Caroline’s piano at the bed and breakfast’s common area.

Grouped with Caroline's two needlepoint works is a cross-stitch of an angel, one of Cecilia’s early works.

On the piano bench is a needlepoint cover which Meta made and which she had on her piano bench in Illinois.

Gwen and Meta embroidered many pieces which were used on a daily basis. Parts of the hand towels, napkins, tablecloths, and bed linens were soiled beyond cleaning. Several of these pieces were given to Betty. Betty created a crazy quilt out of the good, clean remnants from Gwen’s and Meta’s work. The crazy quilt is framed and hanging in the Rose Suite.

Also hanging in the Rose Suite is a painting on silk which was done by Mary Louise Pillsbury circa 1902.

At breakfast, Camai B&B’s guests sit on the dining room chairs which are a combination of needlepoint and borgello. Each one represents a state flower. Craig’s sister, Lynne Worth, did them for her mother. When Mom (Peggy Lane) remodeled, the chair covers no long fit her d├ęcor. She asked Craig and Caroline if they wanted them. Yes, was the answer! Craig is trying to encourage either Lynne or Cecilia to do two more seat covers. One would be of the “forget-me-not” which is Alaska’s state flower.

A folder of pictures of each art work can be found on Camai Bed and Breakfast's Facebook page.