Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Brunch Recipe: Baked French Toast

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This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 20th. A beloved family tradition for many is to enjoy a delicious brunch meal together.
 
Enjoy brunch with us!
 
Easter Event IconOne of our favorite traditions at Gardner Village is being able to serve you and your families Easter brunch. The Gathering Place, on the north end of the Village, will be serving brunch on Easter Sunday from 9am to 2pm.

Enjoy made-to-order omelets and crepes, as well other breakfast and lunch items such as fresh salads and your favorite carved meats. Make sure to save room for the chocolate fountain with Belgian milk chocolate and a full array of dippers.

Reservations will not be accepted, and are on a first-come, first-served seating. Adults are $21.95 and kids 3-11 are $12.95.

For those of you serving brunch at home, Shauna at The Gathering Place has shared the recipe for their popular Baked French Toast, which can be made ahead of time the night before, leaving more time for celebrating with family.

 
Baked French Toast
1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
Delicious Baked French Toast
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt
Crumble Topping, recipe follows
Maple syrup

Crumble Topping:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices.

Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Crumble Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with warm maple syrup.

More Easter fun at Gardner Village:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Brunch Giveaway Winner

Who else is enjoying this beautiful weather? Things are blooming here at the Village and if you haven't stopped by lately, you need to come! We want to give a ginormous THANK YOU to The Gathering Place for giving away two vouchers for Easter Brunch, and an even bigger THANK YOU to all who entered! We had an overwhelming response to the giveaway and it definitely wouldn't have been such a great success without all of you!


Without further adieu, congratulations Emily Pierce Western!!! Please click here and fill out your contact information so that we can mail those vouchers to you. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you again to everyone for participating. Don't forget to keep checking in on our Facebook Page , Instagram account (gardnervillage) and here on the blog for more information on events, giveaways and fun finds here at the Village. Happy Friday!




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fun Easter Finds


Easter is the time of year when flowers are in bloom and everything is new. Getting a new Easter outfit is part of that.

Check out these Easter outfits and other fun Easter finds we found while wandering the Village:

Sassy Babies:

At Sassy Babies, you can find frilly dresses for girls, boys ties ranging in size newborn to eight years, and other great Easter clothing needs. Their colorful teething rings are great in Easter baskets for younger babies.

Spoiled Rotten Children's Boutique:
Little girls will feel like a princess in these pretty pastels
Georgell Doll Shop:
We found these Easter cuties inside Georgell Doll Shop

Celebrations by Modern Display:
These cute chicks and bunnies can be found in Celebrations

Country Furniture & Gifts:
Your Easter decor will be complete with these darling
items we found in  Country Furniture & Gifts
Storybook  Nook:
These limited-edition Beanie Boos and Easter books are great for Easter baskets!


Kamille's:
Kamille's has these adorable knitted bunnies, eggs and chics!



Camera Shy:


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Down to Earth Giveaway Winner

A big shout out goes out to everyone who participated in our Down To Earth giveaway. Thank you so much for participating!





Keep in touch through Instagram to see what other giveaways we've got going in store, speaking of which…have you heard about us giving away two tickets to Easter Brunch? Find us on Facebook, Instagram or check our previous blog post for more details!

Visit Down to Earth's Facebook page here for more product, sales and the like!

Sarahljohansen: please click this link and fill out your contact information! Thank you & congratulations!




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gardner Village History: Archibald Gardner and the West Jordan Flour Mill

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If walls could talk, our shops would tell stories of long journeys, family memories and hard work. As you walk down our paths, make sure you take time to stop and read about the history of the building you are about to enter.

Stay tuned to our blog each month as we bring you the stories of the buildings located at Gardner Village, and the role the building played in Utah history before it settled in our Village as home to one of our charming shops.

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It all began with a flour mill…

The story of Gardner Village begins with a determined, industrious man named Archibald Gardner. Born in Scotland in 1814, he migrated to Canada, and then the United States when he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). He was in the original group of Mormon pioneers who came to Utah and settled Salt Lake City in 1847.

Archibald and his family settled near the Jordan River and hauled logs by horse team from Bingham Canyon to build the first West Jordan Flour Mill in 1853. The Gardner family celebrated the completion of the mill with a housewarming party on December 21, 1853.

The original mill was sold, and a larger mill was built in its place in 1877. That mill is still standing today, and is known as Archibald’s Restaurant and Country Furniture & Gifts.
Archibald Gardner also developed the nearby West Jordan canal and other irrigation canals in the area. Gardner was issued the first commercial water rights in Utah.

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Transformation from historical mill to a charming shop and restaurant…


After passing through different owners, the mill and surrounding area eventually became vacant. In 1979, Nancy Long bought the run-down mill with hopes of renovating this historical building and turning it into a house. Instead, she converted it into a furniture store, Country Furniture &Gifts, and later added Archibald’s Restaurant in 1990.

The Gardner Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and received the 1987 Utah Heritage Award for the most improved commercial building.

Nancy Long, along with Chris Christenson and her son Joe Long, worked together with a team of hard-working staff to find and move historical buildings to where they rest now at Gardner Village.


Nancy’s son Joe Long and daughter Angie Seeley, own the Village today and continue in her journey. 

Learn more about Archibald Gardner by visiting Archibald’s Restaurant and Country Furniture & Gifts. You can find pictures and more information in the lobby, as well as in your individual booth while dining there.

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